I'm using Ben Croker's Entry Count plugin in my News channel but have noticed a huge performance hit, I know its probably down to how I am loading the entries in to my template so I am looking for some help on that please.

The News Channel where it is being used has tens of thousands of entries.

The server logs highlighted this query https://pastebin.com/02uF0Mat taking up to 3 minutes to complete, therefore maxing the CPU and crashing the site.

My template code:

{% cache globally using key "trending-news" %}                                  
    {% set countedEntries = craft.entryCount.entries.section('news').limit(4) %}

    {% for entry in countedEntries %}                       
        <p>{{ entry.postDate.format('jS F Y') }}<br/><a href="{{ entry.url }}">{{ entry.title }} </a></p>                       
    {% endfor %}
{% endcache %}

So I think this code is loading thousands of news entries and then displaying only 4, is there a way I can just load the top 4 only?

Massive thanks in advance!

  • You would have to change the php code in the plugin in order to boost it's performance. Would you do that? This function github.com/putyourlightson/craft-entry-count/blob/master/… causes a really heavy overload Commented Jan 11, 2018 at 10:40
  • Yeah I could do that, which part?
    – Mark
    Commented Jan 11, 2018 at 10:42
  • please see my answer (note if you already saw it, i edited it multiple times should be the final version for now Commented Jan 11, 2018 at 10:57

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This is untested since I don't have time to load the plugin, so please comment if there is a syntax error but changing this

// get all records from DB ordered by count descending
$entryCountRecords = EntryCountRecord::model()->findAll(array(
    'order'=>'count desc'

To something like the following should work

public function getEntries($limit = null)
    $where = [
        'order' => 'count desc' 
    if($limit !== null){
        $where['limit'] = $limit;
    // get all records from DB ordered by count descending
    $entryCountRecords = EntryCountRecord::model()->findAll($where);

And in your template

{% set countedEntries = craft.entryCount.entries(4).section('news').limit(4) %}

Explanation: you include a limit to the query that fetches all entries to load the same amount like the ElementCriteriaModel

Edit: Maybe you have to change this to

public function getEntries($limit = null)
    return craft()->entryCount->getEntries($limit);
  • Thanks, this whole answer worked, including the final edit.
    – Mark
    Commented Jan 11, 2018 at 12:18

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