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Fix slow external (third-party) connections in CS-Cart


External connections(to third-party services) without timeouts can break down your website in case of third-party service unavailability. We highly recommend don’t use curl_init/file_get_contents/etc without timeouts. If you using CS-Cart, we recommend use TyghHttp for the connections to external services and to follow the CS-Cart coding standards.

Poorly written code without timeouts can break down:

  1. Database. In case of using all mysql workers, your queue of queries will grow,but users will not be able the access a website. This is most often a case, which leads the website unavailability.
  2. PHP. In case of using all PHP workers, your queue of requests will grow, but users will don't be able to access a website. In most cases, it will lead to Database error.

HowTo: The Correct Way

For example, this code example can help you fix your source code for CS-Cart coding standarts.

use Tygh\Http;
$url = '';
$extra = ['headers' => ['timeout' => 3],
        'basic_auth' => [$login,$password]];
$data = ['param' => 'value'];

$response = Http::get($url, $data, $extra);
$response = json_decode($response, true);

Because of we are not the simple hosting service, and we make a lot of investigations and researches. We have detected a lot of issues in CS-Cart and different addons. And we provide ways for improving speed and stability of websites and CS-Cart.

Bad Examples


} elseif (!empty($new_image_data_array['url'])) {

$ch = curl_init($new_image_data_array['url']);
$fp = fopen($image_data['absolute_path'], 'wb');
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_FILE, $fp);
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_HEADER, 0);
$optimized = 'Y';
} else {


Using the file_get_contents this is solution from the 1990. This is very bag and incorrect way!


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