STORM goes mobile friendly

Published on June 17th, 2019

The internet takes no days off. It never pops to a meeting, goes on holiday or only needs your attention when you’re sitting at your desk. So we thought it was about time you had the same super-fast, super-easy access to your websites, anytime, anywhere, straight from your mobile. Ready? Here goes…

We’re here to make your life easy. Pure and simple. And until now, using Nimbus and STORM on your mobile hasn’t been, well, quite up to scratch. Desktop? Awesome. Mobile? Not so much.

So, we’ve pulled out all the stops, called in our best technical bods and fixed things. The result? Today, we’re totally mobile friendly, and we think you’re going to love it. Let’s take a look.

A completely mobile control panel

This is the biggie. Access your STORM control panel on your phone, anytime, anywhere. It’s now fully optimised for mobile, so you can find everything you need fast – and work exactly the same way you would at your desk. At home, on the go, on the beach… wherever life takes you.

In fact every single function within STORM now works just as well on your mobile as your computer. Invite other users to a server or website in seconds, reboot your server, grab a password, fix things fast in an emergency and do all your troubleshooting, without traipsing into the office. Pretty darn handy if you ask us.

All you need to know, on the go

As well as being able to access each website when you’re on the move, you’ll also have much better access to ours. The Nimbus Hosting website is now completely mobile optimised, so it’s easier to find the information, prices and contact details you need, anytime at all.

Get out and explore

With summer (hopefully) on its way, it’s the perfect time to escape your desk, without getting behind on your work. So take STORM – and Nimbus – for a spin on your mobile and see just how easy it is to do your thing, wherever you want to be.

“61% of users are unlikely to come back to a mobile site they’ve had trouble tapping into. Worse, 40% will visit a competitor’s site instead” – Google


4 nippy new STORM features

Published on June 10th, 2019

We are always looking for new ways to make STORM faster, simpler and more user friendly, so you can fly between tasks like a pro. Here’s a quick roundup of our latest shiny new updates…

Simpler, smarter UI

We’ve updated STORM’s user interface to make it a simpler, more streamlined place to work, with a modernised design, new icons and rounded corners.

The icons have replaced words in the breadcrumbs, avoiding some potentially annoying repetition. They also now appear in the left-hand navigation, saving space and making it easier to find the options you need.

As well as smartening STORM up, it should make it more intuitive – there’s a theory that people can read and remember icons faster than text. We’d love to hear what you think.

Search from every page

We’ve added a new search facility onto every single page in STORM, so you can move to another website, server or domain from anywhere you’re working – not just the dashboard. When you do search, you’ll also find we’ve made the results easier to read.

Say hello to Gravatar

Gravatar is a tool from the team behind WordPress and it stands for Globally Recognised Avatar. You’ve probably got an avatar if you use Instagram, Twitter, Basecamp or any one of thousands of online tools, websites and forums. It’s an icon or photo that represents you and your users, and will soon be included in ‘recent events’!

Page redirects

Page redirects is a simple tool that expands on STORM’s existing redirects functionality, letting you redirect pages or directories from one address to another. For example, from www.nimbushosting.co.uk/oldpage to www.nimbushosting.co.uk/newpage.

More updates coming your way soon…


The WordPress tool: smarter, stronger site management

Published on June 4th, 2019

Looking after a lot of WordPress sites? We are making it easier, with a real-time view of every plugin, every version and every vulnerability…

When you’ve got a server full of WordPress sites, keeping an eye on every plugin can feel like a pretty mammoth task. But take your eye off the ball, and your websites could become vulnerable, slow down or develop faults. Its a big challenge. But we’ve got a brand new way to help.

We’re calling it our WordPress tool, and it’s a clear, comprehensive overview of all the essential information you need to keep your WordPress websites running smoothly in STORM. Instead of hunting around for the details you need, you’ll have them all served up in one simple table you can monitor at a glance and manage really easily. Handy, right? Here’s how it works…

All your plugins, in one place

Open up STORM and click on WordPress. You’ll see a straightforward table listing all the WordPress plugins you’ve got, across every website on your STORM server – whether that’s one or 500. The table’s automatically updated every few minutes, so whenever you add a new website, it’ll pop up there too.

Alongside every plugin, you’ll be able to see which website it’s installed on and what version it is. Each night, the table updates to show you whether that’s the latest update for the WordPress edition you’re using, or one that’s getting a bit out of date. It’s a handy nudge to get a new version before things start slowing down.

Simple, stress-free searches

As well as showing you all this information in a. quick, scannable table, WordPress Tool also gives you the ability to search for a specific plugin if you need to. You’ll be able to pull up the details of the sites it’s installed on, and the ones it’s not, so you can make sure you’ve got your default plugins working everywhere you need them.

Vulnerabilities spotted sooner

Crucially, the tool also runs nightly checks for vulnerabilities and exploits, across every single plugin you’re using. Which means you can spot a potential problem before it becomes a real-life, phone-ringing, client-raging emergency. And who doesn’t need that kind of safety net?

There’s no place like STORM

So, to sum up, STORM’s WordPress tool is a pretty nifty helping hand, and we think you’re going to like it. Yes, other platforms have their own versions, but we think we’ve pulled it out of the bag when it comes to the simplest, most user-friendly plugin manager on the market.


Stay better focused on your work in Dark Mode

Published on April 16th, 2019

Improving the experience of STORM is at the centre of what we do at Nimbus Hosting. As part of this ongoing process we have been experimenting with Dark Mode, and with the help of a few customers we have been testing this new feature out. Today we have made it available to everyone as a profile setting. To enable it on your account just select the toggle under your profile

Dark Mode brings the following benefits to STORM interface;

  • Improved Readability of Text
  • Better Contrast
  • Reduced Eye Fatigue
  • Improved User Experience
  • Less Blue Light

Going forward the light mode will be the default, however we aim to make Dark Mode default depending on the browser or Operating System preference over the upcoming months.


Auto Whitelist IP Addresses

Published on March 6th, 2019

At Nimbus Hosting we are constantly monitoring which features are being used and how users are interacting with them. This process allows us to quickly discover bugs and constantly evolve how we offer our product.

One of the most popular features in STORM is the whitelist an IP address. We found that users were logging in to just whitelist an IP address and then logging out without using any other feature. This involved quite a few clicks so we wondered if we could make this simpler.

We sat down, discussed the problem and came up with a new feature called Auto Whitelist. Auto Whitelist is a simple feature, that once enabled, will automatically whitelist your IP on the servers you have specified as soon as you login. This whitelist is set to expire in a day but saves multiple clicks. If you log in again from the same IP the following day and the IP address has expired STORM will extend your whitelist by another 24 hours.

The IP address is whitelisted for SSH, MySQL and, when PCI Compliance is enabled, FTP access to.

For security we recommend having two factor security enabled but STORM can remember your browser for 30 days so you don’t have to waste time looking for your smart phone each time you login.

We think this feature will be useful any developers or freelancers that regularly change location, or have a dynamic IP address, but always need access to the same servers.


Stop emails going to SPAM with SendGrid

Published on February 26th, 2019

We know how frustrating it can be for emails from your website, like order confirmations and contact forms, to end up in junk folders or in some circumstances to not arrive at all. Emails being lost or going into junk causes us plenty of tickets, but more importantly, causes lots of issues with clients losing order confirmations or even worse new business enquiries.

To solve this problem we teamed up with SendGrid to implement a one click Integration. Just sign up for an account with SendGrid and add an API key with just Mail Send access. Drop the API key into the SendGrid option under Configuration at the server level. STORM will automatically reconfigure your server to relay all email through SendGrid without the need for you to do any command line configuration.

Any emails sent on the server, including using the PHP mail() function, will now go out directly through SendGrid. For improving the reliability we recommend adding in the required SPF and DKIM records.


PHP 7.3 now on STORM

Published on February 1st, 2019

As of January 2019 PHP 7.3 has arrived on STORM. 7.3 includes bug fixes, new features, new functionalities and, most importantly, some performance improvements. Find out more in the release notes. PHP 7.3 is now the default choice for any new sites on STORM.

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