Speed is a funny thing. No matter how much we have, we always want more. Computers continue to get faster, and users expect websites to keep up with that need for speed.
Your dedicated server is just another computer, and there are certain steps you can take that might make it a little faster. What follows are five tips to get you started.
1. Hardware upgrades – This might be a no-brainer, but I figured I had better mention it anyway. Upping your RAM or getting a faster hard drive is always a good way to make things a little faster.
2. Caching – Many things can be cached on a server, including the websites themselves. You can start at the lowest level with application caches and move your way up to a database cache, web server cache, and web application cache. In most situations, loading cached files will be faster than the alternative.
3. Disable Unnecessary Services – In addition to taking up valuable RAM, some services may take up CPU cycles, even while idling. If you do not need them, disable them.
4. Compile from Source – Some applications can be optimized if you compile them from source instead of using generic binaries. An optimized application is usually faster than a standard setup.
5. Optimize web server and database server – You can make your web applications run faster by making sure your web server and database server are optimized and running as efficiently as possible.