Meltdown and Spectre Vulnerabilities: On it.
This week a web vulnerability was discovered that impacts virtually every processor manufactured since 1995. The vulnerability is being referred to as “Meltdown” and “Spectre”. Of course, we want you to know that we’ve got you covered. Most of our servers run a variant of the RedHat Linux operating system which released patches for the…Read More
How about an onslaught of 1.5 million unexpected visitors over July 4th weekend? OK!
The Friday before the 4th of July weekend we got word that a story on our client’s site, SammichesPsychMeds.com was struggling to handle a sudden traffic surge. We have hosted Sammiches & Psych Meds, a parenting, humor, and lifestyle website for a couple of years, which generally gets between 5,000 and 20,000 visits per day. Prior…Read More
[nginx/php-fpm] curl: (56) SSLRead() return error -9806: how we fixed it
tl;dr: Back up /etc/nginx, uninstall nginx, install the latest version of nginx, restore your /etc/nginx backup. Recently our own site was experiencing SSL connection issues. We first noticed it in Safari when connecting to wavemotiondigital.com and another site we host on the same server, both using SSLs. Oddly enough, another site hosted on the same…Read More
Use rsync & WP-CLI to painlessly move a WordPress site without plugins
Moving a WordPress site from one domain to another has always been a pain, since WordPress stores hashed information based on the length of the domain name in the database. Not being bound to a single domain name is one of the things that Drupal and Joomla get right and makes it easy for developers…Read More
27 reasons to choose WordPress over SquareSpace (spoiler: they can legally steal your content)
The fine folks at WPMU have put together an exhaustive list comprising 27 Reasons Why WordPress Crushes SquareSpace Every Time. Now, we may be a little biased because we develop for WordPress, and list is geared toward developers, but site owners and content publishers should read this as well. We are not afraid to admit this: if SquareSpace fits…Read More
SononaCare, PHP7, CentOS 7, Free SSLs, Piwik and more!
Today we dropped quite a few announcements for our customers. In this blog post we will break down each point individually and go a bit more in-depth on the topics covered. SononaCare We previously performed maintenance and updates to client sites as a courtesy to our customers. The update process, however, has become complex requiring constant attention…Read More
Internal Changes to Managed WordPress Hosting
The saying often goes, “you can have security or convenience” meaning that secure things are not going to be easy to use and having things easy sacrifices security. That is very true when it comes to hosting. Technology is ever-changing and along the way some growing pains occur. This is the case with the current relationship between PHP 7 and…Read More
WordFence: 5 Security Questions For Your Hosting Company
The folks at WordFence have a new blog post that caught our attention titled 5 Security Questions For Your Hosting Company. We read it with interest and can would like to take this opportunity to answer all of their questions: The first question is a multi-part question so we are going to break it down…Read More
WordPress 4.x random crashes on nginx/PHP-FPM with SSH2
Hat tip to the Ubuntu bugs mailing list for pointing us in the right direction in solving this problem. Like any good WordPress host we are using SSH keys to provide secure FTP communications for installing/updating our WordPress sites. Recently we noticed a perplexing issue where WordPress 4.x would crash when accessing the Settings screen or trying to delete a plugin.…Read More
Hosting uptime for October 2014
We spent quite a bit of time under the hood on a few servers during the month of October.Read More