Use performance-orientated forks of applications


Open-source software is often forked for better performance. Performance is usually improved by reducing the resources consumed. Consequently, if an optimized fork exists with sufficient technical and functional scope for your project, you should utilize it.

  • For Drupal, use the optimized Pressflow version instead.
  • For MySQL, use the optimized Percona Server version instead.

Percona Server is twice as efficient as MySQL Server (Source: Percona Inc.).

This best practice should only be applied if it is coherent with your project's specifications.
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