Double Header: Maximizing Site Speed with Mercy Corps | Automating Deployments with CASCADE


Session 1 - Maximizing Site Speed with Mercy Corps

Time: 1:00pm-1:30pm
Company: Forum One

Performance tweaks to a Drupal site can fall into one of two categories: Game changing, or marginal. Sometimes those margins can add up, but where these gains can be made isn’t always clear. For organizations who rely on their public site to drive fundraising, speed, and engagement are a number one priority. In this session, we will review efforts made in a collaboration between Forum One and Mercy Corps in improving the performance of We will review a variety of approaches along with benchmark data to demonstrate just how much of an improvement each approach made. By implementing these ideas on your own site, you can:

  • Decrease bounce rates.

  • Increase user engagement.

  • Increase conversion rates.

  • Improve SEO.

  • Make your digital staff happy and more productive.

Improvements will range from simple changes that can be made in the administrative interface, optimizing the front end, caching best practices and server configuration. We will also demonstrate the tools used to measure these improvements in discrete increments, and as a collective whole. With the knowledge from this session, you will be able to offer your end users a fast experience that will draw them to engage with your site.


Session 2 - Automating Deployments with CASCADE

Time: 1:30pm-2:00pm
Company: BlackMesh

CASCADE (Customer Administered System Configuration and Automated Deployment Engine) is a new workflow and deployment tool that streamlines your manual code deployment into an automated process.   CASCADE enables you to move sites from development to staging or staging to production (or any combination thereof) with the simple click of a button, eliminating wasted hours debugging the environment instead of reviewing the content.

Session Track

Business Showcase

Experience Level


Drupal Version

When & Where

Wednesday, 13 May, 2015 - 13:00 to 14:00
409AB - InMotion Hosting