Speed Matters! – Now More Than Ever, We Compare The Best Caching Plugins of 2018

Speed Matters! – Now More Than Ever, We Compare The Best Caching Plugins of 2018

Caching plugins enhance your website’s performance ensuring faster loading speeds and higher user experience. The higher your page loading speeds, the lower your bounce rate becomes. This helps you rank better on the SERPS. Recently Google put a lot of focus on user experience and website speed is currently a major ranking factor, it is well known that a slow loading website will decrease visitors by around 30% on average.

Using a WordPress caching plugin also aids in reduced bounce rates. Statistically, pages that take longer than 3 seconds to load, have a higherbounce rate. Visitors lose patience and leave the site, hurting your conversion rates be it sales, shares, or page views.

Working with a vast number of agencies across the UK we have tried and tested many of the most popular caching and speed optimization plugins available and here are the ones that came out on top.

 

 

The Best WordPress Caching Plugins

 

W3 Total Cache

This is one of the more popular free WordPress caching plugins with over one million users. It  works well for a free, open sourced caching plugin and is useful for increasing speed for both mobile-friendly and desktop sites.

This caching plugin covers bandwidth savings and feed optimisation, and is a useful partner for commerce stores with SSL certificates. The W3 Total Cache is bound to improve your site’s performance and boost conversion rates.

Other features:

  • Imports attachment directly to media library
  • Includes security features
  • AMP support
  • Fast loading time of 1.4-1.5 seconds

 

WP Rocket

WP Rocket is a premium WordPress caching plugin and, with over 100,000 installs, is the one of the most popular premium options. This rich plugin features browser caching, cache preloading, and minification to HTML, JavaScript, and CSS. It also comes with lazyload, that only loads images when users scroll down the page, significantly affecting loading speed.

Other features include

  • Simple, intuitive setup
  • Immediate activation
  • Static file compression
  • User-friendly interface
  • Seamless integration with CloudFlare
  • Database optimisation
  • Multilingual plugin integration
  • Cuts loading time by up to 0.9-1.2 seconds and improves speed by 35%

 

Comet Cache

Comet Cache is one of the simpler and user-friendly WordPress caching solutions available with both free and premium options. It takes real time snapshots of every page and saves them intuitively for easier referencing. This simple strategy improves processing time, boosting page load time.

Users who have recently logged in or left comments are, by default, not served cached pages. Comet Cache is a must-have plugin for membership sites.

Comet Cache features include:

  • Allows double caching on client browser
  • Automated expiration for cached files
  • Smart cache clearing
  • Apache optimisation
  • WP-CLI compatible
  • Improves speed by up to 35%

 

WP Super Cache

WP is a one of the more popular, free caching WordPress Plugins. It delivers static HTML files to over 99% of visitors using PHP and mod_rewrite. It can also cache pages for logged-in users using legacy change mode.

WP Super Cache features

  • Dynamic caching and page compression
  • CDN support
  • Caching for mobile device users
  • Cache clearing scheduler
  • REST API endpoints
  • Frequent updates
  • Improves speed by up to 28% cutting off 0.8-1 seconds off loading time

 

Would you like to figure out which is the best caching solution for your customers websites?

A WordPress cache plugin can make a world of difference for your clients websites. Codeias understands the importance of speed and reduced load time. Whether you are a brochure site or a commercial site, we can help you decide which caching plugin is best for you.

Our team of experts can help you pick out caching solutions that will improve SEO, increase conversion rates, and give your clients a more enjoyable experience on the site.

For more information on the services we offer and to speak to a member of our design team call us on 01257 758 078 or email us at enquiries@codeias.com.