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 optimization. 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.

Requirements

PHP 7.4, PHP 8 recommended for better performance, WordPress 6.0+

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 Optimization 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 optimization.

Breeze’s database optimization 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

Ogwekkuminebiri (Ntenvu) 3, 2022
2 updates since 2.0.10 have introduced bugs into my website, where previously it was working correctly with Breeze. This has caused lots of lost time and some lost revenue. I can't take the risk to run into more issues. Quality control needs to improve. Something is going very wrong there. Will update this review if anything changes, but this is the truth for now.
Ogwomwenda (Mutunda) 28, 2022
This is a decent way to configure the Varnish caching layer, which is present by default on Cloudways-hosted Wordpress applications. The UX and the way the important things are laid out and emphasized is rather good, and the plugin offers simple access to some very useful general performance tweaks. However, options for the caching itself are oddly lacking, in ways that will force some users to look for other plugins. Some other reviews here point out cookie settings and issues with lazy loading and minimization. Like, why on earth are RSS feeds explicitly excluded from caching by Varnish? Granted, RSS isn't the end-user facing major chungus it once was in the golden age of blogs, but feeds are still useful. If Cloudways-included Object Cache Pro is present on a site with this plugin, some page cache bypassing requests for RSS may not be an instant disaster. But I can think of no reasons why RSS shouldn't be served by Varnish and flushed by the plugin like other content when posts are updated. This could be an excellent one-stop shop for caching on Cloudways if some common issues were addressed. Right now, it's pretty, yet mediocre.
Ogwomwenda (Mutunda) 8, 2022 1 reply
This plugin has issues as far as I can remember being a Cloudways customer. No real love has ever been shown to the plugin. Having the minified CSS shows as render-blocking attests to the low level that the developers of this plugin have reached. Lazy load also causes layout issues on a solid theme (GeneratePress). I am really sad a thousand times of how this plugin keeps disappointing me and other users. I hope the Digital Ocean buyout of the platform brings some improvements to the overall platform because you guys just suck! With all due respect!
Ogwomwenda (Mutunda) 2, 2022 1 reply
Sorry, but this plugin has more bugs than features. Always have problems with your support, too. I am switching not to another cache plugin, and later that month to another hosting.
Ogwomunaana (Muwakanya) 17, 2022 4 replies
On the Breeze FAQ section: "Breeze is fully compatible with WooCommerce, out of the box. It does not require any special configurations." This is blatantly not true, and it's not true because you can't exclude cookies from being cached. In my own woocommerce site I have 2 woocommerce cookies being used: 1. woocommerce_cart_hash 2. woocommerce_items_in_cart You know what happens when you can't exclude these cookies? A glitch occurs and clients see the previous quantity in their cart before updating to the real quantity, this is not that much of a problem, except of course, as we know, small problems can snowball into big problems. And that's what happened when I added a discounts plugin to start implementing discounts on our products more easily. What happened was that products outright dissapeared from a costumers cart. Getting in touch via direct ticket with Cloudways still hasn't wielded a concrete clear answer to this problem but it seems clear that this plugin is not compatible with woocommerce until they add an option to exclude cookies.
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Changelog

= 2.0.14=

  • Fix: Applied condition to look new Facebook feed link in the plugin Facebook for WooCommerce.

= 2.0.13=

  • Fix: DOMDocument class was removed while enabling the options Lazy Load Images and Cross-origin Safe Links.

= 2.0.12=

  • Fix: Synchronized the reset cache option of the Avada theme with Breeze.

= 2.0.11=

  • Add: Scanning of CDN URL to verify it is not malicious in the CDN.
  • Fix: Improvised process of generating JS files from PHP files.
  • Fix: Improvised handling of multi-byte characters, languages, symbols such as Unicode icons, etc.
  • Fix: Improvised the functionality of the Defer option while using an external JS file.
  • Fix: Enhanced the compatibility with Weglot Translate.

= 2.0.10=

  • Add: More options added in the Database option tab.
  • Add: Display Autoload summary with Autoload total size as well as Autoload count.
  • Fix: Enhance the functionality of the options Combine CSS and Inline CSS while CSS is generated by Elementor.
  • Fix: Overwrite the TimeZone To UTC being sent out in ticket/order confirmations of The Events Calendar plugin.

= 2.0.9=

  • Fix: Added nonce check to import settings ajax request, in order to improve security and prevent cross-site requests.

= 2.0.8=

  • Fix: Enhance compatibility with the Pickingpal plugin to load the orders.
  • Fix: Remove duplication header calls in Varnish requests.
  • Fix: Invalid Certificate never accepted and its default value is TRUE now.
  • Add: Include the option to Clear Object Cache.

2.0.7

  • Fix: In some cases call to undefined function is_plugin_active() shows, it is fixed now by replacing it with a check for class_exist in CURCY and WOOCS plugins.

2.0.6

  • Fix: Overwrites the TimeZone To UTC of The Events Calendar plugin.
  • Fix: currency menu is cached with HTML, changing it with the currency is difficult in CURCY and WOOCS plugins.
  • Fix: Preloading links that do not have “href“ attribute or the “href“ attribute contains the value “#” was displaying errors in the console log.
  • Fix: Some inline javascript files were not displayed when the option “JS Files With Deferred Loading” had at least one value-added breaking functionality for other JavaScript scripts.

2.0.5

  • Add: UI improvement to provide better accessibility and user experience.

2.0.4

  • Add: Improve page load by delaying JavaScript execution. Delay JS is disabled by default for new installations.
  • Fix: Added JavaScript checks to see if the sortable library is loaded or not, if not then the JS code that requires the library will not execute.
  • Fix: Undefined variable in Breeze minification scripts.

2.0.3

  • Fix:All ajax actions are now restricted to the users that have manage_options capabilities. Vulnerability discovered from patchstack team.
  • Fix: Administrator has only capable to handle manage_options by default.
  • Fix: Added restriction to option-tabs-loader.php, if the user does not have manage_options capability, then the tabs will not load.

2.0.2

  • Fix: Atarim – Client Interface Plugin conflict with UI of Breeze in the admin area.
  • Add: Make LazyLoad for iframes compatible
  • Add: Control WordPress Heartbeat API. Users can disable it, independently on the admin, post editor page, and frontend.
  • Add: DNS prefetch on pages.
  • Add: Improve the handling of warning message while permission is not correct.

2.0.1

  • Fix: Improved handling of minification in Never Cache URL(s) option.

2.0.0

  • Add: Implement a new UI interface.
  • Fix: Duplicate script while using the option Move JS Files to Footer.
  • Fix: Improvise the optimization of WordPress core functions to clean the database correctly.
  • Fix: Implement condition in .htaccess rules while disable “mod_env”.
  • Fix: Compatibility issue with Facebook For WooCommerce plugin.

1.2.6

  • Add: Varnish cache will be clear while plugin deactivate.
  • Add: Enable cache for specific user role.
  • Add: Disable Emojis to reduce request
  • Add: Delete breeze options values from database on plugin deletion.
  • Fix: Compatibility issue of map short codes with GeoDirectory plugin.
  • Fix: Compatibility issue with Ad Inserter plugin.
  • Fix: Compatibility issue of minification with Beaver Builder Plugin.
  • Fix: Compatibility issue of JS scripts with AMP Plugin.
  • Fix: Reduce cookie life time span while user posts a comment.
  • Fix: HTML elements filtered from RestAPI end point of lazy-load scripts.
  • Fix: Config file of each subsite save with appropriate ID in advance cache file.
  • Fix: Google Analytics script exclude from Minification.

1.2.5

  • Add: URLs containing query strings will not be cached by default.
  • Add: Ignore specific query strings while serving the cache to improve performance.
  • Add: Ability to cache URLs with specific query strings variables.
  • Add: Cache handling of URLs having multiple parameters in one query string.
  • Add: Exceptional Cache handling for case where permalink is set to PLAIN, which includes links for POST, PAGES, ATTACHMENTS, CATEGORIES, ARCHIVES.

1.2.4

  • Add: Functionality to clear ALL cache via Command Line Interface (wp-cli).
  • Add: Functionality to clear Varnish cache via Command Line Interface (wp-cli).
  • Add: Functionality to clear Internal cache via Command Line Interface (wp-cli).
  • Add: While the file Permission is not correct, the warning message has been added.
  • Fix: Compatibility with Coming Soon Page, Maintenance Mode & Landing Pages by SeedProd.
  • Fix: improve the handling of warning undefine array key of delay JS script while enable debug mode.

1.2.3

  • Add: Addition in Media assets rules for browser cacheable objects.
  • Add: Addition in Font assets rules for browser cacheable object.
  • Add: Addition in Data interchange rules for browser cacheable objects.
  • Add: Addition in Manifest files rules for browser cacheable object.
  • Add: Addition in Gzip compression rules.
  • Fix: Improvise the handling of the Request header while the varnish is disable
  • Fix: Improvise the condition of Option “Enable cache for logged-in users”

1.2.2

  • Add: Export settings via Command Line Interface (wp-cli).
  • Add: Import settings via Command Line Interface(wp-cli).

1.2.1

  • Fix: improve the handling of warning undefine index of lazy load image while enable debug mode.
  • Add: Enable/Disable option of Delay JS inline scripts.

1.2.0

  • Add: “noreferrer noopener” attributes tag on external links when process HTML for caching.
  • Add: Preload fonts allow to text remain visible during webfont load.
  • Add: Preload key request of fonts OR CSS file which load fonts from local resource.
  • Add: Preload links allow to enable preload next page of application.
  • Add: lazy load display images on a page only when they are visible to the user.
  • Add: Minimize the impact of third-party code.

1.1.11

  • Fix: Improved handling of forms using nonce in Permalinks and Options pages.

1.1.10

  • Fix: Apply deferred loading at individual file.
  • Fix: exclude feed url generated by plugin “Facebook for WooCommerce”.
  • Fix: purge site cache in subfolder.
  • Fix: Inventory stock now updated at the Cart page.
  • Fix: Improved Support for the new version of the WooCommerce Booking Calendar plugin.
  • Add: Compatible with EDD and cartflow plugins.
  • Add: pages include shortcode has been exclude by Breeze.

1.1.9

Add: Improved handling of minification for Query stirng based exclusion in Never Cache These URLs option.
Add: Increase compatibility with Multilingual .

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 deffer 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 url’s 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