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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 Web sites? 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...
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...
Posted by Matthew Grasmick on Jul 17, 2015
There are plenty of tools that can improve your efficiency, but they can become burdens rather than real helpers. That’s because they don’t talk to each other, and so you’re forced to do a lot of manual work -- you’re the hub that connects all the spokes. It needn’t be that way. You can become far...
Posted by John Kennedy on Jul 14, 2015
This is a part of our Drupal 8 Ready series of blog posts. Read what Dries has to say on buytaert.net. This post will be focused on our push toward Drupal 8 for Drupalists. If you have been wondering when the right time is to start new projects with Drupal 8, you are not alone. We are approached...
Posted by Ask Acquia on Jul 14, 2015
Q. I’m new to Drupal and want to know if I need to learn Composer. Is it worth the time investment to learn? A. The Drupal Association thinks Composer is a solid choice and one that complements the functionality built into their product. In fact, they’ve found Composer to be so useful that they’ve...