Six Tips to Prepare Online Retail Servers for Cyber Monday - Slide 6

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Review default settings for things like MaxClients, Timeout and the number of allowed child processes. The apache Timeout is usually set to 120 seconds, by default. It is a good idea to reduce this to 20 seconds or lower depending on the applications that are running on the server.

Also check the memory limits in the php.ini file, e.g. If the server has 2GB of RAM and your php.ini allows processes to use a maximum of 128MB, then setting the MaxClients directive in apache to 300 may cause problems with the amount of the RAM being used on the server.

Cyber Monday, the busiest day of the year for online sales, is fast approaching and with time running out, ForLinux, one of the UK’s leading providers of open source hosting and IT support, is reminding Internet retailers to perform essential server maintenance or potentially miss out on bumper sales.

Monday, Nov. 28th, is the date when the Internet industry predicts Internet transactions to reach their highest level ever, with sales predicted to top the £1028m* spent online last year.

Steve Nice, technical director at ForLinux, has been advising his clients to prepare for Cyber Monday for several months. "It’s crucial that online retailers prepare for the upsurge in traffic that happens on Cyber Monday. Time is running out to make sure servers and applications are ready to withstand the demand. With so little time left to prepare, we’re encouraging online retailers to follow our six last minute tips: check your logs, bandwidth, database, RAM, Apache configuration and reboot."

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