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How to Find Slow Requests Using a PHP Performance Monitoring Tool with Laravel or Symfony Applications

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Updated on: 2022-06-07

Posted on: 2022-06-07

Categories: PHP Tutorials, PHP Performance, Sponsored

If you have a site and you notice that it is slow, that is an issue that may affect the user experience, and users may leave the site for that reason.

To solve the slowness problem, first, you need to find the causes that make the site slow before you can start fixing the performance issues.

Read this short article to learn more about how to find and fix slow requests served 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. What is a Slow Site

2. Why You Need to Fix the Performance Issues that Make Your Site Slow

3. What Can Be the Root Causes of Slow Requests of Your Site

4. How Can You Find the Slow Requests of Your Site Using the Scout Application Performance Monitoring Tool


1. What is a Slow Site

A slow site is a site with pages that so much time to load that the users that visit the pages may end up giving up waiting for the pages to load.

According to studies done by Google, over 50% of the users abandon sites that take more than 3 seconds to load their pages in their mobile device browser application.

2. Why You Need to Fix the Performance Issues that Make Your Site Slow

If a good part of the users that go to the sites leave the sites due to performance issues the sites lose opportunities to engage more users.

Having more users often means generating more revenue to help make sites financially viable.

As a developer if you do not care about the performance issues of the sites that you develop you may be ignoring an important issue that your site may be having that may be causing user engagement loss.

As a consequence, you may be compromising the financial viability of the project. It would be a shame if a project would die due to performance issues that make the project site become too slow.

Therefore it is urgent for you to take care of performance issues that may affect the site speed before it is too late.

Personally, I have seen sites with that problem. The site owners gave up on those projects because they could not make enough money to pay for the site expenses like the hosting and the developer work that is necessary to keep the site viable.

Google stopped indexing the site page issues and the sites stopped getting traffic from Google Search.

So as a responsible developer it is up to you to figure out and fix the performance issues that the sites that you work on get fixed as soon as possible, for instance right now after you read this article.

3. What Can Be the Root Causes of Slow Requests of Your Site

A site with performance issues requires that you invest some time to do the work to investigate the causes of those issues.

There may be many causes for the site performance issues. Usually, the performance issues can be divided into two parts.

One part is related to the structure of the pages. That is the case for instance the efficiency of the HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and images used in the site pages.

The other part is related to the server-side application that serves the site pages. That is the case for instance:

1. The CPU load and speed of database queries that the site code runs.

2. The use of caching to retrieve frequently generated HTML code for the pages or to retrieve the results of frequently executed database queries.

3. The complexity of the libraries and frameworks or methods that you use that make each request execute too much code repeatedly on every request.

4. Heavy processes running in the background of the server machines that serve the site pages may cause a high CPU load.

As a competent developer that you should investigate all these aspects and others that I did not mention because it is a very complex problem.

4. How Can You Find the Slow Requests of Your Site Using the Scout Application Performance Monitoring Tool

Finding and fixing issues of this level of complexity may take you a lot of time. It could take even months just to do the initial investigation process.

That is my personal experience as a developer of the PHP Classes site. For more than 1 year I have been solving many performance issues in the code and infrastructure of the site.

Fortunately for you, there is a good solution that may save you a lot of time if you use the Laravel or Symfony frameworks to develop your PHP application. 

Scout is an application performance monitoring application that supports many Web programming languages, including PHP. If you used Laravel or Symfony, to build your application it provides good support to find the code that needs to be fixed to solve the slow request problems.

So for now I suggest that you try the Scout Application Monitoring with PHP support. You can try it for free for 14 days. That time will be enough for you to test this feature to help you quickly find the PHP code that causes the slow request problem. Just go to the Scout signup for free trial page, so you can start trying it for free now.

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 signup for free trial page so you can experience the benefits of this application without paying.

How to Find Slow Requests Using a PHP Performance Monitoring Tool with Laravel or Symfony Applications




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