Top Four Best W3 Total Cache Alternatives for WordPress (2020)

Top Four Best W3 Total Cache Alternatives for WordPress (2020)
  • By Colin Newcomer
  • January 8, 2020

W3 Total Cache is one of the most popular free caching plugins at WordPress.org. But it’s also one of the most complex caching plugins, which is why you might be on the hunt for some W3 Total Cache alternatives.

Thankfully, there are plenty of great free and premium caching plugins that you can use to speed up your WordPress site that aren’t named W3 Total Cache, which is the topic of this post.

I’ll start by sharing some of the reasons that cause people to go looking for alternatives to W3 Total Cache. Then, I’ll feature the plugins that we recommend as alternatives, as well as why I think each tool makes a good alternative.

Why Consider W3 Total Cache Alternatives?

I think there are a few different reasons most people look for W3 Total Cache alternatives, which I’ll try to address as I feature the other caching plugins in the next section.

First, there’s the complexity that I mentioned above. W3 Total Cache is, by a large margin, the most complicated WordPress caching plugin to configure. It just has so many features, and even as a person who uses/writes about WordPress for a living, I still find it overwhelming. I can’t imagine what it’s like for a casual user.

Now, if you’re a developer or power user who likes being able to tweak every little thing and set up more obscure caching methods, that might be great. But for most people, I think W3 Total Cache is just too complex.

BoldGrid recently acquired W3 Total Cache and has plans to improve the onboarding and configuration process, so there’s a chance this changes in the future, though.

Second, there’s the price. While the core plugin is indeed free, if you want to get premium support for the plugin, W3 Total Cache is actually pretty pricey. For example, if you want help with the plugin configuration, that costs $200. If you want help with eliminating render-blocking JavaScript, that’s another $300.

If you purchase a premium plugin like WP Rocket, you can get dedicated premium support for a much lower price. So basically, if you want access to support, you can find much cheaper alternatives than W3 Total Cache.

Finally, there’s the performance. I don’t think performance alone is a reason to switch, as W3 Total Cache is quite effective if you’re able to configure it properly. However, I think it’s important to point out that W3 Total Cache is not the only way to get a fast WordPress site.

For example, when we tested W3 Total Cache vs WP Super Cache vs WP Rocket, W3 Total Cache was actually

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This article was written by Colin Newcomer and originally published on WinningWP.

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