Category: Cloud

Let’s Compare: RunCloud vs Forge vs ServerPilot

When your website or web application has outgrown your shared hosting account, it is time to move it to the cloud, or into a virtual private server (VPS). Nowadays, VPS providers offer better value in terms of CPU and RAM resources than the shared hosting counterparts. However, I can recall when I wanted to move my web...

Symfony Console Beyond the Basics – Helpers and Other Tools

It’s undeniable how useful console commands can be when developing software. Not too long ago we re-introduced the Symfony Console component. This component allows us to create structured and testable CLI commands. We created some simple commands and tested them; but when our commands become bigger and more compl...

The Ultimate Guide to Deploying PHP Apps in the Cloud

TL;DR: There is a popular mantra amongst developers that goes like this write, test and deploy. In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to deploy your PHP apps to different cloud server platforms such as Google Cloud, Microsoft Azure, Heroku, IBM Bluemix, and others. Introduction to Cloud Servers Cloud servers are b...

Using GDELT 2 with PHP to Analyze the World!

Are you interested in political world events? Do you want to play with one of the world’s largest databases? If you answered either of those questions with a yes, keep reading – this will interest you! This article follows up on the promise to use GDELT with PHP. I will show you a simple example of how to ...

Build Your Own Dropbox Client with the Dropbox API

There are lots of file hosting solutions out there, but few things compare to Dropbox because of its simplicity, auto-sync feature, cross-platform support and other cool features. As a PHP developer you can even take advantage of their API in order to create apps that use its full capabilities. In this article, you&#...

Running an Elastic LAMP Stack on AWS

This article introduces what is probably one of the simplest ways of setting up and running an elastic LAMP stack on the cloud – using Zend Server on AWS. Note: to be clear elastic does not refer to ElasticSearch here. More specifically, the workflow described here includes launching a pre-configured AWS CloudFo...

Easy Continuous Delivery with ContinuousPHP and Zend Server

The continuous delivery approach aims at making the process of continuously deploying code to production error-free, or at least less error-prone, using automated tasks, tests, builds and deployments. Minimize risk and downtime, maximize quality and value. That’s the motto. However, this process is not always straig...

Debugging WordPress on Azure with Z-Ray

We all know that WordPress is an amazingly rich, extendable and simple platform. That’s probably one of the reasons it powers so much of the web today. But in some cases this richness can be the downfall of your site. If you load too many plugins, for example, or alternatively – select that one theme that is to...