Posts Tagged ‘Apache’

Street League 2011 – Seattle

Street League Skateboarding is back for 2011 – last year’s competition was awesome fun and they’ve changed up some of the rules for the 2011 competition.

What they’ve also done is host the clips on a server with a 300 page which lets you browse the .flv files available. This means you can download them for watching offline in VLC or your media player of choice.

I’m a big fan of street league and it’s awesome to see it back on the air!

Here’s the link for the ESPN site, and here’s where you can grab the files for download.

Or, if you’d prefer just to watch here the videos are after the break.

[UPDATE: Stop 2 available here]

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Adding a Custom Error Page when Hosting Multiple Sites Using Apache

Another optional extra you might want to consider when hosting multiple sites, or just when working with subdomains, is a custom error page.

Using the more basic configurations detailed in previous tutorials, you may occasionally find odd results being returned to your clients. For example, if someone were to simply type your server’s IP into their browser, or spelled a subdomain incorrectly, Apache2 will serve them up the first site it finds in its configuration path. If you’re hosting multiple sites, this means that a totally different site might be returned, which doesn’t exactly look professional.

Here, I’ll show you how to easily counter this problem, by creating a custom error page for your server.

[If you’re not familiar with Apache configuration files, read one of the tutorials linked above for more info.]

Step One

Create your custom error page and save it as ‘index.html’. In this example, we’re going to create the ‘index.html’ file at /home/randymarsh/errorpage/index.html.

This page could just be an image or some text, or you can write a redirect to one of your hosted sites or their subdomains. As long as it’s called ‘index.html’, you can do what you want here.

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Creating Subdomains With Apache 2

In my last post we covered how to host multiple websites from the same server. This is really useful if you have several domains or are hosting websites for others and don’t want to invest in multiple lines and more hardware, but what if you just wanted to create a subdomain for a site you already own?

For example, if your main site was located at ‘www.randymarsh.com’ and you wanted to add a blog, but didn’t want to move away from your domain to access it, you can add a subdomain – ‘blog.randymarsh.com’, for example – at which it can be read.

This is an extension of the longer post about multiple site hosting, so if any parts are not explained, please read the previous entry linked above for a better understanding.

It’s a pretty simple process which can make a single-domain site much more flexible.

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Hosting Multiple Sites on the Same Server Using Apache2

When I upgraded to my new server (Lumpy Gravy) and migrated my own site from my trusty HP DL380 to the new box, I took the opportunity to get better acquainted with one of the cornerstones on the internet, a piece of software you rarely ‘see’ but operates behind the scenes not just of this site but a full 59% of the entire internet – the Apache web server.

Apache2 comes as part of the ‘LAMP’ packages you are given the option to install when loading Ubuntu Server, and by forwarding port 80 to your machine you can start hosting web content quickly and easily.

But what if you wanted to host multiple websites from the same server? This is something I’ve had to do for the first time this week, and it’s all possible with a few simple configuration changes to Apache.

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Migrating WordPress Sites Between Servers

As detailed elsewhere on the site, I’ve recently replaced my server, which has meant migrating my site and it’s associated bits and pieces from old to new. Here’s a handy ‘all-in-one-place’ guide for migrating a WordPress-powered site from one server to another with the minimum of hassle.

[If you have a basic WordPress configuration, this guide will get you up and running quickly and easily. For more complex configurations, you will probably need to do some more research after reading this]

MySQL

Your WordPress site is linked in with and heavily reliant on a MySQL database for its operation, and the first port of call is to copy this database to the new machine. This, of course, means that your new system needs to have MySQL installed – Ubuntu Server gives you the option to install LAMP server packages (Linux/Apache/MySQL/PHP) in its setup process, but they are all freely available online if you haven’t already got them installed.

In order to copy your database, we need to dump it to a file and transfer it to the new machine.

Using mysqldump

For this stage, you need to know your MySQL login details. If you don’t remember them, they’ll be right at the top of your existing ‘wp-config.php’ file in the root of your WordPress installation. (more…)