Wordpress is the first choice blogging platform for many bloggers around the globe. Wordpress's popularity has grown over the years and Wordpress seems to have taken the blogging world by the storm. This platform has attracted many users and powers many big blogs around the web. When we talk of big blogs, we talk massive traffic. Therefore, for your Wordpress setup to run optimally even during traffic spikes, you need to use caching plugins and other performance add-ons. Out of the box, Wordpress does not have an efficient caching system enabled. You need to get one of the many caching plugins available on the web.
To help you identify what components you need to setup on your Wordpress-powered blog, I've decided to come up with an article about Wordpress caching and performance plugins.
automatically. It has a control panel in the plugin administration page which allows you to see for yourself if your MySQL database is indeed optimized.
Other Miscellaneous ToolsAskApache Crazy Cache is a Wordpress plugin which works in tandem with WP-Cache, WP Super Cache or Hyper Cache to cache you whole Wordpress blog at once. AskApache Crazy Cache works in such a way that it makes your server cache the files, without overwhelming it.
Cache Images & Hot Linked Image Cacher are two plugins which have the ability of caching hot linked images locally. Say you have a post with 10 hot linked images in it, the plugin will cache them on your own server, creating all necessary directory structures and updating all links within your posts automatically.
WP Cache Users is really useful if you run a multiple author blog. It allows you to cache individual author's data so that Wordpress does not have to load the data for each of them each time a post or comments are viewed.
CSS Cache Buster is one good plugin for developers. If you like to tinker with your CSS files, testing out new things, then you might interested in letting your blog visitors know about the changes to the design of the blog. CSS Cache Buster does exactly that. It makes sure that your visitors' browser has the latest, updated version of your CSS file.
Cache Time is an add-on for WP-Cache, which display the amount of time the currently viewed page has been in the cache.
WP Cache Inspect allows Wordpress administrators to monitor the behavior of the cache of their blog and allows cache to be manually removed. The plugin shows a small semi-transparent box at the top right corner of your administration panel and allows you to quickly and easily manage your cache.
ConclusionIf you decide to use any of the above reviewed plugins for Wordpress, be aware that many of them are not compatible with each other. If you want to use a caching plugin for Wordpress, choose one and stick to it. Do not try to setup two or more cache plugins on your blog as it may have the opposite effect of what a cache plugin is supposed to do.
Plugins which are compatible with other plugins has been clearly stated above. So start tuning your wonderful Wordpress blog now! If you need a recommendation from me about which caching plugin to use, I suggest you using a combo of WP Super Cache and AskApache Crazy Cache. These two will cater for all your caching needs efficiently!