Thomas Schedler
Thomas Schedler
Co-Founder & CEO – Sulu GmbH
Sulu's technical Master Blaster. Tries to keep our code on it's toes and to master Heston Blumenthal recipes on his very seldom free days.
@chirimoya
2021-05-19

Use smart caching to grow with your demand

Performance is a huge factor for decision makers and CEOs because it affects your business on all levels – impacting user experience, resource consumption, and budget. Implementing smart caching practices can offer numerous benefits for your company when it comes to keeping your website performant, responsive, resource-smart, and user-friendly. Additionally, smart caching practices can help keep you on the right course, now and in the future, by giving you the option to scale smoothly and effectively as your needs and infrastructure grow.

If you want to get down in the nitty gritty of how smart caching can help your website be as performant as possible, check out our guide.

Stay responsive, rank higher, and reduce latency for users

Users want to be served content quickly, and if they have to wait, they will bounce. As we mention in our guide, the difference can be a matter of mere milliseconds, making a quality user experience an extremely high priority for most organizations. Sulu’s caching proxies, Symfony HTTPCache and Varnish, use techniques like grace mode and cache warming to serve content to your users as quickly as possible, so they aren’t kept waiting. Another factor to consider is that a less responsive site will not only cost you users, but also dock you points with Google, sending you further down the list of search result rankings. Staying responsive is critical to keep your users and Google happy.

Save money and resources on your infrastructure

Some CEOs think they have no choice but to add more servers to keep up with their site’s needs and keep downtime to a minimum. But adding more servers costs time, energy, and money, and it isn’t a sustainable strategy in the long-term. If you grow and your demand grows, it’s possible to meet that without having to add countless servers to your infrastructure. Smart caching practices make it easier to maximize the server power you already have. Caching proxies like Symfony HTTP Cache and Varnish can act as helpful intermediaries between your servers and your users, keeping the load away from your application.

Stay flexible and upgrade when you need to

If an honest assessment of your caching and configuration needs reveals they aren’t overly complex, it’s a good idea to start out with Sulu’s default cache, Symfony HTTPCache. This ensures you get your caching needs met straight away. The even better news is that as your business grows, Sulu can scale with you by using Varnish, a fully-featured caching proxy. The Symfony HTTP cache and Varnish use the same standard, so upgrading from one to the other is relatively straightforward, simple, and smooth.

Growth is good — Sulu can help

Smart caching practices can keep your website performant, responsive, ranking higher in search results, and reduce latency for your users. Even better, Sulu can scale with you to meet new growth demands.

You can learn even more about meeting your performance and caching needs with Sulu’s smart caching practice in our guide.