PHP Upgrade to 5.3

PHP on our Cloud Hosting service has been upgraded to 5.3. All new accounts will default to PHP 5.3 and existing sites can take advantage of this upgrade by switching to the new version in the features tab of your control panel. If you require any assistance in upgrading please feel free to open a help desk ticket.

Improvements in PHP 5.3

  • Garbage Collection
  • Improvements in memory usage
  • Numerous bug fixes
  • Security updates

End of Life For Cloud Web Stats

Due to Google discontinuing the Urchin product, our upstream cloud hosting provider Rackspace has informed us that they will be discontinuing the web statistics on Cloud Sites.

If you are using Web Stats 6 in your cloud control panel to measure your website metrics. you will need to transition to a different web analytics system within the next six months.

We continue to recommend using the free Google Analytics service, which also provides live statistics where the Urchin stats did not. If you are using WordPess you can install Jetpack which comes with WordPress stats.

Cloud Control Panel Maintenance

The websitesettings.com control panel for our Cloud Hosting system is currently down for maintenance. All websites and other services are currently online and should be unaffected by this maintenance. Our upstream provider Rackspace is working to bring the Control panel back up as soon as possible. Thanks for your patience.

UPDATE: As of 3:05 PM PST all services have been restored and the control panel is resolving normally.

Decommissioning Squid 9 server on December 31, 2010.

The Squid 9 server will be decommissioned on December 31, 2010.

We have sent notifications in the past recommending that customers migrate to Laughing Squid Cloud Hosting (http://laughingsquid.us/). Any hosting accounts that have not been migrated by the deactivation deadline will be consolidated temporarily onto a newer standard hosting server. All of our standard hosting servers will be decommissioned by spring 2011.

Cloud hosting is a completely separate system that offers more disk space, email storage, and bandwidth than our standard hosting service at a lower price. Here is some comparison information at the cloud hosting website.

Migrating hosting for one or more domains to cloud hosting is a four-step process. Here is more information about the migration process.

Cloud control panel degraded

The cloud control panel is experiencing some issues that are currently being tracked by our upstream provider Rackspace. They are updating progress on their site.

This problem means that certain functionality, like creating email accounts and databases, is not available at this time in the cloud control panel. We apologize for the inconvenience. We will also update this blog post when the issue has been resolved.

UPDATE: 2:35pm PST. The cloud control panel is now functioning normally.