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!
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.
All-new systems monitoring service is now operational!
This is an internal monitoring service used by our support team to provide them with important systems status information and historical performance data for all of our servers and customers domains. This is a remote monitoring service that runs in conjunction with existing systems to provide us with detailed multi-node monitoring.
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 …
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
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.
The biggest changes include: … continues
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.
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.
We are in the later stages of testing PHP 5.6 for use on our multi-tenant Managed WordPress servers. Currently these servers run PHP 5.4.
WordPress is known to work well with PHP 5.6, and very few plugins report incompatibility with 5.6, so the upgrade process should cause very few — if any — problems.
PHP 5.6 does bring with it some exciting new features. Not least among them: speed improvements, largely thanks to the built-in Opcode cache. When upgraded to PHP 5.6, our Managed WordPress customers can expect a small-to-medium speed boost when using the WP Admin and other PHP intensive pages.
Cloud VPS server customers can rest easy you’re already running PHP5.5 or 5.6, both of which include the Opcode cache.
We’re still a good few weeks away from rolling this out to all users but it is on the way!
If you have any questions about running WordPress with PHP 5.6, please just get in touch.