w3 total cache vs wp super cache [Video review]

W3 total cache vs wp super cache, wordpress plugins.

From the first day, i have started this blog, i haven’t had any cache plugins, until i started to get 1000+ visitors a day, i considered of using cache plugins.

Hearing about w3 total cache vs wp super cache plugins pros and contras, i decided to try wp-super-cache.

More info, see how to install wordpress plugin tutorial.

wp-super-cache is a famous cache plugin in wordpress blogging world, almost everyone recommend it.

W3 total cache vs wp super cache, my own experiments.

After i installed wp super cache in this blog, one day, i deactivated it because i want to know if it was no difference using cache plugins and without cache plugins.

I wanted to test how this blog loads if i don’t use wp super cache. Result, there was an error while deleting process.

Too bad, because i should read the readme.txt file on the plugin to deactivate it. But of course, i didn’t blame myself, because so far, it’s very easy to deactivate and delete any plugins which i have ever installed.

At that time, i haven’t tried w3 total cache, only wp super cache. So for me, w3 total cache vs wp super cache question wasn’t answered yet, but definitely, i wanted to avoid wp super cache.

I have also noticed that wp super cache caused thumbnails problems, they did not show.

w3 total cache vs wp super cache

w3 total cache vs wp super cache — Deleting wp super cache error message.

W3 total cache vs wp super cache, which one is better?

From my experience above, from the day i deleted wp super cache, and i had an error in my dashboard, i try another cache plugins, which is definitely w3 total cache.

I was quite satisfied with this plugin. For non-techie blogger like me, deactivate, and deleting plugin easily is a must requirement for any plugins i want to install.

W3 total cache vs wp super cache video review:

w3 total cache vs wp super cache, i recommend w3 total cache, because of these following reasons:

1. w3 total cache is very easy to install, deactivate, and delete. Just click the usual deactivate, and delete links and it will be deleted.

There are times when you want to deactivate or deleting your plugins, because of many reasons. For me, i usually do this when something goes wrong with my blog, i want to know whether some plugins cause some errors.
Also as i reckon from wordpress.org support forum while upgrading to newer version, some people got problems after upgradingdue to troublemaker plugins.

wp super cache is quite complicated to deactivate, it has a special way to deactivate. Of course w3 total cache saves time.

2. I have noticed when i use wp super cache, made some changes in my sites, and i check the changes in front-end, i didn’t see the changes, it needs a while until other people can see the changes.

When i was logged in as an admin, i can see the changes i have made. weird. I have noticed other people have this problem too.

3. w3 total cache has more features than wp super cache plugins, like minify alls scripts you have, and caching options.

These 3 reasons i definitely want to use to recommend w3 total cache for you to try. ( with your own risk.)

That was my w3 total cache vs wp super cache review.

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  1. says


    You are right, I chat with one of the Hosting providing and asked which one they support/recommend, they said w3 total cache is performing better.

    However, there is no harm in going for wp super cache as it is best suited for beginners. :)

    Cheers :D

    • says


      I recommend for the complete beginners to be careful with uninstalling wp super cache, because it has readme.txt file they should read first before deleting the plugins.

      I prefer having w3 total cache, as it is not complicated to delete it when i need to.

      Thanks for your great input SiRu!

  2. says

    Hi Kimi

    Thanks for the heads up on the deleting problem.

    I’ve been looking at installing the W3 total cache plugin – will you be doing anything on which settings to use?

    • says

      Hi Keith!

      Yes, installing cache plugin is a must do to speed up a blog.

      Yes, i am going to show how i set my w3 total cache setting anytime soon when i have time.

      Have a nice weekend Keith!

  3. Mitch says

    Hi Kimi,

    I’ve actually reviewed both of these in my past as well, and you’re right, trying to rid of super cache was a bear! But I was wondering if both worked the same for you as far as speeding up your blog. Were both noticeably faster?

    • says


      To me, w3 total cache is faster..

      Wp super cache makes problems with thumbnails too, i have tried it with Twenty Ten, plus, what most annoying is when i change something on theme, i can’t see the changes when i am not logged in as an Admin.

      Thanks for leaving a message.


  4. says

    W3 cache never used to work for me so I used to use Supercache instead. Then I heard about Quick Cache and how simple it was to use so I switched and I am more than happy with it.

    One point that I really love about it is that it has a clear cache button that can used anywhere from within the dashboard. This makes it especially easy when checking any changes that I may have made with the theme.

  5. says

    Hm. I’ve been thinking to switch from WP SuperCache. Been happy with it for the past couple of years but heard good things about W3 Total Cache.

    Might install it on my other blog just to play around and find out more :)

    • says


      Yeah, what i hate about wp super cache is it is not simple to uninstall..And it is not so handy if for example there is something small error going on in this blog, and i had to disable my plugins or uninstall them, i have a complicated process to delete wp super cache.

      W3 total cache works for me, but yes, it can be different to everyone.

      I also plan to use wp quick cache in other blog to see the difference :-)

      Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment!

  6. says

    Hi Kimi, I am visiting your site after a long time and I have got here only through Search engine. Well regarding your article, I have used WP super cache and W3 total cache but none of them looks good to me. I am going to try to quick cache now and I hope it will work good.

    • says


      I am currently use w3 total cache without big problems..and my site loads quite fast, considering infolinks, adsense, and some images affiliate links are included.

      Heard about quick cache too, let me know how it works for your blog.

      Oh about akismet, looks like your email is catched as spam, i recommend you contact akismet to release your email address from spam.

      But in this blog, i check manually for spam folders, so your comment will always be approved :-)

      Thanks for your valuable message btw.

  7. says

    I have been a fan of Super cACHE plugin but no wonder w3 total cache plugin offers more option. Since I shifted to W3 total cache, I found it much better than Wp Super cache….