Web Host Features
- Optimized for Speed
- We make sure adequate memory, CPU cycles, and I/O capability are provided for every client in order to insure the optimal delivery speed for your web content. We make heavy use of memory based caching where possible because memory is always faster than disk. We optimize kernel settings to minimize response times. These optimizations are important because Google now factors in speed in determining rankings. We recommend the use of the Firefox Firebug plugin and Yslow add-on to optimize your site and also to compare hosts for delivery speed.
- Unique IP Address
- Each Domain is served with it’s own unique IP address. This enables forward and inverse DNS to match. This is important as some firewalls check this and block traffic with inconsistent DNS as a possible forgery. It allows older browsers which do not send the domain in the page request to function. These older browsers will not work with hosts that share IP addresses among multiple domains. A dedicated IP address makes it possible to use encryption on your domain. If you provide a certificate, we will install it and enable SSL at no charge. A dedicated IP address allows your page to be served faster because no host name lookup is required. It can serve the page immediately based upon the destination IP address.
- We provide Memcached, a daemon that allows in-memory caching of various objects. This can be used in conjunction with various plugins available for WordPress, other content management systems, and many PHP applications, to dramatically speed up page serving.
- Unique User IDs
- Many shared hosting sites execute any active content web page code with a common user ID, typically that of the web server, “httpd”, “apache”, or “nobody”. While that approach avoids the overhead of changing user ID before executing code, it creates a very insecure environment for two reasons. First, it makes it necessary for you to allow public write permissions for any file that needs to be updated from the web. Secondly, if a hacker compromises one site because of bad code, they instantly have access to every site on the server. We execute all of your dynamic content with your user ID. The means that only weaknesses in your own code can compromise your website. Weaknesses in other customers code won’t affect yours. It also means that your data files do not have to be writeable by the world, they can and should be set to only be writeable by your own user ID. This protects them from modification by other clients or hackers that have compromised other clients web sites.