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mattwservices.co.uk - Server Configuration / Hosting / Support

MattW

Well-known member
#1
I've not really put anything on here to advertise myself before, as people have just been contacting me to request work be done.

Here is what I'm available to do.

XenForo Specific Services
  • XenForo Installation
  • phpBB3 migration including redirects, and internal link and media content correction using Post Content Find / Replacement
  • vBulletin 3.x and 4.x migrations including redirects, internal link and media content correction
  • Modification Installation
  • Board Upgrades
  • Enhanced Search Installation (along with ElasticSearch)

Server Management Services
  • Server Configuration (CentOS / Cpanel)
    • Apache setup
    • Nginxcp setup
    • Switch MySQL to Percona / MariaDB
    • Memcache / Memcached Installation
    • APC installation
    • Xcache Installation
    • DNS set up
  • Server Migration
    • Cpanel to Cpanel
    • None standard migration, including full remote backup and migration (files and databases)
  • Server Setup (CentOS with Centminmod)
    • MariaDB
    • Nginx
    • PHP-FPM
    • Imagik
    • SSL Certificate setup (SPDY v3 support)
A little bit about myself
  • 10 years in Network Management (this is my profession)
  • 10 years Linux experience, including hosting
  • 10 years Bash and Perl scripting
  • 10 years PHP and MySQL experience (although it's been Procedural and I'm still teaching mysql OOP / MVC)
  • Can you tell I've been doing this 10 years yet?? ;)
  • I work shifts, so I'm usually available to do work at a time to suit your site's needs.
I've set up and managed a few servers for members on here already, so I can provide examples and references if required.

For a full list of prices and offering, please see my site here: https://mattwservices.co.uk/resources/
 
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DRE

Well-known member
#2
Couple months ago I was unable to create a test forum on shared hosting because I was getting slammed by Baidu Search Engine bots. @Slavik suggested that I get a managed VPS so I created a Paid Request thread. While investigating different server setups, I asked people about Apache with Nginx Reverse Proxy and out of all that I asked @MattW showed the most experience in this kind of setup so I paid him to move me over to KnownHost Managed VPS SSD. He has done an excellent job! I trust his knowledge and expertise more than my own host.
 

Jeffin

Well-known member
#16
Hi @MattW, would you be free to look at my forum? I have been having issues with sudden surge of traffic in and out, which started around September and October. Since this surge my forum has been running very slow. I have upgraded my VPS hosting package to stop the downtimes but the amount traffic is only increasing. I suspect it may get worse within a few months till I am forced to upgrade again.

My hosting company can't figure out how to solve the issue. Is this something you can do? We might have to do it over a period of time looking at reports and testing different methods. I can provide you access to my cpanel, server reports, GA etc. Let me know. Thanks.
 

MattW

Well-known member
#17
Hi @MattW, would you be free to look at my forum? I have been having issues with sudden surge of traffic in and out, which started around September and October. Since this surge my forum has been running very slow. I have upgraded my VPS hosting package to stop the downtimes but the amount traffic is only increasing. I suspect it may get worse within a few months till I am forced to upgrade again.

My hosting company can't figure out how to solve the issue. Is this something you can do? We might have to do it over a period of time looking at reports and testing different methods. I can provide you access to my cpanel, server reports, GA etc. Let me know. Thanks.
Sure, it's something I can take a look at. Drop me a PC, and we can take it from there.
 

MattW

Well-known member
#19
Just finished with @Jeffin 's server.

He was getting hammered with bot attempts to register, and Foolbothoneypot was logging all these failed connection attempts.

That wasn't the worst of his problems though.

Initial load when I started working on the server

Code:
root@server [~]# uptime
09:27:41 up 31 days, 15:43,  1 user,  load average: 9.84, 7.85, 7.42
root@server [~]#
It was running MySQL 5.0 with no config for MySQL, suphp with APC (which doesn't work!). File caching for XF.

Moved the PHP handler to mod_ruid2, and removed APC. Moved caching to Xcache, and set it to also store the XF sessions in there.

Upgraded MySQL to 5.5 along with some tuning in my.cnf.

Converted all the XF tables to InnoDB that should be.

Installed nginxcp as a reverse proxy to Apache.

Server is running a lot better now
Code:
root@server [/tmp]# uptime
13:53:16 up 31 days, 20:08,  1 user,  load average: 0.07, 0.14, 0.16
root@server [/tmp]#
 

Jeffin

Well-known member
#20
Just a few hours ago I made a request and it's finished now. My forum was running terribly slow, now it's back to normal. I'm extremely happy with your service @MattW and I highly recommend him. (y)

I will also be saving a lot because now I won't have to upgrade my hosting. :D

Don't want to bump so I'm editing this thread with an update:
My forum has been running smooth after I let @MattW work on the forum and server. It has been about 10 days and no down times or lags at all. He has been monitoring my forums often even after everything was done. Seriously, he is a great person to work with!! Can't thank him enough.
 
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