As we all know, Virtual Private Server Hosting or VPS hosting is a highly efficient and powerful hosting platform. For those who are yet to explore VPS hosting, it is by far the most resilient hosting solution, just what modern websites need. It combines the best features of dedicated and shared hosting, in ways of cost-effectiveness like shared hosting and privacy and security like dedicated hosting.
From the basic architecture of a VPS server to its security levels, every aspect of this hosting environment speaks performance. However, the key to making the most out of any technology is to optimally use its resources and assets so you can make the most of its functionality.
Here are a few simple ways you can boost the performance of a VPS server and improve its output.
Opt for a Linux VPS
VPS hosting is typically available in Linux and Windows OS. Both have their respective benefits and yet certain differences. Usually, as observed, Linux has proven to be a better choice of an OS than Windows. Although it is open-source software, it offers high processing power and makes the server more resilient. And unlike Windows, Linux supports a host of commonly used coding languages and applications, making it easier for webmasters to manage the server functions without any additional cost or resources.
Use the latest version of MySQL
You can only get the best output of any software when you keep it updated. Running an older version can also impact the security of your server. To make your VPS server perform its best and keep the data safe, always get the latest version of MySQL.
Optimize your Apache Settings
Apache settings keep your server load balanced. As such, it is important to keep it optimized by configuring it to the correct settings. This requires a certain amount of tech expertise, and your tech team can easily do it. If you don’t have a team, you can seek the support of your hosting provider to manage the server account for you. Apache Settings like Keep-Alive, Max Clients, Max Requests Per Child, Start Servers, etc. need to be set correctly.
Consider Content Caching
While VPS servers are usually fast and deliver optimal processing speed, you can always take it one step ahead and cache your server content. There are hundreds of caching programs like Varnish or Memcached, which help store static data temporarily, thus minimizing the time lag between user requests and server processing period required to retrieve that data.
Use a Content Delivery Network
For a site to function optimally, its data must be delivered efficiently. But if your site is overloaded with static and/or redundant data, then the purpose is defeated. However, there are times you cannot escape high data volumes, especially if you are in a business where there is constant data upload and download involved. In such cases, you can use a Content Delivery Network or CDN to distribute the site data across multiple servers and reduce load time.
The key to optimal performance is optimal utilization of resources. Also, you cannot forget that you are spending quite a bit on your hosting service. To make sure that you are getting your money’s worth, you must take measures to maximize the benefits of VPS hosting solution.