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Update (2013-03-20): Just added in the ability to set your own custom cache lifetime value.

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This caching plugin is a more specific version of the page caching system plugin that comes default with Joomla. I've never liked how the default System Cache Plugin cached all pages on your site once enabled because that seemed to cause issues with pages that were intended to be more dynamic (hence, users would use the Conservative or Progressive Caching options instead from the Global Configuration).

In my case, I thought it would be nice to enable page caching, but only for a few select pages (e.g. the Homepage) especially if only about 10 or so pages (out of let's say a couple hundred) receive the bulk of the requests (e.g. the Homepage receives 70+% of pageviews).

So I set out to modify the default Joomla plugin and add in the capability to cache the Homepage out of the page, with the additional options of adding in additional relative URLs to be cached on your site.

The result is this Homepage Cache System Plugin and I hope you enjoy it!

After putting this into production on my site for the homepage it produced the following improvements.

Here's the before example:
Processing Time: 1.354 seconds / Memory Usage: 10.31 MB (10,814,760 Bytes) / Database Queries: 77 Queries Logged

Then I went ahead and installed the homepage caching system plugin and turned it on (after making sure the Homepage Cache was set to be the last System Plugin executed...at the very least it needs to be ordered after the System SEF Plugin, otherwise you'll run into a weird rendering issue on subpages with beez_20, which is what happened to me while I was initially testing).

That's it if you want to enable caching of your homepage...you can also open the plugin's configuration page and specify additional pages you want cached.

Here's the after example:
Processing Time: 0.353 seconds / Memory Usage: 4.01 MB (4,202,216 Bytes) / Database Queries: 8 Queries Logged


Fantastic work

Posted on 29 April 2016

facil de instalar y configurar
Funciona con joomla 3.5.0

Ease of use

Simplemente instalar y definir las paginas a cachear


Not necesary extra easy for use
No se necesita soporte


Tampoco es necesario, basta con saber instalar un plugin, definir la url del site y habilitar

I used this to: My web site i had hard dificult with pagespeed insight and this help me lots
Una gran solucion para acelerar el sitio

Just about perfect

Posted on 04 April 2015

It took a little while to figure out how to use it, but when I did, it was perfect

Ease of use

It took a little while to figure out that the home page can be cached AND other pages cached selectively.

I used this to: Once I figure it out, I realized it was very sensible. Its not entirely obvious that the three 'cache levels' are not actually levels, but just separate areas that can be cached separately. So one can disable page caching selectively on three separate areas.


Posted on 11 August 2014

Works great. Just what I needed! Cache breaks other pages (rating,comments...) and I only need it on homepage (70% page hits). Although this plugin does not have many options it is extremelly light-weight and does what it says. Downside is lack of documentation, at first I did not know if native Joomla cache has to be turned on (plugin or global conf) and still do not get priority levels.

Thanks 5+


Posted on 12 May 2014

there are some popular extension that breaks when default cache is set as enabled.

I like the flexibility of this extension instead of caching the whole site especially when I have a lot dynamic content.

This plugin works OK but I've found that it prompts me to update to a newer browser.

Owner's reply: Hi biguphosting!

I'm sorry you ran into an issue when using the plugin. Actually the Homepage Cache doesn't do anything to prompt users to upgrade to a newer browser, but your site template might actually be doing that (let's say with a Yootheme or RocketTheme template) since I've run into that issue myself on the orware site (which uses a Yootheme template).

It hasn't happened often, but I believe if someone visits your site at exactly the right moment (when the cache is being recreated) with an older browser (which would trigger the "upgrade your browser" message in those types of templates) then that particular page gets cached for everyone to see. Typically this feature is something you can turn off within your site template so it doesn't occur again, which may be something to try and might be helpful in your case.

The plugin itself is fairly simple and mainly provides the features I mention in the description above (cache the homepage specifically and nothing else, unless you specify a few additional pages that should be cached) so what you're mentioning is not being generated by the plugin itself (the plugin is just caching that particular response being returned by your template when a user with an older browser visits the page right at the moment when the old cache has become stale and a new one has to be recreated, which is then unfortunately displayed to subsequent users).

I've been meaning to take a look at this and see if I can go ahead and add the ability for the cache to be created on a per-browser basis (so Chrome browsers will have a separate cache from Internet Explorer browsers, etc.) and I believe that will help to resolve this type of issue from affecting other site visitors in the future (let's say in this case upgrade page was triggered by someone using Internet Explorer 7.0, but IE 8.0 would be OK...using this approach only the IE 7.0 folks would be affected and the IE 8.0 folks would have a separate, normal looking page returned).

If you ever have any issues feel free to send a direct email to support@orware.com and I'm always happy to help sort through bugs like this and figure out a solution!

Content Update Notifications

Content Update Notifications

Paid download | Content Submission | Omar E Ramos
3 reviews
This plugin does a number of things, but mainly it allows the user editing the content in Joomla 1.6+ (Articles + Content Categories) to receive a notification email upon editing/creating a new content item. 2.7.0 2015-03-11 / Omar Ramos + Added toggle option to be able to turn on/off notifications on new article creation. + Added toggle option to be able to turn on/off notifications on article update. + Added toggle option to be able to turn on/off notifications on new category creation. + Added toggle option to be able to turn on/off notifications on category update. In the notification email, the previous version of the content is attached in a txt file and html file, as well as the new version. The other information about the content is also displayed in the email. You can also add additional people to be notified upon editing content (such as administrators, or other key people in charge of keeping the quality of the content intact). The plugin will also notify you with a copy of the article before it is deleted completely from the system (which should make it easier to restore something if it is deleted accidentally). You may call it a poor man's version control system (using email as the storage mechanism) but I think it will work quite nicely for a lot of sites and I hope you enjoy it! On top of the above, I've also added in some common corrections for content pasted from Microsoft Word, but I'm looking for additional examples of things that could be corrected so if you have those I'd really like to add them in so that your HTML can be cleaned automatically upon submission!


Free | Articles Display | Omar E Ramos
35 reviews
I had trouble listing the 2.5 version through the JED so I'm just combining the listing for the 1.5 version with the 2.5 version. Both extensions are free to download on the website...enjoy! ArtCats is a module that can automatically list Articles from within a designated Category or can list Categories from within a designated Section. Compatible only with Joomla 1.5 and later. Not for use with Joomla 1.0.xx. Based on Categories 1.5 module created by Rich Dorfman which was created with inspiration from Module - Content Categories version 1.0.1 by Boris Komraz. 2.5.0 version announcement: http://www.orware.com/product-news/free-extensions/artcats-2.5/artcats-2-5-0-beta-released New version 2.0.4 with "Exclude Current Article" ability now available! Read the release announcement here: http://www.orware.net/home/item/artcats-for-joomla-204-released.html Please post questions there in the comments section or email me! Additional Information (Please feel free to visit the Demo/Documentation Pages as well): When set to auto mode this module functions contextually, meaning that it will only return the expected links when on the appropriate type of page. For example, let's say you had a Section named Section 1, with Categories named Category 1, Category 2, Category 3. Let's say you also have another Section named Section 2, with Categories named Category 4, Category 5, and Category 6. In auto mode the module would automatically show links to Category 1, Category 2, and Category 3 when you visit the Section 1 page and show links to Categories 4, 5, and 6 when visiting the Section 2 page. For Categories the functionality is similar. Let's say you had a Category named Category 1 with Articles named Article 1, Article 2, and Article 3. Let's also say you had another Category named Category 2, with Articles named Article 4, Article 5, and Article 6. If you visited the Category 1 page the module would automatically show links to Article 1, Article 2, and Article 3. If you went to visit the Category 2 page the module would automatically show links to Articles 4, 5, and 6. Pretty nifty huh? I figured this would be a nice way to have a semi-automatic menu system. Your ideas are welcome!
Hidden Debug

Hidden Debug

Free | Development | Omar E Ramos
0 reviews
The Hidden Debug System Plugin is a cutdown version of the default System Debug Plugin that comes with Joomla. After installation, simply go in and disable the default System - Debug plugin within your Plugin Manager and leave just the Hidden Debug plugin enabled. If you then enable Debugging in the Joomla Configuration page the hidden debug plugin will then start to add debug output within a hidden HTML comment at the bottom of each of your pages in the frontend. This is useful for production sites where you can't really make full use of the debug plugin and you want to test something out (like, a caching plugin) without it displaying anything to your users that could potentially be bad to display with the normal debug plugin (for example database table name details). This plugin just gives you Profiling Information (time elapsed for page to be generated), Memory Usage, and # of Database Queries executed. As an optional feature you can enable email notifications to be sent out to you for pages that exceed a certain number of queries (this was useful for me to learn a bit more about the number of queries different pages on my site was generating and then I was able to turn it off). Enjoy!

Homepage Cache

Omar E Ramos
Date added:
Nov 19 2014
GPLv2 or later
Free download

This extension does NOT implement the Joomla! Update System

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