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Major Gmail outage – Dec 15th 2020

If you are experiencing odd bounce messages regarding Gmail email addresses, please be aware that Google is currently experiencing a major Gmail outage.

You can see the status of the outage on this page:

30% rebate on our new Brizy Builder Pro – April 2020

To celebrate the addition of yet another Website Builder to our arsenal of easy to use Website builders we are excited to give you a 30% coupon.

Use Coupon code LF3ZHT12W0 during checkout.

It works for the super simple Cloud Edition as well as the more advanced WordPress Edition of BRIZY PRO.


We have updated our SitePad Web Editor

Grand Junction, CO Apr 2020

Our Free SitePad Website Editor has been updated.

There are many improvements in this version of SitePad.

1) [Feature] We have now added 500+ sections in SitePad. You can 1-click add sections to a post/page. We have also added many pages so that you can build your website with just a few clicks.

New Sitepad Templates

2) [Feature] We have added the Scrolling Effects and Mouse Effects feature in the new SitePad Editor. You can now set an animation to an element on mouse movement or on a scroll.

3) [Feature] A Cookie Consent Editor has been added to the new SitePad Editor. We also have added a simple wizard to enable Cookie Consent. The new editor allows visual editing options.

SitePad Cookie Consent Editor

4) [Feature] Most text fields are now editable from the Editor window itself without the left bar text fields. This enhances the editing experience.

SitePad Enhanced field editor

5) [Feature] We have implemented an optional Google reCaptcha setting as well for captcha during various forms like Login, Registration, comments, etc. By default a math captcha is enabled.

6) [Feature] You can now also rename the login page to avoid other users knowing what the login URL is.

7) [Feature] We have added 20+ new themes for the new SitePad editor.

Sitepad 20 new themes

8) [Improvement] The Left-bar UI has been improved. Many more UI changes are coming!

Sitepad new sidebar

9) [Improvement] The Add Section wizard, has been further improved. The speed of image loading has also been improved and we will improve the sections further.

10) [Task] File Permissions settings for writable Files and Directories have been added in the Admin Panel.

11) [Task] Added the option to de-select the options from the multi-select property type.

12) [BugFix] When a site was edited in the SitePad Panel, the email address was not updated for the admin user. This is fixed.

19) [Bug-Fix] In certain cases, widgets were broken when we used double code in the text. This is fixed.

20) [Bug-Fix] The image portfolio icon was missing. This is fixed.

The new SitePad editor will now soon be made the default for all users and we will be able to give more themes and new features like e-commerce very soon. We are planing to do this by mid-April 2020.

PHP 7.4 is now available.

We are excited to announce the availability of PHP 7.4 to all HelpingHost.com customers.

The PHP team recently announced the availability of PHP 7.4.
A jump from PHP 7.3 to 7.4, as usual, is a big step.

We have two groups of users.

1) End users who are using only using applications that need PHP to run.

2) Developer users who use PHP for applications they wrote themselves.

If you are an End User, please do NOT switch to PHP 7.4 for your application unless you have verified that the application runs with PHP 7.4.
The PHP team still supports PHP 7.3 with security patches and bug fixes. So, no need to hurry.
(besides, please remember that we are running Hardened PHP back to PHP 5.6 which means that our PHP Vendor backports patches to old PHP versions)
An important thing to consider that at the time of this article, IonCube Loader is NOT yet available for PHP 7.4.


Let me address WordPress, which is the most widely used PHP application with our customers.

WordPress 5.3 IS compatible with PHP 7.4. HOWEVER, there are more moving parts you have to check. Check that all your WordPress Plugins are PHP 7.4 compatible. Ensure that your template is PHP 7.4 compatible.

If you accidentally switched your site to PHP 7.4 and it stopped working, change it back to PHP 7.3, wait for 5 minutes, and it should be back online.

Keep in mind, you can always contact our support team with questions regarding this or to fix any issues you might encounter.


If you belong to the developer users group, you probably know to check the PHP 7.4 migration instructions on how to adjust your PHP apps.

Visi Builder – October 2019 updates

Today we would like to introduce the latest updates to our Professional Website Builder tool: Visi Builder.

  • Video Backgrounds
    You can use Videos as background on pages of your website.
    Either upload the Video or use a YouTube link.
  • The Countdown Timer Element
    You can now add a beautiful timer anywhere on your website.
    For example, to display the countdown to an important event.
  • POP-UP Banners
    You can create it under Menu Entries. Once created, you can edit the popup as if it were a full page.
  • Spotify Player
    A new Media Plugin is available. The Spotify Player. Just drag the Media Plugin onto the page and choose Spotify from the Music player section.
  • Template updates
    As we continue to update and expand our template library, we have added three new categories:

We hope you will enjoy these enhancements!



WordPress Plugin vulnerabilities – Rich Reviews and GiveWP.

If you installed any of these two WordPress Plugins:

  • GiveWP
  • Rich Reviews


Please update or remove them immediately from your WordPress site.
The two plugins have vulnerabilities that will allow hackers to either place malicious code on your site to infect your visitors or even gain access to your WordPress website and take full control.

If you are unsure how to do this, please contact our support team for help.

In addition, if you are using one of those two plugins, have HelpingHost.com support review your WordPress site to make sure no backdoors or users were installed.