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website on drupal CMS pages loading takes time

Posted on 2013-02-06
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Dear Experts:

We have revamped our website the new website is running on Drupal CMS . server have been properly sized with 4GB RAM and hosted on clould server redhat enterprise linux with rackspace service provider.

website contains apporximately 60 pages and few pages are with full image even though the image is optimized still we find the website loading very much slowly.

ofcousre for the first time user image goes frame by frame.

Please suggest us how to resolve this. Thanks in advance.
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A large image (or images) are going to take a long time; however, if you mean the actual page response time from the server then read below.

Do you have all of the caching and performance settings on? I'd definitely start there.

If you have the ability to install APC and/or memcached on your Rackspace machine, then I highly recommend it. It will speed up things as visitors to the site fill the cache. Please note that both of these have a server-level component as well as the module. You have a good amount of RAM so the trade-off of RAM for speed is worth it, in my opinion. You can make the site hundreds or thousands of times faster.

http://drupal.org/project/apc
http://drupal.org/project/memcache

You could also use Boost to statically create the pages, and update the static files only upon a change to the content of your site:

http://drupal.org/project/boost

If you wanted to go top-of-the-line then you can install Varnish cache in front of it. Varnish is the Ferrari of reverse proxies...it's really, really fast.

On the low-end, simple side, you could also consider using a CDN for your images. If you don't want to do that then there is a little trick I learned a while back, which is to create a subdomain alias of your site (pointing to the same drupal install). Your connection limit will double because you will be using two hostnames instead of one.

If it is possible to include a URL to look at, that would be helpful. A lot of the performance issues have symptoms, and it might be an easy way to give it a little guidance in the right direction instead of blasting the install with all kinds of performance enhancers.

Cheers,

Mike
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