My favorite WordPress caching plugin Quick Cache went Pro and got lighter and faster. It seems the lead developer Jason Caldwell has decided to actively develop and maintain the popular caching plugin and has decided to also introduce a Pro version for those who need those extra features to push caching to the limits, and support plugin development efforts.
I have been using Quick Cache for over 1.5 years now after switching from WP-Supercache and have never looked back. It is an exceptionally fast caching plugin and does a great job to make the site faster. My only grudge for all this time was that plugin updates were not being pushed, which was a security hazard and active development was needed for such a popular plugin… and it just happened.
Quick Cache Pro
Here is what the old simple interface looked like earlier.
I upgraded Quick Cache today from WordPress and downloaded the Quick Cache Lite version for free. The Pro version is charged $15 one time for any number of installations and gets all free upgrades.
Key features missing – like the URI exclusion patterns, User-Agent exclusion patterns, HTTP referrer exclusion patterns, MD5 Version Salts – but many of these I did not use anyway. I am disappointed that The ‘Clear Cache’ button on top of Admin bar (which was really handy) is removed, which means every time you will need an extra 2 clicks.
Great new features like the modern user interface, the bright colors and the new look is truly refreshing. I love the fact that many advanced options went away which were not needed for most webmasters (and confused them). I also like the fact that you can make the green Quick Cache working text in page source code bottom go away if you wish.
See the new interface –
Should You buy Pro? Of course you can invest $15 to get some great features and also support maintanence of this amazing plugin – but I am pretty happy with Quick Cache Lite – which is free and has all the features which I need.
Also remember that whenever the plugin updates – the free Lite version will send an alert in WP admin and can be upgraded in one click as it is hosted in the WordPress plugin directory. Pro users will need to keep track of the developer website for updates.