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Is your Magento-run website too slow?

Without further ado, let’s look into the top 6 tips on how to make your website faster and boost its performance.

Conduct an audit for 3rd party extensions

One of the reasons why entrepreneurs prefer Magento to other CMSs such as Shopify or WooCommerce, is the abundance of extensions and modules available online. These tools allow customizing your customers’ experience, which makes the navigation significantly easier and ensures that your customers find everything they want.

Nevertheless, keep in mind that the abundance of third-party integrations might slow your website making it difficult to browse. Apart from that, when you search for new extensions, there is a high chance you can bump into the low-quality ones, which might negatively affect the website’s performance. We recommend installing the modules from reliable vendors, written by skilled professionals.

For Magento 2 optimization, we advise conducting a thorough audit to identify the integrations that affect the speed of your website. You can do it yourself by switching all the extensions one by one and checking the website performance after you did that. Alternatively, you can reach out to an experienced partner who will do the job for you.

Migrate to the latest version of Magento

If you want your users to have the best browsing experience ever, it is always essential to run the latest version of Magento (for instance, from Magento 1.9 to Magento 2). Migrating to a new version may sound as a time-consuming process, but we still recommend doing it. Software engineers working on Magento are focused on making it competitive and easy to use and they fix bugs and add significant improvements with every new release. But before you switch to the newest version, you need to check the minimum hardware requirements to install Magento 2 on your device.

How do you know that you need to upgrade? Magento developers did an excellent job with notifications and messenger inbox, so it is very likely that the system will notify you when a new version is live.

Enhance cache management

You may be surprised to hear that an improper cache management is the main reason why most Magento 2 websites become slow. If the cache is off, your online store will be overloaded and will run slowly, which negatively affects the navigation.

Therefore, checking your Magento 2 regularly is vital to see if your online store is slow. The first step is to make sure the cache is on. Go to the backend menu and check the setting. All of the points listed in the list should be green, marked as “enabled.” If you have some items switched off, it might be the reason for poor performance.

Furthermore, there is a set of instruments and practices you can use to optimize cache management. Enabling Varnish Cache might also improve Magento 2 loading speed, which will positively affect the performance and analytics.

Optimize images

Did you know that images make nearly 56% of your website? Whether you run a small online store or own a chain of e-stores, you have lots of product images on your web pages. Surely, you cannot work without them as they provide your customers with an idea of how the product looks or what material it is made from. Still, you can optimize some of them to boost the loading speed and make your website faster.

There are two options to optimize the images:

  1. Use PhotoShop or similar photo editing software.
  2. Choose an extension to help you. If you have the Magento 2 version installed, TinyPNG or Compressor extensions are good options.

Clean up Magento database

Magento keeps logs up for 180 days by default, which is quite long and could make your database too heavy. To clean the space and enhance your site's performance, you can shorten this time up to 14-21 days.

To optimize your database, you can ask your developer partner to clean up the space. Alternatively, you can do it yourself by following the instructions:

  • Go to the phpMyAdmin
  • Select all the "log_" tables
  • When the system asks whether you want to execute the query, select "Yes".

Optimize CSS and JavaScript

If you have already migrated to the Magento 2 version, your website must merge CSS and JavaScript into one file automatically. In case you have not migrated yet, you can do it manually by going to the system settings and changing JavaScript and CSS configuration:

You can also opt to have the Minify CSS/JS extension do it automatically.

  • Go to "System"-> "Advanced"-> "Developer"
  • Choose the options "Merge JavaScript" and "Merge CSS" by clicking "Yes."

Is your website still slow?

If you followed all these steps but your Magento website is still slow and shows poor performance, reach out to our team of experienced professionals for a thorough system audit. Our specialists will dive into all nitty-gritty details and find the core reasons for the low loading speed.

Apply for Performance Audit and start your journey to success with Mementia.

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