Archive for April, 2010

How to Find Users on a Linux Server

There are a couple of ways to find out users information in Linux. One of the most basic methods is to use the “who” command. This will tell you who is currently logged in to your Linux dedicated server.
First, log into your system’s shell via SSH. Next, login in as […]

Quick Linux System Information with “uptime”

Monitoring your Linux dedicated server can be a time-consuming activity. You have to consider stability, security, performance, and a host of other issues. Some forms of monitoring involve third-party companies. Others are as simple as typing a command from a secure shell (SSH). “Uptime” is one such command.
To begin using the […]

Securing Apache with ModSecurity

Out of all of the web servers available on the market, both free and open source, Apache HTTP Server is the most widely used. It has become the standard for most Linux-based servers and is commonly the default for many other Unix-like operating systems. It is generally regarded as secure, but even […]

Optimizing the performance of your hosted MYSQL Database

More performance! When it comes to Mysql database hosting the issue of more speed and performance is always paramount. So to help you achieve that we want to provide you some tips for understanding the query cache and optimizing it based on your usage for the best database performance.
The query cache operates independently […]

How to Close and Open Ports with iptables

Linux dedicated servers typically rely a software firewall system called iptables. With it you can control which ports allow inbound and/or outbound access. It is very important to have iptables configured properly, both for your server’s functionality and for its security.
There are many tools, both command-line based and web-based that allow you to […]

How to change file ownership on a Linux server

There are some rare, yet extremely annoying, instances when you might have a script or service that refuses to run because it needs to be run by a particular user. Usually the problem is that the user in question does not have the necessary permissions to run the script. Rather than using […]

SingleHop’s Tandem Program Changes the SSL Industry

For web hosting companies who resell dedicated servers, SingleHop’s new Tandem program offers a benefit that can’t be found anywhere else among reseller hosting programs:  free SSL certificates.  The new offer will have significant impact on the SSL certificate industry’s structure and distribution channels.
By offering free SSL certs to their reseller hosting clients, SingleHop […]

How to Setup a CS (Counter Strike) Server

“How do I setup a CS server?” is a common question amongst Counter Strike fans interested in hosting their own games. The first thing to do is know your server requirements and shop around for the best deal on a dedicated server. Just one word of CAUTION though! The best looking deal isn’t always necessarily […]

Free Google Web Hosting

Does Google offer web hosting?
Well, not really. But in a way, they actually do, and it’s free to use. Simply visit and signup for an account.
We actually created one just to test it out using their “Project Wiki” pre-made theme:
It took all of about 5 seconds to pick the website and theme […]

Should I pick the cheapest dedicated server provider or go somewhere in the middle?

Is the dedicated server market in a price war?  The market has been rife with low, low offers on cheap dedicated servers, including some as low as $30/month.  But the revolutionary pricing raises more than a few questions:  are the offers legitimate?  Is the savings worth it in the long run?
Choosing your dedicated server […]

How to Automatically Optimize MySQL Databases

Running a dedicated server can be time consuming. There are a myriad of logs, services, and users to check and recheck. Any automation you can setup will greatly reduce your daily, weekly, and monthly work load. Cron is a handy way to automate tasks, as we have previously demonstrated.
MySQL databases, in particular, […]

Liquidweb Excels with Complex Server Hosting and Migration

One of the things we liked about Liquidweb’s team is that they know what it takes to host high traffic sites, and their migration team knows how to move them. When our own sites were getting too much traffic for their existing server, we upgraded over a weekend to an enterprise server, and it […]

Rackspace Hosts Green Day to Support Eco Friendly Hosting

According to the Rackspace Blog, today is their annual “green day” with the purpose on educating employees and community on newer and more environmentally friendly technologies available in the hosting industry. As evidence of their recent work, Rackspace was certified “LEED Gold” by the US Green Building Council’s Certification Program (Leadership in Energy and […]

Apache’s DocumentRoot directive

On an Apache HTTP Server, you can control where the server looks for live HTML documents; in other words, your web pages or content management system. Most web-based control panels set this up for you by default when virtual hosts are created, and changing the panel’s settings could very well break your system.
But if […]

Common Apache Error Codes

At one time or another, you or your clients are going to receive one or many of these Apache error codes. While Apache does give a brief phrase indicating what each error represents, it does little more than that. Here is a rundown of the most common Apache error codes.
404 Not Found – […]

Linux vs Microsoft – Which hosting is better?

Just like your desktop or laptop requires an operating system to work and run applications, your web server too needs an operating system that can manage various applications on both a multi-user and multi-tasking basis.
Unlike your personal computer, a web server has to deal with multiple users that may even run into thousands at a […]

How to create users on a Linux server

Generally speaking, you do not normally need to add new website users from the command line on a web server with a control panel. Most control panels will automatically setup users and groups when new websites are created. There are, however, times when you might want to create users and groups manually.
For example, […]

How to Enable Log Analytics in cPanel

Server side logs, pertaining to website traffic and utilization provide you with the most authentic information you can have for your website. These logs differ slightly from Google Analytics or any other third-party analytics for that matter. An external tool like Google Analytics will generate reports after some delay and not in the real time […]

What is

Work with a dedicated server long enough and you are bound to see this rather odd-looking IP address. Do not panic, and do not start worrying that someone has hacked your brand new server. Most importantly of all, do not, under any circumstances, attempt to block this address.
For all intents and purposes, […]

How to Use Google Analytics for Tracking Your Website Users

Knowing the trend of visitors to your website is a major key to the success of any web-based project, whether it is e-commerce, entertainment, content or pure corporate presence on the Internet. Knowing the profile and preference of your users helps you design your website and offerings to match their preference and increase your chances […]

DNS Records and Their Meanings

DNS or Domain Name System gives the Internet its identity. Every website URL and email address is linked to an IP address, and DNS is the system that translates the IP into a domain.
When you setup DNS zone records on your server, there are various types you will encounter:
A – An A record is […]

How to Enable mod_rewrite in Apache Server

Apache web server has been one of the most popular web server platforms used in the past few years. It is easily manageable and undemanding when it comes to usage, and allows you to run and administer the operations of your own web server. The mod_rewrite module within Apache server helps in configuring an important […]

Preparing to Host Virtual Private Servers

A Virtual Private Server or VPS is a way to have many of the benefits of a dedicated server without actually having one. For the customer, it means having his/her own server while still working in a managed system environment, at a fraction of the full server cost. For the owner of the […]

The many benefits of .htaccess files

Apache HTTP Server is controlled by a series of directives, which are usually placed inside Apache’s main configuration file. The file is often called httpd.conf or apache2.conf. This configuration file is located in the /etc directory in Linux, and any changes you make to the file, which you must edit as root, will […]

How to Configure PHP Settings for Your Server

PHP is an open source scripting platform that rests at the heart of many websites that extensively use server side scripting to create dynamic websites and content management systems. To run a website with live content and transactional features the combination of “Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP” commonly referred to as LAMP is quite popular.
It […]

How to monitor your Linux server

There are essentially two types of remote monitoring you can perform on your server. One is preventative monitoring directly from the command line or control panel, and the other is uptime monitoring, which is normally done by an external service. Both are important for disaster prevention and disaster recovery. It is […]

How to Backup and Restore MySQL Databases

Websites today rely a great deal on databases to store vital data, which may include member information as well as website content. Most of the websites that run content management systems like Joomla, or WordPress have a database at the core of its backend.
MySQL databases are the most popular open source databases that are used […]

How to use APT to install Linux software

Last week we learned how to install Linux applications with YUM. This is the common method used for most Linux servers based on Red Hat Linux. For Debian, however, another package management tool, called APT, is the default. APT, which stands for Advanced Packaging Tool, was originally designed for “.deb” packages, […]

How to Map a Domain Name to a Hosting Account

Two most essential things that you need to get started with your own website are a valid domain name and a web hosting account.
Domain name with .com, .net, .org or other such extensions (technically known as TLDs) can be booked with domain registrars like and
Hosting space for your website can be booked either […]

Why Virtual Servers Make Sense

We have always insisted that you go for a virtual private server (VPS) when you can no longer live with the shared server but cannot afford the dedicated server as yet. What makes virtual servers so good? Well, first, let’s understand what a virtual server is. When a physical server is partitioned into logical divisions, […]