Why you should use Cloudflare

Yes, I know, this blog post title looks like ad. But it isn’t ad, because I use only Cloudflare free version and don’t have any contact with this company (excluding support for services). I decided to write this post, because I’ve used Cloudflare for many years and I’m very happy – please treat this like small review, and also maybe “tutorial”, how you can make your websites faster, provide better security and remove spam. Installation is very easy and you can also use free SSL – it can be great alternative to Let’s Encrypt. Let’s see, what Cloudflare offers.

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Nconf – simple, great solution for Node.js app configuration

When I started work with Node.js and Express, I was looking for something to store my app settings. Something like env files in many PHP frameworks – central place for configuration, not stored in repository, but only for example when we run app in development or production environment. We can write custom code for that, or use some modules from npm, also directly for env files. Nuxt package also has dedicated env file module. These modules are great, but there is something much, much better – nconf.

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Run Node.js app on Ubuntu Server using pm2

I work with Node.js and some other JavaScript technologies in last months. One important think is – how run ready application on production server? It wasn’t easy question, because earlier I used only development mode in IDE (with automatic rebuild and generation in background). After some research I found pm2 – great package to run Node.js application in background. With that manager we can start, stop or restart many applications. Let’s see how we can easily run Node.js app.

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Nginx – Tips & tricks

It’s time to add next and last episode for our Nginx blog series. This time post will not describe specific thing, but few different tips and tricks. You can use them to improve your site performance, add additional monitoring, or just serve some files only for special users. If you have any other ideas, feel free to comment and feedback – I can add your suggestions to this blog post, or create next episode. Fine, go to our configuration files.

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Nginx – SSL/TLS configuration

We have ready Nginx server, ready PHP deamons with tweaked configuration so… what next? It’s time to secure our websites. With Nginx it’s very simple to run SSL/TLS connections and also HTTP/2 – faster protocol, great for mobile devices and new web browsers. Like in previous chapters, we will make changes not only to enable secure connections, but also tweak default settings – be aware, these recommendations will not work with old browsers like Opera 12, Internet Explorer 7 or old Android (2.x) build-in browsers. I thinks is isn’t any drawback, these browsers are obsolote for a long time. Ok, let’s start with Nginx configuration.

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