I have a client that wanted to start his own personal blog. He’s in the IT industry and wanted to use WordPress, he didn’t know what Shared Hosting Provider to go with. I suggested two, dreamhost.com and mediatemple.com

I don’t like shared hosting, why? It’s either slow at time for hours or always slow, so instead I just grab a VPS and pay the $30 or $50 month so my sites load fast. You could even ditch your Grid Service and go with a Dedicated Virtual, and achieve lighting fast page loads on your WordPress/PHP site.

Anyways, lets talk more about how to setup APC properly on the Grid Service. I mean lets really talk about it, because I always forget the steps.

You will need to first download the latest stable version of APC, I’ve had issues with the beta version and the stable version. But far less with the stable version. If you want to pick and choose which version to run visit the APC PECL Website directly at http://pecl.php.net/package/APC

I almost forgot, if you want to follow the instructions in this guide. You will need to have SSH access enabled on your Grid Service account. This guide will assist you.

http://kb.mediatemple.net/questions/16/Connecting+via+SSH+to+your+(gs)+Grid-Service

Once you have access and the URL to the latest stable release of APC (3.0.19 as of this writing). You will want to wget the file to the root of your account.

Decompress and untar the archive, change directory to the extracted contents and phpize the module.

Next you will want to run phpize. The phpize command prepares the PECL modules build environment.  Once you run phpize you will see something similar to the following:

Now we want to set the configuration options for the module. You will need to find out what version of PHP your Grid Service is running, you need to know the Major and Minor numbers. You can get this information from phpinfo, you will need to create a new file inside your sites html directory and enter the following:

Make sure the file has a .php extension and then open up a browser and view the file. You should be presented with something like the following.

You can see that we’re running PHP 5.2.14-2, the “-2” is more or less for MediaTemples reference.

Next you want to type out the following command and run it, pay special attention to the “-with-php-config” portion as this is important, make sure you find the right location of this file then run the command.

A bunch of text should scroll, hopefully no errors. Now we want to make the module so just type “make”.

Now we just need to make the appropriate directories for the module to reside. The directory you need to find is called “data”, if you follow these steps below you can navigate to the directory. Then make the proper directories, and then copy the module.

The last step is to modify the php.ini and have PHP load the newly created apc.so module. (Note: in the second example, the ‘xxxx’ stands for your user number, you can find this by running “pwd”)

Then just add the following lines:

You should now have APC loaded into PHP, double check by going to the phpinfo page you made and search for APC. It should give you some information and configuration variables. Furthermore, if APC is not being loaded and shown on the phpinfo page, enable the error log (http://wiki.mediatemple.net/w/GS:Read_access_logs_and_error_logs) and see if any error messages are being generated.

Hope you enjoy!