PHP 7.0.22 and 7.1.8

The PHP developers recently released versions 7.0.22 and 7.1.8 that fix several bugs. We’ve upgraded the PHP 7.0 and 7.1 series on our servers as a result.

In addition, ionCube Loader is now available for the PHP 7.1 series, so we’ve made that an option you can enable in our “My Account” control panel.

These changes should not be noticeable, but as always, don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any trouble.

PHP 5.6.31, 7.0.21, and 7.1.7

The PHP developers recently released versions 5.6.31, 7.0.21, and 7.1.7 that fix several bugs. We’ve upgraded the PHP 5.6, 7.0 and 7.1 series on our servers as a result.

These changes should not be noticeable, but as always, don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any trouble.

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Brief scheduled maintenance June 29, 2017 (completed)

Between 11:00 PM and 11:59 PM Pacific time on Thursday, June 29, 2017, each of our hosting servers will be restarted. This will cause a brief interruption of service (less than 5 minutes) for each site at some point during this period.

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PHP 7.0.20 and 7.1.6

The PHP developers recently released versions 7.0.20 and 7.1.6 that fix several bugs. We’ve upgraded the PHP 7.0 and 7.1 series on our servers as a result.

These changes should not be noticeable, but as always, don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any trouble.

A new feature to help troubleshoot connections to slow external servers

We’ve also added a custom “patch” to our copies of PHP 7.0 and 7.1 that provides a new feature: logging of slow outgoing connections from your scripts.

This can show the cause when a WordPress or Joomla site suddenly becomes slow or unresponsive for no obvious reason. The culprit is often an add-on plugin or component that contacts a third-party server to do its work, but “hangs” when the third-party server doesn’t respond.

Our page about logging slow external connections has more information.

PHP 7.0.19 and 7.1.5

The PHP developers recently released versions 7.0.19 and 7.1.5 that fix several bugs. We’ve upgraded the PHP 7.0 and 7.1 series on our servers as a result.

These changes should not be noticeable, but as always, don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any trouble.

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Brief MySQL scheduled maintenance May 3-6, 2017, for some servers (completed)

We’re continuing the process of upgrading our MySQL database servers from the 5.5 series to the MySQL 5.6 series (specifically, from version 5.5.54 to 5.6.36).

The upgrade requires that each Web server be taken offline for approximately 60 seconds, causing brief scheduled “downtime”.

Over the next few days, we’ll be updating these web servers:

  • Wednesday May 3, 10:00-11:59 PM Pacific: servers ending in digit “5” (completed)
  • Thursday May 4, 10:00-11:59 PM Pacific: servers ending in digit “4” (completed)
  • Friday May 5, 10:00-11:59 PM Pacific: servers ending in digits “2” and “3” (completed)
  • Saturday May 6, 10:00-11:59 PM Pacific: servers ending in digits “0” and “1” (completed)

(Servers ending in digits 6-9 have already been updated.)

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Brief MySQL scheduled maintenance April 29 & 30, 2017 for some servers (completed)

We’re beginning the process of upgrading our MySQL database servers from the 5.5 series to the MySQL 5.6 series (specifically, from version 5.5.54 to 5.6.36).

The upgrade requires that each Web server be taken offline for approximately 60 seconds, causing brief scheduled “downtime”.

This coming weekend, we’ll be updating some (but not all) web servers:

  • Saturday, April 29, 8-10 AM Pacific: servers ending in digits “9” and “8” (completed)
  • Sunday, April 30, 8-10 AM Pacific: servers ending in digits “7” and “6” (completed)

(Servers ending in digits 0-5 will be updated the following weekend; we’ll post a separate announcement about that.)

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PHP 7.0.18 and 7.1.4

The PHP developers recently released versions 7.0.18 and 7.1.4 that fix several bugs. We’ve upgraded the PHP 7.0 and 7.1 series on our servers as a result.

These changes should not be noticeable, but as always, don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any trouble.

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PHP 7.0.17 and 7.1.3

The PHP developers recently released versions 7.0.17 and 7.1.3 that fix several bugs. We’ve upgraded the PHP 7.0 and 7.1 series on our servers as a result.

These changes should not be noticeable, but as always, don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any trouble.

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Apache Web server updated to fix CVE-2016-8743

We’ve upgraded our Apache Web server software to fix the security bug CVE-2016-8743.

Customers should not notice any changes, with one exception: If you’ve written your own software, and that software contains certain bugs that haven’t previously been noticed, the update may cause the bugs to be more visible.

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