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
The long-awaited release of PHP7 is finally here!
PHP 7 is a major milestone in the evolution of the PHP platform and brings with it large performance gains and improved resource efficiency.
This post on the Digital Ocean blog gives a great summary of what’s new and changed in PHP7.
Our Managed Cloud VPS customers can start using PHP 7 right away, it’s available immediately (alongside 5.6) to use with your WordPress installations. Just open a support ticket if you would like us to switch any of your Managed Cloud VPS WordPress installations over to PHP7.
In our initial tests with the release version of PHP7 on an Ubuntu Cloud VPS, we get ~40% page load reduction on WP Admin pages.
A little less that a week ago, we quietly rolled-out an update to our customer portal website, My WP NET. This update represents many weeks of careful testing and development, to ensure that the transition was as smooth as possible.
The new My WP NET works in much the same way — the basic functions and features remain the same — however, the layout of many pages and menus have changed and some function have been streamlined. We hope our customers find the new site easier and faster. Rest assured that we also intend to improve My WP NET progressively over the coming months.
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A small update that we hope will make our customers lives a little easier … a code editor is now available directly in the Plesk Panel. The editor will colorise your code and assist with indentation. This should make editing PHP, HTML and other source code quite a bit easier.
To access the editor, go to the Files tab in Plesk and use the drop-down selector for the fie you wish to edit, and select Edit in Code Editor. … continues
Due to recent developments in brute-force hacking attempts using WordPress XML-RPC, we have implemented a new security measure to protect our customers.
The Sucuri Security blog post, Brute Force Amplification Attacks Against WordPress XMLRPC explains this issue very well, so we urge you to have a read if you would like to know more about this. … continues
If you’re an Android user, there’s a nifty new app that may interest you — The Plesk Mobile app allows you to get fast access to your Plesk Panel management features.
Plesk Mobile gives you convenient access to management of your domains. Here’s a few things you can do with Plesk Mobile:
- Domain management features
- File manager with basic operations
- Embedded text editor
- Subscription statistics
- Open Plesk Panel in embedded web view
It’s completely free, and available now from the Play Store.
As reported by Sucuri recently, Brute-force attacks on WordPress sites are on the rise and are still one of the most common website compromises.
Important: Envato — the owners of ThemeForest and CodeCanyon — have launched a new Support Policy which affects all past and future purchases. If you use ThemeForest WordPress themes and / or CodeCanyon WordPress plugins — please take note.
The Envato Market — specifically the ThemeForest and CodeCanyon websites — are probably the most popular sources of premium WordPress themes and plugins. Many WP NET customers use ThemeForest themes, and so we thought it important that we bring to your attention some important changes recently introduced.
We are in the final stages of deploying improved malware scanning capability on all WP NET servers.
In addition to the external malware scanning we perform using Sucuri Security’s SiteCheck scanner, we will also be performing server-side malware scanning using industry standard software which provides a more robust and comprehensive scanning capability.
For the time being we will continue to operate both systems for malware scanning, but we will be reviewing this in the future and we may discontinue the Sucuri SiteCheck scanner if we find that it is no longer beneficial.
If you have any questions regarding this, please feel free to get in touch.