Website speed and performance is one of the most crucial factors that determine whether an online store is successful or not. This is why store owners usually opt for hosting that is not only affordable but provides a robust environment where their online stores thrive under superior performance.
Cloudways Magento hosting is renowned for providing speedy website performance, thanks to its mighty ThunderStack recipe. However, in some cases, Magento 1.x performance was not satisfactory, and our cloud experts were not going to take this challenge lightly.
Over the past few months, our team conducted many experiments and we finally ‘cracked the code.’
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The 2-second loading time has become more or less an industry standard. In order to achieve this, we earlier used Turpentine extension with Varnish. However, stores come in different shapes and sizes. The Turpentine-Varnish combination sometimes failed and gave way to the erratic user experience.
To fix this lingering issue, we have partnered with Amasty to provide a free Full Page Cache extension for all Magento stores deployed on Cloudways Magento Hosting Platform. This partnership now provides one of the world’s fastest Magento 1.x hosting stacks.
To substantiate these claims, we ran tests on a various closed environment. The results have been encouraging, if not mindblowing.
Here’s a look at the results of our tests:
The Average Response Time for the store above was 6.37 seconds.
After the extension was put to the test, the result was dramatic:
The Average Response Time dropped to 1.07 seconds, which demonstrates the power of Full Page Cache on websites hosted on Cloudways platform.
Similarly, we tested websites of different sizes, and all of them showed drastic improvements in page load times and server load. Here’s another case where the extension improved the response time by almost 500%.
Without the extension, the page load was around 6.44 seconds.
The drop in Average Response Time to 1.57 seconds means that your customers no longer have to wait an eternity to browse through your web store. Most modern customers are accustomed to fast load times and hardly return to an online store that takes a long time to load.
Although each website may not benefit from such improvements, it does mean that your online store hosted on Cloudways will perform substantially better.
In this case, the load was around 1.81 sec.
With the extension working at its best, there is still an improvement of 175% as the load time cuts down to 1.03 seconds. This is still 50% better than the industry’s popular rule of 2-second-long load time.
How to get the Magento Full Page Cache extension?
Magento Full Page Cache has rolled out across the platform for all new installation on new and existing servers.
This means if you have a Magento store before June 1, this extension is not available automatically in your store. Therefore, you should contact our Support Team to get it running.
We have created a knowledge base entry where we have explained everything regarding the Magento Full Page Cache extension.
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Fayyaz, a passionate Motorbike tourist, works as a Team Lead — Magento Community at Cloudways - A Managed Magento Hosting Platform. His objective is to learn & share about PHP & Magento Development in Community. You can contact him at [email protected]