Management of CentOS has become fairly easy but the likes of VPSSIM allows you to manage elements of the server and customise WordPress setups easily and efficiently. There are similar tools like EasyEngine and ServerPilot.io which both focus on Ubuntu and personal preference may decide which software you use.
To setup VPSSIM it’s simply copying the beneath extract and running this in the command line of a CentOS 6 or CentOS 7 server. There are some minimum requirements however. 512Mb of RAM is required for CentOS6 and 1024Mb is required for CentOS7 minimum.
yum -y install wget ; wget –no-check-certificate https://vpssim.com/install ; chmod +x install ; bash install
Some of the core elements included are:
- CSF Firewall
- Swap management
- Server Status
- PHP 5 to 7
- Configured setups of Blogging and forum platforms
- LetsEncrypt SSL
Conclusion, our opinion:
When fully configured you can make changes instantly and simply by backing up and modifying websites individually. This software is perfect for anyone learning to manage servers and wanting control without the necessary administrative skills.
The platform is designed to help enhance your skills and although its a brilliant piece of kit I would use it try and develop your administrative abilities. It also helps to provide a fairly quick WordPress setup. Many blogs could achieve a quicker loading speed and better caching by using the configuration provided by this tool. When using the Pingdom website speed testing tool we achieved a mere 300 milliseconds when loading the test website.
A few settings we found worked best were Nginx as the webserver, Redis for caching, MariaDB 10 for database alternatively to Mysql and PHP 7.0 which sped up page-load considerably. The test server we used also benefitted from SSD Disks and 6Gb of RAM, of which we allocated 500Mb for SWAP and Redis ObjectCache. This shouldn’t however effect the performance you have if you have a lower amount of RAM available.