How to Make WordPress Auto-Thumbnails Work

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If you’re recently installed WordPress onto a new server (we do this a lot on Amazon EC2 instances of varying sizes) and you notice that your image uploads aren’t auto-thumbnailing (when WordPress “crunches” your images into “thumbnail” “medium” and “large” sizes for use throughout your website) then chances are your server doesn’t have the GD […]

Installing APC on Amazon EC2 Instance

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Some time ago, I wrote a short blog post explaining how to go about installing XCache on an Amazon EC2 instance to help with opcode caching. More recently, we’ve begun using APC for similar reasons, with excellent results, including on Amazon EC2 Micro instances, which can be used under their free usage tier to run […]

How to Setup MySQL’s my.cnf for Micro AWS EC2 Instance

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If you’re using a micro AWS EC2 instance to host a website which uses a database running on MySQL (yes, this is possible using WordPress on a free usage tier!), then you’ll need to configure MySQL to play nicely on such a puny setup. One very easy way to get this working relatively well is […]

Moving / Copying an Amazon EC2 Instance from One Availability Zone (Region) to Another

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Ever wanted to move an Amazon EC2 instance from one Availability Zone (AZ aka Region) to another? Maybe you want to quickly replicate your entire server for delivery to users in Asia, North America (East or West coast) or you want to branch out with a new AZ in Europe? Whatever your reasons for doing […]

What To Do If You Get “System Error 1” During AWS Phone Verification

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Successfully get your account setup pin after receiving an error message. Today, during a routine task we perform regularly – installing an Amazon Web Services (AWS) account on behalf of a client – we received an error message during the AWS signup process. While waiting for the telephone verification process to complete, up popped an […]

Amazon S3 Outage, Tuesday 28th Feb 2017

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Amazon had an outage yesterday, which has received widespread news coverage. The specific issue was: “S3 buckets in the US-East-1 region in northern Virginia, US, became inaccessible at about 0945 PST (1745 UTC) (The Register)” Silicon Dales services are not hosted via S3 and our services are running as usual. However, clients may use several […]

Allow HTTPS on Amazon EC2

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If you have recently setup an Amazon EC2 instance and would like to configure access to Port 443 (HTTPS:// traffic) on your new instance, there are a few things you should do. First Step – Allow Port 443 in your Security Group Firstly, you need to tell your EC2 instance that it is allowed to […]

Linux & Apache Server – Set Local Time to London, UK, Europe

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A quick and simple command you might need from time-to-time if you’re running apache webservers in one or other linux flavour. We often grab EC2 instances on Amazon, for example, for our clients and, for various reasons, we want the server to know what time it is here in the UK! So here’s the command […]

What is an Affiliate Program & How Do I Get Started?

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When we first started making websites, quite a long time ago, one of the things we began doing quite early in order to make additional revenue from websites was to sign up with a few Affiliate Networks and begin promoting a number of merchants, through their affiliate programs. A number of new and existing clients […]

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