A website’s speed is a key contributing factor in its success. It can be the difference between a site being a roaring success or a complete failure. A slow website will get you nowhere fast. A fast site can get your brand and your business noticed.
If you want to get your website noticed and your business off the ground, then it has to be fast.
We all know that caching can help your site’s speed and traffic and that Google considers how fast a site loads and ranks it. We also know that speeding up our site is a fantastic way to increase its traffic and rankings.
But we don’t always know how to do this.
In this blog, we’re going to look at how you can increase your site’s speed with free cache plugins like Cache Enabler, You also learn how to set up a cache enabler with other free WordPress plugins to further speed up your WP site and honest comparison with other caching plugins.
Get ready to get your site off the ground.
- 1 What is Cache Enabler?
- 2 Real World Cache Enabler Speed Test Results
- 3 Cache Enabler Settings
- 4 Cache Enabler vs WP Rocket
- 5 Verdict
What is Cache Enabler?
What if we could (almost) make your WordPress website load much faster? And what if we could do it pretty easily and in a hassle-free way?
Cache Enabler is a free plugin for caching static HTML files, which can increase the speed of your WordPress site.
It uses static files instead of generating (and then consuming) dynamic server-side output, such as PHP or SQL queries.
This means that your WordPress site will not only improve in performance, but you will also reduce overhead by speeding up the resource-intensive backend operations without resorting to expensive hardware or cloud hosting.
Cache Enabler is available in the WordPress directory, but it doesn’t have any premium plans. It offers all the features one would expect from a caching plugin, though, can be used paying nothing at all!
Let’s look at the important features Cache Enabler offers now that we’ve got that out of the way.
- The fast and efficient cache engine
- Automatic smart cache clearing
- Manual cache clearing
- WP-CLI cache clearing
- Cache expiry
- WebP support (convert images to WebP with Optimus)
- Mobile support
- Brotli and Gzip pre-compression support
- Real-time cache size display in the WordPress dashboard
- Custom post type support
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- Works perfectly with Autoptimize and most other third-party plugins.
Real World Cache Enabler Speed Test Results
Test Site Before Cache Enabler
30% Speed Increase After Activating Cache Enabler(Default Setting)
Cache Enabler Comparison Table
|Before Cache Enabler||After Cache Enabler|
|Time to First Byte(TTFB)||1500ms||954ms|
|Fully Loaded Time||7.8||5.4s|
Cache Enabler Settings
- Expiration: You will set cache expiration here, default is 0, Unless you’re often adding content to your site regularly, we recommend leaving the function it at the default setting. But you have to manually clear the cache every time after updating the contents.
- Clearing: You can see five check boxes with condition displayed here, so every time you hit the save button, caches cleared automatically.
- ✅ Clear the site cache if any post type has been published, updated, or trashed (instead of the post cache).
- ✅ Clear the site cache if a comment has been posted, updated, spammed, or trashed (instead of the comment cache).
- Clear the site cache if a term has been added, updated, or deleted (instead of the term cache).
- Clear the site cache if a user has been added, updated, or deleted (instead of the user cache).
- ✅ Clear the site cache if a plugin has been activated or deactivated.
- Create a cached version for WebP support. Convert your images to WebP with Optimus.
- Create a cached version for mobile devices.
- ✅ Create a cached version pre-compressed with Gzip. (Needs to be disabled if the decoding fails in the web browser.)
- Minification: You have two choices here, I choose
- ✅ Minify HTML in cached pages
- ✅ Minify HTML in cached pages
Cache Exclusions: If you don’t want any of your posts or pages cached, you can simply add them to the list in the Cache Exclusions POST IDS or PAGE PATH text area. To do this, simply go to the Edit Post or Edit Page screen for whichever post or page you’d like to add then look at the URL for that specific post/page, find your blog’s post/page ID listed there at the end, and just type it into the Cache Exclusions field here.
Cache Enabler vs WP Rocket
If you read my WP Rocket review, then you can find how easy to configure it and make WordPress faster.
Cache Enabler is the free solution for your caching needs, but if you compare it with WP Rocket, you’ll find it’s missing some most important features like minification of CSS and JS files, Lazy Loading images, and videos and database cleaner.
Cache Enabler + Autoptimize + ShortPixel + Rocket Lazy Load
WP Rocket + ShortPixel
|Cache Enabler + Autoptimize + ShortPixel + Rocket Lazy Load||WP Rocket + ShortPixel|
|Time to First Byte(TTFB)||896ms||915ms|
|Fully Loaded Time||2.7s||2.3s|
As you can see, WP Rocket is 15% faster than Cache Enabler and doesn’t require four extra plugins.
You can beat or come close to the premium WP Rocket result but it requires you to play with lots of free plugins and configurations. WP Rocket provides you the ease of mind which costs money.
By following the above steps, your site can be one of the fastest in your niche. Generating more traffic and leads for your business. The best thing about cache enabler is that it’s easy to install and set up. There’s no need for any technical knowledge.
Everyone loves faster websites; no one enjoys waiting around for pages to load. That’s why we want to know: Have you tried any of the latest caching plugins out there? Which WordPress caching plugins have you experienced on your site and what do you think is the best solution for WordPress caching? Is it important to have a solution that supports HTTP/2 web protocol and Google’s WebP image formats? We want to hear from you, so leave us a quick comment below!