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Honestly, can Magento be fast? 
 
ski3r
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Honestly, can Magento be fast?
When people complain about Magentos speed the answer is always: Get a good dedicated server. Well, ok I can do that!
But I would like to see some examples of Magento running on a good server first. I’ve been looking at the showcases and most of the sites are incredible slow. I mean REALLY slow, so slow they are useless.
I’m starting to think it’s impossible to make Magento fast even if you get a good dedicated server, can someone please show me wrong?

 
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jchelf
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here is a site i did www.fierceshades.com it is on a low end vps and loads faster than most peoples.  if it was on a nice dedicated server it would be blazing.

 
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please check link below.

http://magentosnippet.blogspot.com/2011/06/speedup-your-magento-site.html

 
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Please check the link below i checked it on magento version 1.5 and its working

http://magentosnippet.blogspot.com/2011/06/speedup-your-magento-site.html

 
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jellybabys
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I think magento 1.5.1 out of the box with the fooman speedster module and a few tweeks to the htaccess page works well.

Sorry but I think www.fierceshades.com is slow, I am not trying to be rude but it is just not that fast for me and when I checked YSlow they agree with me, not sure if that was the best example smile.

I am in the middle of designing a new website and like I said in the beginning we have done nothing to improve the speed other than what I said above, its on a shared server with simple helix and IMHO the site is pretty dam fast. after the first load most pages load under 1.5s and the home pages loads for me under 1s, that’s not saying that it would not take long else where in the world.

www.silver-jewellery-shop.com

Yslow reports that the home page is rated A with an overall performance of 94, category is grade A with overall 93 and product page is grade A with 92 overall, so for a site out of the box with just the foomans speedster its not to shabby.

I know the site does not have many products but can not see why its would slow down that much once we start adding them.

I have been using magento for a couple of yrs and I agree that in the beginning it was painfully slow, but with every upgrade its getting quicker and quicker, and I have tested a few other ecommerce software and there is little between them today.

Hope that helps..

 
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inwebservices
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You can look at http://www.quintfashion.com/ and http://www.quintfashiondirect.com.  Quintessential Fashion has only file level caching at present due to an in-progress functionality upgrade with 20,000 products, Fashion Direct is memcached with read and write database and php compiling, currently with 65,000 products.

Magento can be slow especially if you have many products and/or multiple stores due to the explosion in the database records, you can use extensions however we prefer to go with the tried and tested solutions such as apc, memcache for stability reasons.

 
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Yes, Magento can be very fast. The best way to make it fast is to use a full page caching solution. In addition, another component to speed is how long the site takes to download and render. For that you will need Site Optimizer

Other things you can do is use nginx, use the magento compilation feature, use memcache for your sessions and cache, and use good hardware

 
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Amasty
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Hello!

Speeding up Magento is complicated task that consists of different stages. One of them is caching. Magento has a caching system out of the box but it’s not ideal. You can check out Full Page Cache extension that will let you speed up your Magento using cache to the full.

 
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Except FPC hides the problem - Google and visitors who checkout bypass the FPC so you will end up with lowered ranking and less conversion, after all, high ranking and actual sales are the key criteria.

Magento CE is designed for stores with revenue in $100s thousands/yr, so hosting needs to at a minimum be $50/mth on specialist architecture, realistically you are looking at low $100s, otherwise you will hit a wall unless you have the most basic low volume product site. Add multiple stores, tier pricing, 10s-100s thousands products, 100s-1,000s categories and it all grinds to a halt rapidly - then try saving products or moving the categories - everything stops.

We just put a company on to some third party specialist hosting which produces 500ms product page loads without fpc, so all content is dynamic, visitor checkouts are lightning fast, and Google - we had to add a crawl delay to slow them down. This was on a 30,000 product site. You also have hole punching and stale content issues with FPC, the target is sub 3s and ideally 1-2s dynamic (non fpc) page loads.

Then you need to take in to account your hosting company, the lower down you go the more manual ranking effort, from 2-5x to 5-10x more than a tier 1 provider. Too many other factors come in to play such as number of stores, number of products, number of categories, your revenue (hosting should be 0.5-1% of revenue) - medium to long term fpc is like looking though rose tinted glasses - it will not help you.

 
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