Wikispaces Alternative

Wikispaces has been a beloved tool for educators (and others) worldwide for over a decade. This year, however, they have announced the sad news that they are closing permanently, and all wiki content on their servers will be lost forever. πŸ™ So people need a Wikispaces alternative, and we have one for you. They provide ways to export wiki content, but there are several problems with their export feature. One is that there is almost nothing you can do with it. You can’t import that data easily into any other system. I can’t say the export is worthless, but it’s very disappointing. CiviHosting has thus developed a system to take… Read More

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DokuWiki vs MediaWiki

War of the Wikis Interested in finding the wiki that’s right for you? Yes, so are we. πŸ™‚ In the open source wiki marketplace, there are several options, including MediaWiki, DokuWiki, TWiki, Tiki Wiki and TiddlyWiki, as well as smaller players such as MoinMoin, PmWiki, PhpWiki and WikkaWiki. To see what’s happening in this market, let’s take a brief look at this Google Trends graph of interest in the top five packages over the past year (click to see the image larger): Seems clear that MediaWiki and DokuWiki are the top contenders. MediaWiki is more well-known, but DokuWiki is trying to close the gap. The Internet Techies site indeed lists… Read More

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Wikispaces Conversion

UPDATE: Our Wikispaces migration service is now ready and we are actively migrating sites. See our Wikispaces Migration page for more details. Original Post: Due to the recent news that Wikispaces is closing, we are making progress with our conversion tool to convert Wikispaces exported data into a Dokuwiki site. We are now actively seeking more candidates who are interested to convert their Wikispaces site into a Dokuwiki site hosted on our servers. Use our contact us page to let us know and help us further our development.

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Wikispaces is Closing

The Wikispaces team has announced the news that they are closing up shop for good. On their Classroom and Free Wikis page they note that: we do not have a way of exporting your Wiki direct from Wikispaces to another site What that means is that Wikispaces sites will be stuck soon with no option. We at CiviHosting, however, have developed an migration tool to allow users to convert their sites to another Wiki format. See our Wikispaces Migration page for full details.

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CiviCRM Pay Later Option Bug

One of our clients recently upgraded to CiviCRM 4.7.29 and then their existing Contribution page started giving a 500 Server Error. They asked us to debug and we found that the issue was a missing classname and we traced that to the Pay Later option. Then we found this Pay later not appearing as payment option which looked similar and says it was fixed for CiviCRM 4.7.30. We upgraded their site and indeed their bug was fixed also.

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Meltdown and Spectre

Meltdown and Spectre are two recently-discovered security vulnerabilities in modern CPUs, including those used on our servers. The brief response from CiviHosting regarding these two issues is that Meltdown is a serious vulnerability, but our servers are not vulnerable to it. Spectre is less serious, but our servers are not vulnerable to it either. The more detailed response, for those interested, begins with a brief review of what the issues are: Meltdown is described on the Meldown Wikipedia page as: Meltdown is a hardware vulnerability affecting Intel x86 microprocessors and some ARM-based microprocessors. It allows a rogue process to read any kernel memory, regardless of whether it should be able… Read More

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GDPR Compliance

The GDPR is the General Data Protection Regulation and as the home page of the EU GDPR site says: After four years of preparation and debate the GDPR was finally approved by the EU Parliament on 14 April 2016. It will enter in force 20 days after its publication in the EU Official Journal and will be directly application in all members states two years after this date. Enforcement date: 25 May 2018 – at which time those organizations in non-compliance will face heavy fines. This regulation, or set or regulations, governs data security and the privacy of individuals. As the EU GDPR home page also says: The EU General… Read More

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How to Install Laravel on Shared Hosting

If your host has PHP and MySQL, then there is a good chance that they can run Laravel. There are a few other requirements, such as certain PHP extensions, but those are fairly common. The only real issue is Composer. If your host can’t (or won’t) run Composer, then forget about it. πŸ™ But if they can, then most likely you can install Laravel. πŸ™‚ If they have Composer already installed, then you’re set. If not, you must install yourself, but it’s not too hard. The directions on the Composer Download page are great and they work on many machines. For shared hosting, however, you probably will need to make… Read More

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