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All online businesses need to account for growth. As a business receives more visitors to its site, the underlying infrastructure needs to scale to provide the same level of performance that the visitors are accustomed to. Horizontal scaling, the addition of more servers rather than increasing the power of the existing servers, is an easy way to build our web servers’ ability to handle a more significant amount of traffic and protect us against hardware failure. Ensuring that the additional web servers have the same files and data is a potentially time-consuming and challenging task. Automating that task using free, open-source software, such as lsyncd, is a way to ensure that we have a safe, secure, and repeatable method of copying files from one server to another.
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In this article, we will be reviewing the Apache Service Status. Sometimes checking the performance of a server can be difficult. Apache has built-in utilities that assist in monitoring the usage and performance of Apache. Apache Status also provides information that aids in performance auditing and control tuning.
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In part 3 of our series of InterWorx vs. cPanel, we’ll be reviewing the following sections: MySQL, DNS, and NFS/Clustering. In InterWorx, there are three divisions under each main section.
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In the second part of our review, we will be looking at the Web Server, FTP Server, SSH Server and lastly the Mail Server sections of the InterWorx main menu and comparing them to the available options in WHM. Let’s start with the System Services menu.
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Let the Battle Begin!
Today we will be reviewing the major differences between CentOS and Ubuntu in a web hosting environment. Although this is not a fully comprehensive analysis of every single aspect of the numerous in-depth features of each operating system, it should provide a solid overview which will allow you to choose which system is best suited for your needs. Without further ado, let’s jump right in…
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Reading Time: 8 minutesLoad balancing and replicating multiple servers has a great array of benefits, though orchestrating and keeping them in sync can be very tricky. Here, we will walk through some of the load balancing options available, as well as setting up a very basic one-way replication sync between two or more servers behind a load balancer.
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Apache Main Configuration Files
On a CentOS server, the package manager used to install the Apache web server (such as rpm, yum, or dnf) will typically default to placing the main Apache configuration file in of one of the following locations on the server:
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Reading Time: 6 minutesNGINX is a webserver that is becoming an increasingly popular option for webhosting, as sixteen percent of all sites on the internet are utilizing NGINX. This percentage is constantly increasing as clients are in need of a web server that can serve content faster. It can also be used for proxies, reverse proxies, load balancing, and more depending on what modules you load onto NGINX. One of the significant differences between Apache (a popular webserver) and NGINX is the way each system handles access rules. If you are familiar with using .htaccess rules in Apache, then the method that NGINX uses of including directives in the server’s vhost block will be substantial change.
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Reading Time: 2 minutesApache is the most popular web server software in use today. Its popularity is earned through its stability, speed, and security. Most likely if you are building out a website or any public facing app, you’ll be using Apache to display it. At the time of this writing, the most current offering of Apache is 2.4.39, and it is the version we will be using to install on our Ubuntu 18.04 LTS server. Let’s get started! Continue reading “How to Install Apache 2 on Ubuntu 18.04”
Reading Time: 6 minutesA Squid Proxy Server is a feature rich web server application that provides both reverse proxy services and caching options for websites. This provides a noticeable speedup of sites and allows for reduced load times when being utilized.
Squids reverse proxy is a service that sits between the Internet and the webserver (usually within a private network) that redirects inbound client requests to a server where data is stored for easier retrieval. If the caching server (proxy) does not have the cached data, it then forwards the request on to the webserver where the data is actually stored. This type of caching allows for the collection of data and reproducing the original data values stored in a different location to provide for easier access.
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