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:
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:
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:
- 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
- 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
Test 2 WP ROCKET
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.