CakePHP 1.2 VS 1.3 VS 2.0 Page Request Times

Published on Mar 7, 2011 by Jamie Munro

When I first started using CakePHP a few years ago, we had a lot of complaints about speed.  If you do some Google searches comparing CakePHP to other frameworks, it seems to be near the bottom of the pack.  I previously wrote a few articles on optimizing CakePHP here:

Implementing the following tips certainly helped; however, if there are issues with the core framework response time, no amount of optimization will truley help.  So after reading up on CakePHP 2.0 and it's recent speed improvements, I wanted to do some straight CakePHP comparisons.  Below are 10 load times for CakePHP 1.2, 1.3, and the new 2.0.  These load times are of a brand new install simply loading the default home view, no database connection or any model loading.


Cake 1.2



  • Page load: 0.1016s

  • Page load: 0.1297s

  • Page load: 0.1101s

  • Page load: 0.1081s

  • Page load: 0.1318s

  • Page load: 0.1053s

  • Page load: 0.1068s

  • Page load: 0.1255s

  • Page load: 0.0952s

  • Page load: 0.1122s


Average: 0.11263s


Cake 1.3



  • Page load: 0.0973s

  • Page load: 0.0719s

  • Page load: 0.0814s

  • Page load: 0.0935s

  • Page load: 0.0768s

  • Page load: 0.1091s

  • Page load: 0.0593s

  • Page load: 0.0734s

  • Page load: 0.0909s

  • Page load: 0.0751s


Average: 0.08287s


Cake 2.0



  • Page load: 0.1065s

  • Page load: 0.0724s

  • Page load: 0.0599s

  • Page load: 0.0994s

  • Page load: 0.0646s

  • Page load: 0.0851s

  • Page load: 0.1018s

  • Page load: 0.0603s

  • Page load: 0.0971s

  • Page load: 0.0631s


Average: 0.08102s


As you can see, between CakePHP 1.2 and 1.3 there were some significant speed improvements.  Almost every request was below 0.1 seconds where 1.2 only had only one request below 0.1!

So far, there doesn't seem to be much of an improvement between 1.3 and 2.0, but there is still time.  Keep up the good work CakePHP dev team!

Tags: CakePHP | Optimization

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