What precisely is Memcached? What is the reason for its growing level of popularity among people who take care of databases?
Memcached is a memory caching platform, which is used to boost the speed of database-powered websites by caching the calls and the replies between the user and the server. To put it differently, every time a specific web page on such a site is opened, the script connects to its database to get the info that should be shown to the website visitor. In case the latter clicks on a link to visit some other page, the entire process is performed again and this generates a lot of database queries and excessive server load, even more so if the site has a lot of concurrent visitors. Memcached "remembers" this information exchange, so if any of these web pages is requested again, the script no longer needs to request any data from the database, as everything is delivered by the caching platform. Thus, the overall load speed of your site will "soar" and you’ll enjoy more pleased visitors and they will be able to surf through your site much faster. Also, Memcached updates its cache if any data in the database is changed, so the site visitors will never end up seeing old data.
Memcached in Cloud Website Hosting
The Memcached caching system is available as an optional upgrade with every cloud website hosting plan
that we’re offering and you’ll be able to start using it once you add it, as the PHP extension that it requires in order to run properly is already installed on our advanced cloud website hosting platform. You can order the upgrade from the Hepsia Control Panel, which is available with each web hosting plan and a new section where you can administer Memcached will show up. The upgrade is divided into two parts – the instances and the amount of memory, so as to offer you more flexibility. The first one shows the number of the Internet sites that can use Memcached, while the second, which comes in increments of 16 MB, defines the total size of the content that the system can cache. A traffic-heavy Internet site with a large-sized database may require more memory so as to take an even greater advantage of Memcached, so in case you’d like to upgrade this feature, you’ll be able to do it at any point with a couple of mouse clicks.
Memcached in Semi-dedicated Servers
When you get one of our semi-dedicated server
packages, you’ll find Memcached as an optional upgrade in the Upgrades part of the Hepsia hosting Control Panel, so if you wish to use it for any of the websites hosted in the semi-dedicated server hosting account, you can enable it with just a few clicks of the mouse. The memory caching platform is suitable for any script-powered application like WordPress, Joomla™
, or even a tailor-made application, and based on your necessities, you will be able to select two separate things – how many sites will use the Memcached caching platform, i.e. the number of instances; and how much data will be stored, in other words – the amount of system memory that the platform will use. The two things are not bound to each other, so if you manage a regularly visited website with a lot of content, you can get one instance and a large amount of system memory. The Memcached caching platform will boost the performance of your Internet sites soon after you enable it and both you and your site visitors will enjoy better loading times.
Memcached in Dedicated Servers
You can take advantage of the full potential of Memcached with each and every dedicated server
offered by us in case you choose Hepsia as your Control Panel. A special section in it is dedicated to the content caching system and you can begin using Memcached for any website hosted on the dedicated machine with only a few clicks. You can improve the performance of any Internet site, irrespective of what script-powered software app you are using or how large the website is, since the minimum amount of system memory that Memcached will be able to use is 3 gigabytes and this amount grows significantly with the higher-end servers. Shortly after the caching system is activated, it will begin caching information every time somebody visits your site, so, as soon as sufficient content has been stored, you will perceive the decreased load on your dedicated server and the enhanced overall performance of the website. The Memcached system is used by a lot of sites, among them popular portals such as Wikipedia, Reddit and Zynga, which is a confirmation of the efficiency of the Memcached system.