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#1 jamiewalden

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 09:48 PM

Hey guys,

 

I'm in the process of upgrading our site from PlatformPro to Pagelines 2.3.8 and I'm encountering a major discrepancy in speed. 

 

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The site that's still running PlatformPro (and is twice as fast) can be found here:

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Below are links to the performance tests from pingdom.

 

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PlatformPro site: 

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From reading other forum posts, we added the LESS_DEFINE_MODE thing, which doesn't seemed to have made much difference. 

 

Also we tried disabling all plugins, but that didn't fix it.

 

Debug mode is on and we don't have W3 Total Cache on either (Turning W3 total cache on doesn't fix the speed issue though).

 

Thanks in advance for your help. 



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Posted 09 January 2013 - 10:02 PM

Jamie, your site is hosted on a windows box. The file css mode just will not work.

 

Your only hope is to enable the static file cache with w3 cache or whatever cache plugin.

 

Any reason why you opted for windows as a server?



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Posted 09 January 2013 - 10:10 PM

Our software applications that our tech team develops are on all on windows, so we're kind of a windows shop. I enabled W3, and actually it seems slower than it was. How do i enable static file cache?



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Posted 09 January 2013 - 10:17 PM

Would installing Apache on our windows servers fix the issue? 



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Posted 09 January 2013 - 10:21 PM

OK here all i can suggest.
 
1. install the customize plug, activate and add this to the functions.php in the customize folder:
 

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The above *might* enable the file based css, its completely untested on windows though.
 
2. Enable the page cache advanced mode. Used mod_rewrite to serve static html files strait to the browser. Again I have no idea if this is even supported on WINNT you'd maybe have to ask the W3 support about this?
 
3. Disable the file based object and database caching, this actually slows your site down unless your using a memory cache like APC/XCACHE/memcahced which are all not supported on WINNT.

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 10:22 PM

Would installing Apache on our windows servers fix the issue? 

You cant do that, all your sites using ASP would break.



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Posted 09 January 2013 - 10:25 PM

What's the customize plug?



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Posted 09 January 2013 - 10:29 PM

Sorry meant plugin ;)

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 02:56 PM

OK here all i can suggest.

 

1. install the customize plug, activate and add this to the functions.php in the customize folder:

 

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The above *might* enable the file based css, its completely untested on windows though.

 

2. Enable the page cache advanced mode. Used mod_rewrite to serve static html files strait to the browser. Again I have no idea if this is even supported on WINNT you'd maybe have to ask the W3 support about this?

 

3. Disable the file based object and database caching, this actually slows your site down unless your using a memory cache like APC/XCACHE/memcahced which are all not supported on WINNT.

 

How do I enable page cache advanced mode and use mod_rewrite? I don't see options for that in W3. Sorry, some of this stuff is over my head. Thanks. 



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Posted 10 January 2013 - 03:13 PM

I dont think it will work on ISS at all. Your really very limited.



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Posted 10 January 2013 - 03:15 PM

On a plus side the filter worked, your css is now written to a file.



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Posted 10 January 2013 - 03:19 PM

Cool. So i can't install apache somehow in addition to IIS? Would creating a virtual server, then installing apache work? We have MySQL already FYI.



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Posted 10 January 2013 - 03:21 PM

you cant have apache and iss on the same server



#14 jamiewalden

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 03:28 PM

what about creating a virtual server that's technically separate? 



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Posted 10 January 2013 - 03:33 PM

Sure you could do that i suppose.



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Posted 10 January 2013 - 07:34 PM

So if we moved our site to an apache server, it would be faster? Why does windows make it slow?



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Posted 10 January 2013 - 07:46 PM

Im not saying it will be faster, or better.

 

Windows does not support a lot of functionality that other servers do.

 

Windows is for desktops.

 

Thats just my opinion though.







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