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How to hide the .php file extension with IIS URL Rewrite Module

Sometimes it’s important to remove -or hide- the file extension of scripts you use. Security by obscurity might be that reason, if you don’t want others to know what script language you are using for your website, or for static site hosts. This example will hide the .php extension using IIS URL Rewrite Module, in a ready to use web.config & .htaccess example: extension less URLs in IIS.

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IIS Outbound Rules with gzip compression

Learn how to use URL Rewrite Outbound Rules in IIS, to offload content from a different server or host name. This way IIS with URL Rewrite acts as a reverse proxy. Add gzip compression to the mix, and this will improve website performance. In this post, I’ll also show you how to fix the URL Rewrite Module error “Outbound rewrite rules cannot be applied when the content of the HTTP response is encoded (“gzip”).” in IIS.

Target multiple ASP.NET versions with AppCmd.exe

You can address both x86 and x64 versions of .NET with AppCmd. When administering an IIS web server you frequently have to use AppCmd.exe to make configuration changes. Whether it is for a specific web site or server wide. Some think AppCmd is very limited. Target multiple ASP.NET versions with AppCmd!

Forfiles: How to delete files recursively on Windows Server

The Forfiles command on Windows selects and executes a command on a file or set of files. Forfiles is ideal for batch processing through scripts: you can run a command on or pass arguments to multiple files. For example, you delete files recursive if files are older than ‘n’ days.

How to fix Joomla HTTP 500 errors after updates

Over the last week, at Vevida, we received quite some problem reports from customers who updated Joomla to version 3.2.0. After logging on to their administrator back-end, they received an HTTP 500.0 error with error code 0x8007000d. Let’s investigate and resolve this Joomla Administrator login HTTP 500 error.

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Add websites and application pools to IIS with PowerShell, in a for loop

How to use PowerShell to create websites and application pools in IIS. How to use PowerShell to create websites and application pools in IIS… A client of the company I work for wanted to quickly add 60 sub-domains to his website. But, the sub-domains had to be created as self contained IIS websites, and running in their own application pools. Luckily, the client wanted 60 consecutive sub-domain names. This made our task a bit easier, because we could easily script this in PowerShell

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Windows Live Mail error 0x80041161 (Fix)

After not using Windows Live Mail for quite some time, it gave me an error code 0x80041161. This Windows Live Mail error can have several different reasons, like corrupt files or services that aren’t started, not easing the task of identifying the cause. Read on to learn how to fix this Windows Live Mail error 0x80041161…

Create your own CDN using IIS Outbound Rules

Here’s how to create a Content Delivery Network (CDN) using IIS outbound rewrite rules. Offload your static content and speed up your website with these tips. Offloading content is important for the performance of your website, because then content is downloaded in parallel and thus faster. A faster website attracts more visitors, is more user friendly, improves CTR and Google SEO.

ASP.NET performance: what to keep in mind

(ASP).NET programmers have to keep certain rules in mind when developing high performance ASP.NET applications, and/or optimizing your existing ASP.NET website. A lot of information is available on this subject. In this post I’ll share some valuable posts, and I continue to update this post when I find something new. Posts about ASP.NET performance I frequently pass on to customers so they can improve their ASP.NET web applications.

Create your own PHP based Origin Pull CDN

The advantage of having your website content hosted on a Content Delivery Network (CDN) is having your content distributed and stored across the Globe. Utilizing the network of the Content Delivery Network provider. Hosting your WordPress website on a Content Delivery Network is an important WordPress optimization tip. Here is how to create your own Origin Pull CDN with just a few lines of PHP…

Convert .htaccess to web.config

This post describes some of the IIS URL Rewrite Module web.config equivalents of commonly used Apache .htaccess settings. This is useful when you convert your Apache .htaccess to IIS web.config. The second part of this post outlines how to use Internet Information Services Manager to import and convert .htaccess rules to web.config.