System Updates

  • Managed WordPress
    StatusCake - Detailed Test Information

    Introducing Improved Server Monitoring

    - by GB

    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.

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  • Managed WordPressSystem Updates

    FreeSSL Now Available for Managed Server

    - by GB

    We’ve got a lot of exciting new features and updates to announce over the next few months, and first up is…

    FreeSSL from Let’s Encrypt
    now available to all Managed Cloud VPS customers!

    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 …

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  • System Updates
    dot-nz-logo

    Transitioning to .nz

    - by GB

    Like thousands of New Zealand businesses, WP NET is embracing the move to the shorter .nz TLD. We’ve had redirects in place for months, so that anyone arriving at wpnet.nz will be instantly redirected to wpnet.co.nz.

    That’s all well and good, but we’ve decided it’s time to start making the move to .nz as the primary domain for all our websites and services. There’s a lot of changes we need to make so we’ll be doing it slowly and carefully over the next several weeks. We will of course ensure that redirects are in place, so you shouldn’t notice any difference or disruption.

  • Security
    Security

    Security Update – glibc

    - by GB

    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

  • System Updates

    More disk space for Cloud VPS Basic and Business plans

    - by GB

    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.

  • System Updates
    PHP7

    PHP 7 is here!

    - by GB

    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.

  • Managed WordPress
    New My WP NET

    My WP NET Customer Portal gets a new look

    - by GB

    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

  • System Updates
    HTTP/2

    HTTP/2 now available for Cloud VPS customers

    - by GB

    We are excited to announce that HTTP/2 is now available for our Managed Cloud VPS customers.

    HTTP/2 solves many fundamental performance limitations that existed in HTTP/1.x and can result in page load increases of up to 50 percent.  … continues

  • Plesk PanelSystem Updates

    Code Editor now available in Plesk Panel

    - by GB

    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

  • Security
    wordpress-xml-rpc

    Security Update: now blocking XML-RPC

    - by GB

    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

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