Servers, Hosting & The Future

Server Room

First there was Blogger, then there was shared hosting, then “turbo hosting”, then a VPS, then a bigger VPS, then an even bigger VPS, and now we have a new system. Over the past few months, it’s been a tough job keeping the performance of RefuGeeks to a reasonable level.

Tweaks, Changes, And Caching

Most visitors probably won’t have noticed a significant reduction in the performance of RefuGeeks, and this is because I’ve been working like a trooper at the back end, constantly tweaking, hacking, and caching everything I possibly could do in order to keep things running smoothly.

This was becoming more than just a chore, it was becoming a nightmare. So I decided to cough up some dough and invest in a much more robust system that will see us for at least the foreseeable future, this means that I can concentrate on bringing your guys quality content, instead of wasting time fixing the server every few days.

The New Setup

So as I said at the start of this article, before the upgrade we had a single Virtual Private Server (VPS) with a few GB RAM, SSD storage, and a few other bells and whistles to help out. However, this wasn’t enough, and the server kept having problems. So, we now have three servers, yes three!

Firstly we have a Varnish server that’s running all of our caching. That’s all it does, it’s not a very big server, but it’s good at what it does – caching. Secondly we have two more powerful servers that sit behind Varnish, one for all of our files and media, and another dedicated MySQL server that runs our database.

Because all of the resources are spread amongst these three servers, it means our performance is increased dramatically. Also, because the Varnish server handles all the caching, I don’t need to play around with caching plugins, CDN’s, or anything else within WordPress. Although, for the time being we are still using Cloudflare.

Looking Forward

This has obviously been a big investment on my part in both time and money, and the only way I re-coup those expenditures is via advertising and donations. So please do white-list us if you are using an ad blocker, and if you feel like you want to leave a little donation to help with the server costs, I would be extremely humbled and grateful.

So anyway, now that I don’t have to waste time fidgeting with the servers, as they are fully managed by our host DreamHost, so I don’t need to lift a finger, this free’s my time up and allows me to concentrate on writing great articles for you guys to read.

Hopefully you guys appreciate the work that we do here at RefuGeeks. As always, please feel free to leave a comments below, or contacting us directly using our contact form. I always love to read your feedback.

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Servers, Hosting & The Future
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