System Updates

  • System UpdatesWordPress

    WordPress 4.2 Update Progress

    - by GB

    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

  • 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

  • Security
    FREAK Attack

    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 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
    Qualys SSL Labs SSL Server Test

    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: or

    For more information about the POODLE vulnerability, please read the following references:


  • 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:

  • 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

  • Managed WordPressPluginsSystem UpdatesWordPress

    Why use Managed WordPress hosting? Security, security, security.

    - by GB

    It’s been a busy week for WordPress security, firstly a critical security issue was discovered in the very popular WordPress slider plugin; Slider Revolution, and just today an important security fix was released for Gravity Forms, another very popular WordPress plugin.

    Whilst in both these cases the developers have responded rapidly to resolve issues (in fact the Slider Revolution bug was patched back in February 2014), the onus does fall on to the user to update their plugins. Failure to do so could leave your website vulnerable to attack. The Slider Revolution bug was particularly nasty, allowing a  malicious user to download the wp-config.php file (or just about any file actually). The wp-config.php file contains all the database connection credentials so this was very serious indeed.  … continues

  • Managed WordPressSystem Updates

    Backup systems improvement

    - by GB

    For some time now we have used our remote WordPress management system to execute database backups each night and upload these securely to Amazon S3. This has worked well, but it was not proving to be the most efficient method and there was one short-coming — only WordPress databases were backed up. There are sometimes a few instances of other databases on the server that would be nice to include in the nightly backups.

    To this end, beginning today we are using a new method to backup all MySQL databases and upload to S3 — and it’s very fast. The backups execute directly on the server, and so does not require remote calls from our WordPress management software. Additionally, the temp backup files are now stored outside the web root, inaccessible to anyone. Previously, each backup was temporarily stored in the website’s ‘wp-content’ directory and then removed after upload.  … continues

  • Plesk PanelSystem Updates

    Plesk 12 now installed on all hosting accounts

    - by GB

    All WP NET servers have now been updated to the latest version Plesk Panel version 12. Plesk 12 brings a refined interface and some fantastic new features, including integrated WordPress management and backup to DropBox.

    This is an exciting Plesk release for WP NET. Plesk 12 allows us to provide an even greater level of security and WordPress-centric server management services to our customers. Furthermore, the WordPress Toolkit features are also available to you — the customer — so you can now update plugins and themes yourself — should you wish to do so — directly in the Plesk Panel.

    Whilst the interface is mostly the same as version 11.5, there are a few notable changes and additions.

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