Caching is really important to improve the website load time or speed, as it leads to a better user experience. WordPress does have numerous caching plugin available for free in the WordPress repository and one of them is W3 Total cache.
W3 total cache is a popular caching plugin, available for free and it’s a good one. But, If you are using the Plugin for the first time, you may find it difficult to configure the plugin and going through all the options and even understanding the terms used in the plugin can be difficult for most of the users. Therefore in this tutorial, we have tried to make it easier for the new users and non-technical users of W3 Total cache by listing all the optimal settings for W3 Total cache, so that these users can easily configure W3 total cache plugins to get the best of it.
The configuration listed below are optimal for shared hosting and hostings where you are not using any specialized environments. If you are using specialized WordPress hostings, you can optimize these settings further depending on the environment.
Optimal W3 Total Cache Configuration
We will proceed tab by tab to make it easier for you. Before we proceed please uninstall any other cache plugin if installed and one more thing, sometimes there can be compatibility issues with some plugins or theme you are using.
1.The First one is Dashboard, Just Leave it and Move.
W3 Total Cache General Settings
(Minify settings can cause compatibility problem with some themes and plugins, You can disable minify (it does not have any huge impact on speed, the difference will be of few kilobytes only) )
Leave all the other settings after this as they are.
Page Cache Settings
Database Cache Settings
Object Cache Settings
Browser Cache Settings
You are done, Leave all the other options and tabs as they are, no need to change anything in them.
Hectic? Obviously, it is, But Your effort will pay, Now Check your speed on any tool, or the most preferred one http://tools.pingdom.com/fpt/ and notice the change in load time.
Note: Most of the time, when you will change something in your WordPress blog, the plugin W3 Total cache prompts to “Empty all caches” click on it, This will delete the old cache and create new cache.
If any settings and options have changed, please inform us via comment.