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Name: Page Cache Extended - Version: / / / - 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.


  • 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


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.


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Latest release

Version - 2024-07-01

  • + Improved Pro Security Token validation check. The Pro package contains a token file with an individual security token linked to the user account that is checked against the validation server for authenticity. If the file is missing or the token is invalid, you cannot edit the settings and use the extension. The Pro Security Token field has been extended to handle incorrect tokens and blocked accounts. If you encounter an error message related to the token, download the Pro version with your Pro subscription from the linked download page and install it again!
  • Attention: The Pro extension will not work correctly if the token file or custom field is missing or modified. Never edit or remove the files to ensure correct functionality.


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