Code Garage Migration

Late last year we announced that Automattic had purchased Code Garage, and that the VaultPress team would be taking it over.  Since then, we’ve spent quite a bit of time and energy working on the next steps:  How do we merge the service Code Garage customers are used to with the VaultPress infrastructure?

Today we’re happy to announce a migration plan that provides Code Garage users with the protection they’re used to — while letting us improve security and backup services for everyone by focusing our resources on VaultPress. Through July 1, all Code Garage customers are invited to migrate to VaultPress.  To sweeten the deal, your first two months are on us — you won’t see a charge from Code Garage or VaultPress for two months after the migration.  After those 2 months, your Code Garage bill will remain  unchanged – you’ll keep paying what you’ve been paying as a Code Garage customer.

If you’re not interested in migrating, we’ll maintain your service at Code Garage through July 1, and give you your last month free.

Code Garage customers who decide to give VaultPress a try will get a VaultPress Lite plan with the addition of daily security scans. As a VaultPress customer, you’ll also have access to standard VaultPress services like automated restores, restore to alternate site, and the fantastic VaultPress support staff. To make sure nothing falls through the cracks, you’ll have access your original Code Garage backup snapshots for 30 days after migrating.

Best of all, the migration process is simple.  We’ve put together an automated migration tool to simplify the move from Code Garage to VaultPress:

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To start the migration process, just head over to your Code Garage dashboard, where you’ll find instructions on how to proceed.

We’ve given this a lot of thought over the past few months, and I’m confident that this move will give current Code Garage customers — who I’ve grown quite attached to over the past 2 years — with the best possible service and technology moving forward.

For a little more info on how we got to this point, I’ve also published a post on CodeGarage.com — you can have a look here.

If you have any questions about how this will work, please contact us.

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Introducing VaultPress Lite

We know lots of you would like to use VaultPress for site backups, but need a lower price point. Today, we’re happy to announce the new Lite plan for VaultPress. Priced at $5 per month, it makes reliable backups accessible for sites big and small.

The VaultPress Lite plan provides all the fundamentals you need to keep your awesome content safe and sound:

  • Daily backups that happen automatically, so you can focus on creating, not logistics.
  • Automated site restores, so you can restore your entire site with a single click.
  • Thirty days of saved backups, so you can go back in time to restore the last clean version of your site.

As with our other VaultPress plans, backups include your WordPress database tables, plugins, themes, and uploads.  You’ll also have access to our support staff — we call ‘em Happiness Engineers — should you need one-on-one assistance.

By including just the critical pieces of a good backup plan, we’re able to keep the monthly cost low and make VaultPress more widely available.  For those looking for continuous  backups of their data, or security scanning, check out our Basic and Premium plans

We hope that you’ll never need to use your VaultPress backups, but are glad we can make them available for bloggers and site owners at all levels. You can signup for any of our plans ( Lite, Basic, and Premium ) at http://vaultpress.com/plans/.  If you have any questions please contact us and we’ll be happy to answer them.

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Automatically secure your site with keys and salts!

WordPress has a lot of excellent security features. One of these features is the ability to specify randomized keys and salts to help keep cookies and form nonces secure.

Sadly, there are a lot of WordPress users who miss out on this extra security because they haven’t configured it for their site.

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That’s why I’m happy to announce that from today, VaultPress will help you out by detecting sites that haven’t set up any keys or salts. It’ll offer to fix the problem for you too, by generating and inserting long and secure randomized values.

Be warned that when your keys and salts are reconfigured, any logged in users at your site will be logged out, and will have to log in again. After that, everything should  work as it did before the update — except with stronger security!

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Viewing Ignored Security Threats

The VaultPress Security scanner runs daily, looking for dangerous files and code on your web server. If VaultPress finds something suspicious, or a known threat, you’ll get an email, and a new notice shows up in your VaultPress dashboard.

The VaultPress Security Report

The VaultPress Security Report

While we don’t recommend it, you’ve always been able to ignore a security threat. Now you can view these ignored security threats. Just click on the Ignored Threats button, and you’ll see a list of any ignored notices.

You can now un-ignore security notices.

Viewing ignored security notices.

You can see all the details of the ignored security threat, including the names and locations of the affected files. You can even Un-Ignore a threat, moving it back to your active security threats.

VaultPress helps secure your site from known and potential security threats with daily file scans and real-time backup of your WordPress site. Learn more about how VaultPress can protect and secure your content, themes, plugins, settings and customizationsContact us with questions, or sign up to protect your site.

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Change the owner of your VaultPress subscription

My last blog post showed how easy it is to allow other WordPress.com users to access your VaultPress dashboard. Today we’re making it just as easy to transfer ownership of your VaultPress subscription. Maybe you’ve set up VaultPress on your client’s site, but now want to switch the billing over to their credit card. To switch the ownership, just head to your VaultPress account page:

You’ll see yourself listed as the owner. To change the owner, click on the blue “Change Owner” link. This will show a list of all the site’s current users, along with a field to add a new user:

Choose one of the existing users, or type in a WordPress.com email address, and click the “Change Owner” button. Any billing information on file will be erased, and the new owner will be sent an email and asked to enter a new credit card. Once ownership has been changed, you’ll still have access to the site’s VaultPress dashboard, but not to any billing or plan details.

VaultPress makes it easy for you and your clients to backup and secure any WordPress-powered site. Learn more about how VaultPress can protect your content, themes, plugins, and site settings and customizations. Contact us with questions, or sign up to protect your site.

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