Alternative PHP Cache, or APC, is a module for Apache servers which is used to cache the output code of script apps. It is very effective for scripts with large source code and will accelerate such a website up to three times. PHP websites are dynamic and whenever a visitor accesses a webpage, the script hooks up to a database to retrieve some content, then the code is parsed and compiled before it's shown to the website visitor. In case the output code doesn't change however, that is the case with Internet sites which display the same content all of the time, these actions result in excessive reading and writing. What APC does is that it caches the previously compiled code and delivers it each time visitors browse a site, so the database doesn't have to be accessed and the code doesn't have to be parsed and compiled again and again, that in turn reduces the website loading time. The module could be pretty effective for informational Internet sites, blogs, portfolios, etcetera.
APC (PHP Opcode Cache) in Shared Web Hosting
You'll be able to use APC for your web applications with all of the shared web hosting packages that we offer because it is pre-installed on our cloud website hosting platform. Activating it will take only a click inside the Hepsia Control Panel which comes with our shared plans and several minutes later it will start caching the program code of your applications. Our platform is really flexible, so you'll be able to use different configurations in accordance with the system requirements of your scripts. For example, you'll be able to activate APC for several versions of PHP for the entire account and set the version that each website can use, or you can have the same version of PHP, but enable or disable APC only for particular sites. This is done by placing a php.ini file with a line of code inside the domain or subdomain folder where you need the custom configuration.