PHP, MySQL, and Resource Enhancements

October 12, 2013 at 9:18 PM

We are excited to announce our new Helios shared hosting server with MariaDB 5.5.31 and PHP 5.4.20 (5.5 and 5.3 are also available)!

All shared hosting instant resource limits have been increased up to 100% CPU with access to up to 4 cores, as well as an increase on all reseller accounts up to 100% CPU with access to up to 2 cores.

We have also updated PHP versions across the board! All shared & reseller systems now have PHP 5.3.27, 5.4.20, and 5.5.4 accessible. You will find your default PHP version accurately displayed within cPanel on the left hand sidebar of the main page, while other PHP versions are accessible via the appropriate .htaccess setting:

  • PHP 5.3.27: AddHandler application/x-httpd-php53 .php
  • PHP 5.4.20: AddHandler application/x-httpd-php54 .php
  • PHP 5.5.4: AddHandler application/x-httpd-php55 .php
Further updates have been made to the PHP builds to improve performance, with OpCode Caching support (via Zend OpCache) rolling out over the next few days to all servers! We are already noticing a significant improvement in site response speeds on PHP builds running the new OpCache module.
 
We are also rolling out MySQL updates across all shared & reseller systems. The new Helios server has already launched with MariaDB 5.5.31, while the Titan server has been updated with MySQL 5.5.32. The remaining servers will receive an update to MySQL 5.5.32 over the next few days during off-peak hours.
 
As always, we strive to offer the best performance in our shared & reseller hosting, and we hope you enjoy the new service updates!

Server Name Indication (SNI) is now supported: Install one or more SSL certificates without a dedicated IP address

October 1, 2013 at 10:42 PM

All of our shared and reseller hosting services now support Server Name Indication (SNI). This new feature allows you to do two things that weren't previously possible in a normal shared or reseller hosting environment:

  • You can now install one or more SSL certificates for your domains (including add-on domains) on the same account.
  • You no longer need a dedicated IP address to install an SSL certificate and, instead, can use the shared IP address of the server that you are on.
Most modern web browsers support SNI and there are only a few exceptions:
  • Chrome 5 and older browsers on Microsoft Windows XP
  • Any Internet Explorer browser on Microsoft Windows XP
  • Android mobile phone default browser on Android O.S. v. 2.x.
  • Blackberry web browser
  • Windows Mobile cell phones up to v. 6.5.
With IPv4 depletion on the horizon, this is an awesome change that allows you to secure your website without the added expense of needing a dedicated IP.
 
If you have any questions or would like to order an SSL certificate for your primary or add-on domains, please feel free to contact us!

PHP 5.5.0 Now Available

June 20, 2013 at 3:28 PM

We have enabled PHP 5.5.0 support on all of our shared & reseller hosting services with today's release of PHP 5.5.0!

To enable PHP 5.5 for any folder just add the following to your .htaccess file:

AddHandler application/x-httpd-php55 .php

If you want to use PHP 5.5 for only a few files, it may be easier to simply use the ".php55" extension for them instead of updating the .htaccess file.

If you prefer to use PHP 5.4 instead, use the following line in .htaccess:

AddHandler application/x-httpd-php54 .php

We hope you enjoy developing your new PHP applications here at GeekStorage! :)

Managing Huge Email Inboxes

January 27, 2013 at 6:36 PM

Is your email inbox out of control? Do you have gigabytes of tiny emails clogging up your productivity? Out of control email inboxes are a huge headache. If you have ever tried to sift through thousands of old emails searching for that one you just know arrived last month about the Big Project while your computer cranks and cranks and just struggles to pull up anything at all, you need to read this.

One Day to Email Inbox Heaven

All you need is a cPanel account and an email inbox. We will leverage the power of user filters to help focus your emails in to a much more manageable folder structure. If you receive hundreds of emails per day, this will help you keep track of which are truly important and which can be safely left for later perusal. Follow me for the email article that will change your elife.

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Getting Started: LiteSpeed

October 31, 2012 at 1:58 PM

Here at GeekStorage, we love LiteSpeed! There are many good reasons for this, not the least of which is LiteSpeed's fantastic PHP performance. Not only is LiteSpeed an amazing web server, it is also very easily configured via an online GUI, making the setup process very user friendly. This article will demonstrate how to get started with a basic LLMP setup on your VPS or Dedicated server. 

LiteSpeed

What you will need:

  • A Linux-based VPS or Dedicated Server. We recommend our blazing fast SSD VPS service. Combined with LiteSpeed, it's on a whole new level of speed.
  • Familiarity with the Linux console. Check out our SSH tutorial if you are new to Linux or the console.
  • A need for speed!
  • (Optional) We recommend using CentOS 5.x or 6.x to follow along with this guide

We will be using the LiteSpeed Standard Edition for this setup. It is completely free and supports up to 5 domains and 150 concurrent connections. While lacking some of the more powerful features of the Enterprise Edition, it is a great platform for a development environment due to its ease of setup and speed.

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