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DNS Now Inside STORM

October 4, 2018 / by Tim Dunton

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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.

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Duplicate Web Site

July 20, 2018 / by Tim Dunton

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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.

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Git Deployment

June 27, 2018 / by Tim Dunton

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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.

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GDPR Update: Force Two Factor Authentication

May 23, 2018 / by Tim Dunton

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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.

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Improved Security with Pwned Passwords

April 12, 2018 / by Tim Dunton

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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.

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ionCube and Even Faster PHP (7.2)

January 17, 2018 / by Tim Dunton

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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.

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Keeping your Server Secure

January 4, 2018 / by Tim Dunton

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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.

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Browser Cache Expiration Time

December 27, 2017 / by Tim Dunton

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As STORM is all about performance and faster loading web sites we've had some feedback from some users about setting expiration times on static files. This is actually pretty important to improve your Google Page Speed Score and improve page load times. By setting a Browser Cache Expiration Time it sets the amount of time a static file, like images Javascript and CSS, on your visitor's computer before requesting a fresh copy. If a visitor is browsing through multiple pages with the same files it can make a significant saving.

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Internationalised Domain Names in STORM

November 13, 2017 / by Tim Dunton

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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.

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STORM Online Demo

October 25, 2017 / by Tim Dunton

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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.

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