Monthly Archives: April 2013

Joomla 2.5.11 Now Available

The Joomla Project is pleased to announce the immediate availability of Joomla 2.5.11. his is not a security release. This release fixes some problems introduced in the 2.5.10 release.

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Release Notes

Check the Joomla 2.5.11 Post-Release FAQs to see if there are important items and helpful hints discovered after the release.

Statistics for the 2.5.10 release:-

  • Joomla 2.5.10 contains:
    • no security issues fixed
    • 5 tracker issues fixed

Joomla 2.5.10 Now Available

The Joomla Project is pleased to announce the immediate availability of Joomla 2.5.10. This is a security release.

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Release Notes

Check the Joomla 2.5.10 Post-Release FAQs to see if there are important items and helpful hints discovered after the release.

Statistics for the 2.5.10 release:-

  • Joomla 2.5.10 contains:
    • 7 Security issues fixed
    • 38 tracker issues fixed

Security Issues Fixed

WP Super Cache & W3TC Security Update

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If you have a WordPress blog or website that has the WP Super Cache or W3 Total Cache plugins installed, this will affect you.

Please make sure that your plugins have the following minimum version:-

You can find the plugin’s version by going to your WordPress Admin –> Plugins –> Installed Plugins.

If your plugin is older than the above version, please get them updated immediately.

Older version of the plugins have a very serious vulnerability – remote code execution (RCE).

RCE allows an attacker to execute PHP commands for your hosting accounts and the attacker can even access your account while bypassing all your authentication controls. They can do this by just posting comments in your website.

It is important for you to make sure all plugins are constantly updated to the latest version. We recommend that you check for updates at least on a weekly basis.

Magento CE 1.8.0.0 Alpha Now Available

Magento Commerce CE Version 1.8.0.0 Alpha is now available for preview. This release focuses on major quality and stability improvements, performance enhancements and security

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Key highlights include:

Performance Improvements

This release provides better performance in a number of ways, including improved performance of the checkout process, optimized cache adapters for single-server systems and speedier large database lookups. You can even load a large number of tax rates (3,000+) without any impact to performance.

Enhanced Tax Calculation Algorithms

This latest version of Magento Community Edition improves tax calculation algorithms, eliminating potential rounding offsets that can be displayed on buyer facing screens. This release also provides additional support for Canadian tax requirements.

Functional Improvements

The Magento team made approximately 350 functional improvements in key areas, including the web store, shopping cart, admin order creation, import and export functionality, web API components and payment methods.

Security Enhancements

Through a number of enhancements, the security of Magento Community Edition has also been strengthened. Check out the full list of enhancements in the release notes.

We encourage you to take this preview release for a test drive and experiment with it.

Please note that we DO NOT recommend that you use this release in a production environment.

Learn more about alpha releases and the Magento Community Edition release process.

US Web Hosting Upgrade

Dear Clients,

This is a notification to let you know that we will be performing a complete upgrade for all US Web Hosting servers.

The upgrade will start from the end of April 2013.

The upgrade will involve server moves and as such slight downtime due to DNS propagation (for visitors who visited your website recently). For clients who are not using our nameservers for your domain, we suggest you to use them to minimize the downtime.

We will make further announcement on this in the coming days and weeks.

The aim of the upgrade is to achieve:-

– Performance Improvements

– Security Improvements

– Feature Improvements

Here are the major highlights of the upgrade:-

Solid State Drives (SSD)

We will be switching all Web Hosting servers from the current 15K SA-SCSI Hard Drives to the latest Solid State Drives (SSD), which will give a huge performance boost to your website.

CageFS

CageFS (by CloudLinux) is a virtualized file system which will isolate each hosting account to their own “cage” complete with their own file system, etc. This is a huge improvement to the security of our shared hosting platform as a client can no longer detect the presence of another client on the server.

PHP Selector

PHP Selector (by CloudLinux) allows you to choose your own PHP version and extension on a per-account basis. You can choose to use any of the available PHP versions including 5.2.x, 5.3.x and 5.4.x directly within your cPanel with us.

Percona MySQL

We will be replacing the regular MySQL (by Oracle) with Percona Server 5.5.x, which is a drop-in replacement for MySQL and it is 100% compatible with all current MySQL databases. Percona MySQL is more than 40% faster than MySQL which will give you better performance without sacrificing compatibility.

CDN Manager

As some of you may be aware, a very new version of cPanel broke the CDN Manager which is used to configure the CDN and purge the CDN cache. We are happy to say that the CDN Manager will work properly as soon as the upgrade is completed.

Lower Amount of Clients Per Server

Along with the upgrade, we will be reducing the number of clients per server and this will result in improved performance for you.

We hope you are as excited as us regarding this upgrade and we thank you for your patience and understanding for any inconvenience that may occur during the upgrade. .

Thank you.

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