Understanding System Users

SpinupWP utilizes two different types of system users. These users allow you to safely and conveniently manage your servers and sites. Let’s take a look at each. Sudo Users Following security best practices, SpinupWP disables SSH access for the root user on all servers. Instead, you can add any number of sudo users, all of…

January 2019 Upgrade

We’ve recently released an update to SpinupWP that will enable SFTP/SSH access on a per-site basis and provide security isolation between your sites by running each site as a separate system user. Upgrading is a multi-step process that involves first running some upgrade routines on the server and running different upgrade routines for each site….

The SpinupWP Cache Daemon

The cache daemon is a little Go app we’ve written and deploy to every server to help with purging the page cache. The reason we need this daemon is an issue of file permissions. Each site runs a PHP pool as the site user but since cache files are owned by user www-data PHP cannot…

Understanding PHP Pools

As described in Understanding System Users all sites deployed via SpinupWP are owned by a unique system user. This provides security isolation on the server because a site user cannot read or modify another site’s files. Each site is also deployed with a PHP-FPM resource pool, which is owned by the site user. This prevents…

Recommended WordPress Plugins

The following plugins are installed and configured with every WordPress site created and deployed by SpinupWP. However, for custom WordPress deployments you will need to install and configure the following plugins yourself. Remember to replace {domain} with domain configured in SpinupWP. SpinupWP This must-use plugin adds page cache purging functionality to your WordPress site. In…

How Do I Increase the Max Upload Size for My Server?

All SpinupWP servers are configured with a default maximum upload size of 64MB. However, you may increase this limit if you need to allow larger files to be uploaded via the Media Library. This setting cannot be adjusted via the SpinupWP UI, so start by connecting to your server using SSH, then update your PHP…

What’s Installed on Your SpinupWP Server

SpinupWP servers are always set up with the latest stable software versions so you don’t have to worry about the nitty gritty of keeping up with best practices. When you spin up a new server using SpinupWP the following software will be installed: Nginx (with HTTP/2 enabled) 1.15 PHP-FPM 7.1/7.2/7.3 MySQL/MariaDB (depending on what you…

How Do I Change Primary Domains?

There may come a time where you wish to change the primary domain that your site is accessible on. Although we don’t provide a method to do this via the app, it’s possible by manually performing the following steps. Before continuing, please be aware that modifying the primary domain can negatively impact SEO. Create a…

Setting Up Site Email for WordPress

WordPress will often need to send emails to you or your users. These emails are known as transactional email, and common ones include: Admin notifications New user signups and password resets Purchase receipts and order updates (WooCommerce, Easy Digital Downloads, etc.) Form submission emails from form plugins Email servers are notoriously difficult to set up….

Adding an SSH Key to a Git Provider

When you create a Git site in SpinupWP your server needs to be able to authenticate with your Git provider so it can run commands like git pull (which SpinupWP uses to deploy your site). Authentication happens using SSH keys and SpinupWP generates a unique SSH key for you to use to authenticate with your…

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