How to Improve your Joomla Speed?

Speed of a website is a direct measure of its performance, though Joomla has a number of inbuilt functionalities to make a site perform faster, there are still a number of tweaks that one can do to improve the speed further. Listed here are some of the most effective yet simple methods that allow users to get the most of their Joomla page.

Always Keep Your Joomla Platform and Extension Updated

Though updates can interfere with your precious work time, they are the most important tweaks that any user can allow for their Joomla site. Updates fix errors, detect and resolve common crash scenarios, make the site more resistant to hacking and keep the overall performance higher. So don’t delay updates, though you might not evidence a monumental increase in performance after an update, the site is sure to perform better than its previous version.
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Extensions can have significant influence on the speed of Joomla, especially when the platform is running on outdated or incompatible extensions. Regularly check and update the performance of your extensions, by accessing them from the extensions manager. Since some of the extensions may not warn you when they become outdated, perform the check once a week to ensure the best speeds. Disable or delete any obsolete or malfunctioned extensions immediately to avoid trouble.

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Caching is Actually Good for Speed

To most, the term ‘cache’ only means wastage of hard disk space; but with Joomla, caching can actually be advantageous to the performance of the site. Caching does the neat job of storing essential page information such as the template file layout, database, components and modules within the page, plugin information and so on when the page is loaded for the first time.

So the next time the user tries to opens the same page, Joomla simply retrieves these cache files and loads the page instantly. So as you can see, without caching the browser has to start from scratch every time, which takes a significant amount of time. So utilize Joomla’s internal caching system to store the necessary information into plain HTML files.

The Joomla internal caching can be activated from the dashboard by accessing the global configuration panel through the system path

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In the global configurations panel click on the system tab and navigate to the Cache settings region which should be visible on the right side of the panel. The cache label will indicate that the caching is disabled by default; click on the drop down and select the conservative caching option. You might also find the progressive caching option, but for starters conservative should work just fine. Once the option is selected, click on the save button and enable the settings.

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The system cache in Joomla is also generated by means of the plugins within, so to enable complete caching you need to activate the system-cache plugin within Joomla as well. Navigate to the extensions manager tab in the navigation bar from the dashboard and click on plugin manager. Next locate the system-cache plugin from the list of plugins displayed; the easiest way to do this is by utilizing the search field.

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Once you have located the plugin, you should find the status to be disabled, enable it by simply clicking on the red ‘x’ mark. The icon will turn to green and you will find the plugin activated and a message indicating it displayed. Save the settings and exit the plugin manager.

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Compress Joomla Files for Better Load Speeds and Saving Space

Compressing is one of the best ways to send packets of data over the internet faster; and Joomla obeys the same rule too. So to make your websites load faster simply use the inbuilt Joomla compression feature and enjoy flawless performance. To enable the compression feature let us navigate back to our familiar Global configuration panel via the settings tab. In the global configuration settings you should be able to find the server tab on the top as shown below.

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Click on it, and the dialogue will open a plethora of options to tweak the server settings. Find the label ‘Gzip compression’ and check its status, if it is disabled simply enable it by clicking ‘yes’. Now, save the settings and you’re all done compressing your page.

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Simple Optimization Rules to Add to Htaccess Files to Improve Speed

The .htaccess file can alter the way in which the webserver will handle your Joomla site files. There are a number of rules that can be added to improve the performance, but the top picks would be the ETag, which reminds the browser to retrieve a downloaded image from the local server cache than to download it all over again; the Expire Headers rule, that sets different expiration time for different file types, and finally the DEFLATE rule that simply removes the empty spaces, breaks, lines, etc. for a more compressed file size.

Optimize Image Size for Faster Performance

This one is quite basic, and most would have already tried their hand at increasing the speed by reducing the image sizes. But here are a few things to keep in mind and some you may have not yet tried

  • Never try to scale images using HTML and use an offline professional editor to the do the job; else your pictures will always end up pixelated.
  • Try to upload web friendly image formats like .png that strike the perfect balance between quality and performance.
  • Allow no more than a couple of images on a single page, if there is an absolute necessity, create a slideshow by splitting the article. This technique can significantly boost performance.

Let the extensions do the rest of the job for you

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