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Solid Tools for Developers gets a refresh

It’s been over a year since the last update to Solid Tools for Developers – my suite of online tools for developers, system admins and network managers.Yesterday I published my latest release to soliddevtools.com which gives the suite a fresh makeover and a few improvements to the tools.GeneralImproved the display of the application on mobile phonesAdded all tools to a new top-level menu “All the Tools”Updated the supplier logos to include Fasthosts and ClouDNSAll third-party libraries…

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Developers – score yourself a .dev domain today

Google is the registry behind the new .dev TLD – the ultimate vanity domain for developers.The .dev extension has historically been used by developers fudging their host files to create realistic-looking development environments. Now, .dev is open in Early Access Preview to allow the world to register their .dev domains.It’s actually been open all week, but the prices were astronomical – starting at $12,000 at the beginning of the week! That price has been dropping as the week has gone on…

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Deploying PHP applications with RunCloud on UpCloud

My first post of 2019 is a tutorial that’s all about the cloud.I’m going to show you how to deploy a PHP application with a MySQL database on a cloud server from UpCloud. I’ll be using the brilliant RunCloud control panel to deploy my PHP photo gallery – Blue Twilight – to an UpCloud server.My friends over at UpCloud have provided an awesome promo-code for free credit to try out their service. Details at the end of the article.Let’s start with a quick introduction of these 2…

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Upgrade Ubuntu Server 16.04 to 18.04

The Ubuntu team will this week release Ubuntu Server 18.04.1, the first minor revision to 18.04 since its release on April 26th.Following the release on July 26th*, Ubuntu 16.04 machines everywhere will soon start to get notifications that a new release is available to upgrade to.In this article, I’ll show you how to upgrade Ubuntu 16.04 to 18.04 using the command-line. This can be used on all Ubuntu derivatives, but is mostly aimed at Server installs that do not have a graphical…

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Encrypt your database with MariaDB encryption at rest

The new EU data protection legislation, GDPR, mandates that every reasonable effort and technology is used to protect personal data. It even goes as far as specifying encryption. The open-source database MariaDB (a drop-in, compatible replacement for MySQL) has supported “encryption at rest” since version 10.1. Use MariaDB encryption to satisify the GDPR recommendation of using encryption to protect your personal data.Most websites and applications would need significant work…

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Install a LAMP stack (Apache, MariaDB, PHP) on Ubuntu Server

Ubuntu Server is a Linux distribution that is ideally suited to server workloads. For example: hosting websites and web applications.One of the annoying things I find about some Linux distributions – Ubuntu included – is that packages are “frozen in time” through the life of a release. For example, Ubuntu 16.04 was released with PHP 7.0. However PHP 7.2 is now the latest release. Vendors typically apply security fixes to their packages, but you’re still missing out on new features.In…

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Redirect all visitors to a primary domain in Apache

There are several scenarios in which you may want to redirect all your website visitors to a single, primary domain in Apache:Redirect the www and non-www (root domain) hostnames of your domain to avoid duplicate content and improve SEORedirect an old domain to a new domain, maintaining links and search engine reputationRedirect secondary domains (e.g. “spelling mistake” domains, or alternative-spelling domains) to your primary domainI have recently implemented the following on my own…

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