The start of the new month gives us a chance to look back and review whats happened ‘behind the scenes’ during January here at Ecenica. Our UK domain offer (which we’ve extended to February) meant we had lots of new customers register domain. We’re constantly updating our service and January was no exception with updates to PHP, cPanel, WordPress, WooCommerce and our upgrades to our own Cloud Hosting infrastructure.
WordPress 4.9.5 is now available for new installs and updates through Ecenica App Installer. WordPress 4.9.5 is a new security and maintenance update for the very popular WordPress app used by millions of websites worldwide.
This brand new update from Automattic covers WordPress versions 3.7 to 4.9. We, and WordPress strongly recommend you update your WordPress websites as this release has important security fixes which help keep your WordPress websites safe and secure.
WordPress 4.9.2, a new security and maintenance update for the massively popular CMS used worldwide for websites and blogs has been released and is now available with all Ecenica web hosting packages.
The update covers all versions back to WordPress 3.7. We, and WordPress strongly recommend you update your WordPress websites as this release has important security fixes which help keep your website safe and secure.
WordPress 4.9 is available now for new installs and updates. The latest version of WordPress brings a range of new features and bug fixes and is available as a 1-click install and update on Ecenica web hosting plans.
Updated for 2017. Check out our twelve tips for stress-free holiday when travelling abroad with your iPhone, iPad and Laptop. Including enabling international roaming, ways of avoiding excessive roaming fees, how-to securely check your email and how-to activate roaming SMTP on your Ecenica email account.
We start with probably the most important tip for travelling abroad with your smartphone…
Tip: 1. Enable International Roaming
This is a biggie, as without roaming enabled you won’t be able to connect to third-party mobile providers – meaning no web, no incoming or outbound calls, and no email.
Typically international roaming is disabled by your mobile provider unless requested. So before leaving for the airport check with your mobile provider that they’ve enabled international roaming on your account. With some providers it’s as easy as sending a text to enable it.
We’re happy to announce HTTP/2 is now available on all Ecenica web hosting and cloud hosting servers. HTTP/2 significantly increases the speed your web pages load, with improvements up of to 50% and more.
At Ecenica we focus our web hosting plans around speed and security. This is why we strive to ensure we include the latest web technologies in our web hosting plans. Today, we’re pleased to announce the immediate availability of HTTP/2 on our Web Hosting and Managed Cloud Servers.
New release for WordPress includes six security fixes. We’re happy to confirm this latest update to WordPress is now available to all Ecenica Web Hosting customers as an easy 1-click install or upgrade.
Today, 10th March 2017, marks our 13th Birthday! Officially making Ecenica a teenager! (just without the emotional baggage).
We wish to thank all you for your continued support over the last thirteen years — it’s been immense fun — and we look forward to providing you with internet services for the next thirteen years and beyond.
Shiny New Servers for 2017
To coincide with our thirteenth birthday celebrations we recently invested in brand-new, custom-built servers for our state-of-the-art Leeds, UK data center.
Each server has been custom-built to our own specification to offer enterprise-grade performance and reliability. Features include multi-core Intel Xeon E5 v4 CPUs, super-fast RAM and high-performance Samsung PM863 SSD disks.
Our new servers have only been online for a few weeks but are already receiving fantastic feedback. We’re therefore super-excited about the future.
We’ve got some excellent offers on our new shared web hosting and Managed VPS solutions, with up to 60% off your first bill. If you haven’t already done so, make sure you checkout our plans today.
As ever, if you have any questions about any of our web hosting solutions please get in touch.
Save an extra 15% off UK domain registrations and renewals this Christmas. Get your new idea online or renew your domain at this special offer price for up to 10 years today. Offer ends 31 December 2016.
Save up to 50% on our web hosting and get a free domain during Black Friday. Save up to £161! All our high quality web hosting packages feature easy-to-use control panel, free support and free migration.
Black Friday Deals
During Black Friday take advantage of our fantastic offers on our UK web hosting packages. Get 50% off your first bill, and if you opt for yearly billing we’ll also include a free domain for free worth up to £10.98 plus VAT.
As part of our continual upgrade program, we’re happy to announce we’ve rolled cPanel 60 out across all Ecenica servers.
Here at Ecenica we maintain a positive update system which means we are constantly upgrading and improving our web hosting services to keep you at the forefront of web hosting technology available.
One of the big features of our web hosting is cPanel, the award-winning hosting control panel which makes managing your Ecenica web hosting really easy and fast. With our web hosting you can add email addresses, upload new files and install new web apps in just a few clicks or taps using just your web browser on your PC, Mac, tablet or smart phone, from any place in the world where you have an internet connection.
cPanel 60 is the latest release and we’re pleased here at Ecenica to announce all our servers have now been updated to use the new cPanel version. This ensures your web hosting is on the very latest version of cPanel available.
Version 60 of cPanel update brings a raft of new features, bug fixes and updates such as reduced memory usage, faster account creation, easier DNS management which make managing your Ecenica web hosting and managed VPS easier and faster than ever before.
If you have a Ecenica web hosting, managed VPS or reseller hosting package you’ll start benefiting from the new version immediately.
About Ecenica cPanel Hosting
Ecenica is a UK-based web host specialising in optimised cPanel Hosting. We’ve been hosting websites since 2004 and have a solid reputation for easy, secure and fast web hosting backed by amazing customer service.
We make hosting your website incredibly easy and our expert support team are always on hand to offer help, guidance and advice to make sure your online venture is the biggest success it can be.
In the dog-eat-dog world that is the modern internet, speed and security matter. In this post we look at how disabling and replacing wp-cron with a real cron job can dramatically improve the speed and security of your WordPress site in just a few minutes.
One of the regular tasks we do for our Managed WordPress customers is to disable wp-cron and replace it with a real cron job for them. This helps improve the speed, security and stability of their WordPress sites.
PayPal are upgrading their service to make it more secure. As an online seller, you’ll have received emails with the subject *Upcoming security upgrade may impact your PayPal service*. We explain what the upgrade is and how it affects you.
We’ll show you how-to install WooCommerce on your WordPress website so you can create an online store and start selling your products and services online.
What is WooCommerce
WooCommerce is a plugin for the popular website builder, WordPress which adds the ability to run an online store. WooCommerce is the most popular Ecommmerce platform on the web, powering over 37% of all online stores with nearly 15 million downloads.
Securing your WordPress Multisite Network with an SSL certificate is highly recommended. An SSL certificate can protect your users data, increase user trust in your website and brand. Plus prevent your WordPress website from being hacked.
What is an SSL Certificate?
SSL certificates encrypt, or scramble, the connection between your WordPress website and your visitors device. Once for banks and online shopping, SSL certificates are now common place on the WWW. SSL certificates are most often used to secure websites, but also used to secure web servers, emails service and anything which requires a secure connection between two or more devices. Websites secured with an SSL display a small padlock, or green bar in your web browser.
Manage your self-hosted WordPress blog or website on the go, using your iOS or Android device and your Ecenica WordPress Hosting.
Today we outline how to publish content from the free WordPress App, to a WordPress website hosted on an Ecenica WordPress Hosting account. As we’re big fans of the Apple iPhone we do focus on the WordPress App for iOS. However, the good news is the app is also available for Android and shares the same features as its iOS sister app.
As of 26th January 2016, the payment for the renewal of your Ecenica service will be taken on the date the service is due for renewal. This change is automatic and you just need to make sure you have a valid payment stored in your secure Ecenica Dashboard.
We’ve made these changes to our billing process in responsive to customer feedback, and we hope this makes it even easier for you to keep track of your renewals.
Previously we took payments 7 day before the expiry date to allow time for any billing issues such as an expired payment card, to be fixed before your service was due for renewal. However since we upgrade our payment system in 2014 and made it even easier to update your card online via Ecenica Dashboard we think the benefits of bringing the transaction date inline with the renewal date outweighs the occasional billing issue.
Get your .UK domain name for FREE* when you register your .uk domain name with Ecenica.com before 7th Jan 2016
This month Ecenica have teamed up with Nominet, the UK domain name registry, to bring you a fantastic offer on free .uk domain names.
If you already own a UK family domain name – that’s a .co.uk, .org.uk or .me.uk domain name, and registered the domain before 28th October 2013 you may be eligible to take up your rights to the .uk domain name for free.
So, for example we currently own www.ecenica.co.uk, meaning we would be able to register www.ecenica.uk free for the first year.
How do I know if I’m eligible for a free .UK domain?
Unlike other domains, there are currently some limitations on who can register certain .uk domains. To find out if you’re eligible to register your free .uk domain name simply enter your preferred .uk domain name in Nominet’s Rights Lookup Tool.
To use the tool. Enter the .uk domain you wish to register with Ecenica, e.g. example.uk and click Lookup. On the next screen, you’ll see the lookup results. If the result shows “Domain name: example.uk, Right of registration: exaple.co.uk”, this means that the registrant of ecenica.co.uk has rights to the domain example.uk.
This offer isn’t around for long so make sure you register your free .UK domain name with Ecenica.com before 7th January 2016.