His portfolio reflects years consumed with trekking the globe, but photographer Jauder Ho only rediscovered his love for the art several years ago. Taking advantage of an opportunity for a vacation for the first time in over a decade, Jauder Ho ended up taking a trip to Japan including a trek up Mount Fuji. That followed by the road trip of a lifetime driving across the States had a profound effect on how he perceives the world. Since then, Jauder Ho has seen the world shot by shot, each one serving as a reminder of changing moments in time. In his portfolio, Jauder Ho juxtaposes long exposure shots of beautiful scenery with pictures focused on details that explain more to the story. Jauder Ho strives to take portraits that describe the feelings of his subjects and reflect his ability to arouse emotions from the viewer. Combining skills acquired from continual photography with what it takes to see life on stills, Jauder Ho has created a body of work that reflects the world both great and small. Here, Jauder Ho brings you selected content from his personal collection as well as sharing interesting items found from the Internet. Identica

Improving Magento Performance

It appears that there are quite a few complaints on the forums about Magento being slow and this is probably true with an out of the box installation. There are quite a few things that can be done to improve things and response time in general.

The following shows the before and after times as recorded by Pingdom for http://furoshiki.com/. The initial installation reflected a stock LAMP based installation with average response time of about 9 seconds.

With a switch to nginx as well as tuning of various components, the response time subsequently dropped by over half to about 4 seconds which is in the sweet spot for ecommerce sites.

The following are some of the changes made:

  • Switch to using nginx as a front end.
  • Set Expires to far in the future
  • Utilize PHP FPM.
  • Implement APC
  • PHP tuning
  • MySQL tuning

Before (8.9 seconds): Pingdom Tools

After (3.9 seconds): Pingdom Tools

As you can see, the site is now very responsive (buy some furoshiki while you are there). I am investigating additional improvements as traffic increases.

Why does this matter? Surveys have shown that there is a correlation from site response time to sales with higher abandonment rates with a slow site. For further reading, see:

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