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Installing & Configuring Apache on macOS using Homebrew

Apache Homebrew Macos

Eventhough Apache ships with macOS, a better maintained version would be coming from Homebrew, also Apple is making noises about not supporting legacy software like PHP so in the future this may be more of a compulsory option. First thing to do would be to remove the builtin Apache version of which in macOS Big…

Installing MariaDB Database Server on macOS

Mariadb Install Macos

MariaDB is an alternative to MySQL database which is more performant with a full open license, you can install it easily on macOS via Homebrew. The first step is to install Homebrew on your computer and possibly to remove any older MySQL database server versions. Once Homebrew is installed, on the command line: brew install…

Remove MySQL database server from macOS or OSX via the command line

Remove Mysql Databse Macos

To remove an instance of MySQL Database Server from your macOS or OSX installation you need to delete a number of files via the command line, but first ensure that you have database dumps of your databases and that then the database server is not running. Back Up any needed MySQL databases Launch the command…

Updating to PHP versions 7.4 and 8 on macOS 11 Big Sur and Catalina

Php8 Macos Update

The latest macOS versions of Big Sur and Catalina currently ship with PHP 7.3 and have a deprecation notice that they intend to drop support for PHP altogether in a future upgrade. You can see this by running a <? phpinfo(); ?> function in a webhosted file or running php -v on the command line….

Set up WP Fastest Cache with Optimus Prime in Local Mode

Wp Fastest Cache Optimus Prime Local Mode

Optimus Prime is a cache warmer to load web pages faster on initial load by querying all pages on a websites sitemap via the sitemap URL, it works in harmony with a cache plugin preloading tool. Optimus Prime also has a local mode in which it checks the local cache folder for cached relative URLs…

Install Apache, MySQL, PHP on macOS 11 Big Sur and earlier macOS

Apache Php Mysql Macos Big Sur

Get your Local Web Development Environment Up & Running on macOS Big Sur 11 and Catalina 10.15 With Apples’ new macOS Big Sur 11 available for download, here is how to get the AMP stack up and running on the new macOS. This tutorial will go through the process of getting Apache, MySQL, PHP (or…

Syncing RunCloud and Cloudflare firewalls for fail2ban IPs

Cloudflare Fail2ban Serverpilot

This guide looks at adding a proxied Cloudflare service to a server set up with RunCloud and fail2ban with a WordPress jail conf set up. Once you start using Cloudflare as a CDN solution for your hosting, you are adding another firewall into the equation, albeit a very good one, but you may want to…

Finding the Large Files on a Linux/Ubuntu Server

Remove Large Files Webserver

Reducing space on a server is a never ending task, taking out the big unnecessary large files will speed up the process. A bloated log is an example of files that may be building up on your limited disk space. This command run on Linux: CentOS, Red Hat, Fedora and Ubuntu via command line will…

Creating a Social Media Menu from Icon Fonts with FontAwesome

Twitter Icon Fontawesome

How to make social media menus from icon fonts using the awesome FontAwesome. Fontawesome is widely used and supported in all modern browsers and older browsers.   <link href=”https://cdnjs.cloudflare.com/ajax/libs/font-awesome/5.15.3/css/all.min.css” rel=”stylesheet”> You can link to the Fontawesome CSS file via a CDN or just copy the download it to your site. If using WordPress you can…