Frequently Asked Questions

The NearlyFreeSpeech.NET FAQ (*)

Customization (*)

What canonical name settings are available?

How do I enable directory indexes for my site?

How do I create a website for the sole purpose of forwarding visitors to another website?

What should my site's canonical name be?

How do I change the text displayed for missing pages and other errors?

When should the rewrite log be used?

What path should I use for .htpasswd files?

How do I restrict which IP addresses can access my site?

What is a per-alias document root?

Can I set up more than one alias for my site?

How do I control redirection of HTTP visitors to HTTPS?

How do I make my site fast and scalable?

This can be very difficult. We wish we could push a magic button and take care of it for you, but the truth is that the scalability and performance of your site is much more under your control than ours. When sites encounter performance issues (such as 503 errors) under load, we almost always find that it is some problem with the site's programming that is responsible. Based on our extensive experience with such situations, we have prepared some general guidelines to help you design a site that is fast and scalable and remains available under heavy load.

First, if you are running WordPress, this information will not be much help. Basic WordPress installs are hopelessly incapable of surviving traffic surges. It requires extensive, specialized tuning to have a WordPress site that remains available under load. We recommend that you read and follow our Advanced WordPress Configuration guide, but even that is mostly in the nature of a good start.

For applications you are developing yourself, the following information may be helpful.

Building scalable web sites is a high art, and the tips shared here only scratch the surface. But hopefully they offer a place to start on the long, hard journey to building a site that can handle hundreds of thousands of simultaneous users and dozens of requests per second. (And yes, we host those types of sites.)

How do I change the server type my site uses?

What is a run script?