News - November 2019
22 November, 2019
The migration of all sites to a new server under different software control is
now complete. I'm just tidying up a few loose ends concerned with backup
and monitoring the state of the server.
There is an explanation of the reason behind this second move in 2019 on this
page: Migration of web sites to a new server
News - October 2019
I emailed all users about a security upgrade to Bitfolk's hosting platform,
which took place very early in the morning of 29th October. That seems to have
gone without a hitch.
On 30th October, the security certificates for several domains expired and were renewed manually, as were several more that were about to expire. This should normally
be an automatic process, so I'm investigating the cause, and meanwhile will
keep an eye out for others that are getting close to expiry. If your site suddenly displays
a message saying your connection is "not secure", email me and I'll deal with it as
soon as possible.
News - June 2019
The time-consuming migration of all sites from a Bytemark server to one provided
is now complete, including some tweaking to get what I hope will be better performance than on the previous server. (not that it was bad before, but we're making more efficient use of memory now) Most sites transferred with no visible downtime, though there were periods of a few minutes when each Wordpress site was deliberately disabled to prevent owers from attempting changes that would not have been retained.
For the reasons behind this move, read Migration of web sites to a new server if you haven't seen it already.
News - December 2018
This is the first of a series of occasional newsletters for customers.
In 2018 the hosting business has picked up a respectable number of new
customers, including some that are quite prestigious:
Improvements to the Service
All the treewind hosted sites have always been backed up daily to an offsite location (i.e. a different company from where they are hosted). Earlier this year the backup provider I was using became rather expensive and I found another who is much cheaper. As it happens, the backup server is actually in Paris!
The number of new customers this year meant I could afford to upgrade the
server to have more memory. I don't think it's ever been particularly slow, but it should maintain response speed as more sites are added or if any of them get busy.
A software upgrade in November will also have produced a speed improvement for most sites. (PHP from version 5.6 to 7.0, for the technically inclined)
Many sites use WordPress, a content management system that must be kept up to the latest version for security reasons. I have a reasonably sane setup for keeping it up to date now. I will be updating Wordpress itself when a new version is announced, and from time to time I'll check all your plugins and bring them up to date as well. I was doing this before, but I've made the process easier and quicker for me in the future.