Kodematix Remedies For Improving Your Magento Speed!

Speed Up Magento

[…Continue] The previous article surely clears about importance of having a good speedy site. Better performing and faster Websites redirects to happier users. However, few aspects were still left to know to increase the speed of your website. Discover them:

  • Time To Download The Performance Booster – Magento Latest Version!

Using the latest Magento version is the first step for Boosting Magento performance. Latest version usually comes with bug fixes and performance improvements. Follow these three essential points while upgrading:

  • Install a fresh version the Magento file tree (the version you are trying to upgrade to)

  • Run the installer from the file tree on top of the outdated database (thereby upgrading the database)

  • Move over themes and custom extensions from the old version to the current version.

  • Pay Attention To 56% Part Of Your Website – Compress Image Files

If we consider images proportion on website, then on average 56% of the website’s page weight is composed of images. Images are usually the top culprit for consuming the largest proportion of the Webpage content. Moreover, the larger webpages i.e. the webpages those are bloated with heavy image file – which takes longer time to load and ultimately affects the performance for all users. Mobile users especially are impacted by the prevalence of heavy images.

So what could be solution? Optimizing the images is the solution to your worry. Optimizing the product images can drastically boost the speed of your pages as doing so can decrease the download times. You can do this by following the below tips:

  • Abolish unnecessary image resources

  • Use the power of CSS3 effects wherever possible

  • Use Web fonts instead of encoding text in images

  • Eliminate unwanted image metadata

  • Serve scaled/resized images at “display size”; larger assets are an unnecessary overhead

  • Another important step is to compress images with the help of photoshop or any other tool in right format at the lowest acceptable quality level (~75%)

  • Save your webpage images with progressive encoding to get better user perception of load times.

  • Crop/trim not required additional pixels from your product or webpage images (e.g., padding or white-space)

  • Save images “for the web” in your graphics editor tool of your choice.

Improving Your Magento Speed

  • Optimize the MySQL server

Cache management system is vital for load on Webserver. Using Magento’s built-in cache management system is a simple and efficient way to enhance the performance of your Website. So how does the cache impact the Magento’s speed? Well enabling the cache reduces the load on the Web server by serving cached elements from the file system, when available, instead – thereby, speeding up your site. These are a few recommends settings for your my.cnf file.

  • query_cache_type = 1

  • query_cache_size = 32M

  • query_cache_limit=2M

  • Fewer Extensions & Modules

Similar to WordPress or any other ecommerce platform, the more the number of extensions running the more the HTTP requests, along with CSS and JavaScript files having to load. So it’s recommended to keep the number of third-party/community extensions as few as possible.

Moreover, most of the extensions bring extra processing and database queries which has negative impact on speed. One solution is to disable modules that are not used. Know how to disable:

  • Navigate to “System” –> “Configuration” –> “Advanced” –> “Advanced” –> “Log.”

  • On the modules you don’t need select “Disable” from the drop-down box and click on “Save Config.”

  • Speed Needs CONTENT DELIVERY NETWORK (CDN)

A content delivery network is a framework of distributed servers which stores files and Web content. The more closer the CDN server to the user the more fast the content will be delivered to the visitor. Implementing a CDN helps to decrease the server load, by distributing content like images, CSS files, or JavaScript files from multiple locations around the globe faster. This is especially appropriate for Magento, given the multitude of category and product images available for display.

Implementing a CDN is an effective way of boosting the speed of delivery of Web Content on high traffic or globally serving ecommerce stores. CDN even reduces the stress and workload from the server – which redirects to fewer processes needed per customer, reducing your bandwidth costs and improving your response times.

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