This article goes straight to the installation and VM setup process. We shall be creating a Windows Server 2012 VM on a Windows 7 host machine. For some more background info, See my previous post – VirtualBox and Virtualization: An Introduction.
VirtualBox is a cross-platform virtualization application. It installs on your existing computer (and operating system) and extends the capabilities of your existing computer so that it can run multiple operating systems (inside multiple virtual machines) at the same time.
SSH provides a significantly more secure way of updating WordPress files and plugins or performing new plugin installations. Here, I explain how to enable WordPress to use SSH for all updates and installations.
A general overview of SSH2 for PHP can be found at php.net. If you look at the requirements section, you will see that two other libraries are required for it to work. They are OpenSSL and libssh2. I explain here how to install both of these first. And then we proceed to actually install ssh2 for PHP shell connections.
Here I explain the second method to speed up your WordPress site using Amazon’s CDN. To get background information on the process described here, please read my previous post: Speed Up WordPress With Amazon S3 And Cloudfront (Part 1).
With just a bit of extra effort, you could get significant page speed improvements on your WordPress website by using Amazon’s Content Delivery Network (CDN). This is because Amazon has robust servers all over the world that can serve your content much faster than the single shared hosting server that your WordPress site is most likely installed on.