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[resolved] configuration of self-hosted CDN deleted my public_html folder! (3 posts)

  1. lesb55
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I have been using this plugin for several years now and are very happy with the speed increase, particularly when using with minify with APC.

    I just tried to set up a self-hosted CDN with W3 Total Cache, and my public_html folder got totally deleted, gone, vamoos, vanished!

    I had created the subdomain & FTP account in cpanel, and was entering the various values into w3tc CDN 'Configuration' window.

    I clicked the 'Test FTP server' button - next thing I had a 404: 'The requested URL /wp-login.php was not found on this server'.

    Thinking something in w3tc had run amonk, I logged in via ftp to disable the w3tc plugin.

    Imagine my surprise to find my whole public_html folder gone!

    Lucky for me this was our TEST website.
    Any plugin that can do this is downright DANGEROUS

    http://wordpress.org/plugins/w3-total-cache/

  2. @lesb55? Could you please stop reposting this? The other 3 identical posts have been deleted.

  3. lesb55
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Sorry about the duplicate posts Jan - I tried to edit the original, but it somehow got reposted each time.

    Anyways -
    I obviously entered something wrong with my first CDN effort, but I wasn't about to try and replicate the deletion trick; it took over 1 hour to re-upload all the files & folders via FTP.

    My 2nd attempt:
    Exercising a little more care this time; I did get a self hosted CDN running OK on a cookieless subdomain.

    I was however disappointed to see negligible improvement in page load time. (I used Firefox for the tests, & I realize results can vary quite a bit between browsers)

    Obviously a CDN is supposed to be just that - not a pretend one on the same server.
    This is a fairly fast VPS, running DSO with Mod Ruid 2.

    With shared hosting, a self-hosted CDN may be more worthwhile.

    One thing I did find out:

    A self-hosted CDN with 1 subdomain is marginally faster.
    A self-hosted CDN with 2 subdomains, is actually SLOWER.

    So if anybody is wondering about setting up multiple subdomains for a self-hosted CDN; don't bother (in my experience anyway).

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