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Name: Page Cache Extended - Version: 3.3.1 / 3.4.2-PRO - Type: Plugin - License: GPLv3
Description: Provides page cache with useful features

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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.


  • Complete pages are cached to increase loading performance
  • Caching process can be excluded for specified components and URLs
  • 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


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. 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.
  2. 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.


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

Joomla! 3.x

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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