Learn how to setup Wasabi for storing site backups in our Wasabi Storage Provider doc.
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.
SpinupWP made it easy to spin up a staging/dev server, but it has still been a pain to create a copy of a production site on another server. But now with server-to-server site cloning, creating a copy of a production site on another server is exactly as easy as doing so on the same server.
Server-to-server cloning can also be used to move a site to another server. Maybe you spin up a fresh server, clone a site to it, test it, and when it’s all good, update the DNS to start serving traffic. You can do that easier than ever now with cloning, but it’s still currently a bit of a pain.
After selecting Clone Site from the site screen…
You’ll be presented with a new option to select the destination server…
You can continue to clone on the same server or choose another server…
Next you enter domain settings, database settings, etc., as you normally would when creating a new site…
As few as 2 mins later you’ll have a perfectly copied site on another server.
We’ve launched the ability to view your backups in SpinupWP, restore one of those backups to the current site, and delete a backup.
We’ve also rearranged things a bit and you can now turn scheduled backups ON/OFF independently from configuring your backups. This allows you to have scheduled backups OFF but still be able to manually run backups with the Backup Now button.
You can now set the timezone of your server in your server settings.
To be clear, this will set the timezone in Ubuntu on your server and is used for things like scheduling backups and date/times in logs. It’s not just a setting in SpinupWP.
You can now also set the timezone in your SpinupWP profile
This will adjust dates/times reported in SpinupWP to use the timezone you set. For example, when you look at events that have occurred, they will be reported using your profile timezone
We’re pleased to announce the immediate availability of PHP 7.4 in SpinupWP! 🎉
When PHP 7.4 was released back on November 28th, we notified customers that it wouldn’t be available until the php-redis package was updated in the package archive we use. This package was updated, and after some internal testing, we’re happy to add PHP 7.4 to SpinupWP.
But First, Update WP-CLI
Before switching any sites over to using PHP 7.4, you should update WP-CLI to the latest version. Older versions of WP-CLI are not compatible with PHP 7.4. There should be a notice in your server settings that looks like this…
Clicking “Upgrade Instructions” should get you a message like this…
If it’s a different message, you probably have some older server upgrades to execute first before the WP-CLI upgrade can be executed. Run the upgrades until the upgrade message disappears from your server settings screen.
Careful, WordPress 5.3+ Required
Updating your site to use PHP 7.4 is as simple as selecting PHP 7.4 from a dropdown in the SpinupWP dashboard…
When you select PHP 7.4, you will get a warning that WordPress 5.3+ is required and that you should update your site to WordPress 5.3+ before switching to PHP 7.4…
If you choose to continue and then save settings, PHP 7.4 will be installed on your server alongside the previous versions of PHP.
Reverting back to the older version of PHP is also as simple as selecting it from the dropdown and saving. As always, we recommend you first test on a staging site before updating your production site.
If you’re interested in what’s new in PHP 7.4, check out php.net’s migration guide.
Preview images were not generated when you upload a PDF to your WordPress media library. This is now fixed.
We’ve managed to significantly reduce the default memory footprint of MySQL. It now works well for new servers with just 1 GB of memory. MySQL will now restart itself if it crashes as well.
Site cloning allows you to quickly create a complete copy of an existing site on SpinupWP, which includes all files, the database, and server configuration (Nginx and PHP-FPM). Cloning is useful for creating staging sites and for quickly testing server configuration changes. For example, you could test upgrading your site to a newer version of PHP in an isolated manner without impacting your production site.
To clone a site, head over to the site’s settings screen and click ‘Clone Site’ in the top right corner.
This will open the site cloning wizard, where you can configure the new domain, database, and site settings (PHP version, page cache). For git-based sites, you will also be able to select the new branch to check out and modify your deploy script (if required).
We’ve deployed what we call Domain Redirects. Previously you could add Alternate Domains in addition to your Primary Domain and they would all be configured to serve your site:
So if you visited one of these Alternate Domains, the domain would stay in the browser bar:
But oftentimes you don’t want the domain to stay in the browser bar. You want it to 301 redirect. So we’ve reworked the UI here, giving each domain its own text field with a toggle button to make it a redirect:
Now you can 301 redirect any of the Additional Domains to the Primary Domain with a simple click.
When provisioning a new server, you’ll see a newer version of Nginx (1.16). Learn how to manually upgrade Nginx on your existing server.
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