Your site looks great. There are fun graphics, interesting animations, and a cool little whirligig that you didn’t know you needed until your web designer showed you the way. However, all of this has added to your load times and now your site is just plain old s. l. o. w. Visitors are getting frustrated and bouncing. Your site looks great, but that doesn’t really matter if people aren’t waiting around to see it. What can you do to solve your Drupal performance issues?
There are a few things you can do for Drupal speed optimization. First thing you should do is take a look at your code, database, and queries. Always follow PHP coding best practices and work to resolve any errors. There are tools out there, like Jenkins, that will help you to find errors in your code that might be slowing your site’s response times. With every added module or custom bit of functionality, it's best practice to do a little Drupal performance tuning before making those additions live. Additionally, making sure that your SQL database is optimized and that there are no bad indexes will also help to improve load times. For a more detailed overview of how to make these improvements, check out this webinar by our lead developer and system administrator.
When your code is clean, it’s time to check your hosting. A solid hosting solution can also help with website performance optimization. Check to ensure that you have the right infrastructure in place to support your website’s demands, including redundancy of hardware and infrastructure, the correct bandwidth and data center configuration, and right sized server resources. In addition, open source technologies, such as Varnish, Apache, and NGINX, can help with reverse proxy caching and load balancing. If you haven’t already seen it, this webinar “Accelerating Your Website with New Open Source Technologies” is led by our Drupal development and hosting experts and will help you to solve your Drupal performance issues.
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