ActiveCache – the new tool for faster websites

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ICN.Bg would love to introduce you to the new caching tool that is completely free and you can find it in your cPanel. ActiveCache is a tool which will make your website faster and will let you use your hosting resources more efficiently. As far as the performance of your site is concerned the best way to make it better is by caching the content on your web pages.

What is ActiveCache?

ActiveCache is a tool which will allow our Shared and WordPress hosting clients to launch Memcached or Redis- both tools for caching or storing temporary information. By starting one of both “Key-value in-memory” databases it will save you resources and improve the speed of your site.

How does ActiveCache work?

Memcached and Redis are similar. They both save the information in RAM memory. The most common use they have is caching the content of a site or profiling of MySQL requests. This will allow the instant elimination or the decrease of requests to the database. This way you are saving resources and you improve the speed of your website.

Every client using our shared hosting plans- Economy, Business or Standard, has their own ActiveCache due to the uniqueness of every site. It is important to know that only one of both Memecache or Redis can be selected simultaneously.

To use ActiveCache you only need to login into your cPanel. The tool is completely free and available on all servers. Choose one of the options - Memcache or Redis , activate it from the control panel, and improve the speed of your website.

ActiveCache menu in cPanel

ActiveCache is waiting for you in the control panel of your hosting

What is Memcached?

For many of the existing sites and those powered by WordPress the repetitive requests are the main cause of slow performance and increased load time. Every MySQL request requires time and CPU power in order to be processed. Performing the same requests is quite often useless and that’s why they have to be cached. Once cached in Memcached, content is being directly taken out of the storage, which significantly increases the speed of your site or application. The time and conditions for caching depend on you and your implementation. Memcached is well used for caching static information on smaller scale, such as fragments of HTML code. The memory management is not as complicated as in Redis, but it's more efficient in simpler cases, because of its low resource usage. Memcached caches content in the memory, such as: strings, objects, results from database requests, SQL requests, API requests and the rendering of pages. Using Memcached you significantly reduce the number of database requests, which allows your infrastructure to simultaneously serve a larger number of users. Let’s not forget that how and what you will cache depends on your personal implementation of the plugin.

What is Redis?

Redis is often referred as a NoSQL database. Regularly Redis is more preferred than Memcached because it supports a wide variety of data type such as: Hashes, Lists, Sets and Sorted Sets. Redis uses the so-called data eviction mechanism that deletes old information from the memory and makes room for the new one. It happens in a smarter way, compared to Memcached, because old information can be deleted when more space is needed. Redis could be protected with a password, which can be regulated from the control panel.

Recommended for WordPress users

WordPress customers using WordPress Management can activate ActiveCache extremely easy. WordPress Optimize option uses ActiveCache by launching Memcached and installing the specialized plugin W3 Total cache in Wordpress. If you have a pre-installed plugin for caching in Wordpress, it will be checked and configured manually.