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Can anyone recommend a website monitoring service? [closed]

What are people using for website monitoring services? I am referring to a service that I can configure specific hits to my site to monitor if the site is up, and how fast it is responding to the ...
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Nginx enable site command

We all know how to enable a website using apache on linux. I'm pretty sure that we all agree on using the a2ensite command. Unfortunately there is no default equivalent command comes with Nginx, but ...
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Should websites live in /var/ or /usr/ according to recommended usage?

According to a guide on the Linux directory structure, /usr/ is for application files, and /var/ is for files that change (I assume this means "files that belong to the applications"). Is this correct?...
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Web Host Recommendations [closed]

I'm presently using web.com for website hosting. I've had some so-so experiences, and think they are a little overpriced. We have a fairly simple website - no e-commerce. We do need plenty of storage ...
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illegitimate traffic from user agent Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.9.0.10) Gecko/2009042316 Firefox/3.0.10 (.NET CLR 3.5.30729)

This is a rapidly changing event that has no answer yet. Please do not post your findings or assumptions as answers; reserve the answer field for when you actually have an answer. If you ...
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What Type of DNS Record do I Need to Make a Sub-domain?

I'm making a website, and I need a sub-domain. I need to email my host so he can add the sub-domain linking, but I don't know which type of DNS record to add on my end in the DNS. Is it A or CNAME?
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Is Open ID better than the usual LogIn system? [closed]

We are developing a web system and considering using the Open Id feature. Do you think it is any better than the usual way of loggin users in? If we use the Open Id feature that means the users will ...
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No targets available when trying to set alias target from Route 53 to S3

I'm trying to setup a simple Amazon AWS S3 based website, as explained here. I've setup the S3 bucket (simples3websitetest.com), gave it the (hopefully) right permissions: { "Version": "2012-10-...
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How does an ISP block my website with a warning message [closed]

I have searched about this topic on Google but mostly I got the result how to unblock website blocked by ISPs. So, I have a website that is being blocked from viewing by audiences and when I go to my ...
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Official online RPM package browser / search for CentOS

I am looking for something that resembles packages.debian.org Debian Package Browser only for CentOS 5 and/or RHEL 5 [Red Hat Enterprise Linux].
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First days online : how not to kill your site

Suppose you have this fancy new site, with lots of data (like big images), and you're about to put it online. If you do "too much" publicity, during the first days, the site will be overwhelmed with ...
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Penetration Testing [closed]

We're deploying a new website, hosted ourselves. Short of getting in white hats how would you go about penetration testing from outside the network?
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What is the first thing you do if your website was hacked?

What would you do as first thing if your website was hacked? Taking the site from net? or rollback a backup? not realy or? Did you made any experiences in this way?
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What is the best Time-Of-Day to run the maintenance of an international (English) website?

If you want to have a non-country-specific website in English, what is/are the best time-of-day to run the maintenance? You can also answer by specifying what is the worst time-of-day to run the ...
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How to get nginx to redirect from www to non-www domain?

Let's say I want to redirect from www.example.com to example.com and I want to do this using nginx. I looked around and did not see any good documentation on this so I figured I would ask and answer ...
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Nagios Monitoring Text on a Website

I was wondering if I could get some help with monitoring text on a website. I.E. If I wanted to monitor google.com for the text "Privacy", I thought I would use the following command: check_http -H ...
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Recommendation: Company website forced to https?

My company wants their "informational" website to be rewritten from HTTP to HTTPS. Technically this is not a big deal for me. But i have doubts if this is state-of-the-art since the only reason they ...
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How to check HTTP response code of a secured website with Nagios?

I want to create a nagios check of my secure website. All the check needs to do is login to the site with login details that I pass the script. Does anyone know of a plugin or script that will allow ...
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24TB RAID 6 configuration

I am in charge of a new website in a niche industry that stores lots of data (10+ TB per client, growing to 2 or 3 clients soon). We are considering ordering about $5000 worth of 3TB drives (10 in a ...
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Basic wiki engine to a personal site

I am building a site for some tutorial material. I intend to use a wiki platform. DokuWiki and MediaWiki are very heavy, I have shortlisted two platforms - Boltwire - LionWiki I basically would like ...
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How should I check a site for dead links? [closed]

How should I check my website for dead links? I've used some web based utilities that were okay, e.g.: http://dead-links.com http://validator.w3.org/checklink I've used some freeware apps in the ...
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How long does it take for DNS to update new records? Strange DNS behaviour!

I had my personal site at freehostia and now i have shifted to some other server. It has been close to a week, and ofcourse as the NameServers changed for the new host, i made the required changes ...
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How can I tell how often Google crawls my site?

I've started a relatively new website, and I submitted it to google and everything. I use google's webmaster tools as well. I'm wondering how to figure out the frequency of google's spider accessing ...
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IIS 7.5 Redirect / URL Rewrite to mobile version of website

I'm looking for an IIS solution (not programming) to redirect a website to a mobile version of the website. It looks like it might be possible, but not sure, with IIS Redirect or using IIS URL Rewrite ...
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Successfully, permanently ban a user from a website? [closed]

I have a social networking website and I want to ban a user from the website. I've added his IP address to the ban list in the .htacess file and to the php level for banning that user, but he keeps ...
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Unused domain name getting routed to double click

I have an unused domain name which is registered by Network Solutions and which I thought was turned off. However, entering the domain in a browser results in getting redirected to a double click ...
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Why is the “www.” sometimes necessary? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: www.example.com vs example.com Is there any particular reason that "www." is required for some websites? It seems to me that all this does is cause inconvenience (at best) ...
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SEO Consultant Wants System Credentials

An SEO consultant has asked (demanded) credentials to the web environment so he can do ... Whatever it is that they do. I'm new to the company but an experienced Systems Engineer. I've just now been ...
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PHP + MYSQL site perfomance

I have to manage a site which wasn't developed by me. It is in PHP using a mysql database, which is located in the web server. The site, sometimes (when the visitors increase too much) stops ...
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Is Page-Loading Time Relevant?

Take this (ServerFault) page for instance. It has about 20 elements. When the last of these has loaded, the page is deemed "loaded"--but not before. This is certainly the protocol used by our testing ...
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Syncing multiple wordpress web servers in a farm

My company will shortly be setting up a blog, and I'm planning on setting up two web servers to host the wordpress website for redundancy. Normally when we do releases to a site in a farm we push to ...
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Troubleshooting Website problems within the local network

Have an external website which opens fine on some PC's, yet seems to time out (or symptoms of timing out, but never actually does) on others. Seems to only affect (some) of our newer HP Pro 3305 MT ...
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Should I provide Favicon.ico for my website?

I don't have a favicon.ico. I noticed that many visitors repeatedly request it. Should I just put a blank GIF or ICO file? Thanks for the input. But I have one question that no one answered: should I ...
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How can I have a web site automatically open up at a certain time each day [closed]

We Have a web site that employees must check into at a specific time each day. How can I make the site automatically open on each users computer at a certain time each day. Thanks
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What is the difference between a cache, a primed cache and an empty cache?

Can someone explain the following concepts to me as the relate to measuring the data transfer of data from my web site. Whats the difference between a cache, a primed cache and an empty cache? Can ...
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How to update a live webserver?

I'm in the process of setting up a webserver and I was wondering what the best practice method of updating the website it contains would be. I'm aware that I should have some sort of 'test' server ...
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Server admin community on a blog platform? [closed]

I'm wondering if there is a site out there where server admins congregate and post useful bits and pieces. Server Fault for example is a great Q&A site and Slashdot Journal Entries could be useful ...
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Determining if a bot is scraping utility bill content and how to block it

I work for a local government that bills for water usage and garbage collection. I received a call today from a customer that a "New York company" called him asking for his customer number and pin to ...
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Recommended website performance monitoring services? [closed]

I'm looking for a good performance monitoring service for websites. I know about some of the available general monitoring services that check for uptime and notify you about unavailable services. But ...
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Our web-developers have a project that requires accepting file-uploads. What should I ensure is covered?

A recent project requires one of our websites to accept file uploads from (logged in) users (primarily images and possibly some video). What are some (generic) things we need to take into account, ...
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How can I render html at high resolution? [closed]

I want to create high-quality prints of a website, for a publication. Screenshots can get very gritty when printed out, for no good reason. Embedded bitmap images can't be improved of course, but ...
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How to create a self-signed SSL certificate with subject alternate names (SAN) for IIS websites

Does anyone know how to create a self-signed SSL certificate for use with IIS (7) that has subject alternative names (SAN)s? I need the certificate to be able to validate the hostname AND the IP ...
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Website diff testing tool [closed]

Our CEO wants us to check all of our 100+ hosted/partner websites. Not only does she want to check if they are up and running, but she would like a diff analysis on the websites so that we can keep a ...
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What is a 'best practice' backup plan for a website?

I have a website which is very large and has a large user-base. I am trying to think of a 'best practice' way to create a back up or mirror website, so if something happens on example.com, I can ...
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I got these strange messages on my websites feedback form? Is someone trying to hack my site?

I got all of a sudden a number of strange feedback messages from my sites feedback form its where normally users would come and enter feedback and then I would review it on an admin panel. However ...
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What should I do about a mixed content warning on my website?

My server is configured to use HTTPS only; this works okay. But when I visit the website I get this message in Firefox (next to the URL bar): Firefox is blocking content on this page Most ...
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Over a million 404's?

Using Analog 6 for web stats, and I'm surprised to see over a million 404's over 54 days. Am I looking at this correctly? Is this an unusual ratio of 404's to "200 OK" page views? I don't see any 404'...
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Secure File Transfer Site

I need to setup a site to share files with clients. Everything about it has to be secure so, I don't want to use straight FTP. The other requirement is that it has to be easy to use as the people that ...
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What is a good convention for website directory structure?

Do to some changes in personel at my company I have inherited the responsability over administering our web server. Unfortunately there does not seem to have been a standard convention used for ...
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What are the “least legally restrictive” well-connected countries to host a website?

NB: I am aware that this question is subjective, as it can't be defined precisely, but the answers should still be "objective": Country name, and what makes it legally safer. EDIT: A) I am located in ...