Let's say your site is becoming a big success and as a result it's becoming slower and slower. There are several things you do without buying additional hardware:
In this article I assume you have basic knowledge of server administration, be careful because you could really mess things up if you've got no clue what you're doing. I warned you!
If you don't have the money to buy additional hardware you should know that it's always an option to install it on the same server that your apache runs on. This is how it works:
Now that you have an idea of the logic behind Squid, let's put it to use!
Installing squid is easy, just use your distro's package manager. On Ubuntu it would look like this:
sudo aptitude install squid
You can make Apache run on port 8080 by editing the file: /etc/apache2/ports.conf
Now let's edit squid's config file: /etc/squid/squid.conf
# Define the HTTP port
http_port 188.8.131.52:80 vhost vport=8080 defaultsite=www.example.com
# Specify the local and remote peers
cache_peer 127.0.0.1 parent 8080 0 no-query originserver name=server1
# Tell squid which domains to forward to which servers
acl sitedomains dstdomain .example.com
cache_peer_access server1 allow sitedomains
# some restriction definitions
acl all src 0.0.0.0/0.0.0.0
acl manager proto cache_object
acl localhost src 127.0.0.1/255.255.255.255
#acl webcluster src 184.108.40.206
acl webcluster src 220.127.116.11/28
acl purge method PURGE
acl CONNECT method CONNECT
# some restrictions
http_access allow manager localhost
http_access allow manager webcluster
http_access deny manager
http_access allow purge localhost
http_access allow purge webcluster
http_access deny purge
# Make sure that access to your accelerated sites is allowed
http_access allow sitedomains
# Deny everything else
http_access deny all
# Do not cache cgi-bin, ? urls, posts, etc.
hierarchy_stoplist cgi-bin ?
acl QUERY urlpath_regex cgi-bin \?
acl POST method POST
no_cache deny QUERY
no_cache deny POST
acl apache rep_header Server ^Apache
broken_vary_encoding allow apache
refresh_pattern . 60 100% 4320
# Do not cache 404s 403s, etc
negative_ttl 0 minutes
# Debug info in cache.log?
# debug_options ALL,1 33,2
# Cache properties
cache_mem 500 MB
maximum_object_size_in_memory 2048 KB
cache_replacement_policy heap LRU
memory_replacement_policy heap LRU
cache_dir ufs /var/spool/squid 20000 16 256
access_log /var/log/squid/access.log squid
I underlined the things you might want to change and I've placed some comments for you to read. Some extra notes on:
You may want to play with the config a little more. Every site is different and some sites just don't like it that they're being cached, but this should definitely get you started. That reminds me, you'll have to restart the services in order for this to work of course.
This is a modified version of an article originally published at kevin.vanzonneveld.net/techblog/article/install_squid_apache_on_1_server/ and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 License