Using CloudKick With Rackspace Cloud Servers – Webinar

Last week I co-hosted a great webinar with Alex Polvi (@polvi), one of the founders of CloudKick. It was a great session and I wanted to share it with everyone as it really displays the power and flexibility of leveraging Cloud hosting platforms as well as what can be done with the APIs that providers offer for their systems.

During the webinar Alex not only talks about the capabilities of CloudKick but he demonstrates them live on the Rackspace Cloud Servers platform. It is easy to see the value in their tool and it opens up tons of new possibilities for monitoring, automation and more. Our attendees asked a lot of great questions at the end as well. I’ll stop talking now so you can get to the recording, enjoy!

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Site Migrated & New Theme

So I’ve decided that in order to keep my command line skills sharp and to continue learning even more, I needed to move my main site(s) over to a Cloud Server where I manage the entire LAMP stack directly. After some headaches with WordPress I’ve completed the migration and things are up and running smoothly — and fast! I took this opportunity to start with a clean WordPress install as well since this site was started on a very old version. I reinstalled all of my plugins, dropped a few, make a few other tweaks and then simply imported all my posts and comments instead of a database restore. What most people will probably notice is the new theme, or lack thereof. I sometimes prefer the minimalist approach and I found a great theme framework that I like, just the way it is. I still have a few tweaks to make but I’m almost there.

I’d appreciate some feedback on the new look/feel and any suggestions are always welcome!

Optimizing Your WordPress Site

My colleague wrote an excellent article the other week on making your web sites load faster by leveraging the Rackspace Cloud Files & CDN platform to serve all static content on your site. I want to take this a step further for those of you who leverage the WordPress platform which is one of the most popular open-source web applications in existence.

In the WordPress community there are countless plugins that can be used for optimization, so how do you know which ones to use? Well I’m about to tell you and save you many hours or days of searching and experimenting.
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[VIDEO] Which Rackspace Cloud Platform Is For You?

The other week I set out to make a product comparison video for Cloud Sites and Cloud Servers. After thinking about the best way to do that I decided to simply take some of the most common real world scenarios posed to us here at the Rackspace Cloud and give some quick high level answers.

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Optimizing Your Drupal Site

Drupal is a widely used open-source CMS platform that is becoming increasingly popular by the day. I have personally used Drupal on/off since v4 and have seen it mature over the years into my preferred content management system. Here at the Rackspace Cloud we speak to hundreds if not thousands of new customers and prospects every month that either want to migrate their existing Drupal sites into the Cloud or start fresh with Drupal.

Improving performance is always a concern with any site and after working with countless Drupal installs I have identified a few tools and options that can very quickly make a very noticeable difference in your sites performance. These tweaks are not specific to the Rackspace Cloud platforms and should be considered by any Drupal site admin on any hosting solution. They will not only improve the performance of your site but also reduce back-end resource utilization such as CPU and memory or lower compute cycles on Cloud Sites for example. This is achieved through various levels of static page caching and a highly optimized database. Let’s take a look at the options.

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