How To Optimise Your VPS Hosting Server?

How To Optimise Your VPS Hosting Server?

VPS (Virtual Private Server) hosting is among the fastest, most versatile and robust web hosting services. It is a popular next-level hosting solution after websites outgrow shared hosting. VPS servers offer reliable server-like performance with one website per server. The only difference is that VPS hosting uses virtual resources. But these virtual resources make scaling VPS hosting very easy. Many VPS hosting plans also offer easy, one-click upgrades.

VPS hosting is also available as Linux hosting. Like Linux shared hosting, it uses the Linux operating system, which makes it easier to configure. But unlike in shared Linux hosting, you can custom configure your hosting environment for the best performance and efficiency. By itself, VPS Linux web hosting is plenty fast and can be further optimised to give an even better performance.

Here are some ways in which you can optimise your VPS hosting server to maximise performance.

1. Optimise your Apache

A poorly set up Apache configuration creates a drag on resources and deeply affects performance. It will just hog resources without giving the expected output. Keep a close eye on some of Apache’s critical settings such as StartServers, KeepAlive, MaxClients and MaxRequestsPerChild. With a few tweaks here, you can extract the most performance from your available resources. Optimum settings for individual servers may vary.

2. Keep MySQL updated

The MySQL database is the heart of your website, which stores the all-important data and settings. MySQL keeps on getting consistent performance and security updates. As newer versions start coming out, the older versions are made obsolete for security purposes. So make sure that you keep updating MySQL as and when it gets the updates. It will improve performance and security.

3. Optimise your content

Unoptimised content is the biggest hidden productivity killer. It is one of the most overlooked issues in web hosting since it does not immediately stand out as an issue. Dead web pages, unused plugins,  and unoptimised long videos and heavy images will soon bring down the performance of a fast website. Minify your code, eliminate dead pages and unused plugins and compress images and videos to optimise content.

4. Cache your content

Caching your content is one more way to optimise the performance of VPS hosting. Every user request that comes in uses up some of the server resources. Caching stores the most requested data in memory and serves it every time it is requested. It reduces the load on the server and reduces its response time appreciably.

5. Use a CDN (Content Delivery Network)

Every response to requests that come to a server from around the world takes time to reach the user. A CDN creates multiple copies of a website’s data and stores them on a global network of servers. Whenever any user request comes in, CDN services that request from the geographically nearest data server reduces the server’s response time by reducing the latency between request and response.

VPS hosting offers some of the best hosting performance along with some nifty features like full root access. The best aspect of VPS hosting is the customizability it enables. Optimise your VPS hosting’s performance with a few tweaks. It is worth the effort.

Estela Pfeiffer