Why Does Optimized Website Have Lower RPS Than Unoptimized Website?

I have one web server that only has security configurations.

I have another web server that has the same security configurations, plus the following optimizations: webp, compression, cache, faster nameservers, http2, and minification.

The web server with optimizations performs worse with apache benchmark.

Could someone please help make sense of this?


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Hi @davidlittlefieldCoral,

Apache Benchmark is a bit of an abstract tool. In order to test your Droplet properly, you need to have a website, if possible the same website as websites have optimization as well and it highly influences your server’s performance.

What I’ll recommend is as said copying the same Website to both Droplets, configuring them to work one with a domain, the other droplet with a subdomain and then test with Benchmark to see if the outcome will be the same. It sounds dull, but it’s really hard to compare performance otherwise.