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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 Information Architect, Web Server Administrator, Media Producer web • video • print chris@chrisgilligan.net chrisgilligan.com 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 Linux Apache MySQL PHP web server administration Postfix Dovecot Sendmail […]

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SoccerNews.com website

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

SoccerNews.com is a high traffic WordPress site with over 600,000 unique visitors and over 2,000,000 page impressions per month. It is a content republisher and aggregator, presenting custom XML feeds for (what else?) soccer news from all over the world. The site has a very active user base, providing content in the forms of editorials and comments on news items. Advertising and sponsored referrals provide the revenue stream. SoccerNews.com web… 2, 0, 0, 0 and 441.97

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University Website and Blog Redesign

…roject for the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, my alma mater and current employer. I was hired by UTC as web development specialist in late 2012, and worked with a cross-discipline team on the redesign, information architecture, 10,000 page migration to CMS and user training for over 300 web editors. The design was built on Bootstrap, a versatile framework that includes a flexible, responsive grid system, icon font, and LESS/CSS styling f… 1, 0, 0, 0 and 207.99

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Punk Rock Music Community

Punktastic.com is a community powered site that covers punk music in Britain, but is poised to go worldwide. They cover punk and hardcore shows and festivals, and provide album reviews, video interviews and more. With a growing audience and user base, Punktastic needed a more reliable and robust web server, so they made the move to a dedicated CentOS 5 series web server with 3GB RAM. While this is a relatively low-end box, it has plenty of horse… 4, 0, 0, 0 and 207.99

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

…all PMA: yum install phpMyAdmin Apache Edit /etc/httpd/conf.d/phpMyAdmin.conf Allow all incoming hosts for a web hosting server, or only allow hosts you require: localhost, your local workstation, etc.) For a hosting server with open access, you should have a login failure daemon to block offending IP addresses with multiple failed HTTP logins. ConfigServer Firewall works well, and has modules for cPanel and Webmin. OSSEC is another reactive… 4, 0, 0, 0 and 207.99

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APC INFO Monitor

APC Cache Considerations for Virtual Hosting Environments

…al configuration for APC per virtual server. However with 200+ virtual hosts all running PHP script packages, as is the case with a commodity shared hosting server, this will use a lot of memory, and you will need somewhere in the neighborhood of 10-30GB apc.shm_size if you attempt to configure a single APC cache for the entire server. My web hosting server is for a small number of personal clients, so I adjust the APC settings for each individua… 3, 0, 1, 0 and 194.99

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

…s 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 server performance. Joomla and PHPbb have code that is pre-optimized with hooks for APC, but WordPress requires a plugin called W3 Total Cac… 2, 0, 2, 0 and 181.99

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Public Art Non-Profit Website

Mark Making is a Chattanooga non-profit with a mission to enhance the town with public art and to engage the public in the creation and production of art, not merely it’s appreciation or exhibition. Mark Making website This project was yet another “rescue effort” to save a dying website that had been abandoned by a previous developer. Knowing how artists can be very particular about visual design and information architecture,… 1, 0, 0, 0 and 155.99

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

…p server, and that app server connects to the database cohort. The only publicly-accessible servers would be the web proxies. This is similar to what one might expect in a traditional network operations center. Learn some RegEx Learning a bit about RegEx will benefit the admin in virtually every programming endeavor: PHP, Perl, C, SQL etc. all make use of RegEx to match strings of text. Matching a variable string of text in a log file, for exampl… 3, 0, 0, 0 and 155.99

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