Today we will share with you the results of testing some of the extensions for the Joomla! Editorial system, which promise to speed up web loading and other optimizations.
Three of them, Speed Plus for Joomla, SpeedBooster for Joomla and Virtuemart Speed Booster, are paid and developed by CodingMall. Other jBetolo and JCH optimized extensions are free and promise a truly wide functionality.
According to the authors of the plugin, the Joomla website is slower than static html due to the large number of database queries.
The SpeedPlus for Joomla plug-in makes it cached by some modules you choose in the plug-in settings to speed up both the Web site and the eshop running on Virtuemart. Its creators promise to reduce the number of queries on the database by 81%.
The SpeedPlus plug-in is £ 49.99 and the license is limited to one domain.
When using plug-ins, you may not have Joomla! and compression of gZip. It is not recommended to cache dynamic modules such as Login, Virtuemart cart, Who's online, etc.
Plugin SpeedBooster for Joomla costs for one domain £ 49.99.
Just like the SpeedPlus plugin, SpeedBooster for Virtuemart is based on caching certain modules.
Creators promise to reduce the number of SQL queries by up to 80%, and reduce the page load time by up to 70%, lower CPU load and less cache space for cache files (only about 10KB per product in your e-shop).
Just like SpeedPlus, Virtuemart SpeedBooster costs £ 49.99 and the license is limited to one domain.
The above plugins are compatible with the Joomla 1.5 Native, 1.6, 1.7, and 2.5 versions
The server should be installed with ionCube loader, Apache version 1.3.x or higher, MySQL version 4.1.18 or higher, PHP 4.x / 5.2.x and at least Joomla 1.5 or higher.
The creators recommend using all three plugins at once for the best effect. For all three plugins, they will send you a full-featured 15-day trial on demand to help you set it up.
You can also buy SpeedPlus and SpeedBooster at a bargain price of £ 89.99.
If something works for 100% Codingmall Plug-ins, then it's their support. Whenever I discovered a problem, I quickly responded to it (by email) and solved it with programmers, so only thanks to my suggestions the plugin was updated several times.
Frankly, given that the measurement results for one and the same website vary greatly in each test, I'm not able to say 100% that the plugins have the promised effect. We personally felt that the only thing that had a visible impact was to turn on the SpeedPlus for Joomla plug-in. The other two are does not have such impact on the loading rate, in my opinion.
In most of the tests, Speed Plus for Joomla has been able to raise page scores from some 50 to 70. But for some tests done over Webpagetest.org, the same page achieved similar results with or without plugins. The results differed a lot from day to day, but even when I tested the site a few minutes in a row ...
After installing the SpeedPlus plug-in, it broke CSS formatting on some pages, so the "Insert to Cart" button was instead of the original appearance in such an ugly box, and only half a button was shown on the product list in the category. They solved this problem quite quickly. After the next update, the Insert button stopped working completely. But they have solved this problem, so the final version is already usable.
I promised a lot from the jbetolo plugin because, despite being free of charge, it promises a combination of plugin functionality from Codingmall and has had a large number of positive ratings in the Joomla Extensions Catalog.
According to its creator, this plugin can:
However, as the creator states on the official site of the jbetolo plugin, you cannot expect the plugin to work immediately without the proper settings. And there will be a hitch. When I set up what I wanted from the plugin, it really made a significant acceleration, the page speed score of the site rose to 80 - but at the price of CSS broke just as SpeedPlus did, before its makers made an update, which fixed it. I tried to gradually turn on individual features, but I did not manage to get some correction. So I wrote to the author what a problem, and he really replied. He promised to look at it when I sent him access to the eshop. But after that, there was no response. So judge yourself. Try out the plugin, and if you can manage its relatively complicated settings so, that it will have a visible benefit for your website or online store, then you are lucky one.
By far the greatest hope I put into the JCH Optimize plugin, which should offer not only what the above mentioned plugins can do, but also create a so-called CSS sprite, a combination of images on the background of the web page, which should significantly speed up the loading of the web. Even this plugin has a lot of positive reviews. Here you will find a complete list of functionality of this plugin. Unfortunately, it has no effect on speeding up the load on the web either. But you can try it for free, so nothing bad to say.
Finally, I would say that none of the tested extensions for Joomla! made the miracles which I had expected from them. But who knows, maybe it really just wants to play with their settings and adapt them to your website or eshop.
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