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Joomla Optimization Steps

JOOMLA OPTIMIZATION STEPS

NOTE: Before you begin optimizing your Joomla, please review our general Performance Optimization Tips article

Please follow the steps below in order to optimize your Joomla application and improve your speed:


1. Enable Cache setting in Global configuration.

  • Please navigate to: System → Global Configuration then open the System tab where you can find the Cache Settings, select the Conservative caching or Progressive caching.


- Conservative caching - caches the content for each unique visitor.
- Progressive caching - delivers the same cached content to all visitors.



2. Enable Joomla System Cache Plugin.

  • Please go to: Extensions → Plugin Manager then search for System Cache Plugin, enable it.



3. Enable Joomla Compression - Gzip Compression.

  • To enable the option, please go to System → Global configuration → Server → Server Settings, find the option GZIP Page Compression then enable it.




4. Compressing CSS and JavaScript.

  • In the General setting of the framework, enable CSS and JS Optimization, you can exclude files for optimization then Save the setting, that’s it.



Here is what you will get:



5. Setup a robots.txt file which will help you reduce your load from web crawlers. Please, follow this guide:

http://mochahost.com/creating_robots_guide

6. Advanced users: using optimization rules in .htaccess file.

  • The .htaccess file handles the way your web servers process your site with a lot of rules to improve your site speed, here is a sample .htaccess file with rules enabled:

  1. ########## Begin - ETag Optimization
  2. ## This rule will create an ETag for files based only on the modification
  3. ## timestamp and their size.
  4. ## Note: It may cause problems on your server and you may need to remove it
  5. FileETag MTime Size
  6. # AddOutputFilterByType is now deprecated by Apache. Use mod_filter in the future.
  7. AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE text/plain text/html text/xml text/css application/xml application/xhtml+xml application/rss+xml application/javascript application/x-javascript
  8. # Enable expiration control
  9. ExpiresActive On
  10. # Default expiration: 1 hour after request
  11. ExpiresDefault "now plus 1 hour"
  12. # CSS and JS expiration: 1 week after request
  13. ExpiresByType text/css "now plus 1 week"
  14. ExpiresByType application/javascript "now plus 1 week"
  15. ExpiresByType application/x-javascript "now plus 1 week"
  16.  
  17. # Image files expiration: 1 month after request
  18. ExpiresByType image/bmp "now plus 1 month"
  19. ExpiresByType image/gif "now plus 1 month"
  20. ExpiresByType image/jpeg "now plus 1 month"
  21. ExpiresByType image/jp2 "now plus 1 month"
  22. ExpiresByType image/pipeg "now plus 1 month"
  23. ExpiresByType image/png "now plus 1 month"
  24. ExpiresByType image/svg+xml "now plus 1 month"
  25. ExpiresByType image/tiff "now plus 1 month"
  26. ExpiresByType image/vnd.microsoft.icon "now plus 1 month"
  27. ExpiresByType image/x-icon "now plus 1 month"
  28. ExpiresByType image/ico "now plus 1 month"
  29. ExpiresByType image/icon "now plus 1 month"
  30. ExpiresByType text/ico "now plus 1 month"
  31. ExpiresByType application/ico "now plus 1 month"
  32. ExpiresByType image/vnd.wap.wbmp "now plus 1 month"
  33. ExpiresByType application/vnd.wap.wbxml "now plus 1 month"
  34.  
  35. ExpiresByType application/smil "now plus 1 month"
  36. # Audio files expiration: 1 month after request
  37. ExpiresByType audio/basic "now plus 1 month"
  38. ExpiresByType audio/mid "now plus 1 month"
  39. ExpiresByType audio/midi "now plus 1 month"
  40. ExpiresByType audio/mpeg "now plus 1 month"
  41. ExpiresByType audio/x-aiff "now plus 1 month"
  42. ExpiresByType audio/x-mpegurl "now plus 1 month"
  43. ExpiresByType audio/x-pn-realaudio "now plus 1 month"
  44. ExpiresByType audio/x-wav "now plus 1 month"
  45.  
  46. # Movie files expiration: 1 month after request
  47. ExpiresByType application/x-shockwave-flash "now plus 1 month"
  48. ExpiresByType x-world/x-vrml "now plus 1 month"
  49. ExpiresByType video/x-msvideo "now plus 1 month"
  50. ExpiresByType video/mpeg "now plus 1 month"
  51. ExpiresByType video/mp4 "now plus 1 month"
  52. ExpiresByType video/quicktime "now plus 1 month"
  53. ExpiresByType video/x-la-asf "now plus 1 month"
  54. ExpiresByType video/x-ms-asf "now plus 1 month"

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