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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Laravel vs Symfony

The Right Tool for the Job The phone rings. You pick it up. It’s the national lottery — they tell you that if you can be at their office within 15 minutes, you get the entire pot, upwards of 15 million dollars! But you’re at home, not so close to that office. You need to decide on the spot how to get there. Right now, in the middle of rush hour, going by car may take more than 15 minutes. But riding your bike might also take more than 15 minutes. You have now 30 seconds to decide and your heart is racing, because the phone call was real and… Read More

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Move WordPress Site to New Domain

You have your WordPress site setup for some domain, such as mysite.com. Now you want to change that domain to sitenew.com. How do you do that? It’s easy. On a regular, single-site install (which is what most WordPress sites are), on the left side of your dashboard there is a Settings menu. Find “General” in there and click on it. Then there are two boxes: WordPress Address (URL) and Site Address (URL) Change those to your new domain sitenew.com and click Save. That’s it. ๐Ÿ™‚

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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. ๐Ÿ™ But if they can, then most likely you can install Laravel. ๐Ÿ™‚ If they have Composer already installed, then you’re all set. If not, then 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… Read More

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