WP Rocket Update 2018 - the 3rd inspection visit

Now it is already the third inspection visit to WP Rocket. To make it worse: WP Rocket is THE plugin when it comes to performance optimization of websites!

Meanwhile the competition is more and more clearly relegated to the back ranks and even though WP Rocket is paid for, unlike most other WordPress performance plugins, it is definitely worth the expense!

WP Rocket - what is the current situation?

Everybody who deals with WordPress will sooner or later stumble upon the item "Performance". It's like it is - the CMS has evolved from a simple blogging software to a mature CMS. In combination with extremely extensive premium themes, dozens of plugins and of course more than rarely "modest hosting" WordPRess can quickly become slow and sluggish.

Typical caching plugins you know are  W3 Total Cache, Cachify, WP Super Cache, Batcache and what they're not all called. The problem is that most of them were never really satisfied, because either something was missing, or the extension was simply too bloated, had strange or impure code, or interfered in some other way.

Then suddenly WP Rocket. A premium cache plugin that focuses on efficiency. Fast code, only the most necessary functions, everything automated and without great backend options. Nevertheless, professionals could change details, had many hooks, while beginners only needed to set a few checkmarks.

We were immediately enthusiastic about the caching plugin, because it really looked well thought out, and many were dissatisfied with the competition, but also because we appreciated the premium aspect of the whole thing. Money or no money, premium also means support and fast bug fixing.

Only the annual fee, disturbed at that time in the first test, because the actually one tends you rather to the "one-time edition! And what about now? What has changed and improved at WP Rocket? Our 3rd inspection visit, some time after the purchase, will show you.

Cheaper than the release

First of all the most striking thing: WP Rocket is now available at a much lower price. For one website you pay 33 Euros, for three websites 84 Euros, or you buy the license without limit for 169 Euros. A subscription is not taken out, the license is unlimited, only updates and support are limited to 1 year.

So if you need patches or help after a year, you have to pay again. You have to be clear, for a while there were very few updates at WP ROCKET, but in the meantime this has changed and it feels like there is a new update almost every month. Whether this is inevitably always has to be - probably it is enough to update only every 6 months.

The prices of WP ROCKET in the overview:

wp-rocket prices

Experience with WP Rocket

WP Rocket was and is a revelation in our opinion. With all other caching plugins for WordPress there were either problems or they were programmed improperly, too extensive, with too many unnecessary functions. WP Rocket can do everything the WordPress USer needs without ever being overloaded.

The functions are well thought out and in the meantime we could already do some stress tests with the plugin. These have shown that the cache of WP Rocket is the most stable and fastest. Although it was noticeably slower in some areas during testing, it was not measured in most cases. In several small tests with 10,000 visitors within 10 seconds, the cached version of WP Rocket delivered the fewest timeouts or errors. Other caching plugins bombarded with problems or the performance and loading time went rapidly downhill.

So what we can say in our case WP Rocket caches most efficiently and spends the cache cleanly, so even under heavy load it is resource efficient and produces hardly any errors. This is exactly what you expect from a cache.

WP ROCKET usually runs without problems

We would like to emphasize this aspect again separately. In times of premium themes like Avada or Divi, in times of complex sliders like the Revolution Slider or even complex page builders - as soon as you try to use almost 100% of options with a performance plugin, the page often crashes. WP ROCKET also had some problems here and there, but since version 3.0 at the latest, WP ROCKET runs extremely well and stable.

Also with all functions like:

HTML miniaturization, CSS summary, JavaScript miniaturization, etc. etc. - the web page is running. This was partly even more problematic with version 2.X. Since 3.0 the developers have paid a lot of attention to the fact that the typical themes and plugins that caused problems so far - continue to run stable.

WP ROCKET currently beats the competition in all points

Very briefly in advance - meanwhile there are some plugins that are relatively new and also do a very good job. We refer here a little bit to the "old-established" ones like W3 Total Cache, WP Super Cache and Co.

WP Rocket achieved the best results in all our tests. Especially for theme cache the plugin ran most stable and for theme requests WP ROCKET achieved the best results.

Additionally WP ROCKET offers some nice "gadgets" that are simply useful, even if some people will claim that this will "bloat" the plugin.

This includes functions such as "Lazy Load", deactivation of various WordPress functions, CDN implementation or the option to "clean" the database accordingly.

You simply feel in good hands when using WP ROCKET - there is no better way to express it.

 

Budder with the fish - what does WP ROCKET do effectively

WP ROCKET continues to run on fastWP. We have also conducted various tests. Of course, fastWP is no longer a "lightweight" after the changeover. All the more important that we still try to offer the best possible performance. We have carried out tests on various test systems over various weeks.

The following alternatives came into consideration for us:

  1. complete manual "optimization" - how to turn it around Basically surely the best option, but also the option that requires an extremely high effort. A Performance Plugin is completely geared to apply the appropriate changes, hooks, adjustments, etc. - and all that with a click of the mouse. Achieving the same results "by hand" is sometimes almost impossible
  2. alternative plugins - here 2 plugins came into question for us. On the one hand "Autoptimize" and on the other "WP Super Cache". Regardless of the fact that the results were always decided for WP ROCKET, it came especially with Autoptimize also to problems with our side.

Here is a direct comparison of Autoptimize and WP ROCKET.

Test 1 Autoptimize autoptimize

Test 2 WP ROCKET

wprocket-test

 

WP ROCKET does the best job!

The performance of WP Rocket is simply fantastic in the end, especially since the plugin comes across as surprisingly minimalistic and clean. So WP Rocket is very well thought out and stable and we can only recommend it to everyone. It may cost a little, but if you make money with your blog, you can invest the money here.

 

About Christian

ChristianMy name is Christian and I am co-founder of the platform fastWP. Here in the magazine I am responsible for the more "technical" topics but I like to write about SEO, which has been my passion for over 10 years now.

17 thoughts on “WP Rocket: Ein Kontrollbesuch nach längerer Nutzung”

  1. Christian

    So there is unfortunately not such a general answer to this question. For fastwp is only with wp-rocket no longer possible, but you have to be careful with Google Pagespeed Insights. The goal should not be to reach 80 points and more. We have concentrated on keeping the actual loading time as short as possible for the user. With your site can be with wp rocket a completely different optimization possible. Regardless of this, fastwp is also a very complex application that also brings a lot of "ballast" of scripts that cost time. Furthermore I have to say - fastwp has about 85% of the traffic via desktop, if you look at the values from your link, we are at 100 points 🙂 But as I said, I find the pure loading times more interesting.
    As for your side -> https://gtmetrix.com/reports/pixel78.de/wX9RrBbS - I'm sure there's a lot more you can do that I don't know what you've already done. Fact is that for a "very simple site" > 160 requests feels like a lot. Depending on the hosting (topic http and http2) the time can be improved massively with wp rocket. If you don't use chaching yet, this would be necessary anyway.

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    Hello, Christian,

    Thanks for the quick answer!

    In fact I am extremely dissatisfied with the loadtime of pixel78.de. I'm using W3 Total Cache and I use Avada as template. Today I will disable the unnecessary features and buy WP Rocket. I did not know GTMetrix yet - thanks for the tip!

    1. Christian

      I like to use Avada as well, but of course it brings along a lot of "ballast". Disabling unnecessary functions is an important step with Avada and wp rocket brings much more than W3 total Cache, especially regarding the requests to the database. For example, we have set the Avada to http://www.wp-agentur24.de and the start page is much more extensive. –> https://gtmetrix.com/reports/wp-agentur24.de/rElG8Y1W
      Everything can be optimized without having to intervene massively in the code.

    1. Christian

      phew, yeah, so seven seconds doesn't even work. Maybe it's just a snapshot, so it's worth taking 2.3 tests.
      What is also very important - the provider, 1und1, Strato and Co - and shared hosting - that is sometimes scary what performance is offered. fastWP runs on Hostpress, otherwise I can recommend raidboxes for wp projects. Yes, or you can really hire a professional - he will surely find optimization possibilities or see what's wrong.

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    In the beginning I also tried a lot.
    But now, after several years of WordPress hosting, I have had the best experience with cache enabler and autoptimization.
    No matter if loading time, number of requests or server load... wp-rocket was inferior in all points.

    1. Christian

      Hi, Tobias,

      of course a test would be very interesting. As I said at my check, wpRocket got the better results. I must also emphasize the "error rate". As described in the article, wprocket since 3.0 is extremely good. With autooptimize I had some problems here. But as soon as there is some time I would like to do some performance checks and report about them anyway.

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        Hello, Christian,

        I will test wp-rocket again in the next few days. I can't say anything bad about the "error rate" of my two plugins. Online shops, reservation systems, member sites and even pizza delivery service sites run without problems and without additional settings. My webserver (nginx) has been adapted according to the recommendations of the plugin manufacturers.
        PHP "works" very little for me anyway, because the FastCGI cache of nginx takes over relatively quickly.

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    I just took another test yesterday.
    I became aware of the Cache Plugin Swift Performance in an FB group. Some users have reported very good results with the plugin.
    So WP Rocket had to face it.

    Partially the test results (of different tools) showed better PageSpeed values but the actual loading time was still slower with Swift.

    It always depends on your own environment but WP Rocket is unbeaten for me so far.

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    Today I installed WP-Rocket and adjusted it according to these screenshots.

    Result with Google Pagespeed Desktop:
    WP Rocket = 61
    Automize and WP Fastest Cache = 71

    The pages can also be called up twice as fast with Automize and WP Fastest Cache.

    So I cannot recommend this tool.

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      Hi Traudel, in order to be able to make an effective statement about the effectiveness of the system, more information would be necessary. Basically it would be very interesting which settings you have chosen. The activation of e.g. LazyLoad alone can bring a considerable "boost" on one side and a massive impairment on the other side.

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    Hi,

    now I also have to add my mustard to it 🙂 So I also use WP_Rocket and I am totally enthusiastic. I used to have Autoptimize and Cache Enabler. This combination was good and the loading times of my website have already improved.

    Out of pure curiosity, I bought and installed WP_Rocket. After first tests like Pingdom Tools or gtmetrix I was totally surprised. My pages were not only felt much faster than with Autoptimize and Cache Enabler, also several speed measurements confirmed this.

    The nice thing about WP_Rocket is that it can compress and summarize css and java script just like Autoptimize. Furthermore you can load Java Script Async, which has increased my score in speed measurements even though I use Http/2.
    So you only need one plugin instead of two.

    Greetings

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    Hello to the round,

    I'll be in touch with you. The last two weeks I have been competing WP Rocket against Autoptimize and Cache Enabler for professional reasons.

    Server:
    nginx 1.17.x
    PHP 7.4
    MariaDB 10.3

    WP Rocket has a, in my opinion, too great "standing" in the WordPress world. Everyone knows the plugin and it appears in every review as "THE top solution" around WordPress performance.

    In summary, I can say that WP Rocket is a really good solution for the normal (non-technical) WordPress website owner who wants to get the best possible performance without much effort. But this plugin is definitely not the best on the market. There are also some disadvantages:
    - CSS and JS files are not pre-compressed (with Autoptimize they are)
    - It's not as well customizable at server level as the Cache Enabler (there is the nginx script on Github, which makes it much better but is not enough in the end)
    - As soon as WP Rocket is installed, you will notice that the whole WordPress instance gets a bit "slower" (of course, this is just my subjective impression)

    In normal website operation, none of this is very important. But in high-performance operation (with e.g. 500.00 requests per minute) it does... and even significantly. The missing pre-compression of the CSS and JS files alone then causes a considerably higher traffic of several GB or a busy CPU on the server, because nginx zips the files "on-the-fly".

    So if you are familiar with nginx at server level, Autoptimize and the Cache Enabler will make you run much faster and save CPU power. With the right server configuration I am even minimally faster than with the FastCGI cache.

    Very important: These are all my own experiences and test results. So please don't be angry if I have annoyed some fanboys with this 😉

    1. Christian

      Thank you for the interesting feedback. I'm motivated to test it myself again 😉 I find performance optimization can be a bit of an addiction.

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        Hello, Christian,

        who are you telling xD It's an addiction, definitely 🙂
        WP Rocket works "out-of-the-box" really TOP. During my testing period there was no plugin that caused even the slightest problems. With Autoptimize I often had to remove the Elementor from the JS grouping (depending on the Elementor addon). As already said, for 90% the WordPress user WP Rocket is perfect. For me as a small WordPress webhoster, however, it is all about maximum performance.

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      Hi, Tobias.
      Would you answer me a question about Autoptimize and the Cache Enabler?
      I have installed and activated at Plugins. But now WordPress always throws me the message: The Autoptimize plugin is already active. Please disable cache minimization in the Cache Enabler settings.
      Would be really great if you could tell me if I'm doing something wrong.
      LG

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