WooCommerce 3.2 is out, and I thought it might be a good idea write a comprehensive guide to help our customers (and others) who find the process a little daunting. So, here it is…
Note: a version of this post can also be found in our Knowledgebase.
Before You Update WooCommerce … STOP!
Updating WooCommerce is a more involved process than updating most other WordPress plugins and we urge you to read this article in full and understand the implications of installing a WooCommerce update.
Because WooCommerce is so fundamental to the way that your WordPress site works it is important to follow a procedure to ensure that your site continues to function correctly.
We want to make it as easy as possible for customers to choose WP NET Managed WordPress Hosting & Support. So — from today — all new sign-ups include free, managed migration for your WordPress site*.
Migrations can be tricky if you’re not familiar with the process. There are a few pitfalls to be aware of, and if you’re moving from a budget shared-server host, getting a full backup of your site can be difficult and time consuming.
WP NET’s WordPress Experts will manage the entire process for you and we’ll provide you with a temporary URL so you can test your site before you point your domain to our servers.
Sign up for a WP NET Managed WordPress Hosting & Support plan today, and you’ll be up and running in no time.
Each plan includes the following number of site migrations:
- Starter and Starter + SSL: 1 free migration
- Professional: 2 free migrations
- Business: 4 free migrations
If you have used all your allocated free site migrations, you can order additional migrations for NZD$80 per site (previously $99).
* Conditions apply, please see our Managed WordPress Hosting & Support Service Specification for details. All prices exclude GST.
At WP NET, our customers website security is of the utmost importance to us. We employ various, overlapping malware and virus detection systems to provide the most robust protection to our customers.
Starting today, all WP NET Managed WordPress hosted sites will be scanned daily using the Google Safe Browsing API. This is in addition to our existing server-side malware scans and Sucuri SiteCheck external scans.
Our existing uptime monitoring system also performs additional Google SafeSearch and virus / malware scans on a rotating hourly schedule.
If a scan identifies any issues, WP NET support will contact the customer directly to discuss the best course of action to remedy the problem(s).
If you have any questions regarding our security and protections systems in place, please contact NET and we’ll be happy to help.
Awesome! I’ve been waiting to write this one for quite some time. Today we are releasing the biggest update and changes to our standard Managed WordPress Hosting & Support plans, since we first launched as WP NET in 2014! We’re calling it MWP2.0!
Starting today, all new sign ups for Managed WordPress will be deployed to MWP2.0 accounts and include all the MWP2.0 features outlined in this blog post.
Existing customers will be progressively migrated over to MWP2.0-based servers, beginning in around 6 weeks time. If you urgently need some features included in MWP2.0 (like SSL), then please contact us and we’ll do our best to bump you up the line.
All new features and storage space come at no additional cost — Starter 1GB remains $29 per month. To use AutoSSL, you will need a Starter 1GB + SSL plan, which is $39 per month. If you sign up for any hosting service and pay annually you get one month free, every year of the service.
MWP2.0 – New features
- Site Clone & Sync — create staging sites in a few clicks
- Improved Backups — we now store 7 days of backups (up from 2)
- PHP7 – FPM powered versions 5.6, 7 and 7.1
- AutoSSL via Let’s Encrypt — never worry about certificate installation or renewals again
- HTTP/2 – all HTTPs pages will automatically use HTTP/2
- More disk space — databases no longer contribute to usage
We are thrilled to announce that WP-CLI is now available on all WP NET Managed Cloud Servers!
WP-CLI is a fantastic utility that allows you to manage your WordPress sites directly from the command line. Working with WP-CLI is fast, flexible and … kinda fun!
We’ve been working on this for a while, so we’re really pleased to finally get it out of the gate — it’s installed on all Managed Cloud Servers right now! Just connect to your server via SSH and start managing your WordPress sites like a pro.
WP NET’s Managed Cloud Servers allow you to host managed and un-managed WordPress sites, so for customers that manage sites themselves, WP-CLI will provide an excellent new tool to help you efficiently manage your WordPress installations.
The following WP NET KnowledgeBase articles cover everything you need to know about connecting to your server via SSH and getting started with WP-CLI. Note that these articles are accessible by existing customers only, so you’ll need to login to My WP NET.
The following links provide some in-depth tutorials on using WP-CLI. You can ignore the instructions regarding installation and set up — that’s already done for you!
- Advanced WordPress Management With WP-CLI
- Toolbox of the Smart WordPress Developer: WP-CLI
- Advanced WordPress Development: WordPress Automation With WP-CLI
Also, for a comprehensive list of all the commands available in WP-CLI, see: WP-CLI Commands.
We are busy working on some major updates to our shared-hosting Managed WordPress Hosting & Support platform, which we’re calling MWP 2.0! (Managed WordPress 2.0)
We can’t provide all the details just yet, as we are still testing and finalising some features. However, we realise that many customers are getting desperate for PHP7 — well, I can confirm that PHP7 will be available in MWP 2.0!
There will also be many other exciting new features, but you’ll need to wait just a little longer to hear about those, but just to give you an idea, MWP 2.0 will be focussing on speed and security. PHP7 is a big part of the performance improvements we’ll be rolling out, as PHP7 alone will give your WordPress sites a serious speed boost.
Expect an official announcement in the next 4 – 6 weeks!
We are pleased to announce that we can now accept credit card payments via Stripe!
Stripe has recently launched in New Zealand and so we can now take advantage of their excellent service and features. Credit card payments to WP NET are now simple to set up and manage.
New customers can opt to pay by credit card at checkout and the payment will be processed by Stripe and the card details securely sent and stored with Stripe for re-billing as required.
With Stripe credit card payments, WP NET is able to bill customers on-demand and on a recurring basis, and we can bill varying amounts too, so there will be no more issues with recurring payments when you upgrade your account and your monthly amount due changes. This should be a huge relief to our customers who have experienced this issue with our previous payment processor.
Please note that credit card details are not stored within WP NET’s systems — all details are encrypted and securely transmitted to Stripe for processing and storage.
Over the next few weeks we will be migrating away from using 2CheckOut for existing recurring billing subscriptions, but we will be in contact with affected customers via email with instructions on how to transition over to using Stripe.
If any of our customers have questions or concerns regarding credit card payments, please open a support ticket and we’ll be happy to help.
We’ve recently deployed an update to our Managed Cloud Server Control Panel that adds support for managing FreeSSL (Let’s Encrypt) Certificates from directly within the Control Panel.
This means that all our Managed Cloud Server customers can now instantly apply SSL Certificates to their sites with the click of button. With this new addition — and considering the performance and SEO benefits of running sites with SSL — we recommend that all Cloud Server sites run under SSL.
More information, and complete instructions for using the Cloud Server Control Panel are available in our WP NET KnowledgeBase.
We have exciting news today … our Cloud Server Control Panel is officially released and available now!
Our Managed Cloud Servers are built for speed and security. We have gone to considerable lengths to ensure that these servers are as lean as possible — and that includes the control panel. The software installed on the server is very light-weight and uses practically zero resources. As you would expect, all communication between the control panel and the server uses SSL / HTTPS.
We have intentionally made the interface as simple and uncluttered as possible. Most actions require only a few clicks.
In short: it’s fast, secure and easy to use. … continues
WooCommerce 2.6 was recently released and includes many changes, improvements and fixes. Most notably, WooCommerce now includes “native” support for Shipping Classes — a long requested and very welcome feature.
Other changes include some UI improvements, with AJAX refreshes for the Cart pages and a nice tabbed interface for the My Account pages. You can read more about the changes on the WooCommerce Dev blog.
Thinking of updating to WooCommerce 2.6?
While this is an exciting update for WooCommerce users, there are a few important things to be aware of before you upgrade. This is a major update and should ideally be performed by a web designer or developer who can ensure that everything goes smoothly and recoverable backups are taken before any changes are made.