“If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?” – John Wooden
Ongoing Full Server Management
Uptime monitoring and response to alerts, firewall/security monitoring, update of Linux Kernel and security patches, performance tuning and monitoring of MySQL, performance tuning and monitoring of httpd (Apache, Nginx, etc), setup of server health page for faster real-time checks, proactive trend graphing of sever hardware usage and health, includes mobile contact # for urgent phone support. Discounted rate for yearly retainer clients.
Web Server Audit
Starts @ $449 per server
Server OS analysis, Hardware/resources check (Disk i/o, RAM, swap, CPU), Network checks, Firewall and Security, MySQL health check, httpd (Apache, Nginx, etc), PHP optimization (includes OpCache check), Hosting control panels (cPanel, Plesk, etc), Server and web browser caching. etc. Audit includes full optimization estimate.
Web Server Optimization
Addresses the issues found during audit. “Full Web Server Audit” must be completed first.
Server OS tuning, addressing any hardware bottlenecks, Network optimization, server i/o optimization, firewall setup and/or optimization, MySQL (MariaDB/Percona) performance tuning, httpd (Apache, Nginx, Varnish, etc) performance tuning, PHP performance optimization, control panel optimization (cPanel, Plesk, etc), server and web browser caching setup.
Additional Linux services
Linux OS integrity check and optimization, firewall and network, email server security or port disabling, brute force protection, web applications, apache/http server, SSH, FTP, Mysql hardening.
MySQL Performance Optimization
MySQL server needs to be optimized to perform well. It is often the slowest and most resource intensive process on your server. Optimization will be specific to your hardware and web application after reviewing 24 to 48 hours of run-time stats.
PHP Speed Optimization
PHP is setup using vanilla install by most web host. Web apps such as Magento, WordPress, Drupal, etc., depend heavily on PHP. My approach is to strip down PHP to use only the extensions required by your applications, setup PHP’s caching feature using the best method, tune PHP’s config file and ensure version compatibility with your code.
cPanel is an extremely useful hosting panel that allows even non-admins to manage their web servers and websites all from a fairly simple GUI. But all this convenience comes with a ton of bloat and poorly optimized services that by default only focus on mass compatibility. With a one-size-fits-all default setup cPanel is often a resource hog. My cPanel optimization will look at lowering the memory footprint and CPU usage of ALL services that cPanel/WHM takes control of. Ensuring that more of your server’s resources are being made available for serving visitors.
CDN or Cloudflare Setup
No matter how fast your web server is, web browsers can only download so many images and static files simultaneously from a single source. As such, moving some or all of your images, css and js files to a CDN provider can greatly improve end-user page load speed. Or having Cloudflare accelerate your website using the same principles also results in a faster end user experience.
Apache Performance Optimization
I’ve already published part of my Apache optimization process. This goes beyond just modules, but also ensures that Apache’s main configuration is optimized. My configurations will be adjusted to fit your hardware, traffic and web applications. After optimization, I may suggest install of Nginx reverse proxy.
Nginx Performance Optimization
Nginx is fast from first install. But additional performance and scaling can be achieved by configuring caching and headers, optimizing Nginx to use all CPU cores, improving buffer usage and reducing writes to disk.
Web app performance Optimization
This covers audit of WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, Magento, etc.
Anti Virus Scan & Protection, Amazon EC2 Management, CDN (Content Delivery Networks), Capacity Planning, CloudFlare, Cloud Management, Consultancy, Control Panels, DNS, Kernel Customization, Load Balancing, Monitoring, Networking, No Downtime Migration, Operating Systems, PCI DSS Compliance, Proactive Response, Project Management, Recovery, Script Installations, Vulnerability Scanning, Web Appplications (WordPress, Magento, Drupal, Joomla, etc).
Software and Applications
Apache, APC, Bind/Named, Cacti, ClamAV, Courier, Dovecot,
eAccelerator, Exim, Iptables, Lighttpd, Litespeed, Memcached, Mod_Security, MySQL, MySQL Cluster, Nagios, Nginx, OPcache, OpenVZ, Postfix, Proftpd, Pure-Ftpd, Redis, Roundcube, SELinux, Sendmail, Spamassassin, Varnish, Virtuozzo, Vsftpd, xCache, etc.