Wednesday, 31 October 2012 17:41

Speeding-up Joomla tests on Windows7

Performing Selenium web tests on powerfull Win7 computer (16GB RAM, processor i7-2600) all page responses were above 1 sec. Such reponse on Joomla 2.5 or Joomla 3.0 with sparse content is not acceptable result.

Starting with Profiler was found that calling only PHP function 'session_start();' in Joomla 2.5 initialisation
(JFactory::getSession() -> $session = JSession::getInstance($handler, $options))
causes itself approx.1 sec. long processing.

Changing session handler in Joomla Global Configuration from 'Database' to 'Memcache' was entire response time not much changed and 1 sec. lag moved to other part of core Joomla code - to the initial call of
$db = JFactory::getDBO();

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One of recommended solution to use Joomla (2.5+) with MS SQL Server is WebMatrix platform with Joomla 2.5 Application avaiable on This combination is very "packaged" with IIS web server and it uses limited tools to work with database. After practical evaluation of Joomla with WebMatrix I was not satisfied with given tools and operation. Much better solution I found with single installation of MS SQL Server 2008 R2(SP1) with Tools and running Joomla on Apache server with PHP extension php_sqlsrv_..dll.

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Kunena is very popular forum component for Joomla CMS. It has many fuctions and adjustments but possibility to add custom fields for new topics is still not a part of standard solution. Such request for adding this feature is high rated on Kunena site. One of possible solution how to do it in existing version of  Joomla 2.5 / Kunena 1.7 is described below.

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