Setting Up
W3 Total Cache
The Correct Way
Start Here
Page Cache
• Page cache is one of the most important
features of this plugin. Enable it.
• Set this to Disk: Enhanced for ...
Minify
• Minify is an excellent way to boost your
website’s speed.
• But since you got Cloudflare installed, leave
this di...
Database Cache
• Database caching plays a more important
role in boosting your website’s speed when
you are using a VPS or...
Object Cache
• If you are hosting your website on a
dedicated server or VPS, enable this.
• If you are on a normal or shar...
Browser Cache
• This will tremendously speed your website’s
load time for returning visitors.
• 100% enable this.
CDN
• You will be using Cloudflare’s CDN which will
be covered in the later slides.
• Leave this disable.
Reverse Proxy
• Reverse Proxy is a service similar to a CDN where they
cache a copy of your site pages and serve it to you...
Network Performance & Security
• A must-have for a 1 second website.
• Find your Cloudflare API key here.
Other Not-so-important Settings
Monitoring – New Relic helps you monitor how your website is
doing in actionable and easy-...
Setting Up
Advanced
W3 Total Cache
Settings
Advanced Settings: Start Here
Advanced Page Cache
• I like to leave “Don’t cache pages for following user
roles: Administrator” because whenever I make ...
Advanced Page Cache
• Cache preloading is a pretty awesome feature in W3C. It lets you set a
time when the cached pages wi...
Advanced Page Cache
Purge Policy & Advanced Tab
• Leave them as default
Advanced Minify
• There won’t be much settings to change for
Advanced Minify because you will leave most of the
minify wor...
Advanced Minify
Advanced Browser Cache
Advanced Browser Cache
Advanced Browser Cache
Advanced Browser Cache
User Agent Groups
• User agents means that you can set things to
work differently for a visitor using a web
browser like I...
Referrer Groups
• Almost similar to user agent groups. Referrer
groups segment users by referrers instead of
devices.
• If...
Advanced CDN
• No options to change here as your CDN is
already configured to Cloudflare.
Now…click Save all settings and you’re done!
Your website is now
more optimized
with W3 Total Cache
For those who are reading the guide now,
Move onto the next section of the The Ultimate
Guide To Speeding Up Your Website
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W3 Total Cache is one of the best plugin or maybe the best to optimize your website's speed. This tutorial will show you how to setup W3 Total Cache for maximum efficiency.

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Setting Up W3 Total Cache The Correct Way

  1. 1. Setting Up W3 Total Cache The Correct Way
  2. 2. Start Here
  3. 3. Page Cache • Page cache is one of the most important features of this plugin. Enable it. • Set this to Disk: Enhanced for most web hosting servers.
  4. 4. Minify • Minify is an excellent way to boost your website’s speed. • But since you got Cloudflare installed, leave this disabled.
  5. 5. Database Cache • Database caching plays a more important role in boosting your website’s speed when you are using a VPS or dedicated server. • Set Database Cache Method to Disk.
  6. 6. Object Cache • If you are hosting your website on a dedicated server or VPS, enable this. • If you are on a normal or shared hosting server, I recommend leaving this unchecked.
  7. 7. Browser Cache • This will tremendously speed your website’s load time for returning visitors. • 100% enable this.
  8. 8. CDN • You will be using Cloudflare’s CDN which will be covered in the later slides. • Leave this disable.
  9. 9. Reverse Proxy • Reverse Proxy is a service similar to a CDN where they cache a copy of your site pages and serve it to your visitors from the cloud. • Leave this disable & use Cloudflare instead as their service is more suited for Wordpress websites.
  10. 10. Network Performance & Security • A must-have for a 1 second website. • Find your Cloudflare API key here.
  11. 11. Other Not-so-important Settings Monitoring – New Relic helps you monitor how your website is doing in actionable and easy-to-understand data. Miscellaneous – You can enter in your Google Page Speed API key to be disabled in your W3 Total Cache dashboard. Debug – “Do not touch” if unsure. Import/Export Settings – You can easily export your W3 Total Cache settings from 1 website and import the settings into another website with this.
  12. 12. Setting Up Advanced W3 Total Cache Settings
  13. 13. Advanced Settings: Start Here
  14. 14. Advanced Page Cache • I like to leave “Don’t cache pages for following user roles: Administrator” because whenever I make any changes, I don’t have to clear cache to view the change.
  15. 15. Advanced Page Cache • Cache preloading is a pretty awesome feature in W3C. It lets you set a time when the cached pages will be built. • What this does is it has the plugin pre-make these cached pages on a regular basis so that not even the first visitor has to wait on a slow un- cached page. • Don’t forget to enter your sitemap URL into the sitemap box.
  16. 16. Advanced Page Cache Purge Policy & Advanced Tab • Leave them as default
  17. 17. Advanced Minify • There won’t be much settings to change for Advanced Minify because you will leave most of the minify work to Cloudflare.
  18. 18. Advanced Minify
  19. 19. Advanced Browser Cache
  20. 20. Advanced Browser Cache
  21. 21. Advanced Browser Cache
  22. 22. Advanced Browser Cache
  23. 23. User Agent Groups • User agents means that you can set things to work differently for a visitor using a web browser like Internet Explorer, Firefox, etc compared to a visitor using a mobile browser on an iPad or iPhone. • If you are getting a lot of traffic from mobiles and tablets, you can segment your visitors and show them different website themes to suit their device.
  24. 24. Referrer Groups • Almost similar to user agent groups. Referrer groups segment users by referrers instead of devices. • If you want to show a different website to people coming from Google, you can do that with referrer groups. • This can be used to split tests your different traffic sources by creating different landing pages for each of these sources.
  25. 25. Advanced CDN • No options to change here as your CDN is already configured to Cloudflare.
  26. 26. Now…click Save all settings and you’re done! Your website is now more optimized with W3 Total Cache
  27. 27. For those who are reading the guide now, Move onto the next section of the The Ultimate Guide To Speeding Up Your Website For those not reading the guide yet… Learn how you can improve your website’s speed and why you need to improve it. If not, you may be one of those websites losing $21,000 per year. Go to: The Ultimate Guide To Speeding Up Your Website Now!

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