What is WP Rocket?
WP Rocket is a relatively new caching plugin, similar to WP Super Cache and W3 Total Cache. However, unlike these two, WP Rocket is a premium plugin.
Unfortunately, yes it isn’t free. HOWEVER, that’s not to say that this plugin isn’t well worth the money. At first, I was somewhat skeptical about the product, given I was a W3 Total Cache user for quite some time. W3 Total Cache game me relatively little problems and was 100% free. But, once I gave WP Rocket a try, I’m definitely not turning back.
Rather than just a simple Caching Plugin, WP Rocket combines the efforts of many important features, into one little plugin. I was personally able to delete a Lazy Load and an image cruncher after installing WP Rocket. However, there are about a dozen features that WP Rocket has that W3 Total Cache lacks or is deficient in. You can read about all of them over here.
WP Rocket Review Results:
Before deactivating W3 Total Cache and 2 image optimization plugins, I decided to do a Speed test on my site. Now, just a word of warning, these are all average second page load times. Why? Well, caching plugins are not really meant to improve first load page times. By storing some of the loaded files in cache (or temporary memory), second, third, fourth… users are able to see faster load times.
Before WP Rocket Plugin Installation:
After WP Rocket Plugin Installation:
As you can see, the average load time was quite enhanced. Granted, the initial load time wasn’t horrible, but with WP Rocket, it was even better.
Setting up WP Rocket
This was definitely a HUGE plus to the plugin. Unlike W3 Total Cache, which is fairly buggy and quite difficult to setup, WP Rocket literally took me around 1 minute to set up. The options are quite simplified and they take care of pretty much everything for you.
One of my biggest concerns with W3 Total Cache was the bugginess of setting up my CDN client, MaxCDN. For those who have tried to set up W3 Total Cache and MaxCD, you may find that there were some issues and errors. I found no such error with WP Rocket.
Setup was a breeze and setting up my CDN client was very nice as well.
If money is tight, this wouldn’t be the first plugin I think you NEED to have. However, if you’re having trouble with your current caching plugin and don’t mind spending some extra money for a quality UPGRADE, then go for it! And get WP Rocket. You will definitely not be disappointed.
Overall WP Rocket is a great plugin that enhanced my website's speed tremendously.