How Do I Setup W3 Total Cache In WordPress 2019?

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Do You Need W3TC?

The short answer is an overwhelming Yes!

W3 Total Cache is currently the best WordPress plugin for cache-based, performance optimization. W3 Total Cache improves the overall speed of your site by caching multiple elements on your pages which improves the overall responsiveness of your webserver.

What is Caching?

Caching is simply the storage of website data for later usage by your clients. Caching can be accomplished via multiple methods, with W3TC (W3 Total Cache) being one of the primary means to achieve this task. W3 Total Cache is rated as one of the best WordPress plugins for performance optimization on Virtual, Dedicated and Managed servers and, is used by millions of sites to increase their overall site performance. 

The W3TC plugin site itself lists multiple other benefits of this software as well, and I quote: 

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What is Caching?

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Caching Defined

Caching, as it pertains to hosting a website, is the temporary storage of content. This content could be images, files, bits of PHP scripts that are precompiled, HTML pages, results of database queries, and other web objects.

Why Use Caching?

Caching quickens the responsiveness of your website. You’ll also hear this concept referred to as: reducing latency, eliminating redundant processing steps, improving responsiveness, or reducing load times.

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Liquid Web CDN Nodes

Reading Time: < 1 minuteThe Liquid Web Content Delivery Network (CDN) is comprised of thousands of CDN nodes via the Akamai Intelligent Platform. This platform effectively gives our customers the ability to increase global reach over 2,000 percent further than any previously available option. Below is a complete list of the Liquid Web CDN Nodes:
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CDN Overview

Reading Time: 2 minutesThe Liquid Web CDN improves your website’s load time by taking all of your site’s media (pictures, music, etc.) and distributing it to a worldwide caching network. When a visitor reaches your CDN-enabled websites they will receive the basic elements (text, framework code, etc.) from your server as normal, but all of the media will be handled by the CDN’s worldwide network of caching servers (also referred to as “nodes”).

Because media files are almost always much larger in size than text elements, the CDN takes a lot of the workload off of your server. Please note that the Liquid Web CDN is only for use with media files and does not handle databases or other server-side functions. Database activity and other functions will continue to be handled by your server.

It is also important to note that adding CDN services to your server requires modifications to your website’s code. If you are using a Content Management System (CMS) such as WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, etc. then these changes can be easily made using the CMS software itself. If your website was custom-built and does not have a CDN option in the CMS interface, you will need to consult your site’s developer for assistance in implementing CDN code changes. Continue reading “CDN Overview”