There are various web hosting services available that are designed to cater to the carrying needs of websites. The popular ones include Shared Hosting, Cloud Hosting, VPS Hosting and Dedicated Hosting.
Of these, VPS Hosting plans have gained a lot of popularity in recent years since they offer a Dedicated Server-like hosting environment at a marginal cost. Despite the physical server being shared, the isolated virtual servers offer administrative rights (Windows) or full root access (Linux VPS Hosting) that allows the user maximum control over the hosting environment.
Today, we are going to talk about this feature and look at how you can use full root access to make your server faster.
We live in times when a slow-loading website loses popularity and SEO ranking in no time. Hence, as a site owner, it is important to ensure that the server processes requests faster and offers a blazing-fast website. While a VPS Hosting plan is known to offer faster sites since the resources are dedicated, here are some changes you can make to further boost the speed of the server and the site.
Boost the Apache performance
If you opt for a Linux VPS, then take a look at the loading settings of the resident web server module. If it is set at ‘static’, then you might want to consider changing it to ‘dynamic’. This can help boost the performance of the VPS because, under the dynamic setting, components run only when needed.
Therefore, the server has free resources for other applications which boosts its speed and performance. This is particularly beneficial to servers that run resource-heavy applications. You can also disable some parts of the built-in functionalities of Apache to improve the speed of the server.
You can also optimize the Apache configuration by modifying the settings of Start Servers, KeepAlive, limiting the number of simultaneous requests by setting a value for MaxClients and MaxRequestsPerChild. It is important to remember that the default Apache settings may not be optimal for speed. Hence, make sure that you revisit each of them and make changes carefully.
Manage the memory usage of MySQL
If you are using MySQL, then you need to optimize the database to boost loading times and server speed. Usually, MySQL is used with the Apache software; a combination that can slow down a VPS Server. Hence, you must enable dynamic settings for MySQL as it can enhance the speed of the database. Further, you can reduce the key buffer size and bring it down to the smallest possible value to free resources in the MySQL environment.
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While there are many other ways to speed up your VPS-hosted website like image optimization, code minification, using a CDN or caching software, etc., the points mentioned above can help you modify the server internally to make it perform faster. However, it is important to remember that making these changes requires some amount of technical expertise.
If you have opted for Managed VPS in India, then most providers will have a technical expert who will assist you in making these changes. Before you buy VPS Hosting, talk to the host and check the kind of technical support it provides. Good Luck!