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Archive for March, 2015

Scheduled Power Maintenance – server12

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

Our monitoring systems have detected problems with a PDU (Power Distribution Unit) that supplies critical load to the network access switch which in turn provides connectivity to server12.simplewebserver.co.uk.

Although load is currently being sustained, the intelligent management of this unit is impaired and it is likely that in the near future this may become service affecting.

Due to this, we are scheduling maintenance to replace this unit. During this maintenance it will be necessary to power down the network switch for duration of the replacement process.

2015-03-31 23:00 (BST / GMT+1)
2014-03-31 00:00 (BST / GMT+1)

Complete connectivity outage for affected server of up to 10 minutes during the above window.

Our apologies for the inconvenience caused by this work, however please be assured it is necessary to complete.

Are you using WordPress to power your blog?

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

WordPress is the most popular blogging software available powering more than 60 million websites. This of course means it’s open to the most abuse.

We’re finding more and more attacks on our servers are caused by exploits in the WordPress software – not through any fault of WordPress itself but the fault of end users who are not applying the numerous patches and security releases that WordPress distribute each year.

It’s essential that if you have WordPress installed on your hosting account that you keep it up-to-date constantly; the software can even do it itself if you configure it that way! Let me say that again. You must always keep up to date with the latest version of WordPress.

There are also a variety of security plugins available to help ‘harden’ your WordPress installation and we’d recommend these too.

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