WordPress 3.9 “Smith”

Version 3.9 of WordPress, named “Smith” in honor of jazz organist Jimmy Smith, is available for download or via the one click update in your WordPress dashboard.

This release features a number of new features such as an improved visual editor, easier editing of images, gallery previews, an improved Theme browser, and the ability to preview widgets. Details of this release can be found here.

If you have any questions or require assistance with this upgrade please open a support ticket at our help desk and we can assist.


WordPress 3.8.2 Security Update

WordPress has released a security update of its blog software. Any site running WordPress should update immediately by using the update feature located in the WordPress dashboard.

Sites that support automatic background updates will be updated to WordPress 3.8.2 within 12 hours. If you are still on WordPress 3.7.1, you will be updated to 3.7.2, which contains the same security fixes as 3.8.2. Older versions of WordPress do not support the automatic upgrade feature.

If you have any questions or require assistance with this upgrade please open a support ticket at our help desk and we can assist.

PHP/MySQL upgrades for Cloud Hosting

If you haven’t yet upgraded your site to use PHP 5.3 and MySQL 5.1, this is a reminder that these are now available in our Cloud hosting environment. For those that haven’t yet upgraded, you are encouraged to do so soon as we will begin an automatic upgrade to PHP 5.3 on July 31, and an upgrade to MySQL 5.1 on Aug 31.

To take advantage of PHP 5.3 you can do the following:

1. Make sure your site can support PHP 5.3. If you’re running the latest version of WordPress or another actively developed CMS you’re ready to go!

2. Log into the websitesettings.com control panel.

3. Go to the Features tab for your site and click on “Change Technology”.

4. Select “Linux/Apache/PHP5.3” and click the ‘Change Technology’ button.

The change may take up to 5 minutes, and after that your site will be up and running on PHP 5.3. Please note that this change will update your sites IP address to point to a new location. For anyone running CloudFlare, you will need to update your CloudFlare settings to point to this new IP address in order for your site to resolve.

Upgrading to MySQL 5.1 will involve the following steps:

1. Put up a ‘maintenance’ page and stop any database connections to your site. This can generally be done by renaming the config file.

2. Back everything up. Export your database using PHPMyAdmin or other tool.

3. Create a new database. All newly created databases are provisioned to use MySQL 5.1.

4. Import your saved database backup. You should be able to import any database smaller than 16MB using PHPMyAdmin. If you have a large database, open a support ticket and we can help you with the import.

5. Update your config file. The new database will have different login information and a different hostname. Once you replace this information your site should be able to make database connections normally.

As always if you have any questions or concerns about the upgrade process, please open a support ticket and we would be happy to help you out.

MySQL Upgrade to 5.1

The version of our MySQL database server in our Cloud Hosting system has been upgraded to 5.1. All new databases created will default to the new version. If you have a database on the old version of MySQL that you would like to upgrade, please open a help desk ticket and we would be happy to assist you.

An overview of changes made in MySQL 5.1 can be found in the MySQL documentation.

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

WordPress 3.3

WordPress has released a major upgrade to version 3.3. Any site running WordPress should be updated immediately by downloading the current version and following the upgrade instructions or automatically upgrading from the Updates page of your dashboard.

New features include a drag-and-drop uploader, hover menus for navigation, a new toolbar, improved co-editing support, and a Tumblr importer. In addition, the postname permalink structure can now be used without a performance penalty.

If you have any questions or require assistance with this upgrade please open a support ticket at our help desk and we can assist.