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12 Sep

WordPress 3.6.1 Maintenance and Security Release
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WordPress announced yesterday that they have released Wordpress 3.6.1, which is also a security release for all previous WordPress versions. WordPress strongly encourages all customers to update their sites immediately, as this will address the following security concerns: Block unsafe PHP unserialization that could occur in limited situations and setups, which can lead to remote code execution. Prevent a user with an Author role, using a specially crafted request, from being able to create a post “written by” another user. Fix insufficient input validation that could result in redirecting or...

30 Aug

Mobile Optimized Websites: Here’s Why You Need One
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When it comes to our use of mobile devices, there’s been something of an explosion in the industry. Claire Broadly of WhoIsHostingThis.com explains: If figures from Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project are true, at least 34% of Americans now own a tablet computer. That figure is up from just 3% in 2010. The Pew Research Center also says 61% of American cell phone owners class their device as a smartphone. When you factor in the number of cell phones in use across the US, that gives us...

18 Jul

WordPress Security Issues Result in Blocked Emails
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As a result of the latest WordPress security vulnerabilities, some of HostPapa’s servers have been blacklisted for email delivery. Emails sent by some of our clients have been blocked. We strongly recommend that all clients upgrade their WordPress installs immediately to avoid any further issues with their emails. You can learn more about WordPress’ security upgrade here. You can update your WordPress install by going to your WordPress Dashboard. HostPapa is diligently dealing with the issues their clients are facing, and are working to resolve the issues as quickly as possible. We apologize...

19 Jun

New TLDs: .exciting as well as .challenging
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In recent years, there has been a push to expand the universe of generic Top Level Domains or gTLDs for short. According to ZookNIC Intelligence, a leader in data on the registration of domain names, by the middle of 2011, approximately 45%, or 95 million domain names, were .com's. This number increases every 3 months by about 6-7 million domains. With so many .com registered domain names, it is becoming increasingly difficult to find a domain name that is not already being used. This spawned the expansion of other TLDs in...

4 Jun

How cPanel is Addressing Backup and Transfer Security Concerns
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In recent days, it's been reported that there are security concerns around cPanel's transfer and backup systems for root users. The major problem that cPanel mentions relates to users restoring data from unsecured or untrusted sources. Despite warnings from cPanel to discourage this practice, users are still restoring their data using unapproved third-party packages. Ever since feedback within the web hosting community brought this issue to light, cPanel has admitted that this is a more common practice than they first realized. As a result, cPanel developers are working on an immediate...

22 Jan

Reseller vs Shared: Which Website Hosting is Right for You?
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At HostPapa, we often encounter customers inquiring about whether they should stick with shared web hosting or switch to a reseller account. New customers, too, frequently check in before signing up to ask which is “better”: reseller or shared hosting. The answer? The best service depends on your specific needs. No surprise there! That answer is not a lot of help, so we’ve compiled some information you can use to make the decision. First, let’s look at shared web hosting. A shared hosting plan gives you everything you need to create and...