- Mar 13, 2013
- by Brad Litwin
It seems like everything I write about or talk to our customers about these days is our SSD Hosting and how pages load up to 300% faster on our solid state drives compared to standard hard drives. Many of our Web Hosting customers have already made the switch to our SSDs. If you’re one of the customers who have switched or you’re still considering, we’re now offering a free, site speed boosting tool called Railgun for our Prime+SSD customers that you’re going to love!
Railgun was released by CloudFlare, the same company who we’ve partnered with to bring you a free content delivery network (CDN). As you may know, CloudFlare’s CDN automatically serves content from servers closest to a website’s visitors. Cloudflare optimized sites can see pages load up to 200% faster. If you haven’t turned on CloudFlare yet, you can do so in right in your cPanel control panel.
While CloudFlare automatically caches 65% of the resources needed to make up a web page, the other 35% of resources are unable to be cached. They are either dynamically generated or marked “do not cache”. The remaining 35% is often the initial HTML of the page that has to be downloaded first. This is where Railgun comes in handy, by speeding up the remaining 35%. Railgun users will experience up to 143% faster HTML load times.
How does it work? The markup of websites doesn’t change often from one request to the next. Instead of transferring the entire request between CloudFlare and your server, Railgun only transfers changes in markup from one request to the next. This cuts down on transfer time and your overall page load time. Railgun caches these differences in memory so page processing is as fast as possible.
As a CloudFlare Optimized partner, we’re able to offer you Railgun for free at A2 Hosting! You only need our Prime+SSD package. Once you’ve purchased a Prime+SSD package or after you request your upgrade in a Sales ticket, just ask our team to turn on Railgun for your site. If you’re not already a CloudFlare user, you will need to turn it on first. Just click the CloudFlare icon in your control panel and quickly setup the content delivery network for your site.