Setting ciphering for enhanced performance in PrestaShop 1.5

In our previous article, we discussed using media servers for enhancing performance in PrestaShop 1.5. Our next step in the Advanced Parameters course is a discussion on which ciphering setting to use for your store. Ciphering is the term used for describing a method of encryption. Encrypting data from the database helps make it more secure, although it does have an overhead cost on the performance of the site. PrestaShop comes with two different algorithms. Below are the instructions on setting the ciphering preferences in your PrestaShop 1.5 store.

Modifying the Ciphering setting for performance in PrestaShop 1.5

  1. Log into your PrestaShop 1.5 dashboard.
  2. Using the top menu bar, hover over the Advanced Parameters tab and click on the Performance option from the menu.
  3. This brings you to the Performance page. The fourth section for Performance is entitled Ciphering.


    Out of the two settings in the Ciphering section, the mcrypt is the fastest. It does, however, require a PHP extension named mcrypt to be installed on the server. If your host does not allow you to install this yourself, you will want to contact their technical support to see if they can do that for you.

    The Blowfish is the slower of the two, but also considered a bit more secure. The tradeoff is that Blowfish is slower so your site would load not load quite as fast when using it. Be aware that changing the settings here in ciphering does reset all the cookies.

  4. Once you have made your selection, click on the green Save button in the upper right corner to finalize any changes.

    Now that you have selected the ciphering algorithm that best suits your site, please continue on with the last article for the Performance page where we discuss caching.

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