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PHP Performance Monitoring

In this article, we are going to cover all those essential tools or software that can help to monitoring PHP application Performance and for tracing further activities in the PHP applications. Let’s start the tutorial with an introduction first.

Introduction to APM(Application Performance Management)

As we know that PHP is a server-side scripting language that is used to build dynamic web applications. As a PHP developer, we have so many responsibilities and insecurities about the performance of the application.

By performance we mean that we always have to be aware of the situation like is the application is working fine or if the user experiencing the best user interface environment or not.

Furthermore, all information from the admin side like transaction reports, maintaining database records, information about the website speed or website results and collecting data from users, etc.

So for this purpose, A Performance monitoring software is created to solve these issues and track each ongoing activity in our PHP application, these amazing tools look after your application and show the progress or performance results of each in-process operation. It also informs the developer about the bugs or errors in the application and tracks the user activities as well.

Let’s discuss what kind of monitoring the performance monitor tools perform.

Metrics That PHP Application Monitoring Tools Check

  1. Availability

An APM tool monitors the availability of a program or a service in the application, let’s suppose you are submitting an online form and you are facing an issue like server busy or form not submitting, etc so in that case an APM checks the reason behind generated issues. In short, it checks why the service is not available.

  1. Error Rate

The term error rate defines the number of errors present in an application, an APM displays each generating error per minute in the application.

  1. Response Time

This metric is measured to know the response time of an application, let’s suppose you submitted a request to the server and now you are waiting for the response, so the amount of time a server is taking to respond is called the response rate. An APM checks the response rate of the application and lets the developer work on it if the response rate is not average.

  1. Memory consumption

While developing a PHP application the developers make sure to add those functionalities or resources that do not require much memory to be executed.

  1. User satisfaction

User satisfaction is a sort of user response means it is measured to know the user response, whether they are satisfied with the provided services on the application or not. According to their satisfaction rate, the application services are improved.

Best PHP Performance Monitoring Tools

Some of the best PHP Performance Monitoring tools are listed below.

  1. AppOptics
  2. Loggly
  3. New Relic One
  4. Scout APM
  5. Xdebug

AppOptics

AppOptics is one of the famous (application performance management) APM tools, this software provides an infrastructure health monitoring service. An AppOptics tool gives the exact result and maps all the activities and progress and shows them through charts.

The dashboard of AppOptics software displays all the metrics related to the performance of the PHP application.

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The above image is the interface of AppOptics software.

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You can see the metrics on the dashboard. AppOptics prepares a report about each metric and displays it through a chart.

Loggly

Logally is also an APM tool, the best software to search out all the logs from your PHP applications, this tool work on the metrics, Logs, and Traces strategy.

Basically, Loggly is famous for its technique of separating logs from applications. The way it finds out all the hidden bugs or errors from the application is incredible. It makes the application more reliable.  

One more thing about Loggly is it has the ability to manage logs with clouds. By using Loggly we can have better insights throughout an application, it troubleshoots faster than any other APM.

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You can see the Loggly dashboard above, each chart is showing the progress or activity in the application. 

Now let’s move forward to the next APM.

New Relic One

The New Relic One is also an APM tool that offers traditional features. This APM has the ability to analyze or identify different events and new data trends. It also reveals insights to enhance the performance of the application.

Some of the best features of the new relic one tool are listed below.

  • It shows the charts of key transactions of contextual logs
  • Displays the architecture maps of the application
  • It includes a high-level summary page 

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The New Relic One is a trusted application by the most popular platforms on the internet.

Scout APM

It is an open-source APM tool, that investigates the whole application and informs the developer about each occurring issue of the application before the user face that. The scout APM performs a variety of tasks, except mapping metrics it also performs error monitoring, detailed tracing, deployment tracking, custom context, etc.

The scout APM provides the facility of insights queries as well for other platforms like Github, Sack, etc.

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Xdebug

The Xdebug is a free APM extension that is also used in monitoring applications. The Xdebug PHP extension provides the tools for performing debugging, profiling, error reporting, etc.

There is a built-in profiler in the Xdebug extension that reduces the memory consumption of your application by picking out function calls.

The Xdebug is famous for its debugging feature. It enables a developer to write error-free code and solve code complications or remove bugs from your application.

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Conclusion

In this tutorial, we talked about the tools that measure PHP application performance. first of all, we discussed an introduction in which we saw what is APM and its usage. We also discussed the kinds of monitoring an APM focuses on. 

We also discussed the top 5 APM tools for monitoring the performance of a PHP application, pick your favorite and let the tool manage each metric for you.

That’s all for today hope you like the tutorial if you have any queries regarding this article so feel free to contact us below. Thanks for reading.

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