It is important that you are able to correctly measure the loading time on your website when evaluating the efficiency of any WordPress caching plugin.
Several tools are available on the internet for this.The best way to understand the findings in a moment is by using Pingdom tools.
1. HOW SHOULD YOU USE PINGDOM
Choose the location nearest to your web-server and not your own physical location by clicking on ‘ Test From’.
Paste in your website URL and Click on ‘Start Test’.
- Performance grade
- Load time
- Page size
The rating is a general guide for improving the website, but it is not necessary to have a perfect score.
The number that matters is the speed at which the website loads. When Google visits your site, it doesn’t care or know about the performance score, only about the loading time.
2. GETTING AN ACCURATE AVERAGE
3. PERFORM BENCHMARKING
- You need to evaluate your site without any caching plugins first by running the above tests and taking the average page load time to really see how much value you get from your caching plugin.
- Instead install the most simple version of your caching module, and run the tests a couple more times to get a reference.
- You get to see if it has an effect if you trigger a new option in the plugin – for better or worse, so you need to check any adjustment you create, in the manner above.
- Just turning on the plugin is going to give you the most significant speed boost. The additional options are not always necessary and should always be tested to see if they are giving you additional improvements.
- Checking after every adjustment would help you to identify a particular function that may cause a problem. This is valid with WP Rocket or any of the other caching plugins that you may have.
- Always, make sure you don’t have many plugins operating at once. For example, even if WP Super Cache is activated but not allowed, it can still intervene so it has to be fully removed before another plugin is tested