No sooner had we tested and deployed WordPress 3.7 to all our Managed Hosting customers and low-and-behold — 3.7.1 is released.
One of the main new features in (the very recently released) 3.7 is the automatic installation of security and patch updates. All our customers who have been updated to 3.7 therefore have this functionality running on their site now.
We are continuing our efforts to make security improvements to our hosting systems where ever possible.
Our new Managed WordPress service is proving to be very well timed. While WordPress is a fantastic, easy-to-use CMS that costs you $0 to use — now, more than ever, WordPress site owners are learning that it is important to keep their core WordPress software, and plugins up to date.
Only a few weeks a go a serious security vulnerability was discovered in both of the two leading WordPress caching plugins (WP Super Cache and W3 Total Cache) — both of these plugins are completely free — provided to the community at no charge by the developers, and whilst both products are very professionally developed — all software is prone to bugs and vulnerabilities. The issue was identified, and to the authors credit, both plugins were fixed within hours, and updates made available via the WordPress Plugins repository. Securi website security monitoring started detecting hack attempts targeting these vulnerabilities only a few days later.