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Custom Cron Schedule

Currently its not possible (or at least, not recommended) to modify the root Crontab. This is one of the main features of SlickStack, is hardcoded cron schedules to achieve top stability and performance. Too many teams jump into the Linux crontab and start hacking crons all over the place without thinking about the future, or other team members, or performance, etc. SlickStack aims to popularize the concept of never messing with Linux cron itself for website stacks, and instead adding custom cron work “lower” down the server stack in other scripts.

That said, if you have feedback about the current SlickStack cron schedules, please do let us know.

For example, some teams want to have database backups every single minute on very busy websites, which we certainly understand. However, we think our current 15 minute cron (the most frequent cycle that SlickStack currently supports) is best for stack stability. So we imagine that there are not many tasks that would need to run more often than 15 minutes. We understand the desire for “real time” backups, however… and currently we recommend using a remote application to achieve this instead (e.g. off-server app that has root SSH access to your origin server).

We have plans to add support for e.g. SS-Custom (or similar) where teams can add custom Bash scripts, but this would not involve changing the actual Crontab schedules (nor the SlickStack Core Cron Jobs).

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 […]