Memcached is a data caching platform, which is used to boost the loading speed of database-driven websites by caching the requests and the replies between the website visitor and the server. Simply put, every time a specific web page on such a site is requested, the script sends a database query to request the information that should be shown to the visitor. In case the latter clicks on a link to open a different page, the whole process is executed again and this leads to multiple database requests and higher server load, particularly if the website has lots of simultaneous visitors. Memcached "memorizes" this information exchange, so in case any of these pages is accessed again, the script no longer has to request any content from the database, since everything is delivered by the Memcached platform. Thus, the overall loading speed of your website will increase and you’ll get more satisfied visitors and they will be able to navigate through your site much faster. Besides, Memcached "refreshes" its cache whenever any content in the database is altered, so the website users will never end up seeing old data.
Memcached in Shared Website Hosting
The Memcached object caching system comes as an optional upgrade with each Linux shared website hosting offered by us and you’ll be able to start using it as soon as you add it, since the extension that it needs in order to run correctly is already available on our avant-garde cloud platform. You can order the upgrade via the Hepsia hosting Control Panel, which comes with each shared hosting plan and a brand new Control Panel section where you can administer Memcached will show up. The upgrade is subdivided into two parts – the instances and the amount of system memory, so as to give you more freedom. The first one shows the number of the websites which can use the Memcached caching system, while the second, which is offered in increments of 16 megabytes, determines the maximum size of the content that can be cached by the system. A popular site with a very large database may require more memory in order to take an even bigger advantage of Memcached, so in case you wish to upgrade this feature, you will be able to do it at any given point with several clicks of the mouse.
Memcached in Semi-dedicated Servers
When you buy one of our semi-dedicated server plans, you will find Memcached as an optional feature in the Upgrades section of the Hepsia hosting Control Panel, so if you want to use it for any of the Internet sites hosted in your semi-dedicated server hosting account, you can add it with only a few clicks of the mouse. The caching platform is perfect for any script-based software application such as Joomla, WordPress, or even an in-house made one, and depending on your necessities, you’ll be able to choose two separate features – how many sites will use the Memcached caching platform, in other words – the number of instances; and how much content will be cached, in other words – the amount of system memory that the platform will employ. The two things are not bound to each other, so if you manage a regularly visited site with lots of data, you can order one instance and a larger amount of memory. Memcached will optimize the performance of your websites soon after you activate it and both you and your site visitors will enjoy much better load times.
Memcached in VPS Servers
Memcached is available as standard with all Linux VPS servers that are ordered with our custom-built Hepsia hosting Control Panel. The PHP extension it requires in order to perform properly is compiled when the VPS is configured, so you can start using the content caching platform once your brand new Virtual Private Server is fully operational. The memory that Memcached can use depends on the particular plan, but even with the lower-end plans, you’ll get several hundred megabytes that will be at your disposal for this platform exclusively. This will permit you to increase the overall performance of multiple sites hosted on the VPS server simultaneously and to lower the load on the virtual machine even if you have content-heavy script-driven websites with lots of users. The Memcached platform can be used with any script – Drupal, Joomla or Mambo, or a custom-developed one, and you will observe the faster overall performance shortly after you begin using it.
Memcached in Dedicated Servers
Memcached is available for free with all dedicated servers offered by us and the sole condition is that the dedicated machine must be ordered with the Hepsia Control Panel. You can use the content caching system for any database-driven site, including those that are based on famous software applications – for instance, a WordPress personal diary or a Joomla-driven social network. Each server comes with a particular amount of system memory that the Memcached caching system can use, but the minimum amount you will get is three gigabytes, which is sufficient enough to boost the load speed of very heavy websites seriously, as this memory will be dedicated to storing the cached information. The Memcached system will start storing data as soon as it is activated, so shortly after that, you’ll observe the improved performance of your websites and the decreased load on your server. Many sites use the Memcached system to increase their efficiency, including popular ones such as Wikipedia and Reddit.