PHP 5.4 is here!
Before you start thinking about upgrading your server, you should know if it’s worth doing it.
According to Nettuts+, “the latest enhancements significantly improve its elegance, while removing deprecated functionality, resulting in a dramatic optimization of the runtime (up to 20% more speed and memory usage reduction).”
I like the sound of that!
That could effect those on the verge of needing a server upgrade.
Here are a couple other things you may be happy to see:
As the Apache Software Foundation celebrates their 17th anniversary, the magical Apache HTTP Server releases v2.4. This is the first major release it’s had since the Apache 2.2 release back in 2005!
The biggest buzz surrounding this latest release is the enhancements that positions Apache HTTP Server as an excellent solution for Cloud environments. According to The Apache Software Foundation blog, these enhancements include:
I’m sure you’ve seen the rumblings of MegaUpload being take down this month. Despite your perspective on the shake-down, it brings some serious questions and implications as we look at the long-term use of “The Cloud.”
Up until now, cloud storage was all butterflies and rainbows. I was left without any doubts.
Legitimate users of MegaUpload currently have no access to their files and are at risk of losing all of their data.
As a photographer, I often have to send large files to clients. Emailing is out of the question and sometimes you can feel the “deer in the headlights” look in an email when you write,
“I’ll drop them on my server and you can come and grab them via FTP.”
There are sites such as YouSendit which work great, but unless you sign up for a paid plan, you’re limited to 100MB transfers. Those of us who are self-employed know we have to save all the pennies we can.
Thankfully, I found another solution and it’s terrific. It allows transfers of up to 2GB completely free.
Amazon S3 has added a nice new feature that eliminates one reason that has really kept me away from using it more.
Up to now, I had only used my Amazon S3 account for large, manual server backups, however, with this latest feature, I can use my Amazon S3 space much like a DropBox — in my browser!
Amazon S3 now has Multi-Object Delete.
Before, if you wanted to delete multiple folders or multiple files in one folder, you could not delete multiple files at once.
Well, now you can!
Now this is how everyone should be browsing directories on Apache servers.
With h5ai, you can browse your Apache index in a modern style, along with different display options, and a breadcrumb and a tree overview.
For those you you running on Media Temple’s popular grid server service (gs), I have found a handy little backup tool that can backup your web server to Amazon’s Amazon S3 web storage.
No matter what you’re running, static HTML sites, Drupal, WordPress, or any other flavor, the (gs) backup can handle it.
You can backup individual site files, ftp folders and any of your databases.
In the process of nailing down a decent backup solution for multiple WordPress sites, I came across a new system that will be launching next month.
There are plenty of solid solutions in the marketplace, VaultPress being one; however, dropping $15 per site, per client, is not an option for me.
ManageWP is a very curious product, since backuping up your WordPress site is the least of what it does.
This thing is packed full of awesomeness.
Ever since the Automatic WordPress Backup broke, I’ve been on the hunt for a good backup system.
I found one plugin that was really close to getting the job done, but would crash when backing up larger blogs. This was a dangerous solution, since I had no idea if the backup file was bad unless I tried to open it. This is a situation you never want to find yourself in:
Your server died, and by the way, your backup is toast, too.
Besides, ideally I want to backup my entire server. Not all the sites I host are built on WordPress, so a plugin doesn’t quite do the trick, anyway.
Diving a little deeper into things, I found a few options.
After you’ve done all you can with step one and two of your WordPress Diet, have you noticed an increase or ran a speed check?
If you want to synch-up one more notch on your server belt, we’ll go over a few more things you can do to increase your WordPress site speed.