What precisely is Memcached? What is the reason for its increasing popularity among people who manage databases?
Memcached is a data caching system, which is used to optimize the performance of database-powered Internet sites by caching the requests and the replies between the user and the server. To put it in simple terms, anytime a particular web page on such a website is visited, the script sends a query to its database to fetch the info that should be shown to the website visitor. If the latter clicks a hyperlink to go to some other page, the whole process is carried out again and this generates lots of database calls and higher server load, even more so if the site has a lot of concurrent visitors. Memcached "memorizes" this exchange of information, so if any of these web pages is requested again, the script no longer needs to extract any data from the database, since everything is provided by the caching platform. Thus, the overall load speed of your website will increase and you’ll have more happy visitors and they will be able to navigate through your site faster. Also, Memcached updates its cache whenever any data in the database is updated, so the website visitors will never see out-of-date content.
Memcached in Shared Hosting
You can take advantage of the Memcached content caching system with all Linux shared hosting packages
that we offer. It is available as an upgrade, which you can obtain with only a few mouse clicks through your Hepsia website hosting Control Panel. It needs an extension, which is pre-installed on our cloud hosting platform, so you can begin using the Memcached caching system the moment you order it. The upgrade is separated into two parts, which will give you more flexibility depending on the websites that you wish to use it for. The first part reveals the number of the sites that will use Memcached, or the so-called ‘instances’, while the second one refers to the memory, i.e. to how much content the system will be able to cache. You can order more memory in increments of 16 MB and the more memory you have, the more content will be cached, which may be a quite good idea for traffic-intensive sites with large-sized databases and many users. In this way, you can enhance the overall performance of any script-driven website hosted on our servers with no effort.
Memcached in Semi-dedicated Hosting
When you purchase one of our semi-dedicated server
plans, you’ll find Memcached as an optional feature in the Upgrades part of your Hepsia Control Panel, so if you wish to use it for any of the Internet sites hosted in the semi-dedicated server hosting account, you can add it with only a couple of mouse clicks. The caching platform is suitable for any script-based application like Joomla™
, WordPress, or even an in-house made app, and depending on your necessities, you will be able to choose two different things – how many sites will use Memcached, i.e. the number of instances; and how much content will be stored, i.e. the amount of memory that the platform will use. The two features are not tied to each other, so if you manage a traffic-heavy website with lots of data, you can get one instance and a large amount of system memory. The Memcached platform will enhance the performance of your Internet sites shortly after you enable it and both you and your website visitors will enjoy better load speeds.
Memcached in VPS Hosting
Memcached comes as standard with all Linux VPS hosting packages
that are ordered with our custom-developed Hepsia hosting Control Panel. The extension it requires to function properly is compiled when the virtual server is set up, so you can start using the memory caching platform as soon as your brand new VPS is fully ready. The memory that the Memcached caching platform can use depends on the particular VPS plan, but even with the lower-end ones, several hundred megabytes will be at your disposal for this platform exclusively. This will allow you to boost the performance of multiple sites hosted on the VPS simultaneously and to decrease the load on the machine even if you have resource-hungry script-based websites with multiple users. The platform can be used with any script – Joomla™
or Mambo, or a custom-made one, and you will distinguish the faster performance soon after you begin using it.
Memcached in Dedicated Web Hosting
If you purchase any of our Linux dedicated servers hosting packages
and if you choose Hepsia as your website hosting Control Panel during the order process, you’ll get the Memcached data caching platform by default and you can set it up for any Internet site that you host on the server without installing or upgrading anything. It will begin storing info as people access your Internet site, so you’ll notice the result of using it shortly thereafter. The minimum amount of system memory that will be available to the caching platform is 3 GB and normally, the more powerful the dedicate server package, the more memory Memcached will have at its disposal. This amount will enable you to take advantage of the caching platform for many sites or for an extremely large site without weakening its efficacy. Memcached will permit you to optimize the speed of any database-powered site very quickly – a Joomla™
portal, a WordPress personal diary, an OpenCart web store, etcetera, and to optimize the performance of your dedicated machine.