Helpful tips and tricks by Steven Sullivan

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.

Remove trailing slashes in NGINX & WordPress

If you hate those trailing slashes or perhaps you’re just a fan of good SEO practices then you’ll probably want to remove the trailing slashes from your WordPress installation and edit your NGINX configuration to make sure anything WITH a trailing slash is sent permanently (301 redirect) to the page without a slash.

How to install ngx_pagespeed with NGINX in VestaCP

This tutorial for ngx_pagespeed has only been tested with Debian 7. I will provide the alternate commands for RedHat, CentOS, or Fedora but I have not tested this.

I first installed and compired NGINX from source BEFORE removing the packages incase I hit any problems, then issued the commands AGAIN to confirm it was all working. As usual – take backups!