The latest version of the world’s most popular CMS, WordPress v4.5 is available now!
Features and changes in WordPress 4.5 include:
- Inline link editing
- Further improvements to Markdown support in the Editor
- Live responsive previews in the Customiser
- Native support for custom logos
- Improved image resizing and optimisation
We’ve got a lot of exciting new features and updates to announce over the next few months, and first up is…
That’s right, all customers with WP NET Managed Cloud VPS servers can now use SSL on their websites at no cost! You never need to bother with generating CSR’s, processing renewals or installing certificates … ever! It’s all completely automated.
New and existing Managed Cloud VPS customers can start using FreeSSL right now. For details on how to activate FreeSSL on your Cloud VPS websites, please see our KnowledgeBase article. (Note: you must login to the My WP NET customer portal to view the article)
What is Let’s Encrypt?
Let’s Encrypt is a new SSL Certificate Authority on a mission to make encryption standard across the web. Let’s Encrypt is sponsored by industry, including: Mozilla, Google, Facebook, Sucuri, CISCO and more. You can read more about Let’s Encypt on their website.
In a nutshell, Let’s Encrypt provides browser-trusted SSL certificates completely free. Provisioning and renewal is automated via the Let’s Encrypt agent software installed on the host server.
You may be asking yourself …
Like thousands of New Zealand businesses, WP NET is embracing the move to the shorter .nz TLD. We’ve had redirects in place for months, so that anyone arriving at wpnet.nz will be instantly redirected to wpnet.co.nz.
That’s all well and good, but we’ve decided it’s time to start making the move to .nz as the primary domain for all our websites and services. There’s a lot of changes we need to make so we’ll be doing it slowly and carefully over the next several weeks. We will of course ensure that redirects are in place, so you shouldn’t notice any difference or disruption.
If you use WooCommerce, chances are you also use PayPal. Many PayPal users have begun receiving notification from PayPal regarding various security updates to their systems. Included in these updates are changes to the IPN (Instant Payment Notification) URLs. Many users are concerned about the impact this may have on their PayPal payments processing with WooCommerce.
If you’re interested in the technical details, you can read about it on the PayPal Knowledge site.
This is a concerning development, as a malicious user somehow gained access to the plugin’s source code on the WordPress plugin repository and added the malware. They then bumped the plugin’s version number and anyone who installed the update was unwittingly infected by the backdoor exploit. Ouch. … continues
Accepting Online Payments in New Zealand
If your launching a WooCommerce site in New Zealand you will inevitably come to a point where you need to decide on a payment processor to use for your online transactions. Of course, there are many options available but the features and costs vary enormously — it can quickly get very confusing. We published a blog post about this some time ago and it’s still the most-read post on our blog. … continues
WooCommerce is easily the most popular WordPress e-commerce plugin, and is in fact one of the most popular e-commerce systems across all platforms — particularly for small to medium sized stores.
Hosting WooCommerce with WP NET is also proving very popular — almost half of our Managed WordPress customers use WooCommerce! … continues
There have been two critical security issues in recent days, which we wanted to bring to your attention.
Firstly, a serious vulnerability was discovered in the glibc library which is included in just about every Linux OS distribution. This was particularly concerning as 1) the vulnerability has existed since 2008(!) and 2) because the glibc library is so widespread, being used in Linux, smartphones, routers and all sorts of other devices. It could be sometime before some of these vulnerable devices are identified and patched. The bug is listed as CVE-2015-7547.
If you host with WP NET you can relax — we’ve already patched all our shared servers and Cloud Servers. … continues
Disk space is one of things you just can’t really have too much of. So, from today our Basic and Business Managed Cloud Server plans come standard with 25GB and 35GB respectively — that’s an additional 10GB at no extra cost. Of course, you can still customise your configuration and add as much disk space as you need.
Existing Managed Cloud VPS customers will have their servers upgraded over the coming weeks. We’ll let you know when this happens.
Our fully Managed Cloud VPS servers are custom built for large, resource intensive WordPress sites and are located right here in New Zealand. In additional to full stack server management you also get WordPress support from NZ’s WordPress Experts — WP NET.
If you have any questions about our Cloud VPS services, please just get in touch.
The latest and greatest version of the world’s most popular CMS, WordPress v4.4 is now available!
The WordPress.org blog post has details of what’s new in WordPress 4.4. Generally speaking, this update doesn’t include many changes that WP Admin users will notice — most of the changes in WordPress 4.4 are under the hood (though, they are very exciting changes, none-the-less).
We have already begun testing this version and a few earlier adopter WP NET users will receive the update shortly. Other sites may need to wait a little longer while we test and do the best we can to ensure a smooth upgrade. … continues