Use AWS CLI to automate the removal and addition of instances in your ELB

Hello! Sometimes its necessary to automate the removal and addition of instances in your elastic load balancer. Perhaps for the purposes of auto scaling or deploying updates to your web application. Either way, there is many tools at the disposal of the systems administrator to automate this process. Below we will share some simple steps […] Web based system to push your GIT code

Hello! Since posting recently about our Web based SVN push system , we have decided to take what we did there one step further and implement a very similar system for GIT, but with more options! The web based GIT push system is, as mentioned, very similar to the web based SVN push system, with […] Looking to integrate TREB listings into WordPress? Check this post by Shift8 Out

Hey there, I thought I’d link to a blog post by our web design and development site regarding a new Python based tool that allows you to grab TREB listings, listing images and all the TREB data and directly import the extracted data into a WordPress site. The entire Python code was released with the […] Centralized Backup Script

Hello There! I thought I’d share a backup script that was written to consolidate backups onto one server instead of spreading the backup process across several servers. The advantages are somewhat obvious to consolidating the script onto one server, namely being that editing or making changes is much easier as you only have one script […] A Web based system to push your SVN code through development, staging and production environments

Note the files in this post are now on GitHub Hello there! In development, having a seamlessly integrated process where you can propagate your code through whatever QA, testing and development policy you have is invaluable and a definite time saver. We work with SVN as well as GIT code repository systems and have developed […] How to detect and mitigate DoS (Denial of Service) Attacks

Greetings, Occasionally with a very busy site, being behind a hefty web stack does not always have enough capacity to mitigate a significant surge in artificial (DoS) requests. Detecting and mitigating denial of service attacks is an important and time sensitive exercise that will determine the next mitigating steps that you may need to take […] SVN Offsite Backup Script : Secure offsite backup solution for SVN to Amazon S3

Hi there! Backing up your code repository is important. Backing up your code repository to an off-site location in a secure manner is imperative. Throughout our travels and experience utilizing the SVN code repository system, we have developed a quick bash script to export the entire SVN repository, encrypt it, compress it into an archive, […] SVN Pre Commit Hook : Sanitize your Code!

Hello, Dealing with several different development environments can be tricky. With SVN specifically, it is ideal to have some “pre-flight” checks in order to make sure some basic standards have been followed. Some of the things you would want to check might be : – Does the code generate a fatal PHP error? – Is […] Add your Dynamic IPs to Apache HTACCESS files

Hello! We threw together a quick & simple script to dynamically update your .htaccess files within apache to add your dynamic IP address to the allow / deny fields. If you’re looking to password protect an admin area (for example) but your office only has a dynamic IP address, then this script might be handy […] Automated Amazon EBS snapshot backup script with 7 day retention

Hello there! We have recently been implementing several different backup strategies for properties that reside on the Amazon cloud platform. These strategies include scripts that incorporate s3sync and s3fs for offsite or redundant “limitless” backup storage capabilities. One of the more recent strategies we have implemented for several clients is an automated Amazon EBS volume […]