Block WordPress comment spam with nginx and GeoIP

Block WordPress comment spam with nginx and GeoIP

Lets face it, wordpress comment spam is a real pain in the butt I manage a ton of WordPress client sites and of course I always use Akismet to flag spammers. Akismet does help by flagging comments as spam in your WordPress backend, but this still means: You have to manually delete them – which(…)

Awstats and Nginx setup on SmartOS

Awstats and Nginx setup on SmartOS

These days, I am doing a lot of dedicated WordPress VPS sites for clients. I always use SmartOS zones and Nginx wherever possible. Best practice is always to setup Google analytics and Google Webmaster tools to analyse traffic metrics and what is happening from a SEO perspective. I also don’t like to have all my(…)

Wickedly Fast WordPress on SmartOS with Varnish and nginx

Wickedly Fast WordPress on SmartOS with Varnish and nginx

Sometimes using WordPress CMS isn’t exactly a speedy experience, every page that is rendered hogs the CPU as it goes though the thousands of lines of code and performs multiple SQL database queries.  99% of the time, the content is unchanged so it makes a lot more sense to serve that content statically – directly out(…)

FiFo Riak Cluster & LevelDB Database Migration

FiFo Riak Cluster & LevelDB Database Migration

Overview In this screencast we will cover both how to add a secondary fifo zone to the Riak cluster as well as how to migrate your existing sniffle database backend from the legacy HanoiDB to the new LevelDB backend. Going forward, LevelDB is now the recommended format for all Project-FiFo implementations. It is important to(…)