Repatriating my websites

I've been thinking about doing this since the last US election. And now, with the words and actions of the Trump administration, I'm just not comfortable leaving my web presence on US servers. The decision to move my stuff back onto Canadian servers was easy - just a simple exercise in logic. The hard part is leaving what has been the best web hosting company - the best online community supporter - I've ever had the pleasure of being a member of....

January 30, 2017 · 2 min

goaccess live webserver stats on hippie hosting

I just installed the GoAccess apache log processing application on the Hippie Hosting Co-op server, giving users a way to watch the stats for their sites in realtime, without having to rely on privacy-invading analytics bugging software. This software works on the command line, so just SSH into your account and type: goaccess -f statistics/logs/access_log That tells goaccess to load with the logfile at the specified location. You can feed it other logfiles, but the default one for a Hippie Hosting account should be at statistics/logs/access_log....

June 8, 2012 · 1 min

IT server upgrade

I filed a ticket to ask our IT folks to upgrade PHP on our virtual machine server. Turns out the easiest and safest way to do that was to upgrade the entire OS and all dependencies, so we scheduled that for this afternoon. They just finished upgrading the server, and we now have a shiny RHEL5 box running PHP5. That means next week I'll be moving our TLC website onto the VM, as well as migrating wiki....

August 15, 2008 · 1 min

WordPress Super Cache

I've been using the WP-Cache 2 plugin for some time, as it offers pretty effective file-based caching of WordPress pages to help reduce the load on the database server and reduce page generation time. But the plugin has kind of languished without any real updates for months(?) or years(?). Donncha O Caoimh, the WordPress guru who's name I'll never be able to pronounce, released an updated and refined caching plugin called WP-Super-Cache, based on the great start offered by WP-Cache 2....

November 6, 2007 · 3 min

WordPress Performance Tuning

My blog often has fits of sucktacular performance. After digging around, and bugging DreamHost support for some ideas, I've made some progress. I had been running wp-cache to enable file-based caching, thinking that would help optimize performance of the site (fewer database calls should equal better performance) - except that DreamHost apparently uses NFS-mounted storage for accounts. As a result, filesystem access is a bit laggy, so the file-based caching was actually (apparently) slowing the site down (as suggested by 4+1 ways to speed up wordpress)....

May 29, 2007 · 3 min

On Setting up an Ubuntu Server

For a project I'm involved with, we're setting up a shiny new server to handle hosting of lots (and lots) of Drupal sites in a shared hosting environment. We were able to pick up a decently speced Dell PowerEdge 2950 at a really good price. Dell wanted a tonne of cash to pre-install RedHat on the box. Um, no thanks. So, our friendly neighbourhood colocation provider installed Ubuntu Server on the box for me (I'm about 1000 km from the server, so couldn't actually do the physical install myself)....

December 24, 2006 · 2 min

Upgrading MySQL on MacOSX Server

I just upgraded our TLC development/staging/small-deployment server from MySQL 4.0 to 5.0.22. I'd never upgraded a MySQL server before (always just installed a fresh copy on a new box, or updated along with MacOSX) so I wanted to do some testing before making the plunge on a deployment server. We've got a bunch of databases on that box, running everything from weblogs.ucalgary.ca to some custom apps written here. I did a quick RTFM , but the MySQL manual recommended not jumping right from 4....

June 22, 2006 · 3 min