As we are a certified partner you may enable CloudFlare’s content delivery network for your website right from our hosting control panel. What is great about it? CloudFlare is free for most websites! If you have a very heavy traffic website they have upgrades available as well.
So what exactly is CloudFlare? From their website:
“CloudFlare protects and accelerates any website online. Once your website is a part of the CloudFlare community, its web traffic is routed through our intelligent global network. We automatically optimize the delivery of your web pages so your visitors get the fastest page load times and best performance. We also block threats and limit abusive bots and crawlers from wasting your bandwidth and server resources. The result: CloudFlare-powered websites see a significant improvement in performance and a decrease in spam and other attacks.”
“Our CDN automatically caches your static files at our edge nodes so these files are stored closer to your visitors while delivering your dynamic content directly from your web server.”
“On average, a website on CloudFlare loads twice as fast for its visitors, sees 65% fewer requests and saves 60% of bandwidth.”
Watch the video here: CloudFlare Video
We have performed some additional optimizations to MySQL on our shared and reseller servers to squeeze out a little more performance for our clients. Speed is now improved 7%.
Shared server upgrades performed. RAM has been replaced with more and faster RAM for faster website performance for our clients!
Our new site builder is now available with our shared hosting plans! The new site builder includes easy to use drag and drop capabilities and a long list of features. We will be creating new custom videos over the weeks.
The control panel has been updated on the shared servers and a few new features including user based CPU Usage, Memory Usage, Running Processes, Inode Count and the ability to kill runaway processes.
Shared SSL certificates are now updated on our shared hosting servers. To use, enter the following URL into your web browser and update to your server’s name and username: https://servername.ultrawebsitehosting.com/~yourusername/
You may find your server name and username via your Welcome/Account Information email.
RAM on reseller servers has been increased. This will improve performance and reduce downtime for your clients.
Times are changing and we are making website building even easier before for the non-technical out there! We are currently in beta testing but the results are astounding. We will be releasing a new control panel with new features as well. Stay tuned!
On shared and reseller servers we will now be also running an exploit scanner along with anti-virus on any files uploaded to your account. We expect this should aid in reducing the number of compromised accounts which result by older/out-dated scripts (which should be updated by the account owner).
If you have a shared hosting plan and are blocked by the server’s firewall, you may now unblock your IP via your billing account, services, manage next to the related hosting plan and the unblock me button. To prevent this from re-occurring, please contact us regarding what caused the issue initially.
UltraSpeed is now installed on all of our shared servers. With UltraSpeed static media content(images, videos and downloads) is delivered up to 6x faster than before! It is available free as part of our Ultra Unlimited plan!
We have increased our reseller plan from 10GBs to 30Gbs!
As the internet becomes more and more media heavy with larger images and videos the demand on server processors continue to go up and affect performance. This weekend we will be installing a reverse proxy system on our reseller servers that dramatically improves the overall speed and performance to the servers. We have been using this system on many large dedicated clients including MTV websites and radio talk shows with wonderful success over the last six months. The system is now ready and has been tested in a shared environment for the past two months. We will be providing this new service to our reseller clients starting this weekend. No changes to your client websites are needed nor is there any additional cost to you! Everything will be transparent.
How it works: A reverse proxy sits in front of Apache and only views requests for the following media file types gif,jpg,jpeg,png,ico,wmv,avi,asf,asx,mpg,mpeg,mp4,pls,mp3,mid,wav,swf,flv,txt,js,css,exe,zip,rar,gz,tgz,uha,7z,doc,docx,xls,xlsx,pdf. If a file falls under this file list the system immediately delivers the file with the very efficient reverse proxy reducing overhead requests to Apache (HTTP Web Service Engine) which otherwise would require more time to process. All other file types are passed onto Apache as normal. There are no changes to PHP, HTML, SHTML or htaccess files.
Scalability: Not only is speed increased but scalability as well. This system is able to deal with larger requests and even offers an additional level or protection against denial of service attacks.
As many know Comcast have been having DNS issues in many of their larger markets this includes California and Florida and during Cyber Monday 11/29 the outage was even more apparent. ZDNet has released an excellent article on setting up your computer with more stable DNS servers such as those provided by OpenDNS and Google DNS. We recommend using these where possible as you will notice more stability in your web browsing lookups.
More information can be found here:
If you want to go a step further we recommend updating your local router with the following DNS servers:
We have now setup our main shared servers with LiteSpeed web services. Most clients will notice the speed improvement immediately. Some sites loading as much as 2x faster!
Custom php.ini and .htaccess files still work as normal. In some rare situations such as register globals or memory increase, moving the command to the .htaccess will be required.
With experience with several very large websites including some large forums and a popular MTV site, we are now offering reverse proxy to our dedicated server clients. Implementing a reverse proxy helps speed up static file content as the system has it cached and requires very little overhead to deliver those files with the system while freeing up resources for Apache usage.
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