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Set Up Unmanaged VPS (4 Newbies) – Part 12: Setup FileZilla for Secure FTP (SFTP)

FileZilla logo image

This tutorial shows you how to configure FileZilla, the most popular Secure FTP (SFTP) client.

Having set up the Nginx web server we're on the brink of setting up some sites or blogs, but first here's a handy detour.

Thing is, I'm aware this series will be especially useful to Linux newbies building ...

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Set Up Unmanaged VPS (4 Newbies) – Part 11: Nginx (better than Apache) Web Server

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Installing & configuring Nginx web server, tweaking the default file structure, then setting up a vhost file with symlink is the subject of this copy/paste how-to. So open up that CLI and I'll explain.

So we're ready to install a star attraction, Nginx (pronounced “engine-x”). But why? Isn't Apache the best web server?

Apache has served me well for years, both locally and on remote hosts, and ...

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Update for May ’07, With April Posts Recap

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Subscribers, readers, commenters, big cheers for putting up with me.

Thought I'd drop in a few lines about some of the plans I've got for the blog during May ..

.. especially for those of you who were wondering if ever I'd finish this VPS Bible series – Set Up an Unmanaged VPS (4 Newbies) .. ...

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Set Up Unmanaged VPS (4 Newbies) – Part 10: Prepare Linux Server for Email with Postfix

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In this tutorial we'll configure an email function for the VPS. That's not to turn this Linux system into a mail server .. but to allow our web apps to be able to send and automate outgoing email.

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Set Up Unmanaged VPS (4 Newbies) – Part 9: Add a Domain Zone to Your VPS

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Setting up your VPS, or any Linux server, you'll need to point it to a domain name, and to configure what's known as a DNS zone. Here's how.

One scenario; in the next part of this series Set Up Unmanaged VPS (4 Newbies) we'll be preparing your email functionality and, for ...

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Set Up Unmanaged VPS (4 Newbies) – Part 8: PHP5, MySQL and Xcache (for Platforms like WordPress)

xcache server caching

Bolt on PHP5 for server-side web applications, Xcache to speed things up and MySQL to handle our databases. And tweak that lot for optimum performance of platforms from WordPress to Drupal.

From the first seven tutorials in the series Set Up Unmanaged VPS (4 Newbies), this Linux box is now quite the tough guy, easier to connect to and use, ...

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Set Up Unmanaged VPS (4 Newbies) – Part 7: Edit bashrc for User-Friendly Linux, plus System Updates

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The bashrc file is where we create aliases to shortcut those long CLI commands, plus functions to improve usability. In this tutorial, as well as setting locale, performing a software index update & a Linux upgrade, let's configure it.

From the initial how-to guides in this series, Set Up Unmanaged VPS (4 Newbies) .. The VPS Bible, we've got a basic Linux distribution to work with and dead ...

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Set Up Unmanaged VPS (4 Newbies) – Part 6: Harden the Secure Shell (SSH) & Create a Firewall

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Having set up our local-to-remote connection and tunnelled it, in this tutorial we'll add a final, cast-iron layer of security, so there.

If you're following this series, you probably just want to get on and set up the web server, add the sites and host away. Sure, understandable.

But just like you don't build a house on sand, you can't set up a solid Linux server without laying ...

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Set Up Unmanaged VPS (4 Newbies) – Part 5: Encrypt Data with OpenSSH & Auto-Login with PuTTY

using PuTTYGen to create authentication keys

Having set up our PuTTY command line interface (CLI), in Part 3, on our local Windows machine and connecting remotely to our Linux VPS, we need to secure the connection.

Using the protocol

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Set Up Unmanaged VPS (4 Newbies) – Part 4: Create a Linux User & Set Permissions

setting up a Linux user

This tutorial steps out how to create a Linux user and set permissions. It can be used as part of the VPS Bible 20-Part series, else as a standalone guide. Just thought I'd clear that up.

Before carrying on with our VPS Linux build any further, we need to create an admin user.

It's not a ...

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