Until now accessing and editing the DNS entries on your domains has been outside of STORM. This has meant before you could launch your web site on STORM you had to find the login details to a third party web site holding the DNS, edit the entries and then wait for the changes to go live. These steps can add minutes, hours or even days to launching a new web site.
We have launched a new feature called Duplicate which is an extension of the Staging feature that is already available. The existing Staging feature works by copying a web site and database and automatically updating the CMS config file with the new database. However Staging is only available if STORM can detect which CMS you are using, ie WordPress or Magento.
We know how frustrating and confusing it can be to configure deployment from a Git repository like BitBucket and Github so we’ve spent a considerable amount of time making this feature really easy to use with the least clicks as possible.
With GDPR very much a hot topic with the go live date on Friday (25th) of this week we have launched a new feature to improve server security. You can now toggle Force Two Factor, which will only allow STORM users with Two Factor enabled to view and manage a STORM server.
Back in February Pwned Passwords launched an API service for their database of compromised passwords. At Nimbus Hosting, as security is so important, we decided to integrate this into STORM. Each time a password is set, ie when someone new registers to use STORM or changes their password in their profile we automatically check it against the Pwned Password database. Before checking the password with Pwned Password API it’s hashed so your password is never revealed to anyone. On top of this when we save your password into our database we encrypt it so it's never saved in plain text.
This week we've launched two new enhancements to STORM. The first is ionCube Loaders are now installed across all STORM servers. ionCube Loaders is a PHP extension that decodes Secured PHP files built by third party developers.
A couple of STORM users have contacted us recently about making sure their servers are as secure as possible. Although STORM is secure by design there are a three additional methods for improving your security.
Internationalised Domain Names (IDNs) have been available since 2003 although more commonly used in the wider EMEA hosting market rather in the UK. However following feedback from a customer we've implemented Internationalised Domain Names (IDN for short) support inside STORM. This means you can use domains that use characters including é or ß. A full list of supported characters is available here.
One of the key benefits of STORM is improving work flow in digital agencies in particularly reducing deadlines and removing bottle necks. However sometimes it's difficult to see those benefits without playing with the product first. That's why we've now launched a fully fledged online demo of STORM, nick named internally as fake STORM. More on the nickname later.