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How to get free signed SSL Certificates and setup secure domains in Apache and Debian

This how-to describes the process to obtain 100% free, signed SSL Certificates from StartSSL.com and configure Apache in Debian to use these SSL certificates in your virtual domains, so that people can access your site(s) through https (i.e. https://example.com) without ever having the browser tell them the scary “this site isn’t trusted” anymore.

Before you start, you will need:

  • One or more of your functional domains which point to a server you own and have root access to. In this tutorial I’ll be using my wife’s supersyntages.gr as testbed.
  • A browser, for this tutorial Chrome, although you might prefer Firefox (see below why).
  • Root access to your server with Debian and Apache installed, with the above domains configured as VirtualHost.
  • The openssl package installed in your computer.
  • One of the following emails configured in each of the domains you want to include in the SSL certificates:
    [email protected]
    [email protected]
    [email protected]

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Bovary.gr goes online – A new digital experience for women

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Bovary.gr is a new digital experience. A well-designed responsive website in Greek about women and their interests: fashion, beauty, art, design, healthy living and having fun.

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An apache monitoring script

One of the daily routines administrators do is to monitor their web server logs for various interesting things: response codes (i.e. 500), attempts to access restricted pages, user-agents, ips, popular pages, even image hotlinking from other sites. In Linux servers, this can be easily done through shell one-liners involving various tools (tail, awk, sort, cut etc). Here is a bash script I use which automates apache monitoring for a given website.

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Git: Which hours you commit the most

If you use Git for version controlling some projects of yours and you are a number-crunch fanboy, you might be interested to know which hours you (or some fellows in your team) are active the most. I mean which hours during the day you do your commits. This is onliner will do this for you. Run it from inside your project dir:

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Creating Virtual Machines on a headless server via VirtualBox

VirtualBox is a great piece of virtualization software. It not only allows us to run and test different Operating Systems inside Virtual Machines (VMs) from the comfort of our main desktop computer with point-and-click, but it also enables us to setup and run VMs on remote headless servers from the command line. And we can control these VMs remotely via a plain RDP client. This is great because when you host your VMs on server hardware (usually without any graphical UI) you don’t really need the full fledged GUI of VirtualBox (and its Qt/SDL dependencies) nor to display the VM output locally. Instead you just need some commands to setup and start your VM. Then all you want is to connect to it remotely and install an OS. With VirtualBox, this is accomplished via the commands VBoxManage and VBoxHeadless. This is how it can be done.

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Varnish Cache How-To: Intro to High-Availability for Drupal lovers (and WordPress addicts)

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What is Varnish?

Varnish Cache or just Varnish is an open-source HTTP accelerator and caching reverse proxy for web servers, like Apache or nginx, hosting content-heavy dynamic web sites.  In non-geek speak, Varnish is an free program which runs in front of your web server (which in this context is called backend or origin) and stores (caches) a copy of each webpage served by the web server.  When a user requests a cached page, Varnish steps in and serves the cached copy instead of requesting the same page again and again from the backend server. So Varnish is ideal for developers who run high traffic sites with lots of visitors and like their web application to be highly available and running fast. This how-to is an attempt to present a comprehensive but simple introductory guide to Varnish configuration for web developers who want to scale their projects gracefully.

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coppa.gr – Οι αθλητικές ειδήσεις σε απευθείας μετάδοση

Τι συμβαίνει όταν η linuxάδικη ομάδα ενός επιτυχημένου ειδησεογραφικού site συνεργάζεται με γνωστούς και πετυχημένους αθλητικούς δημοσιογράφους; Μπορεί να γεννηθεί ένα νέο, μοντέρνο και ανεξάρτητο αθλητικό site: το coppa.gr.

Στημένο σε Drupal, το coppa.gr είναι “100% powered by Linux” και ανοικτό κώδικα: από τα desktops των συντακτών που τρέχουν Kubuntu και το pfSense firewall μέχρι τον Debian server με Apache, MySQL κλπ. Εντυπωσιακό, νομίζω, γρήγορο και καλαίσθητο, το COPPA φιλοδοξεί να μεταδίδει καθημερινά, έγκαιρα και έγκυρα, αθλητικα νέα από όλα τα σπορ, χωρίς κασκόλ και εξαρτήσεις. Άλλωστε, το περιεχόμενο «υπογράφουν» άνθρωποι που γνωρίζουν το αντικείμενο καλύτερα από τον καθένα: Σωτηρακόπουλος, Σπυρόπουλος, Βέργης, Θειακός, Σωτηρίου, Χριστοφοράκης, Λοθάνο, Τσούτσος, Θαναηλάκης κα.

Τεχνικά, η υλοποίηση έγινε με D7, Zen, megamenu, views, rules, media, ckeditor και τα υπόλοιπα γνωστά modules της κοινότητας του Drupal, την οποία χιλιοευχαριστούμε.

Χαρείτε το!

coppa.gr

Στιγμιότυπο από το coppa.gr

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