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About

SlickStack is a free LEMP stack automation script written in Bash designed to enhance and simplify WordPress provisioning, performance, and security.

Rules of SlickStack

  1. Don’t alter system files that don’t need to be altered
  2. If you do need to alter system files, make it less invasive as possible by “source” SlickStack files instead of dumping code in the system files
  3. Never prevent native Bash commands from working properly (aliases should be complementary, not replacements)
  4. Verbose comments and commands in all scripts whenever possible (be specific… what is happening?)
  5. Once and only once, unless it will create instability… see #4
  6. Defer to upstream whenever possible… if Ubuntu LTS uses MySQL and PHP 7.2 then we use MySQL and PHP 7.2, etc
  7. Self-contained whenever possible… nearly all SlickStack files are solely under /var/www
  8. Self-reliant whenever possible… SlickStack servers will still function when third party services are removed
How we maintain both HTTP and HTTPS mirrors

GitHub Pages is an awesome feature that came out a few years ago on GitHub to allow for basic, static-file HTML websites to be hosted free of charge on GitHub. It can be a bit confusing to understand in the beginning, because you must connect one of your repos to be used for a given […]

Native Staging Sites (Optional) In Subdirectory

For the past several weeks, SlickStack has been testing our new Staging Site feature and it is now live on all SlickStack installations. If you use another staging service or simply don’t use staging at all and wish to disable staging sites, simply change your ss-config options to be STAGING_SITE=”false” and it will later remove […]

Adminer Bundled For Easy MySQL Management

The very lightweight Adminer script is now included by default in all SlickStack installations, hosted as a single adminer.php file under the /var/www/meta/ directory. This “hidden file” approach means a cleaner public web root, and less room for attacks and exploits. It uses the Nginx alias feature to point requests to example.com/adminer to the /var/www/meta/adminer.php […]