5 top things to look for when hiring a sysadmin

If you’re running a successful multi-server operation, sooner or later you will have to hire a system administrator. This can happen for various reasons, for example you are not a sysadmin yourself, you lack the expertise for some operations or simply you don’t have enough free time to manage your servers, so external help is …

How to spread the load in a PHP + MySQL website

As the number of visitors to a website increases, so does the strain on the server. This can result in a very high load, especially if the available resources are tight and there is not enough CPU or RAM to serve all requests. A high server load can significantly increase loading times or even make …

How to setup Grafana in CentOS 7

Grafana is a very useful open-source data visualization and monitoring platform that can use data from a variety of sources and display it based of custom filters and alerts. In this article, we will go through the setup of Grafana on a CentOS 7 system, using a MySQL database as a data source. Install MySQL …

Three steps you can take to secure your self-hosted application

Self-hosting your application has many advantages but it also comes with a number of risks. Any web server is continuously attacked by hackers these days, with scripts that probe all services for potential vulnerabilities or configuration issues. In a managed environment, the server administrators will make sure that solid mechanisms are in place to protect …

VPSCheap ranked #1 Best VPS Hosting Deal by Techradar

We’re constantly striving to provide unparalleled value to our customers. The way we define value is proving more than what’s required for less than what’s expected. Put simply, our goal each day is to provide a great product at a price everyone can afford – no matter what you’re building. Given this mission of ours, …

How to interpret the top command’s output

The top command is one of the most common tools available to a system administrator. You can use it to troubleshoot CPU and memory usage, or as a general purpose application that allows you to monitor your system in real time. Top can be a very complex command, we will review the most common options …

Ubuntu 16.04.4 LTS release notes

Last month, Ubuntu announced the release of a Long Term Support version of Ubuntu 16.04. A few noticeable changes emerge in the official release notes. First of all, there’s a strong move toward Python 3 being the new standard. This had been coming for a while, and it has finally materialized. Python 3.5 now ships …

CentOS security updates – August 2018

The CentOS project has released several security updates in the last week of the present month. Of particular relevance to VPSCheap customers we have a mariadb security release, as well as a mutt update. They’ve both been rated as ‘Important’. As usual, we recommend you to keep your systems updated as frequently as possible. yum …