Activating server-status, what I didn’t realize

Turning on server-status (and server-inf0) lets you keep an eye on your Apache server’s activity, etc. The docs I ran across said simply to enable:

LoadModule status_module libexec/apache2/

But that’s not the whole story. You’ve also got to add some directives to httpd.conf:

ExtendedStatus On

“ExtendedStatus” is optional, but it provides more info. The next part is required:

<Location /server-status>
    SetHandler server-status
    Order deny,allow
    #Allow from all
    Deny from all
    Allow from #autsys

This instructs Apache to respond to /server-status by generating… the server status! You might want to change the location to something more opaque (like: s-stat) if you are worried about snoopers.

You can also get a lot of information by activating server-info:

# Added by MRS 2010MAR19
<Location /server-info>
    SetHandler server-info
    Order deny,allow
    Deny from all
    Allow from #autsys

Notice also the aggressive permissions: start by denying all access and then allowing only your IP address or address range. If you don’t have a fixed IP address, you maybe shouldn’t be doing this, eh?

Old Blog Posts Brought Here

It finally happened: I needed a bit of information I had stored in my previous blog. At first, I forgot about that one, and had a slight panic when the post that I knew was here wasn’t here. Then I remembered the old blog and found the pertinent info.

And then I migrated all those old posts over here, even the ones that are mindlessly out of date. I’ve back dated them all, but I’m not exactly sure how WP will handle that. It would be lovely if they would sort out chronologically. If not, I’ll do some fiddling with the database to see if I can make it happen that way.

WordPress and WordFence

I recently came across the WordFence plugin and installed it here. So far, it looks like a winner. What is most enticing about it is the deep discounts they offer for multiple sites. I’m seriously thinking about buying a multi-site license and offering it to my customers as part of the hosting package.