Tag Archives: Web Server

How To Speed Up WordPress With Nginx, Caching And A CDN

Speed up your WordPress website

This WordPress based website loads fairly quickly, or at least I’d like to think so based on my testing. In this post I’m going to share some of the things that I’ve setup in order to get the fastest possible page loads from WordPress.

We’ll be covering general server configuration, Nginx web server configuration, WordPress plugin configuration, and finally use of content distribution networks.

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Linux VS Windows Web Server Benchmarks

Windows vs Linux web server benchmark test

Following on from my recent Linux web server benchmarks and Windows web server benchmarks, I noticed that in general IIS appeared to perform better than all Linux based web servers that I’d previously tested.

As my Linux results were completed in March last year, I’ve run some of the tests again with the most up to date versions of each web server to ensure that the best performance can be achieved.

So let’s find out how Linux and Windows based web servers compare against each other in a static workload speed test.

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Windows IIS Speed Test Benchmark – 2017 Results

Windows Server IIS Web Server Benchmarks

Following on from my recent Linux web server benchmarks, I’m going to be performing the same tests on all current generations of Microsoft’s IIS web server.

Here I’ll be performing benchmarks against the below versions of the IIS web server and then comparing them against each other to get an idea of which one performs the best under a static workload.

  • Windows Server 2008 R2 – IIS 7.5
  • Windows Server 2012 – IIS 8.0
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 – IIS 8.5
  • Windows Server 2016 – IIS 10.0

First I’ll discuss how the tests were set up and actually done before proceeding into the results.

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Is Cloudflare’s Paid Pro Plan Worth It? Speed Test Results

Testing the Cloudflare paid pro plan

Cloudflare is a widely used content distribution network (CDN) which is freely available to help speed up your website by caching various contents at locations around the world.

While I have been taking advantage of the free plan on this website for a number of years I’ve often asked myself “is the Cloudflare Pro plan worth getting?”. At $20 USD per month it costs the same as the server itself. With limited resources available online, I decided to upgrade myself and find out if the pro plan made much of a practical difference to my website.

I’ve performed some basic benchmarks on a number of different file types at different file sizes on this website both on the free plan, and on the Pro plan after I upgraded in August 2016. We’ll take a look at the results and see if any of the Pro features helped speed up load times.

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How To Secure Invision Power Board (IPB)

How To Secure Invision Power Board

This guide will show you how to increase the security of an Invision Power Board (IPB) installation. We’ll walk through practical examples for you to follow to harden IPB, reducing your attack surface.

There are a lot of insecure default options which unless modified will put you at a higher risk of being compromised by an attacker. Here we will outline what should be modified to increase security of IPB.

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How To Install IIS In Windows Server 2016

Install IIS Web Server - Windows Server 2016

Here we’re going to show you how to install the Internet Information Services (IIS) web server version 10.0 in Microsoft’s Windows Server 2016 operating system.

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Linux Web Server Performance Benchmark – 2016 Results

I have previously performed a benchmark on a variety of web servers in 2012 and have had some people request that I redo the tests with newer versions of the web servers as no doubt a lot has likely changed since then.

Here I’ll be performing benchmarks against the current latest versions of a number of Linux based web servers and then comparing them against each other to get an idea of which one performs the best under a static workload.

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How To Configure TLS Security in Apache

HTTPS

By default Apache will serve web content out over the wire in the clear via HTTP which is insecure. We can increase the security between clients and the web server by using HTTPS. This will encrypt the data transferred between the two and is done by configuring TLS.

Here we will add HTTPS support for our test domain www.example.com, which we previously configured in our virtual host configuration guide.
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How To Configure an Apache Virtual Host

Virtual Host Diagram

In Apache (httpd) virtual hosts are used to host web content for multiple domains off of the same server depending on the IP address or domain name that is being used. Depending on the request received different virtual host configuration can apply, resulting in different settings and web content being served from a single web server. For example a web server with one IP address can host multiple domain names such as example.com and example.org and many more.

Here we are going to cover how to configure virtual hosts for Apache 2.4 so that we can have multiple domains serving different websites based on what is requested.


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How to Create a Website or Blog with WordPress

WordPress is a free web application that allows you to create a fantastic looking website or blog. There are thousands of additional themes and plugins allowing you to easily customize your website to get the unique look and functionality that you’re after. So how can setup your new website using WordPress? Let’s take a look.
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