Monthly Archives: December 2011

LiteSpeed Cache Deployed for All Servers

We have deployed LiteSpeed Dynamic Content Cache (LiteSpeed Cache) for all servers. This will improve the performance of your website (especially busy sites).

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We have excluded certain URL patterns (which should not be cached, like admin, checkout, etc) from being cached by LiteSpeed Cache.

If any client faces an issue where LiteSpeed Cache is caching any part of their website which should not be cached, please do get in touch with us to have this worked out.

Disabling LiteSpeed Cache

You may also disable LiteSpeed Cache by either of the following:-

1. On a per-directory basis by adding the following lines to the directory’s “.htaccess” file:-

RewriteRule (.*) – [E=Cache-Control:no-cache]

2. Adding the following to the PHP header file:-

(‘X-LiteSpeed-Cache-Control: no-cache’ );

3. Contact us and we can disable it for your domain at the server level.

About LiteSpeed Dynamic Content Cache

LiteSpeed Cache has similar features as Apache mod_cache but implemented in a more efficient way, and works like Varnish.

It is an output cache for dynamic contents, so the usage does not limit to PHP pages.

Unlike Varnish, it is built into LiteSpeed Web Server, eliminating one layer of reverse proxy and hence more efficient for static contents.

All Servers Upgraded to PHP 5.2.17

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We have completed the upgrade of PHP for all servers to the latest stable version, which is PHP version 5.2.17.

This was scheduled and announced to all clients in a mass mail last week.

We are also planning to introducing PHP version 5.3.x as an extra choice for all servers in order for our clients to have a choice to choose between the two PHP branch. We will provide further announcements if and when this is implemented.

SMF 2.0.2 & 1.1.16 Security Patch Released

Simple Machines Forum project has released SMF 1.1.16 and SMF 2.0.2 security patches for the SMF community.

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Critical security issues have been identified and fixed with this patch, therefore it is highly recommended to make sure you update your forums immediately.

A few bug fixes for SMF 2.0.x are also available with the patch.

If you use 2.0.1, you can update your forum to 2.0.2. using package manager, by downloading the smf_2.0.2 patch and installing it.

If you use 1.1.15, you can update to 1.1.16 with the smf_1.0.22_1.1.16 patch, also using package manager.

Please find the changelog for the latest release as usual, on the downloads page:

Christmas & New Year Special!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

We are running a Christmas & New Year Special which will be valid from now until the 10th January 2012 11.59pm EST.

Take 25% OFF for your first billing cycle with the coupon code XMNY25OFF*!

The coupon code is applicable for all new Web Hosting orders with all Billing Cycles. The longer the Billing Cycle that you choose, the higher the amount of your discount.

As some of you may know, we rarely run specials for longer billing cycles so make sure to grab a Web Hosting account before it is too late!

* Do take note that singing up with a promotional code will void the money back guarantee.

UPDATE: The promotion has ended now.

WordPress 3.3 Now Available

The latest and greatest version of the WordPress software — 3.3, named “Sonny” in honor of the great jazz saxophonist Sonny Stitt — is immediately available for download or update inside your WordPress dashboard.

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WordPress has had over 65 million downloads since version 3.0 was released, and in this third major iteration the WordPress team have added significant polish around the new user experience, navigation, uploading, and imports.

For Users

Experienced users will appreciate the new drag-and-drop uploader, hover menus for the navigation, the new toolbar, improved co-editing support, and the new Tumblr importer. We’ve also been thinking a ton about what the WordPress experience is like for people completely new to the software. Version 3.3 has significant improvements there with pointer tips for new features included in each update, a friendly welcome message for first-time users, and revamped help tabs throughout the interface. Finally we’ve improved the dashboard experience on the iPad and other tablets with better touch support.

For Developers

There is a ton of candy for developers as well. I’d recommend starting your exploration with the new editor API, new jQuery version, better ways to hook into the help screens, more performant post-slug-only permalinks, and of course the entire list of improvements on the Codex and in Trac.