WordPress

  • 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.

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    Pro Plugin Directory

    WordPress Pro Plugin Directory

    - by GB

    I just wanted to make a quick mention of this promising new directory for pro / paid WordPress plugins: the Pro Plugin Directory.

    Finding free WordPress plugins is a no-brainer … the official WordPress plugins repository contains thousands of free plugins with reviews, ratings and all sorts of useful information to help you make an informed choice. Of course, you can also search the repository from within your WordPress Admin. It works very well and is one of the best things about WordPress — easy discovery, installation and support for free WordPress plugins.  … continues

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    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

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    WordPress Security Issues — This Is Good!

    - by GB

    It’s been another busy week for WordPress security — first a large number of very popular plugins were found to be vulnerable to XSS (Cross-site Scripting) attacks due to improper use of a couple of commonly used functions. Then, an important security update for the WordPress core, version 4.1.2 was released. Plugin and theme authors the world over are no doubt still busily checking their code and updates to various plugins and themes are still rolling out as I write this post (though most have already been fixed and updated a couple of days ago).

    Many WordPress users are probably wondering … why are there so many security patches coming out for WordPress? Is WordPress a safe platform for my website?  … continues

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    WordPress 4.2 coming soon

    - by GB

    A shiny new version of WordPress is not far away … WordPress 4.2 should be available within the next few weeks.

    What’s new in WordPress 4.2

    • Faster Plugin Installation and Updates
    • Switch Themes in the WP Admin Customizer
    • New and Improved Emoji Support
    • Under the Hood

    For full details of all the changes in WordPress 4.2, read the official blog posts.  … continues

  • Managed WordPressSecurityWordPressWordPress News

    Reduce risk with managed hosting, says ZDNet

    - by GB

    An interesting article was recently published on ZDNet, highlighting the increasing risks associated with unmanaged WordPress hosting.

    In particular, the recent vulnerability discovered in the ubiquitous Slider Revolution plugin (and the subsequent controversy about the management of it’s disclosure and patching) has raised important questions regarding WordPress management and security.

    At what technical level, is it accepted that a website owner has the necessary know-how to secure a website, protect it against attacks and detect when problems occur? As WordPress becomes ever more popular around the world — so too does the need for focus on security, performance and scalability.

    … security is an even bigger imperative. Many WordPress sites belong to people who don’t know jack about computers, let alone web site administration. These users are much better off with a WordPress environment in which their options are limited, but their safety protected.

    In 2015, it will be more important than ever to ensure that your WordPress installations are secure and up to date.

    Read the article.

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    WordPress 4.1 due next week

    - by GB

    The next major release for WordPress, version 4.1 is due to be released on December 15 2014.

    You can read some (work in progress) information about the new release on the WordPress.org website.

    We will be reviewing and testing WordPress 4.1 as soon as it’s released and then start our upgrade process for all our hosting customers shortly thereafter.  … 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

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    WordPress 3.9 deployed

    - by GB

    After a slight delay while we finalised testing, we have now completed deploying WordPress 3.9 to all our Managed WordPress hosting customers.

    To learn more about some of the fantastic new features and changes in WordPress 3.9, check out this article on Smashing Magazine.

    Enjoy!

  • SecurityWordPress

    OpenSSL HeartBleed — ouch

    - by GB

    On April 7 2014 a serious vulnerability was discovered in the widely used OpenSSL software — this affected many (many!) web servers across the world, requiring urgent patching.

    As a precaution, it is also strongly advised that all SSL Certificates be reissued and all users change their passwords on system that used OpenSSL.

    All WP NET servers have had patches installed and tested, and we have also reissued all SSL certificates used on our domains, including the Plesk Panel.

    Heartbleed OpenSSL extension testing tool CVE 2014 0160

    Test your domain for the OpenSSL HeartBleed Vulnerability

    http://possible.lv/tools/hb/ also see http://filippo.io/Heartbleed/

    If you host a website and you use an SSL certificate on your domain, you should consider having the certificate reissued and reinstalled on your server.

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