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  • Coming Soon – SmarterMail 16

    No comments April 25th, 2017 18

    We are very pleased to announce that SmarterMail v16 is just around the corner! Not weeks away… DAYS!!! SmarterMail v16 has been rewritten from the ground up, given a completely fresh and redesigned interface and our favorite feature so far! The ability to have live meetings online using chat as well as video, even a live drawing board, share files and more!

    SmarterMail v16 has a brand new fully API driven design that can allow developers access to all functions of SmarterMail, even the ability to write full features desktop and mobile clients around the SmarterMail API!

    Check out some of the screenshots we’ve captured to give an idea of how much SmarterMail has changed!

    Past major upgrades have been applied usually pretty quickly by our systems admin team, however, with this being a major rewrite of the SmarterMail code base, we may sit the launch out for a few minor releases just to make sure all issues are caught by early adopters. The upgrade will depend though on reports that we see on their forums as well as speaking to their support to decide how others upgrades and launches are going.

    Rest assured though, ASPnix will be upgrading to the latest and greatest of SmarterMail very soon!

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  • Scheduled Power Maintenance

    No comments April 18th, 2017 34

    We will be performing maintenance and replacements on several of our PDUs (power distribution units) at our Denver, Colorado facility this Saturday, April 22nd between 8PM and 10PM MDT. This will cause network and service interruption for many servers and services.


    All dates and times below are adjusted for your browser’s local time, otherwise UTC

    Scheduled Date: 
    Scheduled Time:
     
    Max Outage Duration: 2 hours (with brief interruptions of service)


    If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our support department.

    Thank you again for choosing ASPnix as your web hosting provider!

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  • Weekend Maintenance Completed

    No comments April 17th, 2017 18

    The upgrades that were scheduled for this weekend have been completed. Some extra server updates were performed along with the network upgrades. Please check the following maintenance list for more information:

    • Core routers upgraded to latest firmware / OS
    • Core switches upgraded to latest firmware / OS
    • PHP for Windows updated to 7.0.18 & 7.1.4
    • MySQL for Windows updated to 5.7.18
    • Windows Updates completed on all Windows servers
    • PHPMyAdmin for MySQL on Windows updated to 4.7.0

    We appreciate your patience and understanding this past weekend while we completed the required network maintenance and upgrades.

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  • Scheduled Network Maintenance

    No comments April 13th, 2017 37

    We will be performing maintenance on our core router(s) as well as our core switches at our Denver, Colorado facility this evening (April, 13th) as well as tomorrow evening (April, 14th) between 8PM and 10PM MDT. There could be brief interruptions in service during these times as we work to upgrade firmware and operating systems as well as apply some needed configuration changes.

    This will affect all services operating within our Denver, Colorado facility.


    All dates and times below are adjusted for your browser’s local time, otherwise UTC

    Scheduled Date:  |
    Scheduled Time:
     
    Max Outage Duration: 2 hours (with brief interruptions of service)


    If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our support department.

    Thank you again for choosing ASPnix as your web hosting provider!

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  • WordPress Security – A Continuous Fight

    No comments April 12th, 2017 32

    WordPress remains one of the most popular (arguably the most popular) website content management system on the Internet today. With that fame and usage comes the bad as well, security issues, exploits, security holes, poor written code and more. This attracts malicious attacks, hackers, and other foul intentions to your site looking to gain their 2 minutes of fame, spread attacks, use your site to launch attacks towards other sites and more.

    Continue reading “WordPress Security – A Continuous Fight” »

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  • MX01 SmarterMail Upcoming Scheduled Maintenance

    No comments January 15th, 2017 389

    This evening at 10PM MST we will be restarting our SmarterMail system to apply the new release of SmarterMail 15 that resolves many issues and further improves the SmarterMail product.

    The full release notes can be viewed on their site – https://www.smartertools.com/smartermail/release-notes/15

    Scheduled Date: 01-16-2017
    Scheduled Time:
     5:00 AM – 5:30 AM UTC
    Max Outage Duration: 30 Minutes

    If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our support department.

    Thank you again for choosing ASPnix as your web hosting provider!

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  • MX01 Emergency Maintenance

    No comments January 7th, 2017 149

    This evening at 11PM MST we will be restarting our SmarterMail system to apply an emergency patch meant to resolve the issue of not being able to add contacts through the webmail interface. This is an issue that over 3 dozen customers have contacted us about since reported several weeks ago. The update was released several weeks ago, but was held off due to the holidays. Due to the nature of the issue and the impact it produces (not being able to add contact is a problem) we are applying this build ahead of the SmarterMail 16 release.

    Scheduled Date: 12-08-2017
    Scheduled Time:
     6:00 AM – 6:30 AM UTC
    Max Outage Duration: 30 Minutes

    If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our support department.

    Thank you again for choosing ASPnix as your web hosting provider!

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  • Announcing Softaculous for cPanel Linux Hosting!

    1 comment December 20th, 2016 187

    We are pleased to announce that our cPanel Linux shared hosting now supports Softaculous for all paid hosting packages and accounts! Softaculous is a cPanel plugin that adds over 400 installers for the most popular and most common web applications. Applications such as WordPress, Joomla, Zen Cart, osCommerce, Drupal 7, phpBB and many more! Most applications are easy to install with a few clicks and a few easy to answer questions, you are up and running!

    Site administrators can rest easy knowing that applications they’ve installed through Softaculous will be automatically updated and maintained by the Softaculous system! For a full listing of all applications supported by Softaculous, please visit their site at https://www.softaculous.com/softaculous/apps.

    All paid hosting accounts have access to this system, free hosting customers will need to upgrade to the paid “Unlimited” hosting package to use Softaculous.

    If you have any questions, concerns or comments, please let us know!

    Thank you for choosing ASPnix!

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  • Announcing our new spam filtering engine!

    No comments December 16th, 2016 152

    We are very pleased to announce our all new spam filtering engine, powered by Message Sniffer and Declude! Just over a month ago we dumped our old Cyren anti-spam system for a new, customizable and very powerful anti-spam solution! We worked with about 3 dozen customers who received a large amount of spam and it was clear that our old solution simply was not working. Most of these spam emails were obvious and it was painful to see them getting through without issues. Especially from domain extensions like .top, .download, .stream that send nothing but spam. The cloud-based solution was just letting these emails into people’s inboxes. Annoying for the user, causes extra support tickets and Cyren has had its fair share of problems with its data-centers going offline and routing problems that caused major problems for SmarterMail, including crashing it on occasion.

    So with all this, we have set up a new solution that is based on Declude and ARM Research Labs, Message Sniffer. Declude is a filtering engine that has been around for a very long time, nearly 20 years. Declude has proven to be very effective against combating spam using very powerful and customizable rules, RBL checks, DNSBL checks and more. Message Sniffer is another great filtering technology that works by combining forces with other sniffer “nodes” running on mail servers all over the world. By using the data from other mail servers, our local Message Sniffer can quickly update to ward off threats and spam that our mail server has not yet seen or dealt with. Combining these two technologies has almost defeated spam for our test group of customers. With most reporting only receiving only a couple of spam emails per week instead of hundreds.

    We are still working to improve these systems to get the number down to zero! Message Sniffer will continue to learn and improve its database on its own over time!

    For information on Declude, please review their site at http://www.declude.com/
    For information on Message Sniffer, please review their site at http://www.messagesniffer.com/Products/aboutSNF.jsp

    We have also improved our reporting of false negative / positive emails – You can check our KB article at https://www.aspnix.com/kb/how-to-report-false-negative-and-false-positive-emails/. Customers reporting misidentified email will further improve the filtering engines and help us build up better rules to fight messages that are harder to identify.

    If you have any questions, concerns or comments, please let us know!

    Thank you for choosing ASPnix!

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  • PHP 7.1 Final Now Available for Windows

    No comments December 5th, 2016 152

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    We are pleased to announce that PHP 7.1 has been released and is now ready for production use! All customers can upgrade and start using PHP 7.1 immediately!

    PHP 7.1 includes many improvements and new features such as…

    In our local tests PHP 7.1 performs slightly better than 7.0, the focus of the new release was more towards new features and improvements, not necessarily around execution performance. Those interested in upgrading to PHP 7.1 can check the migration guide at http://php.net/manual/en/migration71.php.

    As always, before doing any changes to your website, we recommend testing your site fully first before just changing the PHP version and leaving it. PHP 7 has many breaking changes from older versions that can cause major issues with your website. Please check with your application developer before making any changes to confirm compatibility.

    We hope everyone enjoys the new release! If you have any questions, concerns or comments, please let us know.

    Thank you for choosing ASPnix as your web hosting provider!

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