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Webmail updated to RoundCube 1.3.6

We have updated our webmail UI. Please refresh your browser to get the latest. Enjoy the new features!

All customers patched against vulnerability SA-CORE-2018-004

Xplain Hosting has finished protecting all its Drupal customers against a critical security vulnerability recently found in Drupal 6, 7 and 8. A FAQ was also released to address the impact of SA-CORE-2018-004.

Automatic Drupal core updates is a core feature of Xplain Hosting: we don't leave patching to unavailable or busy Drupal development companies. Security is our number one priority. Security updates are free and included in every plan.

All customers patched against vulnerability SA-CORE-2018-002

Xplain Hosting has finished protecting all its Drupal customers against a critical security vulnerability recently found in Drupal 6, 7 and 8. A FAQ was also released to address the impact of SA-CORE-2018-002. Xplain Hosting was one of the first Drupal hosting companies to have patched all its customer systems.

Automatic Drupal core updates is a core feature of Xplain Hosting: we don't leave patching to unavailable or busy Drupal development companies. Security is our number one priority. Security updates are free and included in every plan.

Webmail updated to RoundCube 1.1.10

Our webmail has now been updated to RoundCube 1.1.10, the latest LTS version.

How to Determine Whether You Can Upgrade From Drupal 6 to Drupal 8 (Yet)

Elliot Christenson writes about upgrading from Drupal 6 to Drupal 8:

Like many of you, I have a few sites that are fairly complex, utilize dozens of modules - and still run on Drupal 6. At this point, I don't want to invest the time to migrate them to Drupal 7 because I feel the momentum is finally beginning to shift into high gear for Drupal 8.

So, how do you know whether the Drupal 8 ecosystem is ready for a relatively straightforward migration? Thankfully, there are some great resources available!

Three Things Every Drupal Site Needs to Kick Ass

Why Xplain Hosting provides free Drupal core upgrades: Security is not a deliverable, it's a discipline says Lullabot. Having a secure website is not something we ever complete, but is an ongoing process. The costs of ignoring that process can be severe.

Lullabot addresses three things your site needs, with number one being security:

Security is not a deliverable, it's a discipline. That means that having a secure website is not something we ever complete, but is an ongoing process to adhere to and improve. The costs of ignoring that process can be severe.

We cannot agree more. That's why all our sites receive automatic Drupal core upgrades. For free.

Mollom is shutting down, what are the alternatives?

Mollom has reached its End of Life. 2bits blogs about an alternative, antibot.

The recommended alternative by Acquia is a combination of reCAPTCHA and Honeypot.

But there is a problem with this combinationa: reCAPTCHA, like all modules that depend on the CAPTCHA module, disable the page cache for any form that has CAPTCHA enabled.

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Another alternative that we have been using that does not disable the page cache is antibot module.

phpMyAdmin updated to 4.7.1

phpMyAdmin to the latest available version 4.7.1.

Drupal console

A new tool may help you with Drupal 8, Drupal console:

The Drupal Console is a suite of tools run from a command line interface (CLI) to generate boilerplate code and interact with a Drupal 8 installation. From the ground up, it has been built to utilize the same modern PHP practices which were introduced in Drupal 8.

Drupal Console provides a number of commands for creating module scaffolding and boilerplate code. For any command, you will be asked a series of questions about what you want to generate. Based on that user interaction, it will then generate the required boilerplate to build the requested component.

Drush commands for every day usage

Fluffy writes about everyday Drush commands:

Drush stands for "Drupal shell" which means a powerful tool for managing Drupal installation from command line interface. Drush provides a lot of useful commands for dealing with a cache, modules, cron, database etc. But some of contrib modules also provide some extra drush commands for specific functionality (like features module comes with commands for managing features). Here's a bunch of a useful drush commands which I use every day.