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Web Servers

PostPosted: Tue Jun 14, 2016 1:02 pm
by Scar0ptics
I was just wondering if anyone is hosting a website that is using an open source CMS and done any kind of custom modifications. I am currently working on the core files of my site's CMS and was wondering if anyone has done anything similar to this on here?

My sites running on a Linux based server, but is anyone using a Windows based one? I know the majority of web servers are being run on Linux, so that's why the majority of people are looking for vulnerabilities (zero-day attacks) within the Linux web server or even the CMS being used.

What are you using for a reverse proxy?

Re: Web Servers

PostPosted: Tue Jun 14, 2016 2:46 pm
by mShred
I have ran a few servers in my day. My personal site (https://libroot.com/) currently runs on a linux DigitalOcean droplet. It's primarily just phpBB with a few small modifications, although I am currently in the process of overhauling it all over to laravel.
That said, I've dicked around with quite a few frameworks, although never WordPress or anything that mainstream. What sort of questions do you have, exactly?

Re: Web Servers

PostPosted: Tue Jun 14, 2016 3:02 pm
by Scar0ptics
Have you edited any of the core files of the CMS?

Re: Web Servers

PostPosted: Tue Jun 14, 2016 5:23 pm
by mShred
Yes, in regards to phpBB I have. Although phpBB users like to user extensions to extend the framework, what I wanted essentially required me to edit the actual forum framework. That fact that it was so limiting in this regard is the reason that I am overhauling to laravel. phpBB is solely a forum package, whereas laravel is very scalable framework. In turning to laravel, I'll need to build the forum (and other applications) myself, but I won't be limited in the ways that I'd be if I was using just a CMS.

What sort of thing are you trying to do?

Re: Web Servers

PostPosted: Tue Jun 14, 2016 5:31 pm
by Scar0ptics
I'm just modifying the core files of my CMS right now, but later on I want to change the looks of my forum board lol. I just need to modify the forum Boards CSS file though.

Check it out and you'll see why: https://tech-phreaks.net/?q=forum

Re: Web Servers

PostPosted: Tue Jun 14, 2016 7:10 pm
by mShred
Nice. What are you using for all of that? Most CMS's allow for themes. That would make it a million times easier for you. Rather than having to edit core files and whatnot, you'll probably be able to just create a theme and load it in. Generally, if you can avoid editing core files, then I would refrain from it. HTS forums are a perfect example. During the rebuild in 2008, the forums (using phpBB) were edited to work with the main portion of the site. This has made it very difficult to update the forums as updates will essentially remove the changes that were made. If you can achieve your goals through extensions within the CMS, then you'll be a lot better off in the long run. This is essentially the reason I'm overhauling my own site. I'd rather code things to my own standard than try to force some other framework/CMS/whatever to work with my needs.

Re: Web Servers

PostPosted: Tue Jun 14, 2016 7:47 pm
by Scar0ptics
I will not be doing much to the core files for that reason, thanks for sharing that information with me. It's nice to have something that's more custom rather than a standard downloadable CMS though. I have already modified the PHP memory limit ( to a ridiculous amount), but that is it for now. I do not have that many options within the CMS for the forum board. I have to do a lot of things manually to the CSS and PHP files and re-upload them to the web server. Although, I did just implement a section regarding current exploits and vulnerabilities. :geek: I already have the forum board up and running, so now I just have to edit the CSS file to my liking and that should be good.

Re: Web Servers

PostPosted: Tue Jun 14, 2016 9:06 pm
by mShred
Nice nice. Sounds like you're doin pretty well on your own then. I'd suggest playin around with multiple frameworks or CMS's and getting a feel for different types of things. Setting up your own bare websites can also help you learn to better understand what's all going on behind the scenes.

If you have any questions or anything that you want to share or anything, this is the right place. Web dev is my gig too, so I'm always down to help out or check things out.

Re: Web Servers

PostPosted: Wed Jun 15, 2016 11:36 am
by Scar0ptics
It would be nice to get some help on this, but I am not sure how you would want to do it. I can send the the forum board files via a compressed folder?

Also, what is the best alternative to Adobe Dreamweaver? I know of Aptana, and Microsoft Expression.

Re: Web Servers

PostPosted: Thu Jun 16, 2016 1:46 am
by Jbraithwaite
Scar0ptics wrote:Also, what is the best alternative to Adobe Dreamweaver? I know of Aptana, and Microsoft Expression.


Notepad++ then preview in browser. DreamBeaver inserts so much duff code that it's unrecognisable as a site afterwards when viewing source.