Handling environment-specific parameters in a web hosting environment
One of the big roadblocks that I had to figure out when I was setting up some of my more complex websites was how to get environment-specific parameters to apply across environments. When you have things like different database endpoints, different passwords, even different debug options, it's important that there's an easy process that doesn't add too much complexity to what you're doing.
Installing Apache 2.4 with PHP 5.4 on CentOS 6.5
Recently, we were looking into how to install Apache 2.4 and PHP 5.4 with PHP-FPM on our CentOS boxes, as PHP 5.3 with Apache 2.2 was feeling a bit outdated. Since CentOS 7 isn’t quite out yet, we put together a process to install these on our CentOS 6.5 servers (Update: Now that CentOS 7 is out, the process is a lot more straightforward: just run yum install httpd php php-fpm.