WP DB Cache vs. WP SuperCache

WP DB Cache vs. WP SuperCache

Most bloggers are familiar with WP SuperCache, a WordPress plugin that dynamically caches WP by converting them into static pages, thereby avoiding repeated database queries. While it’s very effective, this approach though has had several drawbacks. Then, there’s the newer one called WP DB Cache.

Let me break down some of the advantages and dis-advantages of WP-SuperCache and DB-Cache so you can see which of the two plugins is better for your blog.

WP SuperCache

  • Creates static version of each cached pages so it can easily eat up a lot of web space though that will depend how many pages your blog has (remember that tags, archives, and paged comments are also separate pages). I’ve seen WP-SuperCache easily eat up 300+MB of webspace for larger blogs.
  • Very effective for blogs that experience high surge in traffic for a single page (like being Dugg, SlashDot or Stumbled Upon) as the target page is automatically cached for a given period of time. That page basically serves static HTML sparing all database queries (unless of course visitors on that page comment a lot).
  • Additional features like Lock Down adds a layer of protection for high-trafficked pages that keeps on getting updated by visitor comments. This feature delays the display of new comments so it can just serve a single static page for that period.
  • Has some page delivery problems when enabled with WP-Mobile. The mobile version of the blog homepage is sometimes cached and served as the static page.
  • Leaves some stale pages. The cache does not refresh unless content on a page is edited. That leaves the Sidebar stale when new contents are added to it.

WP DB Cache


  • Caches DB queries instead of entirely making the page static. Reduces the number of DB queries on all pages but not all.
  • Does not save individual pages as static files so it doesn’t use a lot of web space for caching.
  • Might not be able to handle a sudden surge of traffic on a single page (in case of Digg or Slashdot flood).
  • Blog elements stay fresh (sidebar, widgets, etc.)
  • Effective for blogs that have hundreds or thousands of actively viewed pages.

I think the main difference between WP SuperCache and WP DB Cache is that the latter’s caches are re-used on all pages of the blog while WP-SuperCache only serves cache on a per page basis.

Best caching benefit for WP DB Cache: 1,000 pages of a blog are visited just once but all at the same time.

Best caching benefit for WP SuperCache: 1,000 visitors view a single page of a blog all at the same time.

Depending on which of the two scenarios best fit your blog, you can choose between the two caching plugins.

Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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11 Responses

  1. nathan says:

    stable na po ba ang “wp db cache” plugin?

  2. BrianB says:

    Abe, I need a lock down too in the blog. Is it available?

  3. Selboy says:

    to make it more clearer, if your blog is visited by 1,000+ visitors viewing 1,000 pages of your blog simultaneously then you need the dbcache plugin.

    However, if your 1,000+ visitors are just viewing a single page at the same time, then better get the supercache.

    but what about if 1,000 visitors are visiting 1,000 pages and another 1,000 visitors are visiting only a single page but these 2,000 visitors visit the blog at the same time, what plugin should we need? Do we need to install both of them? just wondering… :-)

  4. yuga says:

    If that’s the case, I’d run SuperCache and set the expiration of the cache at 99999999 seconds.

  5. jhay says:

    If all else fails, is it time to get a VPS or a dedicated server hosting?

    How about Media Temple’s approach to hosting websites?

  6. calvin says:

    mukhang db cache pala yung bagay saken.

  7. yuga says:

    @jhay, that should be the upgrade path. I have great respects with the guys at MT.

  8. Dawnson says:

    Maybe I can use all of them.

  9. Arnulfo says:

    I experienced an increase in wordpress core files and error log files being dumped in several of my wordpress blogs since I install wp-superchache. The plug-in creates static pages of posts that it increases web space usage. Consequently, my account was suspended because of too many files in my shared hosting account, though the tech support of the hosting company adviced me to use wp-supercache to optimize performance of my blogs. I was told to delete an excess of 30,000 files to restore the service. However, I didn’t uninstall wp-supercahce yet and will be checking to confirm if it really caused the errors and also the dumping of core files.

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