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Guvnr Gets Steroids – Pursuing The Holy Grail of Less HTTP Requests

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An often overlooked blog or web site improvement is reducing HTTP requests. Good for page load, improved usability, SEO and ultimately for traffic.

Normally I wouldn't bother writing a post about a site update but, begorrah, I'm so chuffed with Guvnr's new mechanics that ...

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Set Up Unmanaged VPS (4 Newbies) – Part 18: Google Apps for Domain-Specific Email

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Easily configure GA's Standard Edition for catch-all@anydomain.com webmail, plus POP and IMAP email delivery to your desktop mail client.

Whether you want this as a standalone email solution, else to compliment your shared, virtual private or dedicated server, GA saves buckets of ...

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Set Up Unmanaged VPS (4 Newbies) – Part 17: Nginx Control Panel Workarounds

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No viable panel, huh? OK, so we'll use some super-cool workarounds. Every cPanel module is listed here, together with the copy/paste code for the Nginx-equivalent alternate function.

With no feasible control panel module available for the Nginx web server, what's missing? What do we need for virtual private server & domain administration, and to set up and ...

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Set Up Unmanaged VPS (4 Newbies) – Part 16: Nginx Control Panel

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You're migrating shared-to-VPS and want a GUI like cPanel? No you don't, not after you read this! What's more, you don't need one either …

When I first looked at unmanaged VPS options, as a Linux newbie, one thing that concerned me was to have a control panel. So I set up Ubuntu, tacked on familiar Apache, and added ...

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Set Up Unmanaged VPS (4 Newbies) – Part 15: WordPress Setup & Updates from the Command Line

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This how-to guide uses Subversion to download & install standalone WordPress blogs & their plugins, quickly and easily from your Linux command line interface, with simple updates thereafter. It also details the WordPress MySQL database setup process.

OK, I admit, I am biased towards WordPress! And this guide is a perfect fit for those wanting to launch their WP ...

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VPS Bible – VIDEO Tutorials Added

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The video how-to guides accompany the 20-part copy/paste series, adding a visual reference to help you set up your virtual private server.

the_guv is pretty chuffed to announce the release of a bunch of video guides to accompany the series, Set Up an Unmanaged VPS ...

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Set Up Unmanaged VPS (4 Newbies) – Part 14: Tweak Nginx for WordPress – Pretty URLs & WP Super Cache

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For the blog platform WordPress to work properly with Nginx we need to tweak the web server configuration. This tutorial will enable both caching – integrating the WP Super Cache plugin – and activate pretty permalinks (FURLs, CURLs, all that!) with some simple rewrite rules.

OK, so you're a WordPress blogger. If you're not, move swiftly on. ...

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GA’s ‘Site Overlay’ Creating Opaque Unlinkable Site

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The issue: Your website doesn't load properly after opting for a Click Pattern ‘Site Overlay' on your Google Analytics Dashboard, instead rendering opaque.

Links don't work, you can't see a way to disable the overlay and you may worry that your site visitors are leaving in their droves 😕

On the last point, fear not, it's entirely local, to the point the ...

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We Apologise for the Slight Pause in Transmission

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Hey folks, guv here!

Been a bit busy last few days, catching up with the video to date for the VPS Bible series.

…so that's why blog posting's a bit delayed.

… Just thought I'd let you know I hadn't fallen over.

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Set Up Unmanaged VPS (4 Newbies) – Part 13: Serve Multiple Sites & Blogs with Virtual Hosts

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Now to add sites & blogs to our powerful web server, using vhost (virtual host) files and symlinks. We'll create a site file structure, add users with groups & permissions, tweak Nginx with FastCGI support and upload pages using SFTP.

OK, so we've got Nginx humming on our shiny new Linux ...

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