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Drupal 6 Performance Tips

T J Holowaychuk, Trevor James

Learn how to maximize and optimize your Drupal framework using Drupal 6 best practice performance solutions and tools
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Book Details

ISBN 139781847195845
Paperback240 pages

About This Book


  • Monitor the performance of your Drupal website and improve it
  • Configure a Drupal multisite environment for best performance
  • Lot of examples with clear explanations
  • Choose and use the best Drupal modules for improving your site's performance

Who This Book Is For

This book is written for Drupal beginners, developers, designers, and webmasters who utilize the Drupal content management system to create robust websites. It provides crucial performance-related information for users of all experience levels, including Drupal module contributors, webmasters who simply configure and maintain Drupal websites, and even Drupal themers.

This book expects basic knowledge of Drupal operation, configuration and server technologies, and applications including MySQL and PHP.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Upgrading Drupal
Upgrading Drupal 5.x core
Upgrading to 5.19
Backing up and exporting your Drupal 5.x Views
Final prep for upgrading to 6.13
Downloading Drupal 6.13
Upgrading Drupal core
Installing the updated Zen theme files
Chapter 2: Maintaining your Drupal Site
Checking your Drupal configuration status
Checking your PHP and MySQL settings
Files to delete and clean up
Enabling the Update Status module
Introduction to Drupal caching
Running cron manually
Backing up your site using SFTP/FTP and cPanel
Tweaking your HTACCESS file
Chapter 3: Using Development Modules and Tools
Viewing and inspecting recent log entries
The Devel module
Chapter 4: Performance Optimization
Enabling and configuring the Throttle module
Generating test users, categories, and content
Views caching
Using Panels caching
Chapter 5: Using DB Maintenance and Boost
Using the DB Maintenance module
Using the Boost module
Chapter 6: Advanced Boost
Updating contributed modules
Recommended modules that work with Boost
Advanced Boost settings
Chapter 7: Using Memcache API and Integration
Using the Memcache API and Integration module
Chapter 8: Advanced Caching and Contributed Modules for Caching
Cache Router
Authenticated User Page Caching (Authcache)
Advanced cache
APC (Alternative PHP cache)
File Cache module
Chapter 9: Multisite Configuration and Performance
Using Drupal multisite
Multisite resources

What You Will Learn


  • Upgrade your Drupal 5 site to Drupal 6 using best practice upgrade paths
  • Back up and maintain your Drupal 6 site using core and contributed modules and utilities
  • Configure the Drupal core and contributed modules for high traffic
  • Run core Drupal page compression, CSS and JS compression, and use Drupal page caching
  • Run scheduled cron tasks to perform crucial garbage-collection processes
  • Use the Development (Devel) module to monitor page loads and queries
  • Use the Boost module for anonymous page caching, tweak Boost settings, and use Boost blocks and advanced Boost settings to monitor site performance
  • Install and use Memcache API and Integration module, and Authcache and Advanced Cached modules to enhance and monitor site performance
  • Configure a Drupal multisite environment for best performance

In Detail

Drupal is one of the most respected and widely used open source content management frameworks.  Small, medium, and large-scale websites are built using Drupal and the framework supports ecommerce, CRM, multisite and web service integrations. 

Once you get your Drupal site installed and up and running, you will be concerned with site performance and how fast you can make your Drupal site run.  This book will focus on implementing performance modules and solutions to help speed up your Drupal website.

We will look at introductory topics such as upgrading your Drupal site, maintaining your site, and enabling core Drupal page compression and caching.
Then we will turn to an advanced look at some contributed modules that help speed up performance, including Development, Boost, Authcache, Advanced Cache, and the Memcache API and Integration module.

Finally, we’ll look at how best to implement a Drupal multisite environment and run it with high-speed performance in mind.

This book is designed for Drupal developers and webmasters who want to increase their Drupal site’s speed and performance.  You will take your Drupal site to the next level by not only displaying relevant and newsworthy content, but also running a powerful and high-speed website.


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