Breeze – WordPress Cache Plugin

Description

Breeze is a free, simple (yet powerful) and user-friendly WordPress Caching Plugin developed by the Cloudways team. It offers various options to optimize WordPress performance at various levels. It works equally great with WordPress, WordPress with WooCommerce and WordPress Multisite.

Breeze excels in the following areas:

  • Performance: Breeze improves website speed and resource optimisation. Other features include file level cache system, database cleanup, minification, support for Varnish cache and simplified CDN integration options.

  • Convenience: Breeze is easy to install and configure directly from WordPress. Configuring Breeze is easy and most of the default options work well right out of the box. The recommended settings should work on all your WordPress websites seamlessly.

  • Simplicity: Breeze is designed to be simple for all users. Just install and activate the plugin and you’ll see the results instantaneously.

What makes Breeze WordPress Cache Plugin awesome is that it comes with builtin support for Varnish. If Varnish is not installed on your servers, Breeze will utilize its internal cache mechanism to boost up your WordPress site performance.

Support: We love to provide support! Post your questions on the WordPress.org support forums, or if you are a Cloudways Customer you may ask questions on the Cloudways Community Forum.

Special Thanks: We would like to give special mention to WP Speed Of Light for being an inspiration for Breeze.

Requirements

PHP 7.x ,PHP 7.4 recommended for better performance, WordPress 4.5+

Installation

To install the plugin via WordPress Dashboard:

  • In the WordPress admin panel, navigate to Plugin > Add new
  • Search for Breeze
  • Click install and wait for the installation to finish. Next, click the activate link

To install the plugin manually:

  • Download and unzip the plugin package – breeze.1.0.0.zip
  • Upload the breeze to /wp-content/plugins/
  • Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
  • Access Breeze from WordPress Admin > Settings > Breeze

FAQ

Installation Instructions

To install the plugin via WordPress Dashboard
1. In the WordPress admin panel, Menu > Plugin > Add new
2. Search for Breeze
3. Click on install and wait for the installation to finish. Next, then click on the activate link

To install the plugin manually
1. Download and unzip the plugin package – breeze.1.0.0.zip
2. Upload the /breeze to /wp-content/plugins/
3. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
4. Access Breeze from WordPress Admin > Settings > Breeze

Does Breeze support Varnish and to what extent?

Breeze, by default, supports Varnish. It has been tested to be fully compatible with Cloudways Servers that come with Varnish pre-installed. If you are using hosting providers other than Cloudways, we suggest you confirm Varnish support with your hosting provider

Does Breeze support WooCommerce?

Breeze is fully compatible with WooCommerce, out of the box. It does not require any special configurations.

Does Breeze support WordPress Multisite?

Breeze is fully compatible with WordPress Multisite without the need for any extra configuration.

How does Breeze handle WordPress multisite?

Breeze handles all WordPress multisite instances globally. All the settings for multisite are now handled on the network level.

Is Breeze compatible with other WordPress Cache plugins?

We DO NOT recommend using two WordPress cache plugins at the same time on any WordPress website.
We strongly recommend that you use Breeze as the only cache plugin for your website. If there are any other cache plugins installed, please ensure that you have disabled them prior to proceeding with the Breeze installation.

Is Breeze compatible with HTTPS?

Breeze does not require any special configuration to work with HTTP or HTTPS pages.

Does Breeze have compatibility issues with other known plugins?

Breeze has been tested with popular plugins available on WordPress.org. Please feel free to report any incompatibilities on the WordPress Support Forums or on Cloudways Community Forum.

Does Breeze support CDN?

Breeze supports CDN integration. It allows all static assets (such as images, CSS and JS files) to be served via CDN.

What does Breeze’s Database Optimisation feature do?

WordPress databases are notorious for storing information like post revisions, spam comments and much more. Over time, databases l become bloated and it is a good practice to clear out unwanted information to reduce database size and improve optimisation.

Breeze’s database optimisation cleans out unwanted information in a single click.

Will comments and other dynamic parts of my blog appear immediately?

Comments will appear upon moderation as per the comment system (or policy) set in place by the blog owner. Other dynamic changes such as any modifications in files will require a full cache purge.

Can I exclude URLs of individual files and pages from cache?

You can exclude a file by mentioning its URL or file type (by mentioning file extension) in the exclude fields (available in the Breeze settings). Exclude will not let the cache impact that URL or file type.

If Varnish is active, you will need to exclude URLs and file type(s) in the Varnish configuration. If you are hosting WordPress websites on Cloudways servers, follow this KB to exclude URLs from the Varnish cache.

Does it work with all hosting providers?

Breeze has been tested to work with all major hosting providers. In addition, major Breeze options such as Gzip, browser cache, minification, grouping, database optimization. CDN integration will work as expected on all hosting providers.

Where can I get support for Breeze?

You can get your questions answered on the WordPress support forums. If you are a Cloudways customer, please feel free to start a discussion at Cloudways Community Forum.

How can I test and verify the results?

You will be able to see the impact of the Breeze Cache Plugin almost immediately. We also recommend using the following tools for generating metrics:
Google Page Speed
WebPagetest
Pingdom

Does Breeze plugin work with Visual Builder?

Yes, Breeze Plugin is compatible with Visual Builder.

What popular CDN are supported by Breeze Plugin?

Breeze supports the following three popular CDNs:
MaxCDN
KeyCDN
Amazon Cloudfront

Does Breeze support Push CDN?

No, Breeze does not support Push CDN. However, you could use Breeze with Push CDNs using third party plugins.

Does Breeze Work With CloudFlare?

Yes. The process of setting up CloudFlare with Breeze is easy. Check out the following KnowledgeBase article for details.

How Breeze cache uses Gzip?

Using Gzip, Breeze compresses the request files, further reducing the size of the download files and speeding up the user experience.

Reviews

August 5, 2020
In the same way, as I have read around here this Breeze plugin also messed up my WordPress Woocommerce site which I had at Cloudways and on the last issue a few days ago I was given no solution after 3 days of waiting for a constructive reply. In fact, I would say that I wasted my business time for at least 15 days with issues of all kinds and I was told various times that the issues were mine. So I left Cloudways for another hosting but before that, I took a few WordPress backup files with me. After that, I have spent 5 more days trying to find out what was causing my incompatibility at the other hosting. Once disabling Breeze my site started having a better look at that other hosting but I need to replace most images as these were linked to the Cloudways server in my backup (I realised after deleting Breeze too). In my case it has been a disaster and this plugin should not be allowed to ruin anyone's site. Waste of time!
June 19, 2020
I have tried this plugin with A2 shared hosting but it didnt given any good result. But When I migrated my 2 websites to cloudways and activated this plugin, its started giving excellent result. Plugin is very simple to use. THERE IS NO DNS prefetch, Sitemap preloading and Heartbeat Control hope in future they will include this future updates
May 16, 2020
I had been using autoptimize for a lot of sites but have moved to this plugin for most sites now. It's very fast to configure and just works! I've tried a number of other plugins, those with lots more settings, and this one just works, and fast!
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Changelog

1.1.8

  • Fix: Cache refresh issue when Varnish is disabled.
  • Fix: Replaced functions deprecated in WordPress 5.5 that were causing warning messages.
  • Fix: Replaced deprecated minification libraries to improve compatibility with PHP 7.x onward.
  • Fix: resolved the warning generated by the Query Monitor plugin.
  • Add: compatibility with PHP 7.4

1.1.7

  • Fix: Add HTTP and HTTPS for validation of CDN integration.
  • Fix: Custom settings for multisite will be reapplied after Breeze reactivation.
  • Fix: General improvements to improve support for the WooCommerce Booking Calendar plugin.
  • Fix: Improved handling of minification for Wildcard based exclusion in Never Cache These URLs option.

1.1.6

  • Add: Wildcard (.*) based exclusion of pattern URL strings in Never Cache These URLs option.
  • Fix: Improved validation for CDN integration.
  • Fix: General improvements to support for Elementor Forms/Elementor Pro and CDN integration.

1.1.5

  • Fix: Revised duration for browser cacheable objects

1.1.4

  • Fix: PHP Fatal error while running commands through WP_CLI

1.1.3

  • Fix: Undefine error for inline JS when JS Group file is enabled.
  • Fix: Several files displayed when Group Files was enabled.
  • Fix: Varnish auto purge slowed down admin area while varnish is not running.
  • Fix: PDF files are not downloadable with CDN enabled.
  • Fix: miscellaneous UI issues.
  • Add: The Google Analytics script/tag is now excluded form Minification.
  • Add: Option to enable cache for admin user.
  • Add: Handling of 404 error of JS/CSS/HTML when cache files are not writeable.
  • Add: Exclude @import directive from CSS Minification.

1.1.2

  • Fix: Improved handling of exclusion of CSS and JS while Minification and Group Files options are enabled.
  • Fix: Allow wildcard (.*) based exclusion of pattern files/URIs in exclude JS and exclude CSS fields.
  • Fix: Increase the duration for leverage browser cacheable objects

1.1.1

  • Fix: Removed the use of remote JS. Now uses built-in version of jQuery Libraries.

1.1.0

  • Add: Optional separate cache settings for subsites.

1.0.13

  • Fix: Validation of nonce.
  • Fix: Remove duplication of calls in Varnish purge requests.

1.0.12

  • Fix: Deprecated create_function

1.0.11

  • Fix: Change wp_redirect to wp_safe_redirect to fix redirect vulnerability of URL

1.0.10

  • Add: allow Purge Cache for Editors role.

1.0.9

  • Add: Option to move JS file to footer during minification
  • Add: Option to defer loading for JS files
  • Add: Option to include inline CSS
  • Add: Option to include inline JS

1.0.8

  • Fix: Cache exclusion for pages that returns status code other than 200

1.0.7

  • Fix: Grouping and Minification issues for PHP 7.1
  • Fix: Cache purge after version update issue
  • Fix: Increase in cache file size issue.
  • Fix: Server not found error notification
  • Fix: Default WP comments display not require cache purge

1.0.6

  • Fix: All Multisite are now handled globally with settings being handled at network level

1.0.5

  • Fix: Issue with JS minification

1.0.4

  • Fix: Browser Cache issues with WooCommerce session
  • Fix: Clearing Breeze rules from .htaccess upon deactivating of Gzip/Broswer Cache
  • Fix: Regex fix for accepting source URLs without quotes while enabling minifcation
  • Add: FAQ section added

1.0.3-beta

  • Fix : Disabled browser cache for WooCommerce cart, shop and account pages
  • Fix : Removal of htaccess when disabling browser cache and Gzip compression options
  • Fix : CDN issues of not serving all the configured contents from CDN service

1.0.2-beta

  • Fix : Compatibility issues of WooCommerce

1.0.1-beta

  • Fix : Purging issue to allow only admin users to Purge
  • Add : Feedback link

1.0.0

  • Add : First Beta release