[development] Question about Drupal performance
jp.stacey at torchbox.com
Tue Jul 10 08:38:49 UTC 2007
Lennart Borgman (gmail) wrote:
> From the admin staff on a web host I am using I got a message saying:
> "Personally I'll recommend Drupal when pigs can fly, because I believe
> it is just that ... a pig. Slow even when I tried it on my dedicated
> server... its very full featured, but it is hardly peppy, at the best of
We've just launched a new Drupal site on our server and it didn't even
register a blip on the server load. Page loading is reasonable, according to
Firebug - less than a second, but the site is quite image-heavy. We've had
it down to less than half a second on low-image pages, which is higher than
Khalid's quoted 100-300ms, but then we've not done any optimization apart
from turning non-aggressive cacheing on. If we had a large community site
then we'd have to look into that.
> and, I'm not aware of many Drupal sites on the platform --
Well, The Onion seems to do just fine. Maybe their readership has gone down.
Every month there's a Drupal newsletter listing some new sites, which might
provide good ammunition for situations just like this. (I'm damned if I can
actually navigate to the correct forum unless there's a newsletter on the
drupal.org front page, so someone else will need to find a link - apart from
anything else I'd like to get our site mentioned in it!)
There's also the aforementioned http://drupalsites.net/ , which at the
current count is on over 1400 sites.
One option for a hosting company is to run their own core Drupal system,
with each customer being able to edit the contents of a subdirectory in the
sites/ directory. That way they can keep control over much of the behaviour,
keep it patched, remove CPU-hungry bits at their own discretion etc. I've
not heard of anyone doing this yet, though.
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