Recently, a study revealed that nearly 47% of users expect a site to load within 2 seconds. Also, if a page takes more than 3 seconds to load, then around 40% users abandon it. Google’s algorithms also favor fast-loading websites when it comes to search rankings. In a nutshell, if your website takes more than three seconds to load, then you might be losing on visibility, reputation and possible business.
Before you start working on improving the speed of your website, it is important to know where you stand. You can start by testing the website speed by using any of these tools:
Today, we are going to look at the best caching solutions for your WordPress website.
In simple words, caching is a process of creating a static version of your website and using to provide information to a site visitor. Typically, when a user browses through your website and accesses a new page, the request is sent to the web server who send the relevant files and content to the user’s terminal. This can take time depending on the content. With caching, a static version of the files/content is created once a user requests it. When the same page is accessed the next time, the static version is used to fulfill the request.
Best Caching Plugins for your WordPress Website
In order to manage caching on your WordPress site, you can consider the following plugins:
- WordPress Super Cache – generates static files (HTML) from the dynamic WP blog. These static files are used to fulfill requests rather than running heavy scripts.
- W3 Total Cache – is a web host agnostic WP performance optimization framework which improves the performance of your website and reduces download times by features like CDN integration.
- WordPress Fastest Cache – offers the usual caching functions, provides SSL and CDN support, and does not require you to modify the .htaccess file.
- Cache Enabler – creates static files (HTML) and offers features like a fast disk cache engine, automated or manual clearing of cache, and sets up within no time.
- Hummingbird Speed Optimization – scans your site, finds files that are slowing it down and provide tips and fixes to improve the overall speed of your website.
Remember, a fast loading website requires many aspects to work optimally. Ensure that your content (images, videos, etc.) and the WP-database is optimized. Further, you must also ensure that your WP core, plugins and themes are regularly updated. Investing in good WordPress Hosting plans can help you with most technical maintenance tasks like updates, WP-database optimization, etc. Many hosting providers also offer caching HTTP reverse proxy, which stores static data and fulfills repeated requests using the cached data reducing the load on the web server and increasing the website speed.