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We’re currently running a promo for one free month of Managed WordPress hosting. Just enter promo code KRAKEN-10 on the order form when signing up for a new MWP plan, then a credit for one month of hosting will be applied to your account.

This promo applies to both existing and new customers when signing up for a new Managed WordPress hosting plan.

We can also migrate your site to Managed WordPress at no extra charge, from Cloud Sites or an outside host. Just let us know.
 

Cloud Sites Debian Upgrade

Liquid Web will be performing Operating System upgrades on the Cloud Sites PHP systems, moving from Debian 8 (Jesse) to Debian 10 (Buster). These upgrades will take place between Sept 9th and Sept 12th, starting at 9 PM to 11 PM CT each night. You may experience session loss during the maintenance period but we do not anticipate any website downtime. These upgrades only impact the Debian version. Rest assured, your site(s) PHP version is not changing.

What does this mean for you?

If one of your sites relies on a legacy library, you may want to work with your development team to see if there are code changes that need to be made or additional features to be leveraged. It is likely that these library upgrades just add features and flags more so than an entire change in format or structure.

To help you understand the impact of the changes, we have included a list of the most common libraries being used today and what is changing in those libraries. In the list below, items preceded with a (-) are being removed or upgraded. Items preceded with (+) indicate the new version or addition.

In this example, we are upgrading the library for wget from 1.16-1+deb8u5 to 1.20.1-1.1.

-wget 1.16-1+deb8u5
+wget 1.20.1-1.1

For additional insight, you can find information on the various libraries at Debian’s Package Portal and their tracker.

The schedule for the dates of the specific PHP systems maintenances will be posted at least 1 week prior on the Liquid Web status page.

See the full list of updates below.

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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!