Access Apache Server Status with Permalinks Enabled

Operations teams and system administrators are always love having the ability to check the status of their servers. Apache allows us to easily peak under the covers by way of a virtual directory called, as you may have guessed, /server-status.

How to do URL Redirects with Nginx

Content rot has a tendency to creep up on you as a website or application ages. The last thing your visitors want when they reach your site after clicking a link is to be face planted with a 404 error. To make matters worse, too many 404s will have an impact on your search engine site rankings.

We can battle 404s with redirect rules written in our Nginx configurations. The rules can either suggest to the web browser, search engine and anything that the content has permanently moved, or we suggest the content has only moved temporarily. Either way, you have chance to guide the user to the new location of your content in transparent manner.

Installing Squid on Ubuntu 14.04 as Caching Proxy Server

Learn how to install and use Squid on Ubuntu 14 to improve your web server’s performance. Squid caches requested content to lessen the load on your servers.

Architect Web Infrastructures on Ubuntu 14, Part 1

You may have experience deploying web applications on a LAMP server, which is running both the web server and database server. Hosting your entire web application infrastructure stack on a single server works well for development and light traffic sites. Eventually, you are going to start seeing an increase in user traffic and that will put a lot of stress on your once underutilized server. You are going to have to start researching how to scale to meet the demands of your web traffic.

Throughout this series of tutorials, we will build out the infrastructure to allow our application to handle high volumes of traffic. We’ll utilize web caching servers to reduce the processing work of your application, and load balancers to ensure traffic is balanced between our caching servers. The focus will be on Ubuntu 14.04, however, the concepts work on any Linux distribution.

Protect Git Folders in Apache using DirectoryMatch

Overview Apache allows you to block certain files or directories under your document root from being accessed over the web. This is very beneficial if, for example, you have an application version controlled by Git. Odds are you do not want any of the files under .git to be accessed, for various security reasons. Ideally, […]

Apache Web Server on Ubuntu 15

Summary Another release of Ubuntu means an updated tutorial for installing Apache. Although not much has changed on how the installation and configuration of Apache is done, if you haven’t updated in a while, there are a few major changes you will want to be aware of. One those changes is the introduction of SystemD. […]

Deploy and Configure a Ubuntu 14 LAMP Web Server, Part 1

Overview The latest long-term support release of Ubuntu is out, and it’s finally time I released a series on how to use it for your web application’s infrastructure. In the first tutorial I’ll guide you through configuring an all-in-one web server based on LAMP – Linux, Apache, MariaDB, PHP. If you’ve read through my CentOS […]

CentOS 6 Web Server Architecture, Part III

Scale your application’s frontend to handle more connections. Learn about load balancing your website and separating the application and database to improve user experience.

Deploy an Apache Web Server on CentOS 6

Learn how to install and configure Apache on a CentOS 6 server with SELinux enabled. It’s easier than you think and it will add an extra layer of security to web server.


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