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  • Managed WordPressSystem Updates

    Managed Cloud VPS servers now available

    - by GB

    We’re thrilled to announce that our Managed Cloud VPS server products are now officially available. We have been offering this service to a few select customers for a while now, and we have been carefully testing and monitoring the platform to ensure that it’s stable and fast. We’re pleased to say that it is now rock-solid — and thanks to SSD RAID drives — it’s crazy fast! Starting at only NZD$199 per month you can get yourself a fully managed Cloud VPS server, powered by 64-bit Ubuntu Linux. We install a custom designed hosting stack, featuring Nginx with SPDY and PHP-FPM. You can choose to run either PHP 5.4, 5.5 or the latest and greatest: 5.6.  … continues

  • WordPress

    WordPress 4.2 coming soon

    - by GB

    A shiny new version of WordPress is not far away … WordPress 4.2 should be available within the next few weeks. What’s new in WordPress 4.2 Faster Plugin Installation and Updates Switch Themes in the WP Admin Customizer New and Improved Emoji Support Under the Hood Minor updates to the WP Admin theme Shared taxonomy terms get split * Improved accessibility for the WP Admin For full details of all the changes in WordPress 4.2, read the official blog posts.  … continues

  • Security
    FREAK Attack
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    FREAK Attack — WP NET is secure

    - by GB

    I’ve posted about this on our Announcements page, but thought I’d mention it here too — all WP NET servers have been patched and tested as safe from the FREAK Attack SSL/TLS bug. We actually installed patches and tested a good couple of weeks ago, so we’ve been secure for sometime now. The FREAK Attack affects browsers as well, so you should test all the web browsers you use.   … continues

  • Managed WordPress
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    Knowledge is key to WordPress security

    - by GB

    An article recently published on ZDNet suggests that much of WordPress’s security woes are due to lack of knowledge on the part of the administrator. Security — an area that is often overlooked or left out of the budget altogether — if left unchecked, can make your website an easy target. Frequently, if a handful of straightforward, proven security hardening measures had been completed, many sites would not have fallen prey to their attackers.   … continues

  • Plugins
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    Run WordPress on your Windows desktop with Instant WordPress

    - by GB

    When building a new WordPress website, it is best practice to do so on a development server (such as your local desktop machine), rather than on a live web server. For seasoned developers there are numerous tools, plugins and scripts to employ for building, deploying and testing WordPress installations — but for the less technically savvy it can be a bit tricky. There are a few reasons why developing on a local server is best, which we’ll briefly cover.  … continues

  • Managed WordPressSecurityWordPressWordPress News

    Reduce risk with managed hosting, says ZDNet

    - by GB

    An interesting article was recently published on ZDNet, highlighting the increasing risks associated with unmanaged WordPress hosting. In particular, the recent vulnerability discovered in the ubiquitous Slider Revolution plugin (and the subsequent controversy about the management of it’s disclosure and patching) has raised important questions regarding WordPress management and security. At what technical level, is it accepted that a website owner has the necessary know-how to secure a website, protect it against attacks and detect when problems occur? As WordPress becomes ever more popular around the world — so too does the need for focus on security, performance and scalability. … security is an even bigger imperative. Many WordPress sites belong to people who don’t know jack about computers, let alone web site administration. These users are much better off with a WordPress environment in which their options are limited, but their safety protected. In 2015, it will be more important than ever to ensure that your WordPress installations are secure…

  • Managed WordPressWordPress

    WordPress 4.1 due next week

    - by GB

    The next major release for WordPress, version 4.1 is due to be released on December 15 2014. You can read some (work in progress) information about the new release on the WordPress.org website. We will be reviewing and testing WordPress 4.1 as soon as it’s released and then start our upgrade process for all our hosting customers shortly thereafter.  … continues

  • Managed WordPress
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    Managed WordPress Hosting Saves The Day … Again

    - by GB

    Our NZ-Based Managed WordPress Hosting has been operating for 8 months now, and already there have been many occasions when our added level of WordPress support and expertise has given our customers security and peace of mind. WP NET does not just host your site and leave it at that — we constantly monitor the WordPress eco-sphere for important security updates, emerging threats and other risks — and when they are discovered we inform our customers and patch our systems as soon as possible. Most other hosts are not even aware of these issues and resolving them is usually left to you. Many WordPress sites are still vulnerable to some of these threats weeks or even months later. WP NET also monitors your website uptime and performs regular malware scans, and if we notice any performance issues with your site, we’ll get in touch and work with you to make improvements. So, ask yourself … can you afford not to use Managed…

  • Managed WordPressSystem Updates

    Increased resources now available on all plans

    - by GB

    As we continue to grow, we want to ensure that our hosting plans provide the right balance of resources that our customers need. To this end, we have today increased the allocated resources on all hosting plans as follows. All prices remain the same.  … continues

  • Security
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    The SSLv3 ‘POODLE’ Vulnerability

    - by GB

    All our servers now have SSLv3 disabled to mitigate the recently revealed SSLv3 vulnerability, dubbed POODLE. WP NET servers are NOT vulnerable to the POODLE attack. Please note that this issue affects both servers and browsers, you should disable SSLv3 in your web browser as soon as possible. For help with disabling SSLv3 in your browser go to: zmap.io/sslv3/browsers.html or scotthelme.co.uk/sslv3-goes-to-the-dogs-poodle-kills-off-protocol/ For more information about the POODLE vulnerability, please read the following references: http://googleonlinesecurity.blogspot.co.nz/2014/10/this-poodle-bites-exploiting-ssl-30.html https://blog.mozilla.org/security/2014/10/14/the-poodle-attack-and-the-end-of-ssl-3-0/ https://scotthelme.co.uk/sslv3-goes-to-the-dogs-poodle-kills-off-protocol/ https://community.qualys.com/blogs/securitylabs/2014/10/15/ssl-3-is-dead-killed-by-the-poodle-attack  

  • System Updates

    .nz domain registrations now available

    - by GB

    WP NET now offers the new ‘.nz’ TLD domain registrations. You can register or transfer .nz domains directly from our website. Pricing is the same as all other ‘nz’ domains; NZD$40 per year. You can search for domain names and see our complete price list on our Domain Checker page. You can read more about .nz domains on a special NZ Domain Name Commission website: anyname.nz

  • SecuritySystem Updates

    Another week — another serious security vulnerabilty

    - by GB

    Security vulnerabilities are happening more and more, again this week there are been two serious security issues revealed. iThemes, creators of the very popular BackupBuddy and iThemes Security plugins have had their membership systems compromised, and it appears likely that hackers have gotten away with up to 60,000 users email addresses and passwords. If you are an iThemes customer, you should immediately reset your password — your previous password won’t work any more, as iThemes have disabled them — you must reset your iThemes membership password before you can access your account. If you are a user of Backup Buddy, iThemes Security Pro, iThemes Sync or iThemes Stash then this affects you. Please go to the iThemes website and reset your password now.  … continues

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