No matter what server-provider you are using I strongly recommend you have a hot spare ready on a different provider
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Now on with the post.
I recently had an issue where I set up a website for a friend. I invested 6 hours into setting up..
- Debian OS
- NGINX Web Server
- MySQL Database
- PHP 7.2
- PHP-FPM Child Workers
- HTTPS Certificate
- Security (Firewall/Headers/SSH, WordPress, Plugins etc).
- Installed WordPress and Plugins
- Setup DNSSEC
I had tested GTMetrix scores = less than 1 second. Security headers were tested and I was happy with the site.
The server and backups were automatically deleted after 7 days while I was away from my keyboard because I assumed the account was valid and had credits.
- Always have a backup (of the server, setup/ www, MySQL etc).
- Script setups (Ansible, Puppet or Scripts) to sate time redeploying if need be.
- Backups are not always available.
- Do have setup documented (Check)
- Do have a disaster plan
I have guides on setting up a server on UpCloud, AWS, Vultr, Digital Ocean but setting up can be rather repetitive so how can you prevent resetting up servers?
Why Plan for the Worst
- Companies disappear.
- Some hosts go down.
- Some hosts have weird trial modes and internal process that could take your site down.
- Human error?
- Murphy’s Law
How I will prevent this in future
- I am building a Java desktop app for Windows/OSX/Linux app that will deploy and set up on UpCloud/Vultr/Digital Ocean providers and allow for 1 click deploy and backup and restore.
- I am going to re-establish replication between servers with RSync etc.
- I am going to start to automate installs and environments.
- I am going to set up a hot (ready to go) Green/Blue mirrored environments (www and DB server) on different providers in case of emergency. Then I can set the active live servers with DNS (blog posts soon).
- Consider a server farm (same provider or different providers)
I hope this guide helps someone.
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