Improving WordPress Load Speed with W3 Total Cache

WordPress Website Improvement Service

In this WordPress Tutorial i will show you how to speed up your WordPress website by using a plugin called W3 Total Cache. This plugin allows files to perform more efficiently on your server therefore speeding up your load speed. You van either follow the steps above in the video or by using the content below.

STEP ONE

  1. Go to GTmetrix and enter your website address
  2. Click ANALYZE
  3. Make a note of your current time it takes to load your website.

STEP TWO

  1. Login to your WordPress Dashboard
  2. click PLUGINS > ADD NEW
  3. Search W3 Total Cache
  4. Install plugin and active.

STEP THREE

  1. On the left hand side go to PERFORMANCE > GENERAL SETTINGS
  2. Check PAGE CACHE box is enabled
  3. Check MINIFY box is enabled
  4. Check AUTO button is enabled within MINIFY (if you have problems with your website after saving select MANUAL)
  5. Check DATABASE CACHE box is enabled
  6. Check OBJECT CACHE box is enabled
  7. Check BROWSER CACHE box is enabled
  8. Click SAVE ALL SETTINGS

STEP FOUR

  1. On the left hand side go to PERFORMANCE > MINIFY
  2. Scroll down to HTML & XML
  3. HTML MINIFY SETTINGS make sure these boxes are checked; Enable, Inline CSS minification, Inline JS minification
  4. SAVE ALL SETTINGS

STEP FIVE

  1. On the left hand side go to PERFORMANCE > BROWSER CACHE
  2. Under GENERAL make sure you have the below boxes checked:
  3. Set Last-Modified header
  4. Set expires header
  5. Set cache control header
  6. Set entity tag (eTag)
  7. Enable HTTP (gzip) compression
  8. SAVE ALL SETTINGS

STEP SIX (WooCommerce Plugin Users Only)

  1. on the left hand side go to PERFORMANCE > DATABASE CACHE
  2. Scroll down to ADVANCED > IGNORED QUERY STEMS
  3. In the box add _wc_session_ to the bottom of the list
  4. SAVE ALL SETTINGS

STEP SEVEN

  1. On the top admin bar hover your mouse over PERFORMANCE
  2. In the drop down menu click EMPTY ALL CACHE

STEP EIGHT

  1. Go to GTmetrix and enter your website address
  2. Click ANALYZE
  3. Compare your current load speed time with your first.

ALL DONE!

I would suggest repeating STEP 6 every time you make a change or update to your website to keep it running efficiently or repeating STEP 6 2-3 times per week if no changes are made.