W3 Total Cache is an Awesome Plugin to Have
For those of you who feel like your site is running a bit slow, and can’t really find the reasoning behind it, I think that you will enjoy reading this post since I also ran into a similar issue.
To start off, if you feel like your site isn’t performing at its best and needs optimization, the best way to check whether or not it is performing well or not is either through http://tools.pingdom.com/fpt/ or http://developers.google.com/speed/pagespeed/insights/ they are both really good tools for checking if your site needs optimization. Now, I’m not saying that these are the only 2 that are available, these are just the 2 which I have off the top of my head right now that are very helpful. Personally though, I feel as if Page Speed Insights is my #1 pick, since it is very thorough with the information that it gives you about your site.
After you analyze your site and see the problems that it has, you are probably going to wonder, how do I fix these issues? My answer to that question is: W3 Total Cache, which is a very effective plugin for site optimization for both beginners and professionals (but mostly professionals) and it is completely free, however, it does possess features that you have the choice of paying for, but I personally feel like I don’t need them, or at least not yet anyways. To be honest, I don’t know if there are any other plugins out there that offer the same structured service that W3 Total Cache offers, but I’m sure there are plenty.
W3 Cache is actually a WP Plugin that enhances your traffic’s experience on your website by expanding your server’s rendering, lessening the download span and by dispensing unequivocal materially dispatched complex's widely regarded as Content Delivery Networks (CDN).
Besides W3 Total Cache, there are also various other factors that could determine your site’s latency, some of these factors could include:
-Bad web hosting (WA’s hosting is great and free btw)
-Bad-coded plugins or possessing plugins that you really don’t need
-In some cases a lack of a Content Delivery Network, but this is rarely the case, unless you have a really high volume of traffic, so odds are you might not need one.
These are just a few that I can think of myself, but I’m sure that if I do some more research that I will be able to find a couple more factors.
If you want to see a really great video on how to get started with W3 Total Cache, here is a really helpful tutorial video that I got from Paul Osborne (Really great individual) not too long ago about W3 Total Cache. Here is the link: http://www.wpbeginner.com/plugins/how-to-install-and-setup-w3-total-cache-for-beginners/ Here you will also find a step by step worded tutorial at the bottom of the Video Tutorial. Have fun guys.
Also, I would like to add that you need to be certain that you do not have any other caching plugins installed if you plan on getting W3 Total Cache, because if you do, you will run into problems during activation. Anyways, this link personally really helped me out a lot in understanding how to fix loading speed issues, I hope it helps out anyone else who has been wondering how to resolve this issue as well. If you have any questions about it, please feel free to ask in the comments below or even PM if you’d like. Thanks, have a good one!