Plesk Hosting

I have always pretty much ignored Plesk as a control panel with the popularity of cPanel that is always what I have run. I have also switched a lot between hosting on VPS servers and shared hosting as different project requirements have dictated.

Today I have moved back to a VPS with Digital Ocean for flexibility in an upcoming project and selected Plesk as my control panel after hearing a fair bit about its WordPress tools and I have to say I am very impressed with it. By default it installs Apache and Nginx which instantly lead to this site jumping in speed even without caching plugins and optimisations been made.

Now I was coming from what was very much bargin basement hosting on Smart Hosting a UK based provider. Even though Smart Hosting offer Litespeed as a website server with caching they just didn’t have the horsepower or bandwidth to deliver sites quickly. It wasn’t long before I found CloudFlare was a needed add-on.

With my new Plesk server at Digital Ocean CloudFlare is not a requirement and not even close. I don’t have a ton of resources but Nginx is so light and fast I don’t need them. I opted for a 1GB server at Digital Ocean with a 25GB external volume for holding me site files. This is perfect for now and I can always increase as needed once my new projects get off the ground.

One of the biggest sites I host is serving images on eBay and this will be 100% handled by Nginx and barely touch my RAM in the handling these requests so I don’t see a time I will need to increase my server size before March.

Nginx has been a learning curve and this is my first Nginx based production server. I have to say the learning experience has been fantastic and well worth the effort in-exchange for the speed and quality of the hosting I now have for not a lot of money.

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New Google Photos: The App I’ve Been Looking For

Today news and screen shots of what is possibly the new Google Photos app to be announced at Google I/O later this week were leaked on Android Police.

Now I’ve been using Google+ Photos for a while as it offers features other apps don’t and combined with the unlimited storage of my Google Apps for Work account nobody can compete on the price.

That doesn’t make it perfect by any stretch. Organising photos has never been something that works outs well and sharing them requires you to share on Google+. This way of sharing also makes it hard for the people you share albums with to be able to find them later on. Another huge bug bear of mine is the inability to add photos to an album from the mobile app.

This new app/service however seems to be ready to fix everything I don’t like and create the ultimate photo backup and management app for my needs. Check out the screenshots from Android Police below.

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How Big Will the Internet be in 2015

Today I came across an interesting post on Engage about how we can prepare for the size and scale of the Internet in 2015. Along with the post was this interesting info-graphic.

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Google Port Quake 2 to HTML 5

Using their web toolkit Google ported Quake 2’s java port Jake 2 into HTML 5 and Javascript to run in the latest versions Safari and Chrome.

Their aim was to see how far they could push the upcoming HTML 5 standard and with the game running at over 30 frames per second I’m impressed.

The port uses the very latest versions of the HTML 5 specification like the main graphics are powered by WebGL which is currently only available in the bleeding edge developer versions of Chrome and Safari.

Of course the guys over at Google have made their work open source.

I haven’t had a chance to play with it yet but it’s high on my list of things to do this weekend.