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Posted by Erik Webb on Aug 14, 2015
Timing is everything, as they say, and that’s especially true when trying to optimize website performance. Last time out in this series on load testing, I offered ways to prepare for site visitors of all stripes. This time, let’s flip to the other side: back-end operations. Surely, how you maintain...
Posted by Kent Gale on Aug 11, 2015
If you and your team want to learn the ins and outs of Drupal 8, try to maintain a thoughtful balance between training and the ordinary workflow. You don’t want people rushing through training, just as you also don’t want to devote too many hours to instruction. We here at Acquia faced the same...
Posted by Erik Webb on Aug 11, 2015
Most of the people who visit your home are invited guests. You know which foods they like and probably don’t have to tidy too much if they’re relatives or close friends. Basically, you know how they’ll behave and can plan accordingly. If a website is like a home, then you really don’t know what to...
Posted by Kent Gale on Aug 09, 2015
It’s finally here. No, not the new Star Wars movie. Last month, after much anticipation, Drupal 8 made its debut on the Acquia platform. Drupal 8 offers more than 200 new capabilities for customers of the open source platform. We here at Acquia expect that on our platform, Drupal 8 will further...
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 Acquia Dev on Aug 03, 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 Acquia Dev 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...