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 http://www.microsoft.com/web/joomla. 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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