Big Performance from Apache on a Small Server
I’ve published another article for DigitalOcean on performance, this time focusing on Apache. They apparently didn’t like my catchy name and simply called it “How to optimize Apache web server performance,” which is too bad, but hey, that’s how it goes!
Apache is an amazingly powerful and capable web server. In order to make initial setup as easy as possible, it comes with numerous modules pre-installed. This makes it a great choice for new projects when you need to quickly be productive. However, as your site grows you may start to bump into performance problems.
What first attracted me to DigitalOcean was the low cost to get started. The smallest and cheapest droplets have 512MB of RAM, which doesn’t seem like much in today’s world of big frameworks. However, you’d be surprised what you can do with a small server like this if you take a little time to tweak the settings.
If you’re running Apache on one of the smaller sizes of droplets, or if you want to maximize your performance on the bigger droplets, here are a few things you should do. I’ll be using Ubuntu 12.04 in the examples but the principles I’m demonstrating are applicable to other versions of Linux as well.
Read the article on DigitalOcean: How to Optimize Apache Web Server Performance