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What is CentOS Web Panel (CWP)? CWP stands for CentOS Web Panel. CentOS is a respected, community-driven, direct competitor to cPanel/WHM. It was created for use in quick and easy management of Dedicated Servers and VPS servers without needing to use an ssh console for every...

This guide will cover creating A, MX, SPF, DKIM, DMARC, and rDNS records for your iRedMail server. iRedMail will add a DKIM key to your server during installation, and this can easily be retrieved to create the DNS record. The examples below will demonstrate how to add these...

Having S3 File System (s3fs) allows users to use remote object storage containers as a local file system. This means Hostwinds' Object Storage can be mounted to a Virtual Private Server (VPS), and users can have access to scalable, static storage locally. Object storage can...

CentOS Web Panel (CWP) offers a couple of different methods of managing DNS within its settings. The easier option is FreeDNS, but using FreeDNS does rely on externally managed DNS. Although this is not necessarily bad, some may wish to allow the CWP server to manage DNS...

Mattermost is a popular chat and collaboration tool, similar to Slack or Discord, but hosted on a server you control. Installing Mattermost on a Hostwinds Linux VPS or Dedicated server running CentOS 7 is a fairly straightforward process. Still, it does require extensive use...

A self-signed SSL certificate is used by default with iRedMail. If you have installed iRedMail from our installation guide or the latest release, installing SSL with Let's Encrypt is recommended. This guide will walk through the steps for installing Let's Encrypt SSL for an...

With any new software release, it is widespread to be interested in what the new version offers over the old ones. This can be doubly true for something as significant as a new major release of an operating system. As such, with the recent release of CentOS 8, the latest...

As new versions of the software are released, you may be looking to update your installation to receive all of the latest and greatest features the new version offers. The same can also apply to your server's operating system. Since a new version of the popular Linux-based...

The cockpit is a free and open-source web panel available to install several different Linux-based operating systems to view and manage some server aspects easily. With the latest release of CentOS, version 8, the Cockpit server and workstation software are pre-installed,...

In this guide, we will be going into the step-by-step installation process for Grafana on a CentOS or Fedora Linux Distribution. All you would need for this guide is to connect to your Hostwinds server with either distribution. If you have everything, then let's get in to...

Docker is a popular open-source container management system for any cloud computing needs. Docker containers are similar to the virtual machines we offer, but there are few key differences. Unlike a virtual machine, a container is not installed with a guest operating system,...

OpenVPN is a Virtual Private Network (VPN) that can be installed on any Operating System. To continue with this guide, you will want to be using a freshly installed CentOS 7 VPS at Hostwinds. As with any new VPS, it is always best to update the operating system before...

With any Linux-based from Hostwinds, there may be a need to monitor your processes. htop provides you with an interactive way to monitor your processes for your server and can be used with any Hostwinds Cloud VPS server. This guide will go over using htop on a Hostwinds...

The CentOS options in your Hostwinds VPS(s) don't come with any graphical user interface by default. There are many options for the look-and-feel of a GUI in Linux, but for lightweight (low resource usage) window management, this guide will use Xfce. These instructions have...

One of the most simple and barebones solutions you can have for a fully-fledged, widely supported web stack with server-side code and database functionality is with the LAMP Stack. There are four primary components of the LAMP stack: Linux: the operating system environment...

This guide is intended for Hostwinds Cloud VPS and Dedicated Server clients who have the ability to secure Memcache and prevent Memcached amplification attempts from their server. We highly suggest this to prevent any outbound bandwidth usage from your server. To continue...