Should I use shared hosting?

Service simply does not happen – 2 weeks or not at all in many cases. Performance? 9 second load times for a WordPress site – Your customers are long gone.Solution? your own VPS. We moved to our own and are not seeing 2 second load times on the same WordPress sites!. The cost for a Managed service can easily run to $100 per month. We show you how to do it for $10-$20 per month!. To make it easy, we’ve written the book so it’s as easy as possible for you. Head over to Build your own vps

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SiteLock Scam Alert

Beware of SiteLock – EIG’s latest scam . They started offering a ‘service’ called SiteLock that is supposed to prevent you getting malware on your site and then help you remove any you get. They use levels from ‘Alert’ to ‘Repair’ and they charge hundreds of dollars. Sounds good until you look closely at the offer. What they offer is easily covered by free services, so no real value so far. Where it gets interesting is when they send you an alert. I received two on the weekend – one for each of two sites I own. I diligently checked …

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Virtualisation

In computing, virtualisation means to create a virtual version of a device or resource, such as a server, storage device, network or even an operating system where the framework divides the resource into one or more execution environments. Even something as simple as partitioning a hard drive is considered virtualisation because you take one drive and partition it to create two separate hard drives. Devices, applications and human users are able to interact with the virtual resource as if it were a real single logical resource. The term virtualisation has become somewhat of a buzzword, and as a result the …

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WordPress Site Management

Obviously, I run a lot of sites, both for myself and my clients. Managing these used to take a loooong day every week. This overhead seriously affects earnings and, to be honest, is a major bore. Updating 30+ plugins on every site is not a money maker but, if you don’t do it or delay it to monthly, you are open to getting hacked (WordPress 2013 vulnerabilities ring a huge bell). The answer I found was InfiniteWP’s brilliant programme. The usual plugin installation, combined with a simple installation on my server = A day of golf per week (Just kidding, …

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RAID Recovery

Someone asked me a question about RAID recovery options for an array they were going to set up. My advice was : Use Raid 6, hot swap drives, SMART monitoring and ext4 format. Personally I don’t like raid 0 as it is a helluva job to recover (Happened twice to me). Yes, there is a speed advantage but speed is rarely needed for storage (For the OS and programs, mirror two ssd’s and back them up constantly). I prefer mirroring drive to drive as you can recover a ‘standard’ drive more easily on it’s own, outside the array. I understand …

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WordFence

Despite my efforts to secure my websites outside of WordPress, I do run some plugins to enhance security. I use Wordfence set to : Lock out after how many login failures = 3 Lock out after how many forgot password attempts = 3 Count failures over what time period = 5 or 10 mins. Amount of time a user is locked out = 60 days. I also use these plugins: Anti-Malware and Brute-Force Security by ELI, CloudFlare (Content delivery cache and helps because it stores ‘local’ copies in each country), Exploit Scanner, Injection Guard (This is new and should stop soaksoak) Quttera …

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SoakSoak Malware – How to remove from WordPress sites

Wordfence and Sucuri don’t find the files unfortunately the only possible plugin that would help is Anti-Malware and Brute-Force Security by ELI. I’ve toughened my .htaccess files which is the real solution. Not sure what you know and don’t know, so just ask if you’re not sure. I assume you have cPanel access to the server. WordPress installations are identical across every site, EXCEPT for: The wp-content folder (Stuff you have uploaded like pics and movies (NOT posts/pages)). The wp-config.php file in the home/top directory. The MySQL database (Hidden from your view on the server) So……… Go into cPanel and …

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MainWP

I was using InfiniteWP with great success and still think it’s great, but I ran across MainWP to manage all my sites. MainWP does everything InfiniteWP does and a whole lot more. With MainWP you can bulk install and activate plugins, and globally control almost every aspect of your sites. I often use it to post articles and install new plugins across many sites. I update all plugins, themes and WordPress updates on a daily basis to ensure I avoid malware and hacking attacks caused by outdated software.

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What is a CDN?

A CDN is a Content Delivery Network. Cloudflare is the most popular and common tool used for this. CDN’s make a copy of your website and store it in many different countries so the visitors from that country can be served your content faster. Instead of fetching it from your server in Australia, it is delivered from the CDN in the UK. This speeds up your website by reducing the server load. It also has a less well known advantage – It reduces hacking success because the hacker is served a ‘shadow’ of your site not the real thing from …

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I have an idea for a social media app

“I have an idea for a social media app, kind of complex and will need professionals. Should I hire an expensive company or freelancer?” *Someone* has to design the functionality, user interface etc. and then build it. This person has to think of every ‘What if?’ (people pressing wrong buttons and the ‘flow’ from page 1 to the destination page and then design the software to do that. *someone* needs to define the NEED that that app will fulfil. The chances of finding all these skills in one person is zero. Zuckerberg did not write FB on his own. A …

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