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

…e daemon (LFD) for your server: ConfigServer Firewall is an excellent free firewall & LFD. This will help prevent brute force probes, port flooding, DDOS, etc. If you have 600 virtual hosts running on a server, it is very likely that the server is experiencing constant malicious exploits, especially if you are also running email […]

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

…nfigure properly with fcgid-enabled virtual domains, but it is quite helpful to optimize system resources and prevent traffic surges on one site from affecting overall server performance. Joomla and PHPbb have code that is pre-optimized with hooks for APC, but WordPress requires a plugin called W3 Total Cache. First Things First Please read my posts […]

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

…er Firewall works well, and has modules for cPanel and Webmin. OSSEC is another reactive IPTables firewall with Apache login failure IP blacklisting. For Amazon EC2, a good practice is to create a discrete database server, and only allow access to it inside a VPC security group, or from specific IP addresses enabled in that […]

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

…ic from the Internet’s millions of malicious and compromised servers and personal computers. Reconfigured Apache web server, PHP and MySQL to better utilize the server’s horsepower. Cpanel’s efault Apache and MySQL configurations were limiting the number of concurrent user sessions the server could handle. Changed PHP to run as FastCGI (fcgid) and recompiled Apache to […]

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WordPress with W3 Total Cache on Nginx with APC (Virtualmin)

…W3 Total Cache and APC Alternative PHP Cache, so I was very interested to see how Nginx performance compares to Apache for WordPress, and whether APC and W3TC would play nice with Nginx. I prefer to install WordPress in public_html/wordpress for ease of development, compatibility with other scripts, etc. Accordingly, the suggested configuration is for […]

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Varnish VCL and Config for WordPress with W3 Total Cache

I have been working on a Varnish front-end for Apache, to be used with WordPress sites. I described the architecture in Load Balancing Virtualmin WordPress Hosting Server with Varnish on AWS. I now have a configuration that seems to work for all WordPress features, including logged-out commenting. This configuration also works well with W3 Total […]

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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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WordPress Fail2Ban RegEx for RedHat, CentOS, Amazon Linux

VacantServer WordPress sites are getting hammered with bad logins and probes. We’ve implemented a plugin to log failed login attempts to syslog, and a Fail2Ban filter for the same. If you run these on RedHat, you’ll need some additional configuration info… here it is: WordPress login failure regex (error_log): ^%(__prefix_line)sAuthentication failure for .* from <HOST>$ […]

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Web Hosting

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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WordPress Content Management

…A few nice plugins to upgrade the stock version of WordPress: Pagination Sitemap & Search Engine submission Event Calendar Other choices include: Featured Real Estate Properties PayPal shopping cart WooCommerce Event Registration forms Detailed Contact forms & file uploads Email marketing & newsletter management Flash or Javascript slideshow galleries Podcasting and more… Regardless of the […]

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