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What is Memcached?

One question we often get asked at Peter's Web is why should I use Memcached, or what is it in the first place?  The easiest way to explain what Memcached is, is to look at your typical WordPress site. In order to generate pages WordPress queries the database to receive data that it then converts into a web page. In computing terms, querying a database is a slow process, due to the fact that we very rarely require all of the data, so the database has to search for the relevant data and may have to talk to two or more tables in order to get one little bit of information.  This is where Memcached is excellent, once you have generated a page, Memcached will store the output of the query.  Meaning that the next time the same page is requested it can retrieved from the cache rather than querying the database. 

Memcached is made up of four key components:

The client software, which provides locations of where data can be stored

A client based hashing algorithm,  which scrambles the key which makes the storing of data easier. This is highly technical and would probably bore you to death.

Server software, stores the actual data on the server, and is available on all Peter's Web accounts.

LRU (Last Recently Used), manages the storage of the Memcached by deleting those items not recently used.

Each of the four key components is comprised of a key, expiration time, and raw data.  A visitor to your site requests a webpage, which Memcached checks to see if it has been stored in the cache. If it is, the data is loaded from the cache, if not Memcache will need to check the database, subsequently taking longer to load. Whenever information is updated, the Memcached is updated to ensure clients receive up to date content.

This is how you activate Memcached.

  1. Log in to cPanel.
  2. Scroll down and click on Select PHP Version.
  3. Make sure you switch to PHP Extensions.
  4. Find the tick box next to Memcached and ensure it is selected.
  5. If you are running WordPress, ensure you are logged in.
  6. Ensure that you are using LiteSpeed Cache plugin.
  7. Click the Advanced tab at the top of the screen.
  8. Ensure object cache is turned on.
  9. Under Method, select Memcached.
  10. Leave the rest as standard and click save.

Please don't hesitate to get in touch with us here at Peters Web should you require any more guidance on this topic. You can contact us via a support ticket (open a ticket) to our hosting department.

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Setting up on a domain service with us here at Peters Web

Setting up a new domain registration with us here at Peters Web couldn't be more easy, here are some steps you can follow to ensure that you choose the right domain for you.....

1) Firstly enter your desired domain into our domain search bar, you will find this at the top of our homepage labelled It starts with a domain...

You will be redirected to our Register Domain page.

2) Once you have navigated to our domain registration page you will receive a notification at the top of the page informing you if the domain you have chosen is available. If the domain you have searched for is available to purchase click Add to Cart followed by Checkout.

If the domain you have searched for happens to be unavailable you will need to choose an alternative domain from the  Suggested Domains list. Once you have made your selection  click Add to Cart then select Checkout.

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3) Once you have selected to checkout you will be redirected through to our Domain Configuration page. Please fill in all of the required fields on this page with the relevant information, at the bottom of the page you will see some name servers displayed. Leave these as they are (ns1/ns2.petersweb.me.uk) unless you are hosting elsewhere. If you are new to name servers please read this article for more information.

Note:- Please check the WHOIS Opt Out box if you wish to keep your name and email address private (this would prevent these details from being visible if someone came across your domain entry during a domain search). Also, if you have purchased a domain entry other than .uk we are required to charge a fee of £3 per year for this option due to our own administration costs. 

If you have purchased a .com or a .net domain entry the WHOIS Opt Out will be replaced with an ID Protection option. 

4) Once you have filled in the relevant details you can select whether you would also like to purchase additional hosting. If you wish to purchase hosting along with your domain choice please select [No Hosting! Click to Add] at the top right hand corner of the page.

When you are satisfied with your details please select Continue.

5) For the final step you will be guided to our Review & Checkout page, please complete your transaction by following the Checkout link (in green at the right hand side of the page). 

Once you have arrived at our checkout please fill in the form with your details, if you are satisfied with your information select Complete Order at the bottom of the page. You will receive a confirmation email following the completion of your order.

Please don't hesitate to get in touch with us here at Peters Web should you require any more guidance on this topic. You can contact us via a support ticket (open a ticket) to our hosting department.

 

 

 

 

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Organise your emails with ease.....

What is that huge, never-ending, bottomless corner of the internet that must be checked every day (read: sometimes)? It's the tower of content that grows unchecked and before you know it - there's no more space left.

Yes you guessed it, its your email inbox......

Keeping on top of your inbox is a relatively simple process, the difficulties lie when your attention becomes diverted elsewhere and your emails slowly start to pile up. The next time you log in to check your emails you seem to have acquired a ton of them overnight (mostly junk mail) and its a struggle to find that important receipt or the email received only yesterday that you MUST reply to! Fortunately, as mentioned, there are steps you can take to help you keep your inbox well organised. A well organised inbox and mail system saves a lot of work further down the line as you can dig out specific emails as and when you need them. Please read on for a few hints and tips to help you get started: - 

Plus Addressing: -  First up we have 'Plus Addressing',  this one goes to the top of the list as we feel that this alone can have such a great impact on your inbox. An example of how Plus Addressing looks would be something like this 'peter+receipts@petersweb.me.uk'. When an email is sent to us using this email address we would receive the email as usual. Instead of receiving this mail into our inbox it would be diverted into a folder which we had setup previously named 'receipts' (if this folder didn't exist it would be created automatically to accommodate this email). The Plus Addressing system operates by firstly reading the recipient section of the email and ignoring the section after the '+'.  This function makes sure that the item is sent to the correct email address. The Plus Addressing system would then look at the section from the '+' on to '@',  if a folder existed within our inbox that corresponded with the folder stated after the '+' the mail item would be sent to the named folder rather than our inbox. This system is very useful if you are running a busy website and need to compartmentalise emails to various areas/departments. This can save valuable time further down the line  as you can head straight to a folder rather than trawling through your inbox. Plus Addressing also has the knock on effect of reducing the amount of mail that is captured by your general inbox, with less mail in your inbox its much easier to search through general mail that isn't re-directed to a folder. 

Don't Horde!:- We are all guilty of this one (even us here at Peters Web!). Delete unnecessary emails once you have opened them, an active inbox can gather mail quickly so its important to ensure that only important older emails and newly arrived emails take precedent. This process can become a lot more difficult if you are rushed and are short on time which leads us onto our next tip......

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 Create an 'email hour':- Put aside an hour every day (or every few days depending on the frequency of mail you receive) and dedicate it to solely checking your inbox, this helps to establish a routine and allows you to check your emails more thoroughly. Once you have carried out your actions (replying etc) delete any emails that have been dealt with. 

Use 'Boomerang' email scheduler:- Boomerang is a plugin that can be used in conjunction with your gmail email account. Boomerang operates as an email scheduler and will send out predetermined responses at set times during the day. This is of great use if you are on the go and need to regularly respond. There is also an email tracker function incorporated into the software that will remind you regularly about emails you have sent out that haven;'t been responded to. Follow this link (http://www.boomeranggmail.com/l/email-follow-up-software.html to read more and to download the software.

Answer 'tough' emails first:- This seems an odd statement doesn't it? What constitutes a 'tough' email? We all receive those emails which we put off as the reply may end up being resource or time consuming. Make a point of dealing with these emails first when going through your inbox. You will get a boost from getting these emails resolved before everything else and the rest of your to do list will feel a lot more manageable!

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As always the list above is short, there are many other steps you can take when working with your inbox to ensure that you keep on top of your workload. A well managed inbox and email system saves lots of stress further down the line and allows you to have more time taking care of other aspects of the running of your website.

If you have any questions regarding this topic and would like to speak around it further please contact us via a support ticket (open a ticket) with our hosting department and we will get back to you as soon as possible

 

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