Speeding up Drupal sites

By Christophe Dujarric, on Jan 14, 2016

François Martin co-founded Kiliweb, a French Drupal web agency, about 6 years ago.

They strive to deliver quick web apps, and when they started to use Blackfire.io, they found in a few hours some simple ways to improve drastically some of their apps.

François wrote an article in the context of the #FireUpMyMac contest, telling 3 different case studies on 3 different websites:

  • They halved an e-comerce site’s homepage load time with 3 simple optimizations
  • They improved a non-profit website’s homepage by 85% by easily spotting a heavy SQL query
  • They improved a community website’s user profile page by 20% by finding a better way to cache data

François’ final thought?

With Blackfire, it becomes super easy to discover commons mistakes : slow Drupal modules, slow SQL Queries, slow templates, external API calls, or simply to decide what needs to be cached.

The initial setup is much simpler than other profilers like XHProf or XDebug, and the free version is enough for most cases.

Read the full article here.

Happy profiling!

Christophe Dujarric

Christophe is the Product guy at Blackfire/SensioLabs. He has been working in several start-up companies, helping them to make and sell products out of technologies. He’s involved in every step of the product’s lifecycle, from strategy to design and sales, and loves to coach on product management methods.