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W3 Total Cache WordPress Plugin

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. We recommend that you use WP Super Cache; you can activate the plugin from the WordPress Dashboard unless you need advanced features like CDN integration or enhanced caching features. WP Super Cache is much easier to configure and is lighter weight.


How To Install W3 Total Cache

  1. Log in to WordPress Dashboard by going to:
    http://example.com/wp-admin
    or
    http://example.com/wp-login.php
    • Replace example.com with your actual domain name.

  2. Navigate to the  Plugins section, then click on Add New.

    WordPress Add New Plugin

  3. Search for W3 Total Cache. Then, click on the Install Now button

    Install W3 Total Cache

  4. Click Activate Plugin.

    Activate W3 Total Cache

  5. Upon activation of the plugin, a new menu option will be added in the WordPress admin panel called Performance.
  6. Click on the Performance tab to enter the configuration information.

Recommended Settings

  • Page Cache: Enable
  • Page Cache Method: Disk (Enhanced)
  • Database Cache: Disabled
  • Object Cache: Disabled

Other options for optimizing WordPress include WP Super Cache that is an alternative to W3 Total Cache.


How To Uninstall W3 Total Cache

  1. Log in to WordPress Dashboard by going to:
    http://example.com/wp-admin
    or
    http://example.com/wp-login.php
    • Replace example.com with your actual domain name.

  2. Go to the Plugins section, then click on Installed Plugins.

    WordPress Installed Plugins

  3. Locate W3 Total Cache. Then, click Deactivate.

    Deactivate W3 Total Cache

  4. Afterward, click on the Delete link.

    Delete W3 Total Cache

  5. At the confirmation for deleting the plugin, click Yes, Delete these files.
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