phpRedmin with apache, php5-fpm and mod_proxy_fcgi

With apache 2.4 and PHP5-FPM, the way to go is using mod_proxy_fcgi.

Since configuration of a normal proxy vhost  configuration is out of the scope of this article, I will not explain how to do this. There are lots of resources out there to find on how to impelement this. If i find the time to make an article on this, i will do so… 😉

So, today we were trying to configure phpredmin (imo the best Redis manamement tool out there) to work with Apache 2.4 using mod_proxy_fcgi to connect to PHP5-FPM.

We were having some issues with the configuration…The homepage was accessible, but all subpages were not proxied they they should. Pretty weird, as phpmemcachedadmin, phpmyadmin,… work without any special configuration on the apache side.

Hours of research led to the following fix: We created an extra vhost, and made some specific proxy rules in it:


Credits to Carl V 😉

Configure a site with SSL on an Nginx server

This post describes how to setup a server block on nginx with a Thawte SSL123 certificate.

This how to can of course also be used with other SSL vendors (comodo, digicert, …) but you’ll have to change some steps of course 🙂

First, we’ll start with the certificate request.

To create your request, use the openssl command:

And follow the SSL csr generation process:

Now, if you look inside of your CSR files, you’ll see something like

Now it’s time to go and buy your certificate at your favorite SSL reseller…

Be sure to have a mailbox to be able to send your certificate approval email to (mainly this is: or webmaster@, hostmaster@, administrator@,…)

Once you have received your SSL Certificate from Thawte, create a new file and paste in the certificate.

So paste it inside of

Thawte has upgraded their root hierarchy to 2048bit RSA Keys (more information),  so you need the Intermediate CA to support old web browsers. For the nginx web server you can download the file from Thawte here by:

One you have this file, echo the contents and paste it at the end of your crt file.

Now enable SSL in your nginx server block by:

In my example, your site will listen to both Port 80 and 443 (SSL), you can of course redirect http to https by adding this in your nginx server block config:


Install Zend Optimizer for php 5.2 and earlier

Zend Optimizer has been updated and renamed to Zend Guard since PHP 5.3.

However, you might still have some older projects running PHP 5.2, where Zend Optimizer is still needed.

Here’s a small how to install for Ubuntu 12.04 LTS with PHP 5.2.

First of all, download Zend Optimizer 3.3.3 through this link: Zend

Unpack it on your server with this command:

Navigate into the data directory, and correct php version, eg:

copy the so file to the php path:

Enable zend optimizer throught /etc/php5/conf.d by typing:

Enable Zend optimizer by reloading apache

Check if Zend Optimizer is enabled by: