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Sunday, December 31, 2006
  My tips to optimize Drupal

Drupal is a great CMS but it's a bit top-heavy. I don't know how it compares to other CMS's but from my experience it can really push your CPU and memory usage. When we moved to our dedicated server I thought that the almost daily site-crashes would be a thing of the past, but within weeks of transferring our site as soon as traffic started to increase we ran into trouble.

These are some of the things I learned to minimize CPU and memory usage:

All the things I did are pretty basic, but they made a significant difference in the response time of the site and they also help keep the server from falling over.


Optimize Tables: After clearing the cache and sessions tables I optimize all of the database tables.

How do you accomplish this?
If you are using PHPMyAdmin, the web-based MySQL administration tool, you simply select the tables on the left side of the screen, then near the bottom of the left side choose "Optimize" - this is by mememory because i do not have access to my PHPMyAdmin at the moment. if you still need help let me know and i can get more info for you.
There is also a Drupal module that allows you to do things cleanup tasks directly from your Drupal website.
I am familiar with PHPMyAdmin. I found the optimization option. Thank you.
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