Tag Archives: Server management

Deploying a Laravel application using Forge and Envoyer

Posted in Development on March 31, 2021

We love to build web applications using the Laravel framework and deploying those applications is obviously a necessary step. Although we have some knowledge about server management, we aren’t fond of maintaining and configuring servers. Luckily, Laravel Forge and Envoyer exist to help us. With Laravel Forge, it’s easy to manage servers. A new website is online in no time, cron jobs and queues are easily set up and even a more advanced setup using a network of servers and load balancers can be configured. With Envoyer, we manage deployments. In this post, we will describe the setup and tools we use.

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A scalable server setup using Laravel Forge and Envoyer

Posted in PHP on March 13, 2020

New projects often start small and a single server taking care of everything is just fine. However, as successful applications grow in time, a more scalable setup may be required. In such a setup you use dedicated servers for the application itself, database, caching and queues and use a load balancer to divide traffic between the application servers. Each server can then be optimized for its own needs.

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How to quickly improve website performance

Posted in Development on December 12, 2018

Nowadays, websites should be fast, otherwise visitors will leave your website before they have seen the most important content of your website. It’s obvious, but it can be quite a challenge with all the interesting (frontend) assets that make your website so great once it’s fully loaded. In this post, I’ll describe some quick wins to improve the performance of your website.

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Local Laravel development and SSL on Homestead

Posted in PHP on April 27, 2018

Just a quick write down of the steps we took to add a SSL certificate to our local Laravel projects that run using Homestead. Google changed their automatic redirects for the .dev extension in URLs shaking up the developer world. But using new browser APIs such as MediaDevices (for accessing device camera and microphone) also requires your website to run under the https protocol. Time to add a SSL certificate for your local projects and enable an automatic redirect.

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