“Magento is so slow” is one of the complaints I often hear about this online store web application (the other complaint is “Magento is too complex!”).
Here are some tips to really speed up Magento and make it fast.
#1: Enable Caching
Since Magento 1.4, Caching is enabled by default. So just don’t turn it off, unless really necessary, i.e. for development purposes.
#2: Use a PHP Accelerator such as APC
If you use Ubuntu, installing APC is very simple:
sudo aptitude install php5-apc
It will be enable automatically.
For Magento installation in your web hosting, make sure to enable APC in php.ini configuration file by adding:
extension = apc.so
#3: Enable Magento Compiler
Magento 1.4 and newer comes with Magento Compiler by default. But many people are not aware of this feature, and that it’s extremely powerful.
To use it:
1. Make sure you have about 100 MB additional space
2. Go to Tools -> Compilation
3. Click “Run Compilation Process”
Make sure Compiler status is “Enabled”.
If not “Enabled” make enabled using following command:
php compiler.php compile
Now you should notice huge difference in speed of your Magento Commerce installation! 🙂