Performance

WordPress 4.9.7 Security and Maintenance Release

WordPress 4.9.7 is now available. This is a security and maintenance release for all versions since WordPress 3.7. We strongly encourage you to update your sites immediately.

WordPress versions 4.9.6 and earlier are affected by a media issue that could potentially allow a user with certain capabilities to attempt to delete files outside the uploads directory.

Seventeen other bugs were fixed in WordPress 4.9.7. Particularly of note were:

Drupal and WordPress websites hosted on Drupion are protected from Meltdown and Spectre Attacks

Recent press reports talk about the latest security issues with CPUs that affect Intel, AMD, and ARM processors. The attacks, named Meltdown and Spectre, take advantage of the same basic security vulnerability in those chips, could hypothetically be used by malicious actors to read sensitive information in the system's memory such as passwords, encryption keys, or sensitive information open in applications.

WordPress 4.9 “Tipton”. Major Customizer Improvements, Code Error Checking, and More!

Version 4.9 of WordPress, named “Tipton” in honor of jazz musician and band leader Billy Tipton, is available for download or update in your WordPress dashboard. New features in 4.9 will smooth your design workflow and keep you safe from coding errors.

WordPress 4.9 Beta 3 has been released

WordPress 4.9 Beta 3 is now available!

This software is still in development, so we don’t recommend you run it on a production site. Consider setting up a test site just to play with the new version. To test WordPress 4.9, try the WordPress Beta Tester plugin (you’ll want “bleeding edge nightlies”). Or you can download the beta here (zip).

Automatic Drupal core updates on per website basis on Drupion

Just four days ago Drupion switched the Automatic Drupal Core Update feature from only security updates to taking care of all core updates, including regular maintenance releases. It was then announced that all Drupal websites on Drupion platform are covered by such Automatic Drupal Core Updates.

The same day later we updated the announcement with the following addition:

Is your Drupal site really slow? Switch to Drupion!

Drupal is known to have a very powerful hook system, that makes a developer's life easier by simply following a specific naming convention and implementing a specific hook to get the code auto-discovered and called in the appropriate spot. However, this power of Drupal comes at a cost — every single enabled module has to be loaded on every single request to see if it implements a necessary hook, which means Drupal is very DB intensive.

Got Varnish? Get it with Drupion!

Successfully publishing on the Web is all about audience experience, whether you are a major media site distributing millions of articles and videos or a local pizza restaurant publishing a menu and phone number. Experience is primarily about your site’s speed. In 2009, Akamai conducted a study and found that:

Findings indicate 47 percent of consumers expect an ecommerce page to load in two seconds or less; site performance is a key factor in a consumer’s loyalty to an eCommerce site. (Source)

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