Our biggest holiday present yet: app memory quota increased to 256MB for everyone

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Six months ago we started using much beefier servers for our shared hosting plans. We also started upgrading the hardware on our existing servers. We did that because we wanted to give you as much memory for your apps as possible without overselling the RAM and overloading the servers.

Today we’re happy to announce that our shared hosting plan has been upgraded from 80MB of app memory to 256MB! This applies not only to new customers but to all existing accounts as well. You can also buy an upgrade to 512MB for an extra $7/month*.

Keeping in mind that the memory used by the operating system, the MySql and Postgresql database servers and the frontend web server don’t count towards your app memory usage (unlike on a VPS) it should be plenty for most Django, Rails, PHP and other apps you might want to run.

If your apps outgrow 512MB of memory then you can either spread them across multiple servers or upgrade to one of our managed dedicated servers.

Here is to our biggest holiday present yet!

*The upgrade from 256MB to 512MB is only available on our newer servers (Web300 and over and all servers in Amsterdam) and the following servers: Web4, Web27, Web28, Web70, Web114, Web129, Web174, Web184, Web200 and Web213. This is because the other servers don’t have enough RAM. If you’re on another server and want 512MB of memory you can request a migration from the control panel (Account->Server migration).
Update: The list of servers where you can upgrade to 512MB is now: Web300 and over, Web4, Web27, Web28, Web70, Web114, Web129, Web174, Web182, Web200, Web208, Web209, Web210, Web211, Web213, Web216, Web217, Web218, Web223, Web224, Web225, Web226.

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WordPress 3.3 is here

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WordPress 3.3 is out now and so is our new one-click installer:

This version of WordPress has many new features and refinements. One of the handiest new features is the drag-and-drop media uploader. Just drag files from your computer onto the target to upload files easily:

The dashboard has also received a considerable refresh. For example, the dashboard’s admin header and admin bar have been combined into a unified toolbar. Feature callouts help introduce new WordPress features (great for novice and expert users alike). WordPress 3.3’s dashboard also reduces the number of clicks for navigation with mouse over fly out menus:

There’s a lot more in this version of WordPress, especially for developers. Check out the video introduction and the WordPress Codex’s comprehensive changelog for all the details. When you’re ready, give the WordPress 3.3 one-click installer a try and join us in the Q&A Community if you have any questions.

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Server Name Indication enabled on all servers

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A few weeks ago we enabled Server Name Indication (SNI) on all of our servers.

SNI allows you to use an SSL certificate for your secure site (https) without having to buy a dedicated IP address.

It works by having the browser send the hostname as part of the initial handshake so the webserver knows which certificate to use even if multiple certificates are used on the same IP address.

Note however that while SNI is supported by most modern browser some older browsers (notably all versions of Internet Explorer on Windows XP) don’t support it. If you choose to use SNI and someone visits your secure site with a browser that doesn’t support SNI they will receive our default certificate and their browser will display a certificate-mismatch warning.

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1h account activation

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We’re pleased to announce that starting today we’re guaranteeing a 1h account activation time for all new signups*. This guarantee also applies to upgrade/downgrade requests from the control panel (except dedicated IP addresses). This will allow you to rapidly scale your apps up or down as you need.

* A small number of payments get flagged for manual fraud checks. In that case the 1h starts once the payment has cleared the checks. If for some reason we cannot activate the account within 1h then the first month is free.

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