7 Ways to Optimize Your Magento Store

by Cloudways  March 15, 2013

If your ecommerce store is powered by Magento, these 7 tactics can help you optimize performance, especially for large scale deployments. So lets get right down to business and address the issues that are slowing down your Magento Store.

Magento Store Optimization

 

TACTIC #1BE REALISTIC ABOUT YOUR HOSTING

Having a fast website trumps a slower one, any day. Search Engines also rank websites according to load time. Not to mention enjoying increased user engagements and conversions that are a natural result of faster web sites. You need to first address your website hosting. Your Magento site is bound to run slow if you put it in shared hosting in the midst of 500 other sites. Magento is a powerful eCommerce platform. To complement that power, look into dedicated hosting, or even better( and give yourselves a pat at the back for this one) Cloud hosting solutions for your website.

Magento Cloud Hosting

TACTIC #2: ENABLE MAGENTO CACHING

Enabling Magento caching system can be the basic, and foremost, the simplest way in which you can optimize the performance of your Magento site. As Magento caching is, by default, disabled, once enabled,your website will start serving pages to your website visitors faster. Setting you Magento caching easy. Simply go to your Magento Admin Panel, and in the System Menu, enable cache management.

TACTIC #3: INTEGRATE FOOMAN SPEEDSTER

Fooman Speedster is a very useful module for Magento that dramatically decreases your site’s load time. This module works by compressing and combining your JavaScript/CSS files. Furthermore, it also enables Gzip compression for all pages in your website.

TACTIC #4: REMOVE UNUSED CODE FROM HOME PAGE

You can easily remove unused code from your website’s homepages. To do this, follow the steps outlined below:

  1. Go to Magento CMS Menu
  2. Look for the Pages Menu
  3. Go to the Home Page Tab
  4. Remove any unused code from the layout Update XML box

Once done, reload your website and see the difference in page load

TACTIC #5: ENABLE KEEPALIVE

Enabling KeepAlive allows the connection between a client and server to remain open. This also decreases your site loading time by allowing multiple requests to be served on the same connection. This method is quite useful for websites with many pages and that include lots of images. It works by opening multiple connections that make downloading content faster

TACTIC #6: MINIMIZE HTTP REQUESTS

Having too many HTTP requests to open a single web page makes your site slower to load. By reducing the number of HTTP requests, you can significantly increase your website’s load performance.

TACTIC #7: USE A CONTENT DELIVERY NETWORK (CDN)

Content delivery networks or CDNs are gaining popularity as they help reduce the stress of serving static files to your website visitors. They are cost effective and significantly improve the performance of your website especially to visitors that come to your website from different parts of the world. Cloudways offer highly secure, scalable and reliable CDN services.

SOME ASSESSMENT AND MONITORING TOOLS FOR MAGENTO WEBSITES

There are varied assessment tools that measure the performance of your Magento Site. Here are a few we think you will find useful.

  • You can test your Magento site through Magento Speed Test.
  • Monitor.us and Pingdom can also provide an added help.
  • Or , you can also implement Google speed measurement from analytics

Additionally, YSlow integrated into Firebug, can also test your site and report back to you any performance-related issues regarding individual web pages on your website.

BONUS TOOLS

A few tools ideal for backend performance increase in Magento:

  • K-meleon is an advance tool especially for Windows users. It manages the heavy JavasScript backend of Magento, making all backend resources load quickly.
  • The GoogleGears extension from Yireo.com is also a great tool that caches your static files locally.

Here we are then. We hope that you are finally on top of everything regarding Magento website performance, and we look forward to hearing your ideas and /or stories on what method best worked in your situation.

However, please remember that website speed performance depends on many factors that take into account unique variables. These tips may or may not help in your situation. Furthermore, you have access to the awesome Magento Community and the Cloudways Support Team, where experts of all levels are always more than willing to help. All you have to do is reach out!


 

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