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

…s 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 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 P… 2, 0, 0, 0 and 2521.83

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

…e for backups, slave DNS, and testing. The Nginx modules are also available for the free Virtualmin GPL version. To install the modules, go to Virtualmin Package Updates (wbm-virtualmin-nginx and wbm-virtualmin-nginx-ssl). WordPress Plugins for this Setup W3 Total Cache — adds opcode cache, minification, browser cache and page cache capabilities to WordPress… and it works with Nginx. Works best with Alternative PHP Cache to provide o… 3, 0, 0, 0 and 1767.89

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

phpMyAdmin database display I recently ran into a problem with the upgraded 3.5.2 phpMyAdmin package provided via the rpmforge.repo. Search no longer works, nor does pagination, etc. Plus, it’s out of date and vulnerable to an XSS exploit. I have solved this by changing to the EPEL repo, which maintains the latest version of phpMyAdmin. This post will teach you how to install phpMyAdmin on CentOS, Amazon Linux, or Redhat. Configuration ins… 2, 0, 0, 0 and 727.95

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Auto Mailer Form with Validation and reCAPTCHA

I was recently searching for a form template that uses Twitter’s Bootstrap framework. PFBC, the PHP Form Builder Class, was recently refactored with Bootstrap, and it also supports validation and reCAPTCHA. PFBC does not include a form handler, but it does take the difficult and redundant work out of creating self-validating forms. Adding an auto-mailer to PFBC is very simple, however. You just need a simple PHP if/else and all is well. If… 1, 0, 0, 0 and 675.95

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APC Cache Considerations for Virtual Hosting Environments

APC cache does not work well in a virtual hosting environment unless PHP is running as FCGID, and every individual virtual host has a unique PHP.ini and a unique fcgiwrapper. This is not the case with many virtual hosting environments because the memory and CPU requirements are too great. I suggest using Virtualmin for a shared hosting environment with APC cache, because it does allow to set php.ini and fcgiwrapper for every individual virtual h… 1, 0, 0, 0 and 610.96

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Apache config for Worker MPM vs Prefork MPM

Some installations of Apache will have been compiled to work with either Prefork or Worker MPM, but most by default are compiled only to work with Prefork. Changing to Worker MPM may allow your server to handle much higher traffic, more user sessions, with less RAM use. Your site or server will not scale well if it is running Prefork MPM. Worker is a bit more difficult to set up properly, and has some restrictions regarding functionality of PHP… 4, 0, 0, 0 and 558.96

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Fail2Ban Regex for RedHat, Fedora, CentOS and Amazon Linux 2013

Fail2Ban is a very efficient daemon that scans log files for malicious activity, and offers several options to ban offending IPs and hostnames. Although it is highly configurable, it requires a depth of knowledge beyond that required for GUI-accessible firewalls such as ConfigServer Security & Firewall. Harden the Kernel Before do anything further, it is necessary to harden the server at the kernel level. Doing so will prevent the majority o… 3, 0, 0, 0 and 363.98

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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 Cache. This configuration is for Varnish on a separate server, but should also work on a single serve… 3, 0, 0, 0 and 350.98

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

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 serving static HTML files. This presents challenges in security as well as performance tuning. It is impossible to predict whether a certain configuration will work properly for a given server, unless the hardware, software, accounts, network and traffic are identical to a previou… 1, 0, 0, 0 and 350.98

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