LiquidSix Hosting April 2015 Newsletter: Windows 2003 End of Life Update & Pricing Changes
Posted by Paul Woodland on 24 March 2015 02:33 PM
We have some important updates for you this month about the move away from Windows 2003, and changes to our pricing for domain names and SSL certificates. All this information can be found below, but if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at https://support.liquidsix.com.
In anticipation of this, we introduced our Windows 2012 R2 hosting back in 2013. Many customers have already moved their websites onto the new improved platform using our automated migration tool. As the date gets closer, it becomes more and more important to do this.
In order to help customers track their progress in upgrading, this month we have added an overview to the control panel home page, which shows how many domains remain on Windows 2003, and has a link to a list of them, so that you can take the appropriate action.
In addition, to make the migration of existing sites easier for users with older websites, we have added ASP.Net 2.0 support and older PHP support to our Windows 2012 servers, so that you do not need to update older code (although it is strongly recommended). The migration tool will change the version of ASP.Net and PHP to the latest, but you can re-select an older version from the "Website Settings" page in the control panel. For more details, please see below.
Although replaced by ASP.Net 4.0 some time ago, ASP.Net 2.0 is still used by many websites. Where possible we recommend upgrading, however in order to make the migration to Windows 2012 as easy as possible for customers, we have this month added support for ASP.Net 2.0 to our Windows 2012 R2 servers. You will now be able to select this version using the dropdown box on the "Website Settings" page for a domain in our control panel. With this update, we encourage all customers using ASP.net 2.0 to move their websites to Windows 2012 R2 as soon as possible, to be ready for the end of life of Windows 2003.
The 5.2 version of PHP has not been updated in a number of years now, and we are now considering this version to be out of date and encourage all users with websites that still make use of it to upgrade to a later version of PHP.A warning will be displayed on the control panel home page, to show which domains need updating.
Despite this, in order to make upgrading existing sites to Windows 2012 R2 easier, we have now added older versions of PHP to those servers. All domains will be able to select from versions 5.2, 5.4, 5.5 and 5.6 using the dropdown box on the "Website Settings" page for a domain in our control panel.
The majority of our prices have had to be revised upwards in order to cover the increased costs. The UK domain registry, Nominet, have not increased their prices during this time and are unaffected by exchange rate changes, so there have been no increases for these domains. In fact, in order to bring them in line with the other prices, the cost has been reduced slightly (by a penny) for a 2 year registration.
Despite these increases, our domain registration prices for common domains such as .com remain below many of the large UK registrars and our prices continue to be the same for both new registrations and renewal - we do not charge you a higher price after your first year is up, unlike some competitors. We hope that you will allow us to continue to provide domain registration services to you, but we do understand that the price increases may affect your plans. If you find that you have domains that you no longer wish to keep as a result of the increase, you can cancel any domains that you wish through the "LiquidSix Domain Registrations" icon in the control panel so that you will not be charged for their renewal.
A similar revision has also been done on SSL certificates as well as taking the opportunity to expand the range. Our range of GeoTrust certificates have remained at approximately the same price, and some additional certificates have been added. We have also added a new range of Comodo certificates to our list. Unfortunately due to supplier changes, the prices for Thawte certificates have had to be increased. If this increase changes your mind about what sort of certificate you would like (possibly switching to a cheaper brand, such as GeoTrust), please contact us and we can arrange to change the type of certificate that will be used the next time it is up for renewal.
These pricing changes will apply to both new orders and renewals of existing domains that are paid for from the 6th April 2015. We are giving notice of these changes as we are aware of the effect that they may have and that some resellers who sell our services on may need to adjust their own pricing. We do apologise for any inconvenience caused by these changes and we hope that you can understand the reasons why we have been forced to do this and appreciate that we do so as infrequently as possible. Please be reassured that these increases do not affect the services that we provide directly, including our hosting plans, as these have never been increased for existing customers.
For full details of the price changes for each type of domain and SSL certificate, please click the link below:
To view our new range of SSL certificates, please click this link: