WP Super Cache Review - Wordpress cache plug-in
In this WP Super Cache review, the first thing to notice is that this plug-in is active on more than 2 million websites. In addition, WP Super Cache is very popular with many users who gave it 5 stars. What is striking is that there are also quite a few with only 1 star rating.
WP SUPER CACHE RATINGS
See the ratings and active installations for WP Super Cache above.
WP SUPER CACHE SPEEDTEST
I tested a clean Wordpress install with and without the plugin on GT-Metrix, one of the best speed tests out there and you can see the results below. In seconds the loading time has improved considerably and the total score is from 76 to 99 points. This is a great result for a cache plugin.
With WP Super Cache
Without WP Super Cache
WP SUPER CACHE SET UP
Install the plug-in and then go to the screen for all plug-ins and click on "settings" at WP Super Cache. The plug-in doesn't seem to have a separate back-end tab in the left column for this. Then click on "caching on" and click "update status".
Also, the plugin does not compress your files by default. You must enable this at the "advanced" tab as shown below.
In this WP Super Cache review we should definitely ask ourselves why this plug-in doesn't work immediately after installing it. There are plugins such as cache-plug-in WP-Rocket where practically nothing has to be set and works immediately. WP Super Cache has a lot of things you can set under the "advanced" tab that beginners just won't understand.
Obviously missing options are Lazy Load and image optimization, but other plugins only offer this in their premium version. WP Super Cache does not have a premium version so we are not going to blame them for this.
WP SUPER CACHE + CDN
WP Super Cache works well with CDN Networks if you prefer. With a CDN your website is stored on multiple servers worldwide to be downloaded from cache by visitors. This makes your website much faster, especially as visitors are further away from your origin server. But here too it is much easier to set up a CDN with WP-Rocket.
WP SUPER CACHE REVIEW: CONCLUSION
Thank you for reading my WP Super Cache review to the end. This plugin does not have a premium version. It was probably noticeable here and there that I am not completely satisfied with this plug-in. In my speed test above, I first had to set everything up properly to achieve such a good result. That is very cumbersome if we compare it with WP-Rocket or other better cache plugins that immediately score well.
I now also think I understand why the plug-in quite often scores 1 star. People who do not immediately realize that they have to set everything up first, get a worthless score in a test. Just like with bounce rate for websites, people are impatient and remove the plugin and rate it 1 star. But to be fair, WP Super Cache speeds up your website very well once it is properly set up.