Caching Plugins WordPress

Caching is one of the best ways to optimize WordPress and improve its performance. Plugins like W3 Total Cache or WP Super Cache can be easily installed and will cache your blog posts and pages and they will be served as static html files. These static pages reduce the server load processing dynamic content and serving it as a static file.
Posts and pages caching can be done on a server on browser level. While browser caching reduce server load by caching the files on user’s computer, web server caching incorporates caching files on the server locally. Discussing both caching methods in details is beyond the scope of this post.
Caching Plugins WordPress
The aim here is to answer the question which is the best wordpress caching plugin. There are quite a few caching plugins for wordpress but WP Super Cache and W3 Total Cache stand out of the rest. Here I picked the both of them, because they serve different purposes.
The first plugin- WP Super Cache is relatively easy to install and configure, even for an inexperienced user. Choose the basic setup and create static files using one of the three methods. Supercache really comes into it’s own if your server is underpowered, as it is usually the case with the cheap hosting accounts, or virtual hosting accounts. WP Super Cache requires less server resources and has fewer options than W3 Total Cache.
W3 Total Cache is the winner when it comes to caching plugin for wodpress with a lot of additional functions. This plugin caches minified and compressed pages and posts in memory or on disk or on CDN. It can also cache minified and compressed CSS files and Java Scripts in memory, on disc or on CDN. In addition to its main functions it sports several witty option which can come in handy if you want to serve different wordpress theme for the mobile users. Mobile support is done by switching the theme for groups of referrers or user agents. This is just a few of the options this plugin offers. Unfortunately it is not easy to setup for a newbie user, and it consumes more server resources than WP Super Cache. Yet it is a stable plugin, suitable for high traffic sites that will benefit from its many features.

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