Major web properties like Wikipedia, Facebook, and Yahoo! use the LAMP architecture to serve millions of requests a day, while web application software like WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, and SugarCRM use this architecture to enable organizations to deploy web-based applications easily.
The strength of the architecture lies in its simplicity. While stacks like .NET and Java™ technology may use massive hardware, expensive software stacks, and complex performance tuning, the LAMP stack can run on commodity hardware, using open source software stacks. Because the software stack is a loose set of components rather than a monolithic stack, tuning for performance can be a challenge since each component needs to be analyzed and tuned.
However, there are several simple performance tasks that can have a huge impact on the performance of websites of any size. In this article, we will look at five such tasks designed to optimize LAMP application performance. These items should require very little if any architecture changes to your application, making them safe and easy options to maximize the responsiveness and hardware requirements for your web application.