Memcached is a distributed memory object caching system, which is used to improve the overall performance of database-driven Internet sites by caching the calls and the replies between the visitor and the server. Put simply, anytime a particular page on such a site is accessed, the script connects to its database to get the information that should be displayed to the visitor. In case the latter clicks a link to open a different page, the entire operation is performed again and this results in multiple database requests and high server load, particularly if the site has lots of simultaneous visitors. Memcached "memorizes" this information exchange, so if any of these pages is accessed again, the script no longer needs to pull any content from the database, as everything is provided by the Memcached platform. In this way, the overall loading speed of your website will "soar" and you’ll have more happy visitors and they’ll be able to browse your website faster. Plus, the Memcached platform "refreshes" its cache whenever any data in the database is modified, so the site visitors will never wind up seeing outdated content.

Memcached in Cloud Website Hosting

Memcached is offered as an optional upgrade with each and every Linux cloud website hosting service that we are offering and you’ll be able to start using it the moment you add it, as the PHP extension that it requires in order to run properly is already present on our advanced cloud web hosting platform. You can request the upgrade through the Hepsia Control Panel, which comes with every web hosting package and a new section where you can manage Memcached will appear. The upgrade is subdivided into two parts – the instances and the amount of system memory, so as to offer you more flexibility. The first one refers to the number of the sites that can use the Memcached caching system, while the second one, which is available in increments of 16 MB, defines the maximum size of the content that the system can cache. A popular site with a large database may need more memory to take an even bigger advantage of Memcached, so in case you need to upgrade this feature, you will be able to do it at any moment with several clicks of the mouse.

Memcached in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you obtain any of our semi-dedicated server plans, you will find Memcached as an optional feature in the Upgrades section of the Hepsia hosting Control Panel, so if you’d like to use it for any of the Internet sites hosted in your semi-dedicated account, you can enable it with only a couple of clicks of the mouse. The platform is suitable for any script-based web app like Joomla, WordPress, or even a custom-built app, and based on your requirements, you will be able to select two different things – how many Internet sites will use the Memcached caching platform, in other words – the number of instances; and how much data will be stored, i.e. the amount of system memory that the platform will use. The two features are not tied to each other, so if you run a traffic-intensive site with a lot of data, you can get one instance and a larger amount of memory. The Memcached platform will increase the performance of your Internet sites shortly after you activate it and both you and your visitors will enjoy better loading speeds.

Memcached in VPS Hosting

If you obtain a virtual private server from our company, you will be able to use Memcached at no extra fee, as the memory caching platform is available with all servers ordered with the Hepsia Control Panel. Even if you manage regularly visited websites, you will be able to increase their performance without efforts and the decreased load on your virtual server will allow you to keep using your current Virtual Private Server package rather than moving to a more powerful one. The amount of system memory that the Memcached caching platform can use to cache content depends on the package that you’re using, but even with a lower-end one, you will have at least several hundred megabytes, which is considerably more than the amount of memory you’d get with a shared web hosting plan, so the website performance boost will be serious. You can use the Memcached platform with any database-driven web app, no matter if you have built it on your own or you are using a ready-for-use one like Joomla, OpenCart or WordPress.

Memcached in Dedicated Web Hosting

Memcached is available free of charge with all Linux dedicated web hosting offered by us and the sole requirement is that the server must be ordered with the Hepsia Control Panel. You can use the caching system for any database-powered site, including those that are based on popular web-based applications – for example, a WordPress weblog or a Joomla-powered social networking website. Each dedicated server is tied to a different amount of system memory that the Memcached caching system can use, but the minimum amount you will get is 3 gigabytes, which is sufficient enough to increase the load speed of extremely large websites greatly, since this very memory will be dedicated to storing the cached information. The system will begin caching data once it’s enabled, so shortly after that, you’ll observe the improved performance of your sites and the decreased load on the dedicated machine. Numerous websites use the Memcached system to improve their effectiveness, among them popular ones such as Wikipedia and Reddit.