February 13, 2017
We are constantly dedicated to bringing you the latest stable versions of PHP as soon as we have thoroughly tested it throughout our environment. Today we are excited to announce that PHP 7.1 is now available for all Kinsta users. You can easily change PHP versions from within the My Kinsta dashboard, under Tools, with a single click.
Remember that you can switch PHP engines back and forth, so if you encounter compatibility issues with PHP 7.1, you can easily resort back to PHP 7.0. Read more about changes with this new version in our blog post on what’s new in PHP 7.1.
We’re continuously working to bring you more and more information on the My Kinsta dashboard. Today we’re releasing error logs, which can help you debug your website issues easily, without having to resort to SSH.
To view a site’s error log go to sites, click on the site in question and go to the error logs tab. You can select different log files to view with the selector and set how many items you want to load with the slider. Happy bug hunting!
Today we’ve rolled out a new feature that should help in the development of small and large websites alike. It is now possible to restore a live site’s backup to your staging site. This could make your life easier in a number of ways, such as:
This feature is available for our Google Cloud customers and can be found in the backups section of each site. Read more about how to restore a backup to staging.
Today we’re rolling out a new feature for our Google Cloud customers which will allow you to deep-dive into your website stats by adding your own New Relic API key.
New Relic is a monitoring tool that gives you detailed performance breakdowns on a granular level. We use it internally to keep tabs on all websites on our network and react speedily to any issues before they cause problems.
The system comes with two caveats. New Relic only works with PHP, it won’t provide data in an HHVM environment. New Relic will only allow one API key at a time which means that we’ll lose the ability to monitor your site.
Due to this we only recommend adding your custom API key if you have the capacity to monitor your website for potential issues that could cause downtime, or if you want to look at some details temporarily and then remove your key to give back monitoring capabilities to us.
For more information, take a look at our knowledge base article on Custom New Relic Tracking.
We’re stoked to announce a great feature today that will not only increase security for sites hosted with us, but will save our clients money! We’ve added full support for Let’s Encrypt which is a free, automated, and open Certificate Authority.
Let’s Encrypt is completely free and completely safe. It is backed by corporations and ventures such as Automattic, Mozilla, Cisco, Google Chrome, Facebook, Sucuri – just to name a few.
Grab a free certificate today and add it easily in your My Kinsta backend. If you’d like to know more, take a look at our post about the Let’s Encrypt Launch.
Security is one of our main priorities here at Kinsta and today we’re taking a big leap forward helping you to keep your account safe. We’ve made two factor authentication – 2FA – available to all accounts, it only take a minute to set up.
Two factor authentication uses an additional method of verification – usually a code sent to you via your smartphone. We’ve partnered up with Authy to give you secure one-time codes to use to access your Kinsta account.
To learn more about how 2FA works, why it’s important and how to enable it for your account, take a look at our 2FA blog post.
We’ve released a great new security and monitoring feature: the Activity Log. The Activity Log allows you to see all the actions that were taken on your account and who these actions were taken by. Log in to your My Kinsta dashboard to see the new Activity Log menu item.
This feature brings another round of security to our systems by allowing you to easily track all actions. You’ll also be able to see everything we do within your account.
A few weeks back we introduced the ability to switch your environment between PHP 5.6 and PHP 7. We’re happy to announce today that the ability to use HHVM has also been added to our Google Cloud plans.
HHVM is great because it provides 2-5x better performance than the official PHP FastCGI interpreter. To make sure you can test your website before making the switch (which you should) you can also select HHVM for your test environments.
Before you use HHVM on your live site please note the following:
We love working with agencies and other organizations managing websites for multiple clients and we want to make their experience the best possible. Today we’ve added a new companies feature to the My Kinsta dashboard which will allow our clients to manage their assets much more easily.
You can now create multiple companies and create sites attached to these companies. You can see which company you’re currently logged in as in the sidebar, under your name. Use the dropdown to switch companies and go to the settings section to add new ones.
This is the first step in a larger strategy that will eventually allow you to attach multiple users to each company with restricted privileges. For now you can add additional users to your company but each of them will be an admin so use with care! Added users must have a Kinsta account to be able to log in. We will make changes to this in the future to make the system more flexible, stay tuned!
We’re super happy to announce an amazing new feature for our Google Cloud plan customers today: Push to live. Each of your sites has a staging environment you can use to test new plugins and new code. Once you’re happy with your tests you can now click a button to push all these changes to your live environment automatically.
Please read our knowledgebase article for all the information about push to live, and happy developing!
Today we’ve finished the separation of staging and live environments in the admin which is huge news! This means that our Google Cloud plan customers can now restart PHP, add domains, switch PHP versions and do other cool things that could previously only be done live.
When logging in you’ll see a selector in the header section of each site. You’ll be able to switch environments and see the details of each environment separately.
This is just the beginning of a number of planned amazing features which required this separation to work properly, stay tuned for more soon!
We’ve made a small change to the site creation process to make our network even more secure. An admin password is now generated for you which you can re-generate and copy to your clipboard on-the-spot. We highly recommend using a complex password like this, it makes your websites a lot more secure!