We have been using civi live for a few months in a hosted environment. In response to concerns from the admin team I took some timings for common tasks and agree with them that performance is very disappointing. We intend to use a monitoring package to investigate but would be grateful for any views on the results below:

  • search for a contact = 8 secs
  • select edit a contact = 5 sec
  • edit a contact field <1 sec
  • save edited contact = 8 sec
  • edit a financial type = 5 sec
  • edit a communication preference = 7 sec
  • renew a membership = 3 secs
  • edit greeting = 6 secs
  • edit address = 8 secs

The system is accessed over broadband and other services are fine.

I realise there are many hardware, software, database issues that can affect performance but would be grateful for any comments on the general premise from administrators that they system is very slow.


  • Can you add some information about your hosted environment
    – petednz - fuzion
    Aug 3 at 20:30
  • Since it's hosted, talk to your hosting provider. Sometimes their performance monitoring can provide useful clues. Is your CMS slow as well or just Civi?
    – Aidan
    Aug 4 at 8:17
  • You could compare with the development sandboxes, which run on a virtual server with 4 GB ram: dmaster.demo.civicrm.org The number of contacts & contributions will slow down searches. If using Drupal, make sure that the Watchdog is not clogged with warnings. The watchdog often kills performance.
    – bgm
    Aug 4 at 14:54
  • Thank you all. I have managed to view civi on a modest hosting environment giving much better performance so I think it is time to move to another hosting. Aug 16 at 20:25

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