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Upcoming PHP Changes with Web Hosting

10 December 2018

Since the launch of our web hosting service we've aimed to support as many different systems as possible. Part of this was offering multiple PHP versions, ranging from PHP 5.4 all the way to PHP 7.2.

PHP 5.4 has been un-supported for over 3 years, which is a security concern. Thankfully non of our web hosting sites are currently set to use PHP 5.4 or 5.5, which means removing support for these versions is an easy process.

PHP 5.6 is a slightly bigger operation to remove from our web hosting, due to it still being a heavily used (and our default) PHP version. Support for PHP 5.6 ends at the end of the year, so we're aiming to start our plans to have people migrate to PHP 7.2 or later. Part of this will be enforcing PHP 7.2 as our default PHP version for new sites, starting today.


  • PHP 5.4/5.5 support has already been removed at the time of writing this post.
  • PHP 5.6 will continue to be offered for as long as possible, however we will be pushing clients towards PHP 7.2.
  • PHP 7.0 will be removed in early 2019, and all previous sites will move over to 7.2 by default.
  • PHP 7.1 will be offered until end of support, which is currently planned for the end of 2019.
  • PHP 7.2 will be our default PHP version until 7.3 is supported, and will be removed once support ends in 2020.
  • PHP 7.3 just recently released. We're aiming to support this as our default PHP version sometime in early 2019.

We want to help our clients be as up-to-date and secure as possible. If you have any questions or concerns feel free to open a support ticket and we'll be happy to help.

Moving away from .HOSTING

16 October 2018

Today we have some news that will have an impact towards our clients running our web hosting or DNS hosting solutions. Earlier today we moved away from our previous Enkel.Hosting domain, back to EnkelHosting.com.

Early this year we got word that Uniregistry were increasing their prices for some TLDs, including the .HOSTING TLD. Of which has had an increase of 1,400% in cost. As a result of this we have decided to move away from this TLD, rather than spending over $400/year on a domain alone.

Use our nameservers?

If you're a user of our nameservers you will be required to update them away from enkel.hosting. We do actually advise to take usage of Cloudflare's services if possible however, as their DNS infrastructure is at a much bigger scale than ourselves.

New Nameservers:
  • ns1.enkelhosting.com
  • ns2.enkelhosting.com

Don't worry about doing this straight away! We'll still be supporting the old nameservers until May 2019.


As part of this we are also moving our email systems to enkelhosting.com as its primary. Similar to our nameservers we will however still be forwarding any emails to old addresses until May 2019

Anything else?

Thankfully a couple of years ago we moved most services to run as part of proxied sub-roots of our primary domain. This makes it easy for us to just put a general permanent redirect on all enkel.hosting requests to route to the new primary domain.

We do hope this doesn't create confusion for our customers, and we are happy to help at any time where we can. We also have some exciting news to share in the near future, so keep an eye on the blog!

VPS Security with Enkel Hosting

13 March 2017

Recently we’ve noticed a spike in attempts of people trying to hit VPS servers on the Enkel Hosting network with malicious intent. Due to this we’re increasing our security protocols to protect all our clients on our VPS hosting service.

We’re now running extra checks on our host nodes to prevent abuse and attempt to find potential security holes. From now on we are monitoring the following of all clients using our VPS hosting service:

  • Root password strength – We now check if the root password is a strong password, if this is not the case the root password will be reset to a random string.
  • Raw packet data – If a VPS is sending a high amount of data we will auto suspend the VPS and investigate, this is in the case of DoS attacks.
  • Concurrent SMTP connections – If a high amount of concurrent SMTP connections is detected we will suspend the VPS and investigate.
  • Concurrent SSH connections – If a high amount of concurrent SSH connections is detected we will suspend the VPS and investigate.
  • Checks for obvious malicious processes

If you have a secure VPS and have no malicious intent you shouldn’t have to worry about these changes. We are implementing these for the safety and security of our clients and our VPS infrastructure.

Closure of Budget VPS Hosting

14 February 2017

As part of our yearly review we check all our hosting services to make sure they are viable and worth offering in the current market. After offering our Budget VPS hosting for over 6 months we’ve decided that it is no longer possible to offer this service to new or existing clients.

2 days ago we removed all references from our website regarding Budget VPS hosting and discontinued products for this service. If you are an existing client of the Budget VPS hosting you should’ve received an email yesterday regarding how to proceed with migration to our SSD VPS hosting or other choices for heading forward. We ask that all existing Budget VPS hosting clients get in touch via a support ticket before the 28th February to ensure a smooth migration.

As for other services clients can be rest-assured that we are happy with their current state and do not plan closing any other services any time in the near future.

Happy New Year, Apple Pay, Service Changes!

1 January 2017

2016 has been a great year for us, we’ve grown bigger than we ever expected and we’re more thankful to our clients for their believe in us as a company to deliver a service in the way the expect. Our aim is to make 2017 even greater! We’ve got some great plans throughout the year to promote Enkel Hosting along with improving services, expanding our range and much more.

Apple Pay Support

We’ve just launched Apple Pay support on our website! You can now pay for your services via Apple Pay on your iOS device or macOS Sierra! This adds a quick and convenient method quicker than anything else. We hope to expand our payment gateways even more throughout 2017.

DNS Hosting Improvements

Earlier this year we quietly enabled the ability to get DNS hosting from us for free. Now we’re wanting to improve this offering by strengthening our entire DNS infrastructure. We’re planning to review all our DNS servers and add more redundancy’s in place to offer better reliability. Stay tuned on our blog for more on this later in the year!

Minecraft Hosting Improvements

We’ve recently updated our Minecraft hosting to offer vanilla, CraftBukkit and Spigot builds of Minecraft 1.11 and 1.11.2. Along with this we’re enabling the ability for users to change their own player count, create MySQL databases and more! We’ll soon be introducing more version options ranging from mod packs to older builds of CraftBukkit, Spigot and Vanilla.

Web Hosting Attacks & Improvements

Very recently we’ve become victim to some layer 7 attacks on our own web hosting infrastructure. This seems to be either some specific individual or competitor attempting to cause downtime, in two cases they’ve managed to slow the server down but after the IP’s used being found quite quickly, they was blocked from our network which resumed services as usual. It’s likely that this wasn’t noticed as it occurred mostly on Christmas morning and the following day. We’ve added 7 days onto any of our clients who are using our web hosting to apologies for any downtime during this. However, as a result of this we’re wanting to investigate more automated and quicker methods of detecting and handling these attacks. We currently have monitoring systems in place that notify us within seconds of any issues but we all know how horrible it must be to work on Christmas morning! We’ll be putting new protection methods in place over the next few weeks and will be monitoring them through the months to see how it goes.

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