Over the past couple of weeks we've been quietly rolling out some web server changes behind the scenes that will have dramatically decreased the load times of your websites.
What's more, unlike other companies who charge you extra for this service, we've included it free of charge on every Shared and Reseller hosting plan.
For the geeks among us, here's what we've done:
1. We've moved over to a Litespeed PHP handler, meaning PHP requests are now processed much quicker than before.
2. We've upgraded the Apache web server to include the OPcache module, which again, improves PHP performance.
3. We've implemented a server side cache (Varnish) to cache content. This means that a lot of your content will now be served directly from the cache, rather than being passed to PHP to process each time a visitor accesses your website. This means quicker load times for your website and less strain on the server as it isn't needing to handle as many PHP requests.
Our real world tests have shown a speed increase on EVERY website we've tested, with some websites showing as much as a 66% decrease in page load times.
Quicker page load times mean higher visitor retention and potentially better search engine rankings, as some SEO experts indicate that Google favours sites that load quicker.
If for any reason you find that our new Caching system isn't working for you, then don't worry, you can disable it for your website simply by logging into cPanel and clicking on the "Cachewall" icon.
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