27 Comments


  1. Looks amazing! I am going to pickup a single site license and give it a whirl. I mainly use Quick Cache (by the folks who made s2Member) because its really easy to setup, but it isn’t super robust like W3 Total Cache is. So hopefully WP Rocket is the best of both worlds!


    1. Keep us posted. Also interested if it can manage theme switching for different devices (desktop and mobile). This is something that Quick Cache doesn’t do well, but Total Cache does. Hmm, the pro version of Quick Cache might actually do it.


      1. Hi,
        You can manage theme switching for mobile by disabling cache for mobile.
        We will add an option in a future release to add a different cache for mobiles and tablets.


  2. I’d like to see a comparison of a site who was running W3 Total Cache and then converting over to this one. Would be interesting. I find it intriguing that a premium model is being used, hopefully the results follow the same suit.


  3. From the F.A.Q

    Is WP Rocket compatible with bbPress? Yes.

    Yay :)


  4. Indeed – looks pretty neat! I may well also give it a whirl… :)

  5. fgirardey

    I use this plugin for absolutly every WordPress sites i have to build, it is awesome, simple and VERY well coded. I recommend !


  6. This looks like a good competitor for W3 Total Cache.

    I really don’t like these all in one solutions though. Caching is a complicated process and I prefer to use individual plugins for each component.


    1. Hi Ryan,
      We are an all in one solution but you can simply enable/disable options one by one.


    2. Really, caching is better left to the server but that certainly isn’t an option for a lot of people.

  7. Andreas Nurbo

    Cant see what makes this better than W3TC and the rest.
    Image optimization means adding the size attribute?
    Precaching requires dependency on the developers spider?
    No mention of which CDNs are supported and how they handle push CDNs etc.
    Defer JS loading? W3TC has async, defer and pure JS based loading. together with move script to footer and custom script locations.

    Not sure what developer friendly actually means. There is no mention of how the devs can flush urls and cached items on their own etc. W3TC has extensive developer support integrated. Not well known but its there. (http://plugins.svn.wordpress.org/w3-total-cache/tags/0.9.4/inc/functions/plugin.php) It also support extensions, that is you can extend W3TC by writing your own functionality.


  8. Disclaimer : I bought the Developer License 8 months ago, when they launched. I am French and I have met every member of their team at a WordCamp since.

    I was previously using W3TC and I had to spend a lot of time tweaking each parameter to find the best combination for my websites. But not anymore, I spend now 10 minutes maximum tweaking minification, JS deferring, DNS prefetching… And the results are far better.

    I haven’t tried the CDN feature yet (it was released not so long ago) but my clients and I are willing to pay for the premium quality and support of the plugin !

  9. Robin

    More competition = More good

    One question, does it have fragment caching?

  10. johan

    I bought it for my site and did some speed tests with toolspingdom and I have to say that given its easiness to setup as compared to the other caching solutions, I was very happy spending these few euros when I saw the end results.
    Keep up the good work guys !

  11. rs2

    Be aware that the documentation (tutorials) and the main support forum are in FRENCH. I requested a refund since there is no info about that before purchase but they refused so I don’t agree about the customer support.

    1. GeekPress

      Hi rs2, I’m one of WP Rocket guys.

      I just want to say that our support is totally in english ans also all our documentation => http://docs.wp-rocket.me/

      Cheers ;)


  12. Instead of hyping up the plug-in, why not share your host, or the true configuration that makes you get those rankings? Your plug-in alone isn’t doing it. So to myself, it’s a bit like a car salesman just feeding you some hype, only to find that the plug-in, only covers half the battle..


  13. Let me preface this by saying A.) competition is an inherently good thing; and B.) if there is a plugin out there that is in desperate need of some competition, it is W3 Total Cache.

    That said, I have to echo and add to Andreas Nurbo’s sentiments, above: Why should I buy this plugin when there is one out there already that’s not only free but in actuality does more…? The stretching of the truth on WP Rocket’s features page as regards what WP Rocket does and W3TC does not also smacks a bit of WP Rocket’s devs not really knowing how to answer this question. Which means, one must conclude, that there isn’t a really good reason to purchase and use it instead of W3 Total Cache.

    Again, I, myself, absolutely love the idea of giving W3TC a run for its money. That said, I see no evidence that WP Rocket — in its current iteration — is capable of doing that. I see no salient, outstanding selling point.

    My suggestions to WP Rocket’s developers would be as follows:
    1.) First and foremost, your plugin should not only do everything that W3TC does (which it does not: cf. combine-only for .js and CSS, custom file placement, DB Cache, Object Cache, etc etc), but it should do it better.
    2.) Have the plugin capable of doing something really and truly innovative: The capacity to inline critical CSS and defer the rest on a page-by-page basis comes to mind. (You would actually be killing 2 birds with 1 stone with this: W3TC AND Autoptimize).

    ^ Implementing those two suggestions alone would ipso facto make WP Rocket a caching plugin worth the public’s money.

    Best,
    AJ

    1. GeekPress

      Hi AJ,

      You didn’t talk or miss to talk about those features: LazyLoad, DNS Prefetching, Google Fonts Optimisation and the most important: Support & Preload Cache ;)

      Don’t forget that, if you have any issue with W3TC, you pay 75$ / support ticket! You can’t have the same support with 3 peoples in full-time. Just take a look on the W3TC support “27 of 305 support threads in the last two months have been resolved.” So, if you have a problem, you are alone.


      1. Hello GeekPress,

        I can certainly appreciate what you’re saying about W3TC support. It’s terrible. The question is …is that a selling point? That in return for money, WP Rocket offers support (said differently: that WP Rocket’s support is cheaper than W3TC’s)?

        Re: LazyLoad:
        But I can use the Rocket Lazy Load (or another lazy load plugin) with any caching engine I want to…

        Re: DNS Prefetching:
        But I can use the DNS Prefetch plugin with any caching engine I want to (or implement DNS prefetching with very simple coding, the exact verbiage and placement of which is a single Google search away)…

        Re: Google Fonts Optimization:
        I am unaware of any data indicating that the minification of Google Fonts improves the load time of a website in a manner that is either consciously or subconsciously perceptible. I am, however, certainly open to reviewing data in your possession which proves the assumptions predicated by the word “optimization” as you’ve applied it to the minifcation of Google Fonts.

        Re: Support
        Addressed above.

        Re: Preload Cache
        Wp Rocket does this for all pages linked to directly from the homepage, correct? But you’re solving a non-problem. For busy sites, most-visited-pages have their cache revalidated/rebuilt almost instantly and this is accomplished with any caching plugin. For not-so-busy sites, the site administrator can click-around for 15 seconds and revalidate/rebuild the cache for whatever pages he or she deems important. This, of course, sidesteps WP Rocket’s apparent assumption that all sites’ most visited, most important pages are linked to via the homepage. (As somewhat of an aside, W3TC has a similar feature: Performance –> Page Cache –> Cache Preload).

        Believe it or not, I really am on your side. But my criticisms — and especially my suggestions about implementing something truly innovative (e.g. Inlining and Defering CSS on a page-by-page basis) — still stand.

        Honestly, best of luck,
        AJ


        1. AJ yes you are right, you can install another 3 plugins, or even you can code yourself whole website using text editor :)
          It is not about what is better, important is, that it is different and you have more choice, what is great.

        2. dt

          The first thing that crossed my mind was exactly as what you’ve pointed out. I kept seeing wp-rocket popping out from time to time with bloggers reviewing it, but I still fail to see what is the selling point. I can indeed use 3 plugins if i must, and search online for a solution if i bumped into it. Plus the dev at autoptimize is pretty responsive while even offering it for free.

          Regarding the dns-prefetching, I’d say that is a misused feature for the in-experienced. I have related post at every post, and some have more. The prefetch will load every single page and cause a really slow start.

          Like what you said, one thing that was missing that would be great is the inline and defer css, which would be a killer to this plugin. I myself, although inexperienced have tried with the inline and defer using autoptimize, with very little success, mainly because my homepage and post page are all different (which after I found it out, have to revert everything back to render blocking css).

          If you were me (referring to the plugin dev), I’d take feature request here as a plus sign. Alot of business fail down the road because they ignore things like these and chose to think with their own and do their own things. Now, you even have free feedback, which some business don’t even have the privilege. Saying “So, if you have a problem, you are alone” is not a very wise choice of words.

          1. Clairese

            I am a WP user who has learned via the path of “trial-and-error.” I have spent literally hundreds of hours trying to decipher through the facts and the BS for my site. It’s been a nightmare, to say the very least. I was using TC3 for a long time, but grew tired of the constant advertising and prompts. I am not a developer by any means; a person who is depending upon extra $$$ to supplement my significantly lower monthly disability income.
            I bought this WP-Rocket plugin a couple of weeks ago, and so far I am not impressed in a positive way AND the video tutorials are still in French! While some are in English, having a French background myself, their accents are still too strong to clearly understand and assimilate for those of us who are not well-versed or fluent in the French language. I am not happy at all. With this said, part of the issue is that while I’ve learned an incredible amount of WP stuff and have devoted most of my time to making this site a success, between the available SEO and caching plugins and their not-so-objective reviews, it makes it almost impossible to make a well-informed buying decision.
            One could say that I should have a WP expert evaluate the site. On the surface, that is most logical and I truly wish I knew an independent, non-affiliate marketing WP guru who could go through my site page by page, tell me what’s wrong and fix it.
            I am not sure if I should enable the js/css/html minification/concentenation features on this plugin because I don’t want to screw anything up.
            I will say that my webhost runs Super Cacher, so I do not know if that is conflicting with this plugin – although it’s not supposed to. In fact, the web host recommends WP Rocket and indicates the two are fully compatible. Looked at my loading speed today and it’s worse. It’s sooooooooooooooooooo discouraging to just get simple, plain answers in English. I’ve grown tired and very frustrated with all the BS/hype out there. I just want to know the facts.
            Like I said, I’ve learned so much but I am quite aware of my limitations. Based on the tutorials I have at this point from WP Rocket, I am not confident of the changes I should implement. I’ve worked so long and hard on this site – have poured my heart and soul into it. Just wish I could get more honest, drop-the-BS solutions without having to wade through days and weeks of differing information. It’s worse than litigating a lawsuit…


  14. Hi Clairese,
    I’m very sorry that you had a bad experience using WP Rocket.
    However, we have a support to help all our customers configuring WP Rocket and resolving issues they could have with.
    I would be very glad to personally help you, simply open a ticket here : http://wp-rocket.me/support/

    That’s a best and easiest way to solve your issue, compare to a comment on a blog post published 9 months ago :)

Comments are closed.