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Ever wonder which WordPress caching plugin is the best? Our team decided to find out while setting up the test site for Covinr.com. We tried speed tests with the following plugins:
- Hyper Cache
- Downloaded +260K with rating of 4
- Quick Cache
- Downloaded +300K with rating of 4.5
- WP Super Cache
- Downloaded +3.3 million with rating of 4
- W3 Total Cache
- Downloaded +1 million with rating of 4.5
The test was run 3 times for each plugin and the fastest load time recorded. All the plugins had default settings with client-side caching and CDN disabled. The results are below:
|None||HyperCache||Quick Cache||WP Super Cache||W3 Total Cache|
|Time Saved||0 secs||1.05 secs||1.89 secs||2.00 secs||4.74 secs|
|Load Time||7.56 secs||6.51 secs||5.67 secs||5.56 secs||2.82 secs|
|Bytes||330 KB||326 KB||331 KB||326 KB||268 KB|
HyperCache, QuickCache and W3 Super Cache load up pages slightly faster. But since they didn’t minimize code, speed gains aren’t as significant. Compare that to W3 Total Cache that brought down the number of requests by more than half. The result is a site 2.5x faster than before. So in our specific test W3 Total Cache is the clear winner.
Originally posted 2012-05-29 09:19:30.