- Performance and Scalability

Presented by

Jonathan Anthony, former CTO of Bounty, will be presenting the adoption of Drupal for, which is the second biggest Drupal Web site in the UK.
He will be addressing the issues around performance and scalability.

Intended audience

Aimed at business owners and technical web architects alike, this session is a must for anyone who cares about user experience and the speed of their site. The session will guide you through best practices, and a look at what not to do and why. Although this is a technical session, no technical knowledge will be assumed and notes on modules and technologies will be available online afterwards.

Questions answered by this session

User experience is a pivotal factor in the success of a website site, and page load time is critical to user experience. Have you considered the difference between a first time visitor’s experience and that of a returning visitor? Your page views per visit will almost certainly be tied to your page speed. If that is not encouragement enough, Google is measuring your average pageload times as reported back by sampled user data from browsers out in the wild (data available in their SEO tool – “Webmaster Tools”), with the stated intent that faster page load times also equate to higher search listings. There is no single caching and optimisation architecture that is right for every site. This presentation will cover architectural and coding choices available to dramatically improve the performance of your site, and a run through of decisions that should be made at the beginning of a project if you are to realise the best from your architecture. In detail it will cover, · Hardware layer · Database layer · Webserver · Load balancing · Content Delivery Networks · Caching (opcode, query, views, block and pages) · Modules for speed · Scalable Personalisation · Core optimisations (Pressflow / D7) · Reverse proxies (project Mercury and Varnish) · Optimised Cloud hosts (the Acquia hosting stack) · Testing and deployment In particular we will look at how the architecture scales when your site grows into 7 or 8 figures and higher for members and monthly page views . The good news is that Drupal has a wonderfully rich architecture for enabling very fast page load times, especially if you make the appropriate choices early on in your planning.

Comments (9)

Hello all, by request some of

Hello all,

by request some of my favorite modules and tips

Block cache alter
js min
css zip
Cacherouter for d6
DB Maintennance
Devel (for slow queries)
Throttle (last resort)
Pressflow Core replacement
Move apache .htaccess rule to http.conf

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Thanks Jon!!


very nice

I've attended this session. It was very nice. Where can we find the slides?

presentation slide

This talk was amazing! Congrats Jon!

Does anyone know where I can find this session slides?


Just being curious that, is

Just being curious that, is built by Drupal?

It looks not very "Drupalised", also I can see some asp page across the site.

Hi gilzero, a couple of

Hi gilzero, a couple of legacy sections are still in asp, but the main site and all new content is in Drupal

Great session Jonathan, just

Great session Jonathan, just what I was looking for as performance and scalability are key issues and something that I'm needing to address on a more frequent basis :o)

Working experience

I have worked with Jon on several projects now and I could tell that he has a really unique point of view when it comes to the webdeveloping. His experience and working style are awsome. I am unhappy that I cannot be at the presentation.

This one will be interesting!

Jon worked with us at on tweaking and optimizing our drupal install. I can only tell amazing things about him and I can't wait for this session to happen. This will deffinitly be an interesting one. I'm attending :)

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