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Hosting providers Odyssey….

digital ocean

Been there done that. After using 10 different hosting provider over the past 10 years now. I decided to do a step forward to a more flexible and up-gradable solution. I search for a cloud based hosting provider. For windows solutions the licencing was going to rise the cost anyway, so i decided to go unix all the way. Google’s Adsense cached my recent search and I accidentally stumbled upon Digital Ocean.

I managed to deploy an cloud server in less than 1 minute with a dedicated IP and root SSH access. And for the cost of just 5 buck / month. Crazy prize for the SSD performance servers. The good thing about this, is the speed, you can use swap files to enlarge the RAM of your server, and still have a good performance. I found some performances test here. Digital Ocean also has a good support library.

Because the pricing structure Digital Ocean is offering, and if they do not oversell their server, I think they are here to stay. This blog is also hosted there.

Apache Protected Folder – How to

In normal Windows Installation
Path to your Apache Folder (C:\apache\ )
Path to your Apache Config Folder ( C:\apache\conf )

In Windows WampServer
Path to your Apache Folder (C:\wamp\bin\apache\apacheX.X.X )
Path to your Apache Config Folder (C:\wamp\bin\apache\apacheX.X.X\conf )

In Linux XAMPP
Path to your Apache Conf Folder ( /etc/httpd/conf/)

1.Open the httpd.conf file located in the Apache

2. Look for the word “AccessFileName .htaccess”
and change it to “AccessFileName ht.acl .htaccess”

3. this is how it should look like

AllowOverride All
Options None
Order deny,allow

4. Go to Apache bin directory and execute these commands

(will show the available options)

c:\apache\bin>htpasswd -c -b passwd.txt username password
(A text file will be created holding the username and password, be careful if there are already passwords stored for other folder in your apache server using the same named convension)

If you execute a dir or ls in the apache\bin directory a password file name “psswd.txt” will be created

5. The next step is to create the .htaccess file in linux or ht.acl in Windows
The reason we added ht.acl file in htppd.conf is because in Windows machine its a hard thing to name a file that way. (the only solution I found was to download a file from my net hosting provider and edit it later for my use)

Here are the contents in the .htaccess or ht.acl file

AuthUserFile c:/apache/passwd.txt
AuthName "My Secured Folder"
AuthType Basic

require valid-user

6.Place this file in the root of each directory you want to secure

7. Restart Apache ( just in case)

8. This is the resulting modal authentication screen each time
you open the folder with your browser


If you have a hosting there are other more simple ways to do that. (in case you forgot your paying the hoster, ask them to do it for you)

MySQL Command List

This is a list of the most common used mySQL Commands

General Commands

USE database_name
Change to this database. You need to change to some database when you first connect to MySQL.
Lists all MySQL databases on the system.
SHOW TABLES [FROM database_name]
Lists all tables from the current database or from the database given in the command.
DESCRIBE table_name
These commands all give a list of all columns (fields) from the given table, along with column type and other info.
SHOW INDEX FROM table_name
Lists all indexes from this tables.
Allows the user to set his/her own password.
Table Commands
CREATE TABLE table_name (create_clause1, create_clause2, …)
Creates a table with columns as indicated in the create clauses.
column name followed by column type, followed optionally by modifiers. For example, “gene_id INT AUTO_INCREMENT PRIMARY KEY” (without the quotes) creates a column of type integer with the modifiers described below.
create_clause modifiers
  • AUTO_INCREMENT : each data record is assigned the next sequential number when it is given a NULL value.
  • PRIMARY KEY : Items in this column have unique names, and the table is indexed automatically based on this column. One column must be the PRIMARY KEY, and only one column may be the PRIMARY KEY. This column should also be NOT NULL.
  • NOT NULL : No NULL values are allowed in this column: a NULL generates an error message as the data is inserted into the table.
  • DEFAULT value : If a NULL value is used in the data for this column, the default value is entered instead.
DROP TABLE table_name
Removes the table from the database. Permanently! So be careful with this command!
ALTER TABLE table_name ADD (create_clause1, create_clause2, …)
Adds the listed columns to the table.
ALTER TABLE table_name DROP column_name
Drops the listed columns from the table.
ALTER TABLE table_name MODIFY create_clause
Changes the type or modifiers to a column. Using MODIFY means that the column keeps the same name even though its type is altered. MySQL attempts to convert the data to match the new type: this can cause problems.
ALTER TABLE table_name CHANGE column_name create_clause
Changes the name and type or modifiers of a column. Using CHANGE (instead of MODIFY) implies that the column is getting a new name.
ALTER TABLE table_name ADD INDEX [index_name] (column_name1, column_name2, …)
CREATE INDEX index_name ON table_name (column_name1, column_name2, …)
Adds an index to this table, based on the listed columns. Note that the order of the columns is important, because additional indexes are created from all subsets of the listed columns reading from left to write. The index name is optional if you use ALTER TABLE, but it is necesary if you use CREATE INDEX. Rarely is the name of an index useful (in my experience).
Data Commands
INSERT [INTO] table_name VALUES (value1, value2, …)
Insert a complete row of data, giving a value (or NULL) for every column in the proper order.
INSERT [INTO] table_name (column_name1, column_name2, …) VALUES (value1, value2, …)
INSERT [INTO] table_name SET column_name1=value1, column_name2=value2, …
Insert data into the listed columns only. Alternate forms, with the SET form showing column assignments more explicitly.
INSERT [INTO] table_name (column_name1, column_name2, …) SELECT list_of_fields_from_another_table FROM other_table_name WHERE where_clause
Inserts the data resulting from a SELECT statement into the listed columns. Be sure the number of items taken from the old table match the number of columns they are put into!
DELETE FROM table_name WHERE where_clause
Delete rows that meet the conditions of the where_clause. If the WHERE statement is omitted, the table is emptied, although its structure remains intact.
UPDATE table_name SET column_name1=value1, column_name2=value2, … [WHERE where_clause]
Alters the data within a column based on the conditions in the where_clause.
LOAD DATA LOCAL INFILE ‘path to external file’ INTO TABLE table_name
Loads data from the listed file into the table. The default assumption is that fields in the file are separated by tabs, and each data record is separated from the others by a newline. It also assumes that nothing is quoted: quote marks are considered to be part of the data. Also, it assumes that the number of data fields matches the number of table columns. Columns that are AUTO_INCREMENT should have NULL as their value in the file.
LOAD DATA LOCAL INFILE ‘path to external file’ [FIELDS TERMINATED BY ‘termination_character’] [FIELDS ENCLOSED BY ‘quoting character’] [LINES TERMINATED BY ‘line termination character’] FROM table_name
Loads data from the listed file into the table, using the field termination character listed (default is tab \t), and/or the listed quoting character (default is nothing), and/or the listed line termination chacracter (default is a newline \n).
SELECT column_name1, column_name2, … INTO OUTFILE ‘path to external file’ [FIELDS TERMINATED BY ‘termination_character’] [FIELDS ENCLOSED BY ‘quoting character’] [LINES TERMINATED BY ‘line termination character’] FROM table_name [WHERE where_clause]
Allows you to move data from a table into an external file. The field and line termination clauses are the same as for LOAD above. Several tricky features:

  1. Note the positions of the table_name and where_clause, after the external file is given.
  2. You must use a complete path, not just a file name. Otherwise MySQL attempts to write to the directory where the database is stored, where you don’t have permission to write.
  3. The user who is writing the file is ‘mysql’, not you! This means that user ‘mysql’ needs permission to write to the directory you specify. The best way to do that is to creat a new directory under your home directory, then change the directory’s permission to 777, then write to it. For example: mkdir mysql_output, chmod 777 mysql_output.

Privilege Commands
Most of the commands below require MySQL root access
GRANT USAGE ON *.* TO user_name@localhost [IDENTIFIED BY ‘password’]
Creates a new user on MySQL, with no rights to do anything. The IDENTIFED BY clause creates or changes the MySQL password, which is not necessarily the same as the user’s system password. The @localhost after the user name allows usage on the local system, which is usually what we do; leaving this off allows the user to access the database from another system. User name NOT in quotes.
GRANT SELECT ON *.* TO user_name@localhost
In general, unless data is supposed to be kept private, all users should be able to view it. A debatable point, and most databases will only grant SELECT privileges on particular databases. There is no way to grant privileges on all databses EXCEPT specifically enumerated ones.
GRANT ALL ON database_name.* TO user_name@localhost
Grants permissions on all tables for a specific database (database_name.*) to a user. Permissions are for: ALTER, CREATE, DELETE, DROP, INDEX, INSERT, SELECT, UPDATE.
Needed to get updated privileges to work immediately. You need RELOAD privileges to get this to work.
Allows the user to set his/her own password.
REVOKE ALL ON [database_name.]* FROM user_name@localhost
Revokes all permissions for the user, but leaves the user in the MySQL database. This can be done for all databases using “ON *”, or for all tables within a specific databse, using “ON database_name.*”.
DELETE FROM mysql.user WHERE user=’user_name@localhost’
Removes the user from the database, which revokes all privileges. Note that the user name is in quotes here.
UPDATE mysql.user SET password=PASSWORD(‘my_password’) WHERE user=’user_name’
Sets the user’s password. The PASSWORD function encrypts it; otherwise it will be in plain text.
SELECT user, host, password, select_priv, insert_priv, shutdown_priv, grant_priv FROM mysql.user
A good view of all users and their approximate privileges. If there is a password, it will by an encrytped string; if not, this field is blank. Select is a very general privlege; insert allows table manipulation within a database; shutdown allows major system changes, and should only be usable by root; the ability to grant permissions is separate from the others.
SELECT user, host, db, select_priv, insert_priv, grant_priv FROM mysql.db
View permissions for individual databases.

Maximize the maximum values in php scripts

In some cases you need to make a custom script for uploading files or even update / synchronize two databases.  The php execution time has some restrictions, for security reasons. If a scripts takes more than apache server expects to take the whole procedure stops and your update script does not complete what its meant to do. In those cases you can actually do some changes like this

Find the (in case you run a script in your local server). In a case you have to change tha php.ini in a hosted site, some hosters do give you this option.

; Resource Limits ;
max_execution_time = 240     ; Maximum execution time of each script, in seconds
max_input_time = 240    ; Maximum amount of time each script may spend parsing request data
memory_limit = 20M      ; Maximum amount of memory a script may consume (8MB)

if you post many data change this line (as you need to)

; Maximum size of POST data that PHP will accept.
post_max_size = 30M

If you need to upload file more than tha default (2M – 10M)

; Maximum allowed size for uploaded files.
upload_max_filesize = 25M