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Once you have installed the W3 Total Cache plugin, you can enter the Setup Guide right from the main plugin page. For many users it can be difficult configuring cache settings for the first time. There are many different ways to perform this operation, some require coding, and some do not. W3 Total Cache will not only help you set up initial caching but provide advice on different configurations you can consider.
How To Access W3 Total Cache Settings
Just click Settings, or choose Performance > Setup Guide. Bear in mind, your website may perform differently at different times. It’s a good idea to test your site at different times or under different conditions.
The first setting you will be prompted to set is the page cache storage engine. Click Test Page Cache to begin the page cache test.
You have your choice among many different storage engines or the default disk options as follows:
- Disk: (Basic)
- Uses a PHP script to store the page cache on disk.
- Disk: (Enhanced)
- Uses .htaccess rewrites to store the page cache on disk.
In most cases, but not all, the enhanced disk option will be preferable. That’s why W3 Total Cache will tell you how much each option affected your particular website. Sometimes the basic script works better; so it’s best to first run the test, observe the result, and choose which one works improve page speed more significantly.
Object caching gives you the power to store parts of your page template that would otherwise load every time a new page is loaded. It is recommended to enable the object cache. And again, if you do not have one of the recommended third-party storage engines installed you should still go ahead and enable the disk cache by clicking the Disk radio button and choosing Next.
Lazy Load Images
“Lazy loading” images means that images not yet displayed on screen will not load. Images can cost your server quite a bit of processing power, so deferring this process to when it is needed can save you some serious load time. It is definitely recommended that you enable this feature.