Helpful tips and tricks by Steven Sullivan

Monit SMS notifications with TextBelt for free

TextBelt is a free service whereby you can receive SMS messages for free. It’s as simple as this:

curl -X POST http://textbelt.com/text \
-d number=5551234567 \
-d "message=I sent this message for free with textbelt.com"

So wouldn’t this be cool if we could integrate this with Monit? Well I did just that. With a few lines of code you can receive SMS messages when one of your monit programs goes offline.

Yoast SEO: Add it to your WordPress theme header

I was looking for a way to do this for an installation where WordPress had many different header and footer templates depending on the default template used in WordPress, and it’s rather simple to Add Yoast SEO to WordPress Theme Header. If you haven’t already got Yoast, click here to get it. It will import settings from other major WordPress SEO plugins.

RootNerds / IAMONSYS Review

rootnerdslogoI thought I would tell you all to stay away from RootNerds / IAMONSYS. This is my review. They’re the same company and rumoured to be sold. An unfortunate event happened yesterday on the 7th June whereby one of my Virtual Private Servers I had with them in Germany went offline. It’s still offline as I write this (20 houriamonsys_logo_500pxs + offline) and I imagine the company has now completely shut down without a single word to me or it’s other clients.

Reduce PHP-FPM memory usage on VestaCP

VestaCP comes prepacked with PHP-FPM (if you select the option when installing) which manages PHP processes. By default it spawns processes that stay alive constantly eating memory. We can further optimise the PHP-FPM settings by tweaking the configuration that’s made when adding a new domain name in an attempt to reduce PHP-FPM memory usage.