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 […]

Minimum Requirements for WooCommerce

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Below are the minimum requirements for WooCommerce and (by extension) WordPress. Some are taken from WooCommerce, some from WordPress, and also, some, we are adding as recommendations. It should be apparent, below, which is which! Before getting started, if you’re here to assess a WooCommerce host, then you may be interested to check out our […]

How to Safely Update Linux in AWS EC2 Micro Instance – Using Yum

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Often, when logging into via SSH to an Amazon EC2 instance, you are told that there are several updates (usually including security updates) waiting to be updated on your system. The panel on Amazon Linux even goes so far as to explain how one might go about updating to this version. HOWEVER, as this may […]

Installing PHP SOAP – Need soapclient?

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If you need SOAP in your PHP applications, and you have a system which doesn’t currently contain the correct tools, like an AWS EC2 instance you’ve just installed, you could be looking for the simple command you need in order to install PHP soap. The following Yum command will do just that on Centos / […]

How to Setup FTP (FTPS (not SFTP)) on an AWS EC2 Instance

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Below are the commands required to setup FTP (well, FTPS in fact) on your AWS EC2 cloud instance. I’m assuming you use AWS flavour of Linux. If you use Ubuntu or whatever, file locations, commands, and other such will more than likely be different. I have added in some commentary which may or may not […]

Silicon Dales Managed Hosting Servers – Dirty COW Free!

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There is a Linux vulnerability known as Dirty COW which surfaced a week or so ago, for which there have been frequent warnings around the Linux community pretty much as soon as the vulnerability was uncovered, as it is a particularly nasty one which can, in some circumstances, allow malevolent forces to gain control of […]

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 […]

How to Get Size of Folder (and all its contents) in Linux / Unix via PuTTy Terminal

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If you ever wanted to know “how big is that directory?” and by this you mean the entire directory, and you have access over SSH, via PuTTy or similar, to your Linux machine, then there is a little command which will tell you, in useful units, exactly what the contents of a directory add up […]

How to find file creation / modified date using Unix commands in terminal window

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If you’re ever using PuTTy or another terminal to SSH into your server and you want to know “how old is that file” (or, at least, what date was it last modified) then the command below will allow you to find out just that information! How to find file creation date using Unix ls command […]

How to Use Sky Go (and other Silverlight 5+) Video on Ubuntu (and other) Linux

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This tutorial describes how to get SkyGo working on Ubuntu Linux. Other linux distros may work, as may other video services, such as Netflix, NowTV, though it will be most successful for those that use Silverlight. As my long winded title suggests, this tutorial will allow the potential online video viewer who has made the […]

How to Update Linux on Amazon EC2 with Yum

It’s really quite straightforward to update your Amazon EC2 instance to the latest versions: Login with your secure key via your terminal window; then Type “Sudo -i” and hit enter Type “yum update” and hit enter Hit “Y” to agree to the updates Wait for the software to carry out the update. That’s it! The […]

WordPress Problem: Image could not be processed. Please go back and try again.

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If you have recently installed WordPress, or you have just started tinkering with some image or other (such as the header image in the default WordPress theme) on a new installation, you might have run into the following problem: Image could not be processed. Please go back and try again. When the above comes through, […]

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