Why Rebuilding ls is a Good Thing

Posted by Joel Hans on August 09, 2017

You step into a crowded room, maybe a convention center floor, or a wedding reception, or a meetup of tech professionals. Faces start to blur together. Voices crowd one another out.

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Tutorial: The Easiest VPN with Streisand and Ubuntu 16.04

Posted by Joel Hans on August 03, 2017

The furor over new legislation rising through various governments around the world that would make it easier and more profitable for ISPs to monitor user traffic has faded some, but the importance many see in protecting their browsing habits hasn't.

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$0 Development Tools: Build Products Faster

Posted by Joel Hans on August 01, 2017

Developers are always looking for better ways to build their products and services, and with more and more tools and resources being made all the time, it can be hard to sort through all the chaff. We're much the same—we're constantly looking for better ways to do our frontend development here at SSD Nodes.

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Tutorial: Using Redis as Cache for Wordpress

Posted by Joel Hans on July 28, 2017

A few weeks back, we wrote about how reducing MySQL queries, and suggested that Redis was one available option for those who wanted to take their caching to the next level. Now, a quick tutorial on installing Redis and configuring Wordpress to communicate with Redis as a caching layer.

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Cheatsheet: Productivity-Boosting Bash Shortcuts

Posted by Joel Hans on July 20, 2017

The default Linux Bash shell might, at first, feel like a rather restrictive environment to work in. Many users get stuck on the inability to select text with the mouse, or having to rely heavily on the arrow keys to fix a small issue toward the end of a long command.

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7 Free New Relic Alternatives for VPS Monitoring

Posted by Joel Hans on July 11, 2017

Now that you have a VPS up and running smoothly, you want to keep in that way—or, at the very least, know if something goes wrong. Luckily, a huge variety of monitoring solutions exist to help give you a head's up if an entire server crashes, a webapp is taking too long to respond, or you're hitting your CPU limits.

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5 Self-Hosted (and Docker-Friendly) Apps I'm Installing This Weekend

Posted by Joel Hans on July 05, 2017

Perhaps the best thing about having a VPS is the ability to experiment with hosting pretty much any application out there. And by using Docker as the foundation, it gets so much easier to try something, have it fail, and then try again.

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Tutorial: Easier Docker Management with Portainer

Posted by Joel Hans on July 03, 2017

Between our ongoing containers preview and all the recent Docker tutorials, we hope that many you are practically swimming in Docker containers. Docker makes the task of running a lot of applications on a single VPS a lot easier, but even if you run just a few Wordpress blogs, you'll end up with 6, 8, 10, or more containers running concurrently. No matter how intelligent your naming scheme, the sheer volume makes managing them tricky.

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Comparison: Vultr vs. Digital Ocean vs. Linode vs. SSD Nodes

Posted by Joel Hans on June 28, 2017

Whether you’re looking for your very first VPS or you have so many you’ve lost count, it’s understandable that you’d want to do your research before shelling out for a new server. It’s a big investment, after all, particularly if you want to snag the best deals by paying annual instead of monthly (or even hourly).

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Tutorial: Speeding Up MySQL Without Using the CPU

Posted by Joel Hans on June 26, 2017

We recently had a user ask us a relatively simple question: How do I speed up my MySQL query performance without just relying on the CPU?

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