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App Installer Update – December


Here is a list of updated applications:

App Installer Update



Our team has updated the App Installer tool in the Winhost Control Panel.  Here is a list of the updated applications:

Windows 2012 is here (and it brought .NET 4.5 and IIS 8 with it)!


We know you’re hungry for the latest and greatest, so we’re really happy to announce that we’ve put away the jackhammers and wrenches, the dust has settled, and Windows 2012 hosting is now available at Winhost!


The Windows 2012 platform supports all of the latest Microsoft technologies; IIS 8, ASP.NET 4.5, MVC 4, WebMatrix 2, Entity Framework 5, ASP.NET Web API, WebSockets, Visual Studio 2012, Visual Studio Express 2012, and even Dynamic IP restriction. That’s a bumper-crop of fresh new goodies to make all of our lives more interesting.

What’s the catch? There isn’t one!

Okay, there is one little catch.

ASP.NET 4.5/IIS 8 is only available on the Windows 2012 platform. If you want to migrate an existing site to the new platform, we can help you with that. Just drop a note to support saying that you want to move to Windows 2012 and they will make it happen. Quick and painless.

We’re not yet sure if or when we will upgrade the existing Windows 2008/IIS 7 servers to .NET 4.5. There are some potential issues that we are keeping an eye on, and when we’re satisfied that we can move to .NET 4.5 on the existing servers without any disruption, we’ll make the move. But at the moment we can’t give you a time frame on when that may happen.

So if you want .NET 4.5 now, just let us know and we’ll hook you up.

Vote for Winhost (again)!


Last year you turned out in force and voted for us in the DevProConnections Community Choice Awards, and we placed fourth behind some industry heavyweights!

Well guess what? We are nominated again! And it would be great for this still scrappy upstart to show the big boys what we’re made of. If you have a couple of minutes to spare, we would appreciate your vote!

Here’s the voting page.

We’re listed under 10. Hosting Service. Voting closes on Friday the 28th, so please pop on over there as soon as you have a chance.

It would be quite a feat to move up in those rankings considering the competition, but anything is possible, right? Vote!

And thank you for your time, your support, and most of all, thanks for using Winhost!

Custom php settings for your site!


People often write to support or post in the forum asking us why their php.ini files aren’t working. Well, php.ini is a unix/linux file, so it doesn’t work on Windows servers. The next question is always, “So how do I control php settings?” To which we have always had to answer, “Sorry, you can’t.”

Until now.

With the introduction of PHP 5.3.10, we have provided you with the ability to upload your own user.ini file, in order to specify php settings you wish to change for your account. If you’ve used a php.ini file on a linux server, this is the same concept. You simply create a text file named user.ini in the root of your account. The file can include php settings such as:

upload_max_filesize = 200M
date.timezone = “Europe/London”

These settings will be changed for your site only. While most of these settings are safe to change, the user.ini file does give you a lot of control over how php works for your site, so use your best judgement as to what you change.

If you are the experimental type and wind up making a change that causes problems with your site, simply remove the line(s) causing trouble and re-upload the file. Note that there is a five minute server cache for user.ini changes, so you may not see your changes until a few minutes after uploading.

We’re excited to be able to offer the php flexibility that you’ve been asking for. As always, we want Winhost to be the best host on the planet, so we’re listening to you and working hard to meet your needs every day. Thanks for working with us!

MS SQL 2012 is available now


Ready or not, here comes SQL 2012!

I know, you weren’t expecting us to roll it out so soon, were you? We’ve been busy prepping behind the scenes for the Microsoft release, and ensuring that we could offer it to you as soon as it was publicly available.

So you can log in to Control Panel and use SQL 2012 right now.

When you log in to the Site Tools section, the first thing you may notice is that the MS SQL 2008 section has been renamed MS SQL Manager.

Once you’re inside, you’ll see that when you create a new database, you now have the option to choose SQL 2012.

That’s all there is too it.

We’re happy to be able to make SQL 2012 available to you quickly. We’re working hard to make Winhost the only web host you’ll ever need.

Ultimate Plan Memory Allocation Boosted to 300MB


ultimateplanToday we are pleased to announce that we have boosted the memory allocation for the Ultimate Plan to 300mb! Woohoo!

We’ll continue to work on improving our services and making Winhost the best shared hosting platform available anywhere, at any price.

To upgrade to the Ultimate plan and take advantage of the memory quota increase, simply log in to Control Panel and select the Ultimate plan in the Plan Change section. Your site will be upgraded immediately.

As always, if you have any feedback or suggestions, we want to hear them! So please send them our way.

Winhost Selected as Editor’s Choice for Windows Hosting



Best Windows Hosting - Editors ChoiceJust wanted to anounce that Winhost was selected as the Editor’s Choice winner in the category of Windows Hosting by FindMyHost!

We are really happy that people in the hosting industry are coming around to recognize Winhost as a leader in Windows Hosting. We promise that we are going to work hard to keep our services top notch for years to come.

We want to thank all our customers for all your support. And if any of you have a little extra time, we have a list of ways that you can help spread the word about Winhost here.