Web browsers really don't like sites with untrusted certificates. Totally understandable on the internet, but that warning badge in the address bar can hide real security issues when working locally. This post will demonstrate how to create your own trusted wildcard certificate for use in local environments.
At Zodiac Media we are big fans of NGINX and Apache2. Personally I swing more towards NGINX, as the configuration is super simple and very transparent. Like all web servers, it needs to be tuned to get the best possible performance out of it. NGINX was designed to deal with the C10k problem, this refers to the optimization connections so that they can handle client connections in the range of ten thousand (and over) simultaneously. This can be fairly complicated if you are not used to using the command line. If this is not the case, then get in touch, this is our bread and butter. These configuration settings should allow you to get every bit of performance out of your NGINX setup.

Welcome to part two in our three part Capistrano 3 tutorial series. If you worked your way through part one then you should be all set to write your first Capistrano deploy script. The deploy script we'll create will be a "bare bones" script which simply moves files from an SVN tag to a folder on your Staging server.

Compared to part one this tutorial instalment is a walk in the park. Enjoy!

Welcome to Part 1 of my Capistrano 3 tutorial series. This post covers installing Capistrano and getting to the point where we can create our first Capistrano deploy scripts.

This will be a techie and complex post as the subject matter is not trivial. I am assuming that you have basic familiarity with Linux and the command line. It will definitely be worth persevering through this tutorial series though as once complete your deployment process will be far easier. This is the hardest part of the tutorial series, it does get easier!

And with that...let's begin.

Over the last few months I wrote an in depth tutorial series on using Capistrano. This covered:

Part 1
What is Capistrano and why is it so good?
Part 2
Secure SSH key based Capistrano website deployment from Subversion for multi-developer teams
Part 3
Using Capistrano for deploying PHP and other none Rails based websites
Part 4
Combining Capistrano and Drush for deploying Drupal powered websites

Unfortunately about two months ago Capistrano version 3 was released which has made my tutorial somewhat redundant. You can't stand in the way of progress though so I've recreated the series for Capistrano 3.

Part three of my four part Capistrano series covers adapting the Ruby based Capistrano deployment tool for use with LAMP websites. If you missed the previous instalments of this Capistrano series then you can read parts one and two via our blog. This is a monumentally techie blog post which isn't for the faint hearted!

OK, time for part two in my four part Capistrano series of blog posts. In case you missed it you can find part one here. This is a techie post aimed at experienced website developers so consider yourself forewarned if you read on.

I decided to write this post based on my own experience of trawling Google for help bending Capistrano to my will and finding the lack of a joined up advanced tutorial frustrating. Over the course of this and the next part in my Capistrano series I will write a detailed tutorial going from installation of Capistrano to being in a position to deploy your website using the 'cap deploy' command. There are other tutorials that achieve this but none that: