This guide will take you through the basic steps of installing W3 Total Cache.

W3 Total Cache Plugin

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Navigate to Plugins -> Add New then type in the keyword “W3 Total Cache” and press Install. You will be prompted to activate the plugin after installation, make sure you click this link.


Navigate to Performance -> General Settings

You will want to toggle the following options to start with:

Page Cache

  • Page cache: Enable
  • Page cache method: Disk: Enhanced (Any Opcode setting if available)


Minify can sometimes be tricky, but a major bonus if it does work for you. If you have any display issues with your website after applying these changes then we recommend disabling Minify and consulting a Web Expert to configure Minify for your site

  • Minify: Enable
  • Minify mode: Auto

Database Cache

  • Database Cache: Enable

Object Cache

We typically find that an Object Cache can have a negative impact on page load time on some servers so we recommend leaving this off unless you are more experienced.

Browser Cache

  • Browser Cache: Enable

Now press Save all settings to continue.

There you have it, you should notice an increase in your pages performance noting the first time accessing a page might be slower than normal but the second time should be much faster!