VPS Bible Reflects New Nginx/WordPress Versions, with Future Commitment



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The VPS Bible has been updated to reflect the latest stable Nginx release – 0.7.62 – the effect that this has on the overall setup and, while we're about it, the latest stable WordPress release too.

You may have noted this on the relevent Bible post comment sections but I figured it was important enough to post up as well, particularly for those of you wondering how to upgrade an existing installation as I've got some news about that too.

Basically, bozo-here upgraded the Bible last week to reflect Nginx' up-to-date release, then forgot to mention it.

Apologies for any confusion to those folks who wondered why the version had changed overnight, and what if anything that meant ..

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Nginx Upgrade Impacts fastCGI File (libfcgi0 > libfcgi0ldbl)

Actually, the change did impact one thing. In the section Serve Multiple Sites & Blogs with Virtual Hosts, the fastCGI shared library file libfcgi0 became obsolete, now replaced by libfcgi0ldbl, but anyone installing from the VPS Bible would have been prompted about this newly recommended file .. I know because I tested it, and have had confirmation from Zereshk who followed this guide and kindly nudged me to amend that post, which I have.

WordPress Instructions Reflect An Upgrade Too

For those of you with WP blogs, you probably know they have upgrades pretty much every week.

While I've reflected the latest stable release as well, in WordPress Setup & Updates from the Command Line, for this particular platform you are encouraged to check for upgrades, for reasons of security, which you can do once it's installed anyway, and would be prompted to do in the WP Admin pages.

You may like to read my Video How-to: 10 Tips To Make WordPress Hack-Proof, which gives some WP-endorsed security tips. Specifically on a note about upgrading, you may also like to peek at my cautionary tale about WP upgrading in The Fine Art of WP Upgrades. Wait up! .. for the record, I'm using the very latest WordPress release and it's playing fair.

VPS Bible: guv's Commitment To Stay Up-To-Date With VPS Upgrades

As Nginx or any other key application stable releases are upgraded, I'll be amending the Bible accordingly, the changes tested each time. I won't necessarily do this immediately a new stable release is available. My experience is that new stable releases are often, er, not!

Also, for the record, and as has been rightly requested by one or two folks, I'll be adding a Guide to Upgrade an Existing Nginx Installation Safely in the VPS Admin section, pretty shortly, so watch for that.

Cheers all.

the_guv

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Over at vpsBible, there's also a growing library of post-installation server maintenance guides. Here's a taste …

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    Appendix 1a: Nginx Control Panel

    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.

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    Appendix 1b: Nginx Control Panel Workarounds

    For every control panel module there's an equivalent terminal command. They're all linked from here so, hey, no excuses!

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    Appendix 2: Add Web Sites Nginx Cheatsheet

    Once you’ve set up your first site, adding more gets easier. Especially when you can refer to this. (Let's face it, I'm just too good to you.)

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Discussion

  1. the_guv  January 9, 2010

    @Ben .. HNY to you too, and thank you.

    Yes, I do have a bunch more VPS Admin tutorials to set out, including this one which is actually written or, well, drafted. Please bear with me.

    Basically an rsync cron is what you need. Don’t forget the db too – likely more important .. this is covered already in some VPS Admin tutorial here.

  2. Ben  January 4, 2010

    Happy New Year Guv!

    Got to say, thanks to your blog I’ve sucessfully part moved my sites from an unreliable shared host, to a very good VPS provider. I’m totally glad I came across your site as I didnt want to move to a shared host again, as one site regularly crashed the shared one as its a busy forum.

    Anyway, regarding the post above about blogging about keeping your VPS applications updated would be very welcome. Would there also be a chance of blogging about backing up your VPS? On cpanel, it was very easy to take a full backup snapshot in a couple of clicks (files, db’s, settings, emails etc) and it would download a zip file. I’m reading up on doing an rsync backup and crontabing it automatically – as my host provides backup space on a separate mount……but I’d still like to take a daily snapshot to my desktop (if poss???).

    Anyway, keep up the good work.

    Ben.

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