How to install and configure Boost caching module to speed up performance on your Drupal 6 site
9 years ago

Boost is a module in Drupal that enables file based static page caching in Drupal. When an anonymous user visits a page for the first time in a Boost-enabled Drupal site, the page will get stored as a static html file in a cache folder. When the next anonymous user visits the same page the htaccess rules created by Boost will serve the static file cached in the cache folder instead of bootstrapping drupal for generating the page. This saves a lot of processor usage and would help even entry level hosting servers serve reasonably good volume of traffic. Here is how you can install and configure Boost in a Drupal 6 site.

Following steps should help you install boost module in drupal:

Step1: Download Boost Module :
Step2: Copy boost module folder to modules directory (sites/all/modules).
Step3: Enable boost module (Administer > Site building > Modules).
Step4: Ensure that Drupal's Clean URLs setting is enabled and working correctly( Administer > Site Configuration > Clean URLs).
Step5: Save the settings to install.
Step6: Take the settings page of boost module (Administer > Site configuration > Performance > Boost settings) Make sure that the Boost – Static page cache is set to Enabled and save the configuration.
Step7: Copy the custom rules from Boost .htaccess rules generation page to the Drupal .htaccess file. (Administer > Site configuration > Performance > Boost htaccess rules generation).
Step8: Paste it below the “# RewriteBase /” and above “# Rewrite URLs of the form 'x' to the form 'index.php?q=x'.” in the existing .htaccess file:

# RewriteBase /
------------ Paste the rules here ------------
#Rewrite URLs of the form 'x' to the form 'index.php?q=x'.

Step9: Run Status report and view your log entries to check to see if any errors related to the module configuration are being shown (Administer > Reports > Status report).




on 01st January 2008 / by webmaster
We have added a few new modules to our site recently. Drupal Technical StumbleThis Sean (not verified) access_time 20 Sep 2021 - 17:58 Hi there, I uploaded the files, enabled the modules to use SU, and now I see the link, but there is no icon... How can I fix this? Thanks, Sean webmaster access_time 20 Sep 2021 - 17:58 In reply to Icon doesn't show by Sean (not verified) What do you see when you view the source? Search for stumblethis_button and you should be able to see the code for the image and the URL. Then you should be able to troubleshoot from there. Juicy Couture Addict (not verified) access_time 20 Sep 2021 - 17:58 thanks for the post. would love to hear more of you. by the way, drupal's really popular nowadays as it has easy and fast features. you agree with me? thanks.

on 16th January 2008 / by webmaster
Most webmasters do not realize this, but a lot of the content on lot of websites can be accessed from multiple URLs. A simple example would be where and leads to the same page. This is a fatal mistake in Search Engine Optimization and search engines penalize you for duplicate content. The correct configuration would be where the above two urls will lead you to the same page but will redirect you to with a 301 (Moved permanently) status which will not result in search engines penalizing the page. It is very easy to configure 301 redirects using Apache .htaccess file and the process is the same for a Drupal installation also. Drupal Technical Apache htaccess SEO Anonymous (not verified) access_time 20 Sep 2021 - 17:58 Hello. I'm trying to make show as, and I'm running into difficulties. I'm on Apache 2.0 and using the following lines in my httpd.conf file: RewriteEngine on RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^xxxxxxxxxx\.com$ [NC] RewriteRule ^(.*)$$1 [L,R=301] When I go to, I get (as expected). However, when I go to (it's a Drupal site), I get a 404 thrown and the URL changes to Same thing with Any suggestions? I want to run without Drupal's .htaccess file (instead incorporating these calls into my httpd.conf file). webmaster access_time 20 Sep 2021 - 17:58 In reply to Rewrite including filesystem path by Anonymous (not verified) I think the problem is with the base path which results in the redirection to /var/www/ part. The best approach I would think is to start with drupal htaccess and then strip out parts and move to httpd SNVC (not verified) access_time 20 Sep 2021 - 17:58 This is definitely a good guide. Thanks for this. wellyson access_time 20 Sep 2021 - 17:58 This is really nice and helpful.

on 08th February 2008 / by webmaster
Attachment Size slashdotit.tar.gz 173.55 KB Similar to the StumbleThis module that we had created earlier we have created another bookmarking Drupal Technical Slashdotit Shlomi Fish (not verified) access_time 20 Sep 2021 - 17:58 Hi! I'm interested in this module, but Drupal 6.2 complains that it's incompatible with it. Can you please update it or tell me how? Regards, Shlomi Fish webmaster access_time 20 Sep 2021 - 17:58 In reply to Can you update it for Drupal-6.x? by Shlomi Fish (not verified) Sure we are working on this currently and will post an update soon. Also we will post this module on as well Cheers Anoop John Team Zyxware Anonymous (not verified) access_time 20 Sep 2021 - 17:58 Hello! Nice Article very interesting, thanks