I am currently trying to debug some of the page load times on a website we host, and am running into something I find odd. Global Variables parsing seems to be taking up half the page load time...

(0.977187/31.55MB) - - End Template Processing - 
(0.977237/31.55MB) - Parse Global Variables
(1.541043/36.24MB) - Template Parsing Finished
(1.547675/36.55MB) - Calling Extension Class/Method: Eedt_memory_history_ext/ee_debug_toolbar_init_settings
(1.548767/36.62MB) - Calling Extension Class/Method: Eedt_perf_alerts_ext/ee_debug_toolbar_init_settings

Am I correct in thinking this?

How can I reduce this time?

I feel like it shouldn't be taking half a second to parse a few variables.


Expression Engine version: 2.10.1
PHP Version: 5.3.3

As for plugins, we don't have that many, on this page specifically, I am running a homebrewed plugin that takes in a single parameter and then queries the database and builds a response. This was made to bypass the standard channel entries queries in EE, because with a ton of entries, it started taking a very long time.

Other addons we have (but are not running in this page) SEOLite, trunchhtml, searchfields

  • Are you running a lot of plugins? What version of EE and PHP? Aug 8, 2016 at 18:07
  • edited for more information
    – Drew Major
    Aug 8, 2016 at 18:28

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I'd start with upgrading the version of PHP to something like 5.6 (or at least 5.4) if you can. You should see some significant gains in loading. EllisLab put out a pretty good article here explaining this in detail. Other than that, if your site is loading slowly overall and it hasn't before you may want to check with your host.

  • Im not necessarily getting bad load times overall, 1.5 seconds right now. I am debugging because that used to be around 10 seconds because we were pulling 1k+ channel entries at once in the channel entries tag. I just happened to noticed that global variables takes half a second.
    – Drew Major
    Aug 8, 2016 at 19:14
  • Hmm, that is interesting. Great job getting the page speed down from 10. I've been looking through the parse order list (docs.expressionengine.com/latest/templates/template_engine.html) and if it's indeed the standard global variables and not including any kind of variables that may be added through plugins then that really is odd. Aug 8, 2016 at 19:31
  • Ill start disabling addons and see if it affects that load time then. Its not a major concern, but if I can reduce that time, then its all the better. Thanks for confirming that its not really normal for it to be 1/3rd of the current page load.
    – Drew Major
    Aug 8, 2016 at 19:32
  • I checked about 4 of our production sites with different ranges of content/plugins and they were all just a few ms different during global variable and template parsing times. Let me know what develops! Aug 8, 2016 at 19:36

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