No WordPress caching plugins are named here in order to remain unbiased. If I happen to link to any sites that do have a caching plugin that they have created it doesn’t mean I use that plugin it just means I find that page had the best information.
If you have a WordPress website you know there is sometimes a struggle to get your website to load quickly without having tons of money. (I know people have said you need to spend money to make money but there are times you want to see what you can do for free) One thing many WordPress sites tend to have is a cache, as without a cache the website visitor will go straight to your server and your server will generate a new copy of the page for each visitor (this is the easy to explain version, for a more detailed version see WPMUDEV. There are so many WordPress caching plugins to choose from, so which one do you choose?
Choose the one that works best for you and your needs. There are so many caching plugins to choose from, that it may take a while to find the best one for your needs. There are free, freemium, and even paid plugins. If you are going to venture into the paid plugins make sure there is a version you can test before paying the full amount, as if you have to pay for each paid plugin you test, then get a refund, could put you into debt.
One of the best ways I have found to test these caching plugins is to clone the current site then use the cloned site to test all the caching plugins. This way the site your visitors go to won’t be affected by the changes and you can play around with the test as you please. Some say to do the cloned site on a separate server or on your own computer but I find if you want it to be very similar to what your visitors will visit then you can do it on the same server.
While testing you may have to delete go into your cloned site FTP to remove the old cache, or do other similar things in order to remove the unused plugins.
It will take you time to find the right plugin, it may be frustrating, and you may get tired, but once you find the right plugin you most likely will continue to use it for a long period of time.
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