Installing the WordPress W3 Total Cache Plugin is the best solution to fix slow page loading times. Did you know you can also use a CDN (Content Delivery Network) with your WordPress site in minutes by installing the W3 Total Cache plugin for WordPress?
Resources: How to install a Plugin
Here’s a few reasons why you need increased site speed and fasting page loading times:
- Page views will increase
- Improved Google ranking
- Improved bounce rate
- Higher click thru rate converts better
- Smoother, faster more reliable experience for your site visitors
This post comes after experiencing slow page loading times using shared hosting with too many WordPress plugins. I have decided to:
- Upgrade to VPS hosting for WordPress
- Change caching plugins from WP Super Cache to W3 Total Cache
- Integrate W3 Total Cache and WordPress VPS hosting with CDN (Content Delivery Network)
I’ve also decided to test my current page loading times using YSlow which is a free firefox addon. Here’s my screenshot. This will be a before and after story using the 3 methods above. Try this yourself if you’re suffering from slow page load speeds to test how effective these 3 methods really are.
How To Install W3 Total Cache Plugin for WordPress
- Navigate to Plugins in your WordPress Dashboard and click Add New
- Type W3 Total Cache in the search box
- Locate W3 Total Cache by Frederick Townes (he uses Max CDN)
- Click Install and Activate the plugin
You’ll find the settings for W3 Total Cache at the left hand side, bottom of your WordPress Dashboard and the tab will be called Performance, not W3 Total Cache.
How To Configure W3 Total Cache Settings – General Settings
Once you have arrived at the General settings page you will find a single page with the basic settings for each element of caching. In the drop down and also on this page are links to each individual settings page.
- Page Cache Settings
- Minify Settings
- Database Cache Settings
- Object Cache Settings
- Browser Cache Settings
- User Agent Group Settings
- Content Delivery Network (CDN) Settings
Check the Deselect box and click save to enable W3 Total Cache page caching.
Enable page cache to disk to reduce the response time of your site.
Enable Minify Caching to disk and click save
Caution: Minifying has been known to join URL’s together which will cause broken links and 404 page not found crawl errors
Enable Database Disk Caching to reduce post, post and feed creation times for your content
Enable object caching to disk to further reduce common operations
Content Delivery Network (CDN)
Only enable CDN if you have a CDN provider otherwise deselect.
Enable browser caching to reduce server loads by using the browser cache in your site visitors Browser
Next time i’ll go into more detail with each of the settings and also show you the ‘after’ results after installation and configuration of W3 Total Cache plugin, VPS hosting for WordPress and CDN (Content Delivery Network).Subscribe via e-mail