Discontinuation of Starter Plans

As of today, we’ve discontinued the Starter and Starter Pro plans as part of our offering. If you currently have a Starter or Starter Pro subscription you can continue to use those.

The Starter plan and the Starter Pro plan are now part of our archived legacy plans. This means the Starter and Starter Pro plan are no longer available to select when downgrading or creating a Bolt.

If you’d like to change the number of sites or add storage of either Starter plan, you’ll have to upgrade to the Pro plan. You can do this from your Control Panel or reach out to our Support Team.

Introducing Node and NPM support

Today is a day of a big change in Servebolt, as we’re happy to announce the public beta release of Node and NPM support in the Servebolt Cloud. This change is one of the largest additions to our stack since we launched our Servebolt Cloud.

The goal of this release is to enable developers using the Servebolt Cloud as the infrastructure to run their build processes and similar. This means that in our release today, we do not include the possibility to run Node.js front-end applications and websites.

Beta terms

Support for Node.js and NPM is currently in public beta. This means that our SLA does not cover issues caused by Node.js and NPM, and you’re using it at your own risk.

We would, however, love to hear how you are using it, and get feedback on possible improvements for the future and public release.

Git upgraded to 2.22

Our Git feature that allows for near instant deployment of your updated code in your defined branch has seen an upgrade today. We’ve upgraded Git on all our Bolts to Git 2.22. If you’re making use of our deployment Git integration in the Servebolt Control Panel, you don’t need to change anything. Everything will work as expected.

If you’re running a Git clone yourself somewhere in the public folder, you’ll have some extra features available to you now. We’re highlighting a few:

  • Git branch got the very helpful –show-current to learn which branch you have currently checked out. This should facilitate orientation within repos, while git difftool can now run outside of repositories.
  • Users can create a branch from the merge base of two other branches, since the branch and checkout -b commands are now able to understand the triple-dot merge base syntax (e.g. git branch new A…B).  
  • git stash is now a pure C implementation, which should improve performance amongst other things.

Cloudflare APO support in Servebolt Optimizer

We have some big news for you! We have implemented Cloudflare Automatic Platform Optimization (APO) in the Servebolt Optimizer plugin for WordPress. With Cloudflare APO, you get multiple performance enhancements on your site, with just one click. One of those enhancements is HTML caching at Cloudflare’s edge, which can greatly enhance the load time globally.

Our Head of Product has written about what APO is and what it’s good for on our website.

Together with our Cloudflare Image Resize support, and smart automatic cache purge of Cloudflare’s edge cache, Servebolt Optimizer becomes even better for everyone using Cloudflare.

Cloudflare Image Resize support in Servebolt Optimizer for WordPress

We love the Image Resize feature available in Cloudflare Business. Now we have made it easier to make use of this feature with Servebolt Optimizer for WordPress.

The feature is currently released as a beta feature in the plugin, but will be available to everyone after the beta period.

Read more about how to set up and use Cloudflare Image Resizing in the feature description

Read more about the v2.1 update of Servebolt Optimizer on Github

Passwords are shown one time only in the control panel

Passwords to SSH/SFTP and database are automatically created when creating a Bolt, and a new site on an existing Bolt. These are now shown in the control panel after you create a new Bolt or site, and will only be displayed once. We do not store the passwords in the control panel for security purposes, and therefore the passwords can only be displayed once after they are set.

Be sure to copy the passwords after creating a Bolt or a site, and store your passwords somewhere safe.

The control panel is now available in Dutch

Making the control panel accessible to everyone is an important goal for us. Now we have made one more contribution to that goal, making the Control Panel available in Dutch.

Click the “Edit” button in the My Account widget on your Control Panel dashboards to change the language of the Control panel.

We have also launched a version of our public website in Dutch at servebolt.nl

Admin Panel v26.10

We have noticed that many users forget to turn off development mode when it’s not needed anymore. Now the development mode is automatically turned off after 3 hours on production sites.

Ability to turn off cache on production sites removed

We have removed the ability to turn caching completely off for production sites. Development mode is now the only way to completely bypass cache. Safer and more scalable for everyone.

Admin panel v26.9

Technical contacts for a Bolt can now upgrade the Bolt on behalf of the owner. These upgrades will be logged, and the technical contact is responsible for making sure the upgrade is accepted by the owner

Owners and technical contacts can now delete dedicated Bolts

We have fixed a bug where owners and technical contacts were unable to delete Bolts on dedicated servers.

Admin panel v26

After months of hard work, we have finished one of the largest internal projects ever here at Servebolt. The new version of the control panel consists of over 700 commits, which most likely is a new record at Servebolt. Not a record we want to break anytime soon. 

The project started with the goal of enabling our clients to pay with their credit card automatically, and ended with us changing the look and feel on the control panel in addition to lots of other improvements.

Annual and monthly plans

Another improvement we have implemented together with our new billing system is that we now offer annual and monthly plans, in addition to our quarterly plans. If you choose to pay annually we even give you one month for free.

Have a Bolt and want to convert it to a monthly plan, or maybe even go annual and get the discount? Just go in to your Bolt, and click change plan.

Buy additional storage and sites

With our new upgrade experience it is easy to adjust the add-ons to a Bolt, like disk space or sites. The pricing on these add-ons has been lowered, to reflect the automation benefits. We want our customers to gain from these improvements just as much as we do.

New Upgrade experience

The switch from manual billing to automated billing comes with a completely new upgrade experience. You can now upgrade at any time, and the upgrade will be valid from the millisecond you do the upgrade. This means that if you upgrade mid-term, you will at the time you upgrade only pay the difference between your old plan, and your new plan, for the rest of the period.

The new upgrade experience also enables you to buy additional storage and extra production sites. So from now on, if you need 5 GB of storage, you can buy a High Performance 4 GB plan with 1 additional GB, instead of having to upgrade to the High Performance 8 GB plan.

All this makes growing with Servebolt more cost effective for all our clients.

Pay with Credit Card, PayPal or Direct Debit

The day is finally here where all our clients can pay for their subscription with their preferred payment method. Credit Card and PayPal payment is available to all Servebolt clients, and Direct Debit is available to clients in the EU-zone and Sweden.

In our new billing portal you can add your preferred payment method, choose what payment method should be charged for each individual subscription, and download all past invoices generated by our new billing system.

Easier SSL

To order, validate, issue and configure SSL correctly can be a pain. With Servebolt this process has always been easy, and it just got easier. If the domain you want an SSL certificate for is pointing to your Bolt everything is automated. Just place the order, and we fix the rest automatically. 

We create the validation files on the server, we notify the certificate authority that they can validate the domain, we receive the certificate, we push it to the server and we activate it for the domain. All you do is place the order. Easy, right?

See the latest Servebolt articles on your account dashboard

We don’t write new articles every day, but every day we do it’s worth reading! That’s why we have added a feed of all the articles from Servebolt.com on the account dashboard so that also our existing clients can easily find them.

What’s new? Check the changelog

Some time ago we decided to keep a changelog of all updates to the control panel and parts of our hosting-stack. This chargelog has been publically available on Servebolt.com for almost a year, and now you can even see it on your account dashboard in the control panel. Keeping up with what’s new at Servebolt just got much easier!

Updated SSH configuration

We have made an update with improvements of the SSH configuration on our servers. This update includes disabling some older legacy cryptography algorithms, which can cause problems with outdated SSH, SFTP and MySQL clients.

If you receive a new error message from your client, check if it has an update available.

Admin panel v23

Making new Bolts has never been easier. The Add Bolt form is completely re-done, and has design elements that makes it super easy to make the correct type of Bolt, in the right Servebolt Cloud Region with a few clicks.

Boltcash and Promo codes are retired

In preparations for a renewed billing system, we have retired Boltcash and promo codes. These are no longer applicable, but may be re-introduced some time in the future.

Breadcrumbs

As part of our ongoing do-we-need-this clean-up process, we have retired breadcrumbs in the admin panel. Data suggested very few used it, and that frees up desktop space for other purposes. Let us know if you really miss it!

First and last names

Despite what it says in the canonical article Falsehoods Programmers Believe About Names, we have updated our systems to start collecting two names for every customer, because that’s a requirement of the billing system we are implementing. Sad but true. This also means, that your name is migrated. Please review your name, to check that your name is split in two the correct way, and that you have both a first, and a last name!