A Few Tips to Speed Up SharePoint Performance

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As many companies use SharePoint as their collaborative workspace and corporate intranet, it’s vital that the app runs fast and smoothly. Otherwise, it will hamper the whole company’s efficiency. Besides, waiting to access a document to collaborate on a project or having troubles with page loads is not just a waste of employees’ time but it’s also hugely annoying. If you have similar issues with your app and are looking for some tips on how to speed up SharePoint, this article is for you.


SQL Server as a stumbling block

In order to boost SharePoint performance, it’s important to understand that it is directly connected to SQL Server. This is what drives your app, and though managing the SharePoint settings does influence the performance, fine-tuning SQL Server gives the performance a far greater lift. This means that most of the problems you have with SharePoint are storage-related. There are though some other reasons to consider. Let’s figure out how these issues can be resolved.

  • Manage the allocation unit size.

Did you know that SQL Server operates at 64 kilobytes at a time, while your drive has a maximum speed of just 4 kilobytes per second? For that reason, adapt your hardware to meet the necessary requirements. Format the drives to change the allocation size of your disks. This will speed up the app’s performance by 30%.

  • Optimize the model database.

In order to house web apps, SharePoint creates new content databases using the model database template. Yet, the default size of 8 megabytes isn’t enough for SharePoint. Set up a larger file size for the newly created databases, and that will spare you the trouble of changing the settings later.

  • Maintain the recovery model.

A log file is needed to locate files in the database. Therefore, it is crucial to establish a recovery model that will suit your requirements. You have two options regarding how to maintain it. The first option needs more information and takes up more memory and maintenance efforts, while the other one offers the opposite. Whichever model you choose, manage it appropriately.

  • Be careful with third-party web apps.

Though moving some unused content away from SQL Server may help you with clearing up space to work on more active content, you should choose a third-party storage location with forethought. The thing is some of them may affect SharePoint performance the opposite way from what you’ve intended.

  • Avoid customizing too much.

There are companies that tried to make their SharePoint site an outstanding experience but ended up with a product that bogs down getting on users’ nerves. Though the app looks really impressive, it takes much time to load pages. The simpler, the better, this should be your approach to customization.

  • Optimize images.

Poorly optimized images are the cause of performance issues for many apps, and SharePoint is no exception. Modify images to reduce their size and opt for fewer images on a single page to speed up page loads.

  • Try using another browser.

Though the advice might sound too evident, each browser has some limitations for SharePoint. Give other browsers a shot to find out which one suits you best.

Still having performance issues? Contact Digital Design! Our company will conduct free performance testing for SharePoint. Then, our specialists will prepare your app for SharePoint performance optimization, carry out the process and equip you with guidelines on dealing with the product in future. Rely on Digital Design to stay in control of your SharePoint!