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Chapter 2 - Configuring the Store

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Module CATALooKStore

You can check the performance with the catalookstore module. This module use frames and will not refresh the site but it includes not all features and was not updated since two years.

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Logging

Restrict the number of Log Types -> ‘Admin’ -> ‘Log Viewer’ -> select ‘Edit Log Configurations’ from the module menu -> delete all unimportant items.

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DNN Scheduler

  1. Restrict the scheduler items and delete unimportant items
  2. Select ‘Disabled’ for the ‘Scheduler Mode’ in ‘Host’ -> ‘Host Settings’ -> Advanced Settings’ -> ‘Other Settings’ (not recommended!)

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Host Settings

(‘Host’ -> ‘Host Settings’ -> Advanced Settings’ -> ‘Other Settings’)

  1. Select ‘Database’ for ‘Site Log Storage’
  2. Active the ‘Disable Users Online’ checkbox
  3. Select ‘Memory’ for the ‘Module Caching Method’
  4. Enable Event Log Buffer?
  5. Scheduler Mode

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Categories

  1. Disable the ‘Show Category Node(Folder) Images/Icons in Module CAT_MenuNF’ checkbox from module CAT_StoreSettings if there are many categories to display.
  2. If there is a large list of categories this list must be rendered every time you select a category. This needs a lot of time -> Please try to place categories to different tabs as you can see it at: http://82.165.26.131/dnnsoft/ -> Use the category restrictions and the ‘Level / Start Advanced Category (Select a level to display the categories relative to the currently selected category)’ selector and ‘Root Only’ check box from the ‘View Options’ site of module CAT_MenuNF to do this.

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Modules

Delete all unused CATALooK or other modules from all portal sites.

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Price Agent

If the ‘Show Price Agent Button’ checkbox from module CAT_StoreSettings is activated after each product update the store will search for open price requests and send out notification email. This will need a lot of CPU time. Disable this feature if you don’t need this function.

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DNN and CATALooK menu

The SolPart control needs a lot of CPU time and could cause performance problems if you use it for your site and also for the module CAT_MenuNF -> Use a skin with e.g. hard coded menu links or the site bar tree and / or another control for the CATALooK.netStore menu module CAT_MenuNF: Select ‘View Options’ from module menu -> select another control from the ‘Control Type’ list box.The ‘Link Box’ and ‘Drop Down List’ control types have the best performace. There are also modified Solpart menu versions with better performance available.

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Web.config

  1. Use the release.config from the DNN package
  2. Ensure that DNN does not run in debug mode : <compilation debug="false" /> LI>

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Friendly URL’s

DNN and CATALooK.netStore need 10 times longer to process Friendly URL’s than standard URL’s.
Here you can disable this feature: ‘Host’ -> ‘Host Settings’ -> ‘Advanced Settings’ -> ‘Use Friendly URL’s?’

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DNN Cache

Check if the DNN caching is enabled: ‘Host’ -> ‘Host Settings’ -> ‘Advanced Settings’ -> ‘Performance Settings’ -> Select ‘Moderate Caching’ or ‘Heavy Caching’

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Images and media files

Sometimes huge product images or any other huge content can cause performance problems. Don't use item images with more than 260 * x pixels.

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Prices

If you don’t want display an additional Tax/VAT amount, disable the option:  ‘Additional display of (tax incl.) or (excl. tax) price’ (select ‘View Options’ from the module menu of the modules CAT_ItemPaneNF. CAT_DashBoard and CAT_Cart)

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DNN Skins

You can replace all script code starting from the line:

<%@ Import Namespace="System.Reflection" %>

up to the line:

End Try

%>

and hardcode all link texts and link URL’s

Hardcode the <%= SkinPath %> folder

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CATALooK Skins

The CATALooK skins without image backgrounds (theme-grey, blue-2d.ZIP, blue-2d_small.ZIP, blue-metal.ZIP, blue-metal_small.ZIP, compact-grey and spreadsheet-grey) will load faster than the standard blue or the classic-blue/ classic-purple skins. The ASCX skins (compact-grey and blue) will load faster than the XML skins

DotNetNuke Version

DNN4 will run faster as DNN3.

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Viewstate

More than 50% of all DNN site content is Viewstate. To remove the Viewstate from the site content, you can install a Viewstate remover. There are several modules available for that: e.g.:  Open-ViewState 2.0 Price: $9.75  http://www.snowcovered.com/snowcovered2/Default.aspx?tabid=242&PackageID=3602

This will reduce the site loading time up to 50%.

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Cache

Some hosting providers unload the DNN dll's after a certain time to save CPU time on their shared hosting environments. Also DNN deletes the cache after a certain time. This can be bypassed by SmarterPing by SmarterTools.

SmarterPing by SmarterTools keeps DNN sites up and running and it does a great job. If you ping DNN URLs it dramatically improves the performance of DNN. Set SmarterPing to ping 4 or 5 key areas every minute.  The load times are 4 or 5 times faster.

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Portal, module and skin performance optimization Update the following base setting sites to ensure that these settings are available from the cache

  1. Update the Store Settings: module CAT_StoreSettings -> click on the ‘Update Store Settings’ link (Important Note: Provide a value for the Field: ‘PayPal+Cardia PopUp+Banca Sella/GesPay+National Australia Bank Return TabID’. Otherwise this value will be calculated on each access to the store settings.).
  2. Update the Admin settings: ‘Admin’ -> ‘Site Settings’ -> Click on the ‘Update’ link.
  3. Update the Host settings -> ‘Host’ -> ‘Host Settings’ -> Click on the ‘Update’ link.

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