Going into the second half of June 2020, we’ve got more goodies for you.
With this feature release we’ve included user interface goodies as well as core server enhancements.
Here are all the new features you can take advantage of right away.
New: Backup All Sites On A Server
We’ve always offered the ability to backup a site to AWS S3 – either manually or on a daily schedule. But it was something you had to turn on every time you created a new site on a server. If the server has dozens of sites on it, this can become a real pain. And it was easy to forget to set up the backup for a site.
Now, you have the option of setting backups ONCE for a server and all sites on the server will be automatically backed up to AWS S3 once per day.
This means that when you add new sites to the server you no longer have to worry about setting up the backup – it will be included automatically.
New: Copy Sites Between Servers
You have always been able to clone a site to a new domain on the same server. But now you can copy a site to a different server! This will be especially useful if you’re trying to move a site to a more powerful server while leaving other sites on the existing server.
Additionally, once a site is copied you can use our Change Domain tool to quickly change the domain – effectively allowing you to use an existing site as a template site for multiple servers.
New: Short & Long Descriptions For Servers and Sites
If you’re like us and you deploy a lot of servers and sites on a regular basis to different types of environments (such as live, staging, dev, customers, vendors etc.), the server or site name alone isn’t enough for you to keep track of what each server or site is used for.
We’ve had the ability to add color coded tags/groups to sites and servers for a while now and that helped a bit. But it’s not enough when you might be managing hundreds of sites across dozens of environments and server providers.
So, in this release we’ve added two new description fields on both servers and sites
- Short Description – this one can be shown in the server and site list.
- Long Description – add as much info as you want to describe a server or site. For us, we now use it a lot to remind ourselves why we spun up a server or site, what it’s used for, what’s on it and more.
New: WP States on Servers and Sites
Since we were adding all kinds of things to help you keep track of “stuff” on servers and sites, we, of course, had to include the ability to add notes.
You can add an “unlimited” number of notes to both sites and servers.
- Improved: Manual backups can now be sent to a different bucket or folder.
- Improved: When the linux cron is enabled, it now applies to each subsite in a multisite installation.
- Improved: Added some third party repositories to unattended upgrades process.
- Improved: Remove teams from certain tables if a team is deleted.
- Improved: Add better error messages when certain things fail during server provisioning.
- Improved: Remove error message about “sendmail not installed” when installing a WordPress site – this was just annoying even though it didn’t hurt anything.
- Fix: The “Save Team” text was showing up in some unexpected places.
Enhancements to Server Sync
Dedicated Sync Column
We added a dedicated SYNC column to the servers list to show whether a server has been paired and if so, with which other server.
Tweak: We added the name of the source and destination servers under the SYNC tab. Before, we showed a link to the server but didn’t show the actual name. So you would have to click on the link and navigate to the other server to see the name.
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