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Twenty-four things you can do to make SMF go faster (Updated June 16th, 2010)

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colby2152:
A lot of this is above my head.... looking to hire someone to make these changes.

h78509:
Word of warning. Seems like that for certain forums #8 actually decreases performance, not improves it. So if you run that script, observe what happens to your database size and cancel the script if the database becomes bigger.

青山 素子:

--- Quote from: h78509 on September 07, 2011, 12:48:58 PM ---Word of warning. Seems like that for certain forums #8 actually decreases performance, not improves it. So if you run that script, observe what happens to your database size and cancel the script if the database becomes bigger.

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Actually, it's a tradeoff. You'll get a larger database, but SMF will have to do less work. You're trading a larger table for a performance increase. If you have a highly-active board, it's a good script. If your board has lots of older unused accounts, you'll get a large jump in size and not much performance increase as all the inactive users will be updated as well.

Edward123:
Thanks for posting this list.

#1 is very important, if it's the one where you let browsers cache avatar images.  I recall that SMF out of the box does not let the browser cache the avatars but instead requires php processing... which can be a huge performance hit...

Edward123:
By the way, a great tool for testing overall site performance is webpagetest.org (I can't post it as a link).  It shows you how long it takes for the first byte to be sent, and how long it takes for the JS and CSS files to be sent, as well as all the image files, etc.

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