In order to increase performance for a site I'm looking to disable modules from being loaded only if it is a frontend request (i.e. not admin).

Has anyone had experience doing this, or have any suggestions on how to go about this?

  • what kind of issue you figured out with that extension, for my experience if you extension does not do anything that occupies memory, it is not a big problem for performance.
    – phanvugiap
    Commented Feb 5, 2016 at 6:13

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Do you only want to disable the frontend output? In that case you can disable the extension in System > Configuration > Advanced > Advanced. This will only disable the frontend output, f.e. blocks.

  • no, i want to completely not load certain modules
    – pzirkind
    Commented Feb 5, 2016 at 1:22
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    I'm pretty sure this is the best (and only) way to do this. Or you have to disable the extension completely bij editing the app/etc/modules/My_Module.xml file and set active to false. Commented Feb 5, 2016 at 5:03

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