WP Rocket Review – By How Much Can It Speed Up WordPress?

In this post, we’re going to be taking a more in-depth look at WP Rocket, reviewing the features available, what the plugin offers, and how to set it up optimally for your website. 

Let’s get going on our WP Rocket Review!

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WP Rocket is an all-encompassing caching plugin specifically built for WordPress. Launched in 2013 to solve the problem of both slow loading websites and confusing caching plugins, WP Rocket was a revolution.

The easy to use interface, minimal setup, and great support quickly established its presence as a market-leader.

Today WP Rocket powers in excess of 900,000 websites and continue to evolve as one of the leading caching plugins for WordPress.

WP Rocket in Action

Rather than talk endlessly about just how good WP Rocket is — instead, we want to show you real-life results from a test website.

A bit about the test website. It’s set up using PHP 7.3 on a Linode server with WordPress 5.3, WP Rocket 3.4.2.2.

The theme I’m using for these tests is our very own Astra, a blazingly fast lightweight WordPress theme. And I’m also using one of our Astra starter site templates allowing you to build a full site in minutes.

Without WP Rocket:

Kết quả speedtest Astra không có tên lửa WP

A fully loaded page time of 3.1 seconds and a page size just under 1MB and 69 requests. Not bad! But I’m sure we can do better with WP Rocket activated.

With WP Rocket:

Kết quả speedtest Astra với tên lửa WP

A remarkable improvement! 0.6 seconds shaved off the load time, and we’ve taken the number of requests from 69 to 25.

Now, this wasn’t with the WP Rocket settings out of the box, no. Out of the box, there was actually no time-saving, which isn’t uncommon with caching plugins.

Thay vào đó, chúng tôi đã dành một chút thời gian để định cấu hình plugin để có cài đặt tối ưu. Nhìn chung, chúng tôi chỉ mất chưa đầy 15 phút để định cấu hình WP Rocket để đạt được những kết quả này và điều tuyệt vời nhất là bạn có thể làm điều tương tự!

Cách tăng tốc trang web WordPress của bạn với WP Rocket trong chưa đầy 15 phút

Bạn đã thấy kết quả của chúng tôi ở trên và bây giờ bạn muốn đạt được điều tương tự với trang web của mình. Vâng, đây là hướng dẫn từng bước về cách thực hiện điều đó.

Bước 1: Cài đặt và kích hoạt Plugin

Không giống như các plugin bạn tải xuống từ WordPress.org, bạn sẽ phải tải plugin lên trang WordPress của mình theo cách thủ công.

Đi tới  wp-admin > plugin > thêm mới > tải lên  rồi nhấp vào “ kích hoạt ”.

WP Rocket  sẽ ngay lập tức kích hoạt bộ nhớ đệm cho trang web của bạn, nhưng còn nhiều điều hơn thế nữa!

Bước 2: Định cấu hình tối ưu hóa tệp

Trong  wp-admin > settings > WP Rocket , nhấp vào tab “ Tối ưu hóa tệp ”.

Menu tối ưu hóa tệp phía sau WP Rocket

Tại đây bạn có thể thu nhỏ và kết hợp nhiều loại tệp khác nhau của mình (HTML, CSS, JS).

Bạn muốn đặt các tùy chọn sau:

  • Giảm thiểu HTML.
  • Kết hợp các tệp Phông chữ của Google.
  • Xóa chuỗi truy vấn khỏi tài nguyên tĩnh.
  • Giảm thiểu các tập tin CSS.
  • Kết hợp các tệp CSS.
  • Tối ưu hóa phân phối CSS.
  • Giảm thiểu các tập tin JavaScript.
  • Kết hợp các tệp JavaScript.
  • Tải JavaScript bị trì hoãn.
  • Chế độ an toàn cho jQuery.

Khi bạn đã kích hoạt tất cả những thứ đó, hãy tiếp tục và nhấp vào “ lưu thay đổi ”.

Nhưng tất cả những cài đặt này là gì và chính xác thì việc kết hợp, thu nhỏ và tất cả những thứ thú vị đó thực sự mang lại những gì cho trang web WordPress của bạn.

Việc thu nhỏ sẽ loại bỏ khoảng trắng không cần thiết khỏi tệp; nếu một tệp khá lớn, nó có thể tiết kiệm một vài KB cho mỗi tệp, con số này sẽ sớm tăng lên!

Việc kết hợp các tệp là nơi điều kỳ diệu thực sự xảy ra, nhưng nó hoạt động như thế nào? Giả sử bạn có 15 tệp JavaScript, khi bạn chọn kết hợp các tệp JavaScript, trang web của bạn sẽ chỉ tải 1 tệp JavaScript, lưu theo yêu cầu trang.

Bước 3: Kiểm soát nhịp tim của bạn

Menu Heartbeat phía sau WP Rocket

Heartbeat là một API WordPress được sử dụng bởi các plugin, chủ đề và lõi WordPress; nó hoạt động bằng cách liên tục đưa ra các yêu cầu đến máy chủ của bạn, điều này có thể ảnh hưởng đến hiệu suất trang web của bạn.

Trong WP Rocket, bạn có thể kiểm soát tần suất hoạt động của Heartbeat, chúng tôi khuyên bạn nên bật điều khiển Heartbeat và đặt nó thành “ Giảm hoạt động ” trên mỗi tùy chọn (hành vi trong phần phụ trợ, hành vi trong trình chỉnh sửa bài đăng, hành vi ở giao diện người dùng).

WP Rocket Pricing

WP Rocket isn’t like most other plugins, most plugins offer a free version usually with a limited feature set and limited support and then offer a paid version in the form of a “Pro version” with additional features and dedicated email support.

However, WP Rocket knew that caching is a complex beast, and people need a lot of support, and without excellent support, you can’t make an excellent caching plugin, and that costs money.

So WP Rocket is premium only, here’s how the pricing breaks down:

  • $49 for one site.
  • $99 for 3 websites.
  • $249 for unlimited sites.

All licenses include support and updates for 1 year from the date of purchase, and then you can renew your license with a 30% discount after the first year.

WP Rocket Features

You may be wondering what does WP Rocket offer? Well, there’s a lot of features! We personally see that as a positive, although we understand some people may find that off-putting and would prefer fewer features overall.

  • Page Caching
  • Cache Preloading
  • Sitemap Preloading
  • GZip Compression
  • Browser Caching
  • Database Optimization
  • Google Fonts Optimization
  • Remove Query Strings From Static Resources
  • Lazy Loading
  • Minification and Concatenation
  • Defer JS Loading
  • CloudFlare Compatibility
  • CDN
  • DNS Prefetching
  • Mobile Detection
  • Multisite Compatibility
  • eCommerce Friendly (WooCommerce)
  • Multilingual Compatibility
  • Import/Export
  • Developer Friendly

Here’s a quick look at some of our favorite aspects of WP Rocket

Cache Exclusion

WP Rocket comes with an easy to use interface for setting up advanced caching rules.

Menu Quy tắc nâng cao phía sau WP Rocket

This makes it easy to exclude plugins and scripts you don’t want to be included in your cache.

You have to remember when setting up caching plugins while everything can work great without custom rules, but sometimes you’ll configure your caching plugin, and your site won’t work correctly.

In those cases, you can use the advanced caching rules to exclude a particular plugin or script from being cached.

Extensive Documentation

WP Rocket has not only class-leading support but also an extensive amount of documentation all available directly within the plugin ready to search.

Ảnh chụp màn hình bài viết trợ giúp của WP Rocket

Making it quick and easy to find the answers you need without ever leaving the WordPress admin.

Cache Preloading

What is cache preloading? Usually, when you use caching, you have to wait until someone visits a page for the cache to be “built.” We explain this more in-depth here.

However, with cache preloading your cache is built even if that particular page hasn’t been visited, this allows your website to stay faster than rocket speed.

The best part? It’s possible to do all this with just a single click.

Menu tải trước phía sau WP Rocket

Database Optimization

WP Rocket includes an easy way to clean out your database, over time your database builds up with useless data, revisions of old posts, and a ton of other things you don’t need.

Menu cơ sở dữ liệu phía sau WP Rocket

Optimizing your database in WP Rocket is as simple as checking the boxes, and then scrolling down the page and clicking the “Optimize” button.

While it’s easy to optimize your database, you should always take the necessary precautions, which includes backing up your database before running database optimization plugins.

Why use WP Rocket Over a Free Caching Plugin?

The main reason is without a doubt the support, while you may find some negative opinions on support experiences with WP Rocket, the overall experience is excellent, and it always has been in our interactions with their support team.

In fact, over 92% of their customers rated their support as great. And when you hear negative reviews on caching plugin support, you have to take it with a pinch of salt. Caching is complicated, and it can take some trial and error to get set up perfectly, but with WP Rocket, that’s easier than ever.

You’ll also find that unlike many free caching plugins that WP Rocket receives consistent updates, and they’re always working on improving the plugin and the feature set around it, with bugs and issues getting fixed much faster than the majority of free caching plugins.

Now it’s worth pointing out that WP Rocket is a great plugin, and it’s definitely our favourite and the caching plugin we recommend to our customers. Yet, there are also good free options out there too, and if you’re on a budget a free alternative like WP Fastest Cache is a decent choice.

What are the advantages of WP Rocket?

Support — ok, we know we’ve harped on about it a lot, but it really is special!

User Interface — a stunningly beautiful user interface is at the core of the plugin, just take a look at this:

Menu bảng điều khiển phía sau WP Rocket

Without a doubt, one of the best looking interfaces of any WordPress plugin ever.

It has come under criticism from purists within the WordPress community who believe that all plugins should adhere more to the standard WordPress design pattern, while we do see their point, personally we feel the plugin looks fantastic.

Feature set — WP Rocket has one of the most robust feature sets of any caching plugin on the market, even when you compare like for like Pro versions, add in their Imagify plugin for compressing images, and you’re on your way to a super powered WordPress site.

Ease of use — Without a doubt, WP Rocket is one of the easiest to use caching plugins for WordPress. It instantly sets up a range of enhancements as you activate it, and then it can be configured in less than 15 minutes, as we’ve shown you above.

Not only that, but it’s effortless to exclude assets or pages you don’t want being cached with no complicated procedures.

Any negatives about WP Rocket?

From our personal experience with WP Rocket, we haven’t come across any negative points. If we had to say anything negative, it’d be around the pricing being premium only.

There’s no price matching for poorer countries, and this can increase the barrier to entry of great website speed for everyone.

If you’re worried about the pricing, one of our favourite free alternatives is WP Fastest Cache.

Apart from this, there aren’t any disadvantages to WP Rocket, in our opinion.

WP Rocket Rating

We’d give WP Rocket the following:

Feature set: 5/5
User Interface: 5/5
Ease of use: 5/5
Support: 4.5/5
Pricing: 3/5

Overall: 4.5/5

Wrapping Up

WP Rocket is without a doubt one of the best WordPress caching plugin. We have made a detailed comparison of the WP Rocket and W3 Total cache plugins. Check out that as well!

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