There are plenty of ways to speed up a site – such as image optimization and cleaning up your database – but few are as efficient as a good old WordPress caching plugin.
This time around, we’ll be comparing four different caching tools on price, features, ease of use, and (of course) speed. By the time we’re done, you’ll know exactly which solution is right for you. Let’s get cracking!
WP Rocket vs Hummingbird vs WP Fastest Cache vs Comet Cache:
- Caches each of your pages.
- Uses dedicated crawlers to preload your cache by simulating visits.
- Loads images on request to improve your page load times.
- Optimized for use with Google Fonts.
- Fully compatible with CloudFlare for even faster loading times.
- Supports WordPress Multisite.
- Provides you with a detailed performance report.
- Includes advanced minification features.
- Ability to set the longevity of your cached files in your visitor’s browser.
- Works alongside other WordPress caching solutions.
- Fully compatible with CloudFlare and other major Content Delivery Networks (CDN).
- Supports WooCommerce out of the box.
WP Fastest Cache
WP Fastest Cache is a popular free WordPress caching plugin that’s been around for a while. Its design and feature set is simple and functional, but it gets the job done without much fuss.
Formerly known as ZenCache, this plugin rebranded itself as Comet Cache at the beginning of 2016 at the insistence of ZenDesk – a rather un-zenlike move if we do say so ourselves.
Despite this minor setback, Comet Cache has continued to grow its user base steadily, and development shows no signs of slowing down.
- Simple one-click configuration, preconfigured with the best possible options to maximize speed.
- Automatic caching of your entire site.
- Supports RSS feed caching.
- Ability to manage your cache expiration times.
- GZIP compression.
Finding the best WordPress caching plugin: Conclusion
All things considered, all of these caching tools offer excellent solutions for WordPress users who have a need for speed – and that should be all of us! They each have their pros and cons, and depending on your specific requirements you may want to choose one over the other.
Let’s recap to see which WordPress caching plugin is the best fit for you:
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