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Last Reviewed: May 04, 2022

Pantheon Performance and Optimization Features

Optimization and Performance for WordPress on Pantheon

Pantheon provides support for performance and optimization features to help keep your site running quickly.

New Relic

Using New Relic makes it easy for you to monitor your site's performance and speeds up the support process by helping the Pantheon support team visualize corresponding performance and symptoms.


Quicksilver hooks into platform workflows to automate your Pantheon WebOps workflow. This allows the platform to run selected scripts automatically every hour, or when a team member triggers the corresponding workflow.

Optimization Tips

This section provides optional steps to improve your site's speed.

  1. Optimize your wp_options table

    • Minimize your Autoloaded data in WordPress to reduce your cache size.
  2. Update your PHP version

  3. Use persistent Object Cache

  4. Implement reverse proxy page cache

    • WordPress can serve cached pages, but other subsystems can do it up to 200x faster. A reverse proxy like Varnish not only helps with performance, but also can help your site be more stable during a traffic spike.
  5. Use the InnoDB Engine

    • Use the InnoDB Storage Engine to avoid table-level locking. InnoDB also helps preserve your data if you have a crash.
  6. Create a dedicated search index

    • An external dedicated index provides more features and responsiveness than the WordPress default Search function. Refer to Enabling Solr for WordPress for more details.