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Building a WordPress virtualization solution using LXD/LXC containers

WordPress hosting is hot, and if Google Trends is anything to go by, it’s only getting hotter with each passing day. Most web hosting providers now offer specialized WordPress hosting packages, and some even focus exclusively on WordPress hosting.
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OpenShift vs cPanel – Is it time to adopt a new web hosting technology?

OpenShift vs cPanel – Is it time to adopt a new web hosting technology?

A modern control panel such as cPanel/WHM includes hundreds of features useful for webmasters. But no webmaster uses all of those tools, and it is safe to say no web host uses all of the features in the panel.

Also, it is known that cPanel does not offer many software that’s in demand (such as HHVM, Percona, etc.). It begets the question, “Is main stream control panels the only hosting option out there?” Let’s explore this point by comparison cPanel with an open source PaaS tool called OpenShift.
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How to fix ImageMagick vulnerability (aka ImageTragick) in cPanel, Plesk, DirectAdmin, CentOS, Ubuntu, RedHat, Debian and other Linux servers

How to fix ImageMagick vulnerability (aka ImageTragick) in cPanel, Plesk, DirectAdmin, CentOS, Ubuntu, RedHat, Debian and other Linux servers

On May 3rd, ImageMagick disclosed a serious Remote Code Execution vulnerablity (CVE-2016–3714) that allows attackers to execute malware hidden in image uploads. ImageMagick is widely used to process images, and is a part of PHP, Ruby, Node.Js, Python and many other language libraries. As of this writing, there are confirmed server hacks using exploits already in public domain, and it is best to secure your server ASAP. (more…)

How to fix high severity OpenSSL bugs (Memory corruption, Padding oracle) in Ubuntu, CentOS, RedHat, OpenSuse and other Linux servers

How to fix high severity OpenSSL bugs (Memory corruption, Padding oracle) in Ubuntu, CentOS, RedHat, OpenSuse and other Linux servers

Early today (3rd May 2016), OpenSSL released patches for two high severity bugs, and 4 low severity ones. The first bug, CVE-2016-2108 is a Memory corruption vulnerability, which could allow an attacker to crash a service or even execute malicious code.

The second bug, CVE-2016-2107 is a Padding oracle vulnerability, which could be used for Man-In-The-Middle (MITM) attacks to steal encrypted login passwords. (more…)

OpenShift web hosting – A flexible hosting system based on container virtualization

OpenShift web hosting – A flexible hosting system based on container virtualization

Isn’t it a great feeling when you see new sales orders coming in, after you’ve spent countless hours and dollars on marketing? It’d be awesome if you can convert all of those orders into your actual customers.

However, many web hosts are forced to turn down a few orders because customers request un-supported software or custom server configuration. (more…)

What is Rkt (Rocket) container technology? Should you use it?

What is Rkt (Rocket) container technology? Should you use it?

Containers are taking over the world. From VPSs to application hosting, more and more companies now use container technologies such as Docker, LXC and OpenVZ. The latest entrant to this list is rkt, pronounced as rocket.
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Metal as a Service (MaaS) – Is it for you?

Metal as a Service (MaaS) – Is it for you?

Setting up a server can be time consuming. It involves installing an operating system, setting up networking, configuring various services and securing can take up to 2 hours per server. But what if you can deploy servers in a few mins? That’s what you can do with the open source tool called “MAAS”. (more…)

MySQL high availability – Top 7 solutions to improve MySQL uptime

MySQL high availability – Top 7 solutions to improve MySQL uptime

As they say, first impressions matter. Your next high value customer could be browsing your site right now. What if your site fails to load? This scenario is not far from the truth for many websites, and very often it’s the database that fails. (more…)

How to setup a Percona cluster (PXC)

How to setup a Percona cluster (PXC)

Percona is a high performance alternative for MySQL. It uses a modified InnoDB engine called XtraDB, and uses Galera’s clustering technology to offer better performance and uptime than MySQL. Today, let’s take a look at how you can setup a Percona cluster, and migrate your databases from MySQL. (more…)

How to fix MySQL high IOWait

How to fix MySQL high IOWait

MySQL is the most popular database used in web applications. It is supported by all hosting providers, is easy to administer, and free. However, MySQL servers often face high server load due to high disk IOWait. (more…)

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