Server Optimization

There are a myriad of ways to configure a server to use resources more efficiently and decrease load per user, thereby improving performance and reducing the risk of failure.

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  • Tutorial

    How To Add Swap on Ubuntu 14.04

    Swap space can be used as an "overflow" area for your system when you run out of RAM. The operating system can store data that would normally be kept in RAM on the hard drive in a specially formatted file. In this g...
    By Justin Ellingwood Getting Started Linux Basics Server Optimization Ubuntu
  • An Introduction to HAProxy and Load Balancing Concepts

    An introduction to basic load balancing concepts and terminology, using HAProxy, with some examples.
    By Mitchell Anicas Server Optimization Scaling Conceptual HAProxy
  • Tutorial

    How To Optimize Nginx Configuration

    Nginx is a fast and lightweight alternative to the sometimes overbearing Apache 2. However, Nginx just like any kind of server or software must be tuned to help attain optimal performance. Here's how to optimize Ngin...
    By Alex Kavon Server Optimization Nginx
  • Tutorial

    How To Change Your PHP Settings on Ubuntu 14.04

    PHP is a server side scripting language used by many popular CMS and blog platforms like WordPress and Drupal. It is also part of the popular LAMP and LEMP stacks. Updating the PHP configuration settings is a common t...
    By Jon Schwenn PHP LAMP Stack LEMP Server Optimization Ubuntu
  • Tutorial

    How To Add Swap on CentOS 7

    One of the easiest ways to make your server more responsive, and guard against out-of-memory errors in your application, is to add some swap space. This gives you the ability to increase the amount of information that...
    By Josh Barnett Server Optimization CentOS
  • How To Use Apache JMeter To Perform Load Testing on a Web Server

    In this tutorial, we will go over how to use Apache JMeter to perform basic load and stress testing on your web application environment. We will show you how to use the graphical user interface to build a test plan an...
    By Mitchell Anicas Server Optimization Scaling
  • Tutorial

    5 Ways to Improve your Production Web Application Server Setup

    Once your application is up and running in a cloud server environment, you may be wondering how you can improve your server environment to make the leap from "it works" to a full-fledged production environment. This a...
    By Mitchell Anicas Server Optimization Backups Logging Conceptual Load Balancing High Availability Monitoring Configuration Management
  • Tutorial

    How To Set Up Nginx Load Balancing

    This article covers how to set up a simple load balancer on a DigitalOcean droplet with nginx. The tutorial covers setting up a round robin loadbalancer that can then direct site visitors to one of a set of IPs
    By Etel Sverdlov Nginx Server Optimization
  • Tutorial

    How To Install and Use Memcache on Ubuntu 14.04

    Memcached is an in-memory key-value cache that can be used to temporarily cache frequently requested data on websites. In this guide, we will demonstrate how to install and use memcached on an Ubuntu 14.04 server.
    By Justin Ellingwood Caching Server Optimization MySQL PHP Ubuntu
  • Tutorial

    How To Centralize Logs with Rsyslog, Logstash, and Elasticsearch on Ubuntu 14.04

    Rsyslog, Elasticsearch, and Logstash provide the tools to transmit, transform, and store your log data. In this tutorial, you will learn how to create a centralized rsyslog server to store log files from multiple syst...
    By Aaron Mildenstein Logging Elasticsearch Scaling Server Optimization Ubuntu
  • Tutorial

    Web Caching Basics: Terminology, HTTP Headers, and Caching Strategies

    Intelligent content caching is one of the most effective ways to improve the experience for your site's visitors. Caching, or temporarily storing content from previous requests, is part of the core content delivery st...
    By Justin Ellingwood Server Optimization Caching Conceptual
  • Series: Scaling Django

    How To Optimize Apache Web Server Performance

    Apache is an amazingly powerful and capable web server. In order to make initial setup as easy as possible, it comes with numerous modules pre-installed. This makes it a great choice for new projects when you need to ...
    By Matthew Nuzum Apache Server Optimization Conceptual Ubuntu
  • Tutorial

    How To Use HAProxy to Set Up MySQL Load Balancing

    HAProxy is an open source software which can load balance HTTP and TCP servers. In the previous article on HAProxy we configured load balancing for HTTP and in this one we'll do the same for MySQL. All your MySQL serv...
    By Jesin A MySQL Scaling Server Optimization Ubuntu Debian
  • Tutorial

    How To Configure Virtual Memory (Swap File) on a VPS

    This article will cover the pros and cons of using virtual memory or a swap file (paging), determining if your droplet already uses virtual memory or paging, the differences between a swap partition and a swap file, i...
    By Jai Boudreau Linux Basics Server Optimization
  • Tutorial

    How To Configure Logging and Log Rotation in Nginx on an Ubuntu VPS

    Understanding the logging mechanisms of your server will help you diagnose problems and avoid larger problems down the road. In this article, we will explore Nginx's logging capabilities. We will discuss the configu...
    By Justin Ellingwood Logging Linux Basics Nginx Server Optimization Ubuntu
  • Tutorial

    How To Protect WordPress from XML-RPC Attacks on Ubuntu 14.04

    WordPress is a popular and powerful CMS (content management system) platform. Its popularity can bring unwanted attention in the form of malicious traffic specially targeted at a WordPress site. There are many instanc...
    By Jon Schwenn WordPress Server Optimization Security Apache Nginx Ubuntu
  • Tutorial

    How To Configure Logging And Log Rotation In Apache On An Ubuntu VPS

    Apache can be configured to log a large quantity of information to help you diagnose problems and keep an eye on activity. In this guide, we will discuss how Apache handles logging and how you can create your own cus...
    By Justin Ellingwood Apache Logging Server Optimization Ubuntu
  • How To Use JMeter To Record Test Scenarios

    In this tutorial, we will teach you how to set up and use the Apache JMeter HTTP(S) Test Script Recorder to record HTTP requests. Recording HTTP requests is a great way to building test plans, and can be useful in cre...
    By Mitchell Anicas Server Optimization Scaling
  • Tutorial

    How to Setup FastCGI Caching with Nginx on your VPS

    Here's how to setup FastCGI caching with Nginx on your VPS.
    By Jesin A Caching Server Optimization Nginx PHP
  • Tutorial

    How To Add the gzip Module to Nginx on Ubuntu 14.04

    How fast a website will load depends on the size of all of the files that have to be downloaded by the browser. Reducing the size of files to be transmitted can make the website not only load faster, but also cheaper ...
    By Mateusz Papiernik Nginx Server Optimization Ubuntu