Helpful tips and tricks by Steven Sullivan

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.

How to: Install CSF on VestaCP

Tested on Debian, Ubuntu, and CentOS… how to install CSF on VestaCP.

THIS SCRIPT IS FOR Vesta 0.9.8-15, Vesta 0.9.8-16 and Vesta 0.9.8-17

IT IS ALWAYS A GOOD IDEA TO BACKUP EVERYTHING. BACKUP CSF + VESTA

Review: Reliable VestaCP VPS hosting with HostUS

HostUS VPS LogoThis is a review of HostUS‘s (affiliate links within this post) unmanaged Virtual Private Servers (VPS) where I have installed the control panel VestaCP.

I have a few VPS’s with HostUS namely because they are international. This blog is hosted on a VPS they provide in England. I have been with them since February 2015. It’s been over a year so I think I’m well informed to provide a review that is of my own opinion.

UPDATE: After almost 2 years of hosting with HostUS I have pulled the plug on 6 servers I had with them. Recently they had terrible slow nodes and very slow response times to support requests (when the nodes were slow). Read more for the in-depth review.

Stronger Security SSL/HTTPS in NGINX VestaCP

Security is paramount these days and visitors to your website want to know their browsing and transmission of data is 100% safe. How do you test this? At Quality SSL Labs of course! It’s time to secure your NGINX install once-and-for-all.

As of today, my blog is running Let’s Encrypt – the absolutely free SSL Certificate authority and my rating is A+ (I’m OK with that!) at Quality SSL Labs. Before with a default install of NGINX and VestaCP my rating was B.