Magento place order slow [FIXED]

The Magento “place order” step can take up to a minute. With thanks to this site I figured out how to fix slow checkouts.

Step 1

Find the file app/code/core/Mage/Rss/etc/config.xml and uncomment/remove:

<sales_order_save_after>
<observers>
<notifystock>
<class>rss/observer</class>
<method>salesOrderItemSaveAfterNotifyStock</method>
</notifystock>
</observers>
</sales_order_save_after>
<sales_order_save_after>
<observers>
<ordernew>
<class>rss/observer</class>
<method>salesOrderItemSaveAfterOrderNew</method>
</ordernew>
</observers>
</sales_order_save_after>

Step 2

Find the file app/code/core/Mage/Downloadable/etc/config.xml and uncomment/remove:

<!–sales_order_item_save_commit_after>
<observers>
<downloadable_observer>
<class>downloadable/observer</class>
<method>saveDownloadableOrderItem</method>
</downloadable_observer>
</observers>
</sales_order_item_save_commit_after–>

6 thoughts on “Magento place order slow [FIXED]”

  1. Thanks for this worthy piece of content, I was having an issue with the cart but I moved my hosting to Cloudways and their support team fixed the issue. and Admin page & Cart is working very fast through CDN and FPC.

  2. Nice find, you make a good point. These two pieces can be commented out without losing anything of value. Unfortunately, the performance gain is not a lot.

    I had to dig deeper and had additional performance gains from disabling loadChildProductImagesOnMediaLoad in /app/code/core/Mage/ConfigurableSwatches/Model/Observer.php:

    public function loadChildProductImagesOnMediaLoad(Varien_Event_Observer $observer) {

    + if(Mage::app()->getRequest()->getRouteName() == ‘checkout’) return;

    if (!Mage::helper(‘configurableswatches’)->isEnabled()) { // functionality disabled

    return; // exit without loading swatch functionality

    Found the tip here: https://onilab.com/blog/magento-checkout-slow-fix-it-in-8-simple-steps/

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