W3 TOTAL CACHE to another page caching plugin

Q: I’m looking to move from W3TC to another page caching plugin, but need to replace the object caching. I’ve tried the drop-in plugins (object-cache.php) for xcache, APCu, and Memcached but they lead to a huge increase in TTFB. It went from to 13.8 secs. I’ve done a significant amount of Googling, but haven’t discovered how I can track down this slowdown. I’m on centos 7, Apache/2.4.6, and php 5.5.36.

CPU use climbs significantly, but RAM isn’t an issue — plenty free. Suggestions on how I might track this down?

A: Upgrade to PHP 7.0. Install Cache Enabler or WP Super Cache or WP Fastest Cache (they are simple and work well). Install NGINX as reverse proxy in front Apache. Install Redis instead of memcache as generally, WordPress and popular plugins work great with PHP 7.0, just remember to turn on NGINX microcaching.

Comet Cache Pro has an inbuilt manager for opcache. I found a good Redis cache in the repot a few days ago (Redis Object Cache). I find Redis runs wild with resources when not managed. I’ve used WP-FFPC in the past, which worked well at the time. Make sure to read the bottom note below here…

As Liew says, PHP 7 will improve things. Make sure PHP is properly configured to limit memory cache sizes and to limit execution times etc… I’m not a fan of WP Super Cache though. Use an up-to-date version of MySQL or MariaDB (MariaDB works well).

Many WP cache plugins use the advanced-cache.php drop-in and/or the object-cache.php drop-in under wp-content. Those that use the same file(s) are not normally compatible with one and other because they overwrite each other’s settings. Redis Object Cache (in the repo) uses object-cache.php. Comet Cache (& the Pro version) uses advanced-cache.php so Redis Cache and Comet Cache can work together within the same site. WP-FFPC uses advanced-cache.php so is incompatible with Comet Cache (and most other cache plugins). With something like WP-FFPC you may want to consider use of Autoptimize to concatinate and strip whitespace, depending on your server set-up.

I’ve had really good luck with comet cache and I also cheat a little bit my making a ram file system and mounting it then pointing the cache directory in Comet Cash to that mount point as it’s caching directory. That way everything is cached in RAM, no disk to wait for to serve any cached page.

I moved to nginx and php 5.5.38 and things are much faster. However, the object-cache.php drop-ins still cause significant speed decreases and cpu usage. So I still need to look into that. I’ll be testing with php7 over the next several weeks and hope to make the move soon.

Thanks for the insights and suggestions, everyone…very helpful.

WP Total cache and wordpress slider not working

If you started using wp total cache. Everything may seem to be working well, improved site speed and performance but then your slider image disappears from the homepage. Upon deactivating the plugin, it reappears. So what could be the reason, why would it do this or is just a conflict with the theme?

We are not using revolution slider but rather another slider called Soliloqy.

It could be a conflict with the minify settings. As someone was using wp total cache on one of their websites too, and have a slider (revolution slider) and got it to show up again by excluding all of its js to be placed on the footer using wp fastest cache. Works great, as the sites super fast but you have to pay for premium services for like combined js files.

Someone else always used simple cache as the caching plugin on most sites, and added a bunch of codes to .htaccess. Installed better minify plugin too. Maybe try that better minify plugin? Worth a try. You’ll probably have to exclude the slider’s Javascript from the minification process in W3 Total Cache to get it to work.

While someone had so many problems with wp total cache that he switched to comet cache, it works much better in terms of not screwing up the website and still provides a good speed boost.

Lazy Loading wordpress plugin

Lazy loading is a great technique which has the potential to have a profound impact on your site speed if you use a lot of images. It can help you save resources like bandwidth and reduce server load. Easy to implement by using one of the plugins tested in this tutorial.

But being, as a full-time traveler, on slow internet I HATE it! Either photos don’t load at all, or their size is not pre-defined (to keep the page responsive) so with every new image load the text (I’m trying to read) shifts down and out of focus. My number ONE reason to never visit the same site again!

So tell us if lazy load wordpress plugin actually does good or bad to your website as what i understood that it improves the page speed but it increases the requests a lot. Should i prefer to leave with the high amount of request and better speed or switch it back as it was?

Below is a line from the developer of the plugin itself.

How to Lazy Load Images and Videos to Improve Page Load Time

The average web pages weight in at 2406 kB with images and videos making up nearly 75% of the total weight according to the HTTP Archive. That’s a lot of bytes for a website visitor’s browser to download and render, and the trends all point to larger web pages and increased used of images in […]

Click here to download the wordpress plugin for lazy loading

Fast WordPress social stream plugin

In case you want to show your social stream(s) but you’re concerned about the site’s speed (and you should be!), this plugin can be the right solution for you. Plugin is recently updated, has very good rating, a lot of sales… Now a days bloggers or companies who own multiple social platforms rely on a social stream plugin to load from multiple social networks all in one place, some use it to upload or pull those posts and this wordpress plugin can be handy for that.

“Smart caching with background server task allows to deliver content blazingly fast without long page loading. It’s especially crucial when many networks are pulled or you have big traffic. Your visitors won’t see any API calls limit errors using your tokens.”

“Smart resource loading: Script and styles are loaded only when shortcode detected on page”

Some more details on the plugin itself.

Flow-Flow WordPress Social Stream Plugin is premium social media plugin to display social feeds in beautiful responsive grid with filters and live search. Make any combinations of social feeds with Flow-Flow. For example, you can have 5 Facebook pages, 5 Twitter hashtags and 5 Instagram users in one stream. For its price this plugin is a great alternative to web services that charge monthly payment for similar functionality. No monthly Subscription with Flow-Flow WordPress Social Stream!

To purchase and download this plugin goto https://codecanyon.net/item/flowflow-wordpress-social-stream-plugin/9319434

60+ List of recommended WordPress Speed Up Tools and useful links

SPEED HOSTING – Basis for WordPress Speed Rocking

  1. SiteGround RECOMMENDED Hosting that cares about the speed of their clients’ sites and clients itself with which admin and creator of this Group has positive experiences and can vouch for it on the basis of the long personal experiences.
  2. Other Hostings: although it is very hard to find “unbiased” hosting reviews/experiences, these are as close as possible ones so you see what people say about various hostings on social networks. You can also choose some of the mentioned hostings with good comments/users’ experiences and give it a try:
  1. SITE ANALYSIS:

Free Tools

  1. Pingdom: RECOMMENDED The web tool for complete site speed analysis
  2. GTmetrix: the web tool for complete site speed analysis
  3. WebPagetest: website performance and optimization test web tool
  4. Page Speed Grader: the web tool for complete site speed analysis
  5. Page Speed DotCom-Monitor: instantly test your website speed in real browsers from +20 locations worldwide
  6. Google PageSpeed: the PageSpeed family help you optimize the performance of your website
  7. WebWait: benchmark your website or test the speed of your web connection
  8. Page Load Time: RECOMMENDED Chrome extension for fast measuring page load time
  9. Pingdom DNS Health: RECOMMENDED check if its DNS servers are configured correctly for a domain name
  10. P3 Profiler: identifying plugins that are slowing down the site
  11. Query Monitor: database queries with times
  • Debug Queries: list query-actions only for admins for debug purposes
  • GOTMLS (Anti-Malware): RECOMMENDED Anti-Virus/Anti-Malware plugin in case of reduced site speed
  • SUCURI: website Malware and Security Scanner in case of reduced site speed

Paid Tools

  1. MainWP (wih page speed extension): This extension seamlessly integrates with the Google Pagespeed Insights for WordPress plugin enabling you to monitor your child site performances directly from your MainWP Dashboard
  2. Load Impact: load testing tool
  3. Blitz.io: load testing tool

CACHING TOOLS:

Free Tools

  1. WP Super Cache: effective caching plugin
  2. Cache Enabler: a lightweight caching plugin for WordPress that makes your website faster by generating static HTML files plus WebP support
  3. Get CSS/JS files: debug tool for listing all CSS and JS files

Paid Tools

  1. WP Rocket: RECOMMENDED all-in-one and easy setup and powerful speed up plugin

WP DATABASE OPTIMIZATION: Free Tools

  1. WP Optimize: RECOMMENDED optimize WP database
  2. WP-Sweep: allows you to clean up unused, orphaned and duplicated data in your WordPress. It also optimizes your database tables
  3. WP-DBManager: optimize WP database
  4. Plugins Garbage Collector: RECOMMENDED cleaning up WP database

Paid Tools

  1. Smart Cleanup Tools: powerful plugin for database cleanup
  2. Smart Options Optimizer: unique plugin for tracing and removing unused options and meta records in the database

LOADING OPTIMIZATION:

Free Tools

  1. Plugin Organizer: RECOMMENDED changing plugins order loading and selectively disable plugins on chosen pages/posts
  2. a3 Lazy Load: speed up your site and enhance frontend user’s visual experience in PC’s, Tablets and mobile
  3. BJ Lazy Load: lazy loading for images
  4. Rocket Lazy Load: displays images on a page only when they are visible to the user
  5. Lazy Load for Videos: replace embedded Youtube and Vimeo videos with a clickable preview image
  6. WP YouTube Lyte: lazy load your videos, by inserting responsive “Lite YouTube Embeds”
  7. GIF Animation Preview: replace GIF animations to a static preview image
  8. Autoptimize: aggregating and minimizing JS, CSS and HTML
  9. WP User Avatar: RECOMMENDED use any image from your WordPress Media Library as a custom user avatar and speed up your site
  10. Social Media Feather: RECOMMENDED a super lightweight free social media WordPress plugin that allows you to quickly and painlessly add social sharing and following features to all your posts, pages and custom post types
  11. Crunchify Social Sharing: fastest & Simplest Social Sharing Button without any Java Script
  12. Simple Share Buttons: a simple and speedy plugin that enables you to add share buttons to all of your posts and/or pages
  13. Sharify: a simple, responsive and beautiful social sharing plugin for less server load and faster webpage loading
  14. Meta Slider: very popular WordPress slider plugin and extremely fast
  15. Heartbeat Control: RECOMMENDED easily manage the frequency of the WordPress heartbeat API thus speeding up your site’s admin dashboard
  16. Cloudinary: images in the cloud
  1. CloudFlare: supercharge your site speed through cloud
  2. WP-SpamShield Anti-Spam: this plugin has an extremely low overhead and won’t slow down your site, unlike some other anti-spam plugins.

Paid Tools

  1. MaxCDN: distribute content to make web pages and media load faster
  2. RackspaceCDN: distribute content to make web pages and media load faster
  3. KeyCDN: a simple, fast and reliable CDN
  4. WP Offload S3: offloading your media and assets to Amazon S3 & CloudFront
  5. Ultimate Social Deux: Ultimate Social Deux social sharing plugin won’t slow your site down
  6. Envira Gallery: a responsive and fast WordPress gallery plugin that creates incredibly simple and easy workflows around building and managing galleries in WordPress

IMAGES OPTIMIZATION: Free Tools

  1. Imagify: RECOMMENDED dramatically reduce image file sizes without loosing quality, make your website load faster, boost your SEO and save money on your bandwidth
  2. Imsanity: automatically resizes huge image uploads
  3. EWWW Image Optimizer: reduce file sizes for images
  4. Optimus: effective image compression and optimization during the upload process
  5. ImageRecycle pdf & image compression: pdf & image compression
  6. Compress JPEG & PNG images: optimize your JPEG and PNG images automatically with TinyPNG
  7. JPEGmini: a superb online tool for losing your images kilobytes
  8. Compressor.io: a powerful online tool for reducing drastically the size of your images and photos
  9. RIOT: RECOMMENDED optimizing images on PC
  10. FastStone: image editor (resizing and cropping), as well as image browser and converter
  11. ImageOptim: optimizes images on MAC

Paid Tools

  1. JPEGmini Pro: a superb online tool for losing your images kilobytes
  2. Kraken PRO: online optimizing images and accelerating your websites

USEFUL WP OPTIMIZATION ARTICLES:

  1. Speeding Up a WordPress Website on WPHUB
  2. The Ultimate Mega Guide to Speeding Up WordPress
  3. 11 ways to Speed Up WordPress
  4. Diagnose admin-ajax.php Causing Slow Load Times in WordPress
  5. Why you Shouldn’t Care About Google PageSpeed Insights

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