[Drupal] How to configure Boost in Drupal 7?
BY muhammed.fathima
7 years ago
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Boost is a Drupal module which provides static page caching for anonymous users. Boost caches a page when a user first visits a page and the the succeeding users are given the cached version of the page. The biggest advantage of Boost is that it works well in shared hosting environments and it provides fresh content for logged in users. Read on to know how to configure Boost in a Drupal 7 website.


  1. Download and extract the latest version of Boost 7.x module. Upload the Boost folder to sites/all/modules folder of your Drupal site.
  2. Then go to Configuration->Search and metadata->Clean URLs. Ensure that Drupal's clean URLs are enabled and working correctly. Otherwise enable Drupal's clean URLs.
  3. Go to Admin->modules and enable the Boost module.
  4. After the module has been installed goto Administer->->System->Boost->Boost settings and review the default settings.
  5. Then go to Administer->Configuration->System->Boost->File system and specify the root cache directory and normal cache directory.cache and normal folders are writable(unix permission 0775) by the webserver.
  6. Review the other default Boost settings .
  7. Generate the Boost .htaccess rules from Administer->Configuration->System->Boost->.htaccess->.htaccessgeneration
    and copy the rules.
  8. Paste the rules in to .htaccess file as shown below .
    If your site is running in a VirtualDocumentRoot at http://example.com/,
    uncomment the following line:
    RewriteBase / |---paste the generated rules right here in .htaccess file---|

    Pass all requests not referring directly to files in the filesystem to
    index.php. Clean URLs are handled in drupal_environment_initialize().

  9. Check the Drupal Status Report for any issues. Go to Administer->Reports->Status report.

If you have followed the steps correctly, Boost should be delivering cached content by now and you should see a noticeable improvement in performance.

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on 01st January 2008 / by webmaster
We have added a few new modules to our site recently. Drupal Technical StumbleThis Leave a reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Sean (not verified) access_time 12 Jul 2020 - 16:07 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 12 Jul 2020 - 16:07 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 12 Jul 2020 - 16:07 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. Add new comment

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 www.example.com and example.com 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 example.com will redirect you to www.example.com 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 Leave a reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Anonymous (not verified) access_time 12 Jul 2020 - 16:07 Hello. I'm trying to make example.com show as www.example.com, 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 ^(.*)$ http://www.xxxxxxxxxx.com/$1 [L,R=301] When I go to http://xxxxxxxxxx.com, I get http://www.xxxxxxxxxx.com (as expected). However, when I go to http://xxxxxxxxxx.com/node/1 (it's a Drupal site), I get a 404 thrown and the URL changes to xxxxxxxxxx.com/var/www/drupal/node/1. Same thing with www.xxxxxxxxxx.com/node/1. Any suggestions? I want to run without Drupal's .htaccess file (instead incorporating these calls into my httpd.conf file). webmaster access_time 12 Jul 2020 - 16:07 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 12 Jul 2020 - 16:07 This is definitely a good guide. Thanks for this. wellyson access_time 12 Jul 2020 - 16:07 This is really nice and helpful. Add new comment

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 Leave a reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Shlomi Fish (not verified) access_time 12 Jul 2020 - 16:07 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 shlomifish.org webmaster access_time 12 Jul 2020 - 16:07 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 www.drupal.org as well Cheers Anoop John Team Zyxware Anonymous (not verified) access_time 12 Jul 2020 - 16:07 Hello! Nice Article very interesting, thanks Add new comment
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