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April, 2010

  • 16 April

    Understand absolute and relative paths

    When dealing with a web server, it is important to understand the relationships of one file to another, those files to the server, and those files to the Web. When creating hyperlinks or configuring various website options, particularly PHP or Perl scripts, you will need to know both absolute paths …

March, 2010

  • 30 March

    What people should know about Windows servers

    Aside from writing, I also develop websites for clients on a freelance basis. In the ideal scenario, I get contacted by an interested client who has neither a domain name nor a current web hosting company. I can then steer that client to the host and domain provider I think …

  • 19 March

    Scripting language roundup

    Every website has code. HTML code is the backbone of the Web, but for more advanced features on a website and especially for web applications, you need a good scripting language. Here are a few, some basic, some more complex that are free for Linux servers: Javascript – Built into …

  • 3 March

    New server setup

    Question: I want to setup my own server. What software and tools will I need? Answer: The first major decision to make after you have purchased server hardware is what operating system to use. Many servers come with one already, but if yours does not, you will need to decide …

February, 2010

  • 26 February

    How to redirect a web page without .htaccess

    Question: I have a shared hosting account, but my web host has disabled my ability to make .htaccess files. How can I create redirects on my site? Answer: First of all, it is a bad practice for a web hosting provider to completely disable .htaccess. You should probably consider getting …

  • 16 February

    How to compare two files in Linux

    Question: I have two scripts in a directory on my server. One is the right one and one is not, but I do not remember which is which. How can I compare the two files? Answer: Linux and UNIX-like operating systems usually come with a comparison command called “diff”. This …

  • 11 February

    Micro-blogging on your own domain with StatusNet


    Twitter has become very popular in a short amount of time. With it, users can post short updates about what they are currently doing, working on, thinking, or viewing/accessing. For businesses, it is a good way to communicate with others who might not be in the same office or even …

  • 8 February

    How to set resource limits on PHP

    In a previous post, we learned how to increase the memory limit on PHP by editing the php.ini file. But limits exist for a reason, and although you would probably love to give every process, every script, and every website unlimited CPU cycles, memory, and bandwidth, it just isn’t possible. …

January, 2010

  • 20 January

    Installing software on an OpenSolaris server

    Continuing with our tour of server operating systems, today we will take a look at Sun Microsystems’ OpenSolaris, the free and open source version of the popular Unix-based Solaris OS. Those who experience with other Unix or Linux servers should find much of OpenSolaris familiar. Nevertheless, there are some key …

  • 18 January

    WampServer on Windows

    We have spent a great deal of blog space learning about Linux servers and how to optimize them, but Linux is certainly not the only kid on the block. This week we will look at some other operating systems and how they interact with the Web. First up is Microsoft …