AWS Archives - Jeff Everhart

Setup AWS CloudFront for WordPress | Scaling this Blog

Over the past few years, this site has gone through some pretty substantial changes. After getting hacked on BlueHost sometime in 2016, I reworked the entire site architecture using hand-rolled resources on AWS. While this taught me a lot, it has been increasingly expensive and time-consuming. To keep my costs down, I’m really relying on […]

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Creating a Virtual Assistant with Amazon Lex and Lambda

In a previous post, I wrote about some of my experiences building chatbots with the Amazon Lex platform, and I guess this post will represent the culmination of that experimental work into a production ready tool. Throughout this process, I’ve learned a lot more about building applications using AWS services, but it has also helped […]

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Using AWS for Data Analysis

I’m not really sure when this happened, but over the last several years, I’ve started to spend a lot of my personal and professional time working on building out data visualization tools and workflows. In a recent meeting, someone referred to us as data scientists, and we’ve had a good running joke ever since. While […]

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Making a Chatbot with Amazon LEX

What follows here is an exploration of an evolving project I’m working on to provide some additional touch points for current and prospective students in online courses at VCU. Chatbots, AI, Machine Learning, and other terms with similar connotations seem to be all the rage nowadays, but using publicly available cloud services, we can get […]

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Server-side Caching with NGINX to Increase Page Speed

I’ve been trying to up my sysadmin game over the last several months using a lot of different server configurations on AWS (Linux, IIS, etc.). Mainly I’m writing this post because I’ve implemented this server-side caching setup three times now, and every time I do, I end up having to go back to the drawing […]

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WordPress NGINX Proxy Server Subdomain to Subdirectory

For a recent project, I implemented an NGINX proxy server to proxy requests from a WordPress installation on a subdomain so that they appear to come from a subdirectory of the main domain. Good http://maindomain.com/blog Bad http://blog.maindomain.com There a lots of SEO and technical benefits to setting up a proxy server like this, a few […]

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