Does views heavly affect performance on Drupal?
Posted on 2011-02-11
I am inmersed in a discussion to decide whether to use Views on a Drupal site or not, since Views is one of the most used modules I am biased to use it, however I have inherited a Drupal site where the former developers avoid using views and craft their "own optimized queries" arguing that Views hits performance a lot. While I might agree with the statement that a optimized query is better than a View I feel that there are other ways to scale a site using without loosing Views functionality.
What I would like to know from you guys is your opinion about how hard is performance affected by Views and the possible solutions, techniques, tutorials.
Please tell me if you consider to avoid Views as a reasonable option?