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What's caught my attention lately (blog)

Set a static IP address for your Lightsail instance

Bernard Sfez -

I have published several articles detailing how to install Tiki Wiki using Debian and Virtualmin on my Blog. In this article, I will explain how to configure a static IP address for your Lightsail instance so that your domain points to this IP address. Additionally, I'll guide you through ensuring that Virtualmin is properly configured to manage domains and subdomains on your Apache2 server.

Upgrading from Tiki 25 to Tiki 26 (including PHP7.4 to PHP8.1), preparing for Tiki27

Bernard Sfez -

The new Tiki26 using PHP8, Bootstrap 5.3.x, Smarty 4 and Manticore-Search is just awesome. They were really a lot of improvement and technology changes in that version and using this version will really help with the next Tiki-Versions LTS, Tiki27. As we are a few weeks before Tiki27 release, I'm publishing these informations now, please consider revisitng this page from time to time as it will be updated based on experiences gathered also on Tiki27 upgrades.
Part of this information were compiled using Tiki Git version is for developers and from discussion on the Tiki room on the Matrix chat platform.

A Comprehensive Guide on how I Prepare for a Tiki Wiki upgrade

Bernard Sfez -

When it comes to upgrading Tiki, there's no one-size-fits-all approach. As discussed with other Tiki developers, there are various methods to upgrade. Some prefer to stick with Long Term Service (LTS) versions for as long as possible, making occasional significant upgrades. Others choose to migrate existing files from version to version and some use fresh versions and clone theme, language files, templates, database and files. In this article, I'll draw from my extensive experience in using, providing support services, and developing with Tiki Wiki CMS and explain my detailed process for upgrading a customer's Tiki from one stable version to another.

Tiki Wiki CMS installation on Amazon Lightsail instance with Debian11, MariaDB, Git and Virtualmin/Webmin control panel

Bernard Sfez -


This article is an update of a previous one that will explain how to install Tiki Wiki website on a Debian11 Lightsail instance. In short tutorial I’ll explain how to setup the Lightsail account and server (instance), install Debian11, install MariaDB and different PHP versions, install Webmin and Virtuamin control panel, setup and use Git, set an SSL certificat and finally publish your Tiki Wiki website online.

בטיחות ושמירה על פרטיות באינטרנט הסבר לילדים

ברנארד ספז -


אב לשני בני נוער עם סמארטפונים, אני מודאג מבעיות פרטיות ובטיחותם המקוונת. בין ״ההתחברות האין סופית״ להפצת טכנולוגיות חדשות ללא כל ניסיון שנוחתות על ציבור ללא"רצונו", חשוב להכין ולהגן על ילדינו ממהפכות העתיד ולתת להם את הכלים והחינוך הנדרש לשימוש נכון הרשת. לדוגמה, ילדים (ומבוגרים) צריכים להבין שהמידע שהם משתפים באינטרנט יכול לשמש למטרות זדוניות, כגון הטרדה או התחזות. לכן חשוב שילמדו להגן על פרטיותם על ידי אי שיתוף מידע אישי כגון שמם המלא, כתובתם או מספר הטלפון.