Server Move (design1.ukhost4u.com)

As part of our commitment to improving reliability and performance for our customers, we are soon to begin a migration of accounts on our web site builder server design1.ukhost4u.com to a new, more powerful server. The move is currently scheduled for Wednesday 22/02/2017.

We only anticipate minor interruption to service while this migration takes place but as it involves a change of IP address it is important to be aware that if the name servers for the domain name(s) on your hosting account are not set to UKHost4u name servers, the DNS records will not be updated automatically. In which case you will need to update your DNS records manually via your DNS provider. For most customers this is not the case and they do not need to do anything.

Apache Web Server for High Load and Performance using PHP-FPM

THE PROJECT.

We require to setup a high performance Apache Server which can also deal with a large amount of simultaneous connections. During our research we decided to use: Apache, PHP-FPM and Centos 7. During testing and research we also decided to use the Apache Handler MPM-EVENT as it showed a improvement in performance.

The customer in question for this project was posting links to his web site from a YouTube channel with over 1 million subscribers so a standard built of Apache just fell over.

Important notice for customers with accounts on orange.ukhost4u.com

Over the past few days you may have noticed several outages on our orange.ukhost4u.com server. These outages have been as a result of an incoming DDOS (Distributed Denial of Service) attack which caused the primary IP of the server to be temporarily null routed by one of our transit providers.

Since the attack has returned on several occasions, we have to take measures to identify the target. Therefore we are separating all accounts on this server into different groups, each with a unique IP address. If the attack returns, we can narrow down the list of websites that could potentially be the target based on IP address.