WordPress Toolkit for cPanel - Now released!

We are extremely pleased to announce the release of the WordPress Toolkit for cPanel, available immediately on all cPanel servers.

Please note that the free tier is available immediately, with plans to introduce the WordPress Toolkit Deluxe within the next few days, as it requires some implementation and development work on our end. 

The following features are included free of charge for all accounts...

To join in the discussion regarding the upcoming WordPress Toolkit Deluxe click here...

https://feedback.brixly.uk/b/feature-requests/use-of-wp-toolkit-deluxe-for-resellers/

Feedback and Announcements in Client Area

Following on from the recent introduction to the new 'changelog', and the 'feedback portal', these have now both been made accessible directly from our client area for ease-of-access. 

Both are still accessible via their own URL's as before...

https://changelog.brixly.uk
https://feedback.brixly.uk

If selected from our client area directly, you are automatically signed in allowing you to submit features and feedback requests with the need to sign-up separately. 

Announcements:

Feature Requests:


Feedback Portal now Added!

We have now introduced a new feedback portal, allowing you to add new feature requests and bug reports (such as within our client area, and more!).

Do you feel we have a missing feature or some functionality that would be incredible to be added to your hosting platform?

You can now request a new feature, and those which are most voted for will be taken into consideration for a future update 😎 

Our feedback portal can be found here...

https://feedback.brixly.uk 

Want a new feature to be added? You can view previous requests, and request new features directly from our chat widget!

Improved Changelog - now with notifications!

Taking on board some of our recent feedback, we have decided to completely revamp our changelog / release updates page with the ability to 'subscribe' to changes!


You will now also notice that our changelog conveniently shows right in our messenger / chat on our website and client area, making it incredibly easy to keep track of changes and improvements to our service. 


Pricing Changes - Pro 150 and Pro 250

Due to the recent changes to the cPanel licence pricing (in effect from January 2021), we have decided to increase both our 150 and 250 plan pricing inline with those changes.

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Please note that clients already paying annually will not be affected until renewal, which will be at the revised amount.

Clients on monthly billing for the Pro 150 or Pro 250 plans will have their plans adjusted accordingly within the next few days, affective from the next renewal date.

MultiPHP Editor now Added

We are pleased to confirm that we have now added the MultiPHP Manager to all shared / reseller services.

This is in line with the recent changes where Bolt-Cache was removed, which allowed you to set a PHP version by subdomain / domain.

The PHP Selector is still the preferred functionality, and if you are fine to set the PHP Version 'account wide', then you can continue to do so using the PHP Selector functionality.

If you require per-domain PHP versions, then you are able to set the PHP Version via the MultiPHP Manager.

QUIC.cloud CDN - Now available!

QUIC.cloud is the first and only content delivery network with the ability to cache dynamic WordPress pages. Using QUIC as the transfer protocol, QUIC.cloud will make your website faster and more secure than the competition.

QUIC.cloud greatly reduces transmission time to all of your site’s visitors, no matter where they live. Your website is potentially located across the globe from its visitors, but with QUIC.cloud, your content is cached on servers all around the world. When a visitor requests content from your site, a copy is served from the visitor’s nearest server location. By transmitting both static and dynamic content from the closest server, instead of from the main site server, QUIC.cloud dramatically speeds up your site.

Currently, the only CMS QUIC.cloud works with is WordPress.

Please Note: QUIC.cloud is still in its beta stage, and is not recommended for use in production environments.

All of our servers are now compatible with the QUIC.cloud service as standard, which can be enabled within the Litespeed Cache plugin for WordPress.

Bolt-Cache / CloudNS - Removed from Shared and Reseller plans

After careful consideration, and several months of monitoring we have made the decision to remove Bolt-Cache and the CloudNS plugin from our shared and reseller services.

Please note, however, that in its place you have access to the Litespeed Cache / LSCache plugin which will offer you outstanding performance for your Wordpress, WooCommerce or Magento sites.

The reason behind the change was that after some investigation on our end, the use of the plugin simply didn't warrant the memory requirements and overheads required to handle the NGINX proxy layer (which was required on all sites, as opposed to just those using the Bolt-Cache interface).

We have had ongoing issues with memory spikes for some time, and whilst we run huge amounts of RAM on our shared hosting environments, the demands during 'nginx reloads' were incredibly significant, which we feel can be put to better use - the performance of your sites.

On checking, we found that only around 1% of all domains hosted here were actually using the Bolt-Cache functionality, and even less making use of the full page caching. As a comparison to this, almost 72% of the sites hosted on our shared hosting platform had LSCache enabled, and the performance gain has been significant.

In addition to this, there are fundamental reasons behind the decision, which is a debait of simplicity vs. technical gain (a debate which we have had internally for some time!).

Bolt-Cache did performance, and it did performance well - however, its important to note that Bolt-Cache was limited to an extent in its capabilities, by means of its architecture. The 'power' from Bolt-Cache was based on a combination of the NGINX web server, and the incredible Redis caching platform, which allowed us to cache the full site into memory, and serve the content as if it were 'static'.

However, this does have some downsides also, which needed to be taken into consideration. For us to be able to offer this caching (to the 1% who used it), we had to reverse proxy all traffic from NGINX back to the origin web server (now Litespeed, previously Apache), however, that NGINX proxy, of course, has its own resource consumption overheads, which were just outweighing the benefits those clients were gaining since the switch to Litespeed.

Whilst 'raw' performance gain from the Bolt-Cache plugin is impressive, we do have to be honest here - Litespeed has done an incredible job with LSCache, and are able to update their plugin with regular improvements and enhancements we just don't have the time or resource to deploy. The benefit of which is a combination of server-side caches (as we were with Bolt-Cache), but with the additional benefit of front-end optimisations such as Lazy Loading, image optimisation, etc.

The other reason for this change is simplicity - the additional complications that came with the NGINX reverse proxy (different PHP Versions than what were served in the PHP Selector, a different method for configuring PHP Variables, SSL certificate delays / problems) were all in part due to the reverse proxy which had to sit in front of our web server.

In short, however, the answer is simple - Litespeed's advantages have far exceeded the benefits of our Bolt-Cache plugin, which is excellent news on one hand, but sad news on the other! Rest assured though, this decision hasn't been made lightly (we have a close love with Bolt-Cache, having developed it in-house!) - the decision though has been made with performance, stability and simplicity in mind which is exactly what the industry demands - overall, an improvement to service.

Please note however, that Bolt-Cache will remain available on our premium plans, as the resource overheads are significantly lower on servers with fewer numbers of accounts.

There are some additional benefits to the removal of Bolt-Cache also, which includes the compatibility with HTTP3 and QUIC CDN!

https://docs.litespeedtech.com/cp/cpanel/quic-http3/

This functionality has now been made available to all accounts automatically, and can be configured within the LSCache plugin.

Feel free to reach out if you have any questions!

sales@brixly.uk

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