Is your WordPress website operating slowly? One of the best ways to increase your website speed is by using a caching plugin. Apart from keeping your audience from leaving the page, a faster speed also helps your site rank better on search engines. A caching plugin creates static HTML pages of your website and stores it on the server. So, when someone visits your website, the lighter HTML page is generated instead of the normal WordPress PHP scripts. In this article, we’ll give you the 10 best caching plugins from the hundreds of plugins available in the store.
1. WP Rocket
With over a million installs, WP Super Cache is one of the most effective and popular caching plugins for WordPress sites. This plugin from WordPress.com allows you to generate static HTML files from your server. These static HTML files are created from the heavier WordPress PHP scripts. So, instead of bringing up the PHP files when a visitor goes to your site, the lighter HTML files come up. This makes your page load much faster. The Simple method of caching using this plugin does not require editing PHP files. It is the most recommended method. But this plugin also provides the Expert and WP Super Caching. With the Expert method, you have to edit the .htaccess files to enable your site load super fast.
You can install and use the WP-Optimize plugin for free, but you need to pay to gain access to some of the features. This freemium plugin has been used on over a million websites and is still being installed on new websites. How does this plugin speed up your site? It does so by compressing large images and clearing your database. Removing unnecessary data in the database allows your website to be faster and more efficient. The image compression feature allows your website pages to load faster. So, your users can gain access to your content within a few seconds.
Sucuri is a WordPress firewall and security plugin. Apart from the security features, it also comes with a built-in caching function. This plugin is a very good option because as a DNS level firewall, it can serve cached content to your users before their request reaches the site. This makes your site incredibly fast.
6. SG Optimizer
SG Optimizer is free. You don’t have to pay a dime to access any of its features. This caching plugin by SiteGround only works if your website is hosted with SiteGround. So, if you use other hosts such as Bluehost and Digital Ocean, you can’t install the plugin on your site. Some of the features SG Optimizer offers are the ability to force HTTPS for your site, optimize your images either individually or in groups, provides the option to either enable or disable the minification of your CSS, HTML, and JS resources, and allows you to configure your dynamic caching and Memcached.
WP Fastest Cache is one of the easiest plugins to use on the WordPress.org plugin store. It has only a few configuration settings, so you don’t have to learn much before it starts functioning on your site. Just like other caching plugins, WP Fastest Cache creates static HTML files from your heavier PHP files and stores them. It also reduces loading time for visitors by allowing you to disable emojis on your site, minifies HTML and CSS files, and combines many CSS files into one. This plugin has both free and premium versions. With the premium version, you can clean up your database, optimized images, and carry out mobile caching.
8. Comet Cache
Comet Cache is not as popular as many others on this list. It has over 60,000 active installs. This plugin is a must-have if you’re running an eCommerce or membership site. Comet Cache can cache logged-in users on your site. With this plugin, browser caching is enabled with the Apache server. This boosts page speed significantly by preventing multiple trips between the user’s browser and the site server. Also, it allows you to gain insight into the status of your cache by showing you cache statistics. This plugin is available in free and premium versions (a one-time fee of $39 per site).
Cache Enabler is a free caching plugin for WordPress sites that comes with all the features you will need to make your site run faster. This lightweight plugin creates static HTML files of your site and shows them to your visitors. This plugin takes you through the process of caching on your WordPress site by showing you well-detailed documentation, screenshots, and videos. Cache Enabler doesn’t work when you use mobile-specific themes or plugins that show different layouts to mobile and desktop users.
10. Hyper Cache
Hyper Cache is another free plugin that can be used with both cheap hosting and with high-end servers. Unlike Cache Enabler, Hyper Cache works on your site even though it uses mobile-specific themes and plugins. It comes with a mobile theme switch option that enables caching on different devices. Also, Hyper Cache allows you to enable or disable cached pages to comment authors.