WP Super Cache & W3 Total Cache Users: Are Your Sites Vulnerable?

Not updating vulnerable plugins is one of the biggest mistakes anyone running WordPress can make. And it seems some of the world’s most visited sites are making that exact mistake. … Are you?

A number of weeks ago, perhaps the two most popular caching plugins, WP Super Cache and W3 Total Cache, both updated their code to patch a security vulnerability. HackerTarget.com reports that a quick check of the top 100,000 sites reveals that less than 50% of those sites that run W3 Total Cache have updated their plugins to the latest secure version.

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5 Caching Plugins to Speed Up Your WordPress Site

Let’s face it: when it comes to browsing the internet, people have little patience. If your website is slow, you will not leave a good impression on your visitors, no matter how great your content is! A website that loads without unnecessary delays gets good marks both in terms of user experience as well as search engine rankings.

And, it is common knowledge that caching can help you speed up your website’s load times. So, which is the best caching plugin for WordPress? Yes, we shall attempt to answer this question in this article by taking a look at five of the top caching plugins.

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2 Plugins to Put Your Site in the Fast Lane

Page load speed is not only a major factor in how many people find and stay on your site, it’s also a factor in how much revenue you can earn. In Greg Linden’s short (but famous) article, he writes about internal tests at Amazon that showed mere milliseconds of delay in page load time cost the company substantial revenue.

Even Google experienced similar results, citing 20% less traffic to a page when it loads just a half second slower.

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10 Plugins to Make WordPress Blazing Fast

WordPress doesn’t come to you perfectly optimized for speed right out of the box. However, with the help of one or two plugins it’s easy to have your site zipping along, even without a lot of development expertise. Below you will find some of the top WordPress plugins for improving performance. If we missed any of your favorites, please let us know in the comments.

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Transient Love: How to give WordPress Transients a try

Page caching is really good…
Most busy WordPress websites make use of some page caching plugin to ease processing load off servers and please site visitors with faster page loads. These WordPress caching plugins cache entire pages for serving up quickly.
…except when it isn’t
Sometimes, however, cached pages cannot be used. This is common for:

Membership sites, where user-specific content would make cached pages incorrect for most users.
Sites with rapidly updated page content, where cached pages would not keep up with visitors’ expectations.
Sites presenting unique content based on visitors’ location, browser, and other personal variables.

Partial page caching to the rescue

WordPress Transients - Demonstrating how caching via transients eases server load and speeds page load

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WordPress Site Running Slow Since An Upgrade? Try This.

Disclaimer: some of you are going to face-palm at the obviousness of this solution, but if I was stupid enough not to think of it for a few weeks, I’m guessing a few others are too (no offense guys; we’re all on the same boat).

Has your WordPress Dashboard been running noticeably slower since upgrading to WordPress 3.3.1? Mine was – not just on one site, but on all of them. Mainly, the problem was with my personal blog, as that is where I spend the majority of my time.

WordPress Site Running Slow Since An Upgrade? Try This.

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Apparently ‘Super Cache’ Is The Most Popular WordPress Caching Plugin

WordPress caching has been a bit of a hot topic round here this week. We originally received a question from one of our readers, asking which is the best caching plugin to use on a WordPress site. This kicked off a pretty solid discussion, which we then followed up with a second article on the best caching plugins, as voted by our readers.

Finally, I thought we should aggregate the results from both of those articles, and bring a little pie chart lovin’ to your Friday afternoon.

Choosing the right cache plugin for WordPress

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The Best Caching Plugins for WordPress – Recommended By Our Readers

A couple of weeks back, a WPMU reader sent us a question: Which is the best caching plugin to use on my WordPress site?

The Q & A article that we published got a pretty interesting conversation started, which we felt warranted a follow up post, and hopefully some more quality discussion on caching solutions for WordPress.

By the way, if you haven’t fully wrapped your head around the concept of caching and why it’s important to your WordPress site, a little background reading might be in order. We’ve got a great article here on the basics of caching.
On with the show

Choose the best WordPress caching plugin for your site

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WordPress Question: Which Cache Plugin Should You Use?

Have you sent us a WordPress question yet?

We’re asking our readers to submit interesting and thought-provoking questions about WordPress, and for every question that we publish here on the blog, the author wins a 3 month membership at WPMU DEV.

Today’s question comes to us from an anonymous reader who’s confused about the best caching solution for WordPress.
Which plugin should I use for caching on my WordPress site?

What’s the difference between W3 Total Cache and WP Super Cache? Is one better than the other? If so, why?

Which is the best cache plugin for WordPress?

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