Setting Up Proper WebDev Workflows

May 18, 2008

I have done web development for myself for many years and have also launched a very successful video game website. But I have NEVER used what I would consider a proper workflow for developing.

I have never used a test server and never used SVN. All of my work up to now I have done using Dreamweaver and Visual Studio. Using the pitiful source control in dreamweaver (essentially just marks files as read only) and always used a web host I pay for as my platform. Its takes a while to test things as uploading takes a quick second or 2 and I run into problems making test pages and then when it comes time to roll them out to the live version of my can get complicated.

I'm taking it upon myself to start learning Ruby along with the Rails framework. And I want to clean up my act a bit. I'm would like yalls advice on how best to set up a better/more professional work flow. I have a number of computers and would like to set one up as a dedicated test platform. I would like to do my development and coding on my windows PC but run the webhost, mySQL server, a mySQL front end, PHP, Ruby, etc on my linux box. Whats the best way to manage this? Is the best way to just ftp them over to the right directories? Or am I totally missing the boat on a much better way to push new code to my test bed? Is there a linux distro of choice out there that comes bundled and set up with all those things pretty much out of the box?

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Jul 11, 2008

I'm starting a small company which will do custom web development and hosting. Right now we have appr 10 clients with no heavy traffic.

I've been thinking about buying a VPS for the hosting of these sites, in order to have more control over the server, instead of using a shared hosting, but i'm wondering if VPS is overkill.

Hopefully we'll get more customers and need more space and bandwidth as time goes by...

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Sep 10, 2008

We're a small company developing with PHP (Code Igniter and WordPress) and need somewhere to host our pages.

Today we have a dedicated server managed by me, but i realize it's a little too much for me and we're looking into moving to a shared host, preferrably, but we're open to others solutions (VPS?) as well.

As per now our customer's pages are rather low traffic, the highest is approx 1000 per day, and the other ones are maybe a 1000 more, so 2000 in total. Maybe a little redundancy should be added as well.

So our requirements are (in no particular order):

- SSH access
- Unlimited domains (or at least 50)
- 10-20 GB/day bandwidth (as the large site hosts some videos ~10-40 MB/video)
- ~5-10 GB disk space
- Unlimited MySQL-dbs
- European - we're in Scandinavia, but that's not required for host
- Preferrably green
- Price is not the most important - we can pay up to 35-45/month
- CP could be cPanel or custom. I tried Plesk but i seemed quite horrible to me
- And of course: Linux

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Sep 1, 2008

I have a server qith liquidweb. Recently I'm getting the message.. used an invalid security certificate.

The certificate is not trusted because it is self signed.

Error code sec_error_untrusted_issuer

Liquidweb is tell me I need an SSL certificate? I don't get it sicne I have a new server with them that doesnt get this error and another older one that doesnt get the error.

OK find]e, whatever.

I have free SSL's at namecheap from positivessl.
Can I use this on my and will it give ssl to all the domains on the server?

I host a whole bunch of domains on this server

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Apr 22, 2008

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Dec 9, 2007

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I like to use my home server's e-mail account that I setup via hMailServer.

My domain is

I would like to know the proper procedure for setting up an MX record through the registrar.

My main concern is that I don't always have this computer on, so I'd like to setup a secondary MX record that will catch my e-mails in-case I my computer is shut off.

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Jun 6, 2008

I have a dedicated server that is running apache and exim. While they're running from the same IP, I want the domain names to be for http and for SMTP.

What I've done so far is set up A records for * and to point to the same IP address.

My MX record points to

My exim primary_hostname is configured as

Now I'm trying to get the PTR record set correctly so that outbound email doesnt get trapped by spam filters. So in this case should my PTR record point my IP to and not or does it not matter?

Is it strange that an RDNS lookup to the primary IP would return my mail server like that?

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Example from maillog:
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We let people add as many file as they want to upload.
People also search and browse among files.

Do we need a dedicated server or a dedicated VPS ?

How much should the configuration be? i mean How much Ram?

We need to add extra hard disks in the close future.

Maybe sometime we need to add clustering and ... .

Please tell me in detail about the initial configuration needed to run this website so we ll be sure that the site will never be down or lacks of hard disk and ram or CPU.

and tell me your experience in best dedicated services with online support which will be good friends.

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Sep 8, 2007

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Sure, hosts should be legally responsible and wipe the space but why trust what you don't know for a fact (I even have one host that had stuff hidden in my "fresh" account, buried in the logs, so apparently they were reusing something along the line as a template).

Should I, and how would I, wipe out the space properly?

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May 15, 2008

I am wondering if you can either:

1. Point me to an article you can validate as being accurate; or

2. Explain to me as much as you are willing to the following question:

How would someone setup a CDN to compete with companies like level3/softlayer/peer1 etc..? What kind of software is used? Is there special routing issues to address? I do understand you need *at least* 15-20 nodes before you can offer a "true CDN" and I do understand that they need to be in different locations on the POP's. How do you stream files over the CDN as well? Via RTMP?


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When I contacted my host, they told me I need to contact namecheap and give them the IP address and my namservers names.

I have never had to do this before. Usually I just add a new domain in my WHM and everything works. Right now namecheap is using my hosting companies nameservers, when I try to switch to my name servers namecheap comes back with an error.

I added new zones in the WHM for my name servers, but nothing is working.

What do I need to do to get this working? I have one current domain name that is working and one that is not.

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Apr 3, 2008

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1. Howto setup VPS box (openVZ)?

2. Do I need leave free space/resource for "management" or can I use all space/resource for clients. I have my companys site and stuff in different server (as you can read above).

3. VPS box security? Do I need to worrie about that?

4. If I want to offer multiple OS options for clients, is it possible and how that is done?

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At the minimum, could someone point me in the direction of any resources?

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