W3 Total cache is amongst the powerful plugins for wordpress blogs. When it work perfectly on blogs it feels like some magic. With plenty of settings, a newbie will find easy to configure it. Previously I have provided a tutorial on W3 Total cache plugin.
Sometimes condition occurs that after installing and configuring W3 Total cache you don’t find it handy. Yes, this is a fact that this magic plugin doesn’t work perfectly for all bloggers. When you don’t find it handy you certainly would deactivate and uninstall it. But, does your blog got crashed after uninstalling the plugin ? If yes then this tutorial will help you out to get your blog working. Even if you are planning to remove the plugin then also follow this tutorial for safe removal.
Tutorial to remove W3 Total Cache Plugin completely
- First deactivate the W3 Total Cache plugin.
- Delete the W3 Total Cache plugin.
After deleting the plugin now you will face the problem, your blog might crash ! But don’t panic you can recover your blog back to normal. Follow the steps ahead in this tutorial.
Now you need to have FTP or SSH access to do the complete removal. For FTP access you can use WinSCP (works on windows OS) or some other FTP tools.
- Find the wp-config.php file from your wordpress installation and open it. Search and then remove the line below:
- Navigate to wp-content directory and delete files the following files,
- Now delete the folder w3tc
- Now navigate to wp-content/plugins folder and here delete the w3-total-cache folder.
Now the most important part, time to check the .htaccess file.
- First take a backup of .htaccess file
- Open .htaccess file using any text editor.
- Check if there is any code in between
# BEGIN W3 Total Cacheand
# END W3 Total Cache
- Remove whatever code written in between them.
- Lastly, save the .htaccess file.
I have used the W3 Total Cache plugin for a long time, but since I switched to warp framework for Technoxpad, everything changed suddenly. My blogs loading time was miserable activating the W3 Total Cache plugin. When I deactivated “W3 Total Cache” plugin, blog loaded just fine. I searched for issues regarding this on internet and came out with a conclusion to change my caching plugin. Deleting “W3 Total Cache” plugin crashed my blog. Using above steps, I recovered Technoxpad back to normal. Now I use WP Super Cache plugin which is providing me good results same as I used to get with “W3 Total Cache” plugin earlier.
For getting detailed information regarding importance of caching for wordpress blogs, do read the following article.
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