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Native Nginx Redirects and more

This post will cover what’s new in wetopi.

This past 3 months we have introduced a few Wetopi panel features: a native nginx redirect manager; the one-click backup downloads, the new php7.4 engine and the new “Reload” server option to let you restart php-fpm and nginx services.

The WordPress Redirect plugin problem

Redirect plugins are widely used among WordPress site owners. Redirect plugins can save you from broken links by pointing your visitors to a new URL location. But each time you add a plugin to your WordPress you always have to consider the downsides.

While this redirection plugins can help you easily to reduce errors and improve your site ranking, managing redirections with your WordPress is an intense task that slows down your site and consume server resources.

Checking a page request against redirection rules stored in a database is something your WordPress plugin does for every page request.

WordPress redirection plugins slow down your website load speed.

Native redirects on web servers

The management of redirections is something that webservers like apache or nginx, can do more efficiently thanks to their native modules: the Apache mod_rewrite or the nginx equivalent ngx_http_rewrite_module.

But there are downsides too. Managing native redirects is a task that implies touching those web server configs written in weird languages, managing service reloads and the most frightening thing, dealing with the syntax errors we humans introduce that can end up shutting down our web server.

Easy and Safe Native Nginx Redirect Management

In line with our goals to make your WordPress site fast and your life easier, now, from your wetopi panel, you have access to an Nginx Server Redirection Manager.

Native Nginx redirection rules from your wetopi panel

Wetopi Nginx redirections manager takes care of your errors and service reloads.

When you press “Save changes” the wetopi Nginx redirection manager takes care of all the process:

  1. Parses the redirections to find basic syntax errors.
  2. Makes a backup of your current redirections file: /var/www/html/nginx-redirections.conf
  3. Saves new redirections to your server file /var/www/html/nginx-redirections.conf
  4. Performs a native nginx test (a nginx -t)
  5. If your new redirection config is ok, sends a signal to reload your nginx service.

This makes the cycle of managing native nginx redirects a safe and easy process.

The new Php7.4

PHP 7.4 is available to all Wetopi users in your wetopi panel.

Run PHP7.4 in your WordPress server
Switch to php7.4 with a single click

The shift from Php7.2 to Php7.3 was all about syntax and performance. Php7.4, on the other hand, aims to bring more improvements to the readability, usability, and maintainability of code. This will ultimately make your Php code less redundant, more reliable and faster.

Even though this is a stable release, we still strongly encourage everyone to test PHP 7.4 on a staging site before using it on your production site.

Learn how to test your WordPress compatibility with the new php engine.

Reload nginx and php-fpm services

With wetopi, each WordPress runs on its own server. Though wetopi servers are optimized to be light and fast, this freedom lets you, based on your WordPress site requirements, to finely tune your php-fpm and nginx server configs.

Now with the one-click Reload you can easily and without downtime, update the nginx and php-fpm service and configurations.

Backup downloads

Your site with wetopi will be automatically backed up every night. Apart from this automated cycle, with 1 single click in your wetopi panel, you can create infinite additional incremental backups whenever you need it.

Now you can not only restore but also download, with a single click, any of those backups.

Download a your WordPress backups
You can download a copy of your incremental WordPress backup

At wetopi, we want to minimize the friction that every professional face when working and hosting WordPress projects.

In short, we are just techies passionate about WordPress. With wetopi, a specialized WordPress hosting, we want to go further to offer professionals and agencies a platform to work efficiently and effectively.

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Joan VegaNative Nginx Redirects and more
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