How Info Toast Should Now be Faster than Ever
I do a lot to improve the performance of this site. From making caches on the local server to making caches on Cloudflare, I want Info Toast to be as fast as it possibly can be. I don’t use a web server host to host Info Toast on. Most web server hosts are just ripoffs if you want an excellent site. I have my supercomputer to host it on, which you can read about here: The Poor Man’s Guide to Making a Supercomputer.
However, while there are tons of improvements you can make with software, such as Autoptimize and Cloudflare, nothing stands up to good-old hardware. That’s why I have spent some money on buying you guys an SSD for the database server.
What is an SSD?
SSDs, which are an abbreviation for Solid State Drives, are much faster than HDDs. The difference is that SSDs have no moving parts. With an HDD, to write or read data on the drive, it requires a physical disk spinning to the proper location. This can take a lot of time if you are handling massive amounts of data that need to be accessed quickly. On the other hand, SSDs don’t require a physical spinning part, and therefore data can be obtained anywhere, practically immediately.
Don’t take my word on this, but from a Google search, it appears as the average HDD can read or write 50 MB/s of data, while an SSD can read or write between 530-560 MB/s of data. Hosting the database server on an SSD will allow for much quicker access to the database by the website, and therefore much faster page load time for users.
The people on my Minecraft Server are also very excited about this too. If you’re interested in joining my Minecraft server, here is the Discord: https://discord.gg/BeZHXbg. It’s a great and welcoming community. You can also join by going to the Info Toast Discord server at the bottom of the page, and the link will be on that server.
What does this mean?
It doesn’t mean much. It mainly implies that Info Toast will have faster load times. This is pretty good for user experience and will probably also boost SEO, which will help the site get more visitors. Why am I writing about this? I don’t know. I guess I just thought I’d share it.