Magento is a popular and feature rich eCommerce platform that gives merchants full control over the look, content, and functionality of their online presence in an intuitive and easy to use format. While there are many benefits to using Magento, the primary handicap is that an out-of-the-box Magento installation can be very resource-intensive.
The main goal of this white paper is to ensure that you have the software infrastructure and configuration needed to provide the optimal Magento online experience for your customers. To this end, we will show the benchmark results of a basic configuration and then demonstrate how various progressive improvements can dramatically increase performance.
While there are a multitude of ways to tweak and speed up Magento stores, we have limited the scope of this paper to cover four key areas: Magento’s internal cache and session storage, the backend database, HTTP requests and PHP processing, and fullpage caching. Our final test utilizes the Nginx web server, Percona database server, APC opcode caching, PHP’s FastCGI Process Manager (PHPfpm), and the Varnish web accelerator in a loadbalanced configuration to achieve approximately 634.75 sustained transactions per second.
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The big question on business owners minds is: How can I host my website in the simplest way possible?
For someone who is new to web hosting, cloud servers may seem confusing since they are based on the most cutting edge technology. The way Simple Helix constructed the Cloud Hosting platform, cloud servers are actually the easiest way to start hosting a website and get a business off the ground. This is because we have the ability to monitor these servers not just for availability but we can view each server’s history of performance in each resource category to accurately determine what recommendations to make to you to scale your server with your site’s growth. The bottom line of this advantage means if you ever have questions about what to do to increase the capacity of your site you can pick up the phone and call us for accurate recommendations on what resources need to be tweaked to allow maximum traffic to your site. (more…)