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Using Drupal distributions for speedier deployment


Drupal is one of the most popular open source content management systems today. Unfortunately the default Drupal installation often requires a lot of customization to meet an organization's needs, so you have to rely on Drupal's thousands of extensions to tailor the software to do exactly what you want, and that takes time. It would be easier if you could install Drupal with all the extensions that you want to use straight out of the box – and you can do just that by using Drupal distributions.

Get more out of phpMyAdmin


phpMyAdmin is popular with both individuals and enterprise users who want a graphical interface for administering MySQL databases. Although the app has an expansive list of features, most people don't use it for much beyond basic tasks such as creating new databases. Here are some features tucked beneath phpMyAdmin's folds that can make you more efficient.

Replacing MySQL with MariaDB


For years, MySQL has been the king of open source database servers. It powers a large part of the web and numerous applications worldwide. However, concerns about the future of MySQL since its acquisition by Oracle, combined with an increasing demand for performance and scalability, have driven people to consider alternative options, such as PostgreSQL and MongoDB. Switching to either of those alternatives, however, is not a simple proposition. MariaDB, by contrast, offers enhanced performance in a DBMS that can be a drop-in replacement for MySQL.

PostgreSQL Administration for MySQL Admins


When people think about deploying an open source web ecosystem, they often choose Linux, along with Apache, PHP, and the MySQL database. However, MySQL isn't the only mature and feature-rich open source option; rival PostgreSQL can be an equally good choice. While the two are both relational databases, they differ when it comes to implementation details. But don't worry – if you know how to manage MySQL, you can learn how to handle PostgreSQL fairly quickly.

Avoiding Common WordPress Setup Mistakes


WordPress has become one of the most popular content management systems (CMS) available. With its host of available themes, templates, and plugins, WordPress is versatile, easy to use – and provides an easy venue for users to make some very common mistakes.

Simplify Administration with Directory Services


A directory service stores information about users and other entities, such as clients and printers, in a database that maps values to names and vice versa. This data offers a centralized repository that you can use to simplify network security management. Directory services, properly implemented, lessen the possibility of chaos and disorder on a large network.

Supercharge WordPress, Part 1


WordPress, the popular content managing system (CMS), is easy to set up and use, and well supported by both its community and professional consultants. WordPress depends upon a complete stack that comprises an operating system, database, web server, and PHP. If you can optimize this stack, you can enhance the performance of your site. Here are some tricks and best practices for a setup that will improve your throughput without forcing you to upgrade your hardware.

Top Five Best WordPress Plugins for Business


WordPress is the world's most popular open source content management system (CMS), but its standard set of features leave a bit to be desired for organizations using WordPress to power their blog or entire website. However, thanks to a few free WordPress plugins, you can help boost your search engine friendliness, do a better job with web analytics, create better copy, and much more.

Get the Most Out of phpMyAdmin's Visual Query Designer


Database programmers and administrators often need to design SQL queries against database structures with which they're not intimately familiar. By using a visual query designer, programmers and admins can cut down on coding errors and save time. FOSS tool phpMyAdmin offers a simple builder that can help anyone design MySQL queries. Here's how to get started designing basic queries visually in phpMyAdmin.

Four Simple Ways to Install Enterprise Apps


While you can install any software on the Linux desktop with just a couple of mouse clicks, enterprise apps are a different story, because they require a lot of infrastructure software, from high-end web and database servers to basic libraries. As a system administrator you may spend hours putting together components before you can deploy an app on the network. Fortunately, some convenient software tools can do the grunt work for you. Packages such as XAMPP, BitNami, Turnkey Linux, and JumpBox can help you deploy a new server app you've been wanting to try in no time. Some solutions install on bare metal, while others can install within a virtual machine, or even on a cloud-based hosting service such as Amazon EC2.

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