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What is W3 Total Cache extension and what is WPML
W3 Total Cache WPML extension is an add-on for the W3 Total Cache plugin that provides support for the WPML (WordPress Multilingual) plugin. WPML is a popular plugin that allows you to create multilingual websites in WordPress. The W3 Total Cache WPML extension helps to improve website performance by caching multilingual content and ensuring that it is delivered to visitors quickly and efficiently.
When you install and activate the W3 Total Cache WPML extension, it works by adding support for WPML to the W3 Total Cache plugin. This means that all of the caching features provided by W3 Total Cache can be used with multilingual content, ensuring that visitors to your site receive a fast and seamless experience, regardless of their language.
Some of the features provided by the W3 Total Cache WPML extension include:
Cache warmup: The extension ensures that all versions of a page in different languages are preloaded in the cache. This ensures that visitors get a fast response when switching between languages.
Content detection: The extension detects the language of the content being displayed, and serves the appropriate cached version to the visitor. This ensures that visitors are always served the correct version of the content, regardless of the language.
Translation support: The extension ensures that translations of pages and posts are correctly cached and served so that visitors can access the content in their preferred language quickly and easily.
How to enable WPML extension in W3 Total Cache
It’s important to know that the WMPL extension is a W3 Total Cache Pro feature, which means that you need to have the W3TC Pro license to be able to use this extension. If the WPML extension is greyed out in the Extensions section – Performance>Extension, it means that either W3 Total Cache did not detect the WPML, or you are using a free version of the W3 Total Cache.
To enable the WPML extension in W3 Total Cache, you need to follow these steps:
- Install and activate the W3 Total Cache plugin, make sure the plugin is activated in the Pro version, and ensure you also have the WPML on your website.
- In your WordPress dashboard, go to the “Performance” tab. Click on “Extensions”. Select the WPML checkbox and click Activate:
Once enabled, and activated the WPML extension area will turn sky blue:
- Save the changes and clear your cache to ensure that the WPML extension is working correctly.
Once you have enabled the WPML extension in W3 Total Cache, it will automatically detect and cache multilingual content on your website, and ensure that visitors receive a fast and seamless experience, regardless of the language they are using. The WPML extension will also ensure that translations of pages and posts are correctly cached and served to visitors, making it easy for them to access content in their preferred language.
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