Drupal Vulnerability Patch on All Servers

Yesterday, March 28, 2017, the Drupal team released a patch, to fix critical security vulnerability (remote exploit) in most Drupal installations. Here is their notification on the patch release: https://www.drupal.org/sa-core-2018-002 In response, our system administrators located all Drupal installations on our servers, and ran the patch for the respective Drupal version. Thus all Drupal installations our CiviHosting servers are protected from this critical security issue.

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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. ๐Ÿ™ 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. ๐Ÿ™‚ 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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