If you are a regular reader of my blog, then you would have probably seen my earlier review on WP Rocket caching plugin for WordPress sites. That review was written quite a long time ago when WP Rocket was on early era of their v2.4. A long time has been passed by then and WP Rocket is now in their v2.6+. Back then when I tested their plugin I was really very unhappy with it for various reasons, but after so many days when I re-tested their plugin on v2.6+ I fall in love with it so hard that I cannot control myself to sharing my experience with you guys.

I must admit that, after my earlier review, WP Rocket guys take my criticism very seriously and immensely improved their plugin. Right now it is a complete unbeatable caching plugin for WordPress. So let’s gets started with the woes and wows I’ve found in the latest WP Rocket plugin.

First the Speed Test

Last time when I reviewed WP Rocket, many people poked me saying that why I didn’t posted any speed test results along with the post. Back then the result was really not so impressive to share but now I must share the speed test result of WP Rocket (v2.6+), tested simultaneously with other popular WordPress caching plugin – WP Super Cache & ZenCache Pro.

No CacheSuper CacheZenCache ProWP Rocket
1.2.65s1.54s2.09s1.11s
2.2.01s1.58s2.00s1.00s
3.1.59s2.03s1.89s977ms
4.1.89s1.49s1.95s981ms
5.2.02s1.50s1.63s987ms
Average2.03s1.63s1.91s1.01s
Performance Improvement0.00%19.7%5.91%50.24%
All tests has been performed in Pingdom Tools, location – New York, without any CDN enabled

Pretty impressive right? In fact when I calculated the speed between ZenCache Pro (the current version) and WP Rocket, it seems WP Rocket is almost 47% faster than ZenCache Pro. 🙂 So, as you have seen the power of latest WP Rocket Cache plugin for WordPress, let’s get into its wow and missing features.

The WOW Features

So, first lets discuss about some of the wow features of WP Rocket, which really made me feel wow!

LazyLoad

On my earlier review about WP Rocket I’ve mentioned that how pathetic the LazyLoad option was and then I suggested the authors to go with the lazysize lazyload script written by Alexander Farkas as it is the best modern lazyload script I’ve seen so far and they did go with lazysize.

Now WP Rocket (v2.6+) uses a forked version of lazysize script for the lazyload option of the plugin and as a result the lazyload now works almost everywhere, perfectly. Though there are a few missing things here and there, like if your img tag uses HTML5 srcset polyfill, WP Rocket lazyload script will not be able to add lazyloading on your image. Though this feature is available in the lazysize script, I guess WP Rocket devs have removed this features in their forked version to make the lazyload script even more lighter or may be because srcset is still a polyfill and not natively supported inside HTML5.

So, if you use plugins which added srcset attribute in your image, like WP Retina, please note that those images are not going to be lazyloaded.

Minification

WP Rocket guys have really worked hard to improve their minification. Now WP Rocket css/js minification, does not bring the scripts mentioned in the footer to the head. Also the minification process works flawlessly with almost every site without breaking things up – which is great. Now you also have the ability to merge your css and js files into one or two files. This is a great feature for those sites who cannot take advantage or paralization for some reason.

But merging all your css/js files into one or two css/js files might not work for every site or server. As this process is basically work by sending all you css/js files through a GET request like http://yoursite.com?f=script1.js,script2.js,script3.sj and almost every server has a predefined limit that how much long an URL can be. So if your domain name is pretty long, this feature might not work on your site.

CDN

As of WP Rocket v2.6+ CDN service works like a charm. It adds cdn to all the static files (except videos) and even the image files mentioned inside the css. Every image you have in your website will be loaded with the CDN without any special steps, like people had to use several WP Rocket functions to load all images through CDN in the earlier versions of WP Rocket. Now it will work 100% without any glitch.

Google Font Minification

This is really a great thing and works fantastically. Now a days almost every theme, plugin adds bunch of Google Fonts (e.g. //fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=IM, //fonts.googleapis.com/css?family= Open +Sans) into their code without even thinking about the outcome. As a result the number of requests to Google fonts gets increased and reduce your page load time.

It has been seen that most of the slow loading page get delayed due to the external loading resources and not the internal one. WP Rocket concatenate all the Google fonts that are loaded into your website and path them into one request (i.e. //fonts. googleapis.com/css?family=IM| Open+Sans) so that your website only sent one request to Google font and in return get all the fonts it needs. This is a pretty efficient thing to reduce external resource calling.

Page/Post specific settings

wp rocket settingsWith WP Rocket, it doesn’t matter what settings you have enabled in the dashboard, you can overwrite the settings for each specific page or post from the page post edit page. This is really great to do some page specific tweaks instead whitelisting that page completely from the settings as Do Not Minify or Do Not Cache. As an example, lets say in a page you just wanna disable the js minification, while keeping the other features alive, you can easily do these with this on-page settings. Really nifty, really dope 🙂 So, with WP Rocket if some cache option is bothering you on some specific page, just turn off that specific feature and you are good to go without sacrificing the other caching features.

Code Quality & Extensive Documentation

WP Rocket has improved so much that it’s hard to cover it through words. The full plugin has been coded compactly with lots of hooks to use for the developers. Every code is properly commented and described making it easy to understand every element.

Also documentation of WP Rocket is very well covered and you will get the solutions of the basic problems you might face with WP Rocket. I really like their docs page.

Most user friendly admin dashboard

WP Rocket has the most user friendly admin dashboard for such a complex caching plugin. The admin interface is so simple that not only a non techy person but also aged person like parents, uncles can use it too. Seriously I haven’t seen any other plugin whose work is so complex having such a simple admin interface. I must admit that. No matter how much pro or novice user you are setting up caching with WP Rocket won’t take more than 5 minutes, that’s for sure.

In-Dashboard FAQ & Support

This is another great thing they have incorporated in the latest WP Rocket. Now if you face any issues with WP Rocket, you don’t have to login to your WP Rocket account or email to get a support. You can now sent the support request directly from the Admin Dashboard Settings for WP Rocket. Also there is a FAQ section within the Admin Dashboard. This is a really useful and premium feature and is not available and many other premium plugins of the same cost.

The Transparency

WP Rocket has taken some serious steps towards showing the transparency of their work. Now you can see the development roadmap of WP Rocket publicly. Here you can up vote any given requests to make sure the developers takes that feature request seriously, but you cannot post any new feature request directly here. You have to use the contact form to sent the feature request to them. Then if many people request for it, they will put it in the board to see how many user upvote the new idea. You can also post comment on any specific request, sharing your thoughts about that.

I like this approach but I personally believe that it could be more open and transparent like ZenCache Issue Tracker maintained using Github. Here you can post bugs/feature requests directly and the devs will communicate with you regarding the requests over the github. In the WP Rocket public roadmap I have seen very few engagement of WP Rocket Devs in the general users conversation.

The Missing Features

Even after all these improvements WP Rocket still have quite a few missing features – which they are working deliberately to incorporate into the future updates.

Multisite Network Compatibility

WP Rocket is still not compatible with WordPress Multisite networks to activate it for the whole network and to have a centralized settings. Right now, you can activate the plugin for the whole network, but there is no centralized settings. You have to tune the settings for each sites you have on your network. This is not bad in every approach as this gives you to have different tailored cache settings for different sites depending upon the themes, plugins that site is using.

Incompatibility with other plugins due to minification

If you enable JS minification in WP Rocket, you might end up seeing some plugins are not working properly. Mainly those plugin which uses javascripts in a massive way to manipulate the plugins may not work properly with WP Rocket while JS minification is on. One of the easiest example I got is Gravity Form. If you create a normal form using gravity forms plugin, it will work fine with WP Rocket while JS minification is active, but if you add conditional logic into your form and then try to use it, you will see that the form is not loading up.

It has two solutions, either you find out the exact JS file/s creating this issue and then mentioned them as do not minify these files in the settings of WP Rocket or you add that specific page to “Do Not Cache” list. WP Rocket dev are completely aware of this issues and they have confirmed me that they are deliberately working with the other popular plugin developers to find out the common problematic files and then in future update, whitelist these files by default so that these file never get minified.

No Way to Purge CDN from Dashboard

Currently there is no way to purge your CDN inside the WP Rocket dashboard (like what you have in W3 Total cache), but I’ve seen this as a feature request in their public roadmap, though I’m not sure when it is going to come. I have no idea and no eta. So right now if you want to purge your CDN, the only option you got is going it through your CDN provider dashboard.

No Memcache support

Again this is a very impressive feature if it gets added to the WP Rocket. I’ve also seen this request hanging in the feature request list of their public development page and no eta about when it is coming.

What about the pricing?

Well during last few months I’ve been doing a research on plugin pricing for one of my client and the result I got was really shocking. Almost every plugin author in the WordPress domain follows the same pricing model of $39, $99, $199. Be it WP Rocket or OptinMonster or Gravity Forms 🙂 . I don’t know why they do it, buy may be these numbers are the most successful numbers in the WordPress plugin business and businesses having this kind of pricing model gets more conversion that others.

Also the best part about the WP Rocket pricing is that even the basic $39 Personal license can be used in a WordPress Multisite environment, unlike other companies will force you to get the highest Pro pack to use it in a WordPress multisite. WP Rocket doesn’t count the subdomains as an extra install, it just counts the new domain. Here is an excellent article from WP Rocket docs explaining everything. So all in all the kind of features it has along with the speed improvement it does to your site, it really worth the money.

What about the refund policy?

Well it still sucks. There is no 30 Days No Question Asked Refund Policy yet, still you have to send them pingdom screenshot of your site load time – No Cache vs WP Rocket enabled and if it doesn’t improve your site load time, then they will refund. But you cannot ask for refund just because you don’t like it.

What about the support?

For last few days I have contacted them many times asking for support and they have provided in depth support along with explanations every time I asked for support. The support time was pretty good in terms of email based/ticketing system. But still there is no chat support available like other premium support you get from MaxCDN or others. By judging the number of employees WP Rocket has, I will say that the support time was pretty good.

Conclusion

Being a meticulous person, I’m very much satisfied with latest updated version of WP Rocket (v2.6+) and I must admit that the WP Rocket developers has done tremendous job to improve the quality of their plugin after my earlier review on it. Now, it’s a completely new plugin works like a beast. You can purchase this plugin without any hesitation and I’m pretty much sure that it will speed up your site at least 40 – 50 %.

So, what do you think about the latest WP Rocket? Are you agree with my review or you have some different opinions too? I would love to hear your experience on WP Rocket. Let me know your thoughts in the comment section below.

WP Rocket Cache Plugin

$39 - $199
9.3

Plugin Performance

10.0/10

Code Quality

10.0/10

Features

8.0/10

Support

8.5/10

User Interface

10.0/10

Pros

  • Easy to use admin interface
  • Fill with bunch of great features
  • Great code quality
  • Immensely documented
  • Great Support

Cons

  • No Network Activation feature for WP Multisites
  • Minification may break some plugins
  • LazyLoad doesn't support srcset

Published by Saumya Majumder

Passionate, Hard Worker. Love to develop new things, Singing Songs, playing computer Action Games, tweaking with computer languages, Riding Bikes, Love long driving, love books, web & Photography. You can follow me on twitter @iSaumya

33 Comments

  1. Judging from this new review, I’d say I have buyers remorse with the other plugin you recommended. So where do you stand now between them all? Is WP Rocket now your 100% favorite or can you push the guys at Zen and get them to improve their plugin since 5% vs 50% is unacceptably different load times?

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    • In the world of technology nothing is permanent. And if someone stick to a review even after the product is improved, then I guess its pretty foolish. At this current scenario WP Rocket is performing better than other that does not mean that it will keep doing that in future. Maybe in very near future sime other plugin will overtake wp rocket. In the tech world the only thing that is permanent is change. When WP Rocket was a bad plug I shared that with the world and now when they have improved their product there is no meaning to keep rolling the same old story. They have improved their plugin tremendously which worth sharing so I did.
      Update: I’ve already updated ZenCache devs about this and I’m hoping that they are bringing some big changes on the table soon.

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  2. Are you tried WordFence Falcon engine, I am using it on OpenShift and its out perform on Wp Super cache and W3TC.
    Please give your valuable comment on it.

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    • Yes I did tried Falcon engine, but didn’t tested it simultaneously with WP Rocket because first of all Falcon Engine is not a full fledged caching system. It mostly make sure that your site loads fast when when many users are requesting for your page, but many mainstream caching features are not available in Falcon Engine. Secondly WordFence itself a very resource hogging plugin and for that reason many web host strictly disallow this plugin on their shared hosting environment.

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  3. I just wanted to warn your viewers, caching is a complex concept and be careful being seduced by the wp-rocket ‘one click hype’. I had various issues with minification which support did initially solve. However, with an update to their own plugin 2 months after I bought it, images stopped loading in certain browsers.

    I had a lot of back and forth with wp-rocket support (mind you they are not native English speakers) and there was so much miscommunication it was staggering. They did not troubleshoot my issue thoroughly and I wasted many hours on emails getting nowhere. I requested a refund. Their policy is that after 30 days refunds aren’t possible so I ended up disputing with PayPal to refund 10 months worth of wp-rocket’s value. I am waiting for PayPal to decide.

    I was using W3 total cache before and have switched back after removing wp-rocket. W3 total cache is definitely faster than wp-rocket and more customizable so ultimately more powerful since you can specify whether to use memcache, object cache, disk etc.

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    • That’s wired. The only minification issue I had found was when you activate the force minification to a single file (for some server configurations only) otherwise it almost works perfectly out of the box. I’ve tested WP Rocket on many sites before this review. Also every time I’ve faced any issue whatsoever they helped me right away with extreme patience. I really have no idea why this happened to you. Did you initiated the support ticket through the plugin’s support section?
      I’m asking WP Rocket guys personally to look into this. Let’s see what they have to say about this. Thanks for you comment & sharing the feedback though. 🙂

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      • They reply quickly but they have been lazy in fixing this issue. They tested in one browser locally on their own machine, they may not have a professional environment with virtual machines to test various operating systems. I gave them all of the information to replicate the issue: plugin list, OS, web server, browsers etc. He tested it on his Mac with Chrome and concluded everything was fine…

        The miscommunication was so frustrating that I decided to give up (after 69 emails total). I was dealing straight with the CEO. I appreciate you contacting them but I will not be dealing with them anymore, I simply cannot support a company that does not do their due diligence in resolving issues with their software. I can accept when free plugins don’t offer adequate support but it is unacceptable with paid plugins.

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        • I understand mike. Again thank you for your feedback. As I said earlier, I’ve personally didn’t faced any issue since v2.6 update. Also as Jean replied I guess you got your money back even after 30 days 😉 Every Time I personally contacted the developers of WP Rocket, they seems pretty knowledgeable in what they are doing. I’ve personally checked many of their codes too. They seems very appropriate. Though we never spoke about different OS and browser issue though. BTW did you used their v2.6 update? Because earlier they used to use a different code for lazyload, but after I recommended then to use lazysize they have forked its code and incorporated it into their plugin removing the old one. I know the old lazyload script wasn’t good, but the new one seems perfect to me.

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        • That is very interesting because everything was working before the 2.6 update. Using the old WP Rocket lazy load plugin with w3 total cache everything is fine. The ‘troubleshooter’ said the lazy load plugin code was exactly the same so it goes to show you this person (CEO) wasn’t fully aware of the plugin’s changes.

          What exactly was wrong with the old lazyload code?

          The speed increase after going back to w3 total cache is noticeable. Wp Rocket doesn’t support memcached or object caching which is a huge drawback and unfortunately something I found out only after I had bought the plugin. That return policy is really awful, I regretted my purchase after the one click magic didn’t do what I expected, they really should change their policy to a 30 day no questions asked return which provides a much better customer experience.

          btw, I still haven’t gotten my PayPal refund but I really appreciate you stepping in. Thank god for the internet that companies cannot just brush you aside anymore for fear of bad PR 😉

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        • Another thing I forgot to mention, it would make sense for compatibility reasons to make the lazy load method modular such that you could choose the one that works on your site rather than replace the entire module, looks like it needed some more testing.

          Looks like I should’ve posted here rather than speak with support, looks like you diagnosed the issue for them 😉

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  4. Hi Mike,

    Jean-Baptiste from WP Rocket here

    Thank you very much for your feedback and apologize for the mess here.
    Time is precious and we really don’t want to waste yours.
    I’ve just contacted Paypal to process to your refund.

    Have a great day 🙂

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    • Thanks Jean-Baptiste, PayPal have only denied my claim today…
      No refund has occurred. Please try again.

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      • Hi,
        Yes I’ve contacted them, I’m waiting their answer.

        Cheers

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        • OK great, while I have your attention maybe you can answer a couple of questions.

          Will you make the lazy load feature modular so it includes both lazy loading methods (the old one and the new one that replaced it, see comment above) to ensure compatibility?

          Are there plans to reconsider your refund policy? It is quite strict for web software which has a notoriously bad reputation refund-wise. Since WP Rocket has good reviews everywhere it shouldn’t be a problem to adjust it to a 30 day no questions asked policy?

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          • I really don’t think that they are going to initiate a 30 Days no question asked refund policy. Actually I had the same debate with WP Rocket top official guys 🙂 But hay every business has their own policy. I thought 30 Days No Question Asked will be great as you said but they defer in that believe. But on the other hand you are getting your refund even after 30 Days, which no other company will do who does have 30 days no question asked policy as you have passed the time, but WP Rocket is returning back your money. So, give them some kudos 🙂

        • If they don’t it is a huge opportunity missed. For a web app that has no trial and a strict return policy it sends all the wrong signals. If as a developer you believe in your software, you either offer a trial or a relaxed return policy, it signals that you are confident in your software and that the customer will be satisfied no matter what the outcome. I requested a trial before I bought but was told they didn’t exist, surely temporary license keys are not that hard to implement to offer the customer some peace of mind.

          Having no trial and a bad return policy embodies everything that is wrong with the paid web app market, it makes the company look greedy because once they have your money then the customer’s hands are tied. It has made me very skeptical of purchasing web apps in the future which is a huge shame for new and upcoming developers.

          It is nice I am getting a refund but all of this could have been avoided – personally I would rather have my time back than $39. I asked for a refund the very same day I bought the plugin because it didn’t minify properly but I was told to read the return policy – minification not working is not a valid return reason (in fairness they fixed the minification manually so I was satisfied) but easy minification was the reason I bought the plugin. I had to go public with my bad experience to even get the attention for a refund which the CEO/co-founder Jonathan denied me multiple times.

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          • I personally don’t like their refund policy too, but as I said earlier every business has its own policy. So there nothing we can do beside giving some suggestions, it’s upto them whether or not they will implement it.

        • This should move things along Jean, here is the transaction ID 8R318317EN003534D and my order id was 56760. Now you should not need to wait on PayPal and can do it manually.

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        • After 60 days, it’s not possible anymore to refund an order.
          This has to be done manually with the guys from Paypal.
          That’s why I’ve contacted them, and still waiting an answer.

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        • I finally got my refund! Thank you 🙂

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  5. Hi Saumya,

    In your previous “old post” version of this review you mentioned your plan to do a Rocket Cache vs ZenCache Pro post. During your tests could you please consider doing a comparison of just the static file caching and nothing else? I’d like to see a comparison of just this single most basic functionality (no CDN, no lazy loading, no minification, script combining, etc) .

    Rocket Cache looks like a great plugin that does a lot of stuff beyond it’s primary purpose — cache and serving a static file. But how well does it perform that one core responsibility compared to other caching plugins?

    For instance, the lazy load feature, which many caching plugins don’t have, can give Rocket Cache a boost compared to other caching plugins, but what happens if a website doesn’t need nor use it? What about a website that employs their own CDN functionality, lazy load functionality, CSS and JS minification? A website that uses just the static file caching and none of the other features?

    WP Rocket Cache (as I understand it) delivers its cache files using mod_rewrite within .htacess rules, while ZenCache does not. ZenCache’s WordPress plugin page says the following about why it doesn’t use mod_rewrite:

    “ZenCache is extremely reliable, because it runs completely in PHP code, and does not hand important decisions off to the mod_rewrite engine or browser cache”

    I’ve tried a bunch of cache plugins and, as far as I know, ZenCache is the only one that doesn’t use mod_rewrite.

    I really never understood the logic of this. I just assume .htaccess mod_rewrite is superior and the ZenCache page doesn’t really explain why they chose to go another way.

    Thanks.

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    • Hey TJ, thats really a great idea man. You are right the primary objective of any caching plugin is to server the static cache files. I will do the test soon, when I got some free time. Also ZenCache guys are also working to implement mod_rewrite based caching because it is the fastest. Currently it uses php[ bases system because in that way it will be universal, whether your server is apache or nginx or lighthttpd it will work everywhere without tearing your hair apart for the custom code of that specific server environment. As I hope you know that mod_rewrite is only for apache only.
      Thanks for your feedback man. If you have any more article request, feel free to share it with me. 🙂

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  6. Hi Saumya,

    thanks for the interesting review. You seem to know your stuf very well, so I’m impressed. I just installed w3tc on two websites that I maintain, and it seems to speed up the pageload quite a lot. I wonder why you didn’t include w3tc this time. It would be interesting for me to see if this plugin outperforms w3tc or not. I also read that w3tc not only has a extension for Yaost SEO but also (in the premium version) for the genesis framework, for which it claimes to provides 30-60% improvement in page generation time.

    I’ve read on Studiopress and copyblogger that they also advice w3tc and jetpack, because of its solid coding and development team, but I’m not qualified enough myself to Judge wether its better than others. I’ve installed Jetpack at one point, but got a bit scared of the impact it would have since it seems so large and links to an extermal wordpress.com server of which I don’t know what impact it will have on pageload-times.

    I host my website on shared hosting, and there have been some troubles with resource usage on especially one of my websites (lots of code 500 errors because of memory and cpu). Based on the P3 plugin and some complaints on various sites, I concluded it must be primarely caused by the All-in-one-events-calendar plugin from Time.ly. So I tried using cache software (that gave me trouble in the past) using some pages that gave advice on how to set it up (but farther than that not knowing what it all means).

    As I read in one of your comments here you say that also the Wordfence Plugin is very heavy in resource usage, so now I’m wondering if that may also be a factor in it, and wonder what plugin you would advice in stead of Wordfence (I’ve also tried Bulletproof but found it somewhat difficult), since there also have been soms attacks on the site and security is a must. So I now wonder what choices would be wise. I have very limited budgets to buy plugins and I find lots of plugins now want 40-150 dollars for their services adding up quickly. I can’t affort spending lots of money just to try out plugins, and that makes choosing not that easy. Advice would be appreciated.

    I’ve found that cache software often seems to break functionality, so where I’ve tried some of them, I often just as quick disinstalled them. Minify and combining seems fraqile. Also there seems to be a lot of overlap in functionality of various plugins all collecting lots of the same statistics and offering lazy load and minify options, so I find it not simple to choose which options to activate or determine which plugins to use or not. Mostly I try plugins that are very popular hoping that these numbers also say something about quality. I’ve tried cdn using cloudflare, but that also gave problems, and perhaps cdn wouldn;t add to much since my sites are writen in the Dutch language and so target just two countries.

    I was happy to read that you concluded that the retina 2x plugin was so well coded and advisable, since I allready used it. But since it has such a fine working lazy load according to your study should I than use this caching plugin for that reason while it doesn’t seem to work with the tags retina 2x uses? And when using retina 2x only the use of lazy load video seems to add to its functionality, and no other lazy load plugin functionality seems neccessary. Is that a correct conclusion? Or is there some reason having this functionality in a caching plugin should add to the fun?

    To go a bit off topic, but perhaps for a future review…
    I would be very interested in reviews of populair event management plugins, like Events Manager, The Event Calendar, and Event Espresso. Most reviews I found where from 2013 and just covered the cost and functionality, but didn’t give impartial info on resource-impact. And 2013 is realy old in wordpress development, also when I read that Event Espresso (the favorate of most of the reviews I found) has a completely redesigned new version (EE4). Often the free versions are so basic that a addon is quickly needed, and some plugins then go quickly up to 150-200 dollars for some basic features like mailchimp- and social media-add ons, knowing most users want those to complete the package. I understand programmers need to eat and flourish, and want pay for their fine work, but when lots of plugins go commercial, the starting budgets for a website may grow substantialy. So I’m hoping there will remain enough low budget products around.

    I also am interested in hearing what plugins you yourself use on this website. It seems to use the genesis framework, so that we have in common. 🙂 Is the store here made with woocommerce, or can you advise a better product? What security software would you recommend (or use here)? Would you also advice some plugin that cloaks the fact that your website is wordpress? And so, what plugin would do that in a reliable way? How reliable is for instance the plugin “Hide My WP”? and so on.

    Thanks for the great work here. I appreciate you sharing your knowledge and experience. Without fine folks like you, I probably would not be able to have such a website as I now have to share my own gifts to the world. 🙂 Cheers to You!

    Hans

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    • Hi Hans,
      Thank you for your in depth comment. First of all, I must say that W3TC is really a very powerful plugin – but the main reason that I avoid it because it is not for most people out there. In wordpress as we get most things for free, we try to use most of them in out server without even understanding. I know that W3TC has many features that even WP Rocket doesn’t have, but trust me W3TC is not for general shared servers we most people use. It was actually made for VPS and dedicated server where you have all the access to fine tuning everything and that is the main reason W3TC breaks most of the sites.
      On the other hand the plugin I’ve tested above – all can be used in shared servers without any issues. If you ask me personally, as per the current benchmark I will suggest you to opt for WP Rocket as it has the most easiest user interface along with huge page improvement. Also this is the one of those caching plugin out there whose minification doesn’t gonna break your site. And even if they did, WP Rocket provides a really good support who can help you to fix your issues right away.
      But again if you have dedicated server along with server tech team then you might wanna invest on W3TC and purchase one of their paid tweak package, where they will do all the necessary tweaks in your server so that you can have the best possible output. But if you are on a shared server or general VPS – WP Rocket is gonna shine for sure. Though I didn’t tested W3TC along with WP Rocket – I’m pretty sure that the results aren’t gonna differ much. BTW, I personally using WP Rocket on this site.
      For the security thing – trust me I don’t use any sorts of security plugin in this WP Multisite environment (or any site) whatsoever as I know they are nothing but wastage of my server resource. The only way to get bulletproof security is by having a good host. I will suggest you to shift your hosting to WPHostingSpot – as I’ve been using them for a long time and I never been so happy with my hosting before. Alternatively, you can try BigScoot. They are good too. Having a good hosting and always updated wordpress – keep you away from security tensions.
      WP Retina Pro Lazyload uses the same backbone framework that WP Rocket uses. The the problem with WP Retina Lazyload is that – it only lazyload those images – that are getting rendered by WP Retina and those images who does not have a retina version will load without lazyload. On the other hand the same story goes to WP Rocket too – it will not lazyload images that are getting rendered by WP Retina – instead it only lazyload those images which are loaded without WP Retina. 😛 Confusing but true 😀
      Thank you for your review request on event plugin – will keep it in my todo list 🙂
      About hiding WordPress – those blog tells you to hide wordpress due to security reasons – they just write crappy post to gain more reader. It doesn’t matter whether you shows it or not. WordPress is used by millions websites – so dont worry about it at all. Trust me as an experienced coder, I’m telling you there is no way you can completely hide the origin – knowledgeable devs will always know what you are using. Also if you use those kind of hiding plugin – it can break your site while migrating it from one host to another. So don’t use them. Instead concentrate more on a good hosting and always updated site code.
      I’m Glad to know that you liked this post and it helped you 🙂

      P.S: I don’t use woocommerce on this site, instead I use Easy Digital Downloads 🙂

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      • Thanks for your swift reply and advise. I understand your advise and WP Rocket seems an affordable choice, so I will probably try it out on a site. W3tc for now seems to do the job, but if wp Rocket could speed it up some more that would be nice. Do you know of any issues with seo from yoast (I ask because w3tc has an extension added aspecially for yoast)?

        Although already with w3tc page load times of my FrontPage is reported to be between 0.5 and 1.2 seconds and on gtmetrics about 1-2 seconds, what I find quite acceptable. The longest wait seems to be admin-ajax.php.

        As you descibe it, I would think that the combination of Retina 2x and WP Rocket would lazyload all images, is that so? Or does retina 2x only lazyload on pages that are not cached? Otherwise it seems a mariage made in heaven. 🙂 Now I also have an active installe of the BJ Lazy Load plugin. Should I remove that plugin when I use the others? And if I use Retina 2x should I deactivate the lazyload of it when using that of wp Rocket?

        We’ve had some brute force attacks in the past, that’s when I added the bulletproof protection plugin to the mix that does a lot with .htaccess programming. But it meant that sometimes links from mailchimp where also blogged and I didn’t understand the code enough to DIY. For non-technical administrators its not usable, although the autor is kind enough to answer quistions and offer help. I see that you use a captcha en two step login, so that probably also enough to block that kind of attacks. Thank you for advising a few providers. Currently I get host from my nephew for free, so I would have to pay some for this option, but I quess security must cost. For now the plugins wil help.

        Thanks for naming your shop-plugin. That you use wp rocket and WP Product Review was reported when I checkt earlier in whatwpthemeisthat.com. The rest was well hiden. 🙂 From the comment-options and some of your other articles I ques you also use Jetpack (heavy load or blessing?). I know a lot of shops use digital download (like Yoast.com), so I have considered it. WooCommerce also cost a lot when you need addons, but combines physical and virtual products and there are free plugins that offer a gateway to ideal and mistercash, that are primarily used in The Netherlands and Belgium, wich is our target audience. For our purpose this was a must.

        In my line of “work” small one-person-“companies” mostly offer a combination of events and services, and some physical an/or virtual products. So they look for a combination of education, membership, shop and event manager, next to a blog, and if possible integrated and of course lokalized. The only combination I know with that functionality at the moment is woocommerce combined with the event calendar, but my knowledge is incomplete. I think a lot of people are waiting for an affordable integrated product like that, but since they mostly work for love, and on a very small scale, they can’t affort to pay the current prices (although that too is debatable since they have lots of cadgets and costly habbits). I suspect at some point there will be more that kind of sollutions also for them, but until then we have to prioritize. As I have checkt lots of plugins allready, it seems that none of them is perfect and complete yet, all ask to compromise on some level and better sollutions are still valuable. Nothing new. Perhaps also an area for future reviews… integration? Although Chris Lema writes already about that sort of stuf.

        Thanks for the advise and responses.

        Have a great day!
        Hans

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        • In WP Rocket you don’t need any special extension. It’s all inside the plugin. It works fine with Yoast SEO, even I use it too 🙂 You can also use bothe the lazy loads of WP Retina Pro & WP Rocket at the same time, but sometime the WP Retina lazyload create issues in chrome. So if you face any issue like that, contact the author. BFS attacks mainly happen for 2 reasons. Either you don’t update your wordpress and its plugins properly or you are using a very bad server. Thank you for your inputs, will keep it in my mind 🙂 Really appreciate it. 🙂

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        • I purchased the WP ROCKET PLUGIN for $99.00 USD, I found it completely useless. I tried to claim the refund, and they refused.

          I have now made my PayPal complaint.

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          • Really? is that recently or months ago? Recently their plugin is very much mature and works amazingly. I’ve tried it in several bad situations and everywhere it shines. Yah! their refund policy is not so good. I will pass this on to the owners of WP Rocket, hopefully they will reply.

  7. We love wp-rocket. I use wp rocket more than 2 year. Wp-rocket is recomended. Simple setup for beginner.

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  8. Great post. I’d love to see a test by you of WP fastest cache – it’s what I currently used after a full day of comparing caching plugins (except for Rocket).

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  9. The best plugin, thanks for review

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