What's New?

We're always adding new features and improvements to SpinupWP. See below for the latest enhancements and email us if there’s a feature you'd like to see next.

Rest API BETA

The SpinupWP REST API is now available! Using the API, you now have the ability to programmatically control your SpinupWP servers and sites.

This API is currently in BETA, which means it can change at any time. We highly recommend subscribing to the REST API Beta email list to be notified at least a day in advance of any updates.

We’ve released a very limited set of endpoints to start so we can gather input from REST API users. We’re also working on a PHP SDK, which uses the REST API and makes it easier to build PHP apps to manage SpinupWP resources.

You can get started with the REST API by reading the SpinupWP REST API documentation and creating your first API token. You can create API tokens for personal use, or for your team.

SpinupWP's REST API documentation screen

To generate a personal API token, navigate to the API Tokens tab in your “My Account” settings page in SpinupWP. API tokens you create via the “My Account” page are only relevant to resources created under your personal account.

If you are a team admin or a team owner, you can also generate access tokens from the API Tokens tab on the “Team Settings” page for any of your teams. API tokens you create via the “Team Settings” page are only relevant for resources associated with that team.

Site log viewer

When debugging errors on WordPress sites, having quick access to your debug.log, error.log, and access.log files is vital. With the new SpinupWP site log viewer, you no longer need to SSH into your server and dig around for these files.

SpinupWP Site log viewer

All you have to do is log into SpinupWP, go to a site’s dashboard and click on the Logs menu item. Here you can select any of the three log files to view the last 1,000 lines from each file. You can also use the refresh feature to see new log entries, scroll through the log contents, or set the viewer to fullscreen for a more detailed view.

We have loads of ideas to make this tool more useful in the future, like the ability to filter the logs using the grep command syntax.

All events screen for teams

As more and more development teams signed up for SpinupWP, it became clear that the events view screen needed some improvements. We’ve added a new team events view, which shows all events across an entire team. At the same time, we’ve improved the events view to indicate which site the event was actioned on.

SpinupWP Event viewer

Backblaze backup storage provider

Backblaze storage is a super affordable alternative to Amazon S3. As our customers have often requested it, we’ve made it available as a Storage Provider for your site backups. You can learn how to set up and enable Backblaze for your site backups in our Backblaze Storage Provider doc.

Post deploy scripts for all site types

Wouldn’t it be great if you could somehow automate the manual tasks you have to complete after you’ve created a new WordPress site on SpinupWP? Maybe you need to install a specific theme, disable some default plugins, or configure specific site settings. Now you can, with the availability of the Deploy Script feature on all site types.

New site post-deploy scripts

Previously only available on sites created from a cloned Git repository, the Deploy Script feature makes it possible to run any terminal commands after the new site is deployed. You can install any plugins or set WordPress-specific settings using WP-CLI and even run server-specific commands utilizing this feature.

At the moment, this is available when setting up a new site. We plan to add post-provision scripts for newly created servers and an account-wide way to create and manage scripts to run against new sites or servers in future iterations.

Page cache duration for inactive content

Inactive content is any content on your site that isn’t accessed often (like your Terms and Conditions page). Previously, inactive content was automatically removed from the cache if it was not accessed for 60 minutes. With this update, whatever you set your site’s Page Cache setting to, will also be applied to any content deemed inactive, and the cache duration will be set accordingly. Just one more way we’re helping keep your WordPress sites lightning fast.

Subscribe/unsubscribe to notifications for a specific server or site

Since launching our in-app notifications in June, we’ve been iterating on how to give SpinupWP users more precise control over the notifications they receive. It’s now possible to subscribe or unsubscribe to notifications for a specific server or site. Simply switch the Notifications toggle at the top of a server or site dashboard to set your notification preference.

Toggle server notifications

The next step in the evolution of our notification system is only to notify you when something needs your attention. For example, is it really necessary to notify you the moment a server needs a reboot? No. We should certainly show that the server needs a reboot in the dashboard right away. However, it doesn’t warrant a notification until some time has passed and the server still hasn’t been rebooted.

Improvements to DNS verification

We’ve deployed a new system for verifying that your DNS points to your SpinupWP servers when adding HTTPS-enabled sites. This new system improves the reliability of DNS verification.

We’ve also made error messages more useful when we detect that Cloudflare is in use:

Cloudflare DNS Nofication

Web notifications

When you log into your dashboard, you’ll now see a new bell icon next to your account avatar, which includes an icon with the number of unread notifications.

In-App Notifications

Clicking on the bell will open the notifications list, which will present you with the list of your current notifications. You can view the details of the notification, mark it as read or unread if you need to come back to it later, or mark all notifications as read. The notifications list will currently include the last 100 notifications, both read and unread.

We’ve also added a new Notifications settings screen, which you can access by visiting Your Account in the account drop-down then clicking the Notifications link on the left. Here you can control which notifications you subscribe to and whether to dispatch them via email, show them in the SpinupWP dashboard, or both.

Notifications Settings

If you find you get too many emails from SpinupWP, tweaking these settings should allow you to cut back on email notifications.

Custom HTTPS certificates

All SpinupWP servers come with Certbot preinstalled so that you can use a free Let’s Encrypt certificate to secure traffic to and from your websites. While Let’s Encrypt certificates are more than suitable for most WordPress websites, you might be in a situation where you need to use a custom certificate from an external certificate authority like DigiCert or Thawte. In this case, you will need to copy the certificate and its associated private key to your server and enable the custom certificate in your SpinupWP dashboard.

Learn how to use an external certificate with SpinupWP in our Custom HTTPS Certificate doc.

Server upgrade: PHP package and WP-CLI

At SpinupWP we keep a close eye on any packages we install on your servers, so you don’t have to. There are two updates related to these packages that we’d like to bring to your attention.

Recently we discovered a bug in the Ubuntu package repository that we use to install PHP on SpinupWP servers. This bug meant that on some servers, if you ran apt upgrade to manually upgrade your server, the redis, imagick, and igbinary modules for PHP could be uninstalled. This might result in errors being logged to your site debug.log, making these files quite large.

After a long wait, WP CLI 2.5.0 was released on the 19th of May. This is an important update because it includes support for PHP 8.0, which was officially released in November 2020.

To incorporate these changes, the next time you log into your dashboard you’ll see an upgrade notice for your servers titled “Upgrade Server – Fix PHP Package Issues & Update WP-CLI” which includes both of these updates. We recommend running this upgrade as soon as possible.

Once the upgrade is done, we suggest checking any debug.log files on that server. If you’re using our recommended SpinupWP plugin, the log file will be located at /sites/DOMAIN/logs/. Otherwise, the WordPress default location is the wp-content directory.

Server upgrade: Composer security

We’ve just pushed out a critical upgrade to all SpinupWP customer servers to patch a Composer vulnerability.

We have a policy at SpinupWP of never making any changes to your server unless we consider them to be absolutely critical. Composer has released a fix for a command injection security vulnerability that was reported a few weeks ago. We felt that it was important to act on, so we’ve automatically updated Composer on your server.

The main impact of this vulnerability is to services passing user input to Composer, including Packagist.org and Private Packagist.

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