Server side site caching has long been a passion of mine. The speed increase for the end user combined with the lowered server resource needs simply make it a no-brainer. You need to be caching your site on the server.
Until last week I’d only worked with free plugins for caching, and been pretty pleased with my favorite, WP Super Cache. Recently however, I’ve been seeing a lot of press about WP Rocket, a plugin that costs $39. It came out about a year ago, we wrote about it back then, and I’ve kept my eye on it to see if it gets any traction. I
What I liked about WP Rocket
The first thing I noticed is that the Settings panel is amazingly simpler than either WP Super Cache or W3 Total Cache. The Basic Settings page has just 6 questions, while the Advanced Settings page has only 8.
What I loved about WP Rocket
It also has some really nice built-in tools. It has the option to auto-update, so you don’t have to think about making sure it’s updated. Additionally, it has a version rollback system, so if an auto-update breaks things, you can easily revert to the previous version that worked.
It can also save and import all your settings. If you remove the plugin, your settings are lost, but if you saved them before that, you can simply import them all. This works nicely as well for setting up a default config if you create multiple sites.
One really great thing is that it cleans up after itself. W3 Total Cache leaves files and code all through your site if you remove it. WP Super Cache is better, but still leaves your cache files and .htaccess updates in place when you remove it.
Removing WP Rocket completely removes everything, which is awesome.
What I didn’t like about WP Rocket
My only real complaint centers around Multisite Networks. WP Rocket needs to be installed separately on every site on the network, and each site has its own config set up. Sure, the ability to have a config file you simply import takes the edge off, but it still means you need to install and do that every time a new site is created. If you have a Membership site where people can create their own sub-sites it simply doesn’t scale at all. WP Super Cache wins big here, it does a wonderful job.
In all I really like it, and I’m using it on my own site after using WP Super Cache for many years. If you’re well experienced with WordPress and caching in general WP Super Cache will probably still serve just as well, but if you’re NOT well experienced WP Rocket is worth every single penny you’ll spend on it.
If you’re an OSTraining member, you can get a WP Rocket discount code from the coupon area.