With Node.JS becoming more and more popular, we expected that our customers would demand Node.js hosting. And I am happy to announce that now we are making Node.js available as an addon for all of our dear users!

Starting today, you can add Node.JS to any hosting plan that your are subscribed to.

The cost is $9.90 per month.

You will be able to choose Node.js 6.x, 8.x, 9.x or 10.x for any of your Javascript apps.

 


If you are using Drupal on your website please read on…

The Drupal CMS team has fixed a highly critical security flaw that allows hackers to take over  site just by accessing a URL. We highly recommend that Drupal site owners immediately update your sites to Drupal 7.58 or Drupal 8.5.1, depending on the version you’re running. If you are unsure how to do so, please contact our Support team.

The Drupal team pre-announced the recent patches last week when it said “exploits might be developed within hours or days” after the disclosure.

This new Drupal Vulnerability allows an attacker to run any code he desires against the Drupal CMS’ core component, effectively taking over the site. The attacker doesn’t need to be registered or authenticated on the targeted site, and all the attacker needs to do is access the URL.

A nickname for this Drupal Vulnerability is “Drupalgeddon2”.

Drupal 6 is also affected. However, since Drupal was declared end of life (EOL) in 2016, NO patches will be issued by the Drupal Team.


HelpingHost.com is happy to announce a new partnership with CloudFlare, the web’s easiest performance and security solution. As a CloudFlare Certified Partner, we deliver their simple and free solution to help protect and accelerate your website. Once your website joins the CloudFlare community, it loads twice as fast and is protected from a range of online threats.

Getting started is super easy—you just need to log into your control panel and look for the CloudFlare icon. With two clicks, you can activate CloudFlare and your website will automatically be faster and safer around the world.

We are pleased to offer you the CloudFlare service for FREE. There is no commitment. Turning CloudFlare on and off takes two clicks of the mouse, so feel free to try it out. We think you’ll like it.

To learn more about CloudFlare, you can take a look at our CloudFlare Hosting page hereCloudFlare Hosting LOgo


A security flaw has been discovered in Joomla version 3.5.0 through 3.8.5.

It has been assigned [CVE-2018-8045].
The User notes list view is missing a type casting of a variable which can lead to an SQL injection.

This means that somebody can make changes or read out data from your Joomla database without permission.
It can be achieved by simply calling the User notes list view with specially crafted parameters.

The Joomla team considers the severity of the flaw as low.

Please login to your hosting control panel and use our Softaculous installer to update your Joomla.
If you are unsure, please contact your HelpingHost.com support team to help you out.


Simple Explanation of Meltdown and Spectre:

By now I’m sure you have heard about Meltdown and Spectre.

 

Meltdown exploit snippet They are names to describe exploits that take advantage of bugs in most modern processors.

In the Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures List the following code numbers were assigned:

 

Meltdown: [CVE-2017-5754]

Spectre: [CVE-2017-5753]

Any company that runs software on computers will have to apply patches to protect themselves and their customers.

The action HelpingHost.com took:

The race was on to patch these vulnerabilities. HelpingHostcom has patched all Servers against the recently discovered Meltdown and Spectre bugs on the same day as our Software vendors released the patches.

Spectre code piece


PHP 7.2 Hosting

PHP 7.2 has been officially released by the PHP team in November 2017 and is now available for all our customers to use on their website if they wish.

That means HelpingHost.com now offers PHP 7.2 Hosting.

PHP 7.2 contains many improvements and new features such as:

PHP 7.2

  • Convert numeric keys in object/array casts
  • Counting of non-countable objects
  • Object typehint
  • HashContext as Object
  • Argon2 in password hash
  • Improve TLS constants to sane values
  • Mcrypt extension removed
  • New sodium extension

If you want much more detail on what changed, please take a look here.

What does this new PHP version mean to your PHP apps such as WordPress, Joomla, Drupal or Magento?

We found a 10% speed improvement over PHP 7.1 and it is about three times as fast as PHP 5.6. Tests using the latest WordPress did not show any problems.
However, keep in mind that your WordPress plugins also need to be up2date to ensure compatibility with the latest PHP version.

Joomla 3.8 core seems to work as well with this latest PHP release.

Looking for PHP 7.2 Hosting? Give us a try!

Existing customers can change the PHP version used for their website from within the hosting control panel.
Each website can use its own PHP version.

If you feel your site has issues with PHP 7.2 you can also switch back to any older PHP version you like to use.


WordPress 3.3 was just released over at WordPress.org.
The HelpingHost.com automated script installers are getting this latest version of WordPress over the next 24 hours after which you will be able to either update your current WordPress or create a new WordPress install using WordPress 3.3

Please remember to update your plugins first and make sure they are compatible with WordPress 3.3.
Do not forget to use the backup function within our Softaculous installer so you can revert easily just in case something went wrong!
The WordPress team is reporting that version 3.3 includes user interface improvements as well as new Developer features worth looking into.