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OneAsiaHost: 512MB OVZ in Singapore – Review

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Maybe I should replace SSHD with Dropbear, hmm

 

Hey there folks,

 

As usual, been a while since the last post. My theoritical exams finished today, actually. I have some unexpected free time tonight and stumbled over an opportunity to test a VPS in neighboring SG for free.

Well, I’ve never been one to turn down free (and appealing too!) offers like these, so here goes nothing.

 

Initial Impressions:

 

Truthfully, I’ve never heard of OneAsiaHost prior to today. However, since there is a dire shortage of Asia based OpenVZ (Or rather, VPS) providers, they’ve targeted a very nice (and niche) market.

Due to being from Asia too, I took one of these up as an attempt to test the network to my various other boxes around the world and host some private gameservers to see how they fare.

If I can make do with 60GB bandwidth, I’m likely to keep one of these, actually. It’s not everyday you see something in any Asian country with bandwidth pricing this cheap.

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Pretty permalinks and playing with xenForo

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My xenForo testbed

My xenForo testbed

 

Finally got around to enabling pretty permalinks in WordPress. I had it disabled because the default .htaccess file obviously, doesn’t work with anything but Apache. While I’ve known how to make it work for nginx for a decent while, I suppose I was simply too lazy.

For anyone else wanting to do the same but being too lazy, I’ll make your life easier a bit. Add the line below to your vhost config file (Or the nginx.conf under a location /dir_here { } block if you run it under a direct location)

try_files $uri $uri/ /index.php?q=$uri&$args;

That’s all it takes, but if you’re in :lazy: mode, I suppose that is still a lot of work :P

Moving on, a very good friend (who also happens to be a coworker) gave me a xenForo license to try out. While I do not have any intentions of starting out a community anytime soon, I’m more than glad to actually try it out. I’ve been curious for a while about it but never really got to trying it out. vBulletin and IPB were about all the commercial forum scripts I tried on for myself before.

The screenshot at the beginning of the article shows my local xenForo install dubbed ‘Testforo’.

 

Initial impressions are quite a bit better than IPB and vBulletin altogether. Though, the sad thing is, xenForo doesn’t seem to support anything but MySQL out of the box either. vBulletin is at-least developing support for Postgre (Or so I’ve heard), but I don’t see any such operations ongoing here.

 

The forum interface (As well as the admin panel) are inituative and seem very fluid. Though, this is an empty install, I can’t really predict how it handles itself under load.

 

I’ll keep poking around and post if I see anything that’s worth posting about :3

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