Tips for Optimizing Magento for Your VPS

Magento is widely used for e-commerce websites around the world. It’s a flexible, secure open-source platform that offers some of the best features, support, and security. It offers great stability, reliability and speed, thanks to high-end caching technologies and other database optimization techniques. But some additional things can be done to achieve even better performance, especially if the software is run on VPS, Windows- or Linux-based.

Tweak Magento

A significant boost can be provided just by changing some of the settings in the program itself. Before doing any of this, it is recommended to create a database backup before implementing any of the new changes. Users should:

  • Enable caching. The first optimization step is to enable all the available caches that can be found in the Admin Panel. Log in to the Magento administrator interface and find the “Cache Storage Management” panel. It shows the current status of the cache. Select all of it and choose “Enable” from the dropdown action menu.
  • Disable unrequired modules. Switching off any not required modules leads to fewer resources being used. Thus, Magento runs faster on VPS; Windows and Linux OS based servers perform better. They can be disabled from the Admin Panel, or by editing XML-files in app/etc/modules. Check which ones perform tasks that are done using external programs.
  • Use the compiler module. It sets a limit to the number of directories that PHP has to search through when looking for PHP-files. The restriction decreases the PHP execution-time and speeds up the Magento application. It should be noted that whenever any change or upgrade is done to the system, the compiler should be temporarily disabled to avoid software issues.
  • Enable flat catalog. Magento uses the Entity – attribute – value (EAV) model to store product and customer data. While this makes the data incredibly extensible, it results in more reads and longer SQL queries. By turning on this feature, the flat catalog merges product data from categories and products into one table. Consequently, it improves the performance of Magento and VPS (Windows/Linux-based services). This is especially beneficial for e-commerce stores with over 1000 products.

These adjustments to the software itself result in noticeably better server and website loading times and lower consumption of resources that can be utilized for other important tasks.

Additional adjustments

Besides tweaking the settings in the Magento program, other things can also be done for better optimization. Users can further modify:

  • MySQL. This is a popular open-source relational database management system, widely used for web applications. To achieve better speed, the Query Cache should be enabled. Whenever a Magento page is loaded, database queries are made. Each one is parsed and then executed. Then data is retrieved from the storage media, sorted, manipulated, and returned to the client. This slows down the overall performance of the website and VPS (Windows and Linux) systems. When enabled, the configuration parameter called “query_cache_size” tells the MySQL server to store query results in memory, which is faster than retrieving it from disk.
  • Caching. This is a collection of methods that speed up the loading time. To improve Magento in different areas, users should consider cache backends, session stores, Opcode caching, reverse proxies, and CDN. These can help minimize latency, server overhead, lighten the load on the system, and ensure high availability of the sites.

Making these additional adjustments increases the overall performance of Magento and the pages that run on this platform.

The optimization of these settings and programs results in better software and VPS (Windows/Linux) server runtime. It also means faster website loading times, which is crucial for every business. Studies show that about 40% of visitors abandon a site that takes longer than 3 seconds to load and this rate increases which each passing moment. So, ensuring great performance is useful for achieving success.

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