A Static Site Generator in PHP, Faster Than Hugo or Zola

Can PHP compete against a CMS created in Go or Rust and still be more performant? And if so, what are the essential elements for performance? Are these elements also transferable to other PHP projects that have nothing to do with CMS? How can you identify the performance-critical points in a PHP program? And what can you do with the results?

In this talk, we’ll introduce techniques such as PHP-FFI, PHP-PECL, and profiling with XHProf. With these techniques, a static site generator written in PHP is more performant than two well-known generators, Hugo and Zola—written in Go and Rust respectively.

Elmar Klausmeier

Senior Manager at Sopra Steria Consulting

Frankfurt am Main, Germany

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