Note: some of the steps below require server administrator access.
- Ensure you are running the latest version of Magento. New releases often include performance improvements and other patches which affects performance.
- Enable the Flat Catalog module for products and categories in the Magento Admin Panel. We have seen quite significant improvements by turning on this feature, especially on large catalogs.
Where: System -> Configuration -> Catalog
- Enable caching to reduce the number of database operations required for each page request.
Where: System -> Cache Management
- Keep the number of third-party/community extensions to a minimum. Many extensions introduce extra processing and database queries which has a negative impact on the overall performance.