How To Enjoy Better Performance From Your Linux VPS

If you are looking for a way to get the benefits of all the great features you can find on a dedicated server, without having to pay the high prices associated with one, a Linux VPS is a great option. If you do make the leap and get yourself a Linux VPS, you will need to invest some time into learning how to get the most bang for your buck. The amount of money you invest into your VPS will determine how much system resources you can use. Considering that the cheaper VPS’s are quite limited, you’ll need to fine tune your system settings. I’ll give you several ways that you can get your new server to perform better, using the same hardware as before.

Get Rid Of Unneeded System Services

The first thing you should do when you get a new Linux VPS, is to figure out which services are currently running. After you have figured that out, you should disable those that you have no use for. If you leave services running that have no use, they will use up your precious RAM and CPU, thus slowing down your VPS. Another good reason to keep your services to a minimum is; every service you have running opens up another avenue of attack for malicious individuals. So use as few as possible.

Be Sure MySql Is Setup The Correct Way

One more great way to keep your system running smoothly is to make sure that you are running MySql with the proper cache size selected. Experiment with various settings and observe how your VPS reacts from each change. After some time you’ll find the settings that give the best results.

Take The Time To Configure Apache

When you are running on limited resources, making sure Apache is fine tuned is another necessity. Entire books have been written about Apache so I can’t go into it too deep in this article, but make sure that you set the proper amount of memory needed by Apache. Another important setting to play with is the StartServers and MinSpareServers. Getting these settings right will save you a lot of server crashes in the future.

Only Use The Modules You Need

In every piece of software you use, there will always be modules that are running that you aren’t using. Be sure to check the configuration files for all software you are running, and try to disable any modules that you don’t need. There are tons of modules like this in Apache and PHP. This is another great way to free up resources on your VPS.

Don’t Use A Server Control Panel If You Don’t Have To

While control panels make doing web maintenance like installing and managing domains easier on your Linux VPS, they use a ton of resources. With a control panel maybe you could only run a handful of domains. If you don’t use a control panel though, you could probably run 4 times that or more. If you find that going without a control panel is too tough for you, you can always install it again later.

If you take the time to read the manuals for the software that’s running on your Linux VPS, you’ll find it’s not too hard to learn which features you don’t need. By getting rid of those you aren’t using, you can enjoy a smoother and better running VPS.

Victor is a regular contributor of Techie-world, who enjoys sharing tips on tech-related issues. LinuxVPS and cloud computing in general are amongst his favorite topics. With plenty of experience as a consultant he contributes regularly to several tech blogs and publications. 

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