Apache Performance: Disable .htaccess

A while back, I searched the web for a performance article which I could forward to a client of StackLinux. An article explaining how using WordPress Cache plugins which make use of .htaccess, are almost always slower than plugins that don’t use .htaccess. Surprisingly, that search took a lot longer than expected, until I finally came across this […]

Strip Down Apache to Improve Performance & Memory Efficiency

Can you believe that its been five eight years since the release of Apache 2.4?! Still, most Apache based web servers continue to run Apache version 2.2 or even 2.0. This is understandable for the same reasons why Apache web servers are still used more than Nginx… compatibility, official support and features. If you haven’t replaced Apache […]

50 Top Server Monitoring & Application Monitoring Tools

Back in 2014, I compiled a list of top server and application performance monitoring solutions. Sharing that list publicly was a great way to gain feedback and recommendations on other tools available. In time that list grew from 20 to over 100 server monitoring and APM solutions! Because of its growing size, I’ve created below, a smaller, more […]

Healthcare.gov uses Apache server. It failed, here’s why.

Update: Healthcare.gov’s headers were updated. Ok, so I was curious and I looked into the headers of healthcare.gov and to my surprise its powered by, err’ Apache. However, as explained below, Apache was configured incorrectly. Here are Healthcare.gov’s main headers: HTTP/1.1 200 OK Server: Apache Accept-Ranges: bytes Content-Type: text/html Access-Control-Allow-Origin: * Vary: Accept-Encoding Content-Encoding: gzip Content-Length: 12213 […]