Troubleshooting Backup Failures

While it’s not a common occurrence, there may be an instance where backing up your site files and database might fail. SpinupWP will actively notify you of this, both in the app and by email, so you’re made aware of it as soon as it happens. Two of the most common reasons for failed backups…

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…

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 sudo users, which will have sudo access. This…

Upgrading to a New LTS Release

When you SSH into your server, you might see a message that looks like this: In this case, the server is running Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, but a new LTS release, 20.04 is available to upgrade. When you see a message like this, it can be tempting to upgrade to the newest LTS release, thinking you’ll…

Using SSH Keys

To encourage security best practice in SpinupWP we disable SSH password authentication by default. Instead, authentication with your servers is done using SSH Keys. How Do SSH Keys Work? The Secure Shell (SSH) protocol allows you to securely connect and authenticate to remote servers over an unsecured network using end-to-end encryption. SSH keys provide a more…

What Does Ubuntu “LTS” Mean?

One of the minor inconveniences in owning and managing your own web servers is knowing which operating system to use. There are a wide variety of open-source Linux distributions (or distros) available for your web server. SpinupWP recommends using either Ubuntu 18.04 or Ubuntu 20.04, which are both LTS releases. If you do a bit…

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) 1.18 PHP-FPM 7.2/7.3/7.4 MySQL 8.0 or MariaDB 10.4 (depending…

Whitelisting IP Addresses

If you wish to restrict SSH access to your server using IP whitelisting, you will need to whitelist the following IP addresses to allow SpinupWP to connect to your server: This list will definitely be updated in the future. To get an email when it is updated subscribe to…

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