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3 Apps to Optimize Your Server Performance

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Server performance isn’t just an issue for hosting providers, it’s a big deal for web admins, and most of all, for the person staring into a blank browser window, waiting for a page to load. Not only can an overloaded server lead to poor user experience, it can also cause a major hit to a site’s search engine ranking. That’s why we’ve decided to take some time to share some of our favorite cPanel apps and plugins that will not only mitigate the load on your servers, but also work to ensure visitors to your hosted sites are getting the best experience possible.

CloudFlare

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Through the nifty use of cloud technology, this application allows hosting providers to deliver increased performance for the websites they host while also bolstering the overall security of their domains. CloudFlare’s service, which can be compared to digital gated community, allows a site’s static content to be cached and stored amongst their 23 global data centers. By creating these global proxies, it greatly reduces the chance of downtime and ensures that visitors access data from the region that will deliver content most swiftly. In addition, CloudFlare tracks and monitors malicious traffic on their network to create an organic blacklist that limits the potential for attacks and bad traffic for every customer using their service.
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LiteSpeed

bLOGLITESPEEDLiteSpeed Web Server is a high-performance Apache drop-in replacement that streamlines the way data is retrieved and delivered between the server and client. LiteSpeed lowers server load through a method called event-driven architecture. Traditionally, when users access a web page, the server creates a unique process that delivers data directly to their client. As traffic increases, however, the server must continue creating individual processes, a method that exhausts additional memory. LiteSpeed turns these requests into cataloged events and acts as a middle man, handling all traffic through a single channel using a minimal amount of processes.

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Varnish

BlogunixVarnish is yet another amazing plugin that positions itself as a liaison between the client and server. This easy-to-install application improves performance and security, while offering both hosting providers and website owners an assortment of tools that can handle performance down to the subdomain level. Not only does Varnish integrate well with cPanel, it also can perform in conjunction with our entire suite of performance add-ons, including EasyApache, LiteSpeed, and Apache.

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  • John

    Unixy the worst support ever. I have a problem almost a month now and they are not even try to solve it. They do not answer tickets they do NOTHING.

  • You can try http://ndeploy.in which use nginX as the webserver and even allows you to replace apache fully

  • Scott Neader

    Litespeed cost is just ridiculous. $92 per month for a basic 8-core CPU server? What??

    • Michael

      Howdy Scott,

      Yeah, our license names can be confusing. The 8-CPU license means that LiteSpeed Web Server will spawn 8 processes. You do not need your license to match the number of cores your server has. Generally, you want a license for about 1/4 or less of your server’s cores. So that 8-CPU server is probably fine on a 1-CPU license ($32/month). (Which is quite cheap if you can get 50% more users on the server…)

      For a more in-depth explanation of the different license types, check out this wiki: http://www.litespeedtech.com/support/wiki/doku.php?id=litespeed_wiki:license:what_license_to_choose

      And thanks for bringing this up!

      Michael

      • Scott Neader

        Ahhh…. OK. Thanks for that! checking the link as well!

        • Monarobase

          We have a 4 CPU licence on a server with 32 threads. When 8 threads are used at 100% we are generally using no more that 1 thread for litespeed. Almost thinking aout going back to a 2 CPU licence…

      • Afitz200 .

        Thanks for explaining that. I was worried at first, Was interesting in looking into LiteSpeed but that seemed outrageous for just deploying it on my 24 core server :/

        • Michael

          You’re very welcome. For that big a server, try out a 4-CPU license, then maybe try downgrading to a 2-CPU license. I don’t know what kinds of sites you’re serving, but I have to imagine the vast majority of the heavy lifting (especially after you remove Apache) is going to be PHP and MySQL.

    • Mukhtar Ahmed

      Yes very costly. I have taken it for my website http://www.cydiatutorials.com but have to stop it because of no earning from website.

  • Monarobase

    Varnish isn’t faster than litespeed, and honistly unixy’s support is so bad I’m surprised that cPanel even promotes it…