CPanel Servers Maintenance - New CPanel Features and Security Updates July 21 2017 - July 24 2017
During this maintenance window, our upstream providers will be upgrading the version of the control panel software on the Cpanel servers. This upgrade will bring some exciting new features such as EA4, CPanel's new system for Apache management, PHP-FPM, and a host of security patches. We do not anticipate any major issues during this upgrade, although there maybe some small outages.
The update will allow you to be able to use a PHP selector where you can test upgraded versions of PHP simply by logging into your control panel and selecting the version you want to use. This is especially helpful for software upgrade tests and subsequent deployments.
This announcement only applys to our CPanel based servers. It does not apply to our Business Class and Corporate web hosting plans.
It has come to our attention that some emails that may have been sent to us via our ...@loungenetwork.co.nz domain, may not have been getting through. Also forms on our website may have suffered from the same problem. This has been caused by out upstream provider Orcon, getting their mail servers IPs blacklisted, which has meant that emails sent to us may have bounced back to the sender. If you have been affected , please re-email us your message, and it should now come through. We apologise for any inconvenience.
Please note that we have for the last few years moved to using our loungenetwork.net domain for our primary email addresses. So please use our …@loungenetwork.net email addresses from now on to email us, which are displayed on our contact page.
There are reports that Spark / Xtra / Yahoos email system is currently blocking authenticated third party email addresses, from sending via their SMTP server.
This problem is apparently causing emails sent via Spark / Xtra /Yahoos SMTP server, to bounce back with the following error 550 5.7.1 You are not authorized to send as email@example.com
Our office will be closed for Wellington Anniversary day.
As 2016 winds down, we would like wish all our clients a relaxing and safe festive holiday season. We thank you for your business over the year.
2016 has been another busy year, with a number of significant updates and advances on the hosting platforms. All of our hosting platforms have now been updated to now support PHP 7 and newer versions of MySQL. This allows clients to use the newest versions website publishing tools and website apps.
Our main office will be closed between the 23rd December until the 12th January. We will be offering limited email support during this period. If you however need emergency support during this period, please use the emergency support form (charges will apply). The servers will be continued to be monitored 24/7/365 as per normal, in case of any problems with servers or the network during this time.
We would like to wish all our clients a safe and enjoyable holiday over the Christmas and New Year break.
The Team @ Lounge Network.
As you may already know Wellington and upper parts of the South Island were rocked by a severe earthquake this morning, causing quite a bit of damage. The regions continues to be rocked by severe aftershocks. We hope everyone is safe and ok across NZ.
Our main office has been disrupted by the Wellington earthquakes. As a result of the quakes, we have had periods of no power or internet access. So this may affect our ability to respond to enquiries during this time. We may have more power outages as aftershocks continue to strike our offices.
Our web hosting services however are not affected in anyway. The servers are housed in professional datacentres in Auckland, Wellington and overseas, and are designed to withstand these types of earthquakes. So please bear with us during this time.
Our upstream providers will be moving the CPanel webservers at anytime from 6pm on Monday 7th November 2016. They are moving the servers from an old rack to new rack as part of improving the infrastructure. There will be some downtime across all services while this is done.They are expecting downtime of no more than one hour once they commence the move, however it maybe longer. If you notice your server is not responding, this will be why.
--- THESE UPGRADES HAVE NOW BEEN COMPLETED ---
As part of the regular server maintenance and upgrade program, all CPanel hosting accounts will be upgraded to PHP 5.6 and MySQL 5.5. This will commence on your server at anytime from the 9/09/2016. The servers will be upgraded in alphabetical order, and will do a few each day as they complete the work on updating all the servers. We hope that they will be done within a month, but will update this page if there are any delays, or when they have been completed. These upgrades are substantial and require a lot of work, as they are being done on live production servers. This announcement applies only to clients on our CPanel hosting plans, which use the 'CPanel' branded control panel.
As many may already know, PHP versions 5.2, 5.3, and 5.4 have reached end of life (EOL). PHP is third party software that some of our clients use to run their websites on. Not all websites will be using PHP. EOL means PHP authors no longer support these versions with patches for security vulnerabilities and bugs found in the software (https://secure.php.net/supported-versions.php). Our upstream providers servers currently feature third party backported code patches that resolved security issues with the older PHP versions beyond their EOL. They have supported these old PHP versions for several years, well beyond their end of life. Most other hosting providers have already stopped supporting these older versions. Unfortunately, the patches for these old PHP versions have now been discontinued by the developers. Without backported patches or official security updates from PHP.net; our upstream providers can no longer support these deprecated versions and will be removing PHP 5.3 and PHP 5.2 from the servers for security and stability of the servers. As with all quality hosting providers, our providers are committed to improving the security, stability, and performance of the servers. As part of that commitment; our upstream providers will be upgrading MySQL and PHP from EOL versions, to PHP 5.6 and MySQL to 5.5 starting on May 14th, 2016. As with all our upgrades, best practices will be used to ensure a smooth and seamless transition to the new PHP versions. Keeping the servers up to date and well maintained, is why our hosting service has proven to be one of the most reliable in the New Zealand market.
PHP 5.6 - 7.0 provide extensive improvements in performance and security over previous versions. Current versions of Wordpress, Drupal, Joomla, Magento, all support these versions. The datacentre will be taking every precaution you can imagine to ensure the hosting service continues to run smoothly without a glitch. If you are running the current version of your website software such as Wordpress, it is unlikely the PHP upgrade will break things on your website, but it is wise to be ready.
To prepare for the PHP and MySQL upgrade, we recommend all clients take the following steps:
Although our upstream providers do maintain backups of the servers, it is also best practice to retain your own backups on your local storage. This is also a requirement under our terms that clients always retain the latest backups of all data you store on the servers. If you do not have an automatic backup solution in place then now is the time to install one, or at least create a manual backup of your website.
Confirm you are running the latest stable version of Wordpress, Joomla, Drupal or whatever app your website uses. In Wordpress just go to the updates screen and install any updates available. Wordpress has an auto-update feature you can select to give you that extra peace of mind knowing you're always up to date.
Make sure all your plugins and themes are up-to-date. Wordpress and its most popular plugins will not be affected by moving to a newer version of PHP, as most will have been designed to work on the newest versions of PHP. However, it is possible that some third party plugins or themes may stop working, due to being older and/or not being compatible with newer versions. If a plugin on your site has stopped working due to a PHP update, then you need to contact the plugin author or your web developer for support or find an alternative.
If you are running a website that needs an older version of PHP to run, and you can't update it due to the websites code being too old and the developers no longer existing, our providers maybe able to install a custom complied version of PHP on your website that may continue to allow the website to run. Please note this is provided 'as is', and as a courtesy. Should you find your website is not working properly after the server upgrades, please contact us via the support link inside your CPanel hosting control panel, and request that the custom complied version is installed. This can only be done for PHP, and not MySQL.
Not all websites will be using PHP and/or MySQL. If your website is not a database driven website, eg. A static website, then it may not be affected at all by the upgrade.
Please note that we cannot provide any support for website issues that occur with client websites after PHP has been upgraded, apart from installing a custom compiled version of PHP on your website as per above. If you encounter compatibility issues, you should contact your websites developer, or your app developer for support on getting your website updated to work with the modern versions of PHP and MySQL . Some clients maybe running old out of date website code on their website, that may not be compatible with the newer versions of PHP. This is often an issue that occurs as a website ages, as Dynamic websites that use PHP and MySQL do need to be updated on a fairly regular basis, so that they are using the latest secure version of their software. So you may see this as a good oppuntity to get your website updated.
As always, this Network Status page will be used to update clients on the server upgrades as they occur.
Although not directly related to the PHP upgrade, some clients may also be running websites that are not mobile friendly, or maybe running such an old website, that their web developer has stopped trading , or there are no more updates for the software it uses, and the website software has reached EOL. To cater for clients who may need a new website, we have recently released a range of new Website packages, which some clients maybe interested in moving to. The big benefits are that you can easily update your website yourself using just your web browser. You also don’t need to worry about keeping your Websites content management system up to date and secure, this is all done for you automatically as part of the website package. You can read more about our Website Packages via our Web Site Division website at http://tinyurl.com/starterwebsites . Website packages have a setup price, plus a monthly fee. The monthly fee is usually higher than standalone web hosting, because it is a ‘Software as a Service’ which includes access to the website and it’s online content management system, as well as the hosting of it. If you are interested in our website packages, you can order one at http://tinyurl.com/starterwebsites .