There were some legitimate concerns about Drupal 8 potential performance regressions as a result of being built on top of Symfony2. Drupal 8 Beta-14 is the latest release; It seems that the Drupal 8 big release it comes apace. As per all the benchmarks I saw until I noticed that Drupal 8 is much slower than Drupal 7 especially for logged in users which is kind of a bummer.

Isn't Drupal supposed to be used for online communities where logged in users could interact? For displaying news and blogs there are already other software much convenient to use such as Wordpress. What kind of server would support such an expensive product? In this scenario, will be Drupal 8 a solution for high traffic online communities where logged-in users could post things and make comments and interact with each other?

Shouldn't this newer version of Drupal better than the old one? In terms of performance it doesn't seems so. This is why I'm thinking to find alternatives to Drupal for my potential clients. I'm not sure that financially speaking would worth to develop an online community website in Drupal and pay a lot for hosting and development.

  • In terms of performance it is perfectly usual that newer software requires better hardware. Drupal 7 was released 5 years ago. You wouldn't expect new games to work better than old ones on 5yo computer, right? You would expect them to look better, be more extensible and so on. Same with Adobe Photoshop, operating systems, office suites, and many others. Why would CMS be different?
    – Mołot
    Aug 19, 2015 at 12:31
  • The questions are sightly different, but the bulk of the information we could give you is in the duplicate. Whether or not it's suitable for high traffic online communities is not something that can be objectively answered unfortunately. It depends on too many factors (level of traffic, server hardware, balancing, etc). You need to benchmark under real-world conditions specific to your app to be sure of something like that
    – Clive
    Aug 19, 2015 at 12:36
  • I had different expectations from Drupal8. I read lots of articles on how Drupal8 would be faster and better than Drupal7. bumkum! Well, right now all benchmarks are showing that is 2-3 times slower than Drupal 7 - Drupal 7 was not very speedy but was kind of good enough. This means that the hosting should be 2-3 times better. 2-3 times more money spent on hosting. On one hand using a open source cms would save you money, but on the other hand the hosting solution is more expensive.
    – rungurean
    Aug 19, 2015 at 12:56
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    It can be much faster, when you have the caches primed and ready. That's the important bit. 'Better' can't really be objectively measured as it depends what you mean (as a programmer my primary concern is DX, which is a million times better in D8, for example). Other than the question that can't be answered (whether Drupal 8 will work for an unspecified app on unspecified hardware), is there anything else you need to know? I ask because this reads like you're venting frustration, rather than trying to solve a real-world problem
    – Clive
    Aug 19, 2015 at 13:11
  • Not sure if cashing everything is the solution. Probably this is why it is so non-performing for logged in users. The end user does not give a damn on DX. They get frustrated when the page they're trying to access is not loading. I'm not trying to solve a real world problem. I'm trying to figure out if Drupal 8 is the way to go. And yes, I'm frustrated that it regressed in terms of performance.
    – rungurean
    Aug 19, 2015 at 13:41


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