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  • Keeping Your Shared Hosting Account Secure With Patchman

    According to a recently published Google study, hacked sites are up 180% over the past year. In an effort to help keep your websites and account from becoming another victim, we are excited to announce that we are rolling out our new security solution called Patchman. Patchman is a multi-function security tool that provide the following 3 services free of charge! When it is launched, Patchman will be available on all Shared SSD Hosting accounts and on HDD servers numbered 81+.


    1) Out of date version detection

    One of the most common ways for a hacker to compromise your site is if you’re using insecure, outdated software. Patchman will send you a notification reminding you if you have installed software that is out of date.


    2) Infected file quarantine

    Patchman will send you a warning if and when it detects an infected file on your account. If infected files are not addressed, they are quarantined 24 hours later for your protection.


    3) Patching

    WordPress, Joomla and Drupal security issues will be patched. A notification and a reminder will be sent when files are found that can be patched. The patches are back-ports of bug fixes released in updated versions of the installed software. That means that updating to the latest version will likely eliminate the need for patching. After 2-days, the patch will be applied automatically. The patch will not change the installed version of your software.


    When Patchman is available on your server, you will be able to use the Patchman icon in cPanel to see outdated applications and files to be patched. The main area shows the files to be patched and offers explanations of why each one should be patched. You can also patch them manually before the automated process. In the upper right corner you can get a list of outdated applications, control notifications and start a new scan.



    Not only can hacked sites ruin years of hard work, they can ruin your reputation and be costly to fix. Our hope is that with the launch of Patchman on your account, we can help prevent that from happening to you. We welcome you to submit a support ticket if you encounter any problems as a result of a patch or would like to migrate to a server where Patchman will be available. Account migration fees may apply.

  • Magento 2 Launch Dates & Facts

    With all the Magento 2 Optimizations we can expect, it's not surprising you want to get your hands on the latest version of Magento. From performance boosts to an enhanced dashboard, Magento 2 certainly sounds like the real deal. However with Magento 2 still in beta, it may be a bit of time before we can move to 2.0 on production sites. While we sit and wait for the latest and greatest version to get released, Magento published a rough timeline of events so we can at least have a reasonable idea of when this new version will be made available.


    Developer Beta – This post is a bit tardy if you wanted to get your hands on the initial version of Magento. In December 2014, the developer beta of Magento 2 was released. This version was for developers to test out and report bugs. It did not even support any payment methods even if you did want to upgrade to it.


    Developer Release Candidate – This version was released in March 2015 (again a bit tardy as far as the purpose of this post). With this version, Magento is still encouraging its users to send in their bug reports. We're not expected to see any major architectural changes between now and the stable release, unless of course a major bug is discovered.


    Merchant Beta – This release is expected within the next few weeks as it is planned for quarter 3 of 2015.


    Merchant General Availability – The moment you've been waiting for! The stable version of Magento is expected in the final quarter of this year. Stay tuned!


    Even if they meet their goal of releasing Magento 2 in the final quarter of 2015, you may want to consider waiting until early 2016 to upgrade your site when the major bugs are corrected. A2 Hosting has got you covered regardless of your upgrade plans with our Magento 2 Hosting selection.

  • Magento 2 Optimizations

    Recently we took a look at a technology stack comparison of Magento 1 vs Magento 2. Just a few of these improvements featured in Magento 2 include PSR compliance and CSS3. Of course the technology stack is just one of the many optimizations found in Magento 2. Here's a quick look at some of the other improvements featured.


    *Performance Boosts – You can't talk about optimizations without improving performance. Experience faster page loads thanks to improved indexers, the Magento performance toolkit designed to optimize system performance and integration with Varnish cache.


    *Scalability Enhancements – Static page content is cached, improving performance as well as lowering server load.


    *Easy Upgrade – Magento 2 features a migration tool making it easier and faster than ever to upgrade your site to the newest version.


    *Improved Structure – Magento developers will have find it easier to customize their installs because every module has its own View directory and everything is placed within the app structures.


    *jQuery – Prototype has been replaced jquery by popular demand in the latest version of Magento.


    *Improved Dashboard – The Magento control panel isn't just designed to be easier on the eyes; it comes more streamlined and easier to use.


    *Easier Customizations - The modular code of Magento 2 reduces the need for cross-module dependencies so developers can make targeted changes without worrying whether they are impacting other code within Magento.


    Ready to host Magento 2? A2 Hosting has got you covered! Just remember that Magento 2 is currently a beta version so it is is not quite ready to power a production eCommerce site.

  • Magento 1 vs Magento 2

    With the beta release and the steady movement towards the stable release of Magento 2, are you getting your plan ready to upgrade to Magento 2? There are going to be a number of improvements in Magento 2. Let's look at the differences in the technology stack between Magento version 1 and 2, and how they will improve the performance of your store.


    *PHP – For a cart written in PHP, obviously this is the cornerstones of the technology stack. The PHP requirements for Magento v1 are PHP 5.4 and PHP 5.5. Much like its predecessor, Magento 2 supports PHP 5.5 with a minimum requirement of PHP 5.4.11.


    *MySQL – Just like PHP, the database backend requirements of version 1 and version 2 are quite similar. Both versions of Magento support MySQL 5.6.


    *CSS3 – This is where the 2 versions of Magento begin to differ, especially from a technology stack standpoint. Support for HTML5 and CSS3 standards differ quite a bit from the HTML4 and CSS2 standards that Magento supports. Among the many advantages, using CSS3 will boost page load speed performance because background images are no longer need to loaded as structural enhancements.


    *HTML5 – There's no need to elaborate on the importance of mobile eCommerce in this particular post. It is important to note though that all Magento 2 themes will be based on HTML5 and responsive, providing an excellent experience for your visitors on mobile devices.


    *PSR Compliance – Short for PHP Standards Recommendation, Magento 2 will be PSR compliant. This will make it much easier to standardize PHP so multiple PHP libraries will be able to work together.


    *RequireJS – Another speed enhancement of Magento that improves performance by aiding JavaScript resources to load on demand.


    Ready to host Magento 2? While we don't recommend using this version on a production site, choose A2 Hosting for your Magento Hosting needs and you'll be able to upgrade to v2 with a single click once the stable version is released.

  • Upgrading To Magento 2

    If you are a Magento user, you're probably well aware of the fact there is a beta version of Magento 2 currently available. Since this is a beta version, you won't want to upgrade your production site quite yet. However since this beta version will eventually lead to a stable version, now is as good of a time as any to start planning your upgrade. That way you can get the fastest and most secure version when Magento 2 becomes available.


    If you're currently hosting with A2 Hosting and have installed Magento with Softaculous, you'll be able to notified when Magento 2 Hosting is available. You'll just need to log into your account and you'll easily upgrade to the current version of Magento with a single click. As with any site upgrade, you'll want to back up your current before starting the upgrade.


    If you have not installed Magento with Softaculous, the upgrade process will look something like this for you (again, when the times comes, you will want to back up your site):


    1. Aside from managing and shipping your orders, you will want to end all activity in your Magento control panel. This activity will need to pause until you have finished your migration. This also includes pausing all of your Magento cron jobs.


    2. Magento has developed a handy, free tool to help make the migration as easy as possible to move your settings. You'll want to make use of this tool.


    3. Copy your media assets to your Magento 2.0 install by manually copying them from your media directory and moving them into your pub/media directory.


    4. Use the migration tool to bulk copy your database into your Magento 2 database.


    5. Re-index each of your Magento 2 indexers.


    6. Test, test and test some more. You will definitely want to make sure you can place orders on your site.

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