Case Study

How our Umbraco Health Check improved page load times 10 fold, and enabled the site to handle 5,000 users per minute instead of 50!

Owned and administered by National Rail, Days Out Guide offer 2For1 tickets for a range of major attractions across the UK, when travelling by rail.

After relaunching on Umbraco 7 they noticed slow page load times (10-20 seconds) as well as full site outages and crashes under light site traffic (an average of 50 users). So they came to us for an Umbraco Health Check.

 

 

 

 

 

What we did:

  • Increased page load times 10 fold
  • Cut hosting costs by 50% due to improved site performance
  • Reduced server CPU from a constant 80% to an average of ~ 10%
  • The site can now comfortably handle ~ 5,000 users per minute, up from 50
  • Implemented robust source control and fully automated deployment strategies
  • Removed over 3,000 lines of redundant code

How we did it:

We completed our industry leading Umbraco Health Check, which highlighted a range of serious problems including poor coding standards, non-standard Umbraco development practices and some major configuration issues.

By ranking the issues in order of importance, we begin working through the list resolving the problems and deploying small incremental improvements over a 2 week period, measuring the impact of each change.

As a result we significantly increased the overall performance of the site. Allowing for improved management and usage, while cutting hosting costs in half!

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