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17 May 2019

Git: Now available across all our hosting plans

logo of the git software projectWe’re happy to announce the immediate availability of Git repository hosting as a standard feature for all of our shared hosting linux plans.

Git is a distributed version control system, allowing you a safe and effective means of tracking revisions and edits to your source code.  The predominate use-case for Git by our clients would be, of course, storing and tracking the web code that powers your site, but I’m sure some enterprising clients will find other, additional uses for it.

The Git repository management section of cPanel can be found under the “Files” section of your cPanel interface, via the icon labeled “Git Version Control”.

The deployment of git repository hosting builds on-top of the same security and resource management feature additions that enabled us to bring about the return of secure shell access previously.  Research (disk/cpu/bandwidth) usage via Git is shared and accounted for within your account’s base cPanel allocations.  (In other words, if your Git repo is 50MB in size, that 50MB of disk space will count against your accounts normal Disk Quota allotment.)

10 Mar 2019

Python support is here!

We’re happy to announce the immediate availability of Python support across all of our Shared Linux Web Hosting Plans.  This opens the possibilities of building your web application using Django, Wagtail, Web2Py, or any other modern web framework that’s written in Python.

We currently support Python 2.7, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, and 3.7 across all our servers.

Users can deploy a new Python application into their account by looking for the “Setup Python App” icon under the “Software” section in cPanel.   You’ll be prompted to select the Python version you wish to use, where the application should live folder wise (we do not recommend hosting them out of your public_html folder!), and the URL you want to associate with the application.

Once setup, cpanel will build a python virtual environment for you using the version you selected, and will deploy a simple “Hello World!” style python application into the folder.  You can then modify/build/create to your hearts content using python.

02 Mar 2019

Current Domain Promotions

Quite a few promotional offers on domain registrations (and also some on renewals and transfers as well!) currently being offered by the various registrars, wanted to just take a moment and spread the word on some deals to be found.  As always our client portal has been updated with the most recent pricing and is standing by to help you with your domain registration needs.

 

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24 Feb 2019

HTTP/2 Now Standard

In the wake of our recent server platform upgrades, we’re happy to announce that as of this weekend, all of our shared linux web servers now support HTTP/2.   This is another one of those ‘under the hood’ silent updates that will help increase performance of websites when accessed via modern browsers, with no action required on anyone’s part to enable or benefit from the change.

 

02 Feb 2019

All Shared Hosting Plans Doubled in Size!

Resource upgrades are here!  We’ve been hinting about it pretty blatantly.   We’ve been itching to get this nailed down for a bit now, as it’s been a while since the last time we had any resource adjustments to the plans.  But we wanted to get all of our ducks in a row to maximize the potential impact before announcing any changes… and we’re very happy with the end-result!

Today we’re happy to announce a rather large upgrade to the Disk Space and Bandwidth allocations that come standard with all of our Shared Hosting Plans:

  • Linux Bronze – $5.95/month
    • Was 400MB Disk Space  |   8GB Bandwidth
    • Now 800MB Disk Space  |  16GB Bandwidth
  • Linux Bronze+ – $7.95/month
    • Was 600MB Disk Space  |  15GB Bandwidth
    • Now 1200MB Disk Space  |  30GB Bandwidth
  • Linux Bronze++ – $9.95/month
    • Was 900MB Disk Space  |  20GB Bandwidth
    • Now 1800MB Disk Space  |  40GB Bandwidth
  • Linux Silver – $14.95/month
    • Was 1536MB Disk Space  |  30GB Bandwidth
    • Now 3072MB Disk Space  |  60GB Bandwidth
  • Linux Silver+ – $19.95/month
    • Was 2048MB Disk Space  |  40GB Bandwidth
    • Now 4096MB Disk Space  |  80GB Bandwidth
  • Linux Gold – $29.95/month
    • Was 4096MB Disk Space  |  80GB Bandwidth
    • Now 8192MB Disk Space  |  160GB Bandwidth

 

Yes, that is correct, we’re doubling the amount of resources available in every plan.

No action is required on anyone’s part to take advantage of these new plans, all existing clients have already had their resource allocations increased to the new levels.

 

27 Jan 2019

ModSecurity: Default on Every Plan

Back in November we discussed the need for web application firewalls and discussed some of the options out there for securing your site with one.  And, well, shortly there after someone reminded me:

Hey, wait, don’t we have ModSecurity implemented everywhere?

Oh yeah, ModSecurity, the old faithful of generic purpose WAF systems.   To be honest, we’ve run it across all of our servers for at-least a year now, silently, in the background, with nobody noticing.  We’re currently utilizing the OWASP Core Ruleset on all of our servers, and while it does detect and prevent a wide range of ‘standard issue’ web based attacks (Cross Site Scripting, Code Injection, SQL Injection, etc), the fact is, it’s we have to be deliberately conservative in what we detect and block at the server level.  Something that may be ‘fishy’ under to one website or code stack could be ‘business as usual’ on another site, so it’s not possible for us to make the rules “extremely secure”, because we don’t want to incorrectly block traffic that someone may actually need for their site to function.

Think of our ModSecurity implementation as a ‘first line defense’, it’s keeping an eye out for the really unscrupulous traffic, the things that we can look at and say “no way that can be legit traffic!”.  But the more granular, focused, specific needs of a given web platform? That’s where the need for a Web Application Firewall specific to your own site and needs comes in.

One thing we have rolled out in the last couple weeks, just in case, is the ability for clients to disable ModSecurity on a given domain under their account.  We don’t recommend it, and I believe we’ve only had one instance of a client really really wanting to do it, but that option is there now.  By default, we enable it everywhere, but if you go into cPanel, under the “Security” section, there’s now a ModSecurity area where you can disable it on a per domain basis.  It’ll warn you that this is potentially unsafe, and not recommended outside of debugging purposes (usually to prove that it’s not ModSecurity causing an issue with a site), but, if you need it, the option is there.

26 Jan 2019

IPv6: Ready, but not yet Prime-Time

IPv6 is one of those weird tech initiatives, in that it’s something everyone seems to agree needs to happen, but actually getting there is just taking way longer than everyone seemed to think it would. We’ve been running IPv6 on many of our own platforms and services for a while now, but coverage has not been 100%, nor had we fully deployed it to customer hosting servers and websites, until now.  Today we’re happy to announce that all customer sites and services are now fully available via IPv6.  Now,  odds are, either you’re reading this and going “Nice”, or you’re going “What the heck is IPv6?”, so lets take a quick moment to cover some likely questions you may have…

What is IPv6 and why do we need it?

Every device that’s directly connected to the Internet needs a unique address that identifies that specific machine.  The internet as we’ve had it all these years runs on a protocol called IP, more specifically, IPv4.  IPv4 gives us unique 32bit addresses that look like this:   139.197.254.128.   Then we use DNS to tell the world “www.purenrg.com = 139.197.254.128”, when you enter or click on our website URL, your computer looks up the DNS name, and gets back that unique address, and that’s how it knows where to connect to pull up our site.

IPv4 addresses can range from “0.0.0.0” to “255.255.255.255”, giving a little under 4.3 billion possible unique addresses ( I hear the deep tech folks groaning already, but bear with me).. due to the way IP address are carved up into into subnets, and the way a number of ranges were reserved for other uses way back in the early days of the Internet, we don’t actually have that many to go around.   Over half a billion where marked ‘reserved’ right off the bat for things like “inside” network space, multicast, etc, so the true number of usable IPv4 addresses is quite a bit smaller than 4.3 billion.

Now, keep in mind, while the Internet as we now enjoy it didn’t exist quite yet, IPv4 was designed in the early 1980s, so at that time, I’m sure the idea of “more than 4 billion devices all sharing the same global network” seemed like “Yeah, that’s not going to be a problem, ever!”   But of course, over the years, we’ve, well, we’ve used them up.  It’s been an ongoing issue for quite some time, but there have been workarounds that have kept things going without major issue:

  • NAT/Proxies/Firewalls.   Odds are you probably have more than one internet connected device in your house.  PCs, laptops, tablets, gaming systems, cameras, etc.  They all have an IP address, but likely not a “public” IP address.  It’s fairly common practice for your ISP to provide some sort of gateway/router device that actually obtains one public IP address, and then handles NAT for all of the devices inside your home.
  • Some of the previously “reserved” space has been “unreserved” and allocated out to the regional registries.
  • Some larger companies that hard large swaths of IP space allocated to them have returned some, or in other cases no longer function as entities and returned huge swaths to be redistributed.  (HP, or companies they merged with/acquired over the years at one point had 64 million IPs that they turned back to the registries)

I don’t want to veer too far into the discussion of IPv4 Exhaustion, but the wiki page linked there gives a great overview of how we got here.  But the basic gist is, while IPv4 got us to where we are today, something different is going to have to take over at some point.

Where did this whole IPv6 thing come from?

Thankfully, in the early 1990s (even then, the Internet was still not “the thing” it is today), someone had the foresight to think that 4.3billion might one day not be enough addresses, so a bunch of folks got together and started brainstorming.   While early versions of IPv6 support made it into things like the Linux kernel in mid 90s, we actually didn’t have a “Draft Standard” for IPv6 until late in 1998, and it didn’t become a true “Internet Standard” until July 2017.  These things, clearly, take time.

So what does IPv6 bring us?  Well, an IPv6 address looks like this:

2604:a880:0:1010:0:0:76:7001   (Again, our main website)

It’s a mouth-full, no doubt, and it’s going to make all of us even more dependent on DNS than we are today.  But, it’s a 128bit address.  That means instead of the 4.3billion possibilities, we now have…  well, billions and billions of possible addresses.  (340 billion billion billion billion addresses, give or take).  So yeah, it should solve our IP address shortage.

Why is it taking so long?

It’s taken quite a while just to get the standard nailed down.  And it’s taken even longer to figure out exactly how to implement it in every scenario.  Then you have the classic adoption problem, nobody wants to be the first ISP to offer “IPv6 only” access, if there’s shortage of content available on IPv6, so ISPs continue to scrounge around and find more IPv4 addresses they can utilize, and (as far as I’m aware), nobody has (yet) been forced into “IPv6 Only” land.

And until there are customers on the IPv6 network, there’s no push on the content providers into offering content on IPv6….  Chicken, meet egg.

Dual Stack implementations solve for this, in that with a Dual Stack configuration, you give your machine both an IPv4, and an IPv6 address, and you can be connected to and connect to others via either one.

So for instance, all of our servers now have an address in both IPv4 and IPv6.  We tell things like our web server to listen on both, and now we’re accessible on both addresses.  Then we publish both via DNS (While IPv4 addresses are stored in ‘A’ records, DNS has a separate ‘AAAA’ record for IPv6 addresses.)

So now, the content is there, even if the visitors are not, just yet, there in large numbers.

So what does IPv6 mean for me?

All the “under the hood” work to make this work for your sites hosted with us is already done.  All of our servers now run in Dual Stack mode, and we’ve ensured web, mail, and other services on every box are listening on both the IPv4 and IPv6 addresses.

So in general, not a whole lot really changes for you just yet, but it’s something you’ll want to be aware of, especially if you write your own code for your website.  You’re going to start seeing those “new, longer addresses” show up in things like your website logs, and at first, it’s going to be a bit confusing and unsettling. 😉

Here’s the part that will blow your mind (it blew mine), there’s a chance, however small, that you may be using IPv6 to read this right now and not even know it.  Many of the ISPs that have started implementing IPv6 are doing so with Dual Stack implementations, quietly, in the background.  A couple days after implementing IPv6 on our own website, we noticed the IPv6 addresses appearing in our client portal logs.  Clients were connecting to the site via IPv6, and they probably didn’t even know it.  That’s, quite honestly,  rather astonishing for something as fundamental to the Internet as IP, that the entire thing can be shifted around under the hood, and a visitor doesn’t even need to notice it.

While most ISPs are being fairly quiet about their embrace of IPv6, there are some larger, established ISPs starting to really make inroads with IPv6, and the number of folks who have IPv6 available to them continues to climb.  It’s not ready to take over the world yet, obviously.  Or own internal observations from our servers show about 3-5% of our traffic comes in over IPv6, and I believe that number is slightly skewed higher by our own servers preferring to talk with one another on IPv6.

But the data consumers are starting to arrive via IPv6, and now with this rollout, we’re ready for them.

If you are interested in finding out the state of your own internet connection, and if it is IPv6 enabled, feel free to visit the IPv6 Test website.

21 Jan 2019

Server Migrations and The Future…

As previously discussed back in November, we’ve been working on a project to upgrade all of our server infrastructure to both stay up to date with the latest operating system releases, as well as to unlock some new technology and ultimately improve the service we provide to our clients.   This project has taken a couple weeks longer to complete than we had originally anticipated as we discovered a couple of additional benefits of the new plan, and wanted to properly investigate how to best implement them, but I’m happy to say that we can now see the light at the end of the tunnel.  Within the next two weeks we should be wrapping up the last of the account transfers, which means that since we can now see the light at the end of migration tunnel, it’s time to talk a bit more about the changes that occurred, and to start thinking ahead to what we do once we do come out through the other side.

Under The Hood

There’s a number of “geeky fun” changes under the hood that will improve both stability and performance of all our servers.  I’m going to add a TODO item on my list to talk about them a bit in-depth in a separate blog post, so that folks who are interested in that type of thing can geek out with me, while everyone else can just focus on the user-noticeable changes.

What I will say now though is, for the first time in a very long time, once this migration is complete, all of our hosting servers will be on the same hardware platform, the same OS releases, and the same software stack, all configured in the very same way.  And that makes our lives much easier going forward.

User Noticeable Changes, Day 1

No more additional cPanel Themes

For anyone who didn’t notice, some of our servers had additional cPanel themes installed on them, allowing users to choose how cPanel would look to them.  It was something we implemented a couple years back as a bit of lark to see how people liked it.  At the end of the day, data showed us that only a small subset of clients ever checked out the alternate themes, and even fewer stuck with them.  The confusion they created by not matching our documentation only caused problems.  We actually stopped rolling these out on new servers quite some time ago, but with the migration project, the last vestiges of “alternate cPanel themes” will cease to exist entirely.

Ruby (Rails) Support Goes End of Life

Late in 2008 we added support for Ruby on Rails applications to our servers.  With the way these integrated with Apache/cPanel, it was always something of a headache for everyone involved.  Applications needed to be setup for Passenger, firewall ports needed to be opened,  it was, quite honestly, just not as easy as PHP, for us or for our clients.  Much like the cPanel themes, client interest was extremely minimal.  In the last 10 years we’ve had perhaps a couple dozen inquiries around Ruby.

Because the implementation of Ruby under cPanel was always somewhat sketchy, we never felt comfortable marketing it as a big selling point, and at the same time, I’m sure that true Ruby aficionados tend to steer clear of cPanel based environments for their Ruby hosting needs because they’ve heard the stories.   At the end of the day, we want to focus on what we can do best, and always offer a service that we’re proud of, so we’re discontinuing Ruby support across our entire fleet once and for all.  From what we’ve seen during the migrations, there are no active Ruby applications hosted on any of our servers, so I believe this is more of a housekeeping / cleanup issue than something that will actually impact clients, but we want to be transparent about Ruby’s removal.

Better Performance

While I’ll cover this more in depth in the later, ‘technical nitty gritty’ post, the short answer is that we believe all clients will see an improvement in the performance of their sites.  Even clients on servers that were already at our current standard level in terms of hardware will see an improvement based strictly on the performance gains we’re seeing utilizing the new software stack.

User Noticeable Changes, The Future

Plan Resource Upgrades

Hardware gets more powerful/less expensive with time.  Our policy has always been to pass our savings onto our clients in terms of increased resource allocations in each of our plans.  It’s been 4 years since our last resource adjustments to our plans.   We’re due for an upgrade, and getting all of our servers upgraded is the last blocker to us unveiling our next round of upgrades.  While we’re not quite ready to release the hard numbers just yet, I am comfortable in saying this much:

Our 2015 upgrades resulted in around a 33% increase in resources.
Our 2019 upgrades will exceed that percentage increase.

More details will be forthcoming regarding the resource upgrades once we get the last few servers migrated.

 

21 Jan 2019

2018: A Year In Review

At the start of 2018, in a rather sparse and simple blog update we laid out some pretty ambitious, if vague, plans for the year.  I’d like to take a moment to reflect on what we got done in 2018, and some ideas of where we’re looking to go in 2019…

 

All in all it was a pretty productive year.  But we’re not going to just sit back and rest on our laurels.  Once the current Server Migration Project is complete (blog post coming), we’re looking at the following items as possibilities for 2019:

  • Increasing Resource Limits for all of our Shared Linux Hosting Plans.
  • Unveiling additional new products and services based on client and market demand

 

All in all, I believe 2018 was a great year overall, many of the things we set out to accomplish this year were completed, and we’re in a position to not only finish out the few remaining tasks from 2018, but also to start looking toward the future in new and exciting ways.

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