How to increase session timeout in php?

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Sometimes php session timeouts quickly before your script execute. You can increase this time by simply editing some directives in php.ini.

First locate php.ini

root@host[~]# php -i | grep php.ini
Configuration File (php.ini) Path => /usr/local/lib
Loaded Configuration File => /usr/local/lib/php.ini

Get current session time out time

root@host[~]# grep -i session.gc_maxlifetime /usr/local/lib/php.ini
session.gc_maxlifetime = 14400
; setting session.gc_maxlifetime to 1440 (1440 seconds = 24 minutes):

Edit php.ini

root@host [~]# vi /usr/local/lib/php.ini

Change value of session.gc_maxlifetime.

Restart httpd service!! its done

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ApacheBooster (2.5) new version available for download

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An Apache based Performance booster plugin for Cpanel Servers. ApacheBooster is an integration of nginx and varnish. Apachebooster caches both the static and dynamic contents which help the web server to serve the content from the cache everytime it is requested. Apachebooster is a Cpanel featured plugin and serves as one stop solution for boosting apache performance in cpanel servers worldwide.


Below are the new update in Apache Booster


✔ Fixed domain dedicated IP issue
✔ Changed nginx embedded vhost template to perl template toolkit.
✔ Updated /scripts/generate_varnish_conf script to fix the varnish IP address conflict.
✔ Option to disable/enable apachebooster temporarily.
✔ Upgraded nginx and varnish to latest version

In this version, customers have the ability to customize nginx vhost config template as per their needs.
New nginx vhost config template file can be found in /var/ApacheBooster/templates directory.

You can use the below commands to disable or enable ApacheBooster, this will be helpful for administrators to troubleshoot some apache and php related issues.
$> /scripts/manage_apacheboooster --enable
$> /scripts/manage_apacheboooster --disable



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How to Rebuild Plesk Apache Config Files

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Rebuild Plesk Apache Config Files


If you want to rebuild apache configuration files on the pleask server then, follow the condition.

  • Run the following coomand on the server

[root@hostripples~]# /usr/local/psa/admin/bin/websrvmng -av

This will rebuild all your httpd.include files.

That’s it!

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How to Install mod_cloudflare on cPanel

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Installing mod_cloudflare on cPanel

CloudFlare is a performance and security service. The CloudFlare cPanel plugin makes it easy to integrate into your hosting control panel. The CloudFlare module automatically translates visitor IP addresses to reflect the visitor’s original IP address rather than the IP address of the CloudFlare proxy servers.

Installing mod_cloudflare on a cPanel server is very easy. Just follow 8 steps as below. 


Step 1 :

Download core file by using the following command : 



Step 2 :

Connect to your server through SSH and log in as root.


Step 3 :

Change directory to /usr/local/src by using the following command : 

cd /usr/local/src


Step 4 :

Get the source code for mod_cloudflare by using the following command :

wget –no-check-certificate CloudFlare-Tools/master/mod_cloudflare.c


Step 5 :

Build and install mod_cloudflare by using Apache Extension Tool by using the following command : 

apxs -a -i -c mod_cloudflare.c


Step 6 :

Restart the Apache Server daemon by using the following command : 

service httpd restart


Step 7 :

Update the Apache configuration data by using the following command : 

/usr/local/cpanel/bin/apache_conf_distiller –update


Step 8 :

Confirm the module is loaded properly by using the following command : 

httpd -M | grep cloud



Apache will log the visitors’ IP addresses instead of the CloudFlare IP’s.




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How to Enable Apache SpamAssassin in Cpanel

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Spam Assassin 

                 Apache SpamAssassin is the Open Source anti-spam platform giving system administrators a filter to classify email and block spam (unsolicited bulk email). It uses a robust scoring framework and plug-ins to integrate a wide range of advanced heuristic and statistical analysis tests on email headers and body text including text analysis, Bayesian filtering, DNS blocklists, and collaborative filtering databases.

To Enable Apache SpamAssassin in Cpanel

Following  steps to enable Apache SpamAssassin

1) Log into cPanel

2) Navigate to Mail Section

3) Click on Apache SpamAssassin™ option

See Following Screenshot

apache spamassassin







4) Click on Enable Apache SpamAssassin™ button

See Following Screenshot

Enable Apache




Apache SpamAssassin is Enable!




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Installing LAMP On Linux Mint

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Installing LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP) On Linux Mint. 

LAMP stands for Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP. How to install Linux the L of LAMP.


Install Apache

To start off we will install Apache.

1) Open up the Terminal

(Applications > Accessories > Terminal)

2) Copy/Paste the following line of code into Terminal and then press enter

sudo apt-get install apache2

3) Type you’re password, and then press enter.

The page should display the words





“It works!” 


Testing Apache


To make sure everything installed correctly we will now test Apache to ensure it is working properly.

1) Open up any web browser and then enter the following line.


2) You should see a folder entitled apache2-default/.

3) Open it and you will see a message saying 

“It works!”, congrats to you!


Install PHP

PHP is an open source web scripting language that is widely use to build dynamic webpages.

To install PHP

1) Open up the Terminal

(Applications > Accessories > Terminal)

2) Type in this command

sudo apt-get install php5 libapache2-mod-php5

After you answer yes to the prompt twice, PHP will install itself.

3) It may also be useful to add php to the directory index, to serve the relevant php index files

sudo nano /etc/apache2/mods-enabled/dir.conf


Test PHP

To ensure there are no issues with PHP let’s give it a quick test run.

1) Open up the Terminal

(Applications > Accessories > Terminal)

2) Type in this command

sudo gedit /var/www/testphp.php

This will open up a file called phptest.php.

3) Copy/Paste this line into the phptest file:

<?php phpinfo(); ?>

4) Save and close the file.

5) Now open you’re web browser and type the following into the web address:


The page should look

Congrats you have now installed both Apache and PHP!


Install MySQL

To finish this guide up we will install MySQL. MySQL is a powerful database management system used for organizing and retrieving data

To install MySQL,

1) Open terminal and type in these commands

sudo apt-get install mysql-server libapache2-mod-auth-mysql php5-mysql

During the installation, MySQL will ask you to set a root password. If you miss the chance to set the password while the program is installing, it is very easy to set the password later from within the MySQL shell.

2) Once you have installed MySQL, we should activate it with this command

sudo mysql_install_db

3) Finish up by running the MySQL set up script

sudo /usr/bin/mysql_secure_installation

4) The prompt will ask you for your current root password.

Type it in.

5) Enter current password for root (enter for none)





successfully used password, moving on…

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How to install CentOS Web Panel on Dedicated & VPS Server.

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CentOS Web Panel – Free Web Hosting control panel is designed for quick and easy management of (Dedicated & VPS) servers without of need to use ssh console for every little thing. There is lot’s of options and features for server management in this control panel.

CWP is really considered feature-rich. Some of notable features including:

– Apache Web Server (Mod Security + OWASP rules optional)
– PHP 5.4 (suPHP, SuExec + PHP version switcher)
– MySQL + phpMyAdmin
– Postfix + Dovecot + roundcube webmail (Antivirus, Spamassassin optional)
– CSF Firewall
– File System Lock (no more website hacking, all your files are locked from changes)
– Backups (optional)
– AutoFixer for server configuration
– Varnish Cache server (improve your server performances by 3x)
– Compiles Apache from source (improves up to 15% on performances)
– Apache reCompiler + Additional modules install with one click
– Apache server status, configuration
– Edit apache vhosts, vhosts templates, include configuration
– Rebuild all apache Virtual hosts with one click
– suPHP & suExec (improved security)
– Mod Security + OWASP rules (one click install, easy management)
– Tomcat 8 server management & install in one click
– DoS protection from the Slow-Loris attacks
– Compiles PHP from source (improves up to 20% on performances)
– PHP switcher (switch between PHP versions like: 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5)
– Simple php editor
– PHP addons with one click
– PHP.ini editor & PHP info & List modules
– php.ini per user account (you can add changes in /home/USER/php.ini)
– postfix & dovecot
– MailBoxes, Alias
– Roundcube webmail
– Postfix Mail queue
– rDNS Checker Module (check you rDNS records)
– AntiSPAM (Spamhaus cronjob)
– Re-Build Postfix/Dovecot Mail server with (AntiVirus, AntiSpam Protection)
– Email Auto Responder
– MySQL Database Managment
– Add local or remote access user
– Live Monitor MySQL process list




A server / VPS running CentOS 6 (at the time of writing it still does not support CentOS 7). Clean minimal install is recommended. Need recommendation? try Hostripples or Hostdens.

Basic knowledge about most common Unix command to manage a Linux VPS.

Any favorite SSH client like Putty or simply Terminal if you’re using Linux or Mac.

Make sure your VPS is running CentOS 6 with no LAMP component installed (Apache, MySQL, PHP)


How to Install CWP

Follow steps below to setup CentOS Web Panel on your VPS:


Step 1 – Login to your server as root




Step 2 – Go to /usr/local/src directory and download CWP installer package

cd /usr/local/src



Step 3 – Start Installation using below command in screen :



sh cwp-latest

If screen is not install then you can install it using

yum install screen


Just wait for some time till get get install .

The CWP will take some times for installation as several software will be compiled from source for improved performance, security and flexibility.Once its completed you can see below screen :











Make sure you copy all the details mention on the scree.

Step 4 – Now hit Enter and your server should reboot automatically. Next time you  login to your server via SSH, you will now see CWP welcome message.









Step 5 – Open up your web browser (Firefox, Chrome,Safari,Opera etc) and open your newly installed CWP admin GUI at one of these URLs:

http://your-ip-address:2030 or https://your-ip-address:2031



CWP uses the same login details you used to SSH your server .

CentOS Web Panel GUI: Dashboard.



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How to install Gibbon on a CentOS VPS ?

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Gibbon is an open source, free and highly flexible education management system. It helps teachers and students to address and solve daily problems. This tool alone caters the needs for all four pillars of educational system (administration, teachers, parents, and students). It provides refreshing and intuitive web interface to teachers, and students where they can engage in their activities and tasks, Parents use this tool to track the progress, upcoming deadlines and activities of their children. The administration department of the educational institutes can use this tool to complete their administrative responsibilities.Gibbon is a flexible application with many features, such as planner, external assessment, online application forms, messenger etc.


Gibbon Installation requires following thing install on your VPS server :


  1. Apache 2
  2. PHP 5 (with PDO, gettext, CURL. Turn dispaly_errors off!)
  3. MySQL 5 (collation set to utf8_general_ci)



Download the latest stable version of Gibbon at to the ‘/opt’ directory on the server. Then, extract it and move the Gibbon core files and directories to the ‘/var/www/html/gibbon’ directory on your server. If you would like to run the very latest version of Gibbon, you can get it from the GitHub repo at


cd /opt/
mv core-9.1.00 /var/www/html/gibbon


You will need to change the ownership of the ‘/var/www/html/gibbon’ directory to Apache.

chown apache:apache -R /var/www/html/gibbon


Create a new MySQL database for Gibbon on your server:


mysql -u root -p
mysql> CREATE DATABASE gibbondb;
mysql> GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON gibbondb.* TO 'gibbon'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'your-password' WITH GRANT OPTION;
mysql> exit


Find php configuration file (php.ini)  using below command :

#php -i | grep php.ini
Configuration File (php.ini) Path => /etc
Loaded Configuration File => /etc/php.ini


Now edit the php.ini file using any editor and add the following lines in it:

file_uploads = On
allow_url_fopen = On
register_globals = off
magic_quotes_gpc = Off
set max_input_vars = 5000
dispaly_errors = Off
error_reporting = E_ALL & ~E_NOTICE

Now create an new virtual host directive in Apache :

vi /etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf


Add following lines :

<VirtualHost *:80>
   DocumentRoot /var/www/html/gibbon/
   <Directory /var/www/html/gibbon/>
      Options FollowSymLinks
      AllowOverride All
   ErrorLog /var/log/apache2/
   CustomLog /var/log/apache2/ common


Do not forget to change ‘’ with your domain name .


Restart the Apache web server

service apache2 restart

Open in your favorite web browser and follow the easy instructions: enter the system language, database information, create a new administrator account, enter server settings, organisation settings and click ‘submit’ once you have filled out all of the fields.
That is it. The Gibbon installation is now complete.





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