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How to Make Your Laravel or Symfony PHP Applications Faster Using the Scout APM Tool for Free to Discover Optimization Opportunities

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Updated on: 2022-06-07

Posted on: 2022-05-17

Categories: PHP Tutorials, PHP Performance, Sponsored

The performance of your PHP applications is now more critical than ever before because the user experience has become an even more crucial factor in determining the quality of Web sites and applications.

Slow applications may lose visitors coming from search engines like Google because it considers performance one of the most critical factors in evaluating the user experience of Web sites and applications.

Read this short article to learn how to find and fix performance issues faster in your Laravel or Symfony applications using the Scout APM tool for free.




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In this article you will learn about:

1. Why You Should Invest on Optimizing the Performance of Your PHP Applications

2. What Can You Do to Find Performance Issues in Your PHP Applications

3. How Can You Make Your Laravel or Symfony Application Sites Faster Using Scout APM to Find Performance Issues


1. Why You Should Invest on Optimizing the Performance of Your PHP Applications

The performance of your PHP applications was always an essential factor in determining the reputation of your applications.

Many people do not have much patience to wait for slow application pages to load. If the application pages take too much time to load, people may leave the applications and use faster applications from another site.

In 2018 Google announced that the speed of Web site pages became an official ranking factor. That was a warning to tell Web site owners and developers that they need to do their best to make their sites as fast as possible. Otherwise, they would lose their audience to other sites.

Google even gave Web site owners some time to work on the site performance.

You might have done the homework to optimize your sites if you paid attention.

If you did not do that homework, your site might have lost an audience that comes from Google and many other types of audience sources.

2. What Can You Do to Find Performance Issues in Your PHP Applications

You will only know if you have performance issues in your PHP applications if you measure the performance somehow.

Nowadays, Google provides a free tool called Google Lighthouse. You can try this tool online or make it appear using Google Chrome Developer tools.

This tool is excellent for determining how fast or slow a site with public pages can be.

Google Lighthouse performance results

If you have a site with private pages that require users to log in to access the applications, Google Lighthouse is not of much use to you.

Therefore you need to follow another approach to audit the performance of your application from inside your servers.

Here at the PHP Classes site, we use internal monitoring processes that are very specific to how the site works.

We realized that we needed to hire an additional server to send the site newsletters. That was a fast solution that increased our expenses. Each new server is an expense that we have every month.

Solutions that require improving the PHP application code are better because you do not need to hire more servers once you do the optimizations.

3. How Can You Make Your Laravel or Symfony Application Sites Faster Using Scout APM to Find Performance Issues

The PHP software that runs on the PHP Classes site is very specific for this site.

We do not use any modern frameworks because they did not exist when the site started in 1999. Migrating a site with over 600,000 lines of PHP code would be too expensive. It would not add any functionality that is relevant to the site users.

So we stick with our development methods. They are acceptable for use, but they are very customized for our purposes.

If you have developed an application using Laravel or Symfony from scratch, now you have a better solution to find and fix performance issues.

Scout is an application performance monitoring application that supports many Web programming languages, including PHP. If you used Laravel or Symfony, build your application.

I will be talking more about Scout Application Monitoring in the following weeks. For now, I invite you to try it by going to the Scout site and signing up for the free trial so you can experience the benefits of this application without paying.

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