I went to start work on my first Magento site last night. I installed Magento on my local Windows XP machine for development but the front and backend were both extremely slow (often 10 seconds to load admin pages). This is an empty site with only 1 connected user.
I had MySQL administrator open and there didn’t seem to be crazy number of queries or too much memory usage. I increased the memory available to MySQL anyway, but it made no difference.
So this morning I installed Magento to my shared linux hosting account and the performance was much better. Not super-fast, but definitely usable where the local install is really not usable.
I haven’t installed APC on my local machine yet, but really, I didn’t think it’d be necessary for an empty site on what is essentially a dedicated server with 1 user.
Any ideas on why the performance is so bad on my local machine?
I’m using Apache 2.2, PHP 5.2.5 and MySQL 5.0.51 on an AMD AthlonX2 4400, 2GB RAM