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Name: Page Cache Extended - Version: 3.4.0.0-FREE / 3.5.9.0-PRO / 4.0.0.0-PRO - Type: Plugin - License: GPLv3
Description: Provides page cache with useful features - Joomla! Extensions Directory

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With Page Cache Extended you can improve the page loading time significantly!

Plugin: PCE - Page Cache Extended
Function: Improves the page loading time and gives you more control of the cached pages.
Languages: German and English

Page Cache Extended generates copies of the rendered pages and loads the entire output on further requests from the previously generated cache files. By loading the content from static files, no database queries have to be processed. This improves the loading speed greatly!

This plugin is based on the core plugin "Page Cache" but was extended with useful features. You can specify which pages should be cached with the help of an exclusion list for components and URLs. It is also possible to use the list like a white list to include the selected components or URLs.

The HTML code in the cached files can be minified to improve the loading speed even further. HTML comments (e.g. copyright references) can be kept in the optimized code. In addition, you can set a specific cache time independent of the global cache time which can be set in the Global Configuration.

PCE saves the complete HTML output additionally already compressed in the gzip format as a separated file. If the browser of the visitor supports the gzip encoding, then the data can be returned immediately without the time consuming compression process.

The plugin supports the clearing of the cache directly in the frontend by a self-defined token. Individual pages can be specifically updated by entering the token in the URL. Thus, not all cached pages need to be purged completely.

Page Cache Extended, in combination with Device Specific Content (DSC), can create device-specific cache files (mobile, tablet and desktop). For this, DSC simply has to be installed additionally. PCE automatically detects the installation and uses DSC to create device-specific static files.

Features

  • Complete pages are cached to increase loading performance
  • Caching process can be excluded for specified menu entries, components, URLs and cookie (partly PRO)
  • Toggle selection - entered data are not excluded, but included
  • Cache files can be minified to decrease loading time
  • Individual cache time for the static files
  • Browser cache mechanism can be used
  • Static files are additionally saved in the gzip format
  • Cache of specific pages can be cleaned directly in the frontend with the help of a token
  • Individual pages can be cached device-specific (Device Specific Content plugin required)
  • Language: German and English

Installation

Install PCE with the help of the installer component as usual. Then activate the plugin in Extensions -> Plugins -> System - PCE - Page Cache Extended. Use the options in the "Settings" tab to adjust the plugin for your needs!

The plugin stores the static files in the folder cache/pce and the files in gzip format in cache/pce-gzip.

Clean cache in the frontend

Enter a value in the option "Clean Cache Token" to activate the frontend cache cleaning feature. Clean the cache of the loaded page in the frontend by adding ?cleancache=TOKEN to the URL in the address bar - replace TOKEN with your self-defined token!

Please note:

  1. Make sure to disable Joomla!'s cache plugin "System - Page Cache". You cannot use both plugins at the same time!
  2. The cached pages are only provided to guest visitors, not to logged in users. Users always see the current, not cached state of the website.
  3. If you use the SEF functionality, then the plugin must be ordered after the SEF plugin "System - SEF" (just like the core cache plugin). Tip: Select the value "Order Last" in the settings in the Ordering dropdown.

Changelog

+ = Added - ! = Removed - ^ = Changed - # = Fixed

Joomla! 4.x

Version 4.0.0.0-PRO - 2021-08-17

  • + First Pro release for Joomla! 4.x based on PCE Pro version 3.5.9.0-PRO

Joomla! 3.x

Version 3.4.0.0-FREE - 2021-05-11

  • First release with increased technical requirements: Increasing Technical Requirements - Joomla! Core & PHP for Pro & Free Extensions
  • + Plugin Order - Plugin is ordered correctly in the installation process automatically
  • ^ Improved "cleancache" frontend call - The cleancache frontend call also removes mobile and tablet versions for single pages if Device Specific Content is installed. Thanks to Klaus K. for reporting it!
  • ^ Added missing check for the offline mode - the offline page is not cached anymore.
  • ^ The way the exclusion works has been revised - now individual pages (URLs) can be directly excluded.
  • ^ Changed the version number specification. The first number stands for the supported major Joomla! version. The following three numbers follow the Semantic Versioning Specification (SemVer), as it used to be previously.
  • ^ Updated manifest file structure
  • ^ Updated language files
  • ^ Code optimisations
  • # Pages are only cached if the requested document is an HtmlDocument instance. Thanks to Klaus K. for reporting it!

Version 3.5.9.0-PRO - 2021-05-04

  • ^ Revised menu exclusion logic - If a selected menu entry is loaded, then the page is excluded directly. If not, then the other exclusion rules (component and URL) are processed and applied accordingly. Thanks to Michael K. for reporting it!
  • ^ Changed the version number specification. The first number stands for the supported major Joomla! version. The following three numbers follow the Semantic Versioning Specification (SemVer), as it used to be previously.
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Version 3.5.8-PRO - 2021-03-22

  • ^ Improved "cleancache" frontend call - The cleancache frontend call also removes mobile and tablet versions for single pages if Device Specific Content is installed. Thanks to Klaus K. for reporting it!
  • ^ Improved "warmupcache" frontend call - The warmupcache frontend call also creates gzip versions for all devices if Device Specific Content is installed. Thanks to Klaus K. for reporting it!
  • ^ Improved execution logic to allow the frontend token calls independently of the cookie exclusion check.
  • ^ Modified regular expression for internal links used in the warmup call to find more links with a non-standard HMTL form.

Version 3.5.7-PRO - 2021-03-19

  • + Warm-up cache token - Enter a token to activate the frontend cache warm-up feature. Warm-up the cache in the frontend by adding ?warmupcache=TOKEN to the URL in the address bar. Note: Replace TOKEN with your defined token!
  • ^ Removed the warm-up call in the frontend cleaning process (?cleancache=TOKEN)

Version 3.5.6-PRO - 2021-03-15

  • + Wildcard match - * symbol for URL exclusion - The entered URL search strings can contain wildcards (* - asterisk symbol) for any characters. The plugin will perform a regular expression match if this option is enabled. Example: https://example.com/?id=* - Thanks to Bernhard for requesting this feature!

Version 3.5.5-PRO - 2021-03-14

  • ^ Optimised Cookie exclusion handling - Suppose the specified cookie is set, and the value equals the settings' value. In that case, the plugin will never cache the requested pages, and the content is always generated dynamically by the application. No other rules can overwrite this behaviour!
  • ^ Added missing check for the offline mode - the offline page is not cached anymore.
  • ^ Updated custom field

Version 3.5.4-PRO - 2020-12-15

  • + Cookie exclusion - With this option, the caching process can be disabled for a specific cookie. This functionality is useful for GDPR cookies if different content must be loaded once the visitor granted permission. The cookie name and value can be checked. Thanks to Klaus K. for requesting this feature!
  • # Updated languages files

Version 3.5.3-PRO - 2020-12-11

  • # Pages are only cached if the requested document is an HtmlDocument instance. Thanks to Klaus K. for reporting it!

Version 3.5.2-PRO - 2020-12-04

  • ^ The way the exclusion works has been revised - now individual pages (URLs) can be directly excluded.

Version 3.5.1-PRO - 2020-06-29

  • + Plugin Order - Plugin is ordered correctly in the installation process automatically
  • + Warm-up cache with Device Specific Content - Cache files for all devices (desktop, tablet and mobile) are created automatically. You need to install Device Specific Content for this feature.
  • + Warm-up cache - Limit number of request - This option helps to improve the cleaning time if you have many links on the front page. The value 0 does not limit the warm-up process!

Version 3.5.0-PRO - 2020-06-25

  • + Warm-up cache - With this option, the cache is warmed-up after a cache purge process to improve the loading time of the first request via the browser. Thus, only cached versions of the pages are returned to your visitors! Hint: Page Cache Extended only warms-up internal links from the default home page for performance reasons!
  • First release with increased technical requirements: Increasing Technical Requirements - Joomla! Core & PHP for Pro & Free Extensions
  • ^ Updated language files and custom fields
  • ^ Code optimisations

Version 3.4.4-PRO - 2019-11-26

  • ^ Improved frontend recaching functionality for the token option "Loaded Page Only".

Version 3.4.3-PRO - 2019-08-02

  • + Added "Token Type" option - Defines what is cleaned if the process is triggered by the token call (All Cached Files / Loaded Page Only) - Thanks to Michael K. for requesting it!

Version 3.3.2 - 2019-07-30

  • + Added Custom Field - Pro Button
  • ^ Force UTF-8 encoding in the minification process. Thanks to Michael K. for reporting it!
  • ^ Empty content is not stored locally - This avoids storing of redirects (e.g. default language redirect). Thanks to Michael K. for reporting it!
  • ^ Updated Custom Fields
  • ^ Updated Project Page URL
  • ^ Code Optimizations

Version 3.4.2-PRO - 2019-05-06

  • + Added "Use Compression" option - Static files are stored and delivered already compressed (using the gzip compress algorithm). This improves the response time even further but can lead to encoding issues. This option allows you to disable the compression handling if you encounter wrongly encoded output!
  • ^ Force UTF-8 encoding in the minification process. Thanks to Michael K. for reporting it!

Version 3.4.1-PRO - 2019-05-03

  • ^ Improved cache key retrievement - Added support for "pagecache" plugin group to manipulate the key
  • ^ Added additional check for the menu exclusion option to avoid a PHP notice under certain circumstances
  • ^ Empty content is not stored locally - This avoids storing of redirects (e.g. default language redirect). Thanks to Michael K. for reporting it!

Version 3.4.0-PRO - 2019-02-17

  • + First Pro release based on PCE version 3.3.1
  • + Exclusion - Menu Items - With this option the caching process can be disabled on certain menu items.
  • ^ Static cache file is created in the onAfterRespond trigger, onAfterRender was used previously
  • ^ Clean process of zero byte files do not throw an (internal) PHP warning

Version 3.3.1 - 2018-02-18

  • + Added clean up process after check for existing data - solves a possible problem with zero byte files
  • ^ Code optimization
  • ^ Updated custom field - krtitle
  • ^ Updated translation strings

Version 3.3.0 - 2017-01-15

  • + Clean Cache Token - Enter a token to activate the frontend cache cleaning feature. Clean the cache of the loaded page in the frontend by adding ?cleancache=TOKEN to the URL in the address bar - replace TOKEN with your defined token. Thanks to Joe Campbell for the suggestion!
  • + Device-Specific Cache Files - Device-specific cache files (mobile, tablet and desktop) can be created with the help of Device Specific Content (DSC). Thanks to Joe Campbell for the suggestion!

Version 3.2.0 - 2017-01-01

  • + Static Files In Gzip Format - Saves the data also compressed in the gzip format as a file so that the requested data does not have to be compressed dynamically and can be transferred immediately
  • ^ Updated Custom Fields
  • ^ Updated Translation Files

Version 3.1.0 - 2015-11-29

  • + HTML minification function - Removed external script due to a bug and rewrote the complete minification functionality
  • # Fixed bug that could concatenate inline HTML elements with normal text elements

Version 3.0.0 - 2015-11-26

  • First release for Joomla! 3.x
  • Minified cache files are created with the help of the script PHPWee PHP Minifier - Thanks!
  • Plugin was tested with Joomla! 3.2, 3.3 and 3.4

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Overview of all downloads of the extension: PCE - Page Cache Extended Downloads