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Fast broken blog or working one? you choose


I just got another ticket off someone that is using a cache plugin and experiencing issues with a plugin.

BTW – Do you recommend NOT using W3TC? And, if so, is there a better one?

Here’s my response, maybe if you read it here then I wont have to type it again in a ticket!

oh that is a biggie! w3 total cache by definition will serve old copies of pages. That is what all cache plugins are designed to do.

it is quicker to serve a html copy than to generate one with php which is why they make sites faster.

unfortunately, blogs are dynamic sites with plugins that require freshly created content which don’t really work well with copies of pages that were made hours or even days ago.

static business sites that are there for information work really well with cache plugins because they rarely change but blogs with new posts and comments and ‘real time’ plugins installed don’t do so well.

w3 total cache is not yet final. That is why it is not showing as version 1.0 yet. You and me and all the others that use it are test subjects!

you have to decide if you want a fast broken blog or a working one.

there are blogs (including mine) that have w3 working with everything else but each blog is different and has different plugins active so you will have to find your own set of settings that works for you.

unforunately, w3 is the best (or the least bad) of the cache plugins but like I said, cache plugins are designed to serve old content and blogs are designed to serve fresh content. that’s the issue that comes up again and again with any cache plugin and a blog.

sorry I can’t help more but w3 is a beast of a plugin and the author keeps changing the core code so I can’t add things to commentluv to work with it, the last time I tried it worked but as soon as he updated his code it broke every commentluv blog so I don’t try any more.

the best advice I can give is to optimize your site first before considering a cache plugin, you’d be surprised at how much that can help.

and if you do decide on a cache plugin, test test test!

The takeaways…
  • If you do not know what a cache plugin does then you do not need one!
  • If you have a slow broken site, a cache plugin will not fix it!
  • If minifying breaks one script, it breaks them all!
  • Scripts that are already minified (jquery.min.js) do not need to be minified!
  • You should optimize your site before you try to speed it up with cache plugins!
  • test test test ..¬†experiment¬†with settings to see what gets you a working site and then test test test again!
  • Switching every option to MAX and then expecting it just to work is not really gonna happen on shared hosting with a free theme and a bazillion free plugins.

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Its cold thinking outside the box


Think outside the box

I WANT to be a robot. To think is hard for me, I’d rather do what people tell me. It’s easier that way, ABC is always ABC, I don’t need to think to get that right. It’s the same as doing my job, if I just do what the job requires then I don’t have to think! that’s why I want a system for making money online. I want an ebook that tells me exactly what to do and I want to pay a particular price of 97USD for it. I wont need to read it, I’ll just buy it and leave it on my pc.

I know I’m lazy and complacent. I just don’t want to think outside the box like the big earners are telling me to. It’s nice and warm in here and I know exactly how many steps it takes to get from one end to the other. It’s easy. Put in an easy chair, make a window and I could spend my whole life ‘in the box’ and be perfectly content.

I wont be alone! There are millions of others like me, happy to live out their whole lives within their four corners without needing to venture outside. It’s cold outside the box.

New type of food? no way! I know how this stuff tastes.
Who am I voting for? well, the guy I voted for last time of course!
It’s a long drive to work but I don’t want to go to the trouble of moving house and I wouldn’t even dare thinking about getting a new job, OMG that would require me to go outside my comfort zone. I’d have to learn new skills, and worse than that…

I’D HAVE TO GET TO KNOW NEW PEOPLE!!! I wouldn’t be able to go through that whole process of deciding if someone is good or not, are they a bully? do they smell? will they think I’m cool?

It’s much better staying where I am, the journey to and fro is a long one and there’s a guy that bullies me but at least I can handle that, if I moved I might end up with a bigger bully to deal with…A few hours a day in my car wont hurt me, I can daydream all I want.

Yep, definitely better not doing anything. I’ll keep moaning about the journey and sucky pay for a while longer. My wife can handle it, she doesn’t need anything more. She doesn’t work, she should be OK with what we’ve got. I mean, it’s not as if she is the one going to work 40 hours a week (ok, so with the journey time it’s more like 70).

Screw the whole residual, multiple stream income thing. I don’t need it. I’ve got security in my job along with the other 200 people that sit in cubicles.

Yep, I’m fine.

Slap Face

.. a parody response to Stephans’ article entitled “burning down the house