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  1. Diondeville
    Diondeville December 22, 2011 at 5:55 pm |

    You’ll like quick Cache, I use it on all of my sites. I do not regret ousting W3 one bit – it was too much hassle to make it play nice with plugins.

    Take a look at the Permalink Finder plugin. It helps redirect visitors to pages from an old domain to the correct page on the new domain. It does it by guessing the page requested when the actual request leads to a 404. The plugin’s in the WordPress repository.

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  2. Robert
    Robert December 22, 2011 at 7:42 pm |

    The effectiveness of W3 Total Cache really depends on how you set it up and how your server is configured. On shared hosting W3 can be a bit of a let-down in some cases, but If you’re on dedicated hosting and you install APC, W3 Total Cache can make your site BLAZING fast.

    W3 also makes using a content delivery network ridiculously easy. You just set up an Amazon Web Services account, add a bucket or two, enable CloudFront, and within a few minutes you’re distributing all your static content across Amazon’s massive, high-speed infrastructure.

    It took me a while to sort through all the info on the web and set everything up, so I can understand your hesitation to use it. Still, in my opinion the effort is worth it because when configured correctly there is no better caching plugin for WordPress.

    Once I finish getting my website ready for public viewing, one of my first to-do items is to write a comprehensive guide for setting up a hyper-fast WordPress site using W3 Total Cache. In the meantime, if you decide to give W3 another go feel free to email me if you need any help.

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    1. Charles
      Charles December 23, 2011 at 10:11 am |

      You mentioned “but If you’re on dedicated hosting and you install APC, W3 Total Cache can make your site BLAZING fast”.

      When it comes to W3TC… would you consider 5 sites on a dedicated server to be ‘dedicated hosting’ or ‘shared hosting’ for configuring W3TC?

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  3. Robert
    Robert December 22, 2011 at 10:40 pm |

    One other plugin you might consider giving a whirl is Disqus. The social integration alone is worth giving it a test run and it also provides great spam protection. You can even use Akismet in conjunction with their own internal filtering for basically spam-free comments that don’t require much moderation. http://disqus.com/

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    1. Diondeville
      Diondeville December 22, 2011 at 10:49 pm |

      I second that one. Disqus or Livefyre. The only time I don’t use Livefyre is when a website’s comments need to use pre and code tags.

      Another good benefit to them is that you can lockdown WordPress user registration because people don’t need to register with a site to comment with either Disqus or LiveFyre and commenting is done in realtime.

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