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Linux Basics – sed

Linux Basics – sed

sed? Surely you mean ‘said’? As Linux commands go, this one has a very confusing name. That is, until someone tells you, that, like many Linux commands, it is yet another abbreviation. This time, sed is short for stream editor. Stream editor? Let’s explain briefly. Many editors for text files operate in a sort of point-click-and-save fashion. They […]

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Linux Basics – grep with variations

Linux Basics – grep with variations

Grep and Friends In this Linux Basics article, we will have a look at the grep command and its variants, egrep (Extended grep), fgrep (Fixed grep), pgrep (Process grep) and rgrep (Recursive grep). We asked our Host Africa Linux guru a few questions and this is what he came up with. Q: What does it do? A: It finds all lines of text […]

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Linux Basics – head, tail, cat and more (or less)

Linux Basics – head, tail, cat and more (or less)

The following are all BASH commands that are in daily use for most admin tasks. Need to extract a list of email addresses from a log file or a list of domains from a zone file list? These tools can do all of this and more. Let us dig in and have a look at what […]

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Hand Coding HTML – a case for

Hand Coding HTML – a case for

Do people still do hand coding? People do hand coding, but mostly either on large projects or in boutique design houses. Tools such as WordPress, RVSitebuilder and many other content management systems (CMS)  frameworks may be great for getting a site up quickly, but 90% of the sites end up looking like clones. What are the […]

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Troubleshooting website issues

Troubleshooting website issues

Basic troubleshooting methodology At Host Africa, we believe that troubleshooting must be structured to be useful. I find the best method is the “Macro to Micro” approach. This means that you verify the correctness and functionality of the largest factors involved in the issue first as, without these, the problem will not resolve. This is a […]

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DNS Change – tips and tricks to avoid problems

DNS Change – tips and tricks to avoid problems

DNS change – what’s the issue?   Changing a DNS record for a domain may seem like a non-issue to some people, but the implications are often not realized. At Host Africa, we realize that these can have a large impact on your business. Effects of an unplanned or badly done DNS change can range from […]

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ALL non-https sites marked ‘not secure’ from 1 July 1018

ALL non-https sites marked ‘not secure’ from 1 July 1018

Why is Google forcing SSL Google has been pushing webmasters to make the change to non-secure websites a for years now – including hinting at small rankings boost to further incentivize the shift. 81 of the top 100 sites on the web use HTTPS by default. Undoubtedly, Google loves its users and therefore, is coming up with […]

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Moving WordPress – the best plugins to use

Moving WordPress – the best plugins to use

Moving WordPress  In our previous Host Africa WordPress article, we discussed the MANUAL procedure for moving your WordPress site. In this article, we will take a look at a few plugins which make the process much smoother, easier and less error-prone. There are plenty of plugins, both free and paid. We will focus more on […]

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Moving WordPress safely

Moving WordPress safely

Moving WordPress  At HostAfrica, besides our normal cool web hosting packages, we have some great WordPress hosting options. In this guide, we would like to help you make the move to HostAfrica a lot smoother. Moving WordPress can be a massive headache if not done correctly. If you are not keen on using a plugin to help […]

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Linux – where did it come from?

Linux – where did it come from?

Linux History According to popular Linux history sources, Linux was created and developed by a talented student, Linus Torvalds, in 1991 when he was a student at Helsinki University, Finland. In early 1991 he purchased an IBM-compatible personal computer that came with the MS-DOS operating system. Linus wasn’t satisfied with MS-DOS and wanted to use […]

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