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 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
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.
Most of our hosting customers have now been updated to the latest WordPress version: 4.2.1.
Those remaining on v4.1.1 are mostly WooCommerce sites, as we are still completing testing with this plugin and it’s many extensions.
We recommend that WooCommerce users remain on v4.1.4 until we have finished testing WordPress 4.2.x with WooCommerce. The reason for this is to do with taxonomy term splitting in WordPress 4.2+. … continues
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