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7 Ways To Make Your Drupal Website Faster

7 Ways To Make Your Drupal Website Faster

Drupal websites can be beneficial if a little care and attention are given to its performance. Here are some ways by which you can speed up your page loads.



1. Optimize images, CSS and Javascript files:

On an average, images take 56% weight of a web page. Optimising these images will automatically increase speed. The Advanced CSS/JS module aggregates and compresses CSS and Javascript files to make your website run faster.

Drupal 8 Core has the ability to resize images and aid the right image for any situation. Reducing the image size will help in reducing the bandwidth required to load a particular web page. Don’t use huge graphics.


2. Latest Version:

Use the latest version to increase the performance. Drupal webmasters update the Drupal versions; they keep removing bugs which in return help in improving your site performance.

Make sure that the core, the modules, and the themes are always updated.


3. Disable Unnecessary Modules:

Like plugins and CMS platform, each module in Drupal has an overhead attached. So we suggest that do not run more than 50 modules. Below are few modules that you can disable if you think that you don’t need it on your website.

  • Dashboard
  • Blog and Forum
  • Field, Rules and Views UI
  • Update Manager
  • Help and Shortcut
  • Database Logging
  • Color and Toolbar
  • Module Filter
  • Tracker and Statistics
  • Devel and Devel node access


4. Error 404:

We all hate the idea of breaking something on our website and making it exceptionally slow. A failed image can also cause harm the performance of the system. Always handle the errors as it will improve the site’s ability to function.

To fix 404 errors, you can occasionally run your website through an external service like ‘Online Broken Link Checker’ or ‘Screaming Frog’. Before you run make sure that you don’t waste your server’s resources.


5. Opt for fast Web Hosting:

Choose a reliable and speedy web hosting it is one of the most important decisions you will take when you want to increase the performance your Drupal website. Do not for a cheap shared hosting as they are always overcrowded with their servers hence you will end up sharing your resources with other hundreds of people.

You can go with VPS like Digital Ocean, Linode or Vultr. These VPS will help you in taking complete control of your resources.


6. Choose Lazy Loading:

Lazy loading images are an easy way to affectedly increase your page load times by making sure that image will only load when it is visible to the end user. Currently the “Image Lazyloader” is the most popular Drupal module with over 18,000 downloads. We suggest you to use “Image Resize Filter” module to scale down the images when you upload them and you don’t have to rely on CSS to scale them down.

It can also be used in a mobile environment. Since improving mobile speed is the crucial part of performance so Module such as Blazy will make it little easier in your Drupal 8 website.


7. Use Caching Module:

Caching is the brilliant way to save speed on a website. This is done when someone visits the website. The drawback is when people empty their own cache on the computer and some people do this on a regular basis.

Drupal 8 has a built-in method to enable cache without installing additional modules. Still some extensions have a better control and versatility than the included methods. There are number of caching modules that make Drupal scales such as Page Caching, Views Caching, Panel Caching, PHP Caching, and Brower Caching,

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