Centos 6 & Cpanel: How to install Memcached

What is Memcached?

Free & open source, high-performance, distributed memory object caching system, generic in nature, but intended for use in speeding up dynamic web applications by alleviating database load.

Memcached is an in-memory key-value store for small chunks of arbitrary data (strings, objects) from results of database calls, API calls, or page rendering.

Memcached is simple yet powerful. Its simple design promotes quick deployment, ease of development, and solves many problems facing large data caches. Its API is available for most popular languages.

Official website: http://memcached.org/

How to install Memcached:

1. Install Required Packages

yum install libevent libevent-devel -y

2. Configure and Compile Latest Version

wget http://memcached.googlecode.com/files/memcached-1.4.13.tar.gz
tar xvf memcached-1.4.13.tar.gz
cd memcached-1.4.13
./configure && make && make install

3. Install Memcached Configuration

Open /etc/memcached.conf with your favorite editor and paste in:

#Memory a usar
-m 16
# default port
-p 11211
# user to run daemon nobody/apache/www-data
-u nobody
# only listen locally

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Centos: How to change SSH Port

ssh nano
In order to secure your server, ROOT access. You should consider to change your default SSH port (Port 22) to NON-Standard port. And you make sure that new SSH Port is allowed by your server fireWall.

Simple Steps:

1. Use ssh client such as Putty to log in to your server with old port (default 22).

2. Change SSH config file /etc/ssh/sshd_config

nano /etc/ssh/sshd_config

If nano editor is not installed on server, use this command to install it

yum install nano

Use vi command instead

vi /etc/ssh/sshd_config

Find this line:

#Port 22

Change to your own port and uncomment that line. Example:

Port 1111

Then open new PORT on your server. If you use CSF firewall, just log in to WHM and open CSF control panel then edit TCP_IN port.
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Centos 6 & Cpanel: Setup Nginx as Reverse Proxy with Apache

cPanel comes with Apache web server by default. It does not mean that we cannot integrate Nginx inside. With some minor changes, we can install Nginx to listen to port 80 and forward any PHP process to Apache on another port 8080. Apache is not really good in handling static files, so we will pass this task to Nginx. You will noticed that your memory and CPU will decrease once you have done this setup.

Warning: This setting is not suitable for shared hosting environment. VPS and Dedicated server only.

1. Install mod_rpaf:

– Since Nginx will be reverse proxy for Apache, we don’t want our log file to record the proxy IP. We want the real IP as usual. This will make sure our stats page like Webalizer and AWstats will record the correct information. So we need to install mod_rpaf which is “Reverse Proxy Add Forward” module for Apache. You can download that at http://stderr.net/apache/rpaf/download:

cd /usr/local/src
wget http://stderr.net/apache/rpaf/download/mod_rpaf-0.6.tar.gz
tar -xzf mod_rpaf-0.6.tar.gz
cd mod_rpaf-*
apxs -i -c -n mod_rpaf-2.0.so mod_rpaf-2.0.c

– Once installed, we need to load the module into Apache configuration. Since cPanel already has Include Editor for Apache, we will use that functions. Login to WHM > Service Configuration > Apache Configuration > Include Editor > Pre Main Include > All Versions and paste following text:

LoadModule rpaf_module modules/mod_rpaf-2.0.so
RPAFenable On
RPAFproxy_ips # replace the value with your server IP
RPAFsethostname On
RPAFheader X-Real-IP

– Click Update > Restart Apache. The module should be loaded after restart.

Note: You can do this manually. Just open /etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf with your editor then add lines above.

nano /etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf

Restart Apache:

service httpd restart

2. Change Apache listen port:

– Before we install Nginx, we need to change Apache port to 8080. Login to WHM > Server Configuration > Tweak Settings > Apache non-SSL IP/port: 8080

Note: You can use another Port (I used port 8080) but you should make sure that your firewall allows that port.

My case, I installed CSF (ConfigServer Security & Firewall – csf v5.49) on my XEN VPS (Centos 6 32bit + Cpanel)

So to open that port (8080) , i must go to Plugins > ConfigServer Security & Firewall > ConfigServer Firewall > # Allow incoming TCP ports > TCP_IN > add port 8080 


– We need to run following command so cPanel will remember that Apache configuration template has changed:

/usr/local/cpanel/bin/apache_conf_distiller --update --main


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