Having been released only five months ago, WOT Cache is a fairly new caching plugin on the market, but it’s already performing like it’s a veteran. The Pro version which we’ll be reviewing in this article is priced at $32 per license.
First, let’s look though the features of this WordPress caching and performance plugin, we’ll go into a real world example further down this post.
WOT Cache Pro features
WOT Cache offers the option to minify both your HTML and CSS content, you also have the option to exclude individual files if you should run into any problem with the minification.
There are also options to select to load resources like CSS and Google Fonts asynchronously, and exclude CSS optimisation on individual pages.
Lazy loading images and videos could potentially reduce the page load.
We haven’t reviewed this part of the plugin yet, as we prefer to compress and optimise images locally before uploading them to WordPress.
The caching option is the core feature of the plugin and it’s really powerful in our experience. The options are not many but there isn’t any real need for it. Just turn on caching and select how long you want the cache to last and you’re done.
Clean up your database by clearing post revisions, transients, spam comments and trashed posts and pages.
This gives you the option to export your settings as a preset to use on other sites. It also comes with ready made presets for two of the top-selling themes on ThemeForest as well, namely Enfold and Avada.
If you are having problems, then you can submit a support ticket without having to leave the back end of your site. This can probably come in handy for a lot users without technical knowledge.
WOT Cache Pro in the wild
We tried WOT Cache out on a customer site, these were the Pingdom results before installing the plugin:
After configuring WOT Cache, the results changed quite dramatically as you can see below. The most significant change on this particular site happened when turning on the caching feature; the results on the Pingdom test tool went up from 85 to 98:
The load time was improved a lot, loading more than twice as fast, and the page size was almost cut in half. The total number of requests went down to less than 1/3 compared to the before results.
WOT Cache Pro is a great WordPress performance plugin which combines almost everything you will need to optimise your WordPress site for speed. Most WordPress sites probably would be running a caching plugin along side of separate plugins for compressing images, minification, and removing static resources from query strings. With WOT Cache you get all of that in one package, reducing the amount of plugins installed and gathering all your performance needs in one place in an easy-to-use interface.
Note: SteadyWP will likely partner with WOT Cache in the near future to use their plugins on all customer site which we optimise for speed, the only reason for this is that we like performance of the plugin. This article was written to spread awareness about the plugin and was not paid for in any way.