Archive for 'web development'

Is Woopra Gambling Dangerously on the Cool Factor?

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Desktop live web statistics service Woopra is gambling – dangerously, inevitably or both – with it's ratecard rollout, selling the cool factor to the ‘Web 2.0' crowd.

Maybe you heard, Woopra has announced an end to its 2-year beta programme, signalling costs for established web sites. The tracking service remains free for startup sites and ...

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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 ...

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Set Up Unmanaged VPS (4 Newbies) – Part 14: Point a Site or Blog at Another

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This how-to guide shows the syntax to point a site or blog to another domain. That way, for instance, wasted traffic from an inactive domain benefits an active one.

So if you're sitting on a bunch of tasty domains that you've not yet developed, put them to use, pointing any otherwise lost traffic to benefit a live site.

Good idea, no? ...

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Maintain Unmanaged VPS – Part 13: Restrict Access to Nginx Web Files with Auth_Basic

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Easily restrict access to hide sensitive data, admin areas & other web pages using the Nginx web server's Auth_Basic security module & the htpasswd password creation tool.

What we're gonna do, essentially, is to create a password file, then adapt a site's virtual host file. That done, Nginx knows there's a point of restricted access, and knows where to look for the corresponding password so that, when we surf to ...

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Vimeo’s Cost-Cutting Cock-Up?

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Video hub Vimeo has a problem with their subscriber's embedded video, resulting in the widget unable to play but instead giving a message, “Sorry. This video cannot be played on this site.”

That's why none of my Vimeo-hosted tutorials are functioning, either until Vimeo sort it out or I use my YouTube, Viddler or Metacafe channel instead.

UPDATE: Vimeo flicked a switch and all video is working. They did ...

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Maintain Unmanaged VPS – Part 12: Gain Benefit From Parked Domains

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To park a domain is simply to add it, undeveloped, with a DNS manager. Big deal! More useful is to point it to a developed site, gaining the traffic.

For instance, you may actively use, and have registered but doing nothing. Here's how you can use the .org as a parked domain redirecting to, benefitting from the ...

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Maintain Unmanaged VPS – Part 11: Copy Website Files between Windows/Linux Computers using the CLI

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Here's how to copy/backup/upload files between Linux & Windows hosts using PuTTY's Secure FTP terminal. Faster, easier and way safer than FTP.

If you're using Linux locally as well as to power your web host, skip to Maintain Unmanaged VPS – Part 10: Copy Site Files between Linux/Linux Computers with the ...

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Maintain Unmanaged VPS – Part 10: Copy Site Files between Linux/Linux Computers with the CLI

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This tutorial shows how to copy files between Linux computers using Secure Copy & a command line interface. Fast, easy & safe, better than FTP or SFTP.

If you're using Windows locally, skip to VPS ...

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Maintain Unmanaged VPS – Part 9: Reset a Lost MySQL Password

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So you've gone and locked yourself out of MySQL? Feels a bit like leaving the car keys in the trunk, huh? 😀 Sorry to laugh! But I can, firstly because I've locked my own darned keys in the trunk and, more usefully, ‘cos I'm gonna show you how to get back in.

It's really not so tough. Using ...

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Maintain Unmanaged VPS – Part 8: Update (Replace or Delete) MySQL Data

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Change repetitive db data with one single syntax command. Rather than manually find & alter each instance, isolate the lot & update multiple content.

There are some good plugins to do this with platforms like WordPress but, by way of an alternative method, this is handy when you want to swap or lose an identical content string across all the ...

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