There are three different demos. All three are hosting the same fictitious ecommerce site that sells movies. Using an Amazon AWS dataset, we loaded 4330 different movies into 21 different categories. All are running on the same 512MB digitalocean VPS.
A stock opencart installation.
- This is an out of the box opencart 188.8.131.52 installation.
Our fix for category product counts.
- Includes only our small tweak to cache the problematic opencart getTotalProducts() call
Our page level cache:
- Includes the category count tweak, as well as a full page level cache. Read this post, and download the code at github.
How Much Do These Fixes Help?
A simple test, timing only how long it takes to download the html of the page itself (just the page…no css files, images, etc)
|Site||First Page Load||Average of Subsequent Page Loads (cached)|
|Stock Opencart||1.17 sec||1.12 sec|
|Category Count Cache||1.24 sec||0.37 sec|
|Add Page Cache||1.44 sec||0.18 sec|
There’s not much difference on the first page load, as both of the improvements need the cache populated to work. The first page load is a bit higher for the improvements, as they have to store data in the cache on that first load. However, the benefits after the cache is primed are obvious.