APC, which stands for Alternative PHP Cache, is a framework used for caching the compiled source code of a script application, that could boost a database-driven Internet site several times. Any time a PHP page is opened, the script pulls the content that should be loaded from a database, parses and compiles the program code, and the result is displayed to the visitor. While this is necessary for websites with frequently changing content, it is a total waste of processing time and resources for a site that does not change, for instance an informational portal which shows the exact same content all the time. When the webpages for such a website are compiled, APC caches them and delivers them any time a visitor opens them. Since this saves the time to get content from the database and to parse and compile the code, the site will load a lot quicker. APC is very useful in particular for scripts with large source code.
APC (PHP Opcode Cache) in Shared Hosting
You can employ APC for your web applications with all of the shared hosting plans that we provide since it is pre-installed on our cloud website hosting platform. Enabling it will take just a single click inside the Hepsia Control Panel which comes with our shared solutions and a few minutes later it will start caching the code of your apps. Our platform is very flexible, so you will be able to use different configurations depending on the system requirements of your scripts. For instance, you can activate APC for several releases of PHP for the whole account and pick the version that each site will use, or you can have the very same version of PHP, but activate or deactivate APC just for specific websites. This is done by putting a php.ini file with a line of program code within the domain or subdomain folder where you require the customized setup.