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 […]

How to Set Up an Nginx Certbot

If you are looking to automate the process of obtaining, installing, and updating TLS/SSL certificates on your web server, then Let’s Encrypt is a very useful tool. It is a certificate authority (CA) that comes packaged with a corresponding software client, Certbot, that will automatically install TLS/SSL certificates. This means that you can run encrypted HTTPS […]

Nginx tuning tips: TLS/SSL HTTPS – Improved TTFB/latency

Since 30th June 2018, the PCI Security Standards Council requires that support for SSL 3.0 and TLS 1.0 be disabled. TLS 1.1 or higher must be used and TLS 1.2 is strongly recommended. In addition, as of July 2018, Google Chrome began to mark ‘HTTP’ web sites as “not secure”. Over the past few years, the […]

Download LEMP for Raspberry Pi: Nginx + MariaDB (MySQL) + PHP

Download latest image: https://sourceforge.net/projects/lemp-raspberry-pi/files/latest/download Change log 07-16-2014 – After today’s changes RAM usage on first boot is down to <100mb. 07-16-2014 – Set most logs to save to memory instead of SD card. (up to 10M or 1 day max) 07-16-2014 – Reduced system log level from “info” to “warning”. Reduce SD contention. 07-16-2014 – Uninstalled ntpd daemon. Replaced […]

How to install NginxCP on CloudLinux (cPanel)

Update: NginxCP is has been abandoned. Have a look instead at CPnginx.  While working with cPanel on CentOS and RedHat over the years I’ve read good things about Cloudlinux. However, I never played around with it and decided that this week I would take a look. NginxCP is a very common solution for admins looking to […]

Using New Relic to Monitor Nginx. Here’s how.

Back in 2013 New Relic introduced Plugin Central, where New Relic’s partners, third-party vendors, and users can publish plugin agents that collect selected metric data, and users can install and view the plugin data on their dashboards as a set of summary metrics, charts, and tables. This allows you to use a single platform to monitor […]

Free Nginx AMI (LEMP) – CentOS, Nginx, MySQL & PHP-FPM

Note: This Free Nginx AMI has been merged into Nginx’s official AMI. This Amazon EC2 AMI includes the latest Amazon Linux (Centos), Nginx 1.0.15, MySQL 5.1 & PHP 5.4 (PHP-FPM) custom installed and tuned for stability and speed. Screenshot of top stats. This free Nginx AMI is optimized and runs fast even on t1.micro. To […]