Why Users Say Magento 2 is Slow? 8 Tips To Run Your Store Swiftly and Smoothly

Peter Drucker once gave a famous quote on Time Management saying “Time is the scarcest resource, and unless it is managed nothing else can be managed.”

Now that we are halfway through 2017, and the golden era of Magento 2 which made its public release back in November 2015 continues to soar its popularity. Magento is one of the most widely used ecommerce platform across the world. Don’t believe me? Just look at this market stats:

Magento Market Share in eCommerce Industry

Magento is a dominating ecommerce sphere with 24.6% market share. It is used by merchants from small to medium commercial enterprises and world-famous brands like Nike, Ford, Puma, Coco-Cola, Lenovo, Abbot, Nestle, etc. have entrusted Magento to be their eCommerce partner. Magento is the most robust, flexible & agile among all the ecommerce CMSs available in the market. This is why Magento 2 – the latest launch of Magento is considered to be the #1 choice for ecommerce startups & store owners.

Although Magento 2 is backed with all such greatness, it has a few gripes, which is one of the most common reason found among developers and users claiming it to be slow.

It may sound unfair to you at first and people have actually called for accusations but there have been some reports logged in Magento forums & groups as well. You can find such queries & complaints from users in many Magento forums. Few of them have been listed below:

Magento Forums

Why Users Say Magento 2 is slow?

Magento 2 is not slow by default. But when it comes to reality, many users face the issue of slow backend due to lack of technical knowledge and experience of handling the ecommerce system. And the aftermaths experienced because of malpractices are a slower interface, higher page loading times & poor website performance.

There’s a famous saying by Ray Kroc: “The two most important requirements for a major success are: First, being in the Right Place at the Right Time, and second, doing something about it.”

As the quote says, in order to get the most out of Magento 2, store owners should keep upgrading their website with best suitable extensions, plugins and perform the best ecommerce practices or else the store is bound to land on a turtle’s back.

And now, we board on to the main question:

How Do I Make Sure That My Magento 2 Would Be Running Swiftly?

Well, the industry experts advise to follow these steps to boost the speed of your ecommerce and reap the benefits of Magento2 to its fullest:

1. Server & System Requirements

The two most important factors responsible for speeding up your Magento 2 store.

Server Requirements: As Magento itself is a powerful platform, it is highly recommended to host a store on a dedicated server of a VPS. Shared hosting is not advisable when operating on Magento.

System Requirements: Here’s an infographic showing system requirements while running a Magento2 store.

Server and System Requirements

2. Enable Varnish Cache

Enable Varnish Cache

3. Optimize Javascript and CSS

Optimize Javascript and CSS

4. Bug-free third-party extensions

Bug-free third-party extensions

5. Configure Memcached

Configure Memcached

6. Content Delivery Network

Content Delivery Network

7. Optimized Images

Optimized Images

8. Update Magento Version

Update Magento Version


Following the above guidelines will lead you to a speedy, high-performing Magento 2 store; follow them at your own risk. Because you don’t want a Magento store that loads up quickly, runs smoothly & is bug free. Oh wait, that’s exactly what you want, right? Always remember to keep upgrading your Magento store to latest versions & adding proper extensions to your store.

Aagam Talsania

A Business Development Executive for Krish by day and a book enthusiast by night, I consider myself to be a simple, optimist & an opportunist guy. Whenever I am not on a day job, I like to keep myself engaged in writing and social activities.

One Reply to “Why Users Say Magento 2 is Slow? 8 Tips To Run Your Store Swiftly and Smoothly”

  1. You have mentioned very good and straight forward points. Magento is the feature riched platform that needs optimizations. Magento 2 supports Varnish cache by default, and this is the best combination which can give the boost to your Magento 2 store.

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