7 Ways to Optimize Performance of Drupal 7 Website

According to popular statistics, your user may not stay on your website, in case it takes more than 3 seconds to load. Ouch! That’s definitely going to cost you more bounce rate than conversions. Speed is a priority in modern times, with the user lacking time. So, when you are developing a website, you need to consciously work on performance and find ways to keep the website optimized.

What accounts for bad performance on your Drupal website? Overloaded queries, improper caching, too much content and bad modules can be possible reasons for lowered performance. Here are ways in which you can easily improve the performance of your website, and boost your conversions.

Enable Caching

If you want to maximize your website’s performance, you will need to enable caching. A well cached websites, removes all the unwanted procedures, cookies and queries in the database, that intend on loading your website. You will savor the performance of your website in the wake of caching.

Go to Configuration>Development>Performance

Here you will find two options, each for caching anonymous users and blocks; enable both the options and save the changes made.

Use the Different Cache Modules
Drupal has successfully ushered in modules that will help boost the overall performance of your website. You should take a shot at using these modules. Here are some of the modules that you might find easy to use, and definitely very helpful.

Boost
This module offers static page caching which enhances the overall performance as well as scalability of the website. This is particularly useful to those developers who are considering shared hosting for their Drupal website.

Varnish
With this module you can integrate your Drupal site with Vanish HTTP accelerator. This is in fact a reverse proxy system, which will help boost the performance of your website. To top it all, it is perfectly qualified for dedicated hosting.

Disable Unwanted Modules
If you overload your website with modules, that are unnecessary, then you are lowering the performance of your website. Remember, it is essentially necessary to keep a tab on the modules, and integrate only those that you feel will add value to your website. Go to Drupal Admin Panel, and navigate to modules. Turn off the unwanted modules; also update the manager and devel modules. This way you will induce some level of performance in the site.

Database Optimization
Database optimization keeps in check the database that is required to run your website. You will need to use the DB Maintenance Module to optimize selected tables while crons.php file is being executed.

First install this DB module by going to admin>module>install new module and enable it.

Now go to configuration>DB maintenance module and access the interface that is displaying a list of the tables added to your database, and click on the tables that you feel need to be optimized

Optimizing the Bandwidth
It is important to reduce in number, and size, the requests being sent to your website. This would keep the performance of your website in check. Go to configuration>development>performance on your admin panel, to compress the CSS and JS files along with the configuration to help boost the performance of your website.

Image Resizing
While backend optimization is important, it is also important to keep a check on the frontend. You will need to resize the images along the front end, to make sure your user gets to access the website with no time lag. Images, if not optimized, can cause bad user experience, which is something you surely need to avoid. The larger the image, the longer it takes to load. You need to resize the images, and get them loaded perfectly.

Good Hosting Solution Provider
Performance also depends majorly on the hosting solution you offer. A good hosting solution will offer maximum, somewhere along 99.9%, uptime. With such good uptime, you are obviously going to keep your users logged on to your site.

Deepa is a passionate blogger associated with Semaphore Software. She loves sharing information regarding drupal development services.

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