Performance Settings for PrestaShop Version 1.4

by Curt Donohue on April 15, 2011

Pulling Your Hair Out Trying to Figure out the PrestaShop Performance Settings?Having trouble with the performance settings in PrestaShop 1.4?  Well, if you are pulling your hair out over this, you are not alone.  I’ve worked on finding answers to various parts of this issue for several weeks now and have a pretty good understanding of what they need to be depending on your circumstances.

Below, you will find three videos that attempt to provide clarity on the following settings in the Performance sub-tab:

  1. Smarty
  2. CCC (Combine, Compress, and Cache)
  3. Media Servers
  4. Ciphering
  5. Caching

While I wish I could say that these videos are all you will need, alas, they are not.  Even after weeks of research, I still don’t know how to properly configure the media servers.  Or, let’s just say I can’t make them work for whatever reason.  This section leaves the most to be desired but does contain other useful information about the media servers that I was able to figure out.

This leaves a great opportunity for other contributors to show how smart they are:)  If, after watching the videos, you know more than the videos demonstrate, please post your comments below.  If I can validate what you say, I’ll redo the video (or section of it) so we can all benefit.

Before we go on to the video tutorial, I wanted to thank Nethercott Constructions for providing most of the content for this tutorial.  Please go check them out at  Also, you can find links to many of the resources I mention in the tutorial at the end of this post.  Ok, on to the videos…

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3


Useful Links:

Wikipedia Article on the Rijndael Cipher

Wikipedia Article on the Blowfish Cipher

Learn about Memcached

Google Page Speed


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matteo August 23, 2013 at 1:51 am

thanks for the best article!!
I have a question: when I try to disable the caching I have the error 504… is it possible to set “no” (or false) in a specific file o in the db?
I see that into the folder cache/cachefs there are more than 10000 files in each sub-folder, if a delete them manually have I some problem?
best regards,

Steven July 24, 2012 at 10:19 am

Hi Curt,

Did you manage to learn how to use the media servers? I can not manage to reduce the load time bellow 4.4 secs, so I think they could help….any new info???

Best regards,


Curt Donohue July 24, 2012 at 7:21 pm


Sorry, but no I haven’t learned anything new. It seems to be a pretty elusive topic for more than just us. PrestaShop still doesn’t have any real documentation that I’m aware of and no one in the forums seems to know anything either.

I’m not sure how best to track down info in this topic.

John Stocks July 7, 2012 at 4:08 am

I have managed to get the media server option to half work, (it will display the theme correctly now) by disabling ccc options. But it is trying to locate all my images on the media servers too, which isn’t how it should be working

Rohan Sehgal March 27, 2012 at 2:14 am

Nice tutorials. Really helpful.

Thanks Curt

Curt Donohue March 27, 2012 at 5:06 am

You’re welcome Rohan.

fahad November 4, 2011 at 8:09 am

Hey i need to see these videos but i think links are down , please reupload it or if u have any other links please post


Curt Donohue November 4, 2011 at 2:21 pm


I’m not sure what’s going on. I’m having the same issue seeing my videos in Firefox. It appears the problem is a browser compatibility issue. I can see and view all my videos using Internet Explorer. Try using IE and let me know if that solves your issue. I’m going to have to see what’s causing this problem in the mean time.

fahad November 4, 2011 at 2:41 pm

Thanks for your reply and you are right your videos are not showing in firefox as well as chrome browser,but they are viewing in IE .

Curt Donohue November 4, 2011 at 2:45 pm

I’m pretty sure it must have something to do with an update either from the JW Player I use, or possibly Firefox. But, you say that it is also not showing up in Chrome? That makes me think it is the JW Player plugin for Wordpress. Maybe I can revert versions.

William October 4, 2011 at 4:26 am

Thanks for the training videos. They rock!

Max April 19, 2011 at 11:53 am

Hi Curt,
Thanks for your guide, but i have a question.
For enable media server you just only create 3 subdomains?

Let me know
Very thanks

Curt Donohue April 19, 2011 at 1:31 pm

Hi Max,

You can set up as many as three domains or subdomains to act as media servers, but you don’t have to set up any if you don’t want to. Keep in mind, as I said in the video, I haven’t figured out how to set up even one yet. There is a great two-part comment by Angora that questions if it makes sense for small to medium sized shops to bother with media servers. You can see the post here:

I believe PrestaShop is working off the premise that a maximum of three media servers is a good practice. According to some of the literature I’ve read, the optimal amount of hosts (media servers) is between 2 and 5. PrestaShop seems to have made the decision to use three, which is right in the middle.

If you want to read a relatively technical but very informative document on the matter, go to: This is just one section of Google’s information that comes from using their Page Speed application.

Max April 20, 2011 at 2:54 am

Thanks for reply

summer April 18, 2011 at 3:02 am

excellent! could you do more video tutorial about prestashop 1.4 please? Thank you so much!

Curt Donohue April 18, 2011 at 7:19 am

Thanks summer. I’ve been working on many tutorials for my paid-for product – Prestashop V1.4 Tutorials, which should be out in about a month. Keep an eye out for that.

Is there anything specific you need help with right now?

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