After 2+ Years of testing, let’s find out which Caching Plugin is proving to be the fastest.
Weekly Caching Plugin Testing Method
- Compare 8 WordPress Caching Plugins
- Use 8 Live Sites, each with a Different Host but with Identical Content (you can check them out here)
- Use GT metrix Speed Test
- Testing Locations: North America, Europe & Asia Pacific
- Frequency of Weekly Testing: Every Hour for 7 Days
- Total Number of Tests = 1 x24 x7 x8 x116 = 155,904 (xHours xDays xSites xWeeks)
- Speed Testing is checking how long it takes for a website to fully load using a desktop internet browser
Identical Live Sites
WordPress Caching Plugin Rankings – Apr 2016 to Jul 2018
Across the 2+ years of testing, both W3 Total Cache & WP Rocket have consistently been the best performing caching plugins.
When it comes to making a call on whether W3 Total Cache or WP Rocket is best for you, it usually comes down to compatibility with your site & host. Some hosts have banned plugin lists due to conflicts with their own caching solutions. If there are no conflicts, my suggestion would be to test both, 1 at a time, to see which helps speed up your site the most.
As we enter the 2nd half of 2018, our 3 test locations have changed from Dallas, London & Sydney to Vancouver, São Paulo & Mumbai. I am very keen to see how our 8 Caching Plugins perform in new waters?
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07 Apr 2016 to 07 Jul 2018
And the Fastest WordPress Caching Plugins are…
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