Alternative PHP Cache, or APC, is a module for Apache web servers which is used to cache the output code of script applications. It is very useful for scripts with large source code and could boost such a website up to 3 times. PHP sites are dynamic and whenever a user accesses some webpage, the script hooks up to a database in order to retrieve some content, then the code is parsed and compiled prior to it being shown to the website visitor. If the output code does not change however, that is the case with Internet sites that display the exact same content at all times, such actions trigger needless reading and writing. What APC does is that it caches the previously compiled program code and delivers it any time visitors browse a website, so the database doesn't have to be accessed and the program code does not have to be parsed and compiled continuously, which consequently reduces the site loading time. The module can be rather helpful for informational sites, blogs, portfolios, etcetera.
APC (PHP Opcode Cache) in Shared Hosting
You can use APC for your web applications with any of the shared hosting packages that we offer since it's pre-installed on our cloud web hosting platform. Turning it on will take just a single click in the Hepsia Control Panel that is provided with our shared plans and a couple of minutes later it'll start caching the code of your software apps. Our platform is quite flexible, so you'll be able to use different configurations in accordance with the system requirements of your scripts. For instance, you can activate APC for a couple of versions of PHP for the whole account and set the version that each Internet site will use, or you can have the very same version of PHP, but enable or disable APC just for specific Internet sites. This is done by putting a php.ini file with a line of code within the domain or subdomain folder where you need the customized configuration.