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.

Jetpack Premium Included With Managed WordPress Hosting

Many customers have recently been inquiring about Jetpack Premium that is included as a part of our Managed WordPress Hosting (MWP). This blog post will explain a little bit more about this service and what it does.

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What is Jetpack?

The Jetpack plugin for WordPress has been around since 2011. It includes free core features for designing, securing and growing a WordPress blog.

  • Design: free themes, image tools, sidebar customization, rich content
  • Security: secure logins, brute force attack protection
  • Traffic Growth: site stats, automated social sharing, related-post content, high-speed CDN for images/fast site load times

Jetpack’s features are provided and hosted by WordPress.com, which removes any server resource usage from your Laughing Squid Hosting account. This does require you to create a WordPress.com account login if you do not already have one, but these basic features are free to use after that.

What is Jetpack Premium?

Jetpack Premium is a paid-for service from Automattic, the parent company of both WordPress.com and Jetpack. The service includes some pretty advanced security features. Imagine having your website code, themes and plugins automatically scanned every day for security malware, and if a threat is detected, you receive an email notification. And if the the threat is already a known one, having it instantly resolved. That is what Jetpack Premium actually does.

Jetpack Premium also offers unlimited backups. You can automate daily backups of your entire site with no storage limit. You can also restore or migrate your site from a backup with one click.

Jetpack Premium is also a great way to leverage your website’s growth. If you use Google Analytics, you can seamlessly integrate into the Jetpack dashboard, giving you a side-by-side comparison of both Google and Jetpack’s traffic metrics and targets. What about SEO, you ask? You can also use Jetpack Premium to preview how content looks in Google, Facebook and Twitter and get suggestions for optimizing your content for these various platforms.

Jetpack Premium also grants you access to monetize your site in the WordPress.com advertising network, and you can accept online payments through your site using various merchants like PayPal.

On its own, Jetpack Premium currently costs $9/mo. The good news is that JetPack Premium is included in all of our Managed WordPress Hosting (MWP) plans. If you are looking to enjoy the benefits mentioned above at no cost, migrate to MWP Hosting today!