I talked to you about How to speed up your Joomla Site and now I have to tell your the next step to take…
A new Joomla Cache Component
There is a new component for Caching your Joomla website, and it works great for the sites I run and my customers websites.
Dramatically increasing the loading time of your visitors!
The component comes from www.ircmaxell.com and was first brought to my attention by www.alledia.com
This new component has gotten some great reviews on the extensions site of Joomla and IrcMaxell collected a few on the Internet as well on the Review of Page Component.
What the component does, is cache the page in a very efficient way, so loading time is dramatically reduced, sometimes over 90%.
It works on top of your normal Joomla Cache, so please leave this on as well.
How to Install the component
This is very basic, but you need to do some simple homework before trying to install.
Believe me, this time is short and easy.. read it on How to Boost Joomla Performance the Installation part.
There is however a drawback… the page has to be loaded once to get into the cache, and this initial load takes a few seconds…
After that it is of course up to you for how long this cache stay active, standard is 600 seconds I believe, but for my sites I run it up to 3600 seconds or more depending on how much new content is created.
The next thing is that it only works for your visitors and not for Logged in members.
This is not something that is going to be Fixed, because caching for individuals is not that easy as it sounds.
Caching than has to be done per session… which is really not do able.
But the good news is.. Search Engine Spiders are “visitors” so they will benefit from Speeding Up your website.
There are also som Plugins to help out on more specific components like Joomlaboard.
Otherwise you can exclude you problem component form being handled by the Page Cache.
Last but not least
The component leave a nice Footer behind on your website “Powered By Page_Cache by Ircmaxell” which can be removed if you dive into the code.
Or by a Ten Dollar donation to the developer. Which of the options you like to use, its fine or as he says “It’s your choice”
I consider this one as a “must have” for the sites I build in Joomla.
Try the component, if you like it, keep it, if not… you probably did something wrong