Great Tips & Tricks to Speed Up Magento 2 Store Performance

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Thursday, 29 December 2016 17:50

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Speeding up your website is an essential factor to the success of your online store. By default, Magento 2 includes several performance-related settings that you can use to improve your store's speed and responsiveness. Besides, there are many other ways to decrease Magento 2 pages load time.

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Today, I'm going to sharing 9 easy tips and tricks you can do to speed up your site Magento 2 store.

1. Server Requirements

Server is a key factor affecting your site performance and loading speed.

  • Use the dedicated server or VPS, should not choose shared hosting option. We suggest some best hosting providers: A2hostingSiteground, or Nexcess. You can check the effective tips for choosing a good Magento 2 hosting here.
  • Check the following System Requirements for Magento 2:
Operating systems Linux x86-64. Linux distributions such as RedHat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), CentOS, Ubuntu, Debian, etc
Composer Latest stable version. Composer is required for developers who want to contribute to the Magento 2 codebase or anyone who wishes to develop Magento extensions.
Web servers Apache 2.2 or 2.4. In addition, the apache mod_rewrite module must be enabled. mod_rewrite allows the server to perform URL rewriting. For more information, see our Apache documentation. NGINX 1.8 (or latest mainline version).
Database MySQL 5.6 (Oracle or Percona)
PHP 5.6.x
5.5.x, where x is 22 or greater
7.0.2 (supported by Magento version 2.0.1 and later only)
Required PHP extensions: bc-math
curl
gd, ImageMagick 6.3.7 (or later) or both
intl
mbstring
mcrypt
mhash
openssl
PDO/MySQL
SimpleXML
soap
xml
xsl
zip
PHP 7 only: json
PHP OPcache PHP OPcache is strongly recommended to be enabled for performance reasons. The OPcache is enabled in many PHP distributions. To verify if it is installed, see our PHP documentation for CentOS or Ubuntu.If you must install it separately, see the PHP OPcache documentation.
PHP settings Particular PHP configuration settings, such as memory_limit, that can avoid common problems when using Magento are recommended.
SSL A valid security certificate is required for HTTPS.
Self-signed SSL certificates are not supported.
PayPal: You must use libcurl version 7.34 or later for Transport Layer Security (TLS) version 1.2 support required by PayPal.
Mail server Mail Transfer Agent (MTA) or an SMTP server
Magento can utilize the following technologies: Redis version 3.0 for page caching
Varnish version 3.5 or latest stable 4.x version for page caching
memcached latest stable version for session storage with either memcache or memcached PHP extensions (latest stable version)
Magento Enterprise Edition (EE) only:
Apache Solr 4.x
RabbitMQ 3.5;
Three master databases.
Optional but recommended: php_xdebug2.2.0 or later (development environments only; can have an adverse effect on performance);
PHPUnit (as a command-line tool) 4.1 or later

2. Images Optimization

Images are an important part of every eCommerce website, optimize your images is also optimize the loading speed. Several tips that you should follow when using images in your pages:

  • Don't use HTML to scale the large photos - it takes the browser time to scale the images and they will look worse than the original.
  • Always optimize your images. You can use Adobe Photoshop or Smush It to reduce the size of your images without lowering image quality.
  • Don't insert too many images to a single article. Try splitting it into pages in case you have many photos. 

3. Enable Flat Category and Product

You can shorten the reading speed of the database by enabling the Flat Categories and Product. It will help minify the number of database being joined when showing products, this action is extremely useful to the large store with hundreds of products. In additional, it will improve performance of the MySQL query

Go to backend, STORES >> Configuration >> CATALOG >> Catalog >> Use Flat Catalog Category and Use Flat Catalog Product >> select "Yes"

Enabling Flat categories in Magento 2

4. Merge CSS and JS Files

The large CSS and JS files can impact on your website loading speed. Fortunately, Magento developers have built a function to merge your CSS and Javascript files into one file. It will lessen the number of HTTP requests and help speed up the loading of your pages.

To enable JS & CSS optimization:

  • Navigato to backend, STORES >> Configuration >> ADVANCED >> Developer >> JavaScript Settings
    • Merge JavaScript Files >> Yes
    • Minify JavaScript Files >> Yes

Enabling Flat categories in Magento 2

  • Go to backend, STORES >> Configuration >> ADVANCED >> Developer >> CSS Settings
    • Merge CSS Files >> Yes
    • Minify CSS Files >> Yes

Enabling Flat categories in Magento 2

Don't forget to press Save Config after you are done!

5. Content Delivery Network

Setting up Content Delivery Network (CDN) is a great way to reduce your store's loading time, it enables your assets (product images, javascript, CSS) to get from various locations around the world. It helps your shopper load page faster.

To set up CDN, please go to:

STORES >> GENERAL >> Configuration >> Web >> Base URLs (Secure) and then input your HTTPS CDN URLs here and enjoy the fast loading speed.

Enabling Flat categories in Magento 2

6. Utilize Caching

Varnish Cache is an open source web application accelerator that enables Varnish to reduce the response time and network bandwidth consumption on future, equivalent requests.

Magento 2 supports Varnish versions 3.0.5 or later or any Varnish 4.x version.

Go to STORES >> Configuration >> ADVANCED >> System >> Full Page Cache >> Caching Application change to Varnish Caching, than configure it.

Enabling Flat categories in Magento 2

You can find caching options of your Magento store here: SYSTEM >> Cache Management >> Select everything and then under the drop-down select "Enable" and click "Submit".

Enabling Flat categories in Magento 2

7. MySQL Configuration Optimization

There are a few tips to optimize via MySQL configuration. You can try and get the following settings in my.cnf

query_cache_type = 1
query_cache_size = 32M
query_cache_limit=2M

In case you can get access to root to check /etc/my.cnf (or /etc/mysql/my.cnf), please login to mysql or use phpmyadmin to show variables.

$ mysql -u mysqluser -p magento_database_name
$ mysql> SHOW VARIABLES;

Lastly, continue with a little setting for php.ini

 php_value memory_limit 128M

8. Magento Updates

Magento team often updates Magento 2 versions with performance improvements, so ensure that you are running the latest version of Magento 2 version. It is one of the next important tips to speed up your store.

9. Check Your Magento 2 Website Speed

You can use some useful tools bellow to check your site speed:

  • Kraken.io: Review images on your site and suggest you which you can optimize the loading speed of the site.
  • Pingdom: It helps you to care about any related to server, network, or database
  • PageSpeed: It indicates whether the page is performing well or not. It also suggests you the remaining issue need to be fixed.
  • GT Metrix: GT Metrix offers you the most overview of what you need to do on the site and objectives you can expect.

Once you are finished optimizing, let's check your site speed. Hopefully, your site is much quicker now! Share with us if you have any other ways to optimize Magento 2 store performance.

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