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bio website LastMinuteIslandVacation.com
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My sites: http://LastMinuteIslandVacation.com, http://themepark.com, among others

Things I'm good at: organizing and executing big web projects, PHP, HTML, CSS

Things I'm okay at: MySQL db admin, basic server setup to get a site launched (cron, permissions, ftp, svn, etc.)

Things I usually need help with: nitty-gritty server-level sysadmin stuff (linux, X11, compiling things)

Favorite StackExchange sites: stackoverflow.com, superuser.com, english.stackexchange.com, serverfault.com

I started doing online work in the mid-'80s (do you remember CompuServe, GEnie or AppleLink?) and then graduated to the Internet when it was invented. :-) Veteran of several Internet startups, including a couple of my own. I went to the launch parties for both Adobe Flash and WIRED magazine. I've also been on six game shows.


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comment How to have nginx serve only the home page of site?
Agreed. For my particular case, this is the last time that it will be necessary to deal with this, as the entire site is transitioning to a new platform (which I'm not a part of) that will easily handle the traffic spikes. Thus my need to post this question and find a solution that would work without me needing to spend time rejiggering the entire server structure. Nginx fit the bill perfectly.
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comment How to have nginx serve only the home page of site?
Thanks for the link-- I hadn't seen that before. In browsing that page, I think it definitely shows how much Apache wants to work with .htaccess, and what a pain in the ass it is to get Wordpress (and whatever plug-ins you're using) going with nginx. That's a lot of by-hand customization. I kinda like my dual-port trick ;-) ...in all seriousness, it does the job for the two hours that the URL is broadcast on the air. The rest of the time I just run the site as a normal Apache setup since the traffic isn't spiking. Thanks for all your help and good information.
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accepted How to have nginx serve only the home page of site?
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comment How to have nginx serve only the home page of site?
Because Wordpress likes Apache and its .htaccess file... and the caching plugin I'm using does a lot to the .htaccess file as well. And I'm inheriting the whole project and not looking to rework it all :-) Good news is, I found a solution: I moved Apache up to port 8080 and kept nginx on port 80. Nginx never really serves any Apache pages; once someone clicks on the home page, I add :8080 to the URL and they're handled by Apache. Works perfectly for my needs.
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comment How to have nginx serve only the home page of site?
This seems like it should work, but my site is powered by Wordpress and it's just failing left and right-- nginx won't let me access any subdirectories, and PHP code from a WP plugin is being shown mixed in the HTML code (which obviously screws up the page). I'm guessing all this is because WP routes pages strangely, or something along those lines.
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comment How to have nginx serve only the home page of site?
But the problem is a jillion people come to the site and even with the special lean (static) home page, Apache gets buried quickly. That's why I want nginx to serve it.
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comment How to have nginx serve only the home page of site?
Honest, this is a real thing. The URL is going to be blasted on TV screens across America and gets a huge traffic spike, but everyone is looking for something that will be right on the home page. The rest of the site needs to be available and running, but while the TV program is on, I have a special lean home page with the thing that 99% of folks are looking for.... so they'll see what they want (on the one single nginx-served home page) and leave, and the other 1% off folks can click off from there and use the rest of the site (served by Apache through nginx reverse proxy).
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comment Can I SSH into my Amazon EC2 server instance if I don't have .pem file from when instance was created?
Just to add to this excellent answer, I found this blog post which walks through doing it from the command line. alestic.com/2011/02/ec2-fix-ebs-root
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accepted “Big picture” to use Amazon load balancer solution for blog
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accepted Which EBS drive attached to my Amazon EC2 instance contains root volume?
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comment How can I add Amazon EBS drive to instance with two EBS drives already?
Rhetonik- that was it; turns out my drive was created in us-west-1c and Server-02 was in us-west-1b. (I made the drive with the "quick" wizard instead of the classic wizard so I was never prompted for a zone.) Thank you! If you'd like to answer the question with that, I'd be happy to accept your answer.
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