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W3 Total Cache Installation

Difficulty: Intermediate


  • Admin login for WordPress


W3 Total Cache is one of the most useful plugins for any busy website or for those who want users to have the fastest experience possible with your site. Used by the likes of Mashable and Smashing Magazine, W3 Total Cache provides one of the most reliable ways to decrease page load times and increase the capacity of your website.

The performance difference has been benchmarked in our WordPress Performance article, which shows you exactly how much difference it will make.


  1. Login to the admin area your WordPress site. If you installed WordPress via Plesk, you'll find a handy link in your Conetix Control Panel.
  2. Click on Plugins on the left hand side, then select Add New :
    Wordpress - W3 Total Cache - Add New Plugin
  3. In the search pane, search for "W3 Total Cache":
    WordPress - W3 Total Cache - Search Plugins
  4. Click on Install Now under the W3 Total Cache plugin name:
    Wordpress - W3 Total Cache - Install Now
  5. Lastly, Activate the plugin:
    Wordpress - W3 Total Cache - Activate Plugin


Enabling the Page Cache and Browser Cache will dramatically speed up your website, allowing you to serve more pages at a faster rate. While W3 Total Cache can do far more than this, these two modules will make the most difference.  Here's how to do it:

  1. On the left hand side, click on Performance and select General Settings :
    Wordpress - W3 Total Cache - General Settings
  2. Scroll down to Page Cache, ensure it's enabled and then click Save All Settings :
    Wordpress - W3 Total Cache - Page Cache
  3. Then, scroll down to Browser Cache, ensure it's enabled and then click Save All Settings :
    Wordpress - W3 Total Cache - Browser Cache
  4. Test the site to ensure all functionality is still available and working as expected.

Update: To clarify some of the questions we have received, we recommend leaving all other options disabled until you thoroughly understand what they're doing. Turning on the page cache and browser are conservative yet will deliver the most performance to your site. We have seen these options alone allow a WordPress site serve out thousands of pages an hour without any issues at all.

We will install and configure the W3 Total Cache plugin for customers on our Managed WordPress platform and happy to provide troubleshooting tips for all of our other customers. If you run into any problems, please don't hesitate to contact our support team!

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