We’ve upgraded PHP 5.3.15 to PHP 5.3.16 on our servers as a result.
PHP 5.3.15 is now available on all hosting accounts. It’s the default for new customers, and existing customers can update their PHP version using the “PHP Settings” link in our “My Account” control panel.
If you’re an existing customer using an older version of PHP, we haven’t yet changed your PHP version. However, we will begin doing that in about 30 days (we’ll announce that separately), so we recommend that you upgrade now. That way, if you find you’re using an outdated PHP script that isn’t compatible, you can set PHP back to the previous version and work to update the script. The old PHP 5.2 series will be removed from our servers by the end of 2012.
Between 10:00 PM and 11:00 PM Pacific time on Friday March 9, 2012, we’ll be updating the MySQL database software on all our hosting servers. This will cause a Web site service interruption of about 30 seconds for some customers at some time during this period. E-mail will not be affected.
This maintenance is necessary to install a mandatory MySQL security update that will upgrade the MySQL version to 5.1.61. We apologize for any inconvenience this causes.
Update 10:13 PM: The maintenance was completed with less than 30 seconds downtime on each server. Customers should not notice any changes, but as always, don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions or problems.
As a followup to our previous posts about the move to a new primary data center, we want to confirm to our customers that the change was successfully completed.
Due to unrelated network outages at the old data center, we accelerated the original schedule mentioned in that post. Almost all customer sites were moved by October 7, and the remainder (a small handful of customer sites that needed manual intervention due to old software that was incompatible with the Debian Linux software update) were moved as of October 18. Everything is, and has been, working normally.
I want to again take the time to apologize to our customers for the service interruptions that occurred because of the original power problem and the later network problem. They weren’t acceptable. We know you count on us for your success, and we’re constantly working to improve reliability.
Over the next four weeks, we’ll be migrating customer Web sites to upgraded servers. The servers have updated software (and upgraded hardware in some cases), and are also located in a data center with increased power reliability.
For most customers, these changes will be completely unnoticeable. However, a very small number of customers might notice software differences or experience up to five minutes total of “downtime” at some point. We recommend reading through this entire post for details.
We’ve updated phpMyAdmin to the latest version, 184.108.40.206.
Between 11:00 PM and 11:30 PM Pacific time this Friday, September 24, some of our hosting servers will be restarted. As a result, some customers will find that Web site service and the ability to read incoming e-mail will be unavailable for approximately five minutes at some point during this maintenance “window”.
Between 10:00 PM and 11:59 PM Pacific time this Saturday, August 28, all our hosting servers will be restarted. As a result, Web site service and the ability to read incoming e-mail will be unavailable for approximately five minutes at some point during this maintenance “window”.
Between 10:00 PM and 11:59 PM Pacific time this Saturday, May 22, all our hosting servers will be restarted. As a result, Web site service and the ability to read incoming e-mail will be unavailable for approximately five minutes at some point during this maintenance “window”.
After upgrading our systems to PHP 5.2.6, we received reports of an incompatibility with Joomla. Some URLs do not work when Joomla is configured to use “Search Engine Friendly URLs”, but to not have “Use Apache mod_rewrite” turned on.
We’ve investigated this, and it’s caused by Joomla assuming that PHP has a bug that makes it work incorrectly, when in fact it’s supposed to work differently (and is clearly documented to work differently). Older versions of PHP had this bug, but the new version doesn’t.
To help our customers work around this, we’ve “patched” PHP to intentionally reintroduce the old bug for now, thus keeping it “compatible” with Joomla. If you were having trouble with Joomla’s “Search Engine Friendly URLs”, it should be fixed.
We’ll provide more technical details (and a more robust long-term solution) in the near future.
Update: We’ve also reported this problem to the Joomla developers and suggested a solution.
- Memorial Day 2013 holiday hours
- Brief scheduled maintenance on web05 & web07 servers May 22, 2013 (completed)
- PHP 5.3.25 and 5.4.15
- High load on web04 server May 9 2013 (resolved)
- WP Super Cache and W3 Total Cache security
- WordPress login rate limiting (again)
- Slow performance on web04 server April 11, 2013 (resolved)
- Outage on web12 server April 9, 2013 (resolved)
- Network outage March 23 2013 (resolved)
- PHP 5.3 upgraded to 5.3.22; PHP 5.4.12 also available