As your WordPress website grows, with the publication of new content and the installation of additional plugins, it will, unfortunately, start to slow down.  There are a lot of things you can do to speed up your WordPress website, however installing a cache plugin will have the biggest effective on your page loading times.

In this article, we would like to show you how you can use a cache plugin for WordPress to speed up your website. All plugins listed in this article are free to download from the official WordPress plugin repository.

W3 Total Cache

W3 Total Cache is one of the most popular caching plugins for WordPress, with over a million active installs and 4.3 out of 5 stars in the WordPress Plugin Directory.  If you’re looking for a free caching plugin that offers a boatload of customization options, you’ve found it. W3 Total Cache has support for extensions such as WordPress SEO and CloudFlare. It also works with every major Content Delivery Network (CDN). Whenever you activate or deactivate a plugin, you should clear your cache so that it can rebuild your pages correctly.

WP Super Cache

WP Super Cache is a free caching solution available for WordPress. Its caching mechanism is fairly easy to understand. According to the official WP Super Cache page, it has been installed over a million times. The plugin allows several plugins to be loaded in WP Super Cache so that they load quicker than other plugins.  This includes Bad Behavior, the Jetpack Mobile Theme, and WPTouch. It also has support for content delivery networks. Moreover, it supports Content Delivery Networks (CDNs) and can export your customized settings so that you can import them into your future sites.

WP Fastest Cache

WP Fastest Cache is similar to many other caching plugins, but with fewer customization options it’s easier for the average user to get to grips with.  Similar to WP Super Cache, WP Fastest Cache generates static HTML files based on your dynamic WordPress blog and saves it in the cache. It also offers minification, GZIP compression, browser caching, and an option for combining JavaScript and CSS files together to reduce requests from your server.