Spam and Trash Retention Changes

On June 8th Rackspace Email will start making changes to the retention rules for the spam and trash folders. The maximum data retention limits of the spam and trash folders will change to 14 and 30 days respectively. This means that any mail data in these folders older than the retention limits will be removed and unrecoverable. Additionally since an unlimited number of messages can now be stored in either of the spam or trash folders, the option to “Delete After ‘x’ Total Email” will be removed.

Prior to June 8th, you should review your spam and trash folder cleanup settings. If they are higher than the new limits (spam: 14 days, trash: 30 days) then the mailbox owner will need to review the mail in those folders and move anything worth keeping into another folder. You can view the spam and trash limits for each mailbox by logging into and navigating to mailboxes > manage > settings.

Please reach out to our support team if you have any questions about these changes.

PHP 7.3 Upgrade on Managed WordPress

For our Managed WordPress customers, official security updates for PHP 7.2 will end on November 30, 2020. If your site is currently running PHP 7.2, it will be automatically upgraded to PHP 7.3 on November 1, 2020. You can verify what PHP version your site is using in your control panel.

If your site has custom PHP code, including custom themes or plugins, you may need to modify your code to keep them compatible with the version upgrade. If you want to test this PHP update on any sites in your account, you can order a clone site to test the update and ensure everything is working well.

Our upstream provider Pressable has some more information about the automatic upgrade.

WordPress 5.0 “Bebo”

WordPress 5.0 “Bebo”, named for Cuban musician Bebo Valdés, was released on December 6, 2018. This revolutionary version release of WordPress introduces block editing, and an editor-compatible default block theme called Twenty Nineteen.

If you are already hosted in our Managed WordPress Hosting (MWP) environment, here is more information.

If you are needing some time to adjust to the new block editing feature, you can still download and install the Classic Editor plugin to restore the Classic WordPress editor and the Edit Post screen. The Classic Editor lets you:

  • Keep using plugins that are not compatible with the new block editor
  • Keeps old-style meta boxes
  • Continue using functionality otherwise dependent on the legacy-editing experience

If you prefer to stick with the legacy Classic Editor, support will remain in WordPress through 2021.