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November 9, 2016

How and Why to use GZIP

Websites in general are growing in complexity and users are expecting more and more from websites in relation to rich user interface. Whether this be a fancy slider, a large number of articles shown at once or complex client side functionality. All of these things make the physical size of a website grow substantially. A page which used to be 100kb now no longer is acceptable from a users perspective and it needs to server content which is up to 1-2-3 MB in size. Also to make things tougher, it’s not always cost affective to develop a separate mobile site so most sites are responsive so serve the same elements to a phone as what they do to a desktop computer which [...]

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October 29, 2016

Leverage Browser Caching using Apache on Ubuntu

We are all trying to increase our sites speed and give our users a better experience and one often overlooked method is to leverage browser caching.

For anyone who doesn’t know exactly what we are trying to do here I’ll try and explain. Browser caching stores parts of websites for a period of time in order to make them load faster. For instance if you look at 10 pages on a website and it has the same background image, logo, social media icons and so on, we can store these in the browser so they do not keep being downloaded.

You can do this on any operating system and with any web server software but one of the most common setups these days is LAMP (Linux [...]

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June 7, 2016

Copy Large Files (Over 2GB) using Windows Remote Desktop Connection

We’ve done a few Sitecore migrations lately and had to move some big database backups from server to server. If this was Linux, we’d just use Rsync but we always use Windows Remote Desktop Connection so it wasn’t something we’d come across too often in the past.

If the file is under 2GB we’ve just been able to copy and paste it through RDP from the remote computer to whichever computer we are connecting to it from. However if it’s over 2GB you can not and it doesn’t give you any message to say it isn’t working, it just does not copy.

So, after some Googling here is how to do it.

1. Open the Remote Desktop Connection [...]

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May 21, 2016

Most Useful Docker Commands

We’ve recently migrated a lot of our infrastructure to use Docker + Rancher + Jenkins and I’m constantly having to search the internet to find some useful docker commands to do something simple so I thought I’d collate and share in this one post.

This will be a living post so if there is anything I should add please comment below or shoot me an email at

1. List all docker containers


This should give you a list of all docker containers like so..


2. Connect to a docker [...]