Latest Website Updates:
This website is undergoing some major changes and updates.
Of these changes, this included a “face-lift” of the website’s appearance, additions to the front-end – to include – a new social-networks menu (using some of the newer alternative sites to the commonly used [and waaay to big for their breeches] social-networking sites), and soon to start adding some of my own creative works as part of my on-line portfolio.
It is felt that this site really needed some attention to the user-friendliness aspect, as well as an improvement in its professional look and appeal. It has, as of about several weeks ago, incorporated within, an automated cron-bot for keeping this website’s DKIM and SPF variables and DNS records entries updated. More info on this will be upcoming in a near-future post, on how to incorporate such a means for your own site.
Plus, still working on the new, soon-to-be WordPress plugin for handling CSP headers settings, and still working on the fine idea of an Ebook explaining how to set up and secure your own VPS-hosted website (lots of ideas, so little time!). Therefore, this site is still evolving some more, little by little.
– Updated: 2019-11-23
Things are shaping up better for the New Year!
This site is about to slightly modified in the server back-end: Going to be moving away from using MOD_PHP to drive this website, over to PHP-FPM. Things are looking promising so far, except that the latest Mozilla FireFox seems to have nothing but trouble on my home development system with my test sites being sent via PHP-FPM. However, several other alternative browsers seem to have absolutely NO PROBLEMS. Have traced the problems down to FireFox, and NOT anything back-end.
Stay tuned. I’m quite sure there is a reasonable explanation for this hiccup.
Please be sure to check out my new WordPress Plugins when they get posted (on WordPress . org).
– Updated: 2020-01-18
We now have PHP-FPM up and running!
PHP-FPM serves well by allowing PHP web-applications to run as a different “user” and “group”, from those the SAPI runs under. This helps to greatly improve a website’s security by separating the user access and permissions even further from the server back-end. This simply “adds another layer” between the web and the server resources, much as suPHP and Suexec were used for, but with less complexity.
As opposed to suPHP, PHP-FPM is very actively maintained, is much easier to set up and configure, and changes to the PHP environment via changes in the configuration settings do not require a restart of the entire server (as with running MOD_PHP). One only needs to restart the PHP-FPM daemon for the changes to take effect.
So, I will probably be publishing a “how-to” article on it soon. I have tried other, older methods, but with little success because the older methods do not seem to work anymore. So, with only a few simple lines of directives in the server’s “conf” files, and PHP-FPM can be used to replace MOD_PHP in executing PHP programs, and with better security too! So I highly recommend switching your PHP-based website(s) over to using PHP-FPM, if you are not already doing so – if you have server back-end access. The enhanced security is worth it!
– Updated: 2020-01-30