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#1115 MDDHosting.com Forum Software Update

Posted by MikeDVB on 31 March 2010 - 04:04 PM

Why did you get 3.0.3 instead of 3.0.5?

Fixed the typo :)
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#1113 MDDHosting.com Forum Software Update

Posted by MikeDVB on 31 March 2010 - 03:57 PM

As you can likely see, we have upgraded our forum software from IPB 2.3.6 to IPB 3.0.5. Due to how different the themes for the two major revisions are we are going to be redoing the MDDHosting.com Forum design over the next few days.

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns by all means feel free to post them up.

Thank you!
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#1024 Video Streaming Options at MDD

Posted by MikeDVB on 18 March 2010 - 01:51 AM

The size of the binary has absolutely nothing to do with how CPU intensive it is. I could write a binary that is 100kb and could crash a server in a heart beat or a 120mb binary that uses next to no cpu or ram to run.

Where the resource usage comes in is the intense calculations in the transcoding the audio and video streams from one format to another. I personally run a Quad Core Q8400 at home and whenever I am transcoding a video from one format to another - as long as that process takes - I am using 100% CPU on all 4 cores and unless I greatly reduce the priority of that process the entire system will become very sluggish. While this is fine on my home PC when I am transcoding it is not ok in a shared environment.

You may ask why don't we simply reduce the priority of transcoding processes and the answer is that there is no easy way to pick and choose which processes are going to get lower or higher priorities on an automated basis. Your script could launch the transcoding process at a reduced priority but most scripts aren't configured to be able to do this - especially not drop-in plugins for scripts such as Joomla.

If you really need FFMPEG for your gallery script, Joomla, etc... open a ticket with the sales department about upgrading to a VPS and we will see what we can do to get you onto a VPS that you can afford and will allow you and your clients to do what it is that you are trying to do.

Our Virtual Private Servers capable of FFMPEG transcoding start at $40.50/month fully managed with cPanel+WHM and have no hard set limits on the number of accounts that you can host.

While it may seem as though we are limiting you on the standard shared/reseller plans - in truth what we are doing is working to guarantee the performance and reliability of said services. If everybody in our shared and reseller environments was able to launch FFMPEG conversion processes the server could potentially bog down very quickly under the extreme load those processes cause not only resulting in slow and sub-standard service but potential downtime.
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#449 IntoDNS.com - Domain Name Service checker to check DNS Zones for validity

Posted by MikeDVB on 19 February 2009 - 02:12 PM

When it comes to DNS Zones many times there are minor issues that can affect performance or whether or not your site loads correctly at all. We highly recommend IntoDNS.com for DNS Zone checking whether you be having issues with your site loading properly, incoming or outgoing mail, or simply when you modify your DNS zone yourself.

IntoDNS provides a pretty comprehensive check on your DNS settings from checking your NS records to your cnames and MX records.

You can visit http://www.intodns.com/ and enter the domain name to be checked (no subdomains) or you can shortcut the system by appending the domain to be checked to the end of the URL like http://www.intodns.c...tobechecked.com
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#260 Speeding Up Page Load Time, Apache mod_deflate and cPanel "Website Optimi...

Posted by MikeDVB on 04 November 2008 - 07:00 AM

Apache2 mod_deflate
We have recently enabled mod_deflate on our servers which enables the possibility to have Apache compress the files that it serves to your visitors before transmitting them resulting in lower bandwidth usage and quicker load times. We have enabled this on MDDHosting.com and although the difference is not major for an individual page load when you compare thousands of visitors hitting one page the difference can be incredible.

http://www.mddhosting.com/ with mod_deflate enabled via "Website Optimizer" from within cPanel.

Original Size: 13 KB
Gzipped Size: 4 KB
Data Savings: 69.23%

http://www.mddhosting.com/hosting.php with mod_deflate enabled via "Website Optimizer" from within cPanel.

Original Size: 28 KB
Gzipped Size: 4 KB
Data Savings: 85.71%

http://forums.mddhosting.com/ with mod_deflate enabled via "Website Optimizer" from within cPanel.

Original Size: 33 KB
Gzipped Size: 6 KB
Data Savings: 81.82%

As you can imagine when you are transferring much less data the transfer takes less time and pages load faster for the end user. The results from the above tests were obtained via a very useful tool for testing whether mod_deflate or mod_gzip is working as it should and it also gives you the above results to give you an approximation of how much bandwidth you are actually saving. The tool can be found at:

cPanel "Website Optimizer" configuration
The default setting when you enable mod_deflate using the website optimizer is "text/html text/plain text/xml" however we have opted to use "text/html text/plain text/xml text/css text/js" so that our CSS Style sheets as well as our JavaScript files are also compressed for transfer. We do not recommend enabling anything beyond what we are using unless you are experienced with mime types and familiar with which types can and cannot be compressed. As an example if you opt to compress Adobe .PDF files they will become unreadable for the end user however the files on the server will not be damaged and the setting can be reversed.
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