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

…s impossible to give a configuration which will cover all applications. Firewall Unnecessary Traffic from Affecting the Server Before you begin performance tuning, please consider using a stateful packet inspection (SPI) firewall & login failure daemon (LFD) for your server: ConfigServer Firewall is an excellent free firewall & LFD. This will help prevent brute force […]

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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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APC INFO Monitor

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

APC INFO Monitor My Virtualmin Amazon Linux Server runs several virtual domains with PHP under FCGId using APC for opcode caching: Joomla, PHPbb, WordPress, etc . APC is somewhat challenging to configure 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 […]

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

…tacted by the publisher after responding to a plea for assistance in a support forum. Though the site was running on a dedicated server with 8GB RAM, it was crashing frequently under load. The developer tried implementing APC Alternative PHP Cache and W3 Total Cache, but these measures turned out to be incompatible with […]

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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 with W3 Total Cache on Nginx with APC (Virtualmin)

…onsiderations PHP FCGId will launch the number of sub-processes you specify in Virtualmin > Server Configuration > Website Options, so beware of the memory overhead if you specify a large number, because each will consume the amount of memory specified in  apc.shm_size. You may need to experiment with this value, depending on your server’s memory […]

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University Website and Blog Redesign

…Press, we use a child theme with a  BootSwatch style custom CSS. We host our own CSS, but pull fonts and JavaScript libraries from CDNs. Off-Canvas, drop-down sidenav was custom built using Bootstrap components, but now Jasny’s Bootstrap 3.0 fork ( has a similar extension. LESS Files: along with the entire development site (was easier […]

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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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Varnish VCL and Config for WordPress with W3 Total Cache

…TORAGE_FILE=/var/lib/varnish/varnish_storage.bin # # # Cache size: in bytes, optionally using k / M / G / T suffix, # # or in percentage of available disk space using the % suffix. VARNISH_STORAGE_SIZE=3G # # # Backend storage specification # malloc runs from RAM, file from file VARNISH_STORAGE=”malloc,${VARNISH_STORAGE_SIZE}” #VARNISH_STORAGE=”file,${VARNISH_STORAGE_FILE},${VARNISH_STORAGE_SIZE}” # # # Default TTL used when […]

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Online Advertising

Google Adwords, Yahoo Ads, MSN (Microsoft Network) Ads setup $500 for 1 hour consultation and setup of 3 accounts. Customer pays the  per click fees after account is setup, driven by a monthly maximum budget that is based on a test run of keywords and phrases. Per click fees begin around 50¢ — $2 and rise […]

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