We've compiled a guide on the Best Caching Plugins For WordPress.
Your Internet experience is only as fast as the websites you visit. Typically, the best websites are also the ones with the quickest load times. A slow website makes for a terrible user experience, and let’s not forget the impact that it is likely to have on your search engine rankings. Google has confirmed the same in the past.
WordPress is dynamic. While this helps keep your website up to date and live, it also slows down your website too. So, to tackle this problem, developers created caching plugins. They help produce a static version of your website and this makes your website much much faster.
In this article, we'll take you through the best caching plugins available on the WordPress market. If you aren’t already using a caching plugin, then you’ll find this an interesting and important read. If you are using a caching plugin then read on and you’ll have a few more great options to check out and find out which plugin works best for you.
With this plugin there are multiple tabs, the first one titled “Easy” is displayed first. And it is easier when you aren’t bombarded with as many options as other caching plugins.
WP Super Cache creates a static HTML file which is served to users who aren’t logged in, users who haven’t left a comment on your blog and users who haven’t viewed a password protected post on your site. That pretty much means almost every visitor to your website.
This plugin caches files in three ways:
The difference between super cached served by PHP and not served by PHP becomes more apparent only when there is an increase in traffic, so much so that the host’s server struggles to keep up, else the differences are imperceptible.
You can selectively choose which sections of your website get cached. The plugin also handles sudden spikes in traffic using lockdown and directly cached files.
W3 Total Cache is known as one of the most powerful caching plugins with a plethora of options at the disposal of the user. Its users include Yoast, Mashable, Smashing Magazine, and many other equally influential websites.
A WordPress newbie may find it daunting to negotiate through the plugin’s many options at first, that being said, W3 Total Cache offers tips on how to best use the plugin above the plugin’s settings page on your WP dashboard.
The plugin isn’t complicated, it is merely vast with a number of options. If you can get past the clutter of options and follow suggestions as presented by the plugin below your WordPress dashboard then it can speed up your website ten times over, which is an impressive feat.
Fastest Cache employs a number of methods to cache your website. Mod Rewrite takes your dynamic WordPress and makes it static. The cached files are then deleted at appropriate intervals or based on events such as publishing a page or a post.
With Fastest Cache you can block cache for specific pages/posts with a shortcode. The plugin permits you to enable and disable caching for mobile devices and logged in users separately. Fastest Cache provides CDN support too.
If you know what each of the caching methods will do for you, this should be a very easy plugin to handle. Just tick your caching methods and submit.
Hyper Cache only has 4 tabs on the settings page of the plugin. While this means there are fewer configuration options compared to others on this list, this works in favour of anyone who’s looking for a plugin to do the job with little or no tinkering.
With HyperCache, you can cache at specified intervals of time, enable on-the-fly compression, clean caches when a new comment is made or a new post is published, and enable browser caching.
You can set up Hyper Cache so as not to cache specific pages or URLs too, and you can cache only the most recent posts by blocking caching for posts older than a specified number of days. It provides support for CDN and mobile caching also.
If you’re selecting a caching plugin, then you should consider your requirements. Is your website prone to high volumes of traffic at certain times and do you use a CDN? Questions like these become pertinent to the selection of the best caching plugin for your website. Because the differences in performance are largely imperceptible to the average user, it is very difficult to figure out which among all the plugins is the best. In our opinion, W3 Total Cache is certainly the most complete package, but all the others aren't far behind.
Ever wonder what the best WordPress plugin for events and booking systems is, and why you'd use them?
If you’re a freelancer or a small business selling services, you’re better off implementing your own booking and events system into your website, rather than relying on a third-party service.
Sure, for events with a big attendance size, perhaps a third-party solution is better. However, if you’re a service provider with a few employees, then we recommend that you look into self-hosting solutions to save on cost and ease of use!
The Events Calendar is one of the most popular calendar plugins on the WordPress market. The professional and modern features really excel in making this plugin fit right into in any events calendar situation that you can imagine. Some of the most prominent WordPress developers have thoroughly investigated the level of security this plugin provides and the countless hours of support questions have led to the perfectionism that this plugin portrays.
This plugin’s features include quick events generation, venue and organizer management, calendar view, custom search for events, Google Maps integration for easier location accessibility, custom widget, Google Calendar integration, and AJAX support for smooth loading. It works responsively with smartphones and tablets and works with all leading WordPress theme frameworks. It also has built-in SEO features and provides a selection of custom themes.
Event Calendar WD fixes the gaps that other plugins might be leaving out on the table. These include a fully responsive website layout that will make your events easy to view on any device. It also comes with a calendar widget that you can insert into your WordPress sidebar for easy event promotion. The Google Maps features will also make it easy to find the location of an event and save time from having to Google it.
A social button integration is another great built-in feature of the plugin. So, your events can get free marketing through the process of social sharing. People love to tell their friends about the events they plan to attend, especially very important ones. You can createcustom venues and allocate events for those too. Everything can be viewed monthly, weekly, and daily and the ability to create SEO-optimized event pages is another huge advantage. With a very rich codebase, you can integrate several external modules and plugins. This could very well be the plugin that helps you start your own fully functional events management website.
WordPress Event Calendar names itself as one of the most flexible WordPress Calendars available. And it’s free! If you've found yourself in a pickle when it comes to calendar management on WordPress, then this calendars functionality will quickly resolve any lasting issues and solve your event management problems once and for all. So often we lose track of the things we need to attend, so having a simple calendar widget that can record your current and future events is really helpful.
To count down some of the features: mobile responsive, unlimited calendars and events, a widget for displaying upcoming events, style management for calendar categories to create a more unique experience. Event descriptions can be modified with full HTML5 compatibility and category management makes the event sorting process more flexible for yourself, and your website members. The feature to Integrate a lightbox into your calendars to create a more personalized and attractive UI experience as well is another thing we love about this plugin.
We like the approach that Event List has taken. The events dashboard is built with intuitive design in mind, separating events by monthly, and yearly basis that helps with productivity, since you don’t want to have all the events displayed in a single list without a sense of direction.
The event management details include the event name/title, time of event, time when the event starts, the location of the event, and the description. The WordPress content editor can be used to modify the description of your events, which means that you’ll have the ability to create visual and interactive descriptions. Copy any of your previous events with a single click of a button, to further increase your productivity. Shortcode support, but also a very solid sorting algorithm to help in finding the events that you or others are looking for is what puts htis plugin on our list.
If time is of the essence, you may want to check out Quick Eevents Manager. This plugin is as quick as it gets for those situations where you need a simple events creation dashboard with the single feature of adding shortcodes anywhere that you wish to promote your events, be it pages or posts, or widget areas.
The multiple layout selections are great for choosing the right style for your own design. Payments can also be processed, so this plugin although very simple, does support the payment collection process. All attendee details can be downloaded or sent to an email address, making the “guest” list so much more flexible. Events can be displayed in list format or calendar of course.
The shortcode provided by the Very Simple Event List's author is so flexible that you can add multiple shortcodes on the same page and have the events outlined in a design-aligned way. The settings panel is very quick to learn how to use, you’ve got the widget settings where you can disable or enable things like date, time, location, image, link, and image info, and you can choose to preview the event summary if you like.
EventOn is our only premium plugin on this list, however, it didn’t earn more than 20,000 sales on Codecanyon because the developers hit a goldmine. It was the combined efforts of everyone working on the plugins codebase and its rich set of features to make it amongst the most complete and thorough event calendar plugins that have ever been made for the WordPress platform.
Not only is the design great, but the hundreds of features that EventOn includes will ensure that you’ll never need to look for another calendar. Create stunning widgets that display the information about upcoming events and allow your customers to make their own choices.
This way, your visitors can flip through the pages like a real document, while also zooming in, taking notes and printing out the document when needed. Some of the PDF plugins offer other useful tools for converting a blog post to a PDF or generating a cover image for a PDF that you can upload to your WordPress blog.
In short, a standard PDF viewer enables users to see a PDF as if the file were saved on their own computer. They get the capabilities expected of a PDF along with some other handy features the WordPress plugin developers have thrown in there.
Below are some examples of when you would use a PDF Viewer:
As the name suggests, this plugin adds a PDF download and print button to your WordPress posts, pages, and custom post types. You can add your website title, featured image, custom styles, and fonts. The plugin can also execute shortcodes when generating PDFs or create a printer-friendly version. It lets your users download PDFs from your posts.
It lets your users download PDFs from your posts and the plugin also supports pages, search results, archives, and custom post types too. You can add the conversion buttons by using widgets or shortcodes and the plugin offers different icons for your print buttons.
WP Advanced PDF plugin allows your users to download your posts and pages in PDF format. You can enable the PDF download for all users or just for registered users. You can also use custom fonts, logo, and even add a watermark to your PDF files.
Some other features also included is the ability to set stretching and spacing for PDF's, have the ability to generate a pdf from the cache to reduce load from the server and can schedule a backup of cache if your blog is not updating too frequently.
PDF Image Generator creates a cover image for PDF Files you add in WordPress posts for download. The plugin can generate this cover image by either using the first page in the PDF or featured image. The download icon will then display the thumbnail image linked to PDF file.
For this plugin to work your WordPress hosting provider should have ImageMagick and GhostScript installed on their server.
Similar to the previous plugin, PDF Thumbnail also generates a thumbnail of the first page of your PDF file during the upload. However, your PDF file and the thumbnail image remain as two separate files. You will need to manually insert the generated thumbnail and then link it to the PDF file.
This PDF viewer is called vanilla for a reason. The basic, minimalist user interface drops a PDF in your post without any bells and whistles. There’s no premium version, so you get things like page jumping, searching, zooming and printing without having to pay a dime.
We really like this plugin as it doesn’t have tons of unnecessary features, and the shortcodes are fairly easy to use. The plugin also provides a very clean reading experience for your users.
Check out the Vanilla PDF Embed plugin.
PDF Tab for WooCommerce is another alternative WordPress PDF plugin, delivering a PDF download button on your e-commerce product pages. Some product information is too long for the product page or maybe it needs to be protected in some way. On the other hand, your company might already have this documentation and there’s no need to duplicate it.
The PDF uploads are all handled through WordPress, so you don’t need to mess with shortcodes and a Download PDF button gets displayed right on the product page of your choice.
We saved the most beautiful for last since Real3D is pretty astounding in its design, but it’s also overkill for what most people are looking for. We like Real3D if you’re making an online magazine or sharing image-rich pamphlets with clients and customers.
With such a long list of reputable WordPress PDF viewers, it might seem tough deciding on which one to go with.
Here’s what we think:
Overall, your WordPress PDF viewer decision depends entirely on your situation. Luckily, most of them have free versions or inexpensive premium packages. So, give them a try and see which works best for you.
Would you like to add an Amazon-like magnifying zoom to your images in WordPress? Being able to zoom in on images allows users to see things that they would not usually see in a normal sized image, whilst also making your website appear more attractive and professional. Customers and visitors alike will appreciate being able to zoom in on the finer details within images and an attractive zoom feature can really help to sell products if you're running an e-commerce store. In this article, we'll show you how to easily add a magnifying zoom for images in WordPress.
Upon activation, you'll need to visit the WP Image Zoom page within your WordPress admin area. From here, you can manage the zoom settings for your images.
In the General Settings tab, you can enable features like zoom on WooCommerce product images, thumbnails, mobile devices, attachment pages, category pages, and more. It also allows you to remove the lightbox, so your users can smoothly zoom images.
Once you're done adjusting the settings on this page, don’t forget to click on the Save Changes button. Next, you need to visit the Zoom Settings tab. Here, it will present you with 4 easy steps to add a magnifying zoom.
The first step is to select the shape of the lens to zoom images. You can choose from a circle, square, and zoom window lens shape.
After choosing your lens, head to the next step and preview an image with the selected lens shape to see how it works. The plugin comes with a preview image that you can use to test your changes.
In the next step, you can select cursor type, animation easing effect, enable the zoom on mouse hover or mouse click, and define a zoom level. It should be noted that some of these features are only available for the pro version of the plugin.
To change settings like lens size, lens colour, lens border options and more, head over to the Lens tab. These settings are only effective if you've selected the circle or square lens in Step 1 however.
Next, you can visit the Zoom Window configuration tab. This tab is enabled only if you selected the Zoom Window Lens in Step 1. From here, you can change the width and height of zoom window, positioning, distance from the main image, borders, and more. It's from this tab that you can add things like custom text to your images as well, along with a range of options such as size, colour and alignment.
To finish, make sure you save your changes and don't forget that you can preview your image to see how the magnifier will work!
If you wish to enable the magnifying zoom for images within pages or posts then you will have to do it manually once you have inserted an image into the editor.
Simply add an image into the editor and then click on it. Once highlighted, just click on the magnifying zoom icon within the editor toolbar and the zoom will be applied to your image.
Be sure to preview your post to double check that the zoom works, and remember that everytime you add an image, you'll have to click the magnifying zoom icon to apply it!
We hope this article has made the process of applying an attractive and engaging zoom lens to your website's images easy!
For those seeking more attractive ways to display photo's on your website, then don't hesitate to check out our guide to The Best Free Photo Gallery Plugins Available For WordPress.
Just like WordPress itself is capable of transforming into many forms, so is WooCommerce. WooCommerce is a great plugin for running a web store on WordPress, however, it is not just a simple web store plugin. It is very versatile and can be used for a variety of other purposes.
The reason WooCommerce can do so many things is that it has an excellent built-in payment engine, which other plugins can tap into. So even if you’re not actually selling products, you can still use this engine and its many different payment methods.
Transforming your WooCommerce website into something different is done by using additional plugins or extensions as they are often called. In this article, we've covered 10 different WooCommerce extensions to give you some ideas of what you can do with WooCommerce, with one recommended plugin for each purpose.
Subscriptions are used for allowing recurring payments. The WooCommerce Subscriptions plugin is a simple yet powerful tool to sell subscriptions for newspapers, online access, products etc. It even synchronizes with many popular payments gateways, so when a customer cancels his subscription with the provider itself, the subscription gets cancelled in your store as well.
It doesn’t matter if you are selling physical or online products with monthly or yearly subscriptions. As long as it is recurring, this plugin will fit the bill.
WordPress already has an excellent Groups plugin which can be used to define membership levels. Combine that with the Groups for WooCommerce plugin and you can begin selling paid memberships. Add the aforementioned Subscriptions plugin and you can even sell recurring memberships.
By adding a few extra functions to WooCommerce you are suddenly capable of becoming ‘the new eBay’. The WooCommerce Simple Auctions plugin allows you to run one or more auctions for your products, including bid history and countdown timer.
After a winning bid is decided, the bidder can pay for their article right away, of course, all managed by WooCommerce. There’s even a ‘My Auctions’ section so bidders can keep track.
All this sounds pretty obvious for an auction site, but don’t forget it is still WooCommerce we’re talking about. Pretty impressive if you ask us.
The WooCommerce Amazon Affiliates uses Amazon’s API to fully integrate its products into your web store, in such a way visitors won’t even know it’s Amazon.
You can even use the reviews placed on Amazon itself and it’s ‘Frequently Bought Together’ recommendations. Only when a customer decides to checkout are they are taken to the checkout page on Amazon.
Because it’s just a WordPress plugin you still can use the native functionality. This way you can run a separate blog on your site, or combine the plugin with other WooCommerce/ WordPress plugins and functionality. This plugin is perfect if you want to gain experience in running a web store, without worrying about stock or payments.
There are cases when you don’t want to sell a product right away, but would like to have a customer ask you for a quote first instead. For example, when a customer wants to order in bulk. Instead of using email or phone to negotiate the sale you can use the WooCommerce Request A Quote plugin, which adds an extra option to the WooCommerce product listing page.
You still need to follow up outside of your web store, but it sure saves you the hassle of discussing a large order with different products by phone. You only need to confirm the price and close the deal.
At first, the WooCommerce Dropshippers plugin looks like a very simple way of notifying drop-shipping companies of your work with new orders. This way you can sell their products as your own in your web store, and when it comes to an order, an email gets sent to the supplying company.
But this plugin takes the process a bit further, by also accommodating for status updates. It does depend on the willingness of the supplier to cooperate, but if they do, you will only need to spend limited time on managing orders. This awesome plugin even keeps track of the amount of money you owe the supplier.
WooCommerce offers a free plugin to connect your web store to Facebook. The Facebook Store plugin allows you to set up a shop on your Facebook page, and synchronise your products between your web store and your Facebook page. Also included is a Facebook ads extension, which you can use to target your visitors on Facebook.
Setting up is very convenient. After you install the plugin, you are guided through a process in which you can select the relevant page. The Facebook ad is made on the spot, and the products are imported to your Facebook page right away. You then only have to wait for Facebook to process the images, texts, and links after which you’re done.
Whether you are selling hotel rooms or tickets to your very own stand-up comedy show, using a booking plugin can take care of it. The WooCommerce Bookings plugin is simple and effective to use and has a date and time calendar to allow visitors to select the time they want to place a booking.
The plugin is quite ingenious by giving you enough ways to control your calendar, preventing over bookings or no-shows. You can even have a customer check availability with you first. The plugin also takes care of the invoicing, using the WooCommerce payment option.
This specific feature is one of the reasons why WooCommerce is so popular since it is another (free) way of selling products without keeping an inventory.
Granted, you aren’t actually selling anything since you are referring customers to a different company to make the sale. However, you can give your visitors a unique shopping experience, use cross-sells and/or up-sells and easily combine affiliate products with your own to generate revenue.
It's a perfect way of testing the waters, and you can even combine it with the Amazon store mentioned above. What's also great is that it's built-in, so you don’t need to add any additional plugins.
If you want to run your own job board with only minimal costs this is a great way of doing it while still using all the power of WooCommerce.
As is evident from all the ways you can expand WooCommerce in this list, the plugin itself is capable of doing way more than just selling. The open and modular architecture of WooComererce allows for a massive variation in functionality, and it would be a missed opportunity to not take advantage of it and expand your business!
Marketing on social media has taken off in a huge way, and Instagram is among the most popular platforms. With the average number of active people using Instagram daily exceeding 500 million, that’s a market that you shouldn't really ignore. If you’re using WordPress for your business or blog, there are a number of WordPress Instagram plugins that’ll help you tap into this market.
There are a number of plugins, both free and premium, that can help you with the basic function of embedding an Instagram feed on a page. Some are packed with many more features, and you’ll find out about them in the following list of what we believe are the best Instagram plugins for WordPress in 2018.
WD Instagram Feed does a good job of importing a single or multiple Instagram feeds into your website. You can display the images as thumbnails or in a lightbox, with or without a caption. The images can also be drawn using username or hashtag feeds. Images are retrieved from Instagram and not stored in the database, making the plugin faster to load.
Although the plugin is easy to set up and use, not too many customization options are available. You’ll need to purchase the premium plugin if customization is important to you. The premium plugin will allow you to display images in masonry and blog style layouts and integrate comments. The lightbox will also display images as a slideshow with different transition effects. You get multiple fully customizable themes to style each layout besides video and filmstrip layouts and advanced filtering using conditions as well.
Easy Instagram can create a gallery containing up to ten images drawn from a single user’s Instagram account or from an account with a specific hashtag.
You can add the author’s name to the image and link it back to the author’s Instagram profile page. The plugin does offer a few display options, but by and large, it is light on features. Its main advantage is that it's flexible and ready for any custom CSS you may want to input.
The InstaShow Instagram feed plugin gives you a great deal of control over the way in which your Instagram photos display on your website. The plugin is a top seller and is very flexible, allowing you to adjust 60+ parameters and to choose from 10 different colour schemes. It also works with Visual Composer to replicate that unique Instagram look on your website.
InstaShow supports multiple images in one post and sources images based on username, hashtags, and location. You can limit the number of images to display and adjust dimensions within the gallery. Data such as username, description, likes, and comments can all be made to display in a popup as well. It can also appear while hovering over an image. Additionally, InstaShow includes various options to change the UI, so you can adjust the navigation, animation, and speed of your image popups.
InstaLink isn't quite as rich is scope and features as some other plugins on this list, though it does give you some scope for customization. You can customize the image sizes, colours, and the point up to which users can scroll. This responsive plugin draws images from username and hashtags and even allows filtering the usernames based on hashtags.
It allows you to opt for a display of images in a gallery without any header. You can also use InstaLink as a WordPress shortcode, as a Visual Composer element, or as a WordPress widget.
WP Instagram Widget is perhaps the simplest plugin to use on this list. It requires minimal configuration and does not even ask for sign-in or login details. Therefore, it’s ideal if you want to import Instagram images without taking too much time to set up.
The plugin uses a simple markup and does not offer much by way of styling options. It provides filters to adjust cache timings to retrieve images from Instagram and you can filter video results and add a custom class to each link, image, or item.
Instagram Feed is the plugin for you if you want to display multiple Instagram feeds either in one consolidated feed or in many separate ones. The feeds can be drawn from many nonprivate accounts and displayed on a single page on your site or on multiple pages. Using shortcodes, you can customize the layout, size, colour, spacing, and more with this plugin.
Besides displaying a header, you can opt for infinite scrolling and a "Follow on Instagram" button. You can display the photos in random order or chronologically, and you can use CSS for more customization options too.
A really simple plugin to configure and use, the Instagram Slider Widget creates a responsive widget that displays the latest Instagram posts. Up to 12 images from a public user and 18 from a hashtag can be displayed, either in a grid or on a slider. Thumbnails are stored in the media library, and you can set the time interval for checking new images. There’s no need to mess with any API access; your Instagram username will suffice.
You can link images to the user profile, image URL, locally saved image, attachment URL, or custom URL. The images can be sorted randomly or based on popularity or date as well.