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A second managed-VPS plan introduced on our servers

A couple of years ago we introduced our first managed-VPS plan, First Class, with the main purpose to offer an upgrade option for existing customers whose sites have outgrown the shared-hosting environment. This plan fulfills its purpose, allowing customers with grown-popular sites to stay with us, as well as it attracts new customers with resource-demanding sites, including large organizations with their corporate activities.

However, with time the sites of our customers become more popular, their business grows, organizations become larger, and consequently - the server requirements grow as well.

For this reason, we have devised an upgrade of the First Class plan, named Ultimate plan. It comes with 8 CPU cores and 24 GB or RAM (quadruple the First Class), as well as with the unprecedented amount of one terabyte SSD storage, backed up daily by our automatic server backups. We believe that these server resources could meet the requirements of most popular sites on the Internet, as well as to serve the needs of medium to large organizations.

The Ultimate plan is available in our datacenters in the USA, Europe, and Hong Kong.


Let's Encrypt certificates

Today, our in-house developed hosting Control Panel got another feature - an installation utility for the SSL certificates of Let's Encrypt. Our customers can now install Let's Encrypt certificates for any of the domains they host with us.

Let's Encrypt is a certificate authority that provides free domain-validated SSL certificates. Its activity is aimed towards providing secure connection between users and servers, and making encrypted communication a standard on the Internet.

The new utility in the hosting Control Panel provides very easy installation and management of Let's Encrypt certificates - a certificate is requested with a single click, and the whole validation process and following renewals are done automatically on the server side.

The use of Let's Encrypt certificates on our servers is completely free for our customers.


First Class VPS plan updates

Our First Class plan has been introduced several years ago with the main purpose to meet the requirements of sites that have outgrown our shared hosting environment but their owners prefer not to switch hosting services.

We are constantly working on improving the specifications of the plan and the VPS servers. In this regard, as of today all new and existing First Class accounts have 6 GB of RAM available (4 GB until now). Respectively, double First Class plans now come with 12 GB of RAM. The prices of the plans remain unchanged.

Also, our team of system administrators recently introduced FastCGI and OPCache for First Class plans. FastCGI and OPCache significantly improve the performance of PHP scripts and are compatible with most popular software packages.

With these updates, we hope that our customers with heavily-visited and resource-demanding websites will have more room to develop their businesses further.


Critical vulnerability in ImageMagick discovered and immediately resolved on our servers

Recently, sources on the Internet reported a critical security vulnerability in the ImageMagick library. ImageMagick is a popular image processing utility for web sites, and it is utilized by many image processing plugins and tools. The vulnerability allows execution of remote code and file manipulation on the server.

Server security is a concern of an utmost importance, and our system administrators are constantly monitoring servers software and security lists, to make sure that our service is as safe as possible.

To mitigate the specific security problem, our system administrators immediately applied ImageMagick policy restrictions on all servers. The additional policy blocks certain ImageMagick features, such as the inclusion of remote data and operations with mvg files. The policy effectively resolves the problem with the specific vulnerability. Although unlikely, it is also possible that the policy would break some features of image processing tools and plugins. Nevertheless, we decided that the benefits of the additional restrictions outweigh the risks, as keeping our customers' data safe is of the highest priority for us.

A secure version of ImageMagick without additional restrictions will be mass-deployed on all servers as soon as it is released by its developers.


PHP 5.6 and PHP 7.0 available on all servers

Completing a schedule of gradual upgrades, as of today all our servers run PHP 5.6 as default PHP interpreter.

Also, following our policy to provide the latest stable technologies, PHP 7.0 is installed and available on all machines. Customers can switch their domains, or just some folders, to use PHP 7.0 as default interpreter.

PHP 5.3 is still running on our servers to allow customers with older software time to ensure compatibility with newer PHP versions. PHP 5.3 will be available for a limited period of time, as it is in end-of-life status.