How to Optimize & Speed Up Your Dedicated Server

Patience is something which you’d be hard-pressed to find in the eager populace of today. Not just youth, but even adults have completely forgotten how to wait. I’m pretty positive that the majority of youngsters aren’t even aware that websites once took 10 to 15 seconds to load.

I can’t even blame them; after all, speed has become the topmost priority on the Internet. Website owners pay humongous amounts of money just so their sites could open in the blink of an eye. If the website takes more than a couple seconds to respond, the viewer will move on to open a new site in a different tab.

Therefore, it has become increasingly crucial to drop the slow-loading hosting services and opt for better servers without any hassle. Optimizing your Dedicated Server boosts the speed up tenfold, and your servers function like a charm.

I’ve read several comments on many review blogs and realized that a lot of users still aren’t aware of optimizing their servers. Not going to lie, running and managing a dedicated server can be a handful sometimes.

If you are one of the many, who aren’t aware how to optimize and speed up your dedicated server, then there’s nothing to be anxious about; happens to the best of us. It’s not complicated and can be done in a short time.

After you learn how to optimize your dedicated server, you can speed it up and enable your site to load in two seconds. There are a lot of ways in which you could do it. In this article, I’m going to list the ones I’ve tried the most and the ones which are proven to be more impactful than the others.

#1. Allow Caching on the site

There are a lot of caching options available; memory cache, HTTP cache, MySQL cache, Application cache, etc. By enabling caching on your site, you can easily boost up your site by a great deal. If you’re yet unconvinced, let me tell you that caching is the most impactful way in which you could speed up your server by 40 to 50%.

If you do not permit caches, then whenever a user refreshes your website, the site will perform the application and plug-ins from scratch and has to derive the database once again. All of this hassle will result in slow loading of the website. You wouldn’t want that to happen, would you?

Well, by enabling cache, you allow your website just to process the data once, and the visitor receives it within nanoseconds, minus any lags. After the caching is done, the results are never lost. Instead, they are stored in the memory cache for you to look into whenever you wish.

As we all know, caching is especially known for enhancing the performance; we might as well take utmost advantage of it.

#2. Get familiar with HTTP

HTTP and HTTP/2 are such a remarkable advancement and can easily help in boosting the speed of your site. However, not a lot of people optimize HTTP/2 to the fullest. The reason is that they always prefer the HTTP protocol version 1.1 that comes with default settings. HTTP/2 is way faster and more efficient in terms of performance. Most users aren’t even aware that web servers support HTTP v2 full force. In addition to that, HTTP/2 not only boosts up speed, but it also excels in file transfers using a singular connection, uses binary data, and also SSL to make your site more secure and relevant.

Before you set up HTTP/2, you need to configure all settings and proxies by switching to HTTPS and purchase an SSL certificate. If it asks for any upgrades, feel free and upgrade to a better version.

#3. Configure a reliable HTTP reverse proxy

The whole game of HTML is huge, and it’s tricky to get the hang of it all. HTML plays a very crucial role in your website and its performance. In a few words, let’s understand how some of it works.

When a visitor opens your site, your web server automatically delivers some HTML files to them. HTML files help run your website, so it’s natural for the visitor’s browser to keep receiving these files. However, the HTML files that the visitor receives are not unique or singular in most cases. Different action over your site sends across diverse files.

What if, on a chance occasion, two visitors happen to execute the same action on your site around the same time? Reverse proxy saves those files in the memory and instead of executing several lengthy steps; it quickly delivers the file in quick seconds from memory.

There are several options one could choose from. My preferred choices are Nginx, Squid, and Varnish.

#4. Beware of DNS

Two seconds is the average speed nowadays that most web servers and sites execute. It’s become a regulation passed by Google. If you want to ensure that your website stays relevant on the search engine, it shouldn’t take longer than a couple of seconds to load.

Amidst all this, a DNS can back-fire your plans for speeding up the website. A DNS query or even a leak of the same can cause your site to become sluggish. A DNS should load quickly. However, most often than not, when visitors from other countries try to access your website, it takes more time than your native ones.

The best way to secure tremendous DNS speed is by purchasing reliable VPS services and then proceed to optimize DNS configurations in different VPS servers from across the globe.

#5. Cut down unnecessary scripts and filter the website

There are dozens of unused scripts, themes and plug-ins installed on servers which cause the site to perform sluggishly. The best way to boost your site up is by optimizing it better.

You can start by uninstalling unused themes, plug-ins, applications, and external scripts. You can also configure CSS and JS images by compressing them and storing them on the disk in reduced sizes.

Also, go through the settings and disable options which are of no use to you. If there is lesser load on your dedicated web server, your sites shall perform exceedingly.

Well, there you have it; top 5 ways in which you can optimize and speed up your dedicated server. Speedy servers are something which isn’t just gifted to you on a silver platter.

You must do your part in optimizing them to the best of your capabilities, and I’ve shown you how you can achieve that.

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