Node.js is an open-source, event-driven runtime system, which uses Google's V8 JavaScript Engine. It’s used by scalable applications that need real-time communication between a server and the online users and can substantially improve the performance of any website that’s using it. Node.js is intended to handle HTTP requests and responses and constantly delivers little bits of info. For instance, in case a new user fills in a signup form, the moment any info is inserted in one of the fields, it is delivered to the server even if the remaining boxes are not filled out and the user hasn’t clicked on any button, so the information is processed a whole lot faster. In comparison, traditional platforms wait for the entire form to be filled and one large chunk of information is then submitted to the server. Regardless of how tiny the difference in the information processing time may be, things change if the website expands and there’re numerous individuals using it simultaneously. Node.js can be used for booking portals, interactive web browser games or live chat platforms, for example, and plenty of corporations, including eBay, LinkedIn and Yahoo, have already implemented it in their services.

Node.js in Website Hosting

As Node.js is present on our advanced cloud hosting platform, you will be able to add it to your account and to use it for any web-based application that you have, regardless of which website hosting plan you’ve selected upon signup. The Upgrades section in the Hepsia Control Panel, which is included with all shared accounts, will allow you to select the number of instances that you’d like to use – this is the number of the web apps that will use Node.js. A couple of minutes later, you can indicate the path to the application, i.e. the location of the .js file in your shared web hosting account, as well as to pick the IP address to get access to that file – a dedicated IP address or the server’s shared one. In the new Node.js section that will appear in the Hepsia Control Panel, you can reboot an instance or to remove it if you do not need it anymore. You will also have access to the output code with just a single click of the mouse.