If you are a webmaster who has outgrown shared hosting and is thinking of upgrading to a VPS, these are exciting times. VPS are available at rock-bottom prices, costing as much and sometimes even less than shared costing. Of course, one must remember that the low cost is for a reason and you get what you paid for.
Still, there is nothing better than a cheap budget VPS to get a feel of what is a VPS is all about.
I use Simple Machines Forum (SMF). I was earlier using gmail and then namecheap for sending the forum emails for registration, notification of new posts etc without any problem. Then, I decided to use fastmail.
The Fastmail SMTP settings are as follows:
SSL/TLS Encryption Enabled, but not STARTTLS
Username Your FastMail email address, including the domain
Password Your FastMail password
However, when you enter these credentials in the SMF settings (>Maintenance > Mail > Settings) you will get the error (see the error log):
Couldn’t get mail server response codes
The simple solution is that instead of “mail.messagingengine.com”, use “ssl://mail.messagingengine.com” as the server.
Now, the email should work as intended.
P.S. If you have CSF (Config Server Firewall) enabled, make sure the port is open and allowed to be used by CSF.
Wordfence is a free WordPress plugin that provides security for your wordpress installation. It has a nice feature that scans your wordpress files and compares it with the original to see if they have been modified.
However, the scan is not foolproof. It does not cover all the core wordpress files or the themes or the plugins. Also, if the hacker has inserted new files, that goes undetected. Continue reading
Today, I had an unpleasant experience. When I tried to access my site, I was presented with a peculiar login page. No page was accessible. Even the wp-admin.php page was blocked out by the login page. There was only one input box for the password (see image). Continue reading
I have several websites where I have Google Adsense Ads running.
Today, when I was browsing my websites, I was surprised to see some shady-looking ads showing. The ads appeared to be of companies called “Poster Gully”, “Styleever”, “fashion equation.com” etc.
If you peer closely at the ads, you will find an icon towards the right-hand side, similar to the ones found in the Adsense ads. Continue reading
Today morning, I posted something which drew a flock of people to my website. I had concurrent visitors of about 100 + according to Google analytics. They were downloading a 1 MB pdf file.
My VPS is powered by easyengine (nginx + php-fpm). I also have WP Super Cache installed. Continue reading
Today morning, I got a shocking message from servermania.
“New support ticket was created
Subject: Abuse – 23.236…….
This message is to notify you that your server located at 23.236……. is now in violation of our Terms of Service located at http://www.servermania.com/tos.htm and is subject to account suspension leading up to termination without notice.
Today, I developed an urge to try out the Vultr VPS service. I put in $5 and got a credit of $5. With the $10 in my control, I grabbed a VPS with the following specifications:
200 GB TRANSFER
All of a sudden this site went offline even though other sites on the same VPS operating through different I. P. Addresses were in operation.
I shot off a mail to ServerMania to ask what was going on.
The reply surprised me: Continue reading
I have a 128MB VPS with RamNode that I use exclusively for storing files. There is no apache, php or html loaded on the VPS.
Yesterday night, I received an ominous email from RamNode:
I bought a 2GB RAM VPS at the Los Angeles Data Center with the following specifications:
2GB RAM VPS specifications:
• 2 GB Guaranteed RAM
• 2 GB vSwap RAM
• 100 GB SSD RAID-10
• 4 IP Addresses
• 3000 GB Bandwidth
• 100 Mbps Network Speed
The price is $56 per year