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Network Connectivity - Worldwide Outage

13 August 2014 - Posted by Doug, in Network Announcements

During the past 24 hours many of our customers have been affected by connectivity issues to services hosted by 123 Simples through their server provider.

The cause was due to a worldwide outage that affected Cisco BGP Routers around the world when their routing tables reached their limits causing outages to many ISP's and organisations.

The page below on ITProPortal has more detailed information on the worldwide outage which also affected BT, Virgin, Comcast, eBay, Amazon and many others:-

http://www.itproportal.com/2014/08/13/ebay-amazon-and-linkedin-taken-down-by-huge-worldwide-internet-outage-ipv4-ipv6-bgp-routers-address-exhaustion/

While the 123 Simples and their server provider network was unaffected by this as we do not use Cisco Routers, regrettably our upstream providers were affected causing some of our customers to be unable to connect to our services hosted at our Data Centre here in Poole and Pulsant's Data Centre in Maidenhead where we host back services including backup Mail Servers.

123 Simples sincerely apologises for any inconvenience caused. 
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Check your rights to .uk

24 June 2014 - Posted by Doug, in 123 Simples News

Check your rights to .uk

For the majority of you the new .uk equivalent domain would have been automatically reserved for you from launch on 10 June 2014.

Do I have to rush out and buy the .UK Domain Extension?
Probably not. The reason being if you have already got the qualifying .co.uk domain name, then the new .UK extension (without co uk in front of it) will have been reserved for you.

When the new domain name extension was launched in June 2014, Nominet had to make sure that existing owners of the co.uk extensions were given priority to order the .UK extension first! This means that providing you own a qualifying domain name with a .co.uk extension, you will be entitled to buy the .UK extension anytime between now and 10th June 2019. To check your qualification why not visit Dot Uk Launch to find out more.



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Introduction

16 May 2014 - Posted by Trace, in Easy Learning

Our easy learning articles - http://www.123simples.com/articles/ - cover some basic information topics that people will find useful. However, to keep up and make sure that we can provide as many articles as possible covering different techno subjects, then we have decided to put them into one blogging category. Watch out for new updates and additions to this section.

Thanks for your patience
123 Simples Admin Team
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123 Simples Website Changes

09 February 2014 - Posted by Doug, in 123 Simples News

As we are still experiencing probably the worse weather in the UK (with rain and wind) we at 123 Simples thought it was time to give the website a nice overhaul. Obviously we have to do this in between client jobs and projects (which does not give us a lot of time at best) but the site pages are being uploaded over the last few days and weeks and we apologise whilst the pages are being updated if you cannot find a specific page you may have been looking for.

Our sales and tech teams are still working, so any queries you may have, please just ask

Thanks for your patience
123 Simples Admin Team
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PHP 5.2 Support Being Retired in February 2014

06 February 2014 - Posted by Doug, in Network Announcements

PHP 5.2 is no-longer supported and we will therefore be updating all Windows Server 2008 R2 Hosting Packages to PHP 5.4.

Starting the week of 17th February 2014 we will begin updating all Windows 2008 R2 servers to PHP 5.4. If your website is using PHP please make sure that it is compatible with this newer version of PHP.

Commencement of work: Start Date: 17th February 2014

Service Impact: This will affect customers on our Windows Server 2008 R2 Hosting Packages. Customers on our Windows 2012 Hosting Packages are already using PHP 5.4.

Reason for the changes:
PHP 5.2 is no-longer supported which can lead servers and customers websites exposed to vulnerabilities that would not be patched.

Reference:
http://php.net/releases/5_2_16.php
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