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3/3 Using Aegir to manage a large amount of sites

02
Jun
2014

This is part 3 of Aegir mini-series.

After all your fancy new sites are up and running, you need to maintain them. Aegir itself is a well-built tool to do that of course, but still there are some nifty hints to make one admin happy.

Updating and upgrading code

Aegir offers a very nice feature for updating and upgrading your code. If you are updating, it’s a no-brainer: - just update the code on the server and you are good to go. But when you upgrade, simply create a new platform, give it some nice version number and migrate all your existing sites to this new platform. Aegir will automatically create a database snapshot before the migration takes place so you can revert anytime you discover a problem.

Some helpful notes:

  • update.php is automatically run
  • it’s possible to run migrations in bulk, or even migrate the whole existing platform to another one

Running stuff on existing sites

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2/3 Using custom fields in the feed/csv

28
May
2014

This is part 2 of Aegir mini-series.

Using feed to install multiple sites at once is a cool feature, but when you start using it, you will quickly realize that you need customizations for your sites. Of course, you will use your own shiny installation profile which you made from lots of coffee*, but how do you personalize every specific site with some special parameters (e.g. site country)? What, hard-coded mapping in the profile? Really? The customer just called, he wants to add 50 new sites... Since you are using feeds already, why not put the specific data into it? Well, it’s not a trivial task for starters - but I am here to guide you through the dark path.

The following custom module for Aegir needs to be created:

hosting_country.install:

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1/3 Installation of multiple sites on Aegir

23
May
2014

When I first got involved with this task, it was frustrating to discover that every keyword I googled failed and I was getting unrelated results. After some more research and digging in code I banged into a gold vein – a blog post which helped me a lot, especially in the second part of this mini-series. 

You are certainly curious what topic I am talking about, aren't you? Let me introduce you to a very powerful tool known as Aegir. All right, enough talk; let's zero in on the very one-of-a-kind tutorial. Enjoy!
 

This is part 1 of Aegir mini-series.

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Our first Case study from a series about The Best We Do

21
Nov
2013

 

During last two years we did some interesting projects, but never had time to put the facts about them together. We always wanted to share our experience and information that is hopefully going to be interesting for you. Therefore we have decided to publish a series of case studies about the most interesting projects we have implemented.

First of the series describes the new multisite and replication platform for Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) created for Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

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