PHP Troubleshooting Tips

PHP is a versatile server side scripting language that powers many of the world’s websites. Sometimes, however, things can go wrong. The following are tips to help you troubleshoot your PHP installation.
Scripts do not execute – If you load a PHP page and see the contents of the file rather than the proper […]

Must Have Linux/Unix Server Tools: Part 2

In part one, we looked at some of the bare essentials for getting started with your new server. The following are a few others that are sometimes essential, depending on what you want to do.
Server-side Scripting – If you are going to run dynamic websites, which you almost certainly will, you will need some type […]

Back to the Basics #10: Web Applications

Web applications, as the name plainly states, are applications that run on the web rather than on a person’s personal computer or laptop. This makes them extremely versatile, since any device capable of connecting to the web can use them. The methods for developing and deploying web apps vary, but the end result is essentially […]

Back to the Basics #5:Other Server Software

Choosing your operating system and web server software is only the beginning. If you need a custom dedicated server built to your specifications, you will need to specify several other types of software, including database system, DNS, mail transfer agent (MTA), scripting languages (PHP, Ruby, Perl, etc.), firewall, virtualization, and more.
DNS – The management of […]

A Look at Varnish Cache Web Application Accelerator

One of the easiest and least expensive ways to speed up your website is to use some form of caching.  You can cache anything that is dynamic on a dedicated server.  A cache is a parcel of information kept in memory or on disk for speedy access.  In the world of dynamic websites, those created […]

Dedicated Server Terminology: Part 3

This is a continuation of Dedicated Server Terminology parts 1 and 2.
11. Cache – Caching gives your server a distinct advantage by keeping the most frequently-used data in memory or easily accessible on the disk.  Just as an operating system might cache important application data, you can configure your web server to cache […]

Benefits and Disadvantages of Server-Side Scripting

Server-side scripting is a method of programming for the web that relies on software running on the server to execute instructions rather than the user’s browser or installed plugins.  In this way, the resulting page or web application appears to be a regularly generated HTML page at the time of loading.  Some of the benefits […]

Server Scripting Language Round-up

When running a dedicated server, you don’t necessarily need to know how to program, but you do need to know what programming languages are available and how to install them. What follows are a list of some of the most important scripting language that you may want to have installed, available, and in a […]

Advantages of Server-Side Scripting

Server-side scripting is defined as “web server technology in which the user’s request is fulfilled by running a script directly on a web server to generate dynamic web pages.” In simpler terms, a server-side script runs on the server rather than your computer. When you visit a website, the script will create […]