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Posted by Wim Leers on Aug 04, 2015
In 2013, I wrote a post titled The real challenge: making the entire web fast. I wrote that the internet should be developed to be fast for everyone, not just the top 1000 sites. By this I meant that content producers on shared hosting should be able to deliver a fast and usable site. This in turn...
Posted by Erik Webb on Aug 04, 2015
You wouldn’t believe how many load tests fail to look beyond the home page. Seriously, many load tests focus on the home page and a few popular landing pages, neglecting to check most, or if not all, of the pages. No, it’s not enough to replicate the visits of several thousand users in an hour for...
Posted by Ask Acquia on Aug 04, 2015
When you're managing your website, keeping track of all of the updates that you may need to maintain security can feel like trying to balance on a beachball.   Never fear! We're here to catch you! (Or at least to help you not get sand in your eyes.)   Here are some common questions you may have...
Posted by Erik Webb on Jul 29, 2015
You’d hate to have your business struggle for critical resources such as skilled employees, Internet bandwidth, or even capital. The same is undoubtedly true for website performance.   For developers, “contention” refers to when many website visitors are simultaneously competing for your...
Posted by Ask Acquia on Jul 27, 2015
Q. Why is Varnish recommended so often for Drupal websites? In a word – scalability. For each end user accessing the backend of your Drupal site, queries are made between the site and the site’s database, active cache, spam filter, and update service. A web page is then built dynamically and...
Posted by Erik Webb on Jul 22, 2015
Yes, Web development can get so intense sometimes that you don’t know if you’re up, down or even sideways. But seriously, going both vertical and horizontal is advisable if you want to achieve optimal site performance. In this blog, the second in a series about load testing, we’ll take a look at...
Posted by Erik Webb on Jul 22, 2015
When Drupal comes out of the box, it's configured for ease of development – not performance. But making the application production-ready should indeed start with checking settings on the Performance page. The settings here let you control caching behavior and optimize bandwidth. If anything, it’s a...
Posted by Erik Webb on Jul 20, 2015
It’s helpful to know the limitations of any tool you use: to recognize where it will bend and when it could possibly break. The same is true for your Web content management system. Why learn only after the fact that your system will sputter if, say, 500 visitors submitted a site query at the same...
Posted by Erik Webb on Jul 17, 2015
You don't need to rely only on performance-related modules within Drupal. Third-party products can also optimize the performance of Drupal applications. These offerings find performance issues that start outside of Drupal. As part of a series that reviews ways to improve Drupal website performance...
Posted by Taryn Collins on Jul 17, 2015
For those not deep in the trenches of the Drupal world, it can be hard to understand what a Drupalist does. Do all Drupalists do the same thing? Share the same skill set? Offer the same set of capabilities? The answer to each of these questions is definitively no, and here’s why. Drupalists – must...