Video Tutorial: How To Configure W3 Total Cache

One of the best plugins to enable caching and speed up your WordPress site is W3 Total Cache. It can however be a bit tricky to configure properly. In this video tutorial, I walk you through how to configure it for maximum performance on your WordPress site.

While some settings will need to be set specifically for your goals and site specifics, the tutorial gives you a good set  of defaults and in it, I point out if there are settings you can experiment with on your own to tweak the performance.

  • nice! Keep up the good work!

  • John

    I found this tutorial very helpful. I believe, however, there is an even newer version. Looking for some information on that one as well. Thank you.

    • Yep, the latest version of W3 Total Cache was released only last week. An updated video guide will come eventually, but most of the settings are the same. It just looks a little bit different.

  • john

    Thanks again Erik. I have a question regarding the settings under “browser cache” in the latest version. There is an option under “general”, “css & js” and “media & all other files” to: “Disable cookies for static files” It says this “removes set-cookie header for responses”. This is a new feature. Would this help or should I leave it alone?

    • I would definitely tick this checkbox, as cookies aren’t typically wanted for serving static files.

      • Michael

        Could you may explain more about the cookies — for instance if i am marketing affiliate products like a amazon affiliate site, would your answer still be the same as what u gave above.


        • Sure! The advice would definitely be the same. A cookie is placed in your users browser when he/she clicks on your affiliate link which would be fully unaffected by your site’s configuration.

  • john

    Thank you again!

  • Robert Williams

    Should I check “run compatibility mode” in the Page cache tab under “advanced”?

    • It would depend on your hosting environment and whether it is fully compatible with the plugin, so it’s hard for me to give you a definite answer.

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