Thinking of Switching to Managed SSD VPS

Is Managed SSD VPS fast in terms of loading?

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Franky

New Member
Guys,

Need your input. Right now I'm with WiredTree SSD VPS but their server is unsecure and the speed of my site is compromised sometimes. I wanted to know if Knowhost Managed SSD is speedy in terms of loading just like www.knownhost.com site is speedy. I am running a Sports Website in an early stage and I think VPS SSD 2 or 3 is suitable before going to Dedicated later.

Any of you guys have experience with Managed SSD VPS? and how's the speed and all that. If it's just the same as WiredTree I'll just stick with them.

Knownhost claims they have a lightning fast SSD VPS, I need claims to backup this up. Thanks very much.
 

KH-Jonathan

Director of Managed Services
Staff member
SSD will absolutely blow spinning disks away, so if you want the most speed possible it's definitely the way to go.

KnownHost is very speed partly because it's on our great hardware and network, and partly because it's insanely optimized. For example, I'd recommend running your site through http://www.gtmetrix.com scans and see how you score, and this will give you some ways you can further optimize things that are served to the client for processing (ie html, images, js, etc).

SSD will be great for website traffic which accesses databases, as well as any access to files on your server.
 

Franky

New Member
This is good to hear but I wanted some backup from users who are on VPS SSD. Do you have to upgrade to Lightspeed web server for the speed to come? or Does Lightspeed and SSD compliment each other?

I've been moving my sites a couple times this year and I don't want to be disappointed. Support is no. 1 but I want more speed at this time or else I'd just go for Dedicated which is not really advisable at this time.
 

Dion

Member
I just purchased an SSD2-VPS and am in the process of setting it up. One thing already set up is a phpBB3 board. Check for yourself how fast it loads: http://forum.dion-designs.com/index.php

Keep in mind it's being tested by a select few people, (and apparently some bots), so the server is not working hard at the moment. But even so, the board is blinding fast. And I agree with taking the time to optimize your site's code...GTmetrix certainly likes what was done on my board!

Here's a tip that will definitely boost server performance. Get rid of all your HTACCESS files and use <Directory> directives instead. I was amazed at how much faster pages were served on the above board once I did this!
 

Franky

New Member
mhc,

Wow that's really fast. can I pm you? wanted to call you if I can. I'm in CA, USA. I have a wordpress site, so not really sure if I can get rid of the HTACCESS files. Wanted to discuss about this on phone. :)
 

Franky

New Member
I just purchased an SSD2-VPS and am in the process of setting it up. One thing already set up is a phpBB3 board. Check for yourself how fast it loads: http://forum.dion-designs.com/index.php

Keep in mind it's being tested by a select few people, (and apparently some bots), so the server is not working hard at the moment. But even so, the board is blinding fast. And I agree with taking the time to optimize your site's code...GTmetrix certainly likes what was done on my board!

Here's a tip that will definitely boost server performance. Get rid of all your HTACCESS files and use <Directory> directives instead. I was amazed at how much faster pages were served on the above board once I did this!

How do you use <Directory> directives? How to set it up? Thanks
 

Franky

New Member
Hello Jonathan,

For migration do you just transfer from server to server? I heard bad stories of migration that ones you migrate, the site doesn't work especially for wordpress sites. Somehow you have to edit MYSQL, etc. for it to work and be online again. Also installing APC <---- What is APC?
 

Dion

Member
Here is the "official cPanel" way to add <Directory> directives. First, take a look at your httpd.conf file at usr/local/apache/conf/httpd.conf. You'll find lines of the type:
# To customize this VirtualHost use an include file at the following location
# Include "/usr/local/apache/conf/userdata/std/2/(username)/(domain)/*.conf"
Add a .conf file at the location for your domain which includes the appropriate <Directory> directives. Basically you specify the location of the directory where the HTACCESS file was located, and then place the HTACCESS file contents inside that directive. Create a directive for every directory where you have HTACCESS files. For more information: http://httpd.apache.org/docs/2.4/mod/core.html#directory

Then rebuild the Apache configuration in WHM, rename the HTACCESS files (don't delete them!!!), and see if everything works.

There is a better way to customize virtual hosts in httpd.conf that involves rewriting the vhost.main script and uploading it as vhost.local. However, a mistake in the script will break cPanel's ability to build httpd.conf, so it's not something I want to post here unless you understand the (huge) risks.
 

Franky

New Member
Here is the "official cPanel" way to add <Directory> directives. First, take a look at your httpd.conf file at usr/local/apache/conf/httpd.conf. You'll find lines of the type:


Add a .conf file at the location for your domain which includes the appropriate <Directory> directives. Basically you specify the location of the directory where the HTACCESS file was located, and then place the HTACCESS file contents inside that directive. Create a directive for every directory where you have HTACCESS files. For more information: http://httpd.apache.org/docs/2.4/mod/core.html#directory

Then rebuild the Apache configuration in WHM, rename the HTACCESS files (don't delete them!!!), and see if everything works.

There is a better way to customize virtual hosts in httpd.conf that involves rewriting the vhost.main script and uploading it as vhost.local. However, a mistake in the script will break cPanel's ability to build httpd.conf, so it's not something I want to post here unless you understand the (huge) risks.
Sounds very complicated :( . How much speed did you gain from this? Does wordpress sites ok with this, I know it's on cpanel level only but you know....
 

Dion

Member
The speed gain was noticeable. HTACCESS files must be read and compiled every time a page is loaded. By placing the same information in <Directory> directives, the same code is read, compiled, and cached when the Apache service is started, and all pages will use the global cached information.

Once you do this, you can further increase performance by telling Apache to stop looking for HTACCESS files.

As for being complicated, my guess is that the good folks at KnownHost will help you with this. ;)

(FWIW, automating this task would be a great cPanel addon...)
 

Franky

New Member
The speed gain was noticeable. HTACCESS files must be read and compiled every time a page is loaded. By placing the same information in <Directory> directives, the same code is read, compiled, and cached when the Apache service is started, and all pages will use the global cached information.

Once you do this, you can further increase performance by telling Apache to stop looking for HTACCESS files.

As for being complicated, my guess is that the good folks at KnownHost will help you with this. ;)

(FWIW, automating this task would be a great cPanel addon...)
mhc,

I'll ask the folks from Knownhost if they can help me once I migrated. If not can I ask for your services? We can talk about compensation if needed :)
 

Franky

New Member
The speed gain was noticeable. HTACCESS files must be read and compiled every time a page is loaded. By placing the same information in <Directory> directives, the same code is read, compiled, and cached when the Apache service is started, and all pages will use the global cached information.

Once you do this, you can further increase performance by telling Apache to stop looking for HTACCESS files.

As for being complicated, my guess is that the good folks at KnownHost will help you with this. ;)

(FWIW, automating this task would be a great cPanel addon...)
Did you use any CDN or W3 Total Cache?
 

Dion

Member
No cache (yet), no CDN. I do plan to add Xcache but I first want to get the site created and the code in good shape.

I'd be very surprised if the folks from KnownHost aren't able to help you with adding custom .conf files. However, in the unlikely event this occurs, feel free to contact me for my assistance (and yes, compensation would be needed ;) ).
 

3BCTO

New Member
I've been running on KH for about a week now. My app is just a smiggen over three times as fast with SSD. Now, there's also more CPU juice than our old VPS as well, so how much is SSD, and how much is CPU, I can't tell. What I DO know is that I'm paying the same amount of money for a faster response time and better support time turn around.
 

Franky

New Member
I've been running on KH for about a week now. My app is just a smiggen over three times as fast with SSD. Now, there's also more CPU juice than our old VPS as well, so how much is SSD, and how much is CPU, I can't tell. What I DO know is that I'm paying the same amount of money for a faster response time and better support time turn around.
Wow really glad to hear that. This convinced me. :p
 

Franky

New Member
Jonathan,

Just Ordered VPS SSD 3. Please process and harden my servers. Also I would like to avail of your Free Migration services. Thanks very much guys. Very helpful in my decision. :D
 
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