Hosting

July 2, 2015

Some things you probably should know about our company:

  • What's this Cruiskeen thing? Its Gaelic. A cruiskeen is a little jug.  Our farm is named Cruiskeen Lawn, which has a number of different stories associated with it that are way too confusing to go into. Suffice it to say that among other things I'm a home brewer abd we make a fair quantity of beer, wine, and cider here. 
May 15, 2015

We've come to realize that we are hosting more and more developers who are using Git to manage their projects (including ourselves).  The current Git repository that we're hosting on our own servers is a little cumbersome, so we're working toward having our own Gitlab repository, which will be available to our hosting clients.  This way you'll have a Git repository that can be private, on your local network, and will be free as long as you host with us.

We're still in the process of deciiphering the details of Gitlab, so it's not available yet - but I expect some time before summer.

April 18, 2015

As a CloudFlare Optimized Partner, we are thrilled to offer the CloudFlare Railgun™ technology to all our customersas a free addon for Half-Acre and VPS hosting packages. Railgun is CloudFlare’s latest performance optimization technology that gives you significant improvements in site load times. To activate Railgun, log into your Cloudflare account and select Railgun “On”. Note that Railgun costs at least $200 if purchased from Cloudflare directly. Read on for additional details and instructions:

Railgun ensures that the connection between our network and the CloudFlare network is as fast as possible. Railgun achieves a 99.6% compression ratio for previously uncacheable web objects by using techniques similar to those used in the compression of high-quality video. The average website can expect a 1.43x performance increase.

April 18, 2015

Cruiskeen Consulting LLC is happy to announce a new partnership with CloudFlare, the web’s easiest performance and security solution. As a CloudFlare Certified Partner, we deliver their simple and free solution to help protect and accelerate your website. Once your website joins the CloudFlare community, it loads twice as fast and is protected from a range of online threats.

Getting started is easy—you just need to log into our billing system and add the Cloudflare addon to your hosting plan. With two clicks, you can activate CloudFlare and your website will automatically be faster and safer around the world.

We are pleased to offer you the CloudFlare service for FREE. There is no commitment. Turning CloudFlare on and off takes two clicks of the mouse, so feel free to try it out. We think you’ll like it.

April 15, 2015

We've recently signed up to be a Cloudflare partner. We have occasionally been using Cloudflare for some of our clients, and we've become believers. At least for a lot of our clients.

What is Cloudflare?

It's quite a few different things.  It's a Content Distribution Network.  Content from your site will be cached at data centers around the world, and served up from those data centers. Also your DNS will be distributed through these data centers, which will make your DNS lookups much faster. It also provides you with protection against web threats - requests that look suspicous will either be blocked if they are severe, and if they are less severe, they will provide a human challenge to the person trying to access the web site. This protection is adjustable, and is particularly valuable if you are fending off a serious DDOS or other form of attack.

February 24, 2015

We're working on a lot of new hosting infrastructure projects we though you might be interested in.  A lot of this is in preparation to provide a better development and hosting enviornment for Drupal 8. We are re-imaging web servers and other servers to do a better job for modern Drupal hosting.  Things you can look forward to include:

  1. Composer baked into our servers for easier development.
  2. Compass baked into the servers for better development with CSS pre-processing.
  3. Starting to move new servers into CentOS 7 to provide newer hosting binaries.
  4. Better support for resellers.
  5. Easier setup for use of varnish and memcache on our higher-end server packages.
  6. Better support for Drupal 8 on shared hosting.  We want to be able to offer a reasonably-priced environment for hosting Drupal 8 sites.

This is all part of our commitment to provide useful hosting services to the Drupal community. We expect that although Drupal 8 is great, it's going to require more specialized hosting in a lot of cases.  We're committed to the Drupal community, and look forward to getting more input from you on your Drupal hosting needs now and in the future.

January 29, 2015

You may have seen reference to the GHOST exploit that was recently announced.  You also may have seen some random reboots of our servers, taking you out of commission for 10 minutes or so.  We're patching all of our systems against this exploit (Just about done now) - this is  a fairly serious one that allows arbitrary script

September 25, 2014

Update -

New versions of bash were released overnight that fix the remaining security flaws in the shell. We are in the process of rolling out the second patech to all of our servers and will be finished some time around 10 AM Central Time.

Some of you may have seen the news yesterday about a serious bug in bash allowing code injection.  We are currently in the process of applying updates to all of our servers for this security issue.  Unfortunately it has been discovered that the current available updates are only a partial solution.  We are installing the partial upgrade and looking into some security workarounds until such time that we receive new patches from CentOS.  We're working to continue to provide security to our customers.

September 18, 2014

We have a special niche in web hosting.  We provide high quality performance-oriented web hosting for CMS systems. Unlike the low-priced commodity web hosts, we have servers set up to support CMS right out of the box. You won't see a lot of the common errors with web hosting that you'll see with non-specialized hosts (running out of PHP memory on a small site, too-small packet sizes for your database, no support for InnoDB on Mysql, etc.) even if you are on one of our shared hosting plans. We understand the needs of CMS users and provide useful plans for a CMS at all price levels.

We also particularly are committed to Drupal hosting. We have a wide range of hosting abilities for Drupal, and can tune a hosting instance to your needs.  Whether you need shared, VPS, or dedicated hosting, we can help you.  We also run clients with multiple-machine hosting (usually multiple VPS's) where each machine is tuned to a special need, like Varnish, MySQL, or PHP hosting, as well as supporting redundant database backends and multiple web servers.

September 17, 2014

Cruiskeen Consulting is a general Internet consulting company, and we do multiple things. Primarily we provide high-capacity custom hosting for people who need high-performance reliable hosting for their Content Management Systems sites.  We primarily work with Drupal, and also do Drupal consulting and web design. Our hosting is tuned to be optimized for Drupal use, although it is also very effective for Wordpress sites.

Our servers are set up for the Drupal developer, and have Drush, git, and other useful services pre-installed.  We will happily work with you to provide other custom services for your site, such as Varnish, Apache Solr, and memcached. Our servers all use the APC PHP cache and our default MySQL servers are set up to be successful for using Drupal.

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