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Decades of experience hosting websites, from small local sites with only a few html pages, to high-traffic sites with thousands of users and pages.  Website hosting, evolved Web hosting has changed dramatically in the last few years. The majority of accounts are now running PHP scripts and MySQL, whereas in the past most accounts were only […]

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Chris Gilligan Web Developer, Information Architect, Web Server Administrator, Media Producer web • video • print I design and produce information and communication media for university, corporate, small business, manufacturing and non-profit clients: web sites Information architecture and design for open source content management systems Front-end UI design, HTML, PHP, LESS Linux Apache […]

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Suck Creek Cycle website

Bike Shop Website with Facebook Features

Suck Creek Cycle website I’ve been hosting and helping with Suck Creek Cycle’s website since they opened in 1998. The site was long overdue for an upgrade, so I took an existing template design and tweaked it a bit to look like the bike shop, then integrated social media and syndicated content from their vendors. […]

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APC INFO Monitor

How to Configure APC Cache on Virtual Servers with PHP running under FCGId

…e settings, and especially if you are using APC with a CMS like WordPress (w3 total cache) or phpbb or joomla, and you are experimenting with settings, or updating plugins or core, you should set apc.stat=1 (on). Restart the web server to load the new settings. APC.Stat is the file change polling, which checks for […]

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Apache and MySql Performance Tuning for High Traffic WordPress Website on Cpanel

…bes and Denial of Service attacks. Connection Tracking in the firewall now limits the amount of resources a single legitimate IP address can monopolize, in addition to blacklisting attackers. This is the first step to proper web server performance in today’s Internet climate. Popular sites that do not have a solid security and load balancing […]

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Install phpMyAdmin with SSL on CentOS, Amazon Linux, RedHat (Apache or NginX)

…t inside a VPC security group, or from specific IP addresses enabled in that security group. That way, you can safely Allow from ALL hosts, because the VPC firewall will prevent other access. Install phpMyAdmin on a separate web server, and restrict access to PMA’s directory (see below). # phpMyAdmin – Web based MySQL browser […]

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APC Cache Considerations for Virtual Hosting Environments

…h individual account, depending on the number and type of PHP script packages running on the account. These accounts are all administered by myself, not by the clients. I do not think APC is the correct cache for most shared web hosting servers, given the number of virtual hosts. You will probably have better results […]

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WordPress Content Management

…s and themes that add to the software’s core functionality. is powered by WordPress, and so are many of my client’s websites. WordPress can also be combined with an existing website to add news, weblink and weblog functions. WordPress is a state-of-the-art publishing platform with a focus on aesthetics, web standards, and usability. More […]

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Tuning Apache and MySQL for Best Performance in a Shared Virtual Hosting Environment

…nnections, because APC will serve the busiest queries directly from cache. Take Time to Get a Realistic Assessment of MySQL Performance If you have a PHP opcode and database caching strategy (such as APC) implemented on your web server and for your PHP script packages, you will be able to lower maxconnections, based on the […]

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