Tales of Computer Repair Sacramento CA. I blog, therefore I remember how to: Optimize W3 Total Cache Settings for WordPress Shared Server.
We all like a fast website. Readers want to read quickly, we don’t want people wanting for our site to load, and search engines like to give readers access to fast sites they will be happy reading, so search engine optimization should include having fast web page load times.
WordPress is generally an optimized platform to build a site with initially, but after adding many plugins, etc, etc, it’s possible that your web design isn’t as fast as it could or should be.
Enter W3 Total Cache WordPress Plugin
W3 Total Cache is a great plugin to restore and maximize the speed of your WordPress site. Leaving the defaults works usually, but sometimes things go wrong…as they did on my site not too long ago. Readers were presented with this instead:
My trained Sacramento custom web design eye told me that the visual style had disappeared, in other words, CSS, which is the design stylesheet, wasn’t working properly:
After disabling W3 Total Cache Settings for CSS Minify, the site styles returned, but the speed wasn’t being accelerated with CSS Minify disabled, so after some investigation, I enabled the ‘Combine Only’ option, which returned https://computerrepairsacramentoca.net/ back to it’s usual look and is still using CSS Minify.
If your styles disappear after enabling W3 Total Cache, to troubleshoot, I would recommend the following and test after each to see which breaks your site:
- Disable Minify: (Performance – General Settings – Minify: (uncheck Enable))
- Enable Minify, disable CSS: (Performance – Minify – CSS: (uncheck Enable))
- Enable CSS, Combine Only: (Performance – Minify – CSS: (check Combine Only))
If you follow the above steps one at a time and test between each, you can see where it breaks your site. I recommend logging out and closing your browser between each.
Thanks for reading and choosing Computer Repair Sacramento CA! – Jonathan