CSCart still very very slow and lots of php errors


CSCart is taking on average about 20 seconds to load a page.

The site has had smartoptimizer installed and tweaked as per post:


Logs have been cleared out

Database optimised

Cache cleared

Any other ideas to reduce this load time?

Dont know if this is relvant but there are numerous php errors in log file:

PHP Warning: htmlspecialchars(): Invalid multibyte sequence in argument in //public_html/prepare.php on line 186

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htmlspecialchars() should handle multi-byte character sets. What language are you running your store in?

Generally, php warnings can definitely slow your response time and the results would be unpredictable.

If you clear the cache than on the next page load the engine will create it agan. The cache improves the page load time significantly.