Monday, October 1, 2007

Web hosting storage : How Fast Your Site Is

When choosing the web hosting package, it's not all about the features themselves. But one of the factor is your web hosting storage. Why? Let say you want to fill one account with many web sites and domain names. The total of your server disk storage is 1G. But the total of your web sites size is 995Mb. So there is only 5MB left in your web hosting storage.

This kind of situation may effect on the capability on loading the pages. Besides, the are two other ways to increase the loading rate of your page. 1. Your bandwidth server 2. Learn how to ping them!

I give you a real simple example. Sometimes when we type www.yahoo.com, it loads rapidly but sometimes when we type www.xxx.com it loads for ages. For the users yahoo website is the best because yahoo could load very fastly. That's mean they don't waste their time for waiting the site load in perfect. If your web will load for ages there is a probability many users of web will run away.So How fast your site is.

Needless to say, speed is one the factors web users take into consideration when visiting a website. If they notice that a website's response is slow, they already deem the site to be unreliable and unworthy of their trust.

But, please don't let this happen to your website. Make sure that it has the ability to respond to users' requests very quickly because speed is now the measure of a website's success. So, how do you know if your website is fast enough to pass the standards of today's Internet speed demons?

What is Raw Access Logs?

There are many features in your web server. One of them is Raw acess logs. But what is raw access logs and what's the purpose for?Raw access logs is a file or a group of files that has all the details regarding the hits your website receives daily. Raw access logs report how many times your server have been accessed. It even shows the IP address, the browser type, and the platform used by the visitor, together with the date and exact time of his visit. To give you a clearer picture of what these logs are all about, below is a sample entry on a raw access logs file:

123.12.231.9 - - [28/Aug/2007:09:12:66 -0800] "GET /image.jpg HTTP/1.1" 200 1406 "-" "Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.0; rv:1.7.3) Gecko/20040913 Firefox/0.10.1" "www.coolestwebsite.com"

If you're using cPanel web hosting, then you might have encountered the Raw Access Logs icon located at the main interface. By clicking this, you'll gain access to your Raw Access logs menu wherein a list of your managed domain or subdomains are shown. To view the raw access logs of any of your managed domain, just select one and download it. Open the log file using a text editor and begin studying its contents because doing so can benefit you in three (3) ways:

1. Spot Abusive Users

With a raw access logs file, you can detect if somebody is messing around with your files. If you spotted an abusive user, ban his IP address found on the raw access logs file, so he can no longer request files from your domain.

2. Clean Up Clutters

You can check which of your files is using up too much bandwidth from file requests using raw logs files. If this file is not serving a good purpose, then it's time to get rid of it to avoid consuming a large amount of bandwidth.

3. Get Ready for Some Changes

You see, raw access logs will help you determine if there's a need to buy additional space or a hosting account upgrade. Requests of important files may increase in numbers over time. And, the only way to cope with this is by applying changes, like getting yourself a new host or a higher hosting plan.