How to improve drupal’s performance through cloudways
How To Improve Performance
In the realm of web development and website
ownership, what do you think is the most
important factor in the success of your website?
Well, it is none other than the hosting provider
you choose. A good hosting provider not only
offers maximum uptime for your website but also
positively affect the page load times, which in
turn affects your website’s SEO. It is imperative
then that you choose the best possible hosting
provider for your Drupal website.
Even though Drupal in itself is quite well optimized, the
server it runs on matters a lot. Hosting your Drupal
website on a fast server ensures that your site doesn’t
crash when the traffic and resource requirements
move closer to the maximum.
But before we delve into that, let’s take a look at what
you, as a user can do to improve your Drupal website’s
performance and how Cloudways helps in
implementing the following measures:
Redis is a very well known open-source in-memory
database software. It is essentially used as a caching
system, and as such is most often referred to as Redis
cache. It is extremely fast and the very best at what it
does. The fact that Twitter uses it further consolidates
the reputation of the cache system.
Now, in any other hosting provider, you would typically
need to write a set of commands or perform a manual
installation of Redis on your server. This requires in-
depth technical know-how and the process often leads
Cloudways provides one-click installation of Redis on your server. In fact, the
process is over with a single click.
For more detailed instructions on how to get Redis running on a Drupal website
hosted at Cloudways, check out this blog post: Turbocharge Your Drupal Website
Memcache is another open-source caching software,
that when used alongside Redis, can significantly
improve the speed of your Drupal website.
In contrast to Redis, Memcache caches objects and
data in the RAM, thereby eliminating the need of
reading external sources multiple times.
Just like Redis, Cloudways offer one-click install option
for Memcache. This means that you do not have to
fiddle with CLI commands or setting up environment
variables. Cloudways does it all for you.
To check out the complete process of setting up Memcache on a Drupal website hosted
at Cloudways, see our blog post: How To Install Memcache On Your Drupal Site
So now, you’ve got two of the best caching systems (Redis
and Memcache) setup and running on your Drupal website
at Cloudways. What more can you do? Well, how about
installing an HTTP accelerator such as Varnish.
But why Varnish? Well, I’ll let this sentence(taken from the
Wikipedia) speak for itself: Varnish is used by high-profile,
high-traffic websites including Wikipedia, online newspaper
sites such as The New York Times, The Guardian, The
Hindu, Corriere della Sera, social media and content sites
such as Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, Vimeo, and Tumblr. In
2012, 5% of the top 10,000 sites in the web used the
• The good news is that Varnish comes pre-installed at all Cloudways servers. The
user only has to do is enable it by clicking on a toggle!
• Check out my post: How to install Varnish on a Drupal website at Cloudways for
the complete procedure.
This point doesn’t ‘directly’ impact the performance of
your Drupal website, but it does have an indirect effect
Let’s imagine a scenario, where you have a large
website with GBs of data and thousands of visitors.
Let’s say a visitor arrives at your website and wants to
access something that was posted some months ago.
Do you think he/she would be bothered to scour
through so much data to get to that one piece? Yup,
they wouldn’t. To mitigate this problem, the best
solution for you is to use Elasticsearch.
Elasticsearch is an open source search engine
based on Lucene. It provides extremely fast
search capabilities as well as auto-complete
searches. Setting it up manually is quite a
hassle. To solve this problem, check out this
detailed post: How To Install And Enable
Elasticsearch On Drupal website at Cloudways.
Cloudways aim to provide every possible way of
helping out their customers. The one-click installation
processes for popular cache technologies and the
search engine is just one aspect of ensuring that the
Drupal websites hosted on Cloudways Platform
continue to perform at the maximum.
If you ever get stuck anywhere, you can contact our
customer support which is available 24/7. If you want
to read more about how you can speed up your Drupal
site, see: 10 Tips To Speed Up Your Drupal Website.