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We may be biased, but here at BoldGrid we believe that W3 Total Cache is the best WordPress caching plugin to help speed up your website. With plenty of free features like browser caching, page cache and lazy loading, you can get your site performing super fast with just a few tweaks.

W3 Total Cache is unique from other WordPress caching plugins because it has the features needed to grow with your business. Initially, the community, or free version can be enough for smaller sites and options like Page Cache and lazy loading are all you need. As your user base grows, caching your website can become more complex to ensure everything behaves accordingly and you maintain the best user experience. The larger your WordPress website grows, the more meaningful W3TC’s Pro Features will become to you.

This article will cover the Features in the premium version, give an overview of what they are and the benefits your website loading times will see when leveraging them. With W3 Total Cache, you are guaranteed to get superior performance from your WordPress website.

W3 Total Cache Pro Features

Full Site Delivery via CDN

With full site delivery, your visitors will get the fastest possible response times for all your website content including HTML, media, CSS and JavaScript. When hosting both your website and DNS with your provider, every component of your website will be delivered using a worldwide network of servers. This results in better performance, especially when used with other features such as Browser Cache, Minification, Fragment caching, and lazy loading.

The following CDN Types are supported by W3 Total Cache for both Objects and Full Site Delivery:

  • Origin Pull / Mirror:
    • Akamai
    • Amazon CloudFront
    • Contendo
    • Generic Mirror
    • Highwinds
    • LimeLight
    • MaxCDN
    • Rackspace CDN
    • StackPath (Recommended)
    • EdgeCast
  • Origin Push:
    • Amazon CloudFront Over S3
    • Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3)
    • S3 Compatible Object Storage
    • Google Drive
    • Microsoft Azure Storage
    • Rackspace Cloud Files
    • Self-hosted / FTP Upload

For any assistance with configuring your Full Site CDN, we offer Pro Support from directly within your WordPress Dashboard. Visit Performance → Support to view our available options.

Fragment Cache

Fragment caching extends the core functionality of WordPress by allowing you to enable caching policies on groups of objects that are cached. The benefit of this approach is not only that capabilities in themes and plugins can be optimized to use caching to save resources and reduce response times, but caching methods like Memcached or Redis can be used to scale. Instructions for use are available in the FAQ under the help menu or you can contact support for premium services to help improve website performance.

Rest API Caching

If you use WordPress as a backend for integrations, API caching may be for you. Similar to page caching, repeat requests will benefit will have significantly lower response times and consume fewer resources to deliver.

Eliminate Render Blocking CSS

  • Render blocking CSS delays a webpage from being visible in a timely manner.
  • Every one of your css files delays your page from rendering.
  • The bigger your css, the longer the page takes to load.
  • The more css files you have, the longer the page takes to load.

Extension Framework

Add accelerated mobile pages (AMP) support. Improve the performance of your Genesis, WPML-powered site, and much more. The following Pro Extensions are available after upgrading.

Genesis Framework by StudioPress Acceleration

  • Increase the performance of WordPress websites powered by the Genesis Theme Framework by up to 60%.

WPML Extension

  • Improve the caching performance of websites localized by WPML.
  • Localization is a type of personalization that makes websites more difficult to scale. This extension reduces the response time of websites localized by WPML.

Caching Statistics

Statistics provide transparency into the behavior of your caching performance. Without statistics, it’s challenging to identify opportunities for improvement or ensure operations are working as expected consistently. Metrics like cache sizes, object lifetimes, hit vs miss ratio, etc across every caching method configured in your settings.

  • An at-a-glance version of your statistics is available directly on your Performance Dashboard, however, the comprehensive suite of statistics are available on the Statistics screen. Web server logs created by Nginx or Apache can be analyzed if accessible.
  • Use the caching statistics to compare the performance of different configurations like caching methods, object lifetimes and so on.
  • Contact support for any help optimizing performance metrics or troubleshooting.

Purge Logs

Purge Logs provide information on when your cache has been purged and what triggered it.

  • If you are troubleshooting a complex issue in which you are not sure why your cache is being cleared, Purge Logs can tell you why

Now that you have more information about what is possible with W3 Total Cache Pro, you may want to upgrade now, or view the complete W3 Total Cache Documentation to learn more about the possibilities with both the Community and Pro versions.

Interested in having us help optimize your WordPress website further? Try our Premium Services located in your WordPress Dashboard by visiting Performance → Support. Thanks for reading!

W3 Total Cache

You haven't seen fast until you've tried PRO

   Full Site CDN + Additional Caching Options
   Advanced Caching Statistics, Purge Logs and More

Everything you need to scale your WordPress Website and improve your PageSpeed.

10 thoughts on “Achieve Ultimate WordPress Performance with W3 Total Cache Pro

    • Hi Joie!

      Having a W3 Total Cache Pro license gives you access to ticket support with our W3TC support team using the contact form available under Performance > Support in your WordPress dashboard. Please keep in mind that additional services, like Plugin Configuration or Performance Audit & Consultation, are not included with the Pro license and will need to be purchased separately.

      Please let us know if you have any other questions!

  1. Hello, I’d be interested in numbers showing how high the performance improvements are, when switching from the w3-total cache NON Pro version to the PRO version. With and without CDN.
    I’m aware that multiple factors have an influence, on the other hand, if the improvement is only like 10 % – it wouldn’t be worth to investigate.
    Best Oliver.

    • Hello Oliver,

      The best way is to test your website and see what are the suggestions in testing tools.
      For example, The option to eliminate render-blocking CSS is available after upgrading to pro, if Google Page speed suggests that you should do this then this option is for you. There is also a case if you are using the Google Maps plugin and upgrading to Pro will ensure that those google maps (depending on a plugin you are using) are lazy loaded.
      As for the CDN, This also depends if you are referring to FSD CDN or regular CDN. Serving static files from the CDN is always a good idea, however, serving the entire website and also cached with W3 Total Cache will improve the performance of your website even more.
      If you find any of these Pro features useful, I would suggest trying out the pro version.
      Thanks!

    • Hi Rich-
      It’s not required, but because of the complexity of caching multiple localizations, your non-primary language versions won’t be completely cached and may be slower than your primary-language version.

    • Hi Matt,

      Thanks for your question!

      For W3 Total Cache Pro, you can use your license on 1 website. If you want to make sure your staging environment matches your live one, you can just add define(‘W3TC_PRO_DEV_MODE’, true); to your wp-config.php file on your non-production environments.

      If you are interested in a multi site license, please contact us directly from within the plugin by going to Performance -> Support.

      Thanks!

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