VBulletin 4 Optimization for Fast Page Load

Here are some simple tips to get your pages loading quickly and to save server resources. There are many features that can be turned off to save resources and I would keep most of these off if you have a larger forum.

Here are some basics:

# – Never use the no cache option. Using this means the header will be reloaded every time someone visits your site even if they are a member refreshing the page.

# – Keep GZip on and set to 1. Never compress more than the number 1 setting.

# – Keep your cache time set very high for static images, etc. Mine are set to 2500. An image that does not change does not to be reloaded often.

# – Keep whos online off and set to random display. Disable spider display and guest display.

# – Turn off who read a post, whos been online in the last 24 hours, thread checks, reputation, subscription, etc – Basically just go through the options and disable features that will add queries unless it is a feature vital to your site.

Incorporate the following into your htaccess. This will help with static images and even security.


# BEGIN W3TC Browser Cache

AddType text/css .css
AddType application/javascript .js
AddType application/x-javascript .js
AddType text/html .html .htm
AddType text/richtext .rtf .rtx
AddType image/svg+xml .svg .svgz
AddType text/plain .txt
AddType text/xsd .xsd
AddType text/xsl .xsl
AddType text/xml .xml
AddType video/asf .asf .asx .wax .wmv .wmx
AddType video/avi .avi
AddType image/bmp .bmp
AddType application/java .class
AddType video/divx .divx
AddType application/msword .doc .docx
AddType application/x-msdownload .exe
AddType image/gif .gif
AddType application/x-gzip .gz .gzip
AddType image/x-icon .ico
AddType image/jpeg .jpg .jpeg .jpe
AddType application/vnd.ms-access .mdb
AddType audio/midi .mid .midi
AddType video/quicktime .mov .qt
AddType audio/mpeg .mp3 .m4a
AddType video/mp4 .mp4 .m4v
AddType video/mpeg .mpeg .mpg .mpe
AddType application/vnd.ms-project .mpp
AddType application/vnd.oasis.opendocument.database .odb
AddType application/vnd.oasis.opendocument.chart .odc
AddType application/vnd.oasis.opendocument.formula .odf
AddType application/vnd.oasis.opendocument.graphics .odg
AddType application/vnd.oasis.opendocument.presentation .odp
AddType application/vnd.oasis.opendocument.spreadsheet .ods
AddType application/vnd.oasis.opendocument.text .odt
AddType audio/ogg .ogg
AddType application/pdf .pdf
AddType image/png .png
AddType application/vnd.ms-powerpoint .pot .pps .ppt .pptx
AddType audio/x-realaudio .ra .ram
AddType application/x-shockwave-flash .swf
AddType application/x-tar .tar
AddType image/tiff .tif .tiff
AddType audio/wav .wav
AddType audio/wma .wma
AddType application/vnd.ms-write .wri
AddType application/vnd.ms-excel .xla .xls .xlsx .xlt .xlw
AddType application/zip .zip

# END W3TC Browser Cache

# START E-Tag

Header unset ETag

FileETag None
# END E-Tag

# START Deny attempts to view the Htaccess file.

Order allow,deny
Deny from all

# END Deny attempts to view the Htaccess file.

# Start Deny attempts to view the config file.
 
Order allow,deny
Deny from all
  
# End Deny attempts to view the config file.

# START Mime-Type

AddType text/css .css
AddType text/richtext .rtf .rtx
AddType image/svg+xml .svg .svgz
AddType text/plain .txt
AddType text/xsd .xsd
AddType text/xsl .xsl
AddType video/asf .asf .asx .wax .wmv .wmx
AddType video/avi .avi
AddType image/bmp .bmp
AddType application/java .class
AddType video/divx .divx
AddType application/msword .doc .docx
AddType application/x-msdownload .exe
AddType image/gif .gif
AddType application/x-gzip .gz .gzip
AddType image/x-icon .ico
AddType image/jpeg .jpg .jpeg .jpe
AddType application/vnd.ms-access .mdb
AddType audio/midi .mid .midi
AddType video/quicktime .mov .qt
AddType audio/mpeg .mp3 .m4a
AddType video/mp4 .mp4 .m4v
AddType video/mpeg .mpeg .mpg .mpe
AddType application/vnd.ms-project .mpp
AddType application/vnd.oasis.opendocument.database .odb
AddType application/vnd.oasis.opendocument.chart .odc
AddType application/vnd.oasis.opendocument.formula .odf
AddType application/vnd.oasis.opendocument.graphics .odg
AddType application/vnd.oasis.opendocument.presentation .odp
AddType application/vnd.oasis.opendocument.spreadsheet .ods
AddType application/vnd.oasis.opendocument.text .odt
AddType audio/ogg .ogg
AddType application/pdf .pdf
AddType image/png .png
AddType application/vnd.ms-powerpoint .pot .pps .ppt .pptx
AddType audio/x-realaudio .ra .ram
AddType application/x-shockwave-flash .swf
AddType application/x-tar .tar
AddType image/tiff .tif .tiff
AddType audio/wav .wav
AddType audio/wma .wma
AddType application/vnd.ms-write .wri
AddType application/vnd.ms-excel .xla .xls .xlsx .xlt .xlw
AddType application/zip .zip

# END Mime-Type

# START Expires Headers

ExpiresActive On
ExpiresDefault "access plus 1 seconds"
ExpiresByType text/html "access plus 1 seconds"
ExpiresByType text/css A2628000
ExpiresByType text/richtext A3600
ExpiresByType image/svg+xml A3600
ExpiresByType text/plain A3600
ExpiresByType text/xsd A3600
ExpiresByType text/xsl A3600
ExpiresByType video/asf A2628000
ExpiresByType video/avi A2628000
ExpiresByType image/bmp A2628000
ExpiresByType application/java A2628000
ExpiresByType video/divx A2628000
ExpiresByType application/msword A2628000
ExpiresByType application/x-msdownload A2628000
ExpiresByType image/gif A2628000
ExpiresByType application/x-gzip A2628000
ExpiresByType image/x-icon A2628000
ExpiresByType image/jpeg A2628000
ExpiresByType application/vnd.ms-access A2628000
ExpiresByType audio/midi A2628000
ExpiresByType video/quicktime A2628000
ExpiresByType audio/mpeg A2628000
ExpiresByType video/mp4 A2628000
ExpiresByType video/mpeg A2628000
ExpiresByType application/javascript A2628000
ExpiresByType application/x-javascript A2628000
ExpiresByType application/vnd.ms-project A2628000
ExpiresByType application/vnd.oasis.opendocument.database A2628000
ExpiresByType application/vnd.oasis.opendocument.chart A2628000
ExpiresByType application/vnd.oasis.opendocument.formula A2628000
ExpiresByType application/vnd.oasis.opendocument.graphics A2628000
ExpiresByType application/vnd.oasis.opendocument.presentation A2628000
ExpiresByType application/vnd.oasis.opendocument.spreadsheet A2628000
ExpiresByType application/vnd.oasis.opendocument.text A2628000
ExpiresByType audio/ogg A2628000
ExpiresByType application/pdf A2628000
ExpiresByType image/png A2628000
ExpiresByType application/vnd.ms-powerpoint A2628000
ExpiresByType audio/x-realaudio A2628000
ExpiresByType application/x-shockwave-flash A2628000
ExpiresByType application/x-tar A2628000
ExpiresByType image/tiff A2628000
ExpiresByType audio/wav A2628000
ExpiresByType audio/wma A2628000
ExpiresByType application/vnd.ms-write A2628000
ExpiresByType application/vnd.ms-excel A2628000
ExpiresByType application/zip A2628000

# END Expires Headers

# BEGIN Compress text files

  AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE text/html text/xml text/css text/plain
  AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE image/svg+xml application/xhtml+xml application/xml
  AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE application/rdf+xml application/rss+xml application/atom+xml
  AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE text/javascript application/javascript application/x-javascript application/json
  AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE application/x-font-ttf application/x-font-otf
  AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE font/truetype font/opentype
  
# remove browser bugs
BrowserMatch ^Mozilla/4 gzip-only-text/html
BrowserMatch ^Mozilla/4.0[678] no-gzip
BrowserMatch bMSIE !no-gzip !gzip-only-text/html

# END Compress text files 

# BEGIN Cache-Control Headers

  
    Header set Cache-Control "max-age=29030400, public"
  
  
    Header set Cache-Control "public"
  
  
    Header set Cache-Control "private"
  
  
    Header set Cache-Control "private, must-revalidate"
  

# END Cache-Control Headers

# Block User-agent Libwww-perl
RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} libwww-perl.* 
RewriteRule .* – [F,L]

# proc/self/environ? no way!
RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} proc/self/environ [OR]
# Block out any script trying to set a mosConfig value through the URL
RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} mosConfig_[a-zA-Z_]{1,21}(=|%3D) [OR]
# Block out any script trying to base64_encode crap to send via URL
RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} base64_encode.*(.*) [OR]
# Block out any script that includes a -script- tag in URL
RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} (< |%3C).*script.*(>|%3E) [NC,OR]
# Block out any script trying to set a PHP GLOBALS variable via URL
RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} GLOBALS(=|[|%[0-9A-Z]{0,2}) [OR]
# Block out any script trying to modify a _REQUEST variable via URL
RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} _REQUEST(=|[|%[0-9A-Z]{0,2})

# Measures to block out SQL injection attacks
RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} ^.*(;|< |>|'|"|\)|%0A|%0D|%22|%27|%3C|%3E|%00).*(/\*|union|select|insert|cast|set|declare|drop|update|md5|benchmark).* [NC,OR]

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