WordPress fixes a critical bug

by Alban Taraire

wordpress bugAs part of our continuing efforts to help our customers have a safe and trouble-free hosting experience, we’d like to inform about a new critical security issue that just has been patched by the WordPress team.

WordPress is a widely used open-source blog and website platform. If your company has a website or a blog, there is a good chance that it is using WordPress.

Maintenance: System, Platform, Application

by Alban Taraire

application-serverRecently we discussed about a new critical bug that affects Drupal-based websites. This critical bug lies in the code of Drupal, which is a popular framework used to build websites.

We urged our readers to upgrade as early as possible, and that lead to some interesting questions, in particular: whose job is that?

As Hosting providers, we are expected to provide stable and secure service to our clients. What does that imply? Surely patching a critical Drupal bug should be part of “providing stable and secure service”?

Shellshock Bash Bug – The importance of Server Management

by Alban Taraire

Broken shellAs you might be aware, a critical bug just has been uncovered that puts an incredible number of systems at risk. The main targets are Mac and Linux systems, the latter being the most commonly used for web servers (the machines that run all your favorite websites).

Well, that’s easy, just patch it, would you say. Yes, a patch exists, however things might not be as simple as that. In the real world, countless systems are set in a “fire-and-forget”¬† mode where patches are applied from times to times, and systems rarely completely upgraded.

There can be many reasons for that.

Go green with Cloud Hosting

by admin

Green-cloudWinter is coming!

While not as bad as winter in Westeros, for the fans of Game of Thrones, winter in Shanghai isn’t great news, particularly on the environment side. Reversed air conditioners cranked up, cars and buses replacing bicycles and electric scooters, power plants pushed to 11, the air isn’t likely to get better soon.

But you can do your part! Cloud hosting is great for that, because with one machine, you can cover many needs.

SNF China website goes live!

by admin

snf_logoDesigned by our partners QPSoftware, we’re thrilled to welcome SNF China among our hosted websites.

DNS, Domains and sub-domains explained

by admin

DNSWhen you think of Hosting, one of the first thing that comes to mind is your domain name. A domain name is, basically, your brand on the Internet, like As it is the first thing users see of your web image, it’s often a critical point to understand. Let’s see how it works.

Remote backup? What remote backup?

by admin

cloud storageHere’s a little secret that few talk about openly: hardware breaks. Sometimes badly.¬†Hard disks fail, servers go down, the works.
And it’s OK! All you got to do is be prepared.

[French] Interview with CCIFC

by admin

logoLast year for the Connexions Magazine of CCIFC, the French Chamber of Commerce in China, Renaud se Spens was kind enough to interview me about the challenges of hosting Web sites and applications in China. It was quite an interesting experience and the whole magazine was dealing with all aspects of Internet in China, from development to mobile.

Basic or Managed Hosting?

by admin

monitoringSo, you want a hosting plan. What do you get with a Basic plan? Mostly, you get resources: processing power, memory, disk space, and a software stack for running your web app.

But as anything, and particularly in IT, just installing everything usually isn’t enough; system must be updated with security fix, databases must be optimized from times to times, settings must be fine-tuned to get the most of your available server and keep your growing traffic happy

[Tech] How to unban an IP address from your server using fail2ban?

by admin

While this blog usually aims at explaining hosting topics to the non-specialist, we occasionally post some more technical stuff to help our fellow sysadmins with a specific issue. these posts are titled with a [Tech] flag, so feel free to skip them if you don’t want the gory details!