Monthly Archives: September 2013

Magento CE 1.8.0.0 Stable Now Available

Magento Commerce CE Version 1.8.0.0 is now available for download and upgrade. This new edition improves tax calculations, boosts product quality and stability, enhances performance, and advances security for the rapidly growing Magento community.

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Key highlights include:

Enhanced Tax Calculations

Magento Community Edition 1.8 improves tax calculation accuracy for VAT merchants and eliminates potential rounding errors that can be confusing to buyers. Knowledge Base updates also provide more guidance on tax configurations and Canadian tax requirements, enabling you to more fully benefit from the native Magento tax engine.

Functional Improvements

Approximately 350 functional improvements has been made that boost product quality in key areas, including the web store, shopping cart, admin order creation, import and export functionality, web API components, and payment methods.

Performance Improvements

Magento Community Edition 1.8 enables a better shopping experience through faster page-loading in the checkout process and optimized cache adapters for single server systems, which minimize the number of cached pages that must be refreshed when product updates are made. The performance of the 1.8 administrator panel is also improved for those of you with large product or order databases.

Security Enhancements

Through a number of enhancements, the Magento team also strengthened the security of Magento Community Edition. A full list of enhancements is available in the release notes.

Updates to the Alpha Release

A few new updates were made to the alpha version of Magento Community Edition 1.8. The requirement to have globally unique category and product URL keys has been removed, giving you greater flexibility in your URL structures. The recent USPS API patch, DHL code updates, and the latest Redis backend cache code, now called Cm_Cache_Backend_Redis are also incorporated. The Magento team also included Cm_RedisSession, a Redis session storage module.

To see the full list of features and fixed issues please visit the release notes page. Diff files are available here.

Please Note: We do NOT recommend upgrading a production installation of Magento directly. Please backup database and all files before upgrading. Please make sure to check for compatibility of your plugins and themes before you upgrade.

WordPress 3.6.1 Security Patch Released

WordPress 3.6.1 is now available for download or update within your WordPress dashboard.

This version is a maintenance and security release for all previous versions and we strongly encourage you to update your sites immediately.

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The WordPress security team resolved three security issues and they also adjusted security restrictions around file uploads to mitigate the potential for cross-site scripting.

The security fixes included:

  • Block unsafe PHP unserialization that could occur in limited situations and setups, which can lead to remote code execution.
  • Prevent a user with an Author role, using a specially crafted request, from being able to create a post “written by” another user.
  • Fix insufficient input validation that could result in redirecting or leading a user to another website.

For more information on the changes, see the release notes or consult the list of changes.

PHP 5.4.19 Now Available

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We are happy to announce that PHP 5.4.19 is now available in PHP Selector

PHP 5.4.19 is the latest stable version of the PHP 5.4.x branch.

To choose your PHP version and extension, please head over to your cPanel –> Select PHP Version

PHP Selector is available for servers which are already upgraded as part of our US Web Hosting Upgrade

For servers which are not upgraded yet, stay tuned as we are doing upgrade by batches and you will receive emails from us when the upgrade for your server is ready.