High Performance Drupal

Fast and Scalable Designs
O'Reilly Media
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How can you help your Drupal website continue to perform at the highest level as it grows to meet demand? This comprehensive guide provides best practices, examples, and in-depth explanations for solving several performance and scalability issues. You’ll learn how to apply coding and infrastructure techniques to Drupal internals, application performance, databases, web servers, and performance analysis.

Covering Drupal versions 7 and 8, this book is the ideal reference for everything from site deployment to implementing specific technologies such as Varnish, memcache, or Solr. If you have a basic understanding of Drupal and the Linux-Apache-MySQL-PHP (LAMP) stack, you’re ready to get started.

  • Establish a performance baseline and define goals for improvement
  • Optimize your website’s code and front-end performance
  • Get best and worst practices for customizing Drupal core functionality
  • Apply infrastructure design techniques to launch or expand a site
  • Use tools to configure, monitor, and optimize MySQL performance
  • Employ alternative storage and backend search options as your site grows
  • Tune your web servers through httpd and PHP configuration
  • Monitor services and perform load tests to catch problems before they become critical

Linux Memcached daemon, PHP PECL, Drupal Memcache & localized UNIX sockets

This information enhances the documentation for the Drupal Memcache module. The Drupal configuration on this page is for Drupal 6, while the other information below is Drupal version agnostic. For Drupal 7 sites on Ubuntu 12.04 you may want to see this post.


  • PHP 5.1 or greater
  • Availability of a memcached daemon - installation instructions
  • One of the two PECL memcache packages: memcache PECL package or memcached PECL package
  • Memcache

    The Memcache contributed project provides memcached integration and support for Drupal's caching, session, and lock backends.

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