Magento - Site Optimization

Magento is a content management system that is commonly known to be performance intensive. Optimizing the speed of your Magento allows customers to have the best user experience while shopping in your E-commerce store.

Environment Optimization

Based on the additional configurations of the server environment, the hosting site providers speed up your store.

Following are the tips to optimize Magento environment.

  • It uses complex database, so that it needs to be run on dedicated servers.

  • Magento application can be optimized by using cloud computing.

  • Merge your JavaScript and CSS files, which reduces the load time dramatically since it is loading only one merged file.

  • Proper MySQL configuration is one of the most important aspects in terms of performance.

  • Always upgrade to the latest Magento version as it offers better performance.

  • Use a web application accelerator which can speed up your Magento store by 80%.

Configuration Optimization

Magento has built-in tools that helps to optimize its performance. These must be properly configured and matched with your site's unique requirements. Following are the tips to optimize Magento configuration.

  • To speed up Magento performance, don't run MySQL and web server on the same machine.

  • Do not host files on your web server that you do not use.

  • Optimize of session storage.

  • Enable Magento flat catalog. (Magento uses a complex and resource-intensive Entity Attribute Value [or EAV] based catalog). After initial catalog establishment, enabling the flat catalog can dramatically improve database query time.

  • Identify and disable unused Magento modules.

Code Optimization

Code influences the speed of your site. The testing tools help to gain insight into the specific process.

Few tips for Code Optimization are −

  • Remove unused or unnecessary code processes.

  • Optimize Magento performance, by compressing and aggregating JavaScript and CSS files.

  • Compress all site images to optimal web image sizes.

  • Identify bottlenecks (processes that causes the entire process to slow down or stop) both in front-end and back-end.

Frontend Optimization

These modules are used to improve the performance of Magento shopping experience and you can also reuse the modules. This speeds up the performance of the Magento front-end.

The following points illustrate how to optimize Magento front-end performance −

  • Use the latest version of PHP, so that you can perform front-end operation much better and faster. The newest released version may cause errors, so carefully read the release notes and check out the new version.

  • Use clean database to improve the performance of Magento. The database logs needs to be cleared regularly. The database stores the automatically created logs to keep track of record session and interaction.

  • Magento caching should be enabled. This helps to load your website faster and reduces the direct requests to the server for files.

  • Turn off unused modules so it reduces the amount of resources added to each page. This can be one of the Magento admin panel. The XML files are used to speed up the front-end performance of Magento.