White Papers


After M1

by Nexcess Research

The Magento 1 End of Life is less than a year away. For Magento 1 merchants, developers, and agencies this means preparing for what comes after. Follow our guide to what comes next.

The State of Hosting 2019

by Nexcess Research

We analyzed data from over 13,000 hosting services worldwide to understand the trends that defined the hosting industry between 2018 and 2019.

The Definitive Guide to Magento 2 Optimization

by Brad Boegler

Backed by 10 years' experience with Magento and benchmark data, this guide provides configuration and best practices to keep your Magento 2 store at peak performance. Learn how to optimize PHP, Apache, MySQL, and other key applications.

Sentry Two-Factor Authentication

by Nexcess & Human Element

As an Ecommerce platform, Magento faces more security challenges than ever. Because Magento sites exist to generate revenue, they provide a tempting target for attackers. A traditional username/password authentication form provides a first line of defense and the free and open source Sentry Two-factor Authentication extension enhances this defense by adding a second barrier against unauthorized access.

Magento 2: Percona 5.6 versus Percona 5.7

by Eugene Simpkins II

Ecommerce platforms depend on the database performance to reduce load times, and Magento 2 is no exception. This white paper investigates the claim that Magento 2 performs better when using Percona 5.7 instead of Percona 5.6.

ExpressionEngine - Caching, and Best Practices for Performance

by Brad Boegler

This document is oriented towards developers or system administrators with experience using ExpressionEngine, or anyone looking to increase the capacity and performance of their ExpressionEngine site. After more than 9 years of working with ExpressionEngine, we at Nexcess have learned the best practices to optimize extremely high-traffic ExpressionEngine sites.

Percona Server versus Percona XtraDB Cluster: A Magento Case Study

by Eugene Simpkins II

This white paper dissects three tests designed to weigh the performance of a single database instance against that of PXC when paired with Magento 1.x and Magento 2. The three tests were database import performance, reindexing, and traffic simulation. The single database instance outperformed the PXC in every iteration.