Days Out Guide can now handle 10,000% more users - find out how!
Owned and administered by National Rail, Days Out Guide offer 2For1 tickets to a range of major attractions across the U.K. when travelling by rail.
Following a relaunch of their website on Umbraco 7, Days Out Guide noticed really slow page load times (10 - 20 seconds) and constant full site outages and crashes under what would usually be seen as light traffic (10 - 20 concurrent users). After repeated attempts to resolve the issue, Days Out Guide contacted The Cogworks to find out if we could help them.
Days Out Guide took advantage of our industry leading Umbraco Health Check, which highlighted a range of serious problems including poor coding standards, non-standard Umbraco development practices and some serious configuration issues.
Ranked in order of importance we began working through the list resolving the problems and deploying small incremental improvements over a 2 week period, measuring the impact of each change.
Our initial work saw the following results:
Following the initial improvements, we worked with the team at Days Out Guide to integrate a number of features that had to be placed on hold due to the performance issues.
We have a great collaborative working relationship and a full roadmap for the 12 months ahead.
We have made good progress on the site and I think it will only go onwards and upwards from here!
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