Network Maintenance – January 9

maintenance

On Tuesday, January 9th, from Midnight – 8:00 AM ET, CU*Answers Network Services will be performing internal network maintenance. During this time, there may be brief network interruptions to our website and email hosting.

Happy Holidays

Happy holidays from CU*Answers Web Services to you and your family.

A sincere thank you for trusting us with your website and graphic design needs.  We recognize your website is often the first impression and the ongoing face of your brand to your member and putting your faith in us is truly appreciated.

Enjoy your time together this holiday season!

Network Maintenance – December 19

maintenance

On Tuesday, December 19th, from Midnight – 8:00 AM ET, CU*Answers Network Services will be performing internal network maintenance. During this time, there may be brief network interruptions to our website and email hosting.

Why Choosing a Reputable Hosting Company Matters

Celebrating 20 Years

Your website looks great!  You keep the content updated and its smashing it.  But did you know there is a whole stack of components behind the scenes that keeps your website online, performant and secure?

My article was recently published over at CUSO Magazine that covers just this topic.

And if you didn’t know about all these other parts, this is why it’s important to choose a reputable web hosting company to help you manage the entire stack.  The good news is CU*Answers Web Services covers most of these updates for you.

CU*Answers Web Services’ hosting infrastructure is designed specifically for the WordPress sites we host.  Every Sunday night we automatically update all available plugins and WordPress core code to keep everyone current and secure.  This is in addition to the security layers we have in place.

CU*Answers Web Services is also managing the PHP programming language versions that power your website.  Just his month, our developers moved over 150 credit union and corporate websites to the latest version.

For the server components, operating system and hardware, CU*Answers Web Services works hand in hand with the CU*Answers Network Services team.  Some aspects are updated regularly as part of our daily and weekly procedures.  Others are updated during our regularly scheduled maintenance windows.  The physical hardware is changed as warranties expire.

Most, if not all, of this happens behind the scenes because it is managed by your hosting company, CU*Answers Web Services.  If you have any questions about these processes, please do not hesitate to contact us.

PHP Upgrades to PHP 8.2 Beginning

Celebrating 20 Years

As PHP 8.0 reaches the end of its support, CU*Answers Web Services is updating websites running on PHP 8.0 to 8.2 over next several weeks. PHP 8.2 continues to improve the security, reliability and most noticeably the speed of you website hosting.

CU*Answers Web Services will test your site and upgrade if not issues are reported.  For most clients, this will be a no impact update.

Clients who maintain their own themes, or third-party plugins will be contacted directly.

WordPress 6.4 is on track to be released on November 7

WordPress

The next update for WordPress, version 6.4,  is on track to be released on November 7.  This new version is currently in a release candidate and CU*Answers Web Services has begun testing our development sites on it.

This release is not highlighting any new features for our end users, but is mostly a technical release with new features for developers.  The big news is this release has with over 100 performance improvements, continuing its upward Core Web Vitals performance trend.  This is good news for SEO and accessibility as the core WordPress engine continues to improve on these metrics.

CU*Answers Web Services is expecting to update all client websites to this new version when it becomes officially releases in early November.

Read more about the performance enhancements at Search Engine Journal.

Read more about the technical changes at WordPress.org.