Boutique Hosting

Broadly speaking, there are two kinds of hosts: Big hosts and little hosts. Continuing to generalize, the advantage of a big host is price, as they sell in bulk and can offer “cut-throat” prices. The advantage of a smaller host is service, meaning fast, friendly and personalized customer service by people who actually care. CiviHosting is, relatively speaking, a small host. We are of the category called “boutique hosting” as we specialize in providing only the very highest quality service and support. We treat each client like they were our only one and are here 24/7 to help with whatever you may need. Have any questions, or just wondering if… Read More

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How to Install DokuWiki

If you upload the DokuWiki files to your server and then try to access the site, you may well get a scarey red message like this: which means that your data directory isn’t found or isn’t writable. Either fix that yourself if you know how, or you may need to ask your host for sysadmin for help. Once you have that done, then this is the default home page: which means that you can actually use DokuWiki without installing it at all. That means it’s really easy to get started. The disadvantage of not installing is that anyone can edit your wiki, without any need to create a user account… Read More

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How to Install MediaWiki

First screen is a welcome screen just telling you that you must setup the wiki and you just click on the blue link to continue: Next screen allows you to choose a language: Next screen is a environment check where MediaWiki checks that your server is capable of running MediaWiki. If all is well, you just click Continue. If there would be a problem, you would need to contact your host or your sysadmin. Next screen is the database connection settings. You will need to know the host, database name, database user name and password. If you don’t know these, you could ask your host or your sysadmin: Next screen… Read More

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Nextcloud News

News on the Nextcloud front is that Nextcloud is celebrating 2 years! Beyond the birthday party, now versions 13.0.3 and 12.0.8 available and upgrading is recommended. There is also a new version of the Nextcloud iOS app and the Nextcloud 2018 Conference is coming soon — August 23-30 to be exact. Stay tuned for more…

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Drupal Vulnerability Patched Again

In March 2018, Drupal developers announced a critical vulnerability (remote exploit) in the core Drupal software that required immediate patching, and we fixed that on all sites on our servers, and we announced that here Drupal Vulnerability Patch on All Servers. On April 25, the Drupal developers announced a newly-discovered vulnerability, that also required immediate patching: https://www.drupal.org/sa-core-2018-004 To secure as much Drupal sites on our servers as possible, our system administrators took the following actions: 1. Executed the patches from the announcement above for all Drupal 7.4+ and Drupal 8 installations on our servers. 2. Executed the patches for Drupal 6 from the Drupal LTS. Drupal patches were run in… Read More

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Save my Wikispaces Wiki

Yes, Wikispaces is closing permanently and deleting all wiki space data from their servers. The closure dates are: Classroom and Free Wikis end of service -> 31st July 2018 Plus and Super Wikis end of service -> 30th September 2018 Private Label Wikis end of service -> 31st January 2019 If you don’t take action before then, your wiki and all data and all media (images, documents, etc.) will be lost forever. CiviHosting is here to save your wiki, however, so it’s not lost. Instead, we will migrate it to our servers and keep it online. See our Wikispaces Migration page for full details. Don’t let your wikis just disappear…..… Read More

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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. 🙁 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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