1. WP Fastest Cache
This plugin we actually use here at NodeSpace. You would not believe how slowly our development site crawled before installing WP Fastest Cache
from Think With Google, we were able to get our scores into the high 80's regarding website speed on mobile and desktop!
2. W3 Total Cache
W3 Total Cache - just a small set of options
This is another plugin that we use on our corporate website, xinsto.com
. Our corporate site is very heavy and speeding it up was a challenge which is why we were so happy when we gave W3 Total Cache
a go, it made a major improvement. Unlike WP Fastest Cache, W3 Total Cache has a lot of options. This allows you to easily play with all the settings and find out what works best for your site. Likewise, when we got all the settings right, we saw a huge performance increase! It renders like static HTML, since, well, it's static HTML when it gets served to the client! Speedy!
3. WP Super Cache
Feature rich WP Super Cache
If you're running a WordPress site already and you've gone to the Add Plugins page, there's a great chance you've seen WP Super Cache
featured. It's been there for quite some time and for good reason too! This is another plugin which we have used on our corporate website and have seen major performance increases with it meaning it can supercharge your website! This plugin is a little different in the sense that there are 3 ways in which it serves files, from fastest to slowest: Mod_Rewrite - It bypasses PHP and serves static HTML files to the client. It also is preferred because it reduces the load on the server too! PHP - This works as a hybrid mode of Mod_Rewrite and live dynamic file serving as it serves a static cache page, but it also allows dynamic processing on the fly. It's still comparably fast as Mod_Rewrite, but it does use some resources. Legacy - This is the slowest, but most flexible when it comes to caching. This is used for logged in users, known users, and dynamic pages. The upside to WP Super Cache? It's built by Automattic, the makers of WordPress.
Know of something else?
Do you know of another awesome way to speed up your WordPress site? Share it with us in the comments below or on Twitter @NodeSpace! We'd love to see what you do and we'll even possibly feature your tricks in a future blog post!