In the last few texts I've drawn your attention to the fact that WordPress can be quite demanding CMS when it comes to the amount of consumed resources of the server it runs on. If you use your own dedicated server or VPS, it is not as important as it is in the case of sites hosted on shared hosting.

Fortunately, there are ways to increase site performance, reduce loads, database queries, etc... All we need to do is use caching plugins. The two most popular are W3 Total Cache i WP Super Cache. Both give a lot of possibilities, because apart from the caching mechanisms they allow to integrate a website with services such as CDN (Content Delivery Network), and, as it is the case with W3 Total Cache, they offer mechanisms minifying and compressing files sent to the browser. Of course, there are many more advantages of these solutions, but in order to fully exploit the potential and possibilities of the mentioned plugins, we need to have appropriate knowledge so that we can properly configure the plugin. Incorrect configuration in some cases may not give the expected results at all. So it is a kind of obstacle, especially for those who have no idea what the configuration options are used for, and the nomenclature that can be found there makes your head spin. From my personal observation and experience there is one more important thing. The mentioned plugins work well not only when we know how to use them in a particular case, but they work much better on complex websites, and even better if those websites are hosted on our own dedicated server (or VPS), where we have full control over the environment configuration.

So what do I suggest for small sites?

Here, too, we have several options, starting with one of my favourite plug-ins Wordfence through Quick Cachewhich I use (sometimes together with Wordfence) on many small and medium-sized projects.

Quick Cache is a small size script that works very well for smaller projects implemented on WordPress. Using it on shared hosting services has often given better results than W3 Total Cache or WP Super Cache. The plugin is very easy to configure, which basically comes down to enabling or disabling selected options (there are literally several of them). So it will not cause problems for beginners. A bit more features can be found in the Pro version, for which you have to pay $15, e.g. the ability to compress html, js and css files or the automatic page caching engine, but even then it remains an extremely simple tool to configure.

I encourage you to test this plugin. In the free version it works perfectly on small websites and what interests us most can give them a considerable acceleration.

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  1. I also believe that small sites should use Quick Cache.

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