Content Management System Comparison: Performance Optimization

Filed in Cloud Industry Insights by Ashleigh Davis | January 20, 2011 12:18 pm

In the age of “on demand” access, nothing is more frustrating than a slow page load time. Your customers agree. In fact, 57% of online consumers will abandon a site after waiting three seconds for a page to load (source: Joshua Bixby[1]). This may seem impatient, but the reality is poor performance directly translates into lost sales.

Content Management Systems (CMS) are widely used for web development. While these platforms offer dynamic functionality, the systems are robust and clunky, and often reduce page speed to a turtle’s pace. Fortunately, there are solutions for optimizing the performance of your CMS website.

The following are a handful of optimization solutions, for three of the most popular CMS platforms.

WordPress

This platform [2]has users of all technical levels. The following are simple solutions that nearly anyone can perform to increase the speed of a WordPress website.

Joomla

Many Joomla users are more advanced than those using WordPress. Accordingly, the following performance optimization solutions are more technical in nature.

Drupal

Both Drupal and Joomla are much more robust CMS platforms. While this increases the flexibility for development, the correlation is a larger, bulkier system (yes, this does often mean a decrease in performance). The following plugins offered by the Drupal community are great steps to achieving optimization, but installation will require advanced technical knowledge.

At a certain point, your website may become so large that no amount of optimization can successfully handle the concurrent requests. In these instances, offloading may become the best means of optimization. By delivering resource heavy content (photos, video) via multiple servers, such as a Content Delivery Network like Akamai[7], will make your pages load more quickly form the user’s perspective.

Good luck, and enjoy the improved performance of your website.

Endnotes:
  1. Joshua Bixby: http://www.webperformancetoday.com/2010/06/15/everything-you-wanted-to-know-about-web-performance/
  2. platform : http://www.rackspace.com/cloud/sites/web-hosting/wordpress/
  3. HeadCleaner: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/head-cleaner/
  4. Query Cache: http://extensions.joomla.org/extensions/site-management/cache/3180
  5. Boost: http://drupal.org/project/boost
  6. DB Maintenance Module: http://drupal.org/project/db_maintenance
  7. Akamai: http://www.akamai.com

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