Being a part of fast internet era, where people gets frustrated in seconds if a website doesn’t load properly, caching is one of the must do things which every webmaster has to take into a serious consideration now. Caching not just only speed up your website or blog insanely but also reduces the load on your server, bandwidth and many other aspects of it. As WordPress is one of the most popular CMS for webmasters of every genre, developers has built many cool WordPress plugin to make the caching nightmare go away from the webmasters head. If you do not have a WordPress site, implementing caching properly for your site could be a real nightmare. Tough for the best cache performance few modules like opcode, memcache, varnish needs to be installed in your server.

Please note that post has been written while back and completely irrelevant now. Read my Updated Review about WP Rocket here.

As I said earlier many good developers has created some awesome plugins for WordPress caching like Super Cache, W3 Total Cache, Hyper Cache etc. but WP Rocket is the first WordPress premium caching plugin solution. This is a very premium cache plugin which cost you $39 for a single site installation to $199 for unlimited site installations. You can find more about the cost of this plugin on WP Rocket pricing page. So, this plugin is not cheap at all. As a premium plugin we all expect something awesome from it which is never seen before, in fact that is the reason we pay for these plugins isn’t it?

If you take an example of Gravity Forms and Contact Form 7 two most popular WordPress plugin for creating forms and similar stuffs. But Gravity form is a premium plugin which cost around the same as WP Rocket ($39 – single site to $199 – unlimited sites) and Contact Form 7 is a completely FREE plugin. But trust me purchasing Gravity Form really worth the money, every single penny of it. It is that much cool, awesome and full with premium features never seen or expected before in Contact Form 7.

Please note that post has been written while back and completely irrelevant now. Read my Updated Review about WP Rocket here.

So, is WP Rocket worth purchasing?

Yes, it is, after v2.6 update of WP Rocket, the plugin became immensely grate and no other cache plugin is out there to compete with it.

Not at all. As an experienced webmaster who has web optimization and tuning experience of more than 3 – 4 years, I also purchased WP Rocket plugin for my own website to test it’s optimal potential compared to the all other free cache plugins solutions out there in the WordPress.org plugin repository. I was determined that if this plugin really perform as they claim on their website, I’m going to purchase the Unlimited license of it for all of my personal and client’s website.

But after my initial single site purchase (was so excited) I have performed numerous number of tests with this plugin and constantly compared it with WP Super Cache (my favorite cache plugin) performance. After testing for all day long with various tweaks, I was completely surprised to see how WP Rocket guys sell such a underrated badly coded plugin in such a premium price. If you are thinking that why did I said that, well keep reading, you’ll find out why soon.

What are the issues with WP Rocket?

Well, if you visit WP Rocket plugin site (wp-rocket.me) you will see that these guys has provided a performance and feature comparison list between WP Rocket, Hyper Cache, Super Cache and W3 Total Cache at their features page. Now as per their comparison list WP Rocket wins in every aspect and all the free plugins are just nothing in front of WP Rocket.

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But in real life testing, the picture not even closer to their claiming. Many of the feature included inside the plugin doesn’t work properly as it supposed to work. In fact the free cache plugins works more neatly than WP Rocket. Here are few major problem and issues I’ve figured out in WP Rocket at the time of my through testing and which made me uninstall this plugin from my site.

No Network Activation

Many of my readers already know that I do not use a normal WordPress installation on my site. I use WordPress multisite (WP MU) environment. The usage of WP MU has been increased a lot in past couple of years and I know many webmaster who uses WP MU personally or for their clients to do better administration on their sites. Now if you install a free popular cache plugin from WordPress, you can activate the plugin for your whole network and you have to made changes at one place only as a Super Admin or a network admin.

But WP Rocket doesn’t have that ease of usage when it comes to multisite. To use WP Rocket into a WP MU environment, you have to upload the plugin from your super admin panel and then manually activate the plugin for each site on your network. You also have to make the settings changes for each site on your network. Rusty right? Never expected this kind of user experience from a well-priced premium plugin.

Please note that this feature is under process and may release in near future.

Minification Issues

WP Rocket comes with a built in HTML, CSS, Javascript, Google Font minificator like W3 Total Cache (except it does not have Google Font minificcation) to minify your static files and reduce page size so that it can load faster. When I tested the plugin I see that the minificator needs a lot of improvement in code level, not just to be better but to compete with the free one already out there.

The HTML minification works fine without any issues or broken element. But when I check the source code of my page I clearly understand that the HTML could be more minified than what WP Rocket claimed to be HTML minifined. Still many white spaces were there in the page source which could be removed and make the page size more compact.

wp-rocket-minificationThe CSS minification works almost fine with the minification process but lags behind in the combine file process. As we all know that minification of files is not just about minify, but its also about combining same type of files into few (lesser) number of files. If your page contains 30 css files a minification plugin not just only minify your css files but also combine them into 2 or 3 files. So that less number of files needs to be loaded by the browser. But after test I see that there are still large number of minified css files in source code which could be merged further to reduce the number of files. I tested with a page having 31 external css links before minification and after minify and merge its still on 10 minified css files. Which is not bad, but also not good enough to be purchased. Many free minification plugin does better than this.

complicated js configuration panelThe JS minification is the most painful thing of this plugin. After enabling JS minification when I saw my page source code, my first impression was “does the developers even know the best practices about coding?” As per Google’s best coding practice, you should always add your JS files into the footer section of the page so that it loads at very last and doesn’t create an issue to load the texts first before js. As a professional webmaster all of my js were placed into footer, except a few which must needs to be in the head. After enabling the minification process, WP Rocket actually pull up all the js files into the head section. I was so shocked seeing this in a premium plugin that I almost lost my words. Just like the CSS minification the JS minification process also not so good in combine/merge to reduce the number of files. It needs to be a much better.

If you wanna add minified JS files into the footer then you have to put the link of every single JS files you have in your site into the plugin settings. Pathetic right? Well it’s more pathetic if you have a rich UI site with almost 20 js files. You have to add them all one by one, just to load them on the footer. 🙁

Also there is an option to load JavaScript files as defer so that it load asynchronously without blocking other content of the site. But, trust me only a very few JS files will work with this. Most of the cases if you put your JS files here to load as defer, the JavaScript will stop working, unless you remove it from there.

Please note that all the issues related to minification has been fixed now as of WP Rocket v2.6+ so that above issues are completely irrelevant in terms the latest version of this plugin.

Incompatibility with other plugins

many popular WordPress plugins have some serious incompatibility issue with WP Rocket. WP Retina 2x comes at the top of that list. Retina 2x is a very popular plugin for providing high definition images only to those screen which supports it, like Mac Retina display. Its better to use small low definition images for normal screen and only provide HD images to supported screen – this reduces website size, loading time but still make it crisp on supported display. So, now if you use WP Retina 2x (trusted by many users) plugin to load HD images to supported devices and also enable the lazy load option within WP Rocket settings, your retina 2x plugin will stop working unless you disable that lazy load. your Retina images will work fine but no lazyload fewature will be added to them as the use the srcset attribute which is still not supported by WP Rocket lazyload feature. There are also many other plugins which do not work properly with WP Rocket.

Please note that all the issues related to other plugin compatibility has been fixed now as of WP Rocket v2.6+ so that above issues are completely irrelevant in terms the latest version of this plugin. Though I must mention that there are still few plugins which uses javascripts massively to manipulate the front end data, like Gravity Forms (when conditional login enabled) and this incompatibility is due to the minification of javascript using WP Rocket. So, you better mention those pages as Not To Catch to resolve this issue.

Lazy Load is really lazy

As I said earlier the WP Rocket plugin comes with a lazy load feature to load images only when people look for it otherwise don’t load it. This is really cool and seriously reduces webpage size to load it faster. But the lazy load module of WP Rocket doesn’t always work properly with all themes. On my test I see that only the avatars of comment section and some few other place in portfolio section is actually using the lazy load feature. Rest of my site is still loading without any lazy load.

Please note that all the issues related to Lazy Load has been fixed now as of WP Rocket v2.6+ so that above issues are completely irrelevant in terms the latest version of this plugin. As of WP Rocket v2.6 they have adopted a forked version of LazySize which resolved all the issues it had related to lazyloading. Though I must mention that srcset (used by plugins like WP Retina attribute in img tag is still not compatible with WP Rocket’s lazyload.

Pathetic CDN implementation

The CDN feature of this plugin has been implemented so pathetically that even after you enable cdn in your site, still almost 40 – 60% images are going to load without CDN. If you use Retina 2x plugin then again your image urls are not going to use your CDN feature which you pay for monthly to load your site faster. Now WP Rocket guys admit this problem and mentioned it as a very simple problem which could be easily fixed by using two WP Rocket get_rocket_cdn_url() and rocket_cdn_url() functions in every single place in your site you load an image which is not getting cdn added up into their url.

Now this literally means to go through all codes of your website to understand it and then make the changes to use CDN service for which you already pay monthly by using a well-priced premium plugin which again you purchased. This is sick right? Of course it is. If you have to edit most of your website theme codes and plugin codes to use cdn using a premium plugin while you can do all this easily with FREE plugins, which one do you choose? Another disgusting part is if you choose some other plugin (like CDNLinker) for the cdn purpose and keep the WP Rocket for the caching purpose, then multiple modules of WP Rockets will get auto deactivated unless you use only WP Rocket for everything.

Please note that all the issues related to CDN Implementation has been properly fixed now as of WP Rocket v2.6+ so that above issues are completely irrelevant in terms the latest version of this plugin.

What about DNS Prefetching?

DNS Prefetching is not something which will reduce your site load time a lot, but still it is good to use as this is a good optimization practice mentioned by Google. But just for using DNS Prefetching there is no point of purchasing this plugin. You can always add a small function in your theme’s function.php file to make it work.

What about a Refund of this plugin?

Whether or not the WP Rocket developers concentrate on creating an extraordinary awesome plugin which will beat everyone else and people will love to purchase it, but they are very much concerned about their plugin refund policy. May be because they knew that any experienced developer or webmaster who will purchase this plugin and actually test it side-by-side with the free cache plugins, they will immediately ask for a refund.

On their refund policy page they have clearly mentioned that they are only going to issue a refund if the site load speed is not been improved at all after installing the plugin, which is never  actually going to happen. Because after installing the plugin it will at least going to reduce the site load time a few. May be it is not as good as other caching plugin, but they don’t care about that. They have also stated that for a refund first you need to contact their support to resolve your issue and if you don’t get any helpful response or it was not solved then you can ask for a refund within 30 days of purchasing the plugin. In short the refund experience is not so smooth.

What about W3 Total Cache?

Well I have used W3 Total Cache (W3TC) for many years on my personal site and also on many of my client’s website. But the problem with W3TC is that it is very fragile and complicated. W3TC is mostly awarded because of how easily it can break your perfectly developed site for no reason. The configuration page of W3TC is very confusing too. Also in many of my test I’ve found that W3TC increases the wait time (Time to First Byte) of your site while WP Super Cache works in a much better way without breaking a single thing.

Conclusion

Tough WP Rocket is a well-priced premium cache plugin for WordPress, it really doesn’t have any good features, options and reason over the one that are already available for free. In fact it is worse than the free ones. So if you have a lot of money to waste on purchasing plugins, I will suggest you donate that money to the free plugin developers instead purchasing this kind of well-priced premium plugins which doesn’t have any good reason to purchase. Rather purchasing this plugin I will suggest you to opt for Super Cache + AutoOptimize for the best possible caching experience for your site.

Feedback

So, are you still thinking about purchasing WP Rocket for your website? Have you used WP Rocket on your website? What was your experience with it? Do you use any other cache plugin which I’ve not mentioned above in your site? Let me know your experience in the comment section below. I would love to hear your experience and thought about this plugin.

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Published by Saumya Majumder

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37 Comments

  1. Hi Saumya,
    Premium stuff in WP is a no go area for me, but when it comes to cache every one suggested W3 Total Cache.

    But for first time(to me) you suggested WP Super Cache + AutoOptimize.I am surely going to give it a try, can you please explain the setting and shall I use both or just WP Super Cache,because my technical knowledge is zero in these areas.

    I was blindly using it because many suggested it from Yoast to Labnol every one seems to use it !

    • Hi Kalyan,
      not all premium plugins are bad like this. I personally use many premium plugins like OptinMonster, Gravity Forms and many more for my own and my client sites and I am more than satisfied with them. These premium plugins really worth paying for, but not WP Rocket.
      Also if you have managed to use W3TC with your website, I’m very much sure that you can configure super cache with ease. It is super easy to configure, just enable the cache and then go to the advanced area and enable all the recommended ones with the htaccess based method. Same goes for autooptimize plugin. Install it and tick all on the settings page. I’m pretty sure your are going to like it than W3TC.
      Also as you mentioned about labnol, he also use super cache on his own site. Check his site page source code you will get it 😀 Super cache is the best caching plugin.

  2. I am glad for this article. In google Czech, you are the second result for the query “is wp rocket worthed” and you really delivered. I think the plugin will eventually deliver, but so far it is mostly just business and marketing, we will see after a year or two. I am sticking with W3C.

    • I’m glad to know that Google loved my article and put it in the second place 😀
      Beside I’ve tested this plugin thoroughly and even the codes of it. Trust me it will be going to be something which will be worth paying for. The developers of this plugin has nothing unique to provide in this plugin which worth purchasing. Also the plugin itself is disgusting and badly coded. Its much much better to stick with the free ones as they are thousand times better than WP Rocket. As you are a W3TC user (like me in the past), I will definitely suggest you to try out super cache. Its even better than W3TC 🙂

  3. Finally this plugins is first cache solution which works well without any errors on all my websites.
    This is my favorite plugin, bc. it does better job after few clicks than any other cache plugin.

    • Hi Peter I can agree with you that this plugin is easy to setup, just needed few checkbox to turn on, but I cannot agree with you that it works better than other caching plugins. I have run several test with WP Rocket and the test result was even lagging behind the Super Cache speed. WP Super Cache also doesn’t have much configurations to do like W3TC, but it definitely works thousand times better than WP Rocket. Also super cache doesn’t break a single thing. You better give it a try and test it side by side with wp rocket. You will see.
      Again I personally do not recommend this plugin to anyone as I didn’t find a single reason to pay that much of money. Wish you good luck with your WP Rocket installation 🙂

      • I did testing, I used few years W3, then play for few weeks with Super Cache. I used all of them on several live sites. Both plugins brings me several errors, some white screen after scheduled purging, some had trouble with contact forms, and these settings there was really pain. After that I run few months without cache, bc. for me its important, that website is running well. Then I tried WP Rocket, tested several weeks, without one error with similar performance results and just with few clicks. For me this plugins worth that few $.

        So at all I did not test these cache plugins for few days on one site, all these plugins was tested several weeks/months on several sites and results its different than your and I really like this cache plugin and use it on every site currently.

        Anyway I really like your post and different opinion and that you found your time to write about this. It really helps at all. Not many posts like your exist and many plugins/services are just advertised like excellent bc. good marketing – affiliate … but truth is, not all of them worth a penny.
        Btw. if you are good in this area, do something with your site, few seconds loading for simple blog post is too long 😀 Also you have problem with https using Firefox 🙂
        Try wp-rocket again, no any trouble then 😀

        • Hi, Peter,
          I’m glad that you are happy with WP Rocket. I did tested it several times before writing this article. Also I’m completely aware of the site loading time issue. Actually I’m currently working on a upcoming redesign of my site with all these problem fixed there. So, I think you wont face these issue after I release the development version of my site. Also these issues are not happening for any caching plugin and WP Rocket wont solve this. These are different issues which is gonna fixed in the upcoming release of my site.
          Also I’ve tested my site with the latest firefox and I didn’t find a single https issue there. 🙂

  4. The refund policy alone is enough reason to AVOID this plugin. No trial and no refund if you are not satisfied. Stating that they have a 30Day Money back refund is misleading. I purchased and installed the plugin and within one day (for reasons specific to my evaluation, determined the plugin was not suited for us. After asking for a refund, was informed of the ridiculous refund policy. My recourse will be will be disputing the charge with the merchant provider used to process the charge.

    • I know. the friend of mine who purchased this plugin for me didn’t asked for the refund either after reading the refund policy of wp rocket and realized that he won’t get his money back. So he lost all his hope on getting a refund. 🙂

      • Hey, we accept your post on your blog but don’t be a lier when you said that.

        You never ask a refund…

        The only ticket we had from you was a pre-sale question. So…

        @norm: I’m pretty sorry for the inconvenience. We will clarify our refund policy on our website.

        • Yes I didn’t because after reading your refund policy, it was quite certain that I’m not going to get my refund. As you guys has mentioned that if I have any issue which you people are unable to solve or if the plugin does not improve the load time, you guys will initiate the refund. But in my case there was no problem I’m facing, it’s just after using the plugin, I really didn’t feel that it is worth paying for whatever features it have. Also it did improved the site speed compared to site loading without any caching plugin. But the point was, the improvement wasn’t the best, free cache plugins are performing better than WP Rocket. So, the refund request doesn’t meet any of your refund policy so I didn’t bother to ask.

  5. Our policy is clear, if you have lack performance you have just to send us an after pingdom with wp super cache and the other one with wp rocket.

    A weird thing, I don’t find any purchase from you.

    Give me your email purchase and we will able to refund you.

    • The only reason you are unable to find my purchase, is because one of my friend purchased it for me, so my email id and name is not in your purchase database. About the refund, I will let him know. Thanks for your reply 🙂

  6. Hello Saumya,

    You must try “Hyper Cache Plugin” by Stefano Lissa, it one of the best free caching plugin i had ever seen. Its also compatible with WordPress network sites.

    W3 Total Cache was developed by Mashable’s CTO so that they could handle large amount of traffic. It was never meant for shared hosting as it uses too much server resource.

    • I’ve tried Hypercache, its not better than WP Super Cache. But I know one plugin which is even better than Super Cache. I’m still testing is throughly and a review is coming soon.

  7. Thanks for the review. It’s a very well constructed criticism, and I don’t doubt your data. My experience has been the exact opposite, though.

    For one of my client’s sites I installed WP Rocket and saw an immediate speed boost (~6 secs down to ~3 secs, using DareBoost for analysis). After reading your review I was curious about your free recommended plugins, so I deactivated WP Rocket and installed WP Super Cache + AutoOptimize. The result? My site loaded slower at about 5 secs. Still faster than without caching, but significantly slower than WP Rocket.

    Page caching in general is now playing havoc on my site due to conflicts with paypal verification. Exploring workarounds now …

    Looking forward to your new caching solution review. Thanks for doing the research.

    • Hi Josh, I’m glad that you liked my review and you are also enjoying wp rocket. Anyways currently I’m reviewing another premium cache plugin which is 1000 times better than WP Rocket as per my test. In depth review is coming soon. I’m pretty sure that this plugin is gonna work much better than WP rocket on your site.

  8. Hi,

    too bad that i didn’t find this article before purchasing the plugin. WP Rocket is not compatible with every hosting environment.

    See this: http://i.imgur.com/sfyG1oo.png

    After this error, i went to my wp-content folder and i was shocked to see that there was no advanced-cache.php file.

    I changed .htaccess settings and chmod each and every folder with 777(wp rocket mentioned) but no luck.

    Now i think i wasted my time. I am going to contact them and if they are unable to fix the problem, i will ask for my refund. It’s too bad to see that they don’t even have a trial license so people could install and see if it’s really compatible or not.

    Bad caching plugin. Thumbs down! 🙁

    • I think their support will fix this issue for you some way or another as no one wants to give refund so easily also they don’t have no question asked 30 day refund policy. So I’m pretty sure that they will fix it for you.
      Anyways I’m currently working on a review of another WordPress premium cache plugin. The review will release soon. It’s an awesome plugin and works thousands times better than wp rocket. Still testing the plugin throughly before posting an in depth review. It is coming soon. 🙂

  9. Hello Saumya,

    Perfect timing + enjoyed your head on discussion with Rocket themselves. Clean Honest Feedback is invaluable!

    My goal here is in relation to Google Adwords PPC Quality Score / landing page experience (major factor is site loading time and optimisation which I presume you have experience this subject).

    Landing Page Experience: http://goo.gl/XJZ18t
    Quality Score: http://goo.gl/9u4TOA

    Basically to obtain a super fast, error free, optimised and high conversion landing page which helps you save a lot of money & this is the underlining goal.

    I have recently experienced huge frustrations on this subject, i.e which plugin and service to use myself. (recent testing of W3 cache broke my site when I changed the blocking js to defer js setting, however it seemed to work well on other expected factors plus I got into all sort of trouble with SSL when I tried to combine cloud flare (I have my own ssl cert on site from go daddy) Also Gtmetrix couldn’t validate me using cloud flare (even using their plugin) even my hosting confirmed all is in place and working well. In the end I had reverse everything and now I’m starting from scratch. In short this is a huge ball ache and need a quick fix!! lol

    Now that google ranks https sites above http apparently and the fact SSL encryption slows the loading time. I have been considering the use of a CDN in conjunction with ideally one to two decent caching + optimisation plugins max.

    Options I am looking at are:

    CDN: Max CDN or Cloudflare or both (I have read this is possible and their are benefits. (PS I had an uncrushed hour long chat with MAXCDN and they covered every question in detail, (11/10 for customer service and no hard sell).

    Cache plugin: W3 cache or Super Cache or Rocket or?

    Above you mentioned a new plugin. Please can you help me choose the best plugin in conjunction with the CDN factor? Any configuration steps and bench mark results are also welcome. I am sure many heads are nodding for this info too 🙂

    Cheers!!

    • Hi Umesh, if you ask me, I will suggest you to pay for the CDN first before purchasing any premium cache plugin, as CDN will reduce your site load and server load a lot. If you are looking for premium cache plugin, then I will suggest you Zencache Pro (The new plugin I’ve mentioned) or WP Rocket. I’m still testing the Zencache Pro and a review will come soon. WP Rocket has also improved their plugin in a great manner after the version which I’ve tested. Thought it still has certain flaws with Multisite Compatibility and static resource placement after compression, but as per the plugin authors, they are going to fix that issue on v2.6.

      Anyways during my testing I’ve seen few advanced caching issues with these plugins (premium one), like if your page has some php script which generate different content depending upon the device, you might end up with showing only the desktop version. That is why I still prefer using the WP Super Cache above the premium cache plugins as they still have long way to go. But Zencache is showing promising result on WordPress single sites and the developers are also working on making the plugin more mature. I like that very much. You can check the different Zencache Pro Current Issues before consider purchasing it. If those issues does not affect the way your site is created then you can go for it or you can wait for the premium cache plugins to be more mature. In the mean time WP Super Cache is always my favorite solution as it is fast and works great without breaking any site functionality.

      About the Cloudflare thing, being very host, I personally hate Cloudflare and do not use it either on my personal site or in any of my client sites. If you activate cloudflare in your site you will see that it loads some external JS files in your site so in many cases I’ve seen that it ends up increasing site load rather than reducing it. Also the Rocket Loader is most popular break up your site. You can know more about Cloudflare’s patheticness here: http://j.mp/1D4QOv8 But the only amazing thing they have is their Superfast DNS Server. The fastest DNS server you will ever get for free. So I will highly suggest you to transfer your DNS to Cloudflare and then pause the Cloudflare so that it only host your DNS but not implement those pathetic eye washing speedness into your site. Just use MaxCDN itself for static resource and cloudflare for DNS along with whatever cache plugin you choose to stay with, but stay away from W3 Total Cache, as I mentioned above that this plugin should get award for breaking most working site and for most confusing interface.

  10. Well Saumya, it’s not that I’m french and I just want to take my people’s side, but I think this article is a bit unfair and usefuly aggressive, though “it’s not personal” and “it’s well served by Google”, etc.

    Just to be clear, I’m here to give a honest opinion, I’m not a professional developer though I built my whole website alone with care towards it’s performance, and I don’t know the WP Rocket guys personaly neither did I worked with them.

    So I’ll just talk honestly about what I observed on my website with the different solutions you all guys talk about:

    free caching solutions: WP Super Cache works, not THAT great, but it does the job well, it’s pretty simple to use though I personally had some conflicts and support is obviously bad. Regarding W3 … well as you wrote, it’s really too complicated and isn’t worth the time.
    WP Rocket (for cache): I can honestly say it saved me a lot of time thanks to its simplicity. Then, I could mesure it was efficient on my really heavy install, better than WP Super Cache and W3, not that much, but better anyway.
    Regarding support, WP Rocket gets one of the most responsive support I could find. I know many premium plugins authors who could learn from it, though you’re right, the lack of english ressources such as videos may have been a problem (which WP Rocket authors are solving). You’ll answer I pay for it and you’re right, but I paid for others and sometimes didn’t get the support I was in right to expect.
    Regarding minification, I recently had some issues, due to the complexity of my install I guess, but I join you there, AutoOptimise works better in my case, with no need to exclude files.

    As a conclusion, I use WP Rocket + AutoOptimize and I really am satisfied. Despite its size, my website is fast on every device I could have tested, and I have to thank the WP Rocket team for this, as I thank them for their support and the simplicity of their plugin. They save me a lot of time and they increase the satisfaction of my users too, which is the most important points. I’m not saying WP Rocket is perfect, but in my opinion, it’s worth the purchase with no doubt and I found your article wasn’t fair about what WP Rocket really adds for users like me.

    That being said, your analysis is detailed and I don’t doubt your skills, I just felt this had to be written here.

    Have a good day,

    Emilien

    • Thanks for your indepth reply. I really appreciate it and agree with it by some extent. You see, whether or not anything is worth purchasing or not is depends upon the need of the buyer and the perspective of the buyer. Also I do admit that WP Rocket has made numerous improvements in there plugin and as per my talk with the wp rocket developers they are going to fix some js minification issue in the upcoming version v2.6. this is really good. This review is quite old and didn’t get time to update it yet. But will update it soon, when I will get some free time.

      • Hi and thank you for your quick reply,

        thank you also for your honesty, it’s not that common 😉 your reviews are really complete and this is very valuable also.

        I agree with you about this one needing some updates tough, even if it’s normal that you dislike some plugins you review of course!

        After all, bad opinions on a work are at least as important as good ones for its authors, but I’m glad you noticed the WP Rocket team’s work since you first released it.

        have a great day,

        Emilien

  11. An unhappy experience here as well..

    I tried WP Rocket and was disappointed.

    They insisted on doing the configuration themselves and then sent me the result of a single Pingdom test as proof.

    I ran a series of tests but could not reproduce this speed on any of them. I have reverted to other free caching and it runs at least as well. (Usually that’s Fastest Cache & Autoptimize, & other minor site changes).

    The Rocket people wouldn’t refund and stand by their single test. They also insisted that I test on another site before it could be considered.

    I did this with unsatisfactory results again.

    But still no refund.

    WP Rocket is definitely not a solution I would recommend.

    • well, one thing that I realized while testing WP Rocket is that it is not entertaining for advanced/geeky users. It is more like made for extreme noob users who either don’t have much technical knowledge or don’t wanna bear the hassle of setting stuffs up. So, WP Rocket comes with the most easiest user interface I’ve seen in any cache plugin. What you have to do is just mark some checkbox and you are good to go. But as a result the scope of your personalized configuration become low and out of the box you have to deal with their pre made configuration. Anyways the devs of WP Rocket told me that they going to bring some improvement in their plugin in their upcoming v2.6.
      But personally I will suggest you to try ZenCache Pro it is reaally an amazing cache plugin and personally the best premium cache plugin I’ve seen so far for WordPress. Though ZenCache comes in a free version too, but it is pretty useless as it lacks of many important features. I will suggest you to purchase ZenCache Pro (whichever plan suites you) and then use it in your site, test it again and again. In the end if you are not happy with this product too, you can easily ask for a refund as they have 30 Days No Question Asked Refund Policy.
      Hope this helps 🙂

      ZenCache Pro Refund Policy

  12. Hi Saumya, thank you for your comments and suggestions.

    I agree with your point that WP Rocket is more if someone want a “set and forget” solution that gives good gains for minimal efforts.

    For someone who tests and evaluates as they go they are likely to find other alternatives work better.

    There are a number of emerging caching solutions right now, so WP Rocket has to keep on making gains if they want to get to the front and then stay there.

    Thanks for the link to ZenCache Pro

    cheers

    Geoff

  13. Hello

    I really appreciate the amount of time you’ve put into this review as well as researching other caching plugins. I’ve been reading as much as I can with comparing WP Super Cache, W3 Total Cache, WP Rocket and ZenCache.

    With how much you’re pushing Zencache right now, is this because you’ve become an affiliate with their company or in any way are now associated with them? Just asking for full disclosure so I understand the push to ZenCache. My problem with ZenCache as a company is that I contacted them weeks ago with an issue regarding their affiliate form being insecure (no SSL even though they want your Social Security Number and other very personal information) and a general contact form for the Affiliates section that doesn’t even function correctly (can’t submit form) and have never received a response, which I find concerning. I also submitted a general question as to how and where to fill out a government form they require and still…no response from them.

    Basically, I’m looking for a really great and easy to understand caching plugin that can work well with security plugins, Contact Form 7 and Gravity Forms and most of all, WooCommerce. Any suggestions/insight from experience would be awesome. I’m also looking for a caching plugin served from a respectable company (which could be ZenCache, but their actions have brought concerns to me).

    Thank you again for all the time you’ve taken. This review really helped me out and brought up great points to help me avoid buyers remorse with WP Rocket.

    • Hi jeff,
      The only reason I’m prefer ZenCache Pro (not the free version) is because it is really a great plugin with excellent codebase and great features. Also the plugin is evolving rapidly with new upcoming features. One of the great things I like about ZenCache Pro is that every feature it has is very intact and coded extremely well. But yes I do admit that their support response time is slower than WP Rocket, may be cause there are basically only 2 people behind zencache and doing everything (coding to support).
      Also trust me that I have no idea about ZenCache and I’m not an affiliate member of ZenCache. In Fact I don’t even know before today that they have an affiliate form too. If you check the link I’ve added in my comment about zencache, all are direct link to their site, no affiliate link. You see, I’m not a money hungry affiliate link blogger like most other popular blog. My main concern is to publish the truth, the right news to my readers. As I’m not a zencache affiliate, I really do not have any idea about their affiliate form.
      The best part about ZenCache is that it is transparent. You see you can check all the ongoing issues with zencache in their github page and even contribute into it. I really like that transparency. Also I must admit that WP Rocket has released their v2.6 update and as per the owner of WP Rocket informed me that they have fixed most of the problem I’ve mentioned above. But Iven’t tested it personally.

      • Hi Saumya

        Thank you so much for your quick response and helpful info. I very much appreciate everything. I’m really glad I found your blog and most likely will be purchasing ZenCache Pro soon.

        Have a great rest of the week!
        Jeff

        • I’m glad that it helped you. Beside I’ve just created an affiliate login with zencache and it went smooth without any issue, thought I must admit that it should have been over SSL. But anyways. Here is my affiliate link for ZenCache: http://affiliates.websharks-inc.com/3826-9-3-26.html You can use this link to purchase ZenCache. It would help me a little to generate some revenue for my site. Though it’s completely up to you 🙂

      • Sauyma: Raam Dev here from WebSharks. You think that our support “sucks a lot”? Really? I just reviewed all of the support tickets from you (there were only 2 tickets) and you appear to be fully satisfied in both tickets. If you are unhappy with our support, please let us know. I don’t see any evidence that our support sucks. Most people who review our product say that our support is awesome and that we go above and beyond to help people out, because we do, so I’m not sure why you’d say that our support “sucks a lot”.

        Jeff: We did not receive any email or any message from you. If we received an email or a message, we would have replied right away. I just tested the Contact Form on the WebSharks Affiliate site and there was no problem with the form. Also, the WebSharks Affiliate website already supports SSL: https://affiliates.websharks-inc.com/ If you’re still having trouble with the WebSharks Affiliate contact form, please submit your query here: http://wsharks.com/1AYakhU

        • Hi Raam,
          I never had any complain about the quality of support you guys provide. What I wanted to mean by sucked is that the response time is slow (at least 24 – 72hrs) but you are right that I’m 200% satisfied with the quality of support you guys provided. I said it sucked because of the response time and trust me I do understand that how hard it is to do everything by 2 people on board and I understand why it is slow. But again to me good support is something which is provided by MaxCDN guys, but hey it’s impossible to provide that kind of super fast support to everyone just have 2 people on board. 🙂 The main thing is that you guys are doing great work in ZenCache and keep doing it 🙂

        • Hi Raam

          I tried submitting a form on your affiliate site (the general inquiry form) and it was not able to send. I thought there was an issue with captcha, however that did not end up being the case, something else was going on. That page then linked to a general inquiry form whereas I submitted a message through that form. If you did not receive it, I recommend investigating problems with both your web forms.

          As for SSL, adjust the link on your Affiliate Sign Up button as it bring us to an insecure page.

  14. A bit weird that you’d condemn this plugin when this blog is using it.

    • Hi Bradley, this is not wired at all. This review post has been written months ago few days ago WP Rocket has released v2.6. The authors of the WP Rockets has confirmed me that all the problem and issues that I have mentioned in my review have been fixed and their plugin codebase almost re-written. Like They now use a new lazyload script, a forked version of LazySize which I’ve recommended them for their plugin.
      Anyways, now I’m re testing their plugin after their major v2.6 release and checking its quality, features and perfection. So far I must say that they have made tremendous improvement in v2.6 and I’m quite happy with it. Though there are few minor bugs here and there, which I’ve reported to the devs, hope they will fix it in the upcoming update 🙂 But I’m still testing it for my upcoming review article about ZenCache Pro vs WP Rocket.
      So, I guess now you understand that it is not wired. After the release of the new articles, no comments will be allowed in this article.

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