The regular plugin-based methods for noindexing pages may not work for files and the question becomes: How do we hide (noindex) files in WordPress from search engines? In this article, I explain a solution to this problem and I demonstrate with live example files how you can hide (noindex) other types of media like PDF and Excel files in WordPress.
Linux & Servers
What is life without Linux? Browse this category to explore content I have created relating to Linux and Servers. This section is pretty broad. It promises content on Ubuntu, cloud VMs, server automation, bash scripting, PowerShell, system/website administration, AWS, etc. Watch this space for my existing and future content on the aforementioned technologies.
If you have done any web development or website maintenance work, then you must have come across the .htaccess file at some point. This is an important file for many reasons and this guide will provide an overview of what the .htaccess file is, what you can do with it, how to create it, and options available to you for editing it on your WordPress website.
I remember having to terminate an entire Amazon EC2 instance because I somehow lost access to it via SSH. Well, looking back, termination really wasn’t necessary. Using the simple process described here, you can easily regain access to the AWS EC2 instance that you locked yourself out of.
My previous article on the subject of adding a swap file to an Amazon EC2 instance focused on adding the swap file to the instance storage (also known as ephemeral storage) that comes with certain Amazon EC2 instances. This article discusses how you can still leverage the concept of swap files even on “EBS only” Amazon EC2 instances.
Amazon Web Services (AWS) makes it very easy to expand EBS volumes. You just right-click on the volume, select modify, and enter the new, larger volume size. Done. To shrink Amazon EBS volumes, however, is a whole different matter – there is no way to do this directly using the AWS console. In this article, I describe a roundabout technique that I have often used to save some bucks in scenarios where I mistakenly over-allocated Amazon EBS when setting up EC2.
Connecting to databases via SSH Tunneling is something developers and IT professionals often need to do. And HeidiSQL is one of the more popular open-source database tools. While HeidiSQL fully supports SSH tunneling, there doesn’t seem to be any documentation about how to accomplish this. So, after struggling with this for a few hours and figuring it out, I put these instructions together to help others.