CMS Report - Keyword: server administration

  • Drupal says farewell to PHP 4

    Drupal says farewell to PHP 4

    Well, this certainly wasn't on my radar. Gábor Hojtsy, Drupal 6 lead maintainer, announced that starting March 1, 2014 support for PHP 4 in Drupal 6 will end. I wasn't surprise to hear about Drupal developers dropping support for PHP 4. Instead, I was in shock to hear that Drupal didn't drop support for this ancient version of PHP sooner.

    To put this announcement in perspective, the PHP project developers said their goodbyes to PHP 4 back in 2008 and I personally said my "see ya later" back in 2007. Needless to say, I don't think anyone with merit can complain Drupal is dropping PHP 4 support.

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted: December 23, 2013

  • Run cPanel On Your CMS Server? Verify Your Server Wasn't Compromised

    Run cPanel On Your CMS Server? Verify Your Server Wasn't Compromised

    If you have ever hosted your website on a server or virtual private server then chances are pretty high you once did or currently are using cPanel. cPanel is a graphical web-based control panel that helps site owners and administrators to quickly and easily manage their website and hosting account. It's an awesome tool that interfaces with your server to help you perform once difficult tasks such as creating databases, manage website files, as well as setting up email accounts. Unfortunately, hackers broke into a proxy server used by cPanel, Inc's technical support department and now there are concerns that a trojan may have spread onto your server.

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted: February 28, 2013

  • Optimizing Magento Performance

    According to the recent research, 64% of dissatisfied online shoppers said they were less likely to visit a slow retailer again, 62% were less likely to purchase from the site again and 48% would purchase from a competitor. Such statistics always makes developers puzzle – from one hand, the website owner wants the application to be multifunctional and universal, from the other – it shouldn’t be slow. And the problem is always to make a solid extension work as fast as possible. Performance…

    By aheadWorks
    Posted: July 25, 2012

  • Denial of Service on an Apache server

    Last week was a very frustrating time for me. For whatever reason, an unusually number of botnets decided to zero in on my Drupal site and created what I call an unintentional  Denial of Service attack (DOS). The attack was actually from spambots looking looking for script vulnerabilities found mainly in older versions of e107 and WordPress. Since the target of these spambots were non-Drupal pages, my Drupal site responded by delivering an unusually large number of "page not found" and "access denied" error pages. Eventually, these requests from a multitude of IPs were too many for my server to handle and for all intents and purposes the botnet attack caused a distributed denial of service that prevented me and my users from accessing the site.

    These type of attacks on Drupal sites and numerous other content management systems are nothing new. However, my search at as well as Google didn't really find a solution that completely addressed my problem. Trying to prevent a DDoS attack isn't easy to begin with and at first the answers alluded me.

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted: July 06, 2010

  • Learn to set up, maintain and secure a Small Office Server using Linux Email

    Packt is pleased to announce Linux Email, a new book that covers everything that users need to know in order to set up their own Linux server. Written by professional Linux administrators, this book is a simple step-by-step guide to setting up a Linux email server using the most popular free Open Source tools such as PostFix, ProcMail, SpamAssassin, ClamAV, and others Linux is a free and open source software collaboration whereby typically all the underlying source code can be used, freely…

    By jasminet
    Posted: November 20, 2009

  • Overcome Your Caching Conundrums

    SitePoint: "Dealing with browser caching is a balancing act. On one hand, you aim to minimize load times and bandwidth use by ensuring that images, scripts, and style sheets are cached by your visitors; however, you still want to ensure that they’re accessing the most recent versions of all your files. In this article, I’ll show you a few methods for controlling how your site’s files are cached by browsers so you can achieve the best of both worlds: maintaining optimal performance…

    By CMS Report
    Posted: November 04, 2009

  • Serving a home for my Drupal site

    Serving a home for my Drupal site

    We lasted nine months. That's right, for nine months we hosted our Drupal site with a shared hosting account. Last January, I knew we were taking a gamble but the monthly cost savings for hosting the site was just too tempting. In this end though, CMS Report was too busy and exceeded the shared hosting provider's CPU usage policy.

    So, during the past few days I've been busy moving the site onto a Virtual Private/Dedicated Server. This time, I'm going with GoDaddy but as far as self-managed VPS/VDS goes there are a lot of good companies you can go with. Although I can do Web server administration in my sleep, I think I'm going to miss having someone else doing the server management for me. I know there are better hosting options for professional Drupal sites but I don't think I'm in need for a high-end hosting plan for this amateur site of mine.

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted: November 04, 2009

  • Future of Intranet is on the Internet

    Internet Evolution: "What’s more, the traditional intranet approach is collapsing under the pressure for information that must be available both inside and outside the organization. Sales information that customers should see is copied and enhanced with additional information behind the firewall for sales employees. Guess what happens when the information needs to be updated? Yeah, often only the version on one side of the wall gets the changes. The firewall is starting to look rather…

    By CMS Report
    Posted: September 24, 2009

  • Turning the iPhone into a Moodle Server

    Lots of people do interesting things once they've jail-breaked their iPhone. Dan Poltawski is no exception when he tries to turn his once client-only device into a Moodle Server. Having ended up with a spare iPhone from a recent upgrade I decided to try jail-breaking the old one and see what software was out there away from the restrictions of the app store. I discovered that lighttpd, php and sqlite were all available from the software repositories for download - these three combined are…

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted: June 29, 2009

  • Switching Servers

    CMS Report is switching servers this weekend and making some DNS changes.  In other words, we may be down for a few hours on Saturday or Sunday.  If we run into problems, we can switch back to our original server. Update: Bulk of the transfer was completed by 10 PM CST.  I will need to do some fine tuning here and there though.  More later...

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted: January 10, 2009

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