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
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.