Internationalised Domain Names in STORM

Published on November 13th, 2017

Internationalised Domain Names (IDNs) have been available since 2003 although more commonly used in the wider EMEA hosting market rather in the UK. However following feedback from a customer we’ve implemented Internationalised Domain Names (IDN for short) support inside STORM. This means you can use domains that use characters including é or ß. A full list of supported characters is available here.

From a technical perspective any IDN domain names are converted into Punycode before being stored in the database and configuration files. The Punycode makes the code easy to read and less likely to cause script errors.


STORM Online Demo

Published on October 25th, 2017

One of the key benefits of STORM is improving work flow in digital agencies in particularly reducing deadlines and removing bottle necks. However sometimes it’s difficult to see those benefits without playing with the product first. That’s why we’ve now launched a fully fledged online demo of STORM, nick named internally as fake STORM. More on the nickname later.

You can sign up with just an email address and immediately emailed a password to login with. The trial isn’t time limited so you’re welcome to use it for long as you like for as many times as you like. You can try many of the great features including one click functions, easy to use user interface and fast page loading.

The reason we call it fake STORM is that it doesn’t actually make any changes even though it looks like they complete successfully. Any changes you do make will disappear from the interface when you reload the page.

Try a demo of storm here – https://storm-demo.nimbushosting.co.uk/register


Two Step Login

Published on October 11th, 2017

We’ve been a little quiet on development of STORM with lots of changes happening in the background ready for a raft of new changes happening soon. We’ll be updating up on these changes in the coming weeks. However, this week, we’ve launched a two page login. A few industry leaders have recently changed over to two page logins including Google and Offic365 and we’ve decided to follow suit for a number of reasons.

Firstly, we can improve the login process by checking the email address exists in our database before proceeding to the password stage. This allows STORM to confirm if the user is registered and completed the signup process before proceeding to the next step. If the user hasn’t registered the appropriate actions will be offered to the user to proceed with the login or signup. This will mean any users who login with the wrong email address will quickly identity the problem before moving onto the password stage which will speed up the login process.

Secondly, it allows us to offer a demo version of STORM with a more simplified sign up process. The demo version of STORM will be launching very shortly.

Finally, now that we’ve implemented the two step login, we’ll be implementing some additional functionality to improve the login process over the coming few weeks. We’ll keep you informed when this launches.

We realise that a two step login can be quite a change especially if you’re using a password manager. Therefore please do let us know your feedback or software conflicts this might create. You can email us at stormfeedback@nimbushosting.co.uk.

STORM Login Page    STORM Password


Let’s Encrypt Multi Domain (SAN) Support

Published on September 6th, 2017

Launching today, STORM now supports multiple domains with Let’s Encrypt. These additional domains are also known as Subject Access Names or SANs. This means that we can encrypt and secure multiple domains pointing to the same web site using a free Let’s Encrypt Certificate.

We’ve made it really easy to secure additional domains. All you need to do is add an additional domain under the Domains tab on the Web Site configuration. Then under the Let’s Encrypt toggle on the SSL Configuration page you’ll see a smaller toggle for each domain. Just toggle the domains you would like added to the SSL and within a few seconds they’ll be added to the SSL Certificate. Should the process fail STORM will give you a reason why it has failed.

You’ll need to make sure the DNS for the domain is pointing to the STORM server, password protection has been disabled and there isn’t a redirect for this site.

 

 


Now Supporting Let’s Encrypt

Published on August 18th, 2017

Let's Encrypt Support on STORM

To allow all our customers instant access to SSL security we’ve enabled Lets Encrypt for all our customer’s web sites. Lets Encrypt is ideal for very basic SSL encryption for small, staging or development sites.

You can quickly enable Lets Encrypt on the SSL page with an on/off toggle. STORM will automatically check all the domains, subdomains and aliases for that web site and install the SSL within a few seconds. As soon as that’s completed you can enable the HTTP to HTTPS redirect to divert all visitors to the new secure web site address.


Early August Updates

Published on August 10th, 2017

As those of you already using STORM have no doubt noticed, we have been making some exciting changes recently. Here at Nimbus, we think it’s important to keep our users up to date. We want you to get the most from STORM and let us know if we are heading in the right direction.

Over the past month we have made the updates to STORM.

Added

  • Ability to change domain name.
  • Whitelisting IP ranges.
  • Option to disable NGINX serving static files.
  • Password generator for application installs.

 

Changed

  • Up to 200% performance improvement in STORM interface.
  • More support articles in the knowledge base.

 

Bugs Squashed

  • FTP issues with software like Coda, Transmit and PhpStorm

Faster Page Loading with NGINX

Published on August 2nd, 2017

NGINX is an alternative web server that is much faster than the traditional Apache web server. To improve page loading times for web sites on STORM we’ve implemented NGINX to serve static files. NGINX will automatically serve all static files like images, CSS, Javascript and PDFs much faster than Apache. Requests for PHP files will by pass NGINX and be served from Apache instead. This means you still have control of rewrite functionality using htaccess files. NGINX, by default, is enabled on every new web site.

If you would like to control your static files using htaccess you’ll need to disable NGINX. It’s really easy to disable on a per web site basis on the Configuration tab of the web site.

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