Setting an Expires (or Cache-Control) header in Apache will help speed up your website. I'm running Apache 2.x, and define an expires header for all of the site's static assets (images, stylesheets, and scripts). Read more – ‘How to Set an Expires Header in Apache’.
Installing PHP is a relatively simple task one would think. Indeed it is simple, but configuring the php.ini isn't; at least not so on Windows Vista! It is infuriating when such a relatively simple task is made inordinately complicated because of the nuances of Vista permissions. What started out as a 5 minute task took a significant number of hours searching for a suitable answer on Google, and not only by myself. Read more – ‘PHP.ini Permission Problems on Windows Vista’.
After installing ColdFusion 8 and Apache successfully you may still see an "HTTP 500 Internal Server Error" when navigating to a ColdFusion page. All is not lost, you simply need to configure, or check the configuration of Apache. Apache requires very little post installation modification, but it is always good practice to check the httpd.conf file to ensure that the ColdFusion "install" scripts did what they were supposed to do. Read more – ‘Configuring ColdFusion 8 with Apache’.
Apache is controlled by a series of configuration files but the one we will be dealing with here is httpd.conf. This file contains instructions on how Apache should run. Several companies offer GUI-based Apache front-ends, but it's easier to edit the configuration files by hand. Read more – ‘Configuring Your First Local Apache Website’.
For many ColdFusion developers, server setup, tuning, troubleshooting and configuration is one of the least understood areas of ColdFusion. Achieving the highest possible performance and scalability with a ColdFusion MX application is a complex combination of many different factors. Standard performance tuning guidelines in conjunction with the tips provided below should allow you to achieve maximum application performance and scalability. Performance refers to the response time of requests to CFML pages and Components (CFCs), whilst scalability refers to how the performance results change when the load on the server increases. Read more – ‘Coldfusion MX Tuning’.