W3 Total Cache Vs Wp Super Cache: Which Do You Love?

Do you know that cache plugin helps to reduce the load of our blog? That’s why Many bloggers love and use the w3 total cache and WP super cache as well because they are best at what they do. So today, we are going to talk about both plug-ins and what makes them top choice. But first, let’s jump back to memory lane shall we…


I still remembered when I first got my blog :). I never knew that aside from buying a host, I’d still be doing some tweaking to keep my blog alive, well and at its normal speed.

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I still remembered the first time I started getting more than 3000 visits per day; I almost got kicked out by my host because I was in the personal class and also eating their resource. But thank God the problem with my host ended after I installed the cache plugin :). I still remember…

Caching is indeed essential to our blog’s growth, why? Because cache plug-in gives our blog speed, reduces the load of our blog and always make our blog available to end users. But do you know that some host providers offers inbuilt cache system to their customers (you)? If you’re in such hosting, then using extra cache plug-in will be a waste because you won’t have CPU or process Usage to worry about.

W3 Total Cache Vs Wp Super Cache: Which Do You Love?

On my today’s post, we shall discuss why we like this cache plug-in and how effective it’s working for you. Oh! And which do you prefer…

So now let’s starts with the Wp super cache features… I am not going to side any of the plug-ins because even if I do, you’ll be there to object, right?

Wp Super Cache:

How does the plug-in works? It simply generates static html files from your dynamic WordPress blog. Looks easy right? No wonder millions of bloggers today use the Wp super cache because it is simple to set up and use.

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The plugin gives you the option to served cached files in 3 ways – Mod_Rewrite, PHP and Legacy caching. If you’re not tech inclined or you don’t know what you’re doing, enable the PHP mode and avoid the other two. But if you’re those advanced users, Mod_Rewrite will be your best pick (according to its developers) :).

Now let’s go see why bloggers truly love the wp super cache…

It gives you the below options

PHP caching.

Compress pages.

Don’t cache pages for known users.

Cache rebuild.

CDN support.

Extra homepage checks.

Now let’s see what the w3 total cache can do, shall we.

W3 Total Cache (W3TC):

How does this plug-in works? It improves the user experience of your site by increasing your server performance, reducing the download times and providing transparent content delivery network (CDN) integration. It’s being used my millions of advanced bloggers, no wonder countless of hosting providers recommends the W3TC.

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The plug-in give you the option to improved conversion rates and “site performance” which affect your site’s rank on Google.com, it also helps you save up to 80% of bandwidth via the minify mode and HTTP compression of HTML, CSS, JavaScript and feeds. Now tell me aint that awesome?

Now let’s go see why bloggers truly love the w3 total cache…

It gives you the below options

Page cache

Minify option

Database cache

Object cache

Browser cache

User Agent groups

Referrer groups



Extentions and many more


W3tc has more options and much powerful when you compare it with wp super cache. Both cache plugins do give optimal speed but here is how I advice bloggers who’s finding it hard to choose from both cache plug-ins: If you are a blogger and wants more options that the super cache doesn’t have, using the w3tc is your best option :).


If you are a power user and you want more options to help speed your blog, then using WP total cache is the right choice for you.

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If you are not tech inclined then wp super cache is the best option for you…

Both plug-ins are awesome and works wonderfully well. But if I’d have the option to pick (Which I do), I’ll definitely choose the W3 total cache :).

Your turn:

Have you used both cache plugins before? Which do you prefer? Please do drop your comments below. Remember that your contribution counts as well :).

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    • says

      If your blog is going well without a cache plugin, then i’ll say rock on and keep doing what you’re doing so you won’t have to use it. But you can consider it if your traffic spikes :)

      Thanks for the comment buddy and do have yourself a lovely weekend…

  1. says

    Hey mate!

    For me, I love W3TC because it worked well with MaxCDN and CloudFlare. However, the only issue is that it takes some serious configuration to get the best out of it.

    For my secondary sites, I use Super Cache though 😉

    • says

      Hey Reginald,
      Yeah, it indeed takes some serious configuration to make the W3TC works properly :).

      Thanks for stopping by and dropping your wonderful comment. Do have a wonderful weekend…

  2. says

    Hi Baba !
    My blog has a pagespeed score of 80+ due to w3TC . I had tried out wp-super cache but i wasn’t satisfied with it . I think every WordPress blog should have the W3TC plugin installed as it will improve the performance more than they can expect . Thanks for sharing the comparison with us.

    • says

      Hello Pramod,
      That’s indeed impressive to score 80+. That means your view is on w3tc :)
      Thanks for stopping by and dropping your lovely comment. do have a good weekend

    • says

      Hello Inyavic,
      You really don’t need it if you have low traffic but if your traffic is reading 3 thousand and above unique visitors per day, then you will surely need it. except you are in hosting that take care of such.

  3. says

    Hi Babanature,

    You are absolutely right about both the plugins :)

    I’ve used both at different times, though I vouch for W3TC because it works well for me so far. Once I’d tried using WP Super Cache because it is recommended by Hostgator, but it didn’t work well. However, W3TC cuts down on the page load time and is a huge help there. Additionally, with CloudFlare and CDN, they both work well together with W3TC.

    Thanks for sharing this wonderful comparison with us. Have a nice week ahead :)

    • says

      Hello Harleena,
      I remembered when you were still using wp super cache :).
      As long as the w3tc is well configured, then it will indeed work its wonders.
      Thanks for your take on this topic. Do have yourself a lovely weekend

  4. says

    Hi Babanature,

    Interesting review! I tried W3TC but the set up was more than I
    wanted to do!

    Besides, Host Gator likes WP Super cache so I went with
    their recommendation.

    Still have a few things to do with my images and css files, but have seriously
    decreased download time for my sites that I have used the WPSC on.

    Have a nice weekend.

    • says

      Hello Cararta and welcome to onenaija blog
      The thing is, if you can’t configure w3tc properly, it will do the opposite of fast on your blog. But if you can configure it properly, you are going to enjoy it even more.

      Wpsc is great as well and can do magic to ones blog and does not need skills to configure it :).
      Glad to know that the WPSC is working well for you.

      Do have yourself a lovely weekend :)

  5. says

    To be frank I have some issue when I install these plugins on one of my file sharing blog.

    Page doesn’t look okay, ads appear on header, pretty messy :(

    Kind regards from I. C. Daniel

    • says

      Hello Daniel,
      Really? Wow, its indeed strange for both plugin to give you trouble. Well, now you’re using a forum platform so you don’t need such plugins anymore right?

      Thanks for stopping by and do have a wonderful weekend :)

      • says

        Man I said on one of my file sharing blog, I still have this blog that brings me nice passive income from adsense for almost a year by now and I have other sites using wordpress so I need any helpful wp plugins.

        Forum is the project I’m working on in my spare time, however I have big plans for this forum and launch day is not close to be frank.

        Also I’m thinking to invite you to post the foundation of this forum(first topics) with another friends of mine, but not sure if you have time to do that for me, also not sure how muc to pay you or if you do it free, some forum owners post first topics alone creating multiple accounts but I’m not gonna do that, I want real stuff, real people.

        I think this conversation is going off-topic so I’m going to stop it. 😀

        See you next time man!

        • says

          Hey Daniel,
          Good to know that you’re still running a wordpress based site :).

          Ahhh… On a time like this, i am in a tight schedule indeed. But i might be a little available by next year :)

          Once again, do have a blessed day…

  6. says

    Unfortunately, as much as I tried to love W3 Total Cache, I always had to revert back to WP Super Cache because of compatibility issues, mostly with other plugins and/or server configuration.

    • says

      Hello Shiv,
      You know most bloggers who face problem with w3tc are those bloggers who activated the minify mode and the cdn mode. w3tc is best when you truly know the right config.
      Wp super cache on the other hand, is great for people that don’t know much about config.
      To me, both plugin are awesome. :)

      Thanks for joining the conversation, it was most appreciated. Do have yourself a lovely weekend…

  7. says

    I use W3 total cache and it just works great. Loved the comparison you did. Thanks for telling all the features of both the plugins. Now I’ll stick to W3. :)

    • says

      Hey Avi,
      Indeed W3 total cache is awesome and does what its created for…
      Thanks for stopping by and dropping your wonderful comment. Do have a great weekend start :)

  8. says

    Hi babanature,

    I have used both the plugins and here is what I found. For a new blog supercache decreases the page load time slightly more than totalcache. But but but… When the blog is fully loaded with plugins, total cache performs 30% better than super cache. But total cache also has issues when used with few plugins and some hosts do not recommend it due to compatibility issues.

    Have a wonderful day!

    • says

      Hello Vinay,
      Thanks for dropping your observation as well, It was indeed helpful :).
      Thanks for stopping by and dropping your wonderful comment. Do have a fabulous week ahead…

  9. says

    hi. babanature. i installed askimet and its asking me of lincence key. please any help? and if you dnt mind checking my blogs at *** and *** and reply back for any error you noticed for changes to be made

  10. says

    Hi Babanature,
    There is no doubt W3 Total cache is the best WordPress cache plugin! I’ve used other cache plugin too but no match for w3tc since it can easily integrate with cloudflare!
    thanks for sharing! :)

  11. says

    hi. babanature. thanks for the post. but please i have problem configuring to w3tc. please help me. also i want you to help me check my blog at *** and *** and tell me what you noticed about it as a who and the load spead. thanks

  12. says

    Hi Baba !
    I heard about this plugin today on Ankit brother’ blog but I don’t know much about that. but you actually describe here.
    i will apply one of this.
    Thanks for sharing such nice kind of plugin here.

    • says

      Hello Muhammad,
      Good to know that this post have made you know what you want to know about both plugins :)
      Thanks for the lovely comment and do have a nice weekend…

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