One way to optimize WordPress is to install W3 Total Cache (W3TC), which can be done from your WordPress Dashboard under Plugins.
We do not recommend using W3 Total Cache while any other caching plugins are enabled as it causes numerous issues upon activation. In fact, we recommend that you use WP Super Cache, which is installed by default by our QuickInstall cPanel plugin, over W3 Total Cache, unless you need advanced features like CDN integration or enhanced caching features. WP Super Cache is much easier to configure and is lighter weight.
Install W3 Total CacheThis video will walk you through the steps below to show you how to install and use W3 Total Cache.
To install W3TC:
- Go to your WordPress Dashboard.
- Go to Plugins > Add New.
- Search for W3 Total Cache.
- Click Install Now.
- Click Activate Plugin.
- Upon activation of the plugin, a new menu option will be added in the WordPress admin panel called Performance.
- Click on the Performance tab to enter the configuration information.
- Page Cache: Enable
- Page Cache Method: Disk (Enhanced)
- Database Cache: Disabled
- Object Cache: Disabled
Other options for optimizing WordPress include WP Super Cache which is an alternative to W3 Total Cache.
Uninstall W3 Total Cache
To uninstall W3TC:
- Go to your WordPress admin panel.
- Go to Plugins.
- Select Installed Plugins.
- Locate W3 Total Cache.
- Click Deactivate.
- Click Delete.
- At the confirmation for deleting the plugin, click Yes, Delete these files.