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WiredTree, one of our affiliate hosting partners, have announced the addition of new features pertinent to R1Soft backups, Parallels optimization and SSD caching – something the company hopes will provide it with “unparalleled performance.” In a press release, WiredTree President Zac Cogswell discussed how the company goes about implementing the process, noting that WiredTree annually upgrades its VPS and hybrid server platforms.
“Our annual Level Up guarantees our customers can take advantage of the most recent developments in the web hosting industry as they become available. Often, this means adding RAM and disk space across our hardware, but this year, we are not adding RAM or disk space to our plans. Instead, we have done what many considered impossible — made huge performance boosts to disk I/O for hosting services that are faster than ever before.”
WiredTree went so far as to testing the SSD Caching platform – something it says cuts load times in half. The testing was performed on live client websites. If you haven’t yet checked them out, WiredTree offers a range of hosting services including managed VPS, servers and hybrid.
A few months ago the team at SpeedySparrow had submitted a feature request to the cPanel development team asking for support for wildcard SSL certificates. Natural support, support that doesn’t require jumping through hoops and performing hacks on your server. The response to this request came in just a few minutes ago from Kenneth Power, one of the cPanel development team staff members. He responds:
We rewrote the SSL Management functionality for cPanel & WHM 11.38. In part this change will deliver the following:
New SSL Management system with full support for SNI allows hosting multiple SSL Certificates, for different domains, on the same IP addressThe ability for server owners and users to determine the primary virtual host for an IP address means incompatible systems will see helpful content. Improved support for Wildcard, and UCC/SAN, certificates allows users to use the same certificate for multiple subdomainsUCC/SAN certificates allow for simplified certificate sharing across multiple domainsImproved user interfaces provide guidance through the various workflows of managing certificates and their assets.
In a nutshell - they’ve decided the feature will be introduced in the next release cPanel, version 11.38. They’re also implementing SNI, which will allow multiple SSL certificates to be installed on a single IP address. I’m looking forward to testing these new features!
A client of mine recently contacted me, and frantically proceeded to explain to me how his hosting company contacted him stating their server had been hacked through an out-dated WordPress install they had kept on it. To make matters worse, the host did not have a recent file backup available – great. I was in for a long night. However this got me thinking as to just how often this happens. A lot of people wrongly assume that their personal online projects, if never advertised, can never be found. So I wanted to take a moment and write up this post, and hopefully help someone prevent themselves from being in a similar situation.
First off, touching base on the host’s lack of a recent file backup, I want to bring up an article I wrote a while back: “Always Keep Your Own Backups“. It applies to a lot more than just hosting if you really think about it. Maintaining a recent backup is something every website owner should be doing, and with the majority of control panels out there – such as Hepsia and cPanel – generating and downloading backups is fairly simple. Read through the article, even if you have in the past, and make sure you’re following through with your responsibilities.
Moving on we come to this out-dated WordPress install – which provided the loophole the hacker needed to get in. This is something else that you, as a website owner, have to stay on top of. You have to make sure that all your script installs are always up to date. When using script installers such as Softaculous, Elefante, and Fantastico – this task also becomes fairly simple as each one of the script installers will automatically notify you of new versions of your installed scripts.
For those that own a server with several different accounts on it, you can automate this process by utilizing some scripts. For example techsware.in has a great script posted up that will located out-dated WordPress installs on any system running cPanel, Plesk, or really any Linux box. You can also utilize a full-featured premium script like OldScriptFinder.
The point is that even if you have to do it manually – you want to make sure you do keep all of your script installs up to date. It doesn’t take much, but it does a lot for you in the long run. Apart from just server security, out-dated scripts can have broken loops – causing a severe drag on system resources – thus hurting the performance of the entire hosting account/server.
cPanel Inc. just recently spoke about the release of a Stable version 11.34, and a few short days later – it’s finally here. Announced yesterday the release of version 11.34 Stable of cPanel & WHM software brings many improvements and upgrades to the package.
As per cPanel CEO, J. Nick Koston’s Keynote speech at the 7th annual cPanel Conference, some of the new features include:
Take note that upon updating or installing cPanel & WHM version 11.34, you will no longer be able to downgrade to a previous version. For full details regarding version 11.34, such as the User Guide, Release Notes, Change Log & FAQ’s, please visit: http://docs.cpanel.net.
Hivelocity announced earlier in the week that they are now including a free 60GB Intel 520 series Solid State Hard Drive with all new servers. The free SSD is included as an extra drive and not a replacement for the SATA or SAS drives already included with the standard server configurations. Customers have the choice of having the free SSD mounted as the primary drive for their operating system or as a secondary drive for whatever use they choose.
“We have been offering solid state drives with our servers for the last year or two and every month they gain more traction. The speed benefits our customers with SSD have realized is fantastic and we figured a super fast server equates to a super happy customer so lets give them away for free,” said Hivelocity USA Sales Manager Drew Adams.
Never before has the general public been given an open look at the inside of Google’s datacenters – until now. True Google has shared many of their designs and best practices, and they have been publishing their efficiency data since 2008, however only a small handful of employees have access to the server floor itself. Yesterday Google announced the launch of a new site – Where The Internet Lives - featuring beautiful photographs by Connie Zhou, where you’ll get a never-before-seen look at the technology, the people and the places that keep Google running. In addition, you can also explore Googles’ Lenoir, NC data center using Street View. Walk in the front door, head up the stairs, turn right at the ping-pong table and head down the hall to the data center floor. If you’d like you can also watch a video tour to learn more about what you’re viewing in Street View and see some of the equipment in action.
DiscountASP.NET has announced earlier last week the introduction of Microsoft Windows 2012 Hosting in their US-based data center, with plans to offer the same service in their Europe data-center in the near future.
For those hearing about Windows Server 2012, the new Windows 2012 hosting platform includes several key enhancements, such as:
“DiscountASP.NET is committed to making the latest Microsoft Web Stack available on our hosting platform for Microsoft developers as quickly as possible,” said Takeshi Eto, VP Marketing and Business Development at DiscountASP.NET. “Our goal is to provide developers with a playground of technology options so they can develop and run their next-generation modern web applications.”
The newest release of Microsoft’s Server 2012 is seen as something highly innovative, full of improved features and applications. These improvements offer application flexibility to answer the critical needs of many businesses and organizations; and as such more and more companies are starting to offer it.
WebHostForASP.net recently proudly announced the aviability of Windows Server 2012 on their hosting services list. Furthermore any existing customers utilizing an older version can upgrade completely free of charge, and promises no downtime during the upgrade process.
A Tweet a few hours ago let me know about @HGstatus – a new Twitter profile created specifically to keep HostGator’s customers up to date on the latest network status information – whether it be scheduled maintenance or temporary downtime.
We’re now tweeting Network Status Updates to our new @hgstatus acct. Please follow for server notifications directly to you via Twitter!
Personally, as someone that has a few clients with dedicated and reseller accounts at HostGator – I find this extremely convenient since Twitter is setup on my mobile phone – and thus all notifications are instantly visible to me. Kind of like the scheduled reboot of the ritz server earlier this morning, and the ram swap on the somerset server late last night.
So my recommendation? If you’re a HostGator customer – go ahead and follow both the @hostgator and @hgstatus accounts. Hosting companies are getting more and more active on their social profiles – so this is sure to keep the line of communication between you and HostGator more open.
Since Linux is a multi-tasking system, in which many different programs or program threads may be running simultaneously, Linux keeps track of all individual tasks and processes – much like the Task Manager within Windows. Although these processes are usually well-behaved and well-managed by Linux itself – it’s always helpful to be able to know how to view all the running processes, or stop a program if it hits a bug or a flaw.
To find out what processes are running we use the ps command. ps stands for “process status”, which generates a concise listing of your own processes.
[email protected] [~]# ps PID TTY TIME CMD 252270 ? 00:00:00 bash 252341 ? 00:00:00 ps
The information in the first column, titled PID, is the Process ID number, which is unique and which Linux uses to identify that particular process. You must know the PID in order to be able to kill a process.
The TTY column shows you which terminal the process was started from.
The STAT column gives you the current status of the process. The two most common entries in the status column are S for sleeping and R for running. A sleeping process is one that isn’t currently active, however do take note that a process can switch from sleeping to running within a matter of seconds.
The TIME column shows the amount of system time used by the process. Clearly, neither of our processes are taking up any real system time in our example above.
Finally we come to the COMMAND column – which contains the name of the program that is running. This will usually be the command you typed at the command line, however sometimes the command you type starts one or more child processes, and in this case you would see these additional processes show up as well, without ever actually having to have typed them in yourself.
If you are logged in as root, you will see a list of all the processes on your system. An ordinary user will simply see the processes that are running under their account only.
One extremely useful option with the ps command is the u argument. Although technically the u argument stands for “user” – it actually displays much more information than just the username. For example:
[email protected] [~]# ps u USER PID %CPU %MEM VSZ RSS TTY STAT START TIME COMMAND user 252270 0.0 0.0 10952 1424 ? S 09:34 0:00 -jailshell user 270853 0.0 0.0 10480 924 ? R+ 09:40 0:00 ps u
As you can see in addition to the username in the USER column, we now also have the CPU column – which shows you what percentage of your computer’s processing power is being used by the process, and MEM – which shows you what percentage of your computers memory is being used by the process.