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Viper Cache Review

ViperCache Review
ViperCache Review

In this Viper Cache review I’m going to explain to you one simple fact; most caches in my personal experience either break your Wordpress website or are simply not consistent in speeding it up.

 

I haven’t been in the habit of reviewing plugins before, but with the changes made to Google’s search algorithm in July 2018 which now includes a page speed loading assessment, I really NEEDED to do something about the speed of my own websites.

I have used free cache plugins for years. I’ve often wondered why I bothered? 8 or 9 times out of 10, when my website(s) have been playing up it’s been because a theme I am using or a plugin I uploaded to the site was having issues with the cache plugin.

Sometimes the solution was pretty straightforward, other times it wasted hours of my time hunting down the solution.

When I decided to do this Viper Cache review, I confess, I was highly sceptical. Why I asked myself, would I want to pay for something I had been getting for free for years (I usually use the W3 Total Cache free plugin).

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True, it was never glitch free. For example, ‘object caching’ is something I simply had to abandon. It’s known to slow you down when working on your website and you’re supposed to a) just know this! and b) pause it whilst you are working and then turn it back on when you’re done.

In my experience though I couldn’t see any appreciable benefit to using it at all and I was just annoyed that it had taken me literally months to work out that it was even the cause of my site running slow when I was working on it!

But for me, the epiphany came when I realised that even with object caching on – using a free one – my sites performance was just not consistent and could even make the site run slower!

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When doing this Viper Cache review I decided not to rush to judgment, but instead to have it running on my website for several weeks before reaching a conclusion.

Sure, I noticed right away that my site was running faster and you can see the evidence of that in the video I made for my Viper Cache review and also in the company made one by its creators. But I wanted more evidence than that before I was prepared to buy it for myself and recommend it to you.

It needs to be said, if your Wordpress website is running slow, Viper Cache is not necessarily going to solve all the issues. It’s not designed to do that. It can’t do that. You do need to look at other things too. Like the speed of your server? Are you on shared hosting or independent hosting? Are you image sizes optimised? Are you running a slider on your front page (pretty, but also pretty large!)?

And in fact, if you look at the website insights you get when you run the speed checker tool on Pingdom.com you will get quite a few pointers at other things that might be slowing down your website.

Feature comparison with main competitors

ViperCache Review

In my personal experience and for my Viper Cache review I have to say, it’s an outstanding cache plugin.

But, it’s a cache plugin; not a website optimiser and you need to be realistic about that.

I have tried Viper Cache on two of my websites, both are hosted differently. And one is running much better than the other. I can’t put that down to Viper Cache, because in both cases Viper Cache is doing its job and improving the speed of both sites.

Interestingly, the Viper Cache creators have put together for you a very nice package of upgrades that are available as you go through the purchasing process. I haven’t personally felt the need to buy them, nor have I had review access them to them.

However, the first is exactly what you might need; a Wordpress optimiser that claims to diagnose and offer solutions to the 6 main issues that can affect Wordpress installation.

The second and third upgrades are all about the easier loading of pages and create marketing split testing pages for better results and avoiding Googles wrath, both look very interesting and I recommend you read the sales pages carefully to see if these might be a good fit for your needs?

But for this Viper Cache review I’m not going to dwell on the upgrades and instead ask you to seriously consider the matter in hand here. If you want to be better ranked on the search engines and if you want your customer experience to be better too, then you are going to need a cache!

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If you have just the one website, you do have options. At the time of writing, I have observed that a paid for plugin called ‘Rocket’ comes in at under $30 per year. But that is for just ONE website. I haven’t been able to review it but I’m put off by the pricing structure right away.

3 websites are $75 and if you want unlimited it’s $150 a year! I’m not certain, but I read their sales page as saying ‘websites’ rather than domains. So, presumably the licence is per Wordpress installation.

In other words if you count sub-domains as ‘websites’ then ‘Rocket’ starts to look like a serious amount of money for just a cache! Even if I’m wrong – at the time of writing you’re looking at under $45 for Viper Cache and that’s for a personal licence that cover 25 websites!

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My conclusion for this Viper Cache review? First, Viper Cache does exactly what it says on the tin. It just works! What more could you ask of it? 

Second, it not only works, but it works well and it works consistently! Imagine if every time Google crawls your website for search engine ranking, that that is the exact moment the cache decides to be inconsistent.

When I turned Viper Cache off on one of my websites and turned on the free one I’ve been using for years.. the free cache plugin actually made things worse than having no cache at all!

I mean, what the heck! That’s like hearing a sales person for Ford cars saying “whatever you do, DON’T buy a Ford car – they don’t work – you’d be better off catching the bus!”

I’m not saying that about the paid for competition in cache plugin world. But really, why pay more (a lot more!) for something that does the same thing? Either it works or it doesn’t. And for this Viper Cache review, I have to say  it absolutely does work and it works well!  I’m giving it full marks and that’s not something I do very often!

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