Providing a top digital user experience is critical if you want to grow the number of visitors and keep them engaged. Anything you can do to improve your Drupal website will have an impact on your business and ultimately revenue. Luckily, there’s much you can do to optimize your Drupal website, including implementing a range of tools and services, and installing extra Drupal modules.
In this article, we consider how to improve Drupal site performance. By providing you with actionable strategies to increase your site’s performance, you’ll be armed with the knowledge to make the necessary improvements and optimize your website.
Implementing caching on your Drupal website is a quick and easy way to speed up your page loading times. To quote from documentation on Drupal’s website, “The single biggest improvement to application performance is to skip as many computation steps as possible by using caching.”
By enabling caching, your website’s data can be temporarily stored (cached) on your users’ computers and then served as static files when a user visits your website. This dramatically improves load times, as it means web page files can quickly be retrieved and served from the cache, instead of waiting for dynamic content to be fetched from the server.
It has been possible to set up caching with Drupal without installing any additional modules since the release of Drupal 7. However, Drupal 8 comes with caching enabled by default. Caching can be set up to store whole pages, and you can also take control over how long data is cached. By ensuring caching is implemented on your website, you’ll improve server load and ultimately page loading times across your site.
Using stunning images to help grab the attention of your audience, making your website unforgettable is definitely a way to go. Images can help your search rankings. However, images are often one of the biggest contributors to poor site performance.
No worries, there’s much you can do to optimize the images on your Drupal website:
Each Drupal module you’ve installed on your site can add to page size, and consequently affects your website’s performance. Therefore, any modules you aren’t using should be disabled and then uninstalled.
It’s equally important to keep Drupal core, and any installed modules, updated. You’ll find updates are released frequently, and will often include performance-related improvements, so make sure you always update the modules as soon as possible.
Using a content delivery network (CDN) is another strategy you can easily implement to help improve Drupal performance. A CDN is a network of proxy servers and data centers located in several geographical locations, often spread across the globe. Examples of effective CDNs include Cloudflare, KeyCDN, and Fastly.
If you choose to use a CDN, copies of your website’s files will be distributed to the data centers in the network. Then, when a user visits your site, they’ll be served files from the data center located closest to them. In theory, as your website’s files have less distance to travel, they’ll load more quickly than if they came directly from the origin server.
The main benefits of using a CDN include:
To understand how your Drupal website is performing, you need to use an online monitoring service to track your website. SolarWinds® Scopify® can give you detailed insight into your site’s uptime and page loading times, and specific issues slowing down your site.
By using the extensive monitoring and reporting tools Scopify provides, you’ll gain a clear picture of how your website is performing, and what aspects need improving. You can then begin to implement the top tips mentioned in this article to ensure your website is continuously functioning at its optimal capacity.
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