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Magento is owned by eBay and it is widely used eCommerce website which people use to enhance their online business. As it a heavy eCommerce CMS system so it can run a bit slow from time to time especially when you have not optimized store properly. Magento is a very robust platform which has the high level of functionality and customizability; therefore, a lot of businesses choose this platform for increasing their sales. Another feature is that it’s highly scalable so even if in future if you scale up then also you don’t need to change to any other different platform.
Magento is facing speed issues and due to which their performance is degrading over time. For speed, you can do simple things which will boost the speed of the website.
Make sure that you are running the latest version of Magento because new releases often include performance improvements and other features. It has a good in detail tutorial which will help you to fully upgrade Magento. You will be notified whenever updation is available via messages inbox.
Enable Flat Catalog:
The bottleneck of Magento is always the database and if you have more than 1000 products then you need to enable Flat Catalog in Magento by going under System -> Configuration ->Catalog -> Frontend. Cautious is that the Standard EAV database setup gives a little more flexibility when looking for a particular data and attributes.
Magento has an internal cache for its configuration, blocks, and layouts. Cache entries are stored in the file system and as the request increases from visitors then it takes time to read and write to Magento’s file system because it slows down your site. To enable caching you need to navigate to System -> Cache Management
Images are to be blamed for slowing down the load time as 56 percent of a website’s page weight is made up of images. Make sure to compress images before uploading them by using a tool like Adobe Photoshop. If you want to go for simple compression solution then you can use Smush it which compresses batches of images.
Optimize MySQL Configuration:
MySQL has its own “query cache” which is used in Magento to generate dynamic pages and content along with improving performance. Magento uses a lot of indexes and joins due to which it will need adequate memory.
Remove Third-Party/ Community extensions:
Always keep the extensions to a minimum. Nearly 50% of all the store performance issues are caused by poorly created extensions. Compile the extensions that you actually need and disable Magento modules which you don’t need. By cleaning them, you are using resources to run your store and increasing the speed of the website. To disable modules, navigate to Stores -> Configuration -> Advanced -> Advanced -> select “Disable” from the drop-down box.
Enable System Compilation:
Magento can combine PHP files so that it uses less disk access. Sometimes compilation can boost up to 50% of the performance. By default, application files are searched in a particular order every time the page load which leads to a lot of file system reads thus these reads can be reduced by copying files into a single directory. To enable this feature you can navigate to System -> Tools -> compilation and then click on “Run Compilation Process”.
Install PHP OpCode Cache:
It is another form of caching. They help in increasing the performance of PHP scripts by caching them when they are in a compiled state. You can install APC, eAccelerator, ZendOptimizer+ or Xcache. This feature is important if you are not using hosting with SSD disks.
Select Better Web Hosting:
Choose a reliable and fast web host as it will improve your Magento performance. To prevent your resources from hundreds of people our suggestion is to go for VPS like Digital Ocean, Linode or Vultr. With this, you will be in complete control of your resources.