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Installing W3 Total Cache on your website is pretty straightforward. The following guide will outline the steps needed to ensure you have the plugin installed from the WordPress Repository.

What is W3 Total Cache?

W3 Total Cache is the Best WordPress Performance Plugin you can find today, for many reasons. It is suitable for everyone from beginner to advanced WordPress users, W3 is the complete solution for improving your WordPress websites SEO and the user experience simultaneously.

Installing the Free W3 Total Cache Plugin

Installing the W3 Total Cache plugin is just like any other WordPress plugin. It should be a quick and easy installation as described in the following steps:

  • In the Dashboard, Navigate to Plugins → Add New
  • In the Plugin Search Box, type W3 Total Cache and click the Search Button
  • Click Install, then Activate to complete the Installation


Congratulations! You now know how to install W3 Total Cache. The installation will add a new menu item in your WordPress Dashboard labeled Performance. Next, you may want to learn more about Getting Started with W3 Total Cache.

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8 thoughts on “Installing W3 Total Cache on your WordPress Website

  1. Hello …
    I have a wordpress website and is installed on Ngnix server . The problem is when I try to install the W3 Total Cache plugin the website starts some problems like he pages get disturbed, the slider images vanishes, etc

    Kindly send me a solution for the above.

    • Hello Achougle,
      It’s tough to speculate without being able to see more details about the issues you’re describing, but the most common cause of this is the minification settings. I’d recommend disabling Javascript and CSS minification to see if that resolves the issue. If you’re still having trouble, reach out to our Support team on the W3 Total Cache Forum and we’ll be happy to help.

  2. Hello. I tried to Install the plugin but failed. I searched and in seacrh result no installtion button appear but it showed a question mark with Not Availble option. I downloaded then from wordpress site and did the manual work. but after activation it deactivated by it self.
    mysite is [redacted].com

        • Hi Madison-
          If the “Activate” option is missing, it’s a good bet that your hosting provider disabled it. However, as far as I’m aware right now, you can use W3 Total Cache on non-managed hosting accounts. If you’re still having trouble activating the plugin, please let us know and we’ll be more than happy to help.

          • Hi Jesse,

            Thanks for the quick response. I am still having issues. Let me know what we can do here. Thanks,

          • Hi Madison-
            Can you describe the issue you’re experiencing? For example, are you getting an error message? What steps are you going through and where are you getting stuck?

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