Your Application Is Moving To PHP 7.3

PHP 7.3 is now fully a production stack.

All major PHP frameworks have released new versions that take full advantage of the features offered by PHP 7.3 hosting.

After extensive testing to ensure complete compatibility of the integration with our hosting platform, our engineers have finalized the availability of PHP 7.3 on the platform and will be setting PHP 7.3 as default on all systems.

This means that while you may still retain the ability to select the upstream PHP supported version you want to use, any newly installed application will default to 7.3.

Moreover, the implementation may also upgrade existing applications to use 7.3.

If you are unable to switch from 7.3 to 7.2 or vice versa, please notify us so we can adjust that for you.

You can visit https://www.php.net/manual/en/migration73.php for migration guide, see the new features, view backward-incompatible changes and see deprecated features.

While doing this, please note that PHP 7.4 (the next PHP 7 minor release), is expected to be released to the General Availability on November 28th, 2019.

If you notice issues with your application after the upgrade, please:

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Log into your cPanel server and visit Software >> MultiPHP INI Editor.

Select the location that you wish to configure from the menu.

You can edit either the account's home directory or the domain's document root.

The PHP directives will appear.

Look at the "session.save_path" which shows you where your server stores the files that PHP creates.

Ensure that it is 7.3 and NOT 7.2, then save.

The system saves changes to the php.ini file, the user.ini file, and your .htaccess file.

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Please do this for every website/application that is under your hosting account.

If you want to host an old PHP version, do not select or use ALT-PHP on normal web hosting packages.

Visit https://webhostingmagic.com/old-php-version-hosting.html and use the hosting package found at that location and for more information.

If you are using our HardenedPHP packages to host your application running old PHP, you don't need to make these changes.

But please do check your cPanel's MultiPHP INI Editor to ensure that everything is the way you intended it to be.

Our beta users will continue testing our stacks/applications with PHP 7.4.

Thanks!

Host A cPanel Powered Website In Portland, Oregon

Web Hosting Magic is delighted to announce the launch of our energy-efficient data-center in Portland, Oregon.

It means that you can now start hosting your website in Portland.

Portland (Oregon’s largest city) sits on the Columbia and Willamette rivers, in the shadow of snow-capped Mount Hood.

It’s known for its parks, bridges and bicycle paths, as well as for its eco-friendliness and its microbreweries and coffeehouses.

Iconic Washington Park encompasses sites from the formal Japanese Garden to Oregon Zoo and its railway.

The city hosts thriving art, theater, and music scenes.

Portland's numerous advantages for data centers include the growing technology sector, the lower seismic threat, an aggressive tax incentives and that it is one of the best locations to reach customers in the western parts of United States if you are in Asia or Canada.

We are excited to be opening this new space and to further expand our presence in the years to come.

If you have projects that require this location or wish to take advantage of this location, please let our Infrastructure and Migration team know.

We will do our best to help you host your websites and applications in the beautiful city of Portland.

Existing accounts who wish to move their account to this region will require a slight DNS modification but done right, the changes will be barely noticeable on your website.

We Have Rolled Out New cPanel Features With 80

Web Hosting Magic has rolled these out to our cPanel customers exciting new features and improvements that came with cPanel version 80.

One-Click HTTPS Redirection of Websites

The importance of having an SSL for services and websites on your server cannot be understated.

It is for this reason why when you create a new website with Web Hosting Magic or migrate your websites to our system, we install an SSL to that website automatically.

However, there are times when resources on such website may not have been configured to serve via HTTPS.

As "how do I redirect traffic to the secure or HTTPS version of the URL" has been one of the most common support requests we get from our cPanel end-users is, we have added a new feature to make that redirection even easier.

Our server upgrades to cPanel version 80 brings a Force HTTPS Redirect toggle to cPanel's Domains interface at cPanel >> Home >> Domains >> Domains.

In the Domains interface in cPanel (Home >> Domains), there’s an option to enable Force HTTPS Redirection from the insecure version (HTTP) to the secure version (HTTPS) with a toggle switch.

When enabled, it automatically redirects website visitors who attempt to access the insecure version of a website (HTTP) to the secure version (HTTPS).

This information is stored in the account’s userdata files (/var/cpanel/userdata), and the redirection is built into the domain’s vhost configuration.

No more messing around with your .htaccess or deal with the risk that comes with editing the file manually or use WordPress plugins to redirect resources to HTTPS.

Please note that you can only enable redirection on main domains that also possess a valid SSL certificate.

Aliases (aka Parked Domains) will inherit their redirection status from their parent domain.

cPanel API Tokens

We added the Manage API Tokens interface to cPanel allowing cPanel users to issue API tokens.

Hosting resellers and third-party developers can now use these tokens to authenticate as the cPanel user and issue API calls.

You can find this cPanel >> Home >> Security >> Manage API Tokens.

SpamBox for new cPanel accounts

We are added a feature that simplifies the process of preventing spam in users' inboxes.

Each new account created now will have this created by default.

This makes the process of keeping spam out of your users' inboxes much easier.

Plus addressing mailbox creation

Our cPanel users can disable automatic mailbox creation for plus addressing in the Email Accounts interface found at cPanel >> Home >> Email >> Email Accounts.

The server still delivers plus address messages to the proper mailbox. The Automatically Create Folders setting only affects mailbox creation.

Webmail Roundcube Calendar

Webmail Roundcube interface found at Webmail >> Home >> Roundcube now ships with an internal calendar.

Roundcube's database stores the internal calendar's data.

As our cPanel customers, you can also add a CalDAV calendar to your Roundcube account.

Improved password strength check algorithm

Password strength check algorithm has now been improved to return lower scores for passwords with common dictionary words.

Using words found in the dictionary as password is really a very bad idea as it is often the first place that password crackers starts.

This feature allows you to define minimum strengths for passwords for all of cPanel & WHM's features that require password authentication.

The system rates password strength on a scale of 0 to 100, where 100 represents a very strong password.

A Self-Service Backup & Restoration For Our cPanel Customers

Data protection is essential for businesses, regardless of size, industry and geographic location.

We know that most small businesses may not have the same size IT budget as larger enterprises.

But that doesn't mean that the risks facing their business data are not the same.

If anything, small businesses are especially vulnerable when it comes to downtime.

Over the course of days, weeks, or months, your business generates and this can be a significant amount of data.

Data such as your customer records, accounting functions, inventory, and even company emails all have an impact on how your business operates.

Now imagine what would happen if you no longer had access to this data.

Don't think it will happen?

Well ... not to blow your bubble but servers do fail.

It is not "if", but "when".

Backup systems too even ones that we as your hosting provider stores for you, fail.

Things you never thought could happen, well ... do happen.

Preparing for a disaster requires a data backup solution that allows for fast and full data restoration.

And that's why today, we are happy to let you know about a new backup option that is available to our cPanel customers.

When you log in to your cPanel, look for the "JetBackup" pane.

It is a self-service backup system you can use to give yourself greater peace of mind.

It is free for most of the hosting packages and you are not being charged for it.

Please, do take advantage of this.

That way you can ensure business continuity no matter what happens.

Don't rely on us having your backup.

Even if we do, it might be out of date and might not be available to be used for restoration.

We also have other native cPanel back up and another paid backup services called CodeGuard which is available for purchase at https://dashboard.cpanelcontrolpanel.com/cart.php?gid=16

Your data is now fully in your hands.

You can download your data, create snapshots at any point and restore your data when you need to.

To start,

Login to your cPanel.

Search for JetBackup.

Click the Full Backups icon.

Once the page loads, you will see the User Agreement, Privacy Policy, and Backup Destination Information that you have to accept.

Once you have accepted these, the system will generate an encryption key that you need to keep in a safe place.

PLEASE COPY THE KEY AND SAVE IT IN A SAFE PLACE.

To confirm that you have done that, please provide the encryption key in the space provided to save changes.

This key might be needed or required to restore data from backups.

In an event of data loss or disaster recovery and you are unable to retrieve your encryption key, you will not be able to restore account backups.

We may not be able to access your backups or perform any action for you (restore from backups) without having the key.

Follow the guidance to completion and then, you will be able to use the functions.

Backup Options:

  • Full Backups: enables you to view a list of full backup account.

  • File Backups: enables you to view backups and access the backup file manager. To view file manager for the backup click on File Manager.

  • Cron Job Backups: enables you to view a list of cron job backups.

  • DNS Backups: enables you to view a list of DNS backups.

  • Database Backups: enables you to view a list of database backups.

  • Email Backups: enables you to view a list of email backups.

  • Queue: enables you to view the items in the queue.

  • Snapshots: enables you to create a snapshot for the account and view all available snapshots for the account.

  • Settings: this is the place where you can enter your email and the backup system will send a notification when the action you have selected is completed.

  • File Manager: this is the place where you can download and restore specific files.

We will be adding documentation on how to get the most out of this to our Knowledge-base soon.

Thanks and have a great week!

The Infrastructure Team

Join The Highest Paying Hosting Affiliate Program

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By promoting our web hosting products on your website or blog, you earn a piece of the profit for each sale that we make.

And with affiliate payout as high as 15%-20% per conversion, we sure do offer one of the biggest affiliate programs online.

When you become our affiliate partner, you will get beautiful affiliate banners that you can place on your website or blog.

Learn how to be part of our hosting affiliate program by visiting https://www.webhostingmagic.com/highest-paying-web-hosting-affiliate-program.html.

2cPanel SiteLock Protects Your Website From Cyberattacks

An average website is attacked 50 times per day.

That’s just over 18,000 attacks per year!

Is your blog or website website protected against cyberattacks?

Why are these cyberattacks so prevalent and who is responsible for these?

Time and experience has shown that this is often the work of cyber-villains who build bots to search the internet for websites with vulnerabilities.

Once a reconnaissance bot finds a target, it sends a beacon to the bot master who will now attempt to gain access to the website so he or she can exploit it.

The exploitation of this website might be to infect with malware or steal resources like bandwidth, website traffic, and customer data including email addresses.

The thing is that no website is too small to be attacked.

We have consistently seen that the most common targets are blogs, small businesses, and non-profit sites.

Data has shown year in and year out that as many as 18.5 million websites are infected with malicious content at any given moment!

So, do you consider your website something very important to your overall business success and vision?

Can you afford to be one of these statistics?

While we do provide various tools and techniques to ensure that the website you host with us is as secure as it could possibly be, we know that security is a constant battle with criminals.

So, any defensive weapon that we or our customers who trust us with their data can deploy to ward off these cyber attacks, is something we always welcome.

2cPanel has signed a partnership agreement with SiteLock.

We call this product 2cPanel SiteLock.

SiteLock website security products provides comprehensive, cloud-based website security solutions for businesses of all sizes.

Be the hero your website needs today.

Protect your site from cybercriminals, malware, defacement, data theft, blacklisting, and site suspension with a website security solution.

Visit https://dashboard.cpanelcontrolpanel.com/store/sitelock to learn more or start.

You can also call us today at ‭+1 (253) 300-3006‬ to discuss safeguarding your site with SiteLock.

2cPanel is a Cloudflare Certified Optimized Partner

We just wanted to let you know that 2cPanel is a Cloudflare Certified Optimized Partner and that we do provide to all of our valued customers the ability to enable Cloudflare’s free plan across their websites.

Cloudflare is a performance and security solution that protects and accelerates over 12,000,000 websites around the world.

It means that now that your 2cPanel account is active, you can get all the benefits the service provides including Railgun.

Railgun ensures that the connection between your cPanel server and the Cloudflare network is as fast as possible that it makes a website appear to be hosted close to web surfers is key in accelerating web surfing. It compresses previously uncacheable web objects up to 99.6% by leveraging techniques similar to those used in the compression of high-quality video.

This results in an average 200% additional performance increase.

Normally, this is only available to Cloudflare Business and Enterprise customers or to other Cloudflare customers at $200 per month, 2cPanel as a Cloudflare partner offers Railgun to all of our Cloudflare-enabled customers free of charge.

Once your website joins the Cloudflare network, you’ll also notice considerable performance gains and protection against a range of online threats.

To start using Cloudflare, you’ll need to log into your control panel and find the Cloudflare icon.

After clicking this icon, follow the provided steps to activate Cloudflare.

Before integrating your domain or website with Cloudflare global network, please do ensure that the domain you are trying to add is not already tied to another Cloudflare account.

This generally happens to users that signed up to Cloudflare through a different hosting provider, then try to sign up through Hostragon with a different account.

You must remove the domain from the old account before adding it with these steps below.

To remove the domain from the old account:

1. Login to the Cloudflare account that the domain was originally added to.

2. Go to Settings for the domain.

3. Go to DNS settings.

4. Remove the connection to the hosting provider using the red button.

If you unable to do that, please contact the Cloudflare support team at https://support.cloudflare.com/hc/en-us/requests/new.

And as mentioned above, we’re pleased to provide Cloudflare’s service to you for free.

You will see a lot of resources to use at this URL: https://dashboard.cpanelcontrolpanel.com/knowledgebase/40/Cloudflare-Hosting-FAQs

We’re delighted to offer this great service which helps keep both our servers and your website faster, safer, and more reliable.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out directly.

Regards,

The 2cPanel Team