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DRUPAL CACHE SYSTEMS AND VARNISH

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This presentation has the objective to discuss how to leverage Drupal performance using Cache Tags, Cache Contexts e Varnish.

Pedro Dias

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DRUPAL CACHE SYSTEMS AND VARNISH

  1. 1. Drupal Day 2020 – Drupal Cache Systems and Varnish Pedro Dias November 2020
  2. 2. 2 Drupal cache out of the box
  3. 3. Internal Dynamic Page CacheInternal Page Caching 3 Every request constructs the output Saves the whole HTML for a given page, useful for a website with anonymous visitors Caches page components instead of the whole page, avoids a component to be computed in every requests if it behaves the same for all the pages Cache turned off Drupal out of the box caching systems
  4. 4. 4 Drupal out of the box caching systems What is cacheable in Drupal? —Every renderable element
  5. 5. Cache Max-ageCache Contexts 5 • A way of tagging a cacheable element used for bulk invalidation. • Used to create cache related elements • When a cache tag is invalidated, all elements with that tag are invalidated • Appliable to all renderable elements • Custom ones can be created • Provides a way of storing cache contextualized with the incoming request • Analogous to HTTP's Vary header. • Provides the ability for different users to see different cached content • Appliable to all renderable elements • Custom ones can be created • Instructs the time to live of the renderable element cache Cacheability Metadata in Drupal Cache Tags
  6. 6. 6 Cacheability Metadata in Drupal
  7. 7. 7 Enhance Drupal with Varnish
  8. 8. Enhance Drupal with Varnish 8 What is Varnish? - HTTP Accelerator known as HTTP Reverse Proxy - Stores the generated HTML for a given URL and serves the request without hitting the webserver - Speeds up delivery with a factor of 300 - 1000x
  9. 9. Enhance Drupal with Varnish 9 Drupal and Varnish - Installing Drupal Varnish Cache Contrib module give the ability to integrate with Cache Tags. - Drupal + Varnish out-of-the-box work like Drupal Internal Page Cache - Same cache for every visitors Icons made by Freepick from www.flaticon.com
  10. 10. Enhance Drupal with Varnish 10 Having Drupal + Varnish Installed Contextual response example • Our users have a attribute called “Has car” • We want to deliver different content to the user based on this attribute • Cache contexts won’t work
  11. 11. Enhance Drupal with Varnish 11 Means that we cannot serve content based on the request context? • Out of the box no, Varnish caches pages based on the URL • Varnish offers a Vary mechanism to make cache be contextual for the request (Same logic as Drupal Cache-Contexts) • Varnish can be instructed by webserver response how the cache varies using the response Vary header • Vary header should contain which request headers should be used to store the cache based on their combinations • For our example we need to add the request header that contains the attribute value to make it vary
  12. 12. Enhance Drupal with Varnish – Initial state 12 Icons made by Freepick from www.flaticon.com
  13. 13. Enhance Drupal with Varnish – Adding the CDN 13 Icons made by Freepick from www.flaticon.com
  14. 14. Enhance Drupal with Varnish – Make Info about car available on client-side 14 Icons made by Freepick from www.flaticon.com
  15. 15. Enhance Drupal with Varnish – Add the cookie value as a Request header by CDN 15 Icons made by Freepick from www.flaticon.com
  16. 16. Enhance Drupal with Varnish – Make cache Vary by X-Has-Car header 16 Icons made by Freepick from www.flaticon.com
  17. 17. Enhance Drupal with Varnish - Summary 17 Summary • Value needed for cache to Vary passed to client side using a cookie • Leverage the use of a CDN to transform a cookie into a Request Header • Drupal instructs Varnish to Vary cache based on that header Icons made by Freepick from www.flaticon.com
  18. 18. Enhance Drupal with Varnish – Combine with Cache contexts 18 Combine Varnish and Drupal cache • Cache contexts continue to make sense in reusable components • Enhances performance on shared components • Pages in which the content is different from the path should use the before explained mechanism
  19. 19. Enhance Drupal with Varnish 19 Tips to handle cache problems • Remember that the first hit is always cached • Setup http.response.debug_cacheability_headers in services.yml and check X-Drupal-Cache-Contexts • For debugging Varnish you can pass all the request headers started to X to the response
  20. 20. 20 Thank you!

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