Ste Wright the Web Developer
Hi all loyal DingleBerry Pi readers! I’ve been really busy this year, and neglected the site a bit (my bad) but I’m ready to rock on with some more tutorials.
What do you guys want to see made in to a tutorial? I’m experimenting with DNLA on RPi at the moment, there’s of course WordPress installation on a RPi which is long overdue. I want to take the site in a new direction, tutorials for anything RPi and not just web related technologies.
Edit: Visitor figures
We’re averaging 3,300 visits a month now, and the site is still delivered rock solidly on a Raspberry Pi Server. This month has had the best visits to date, with a brilliant 3,523 visits from 2,693 individual visitors. I cannot emphesise enough how impressed I am by these little capable computers!
We’re excited moving forward, and we need your ideas! Sound off below!
If like me, you’ve received your new 512mb Raspberry Pi Model B, you’ll be wanting to take advantage of the extra 256mb of onboard RAM. Out the box, the unit does not utilise the full 512mb RAM, so you need to do a firmware update. Here’s a tutorial to get you started.
Pictured: The first revision 256mb Raspberry Pi and the new 512mb Raspberry pi
Since the launch of the Raspberry Pi, one thing which I saw as an oversight (and according to other sources, many would agree) was the amount of memory the Raspberry Pi shipped with – 256mb wasn’t enough. Understandably one of the core aims the Foundation had with the Raspberry Pi unit was to keep costs low, but something I hoped to have seen at launch was a ‘Model C’ with more memory.
Pictured: The Raspberry Pi Model B
Since first reading about the Raspberry Pi, I instantly started thinking of the endless possibilities for this tiny little handy PC. I went down the predictable (slightly boring and a bit geeky) route of running one as a web server, others have been a bit more imaginative then I have been. I’ve had some good results so far, this site is indeed hosted from my own Raspberry Pi computer.
The next part of my project is to install an IMAP capable mail server, but here’s some of the other uses and projects I’ve found whilst clicking on the old ‘tinterweb!
So far, I’ve covered overclocking your Raspberry Pi, preparing to run your Raspberry Pi as a web server, installing Apache, PHP and MySQL and installing PhpMyAdmin. I’m assuming you’ve at least set your hostname and installed Apache, PHP and MySQL on your Raspberry Pi for this tutorial.
Before we go ahead and install WordPress, we need to ensure that outgoing email can be sent from your Raspberry Pi. In this tutorial, I’ll cover installing Postfix, which is a mail transport agent.
Good news all! I’m launching Dingleberry DNS, a free DNS service to allow you to point a domain to your Raspberry Pi. This service will allow you to access your Raspberry Pi remotely, run a website from your Raspberry Pi and much more.
Here’s what you need to qualify for free DNS:
- A registered domain, ie example.com
- A Raspberry Pi connected to the Internet
- A Static IP address (unfortunately I can’t support dynamic IP addresses yet).
Contact me to apply, all I’ll need is some information about your project and I’ll get the DNS set up. Hosted email can also be provided for a small fee.
In case you didn’t know, this site is hosted on a Raspberry Pi computer. The purpose of this project has been to establish whether or not the £30 computer was capable of reliably hosting a WordPress site, and so far the results have been promising.