NEW DATABASE SERVER

After testing an upgrade we deployed a new virtual machine with Azure with Ubuntu 18.04 for our database. The old A0 VM is actually costs a few pesos more than the new B1s VM which makes this new platform more cost effective. The CPU load for the blade server is reduced considerably  as well which …

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UPGRADING OUR DATABASE SERVER

We updated our Linux VM from Ubuntu 16.04 to 18.04 so that we could be ready for another few years without problems. Unfortunately the update reset the config file so we had to hunt around to fix it. sudo nano /etc/mysql/mysql.conf.d/mysqld.cnf We had to change bind-address = 127.0.0.1 to 0.0.0.0 so our sites would connect, fixed …

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EU VOTES TO BAN OPEN SOURCE

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The EU’s Legal Affairs Committee voted in favour of the legislation—but it needs parliamentary approval to become law. These numskulls do not realize that open source powers almost all websites. WordPress along represents over 60% of websites. Another numskull move is the link tax for search engines to send traffic to  media companies All that …

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CENTER ALIGN ADVERTISEMENTS

Sometimes a a web developer wants to center align an advertisement to make it fit the page style or to act as a page break etc. There are several ways to do this depending on the type of ad in use. Today most advertisements are JavaScript code snippets so its simple to use a <div> …

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PHP 7.2 AND WORDPRESS 4.9.4 OUTPERFORM

PHP 7.2 has managed to improve server performance rather significantly. It even outperforms the  HipHop Virtual Machine that Facebook developed to compile scripts in a big to increase performance. Kinsta benchmarked several CMS systems in addition to WordPress and PHO 7.2 delivered the best results across the board. We use WordPress is easily popular choice for …

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WORDPRESS 4.9.4

WordPress 4.9.4 has been released. It has a lot of fixes to deal with well known problems. It release fixes a severe bug in 4.9.3, which will cause sites that support automatic background updates to fail to update automatically, and will require action from you (or your host) for it to be updated to 4.9.4. …

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UBUNTU 17.10 BRICKS MACHINES

Ubuntu 17.10, aka Artful Aardvark, has been bricking some models of Lenovo and other machines. The problem is some Intel code that messes with the BIOS using some SPI driver. No operating system at any time should be messing with the firmware. Some said their machines were left unbootable and needed to have the motherboard replaced. …

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BACKDOOR FOUND IN WORDFENCE

WordFence is a popular CAPTCHA used by 300,000 sites and recently a backdoor was added to it. Evidently it was being used to benefit payroll load operations who tend to be paria businesses. With more back-links they get page-ranked higher. The perpetrators have been identified and an updated version of WordFence should be installed immediately. …

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HOSTING CONTROL PANELS

Azure already has a very good hosting control panel however there may come a time when its more cost effective to host your own sites with a virtual machines. We have used webMin which is Perl based but it tends to be unsuitable for running a web host like Azure or GoDaddy. Froxlor is still …

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ADD MEDIA TO WORDPRESS

WordPress has the ability to upload images directly to a post, but there may be times when FTP of a large number of images is more expedient. MEDIA FROM FTP is a handy plugin that will add any unknown images to the WP media gallery where they can be inserted into articles as needed. This …

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