Advanced Hosting Options ‘ SSL Accelerators and Traceroute Explained
One of the most common complaints about running an secure website is that it is unbelievably slow. If you only have a small area, such as your online store on a secure server, this is not as important. However, if you would like to offer a large, secure member area, or secure your entire site, this can quickly create problems.
Instead of settling for a slow site, and getting inundated with complaints from your visitors, there is a very simple solution. An SSL accelerator is a PCI card that is installed directly on your server.
If you have ever upgraded your desktop computer, you should be familiar with this concept. A small card is inserted in the server to dramatically increase performance.
Many hosts are now offering this option with their hosting plans. If you need to secure a large area of your site, make sure that your host employs the use of SSL accelerators. You will notice a big difference in speed for your site, and it can help prevent data bottlenecks.
Webmasters that are familiar with networking will feel right at home with Traceroute. Many hosting companies are now offering the ability to use traceroute right on your server. This application is useful for a number of reasons.
A traceroute will perform a check on how many gateways you go through before you actually reach your site. In the case of a reseller hosting company, this number may be quite large. If you have noticed that it takes a long time for your site to load, try doing a traceroute to see just how many gateways there are between you and your site.
Many times, when you think your site is down, it may actually be the gateway that is not functioning properly. If you have contacted your host about a site problem only to have them say it works fine for them, this is usually the cause. While it is frustrating, there is usually nothing you can do until the gateway comes back up.
In addition to finding out about gateways, you can use traceroute to track down hackers and the originators of DDOS attacks. If you have a dedicated server, this is a very nice option. DDOS attacks are becoming more prevalent and it is helpful to have a way to find out who is responsible.
Although most webmasters will not need to use traceroute, it is still fun to see how you are getting to your site, and is also useful if you have certain visitors that are having problems loading your site.Related Posts:
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