Category: blogs

  • XenForo : How to get Friendly URL to work

    If you don’t use managed hosting solutions for your forums, you might have to install everything yourself. By default the directive for AllowOverride is set to None, meaning even if you enable the friendly urls in XenForo, it will show you 404 not found pages. Step 1. If you already have a .htaccess file, get […]

  • Ubuntu 18 : How to install phpmyadmin and secure phpmyadmin

    Once you have https configured on your server, and you have a MySQL server installed, it might be desirable to install phpmyadmin, this is a php web interface solution to help you manage your mysql databases, users, etc. For security reasons: don’t install it. If you do wish to install it, continue reading, but take […]

  • Ubuntu 18 : How to install Let’s Encrypt (Add https to your site)

    If you’ve finished setting up your LAMP setup, it’s important to encrypt the traffic over https, we do this with a free solution called Let’s Encrypt. Because why pay unless you’re an Enterprise.. ssh into the server with a user that can sudo up, and type: sudo apt install python-certbot-apache Follow the on-screen instructions. Note: […]

  • Ubuntu 18 : How to add Virtual Hosts to Apache2

    Assuming you’ve properly installed Apache2, MySQL, PHP, and read some of the other blogs I’ve written, it’s time to add domains that point to the IP of the server, to the Apache2 as virtual hosts. This makes it easier to add files to load, per domain, even if you have multiple domains on the same […]

  • Ubuntu 18 : Install PHP

    Assuming you’re going for a LAMP setup, which is Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP, and have followed some of my other blog posts, we’re at the point where you might find out that PHP isn’t installed on Ubuntu 18 on most hosting solutions. Hopefully this quick guide will get you started. sudo apt install php […]

  • Ubuntu 18 : Add MySQL database and user

    After installing the MySQL server and setting it all up as per this blog post:, it’s time to add a database, and a user to this database. Assuming you’ve followed the previous blog post, connect to the mysql server with the mysql root user as such: mysql -u root -p It will look like […]

  • Ubuntu 18 : How to install MySQL server

    By default Ubuntu 18 usually has the Apache2 server installed, but the MySQL server might not be there. We will require it for and other websites. So we’re going to install it. ssh to the server, login with a user that can sudo up, and type from the command line: sudo apt install mysql-server […]

  • Ubuntu 18 : How to add basic firewall with ufw

    It should be installed by default on Ubuntu, but some virtualization images etc might not have it. Login with ssh to your server, with a sudo abled user and install ufw sudo apt install ufw Note: It’s important you stay logged in while you sort this out, and that you don’t restart the server, or […]

  • Ubuntu 18 : Enable ssh keys, disable ssh passwords

    This is a two step howto, and this is how I do it. Do it in this order to avoid issues. Before you begin, make sure you have read the other blog posts, where I explain how to add a super user to the system, and disable root from logging into the ssh service. The […]

  • Ubuntu 18 : Disable ssh root login

    After your initial setup of your Ubuntu 18 server, and that includes adding a couple of new users, including at least one super user that can sudo up, it’s time to prevent the root user from being able to login on ssh. The username is a default, and doesn’t have to be guessed. Note: Another […]

  • Ubuntu 18 : Install nano text editor

    I’ve always preferred using nano over pico, and pico over vi, and vi for very low level file editing. Anyway: nano for most things. But it’s not installed by default on Ubuntu 18. And after getting a new VPS you probably have quite some configuration file editing to do, and in my blog posts I […]

  • Ubuntu 18 : Add new super user

    Once you’ve ssh into the VPS as a root user, it’s time to add more users to the system. One for the day to day stuff, and one for server management related stuff. The first will be what we consider an unprivileged user, the other sometimes referred to as a sudo user. As user root, […]