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2018: A Year in Development

It’s been a busy year at 20i towers for our development team.

20i’s services continued to develop faster than ever, alongside the ongoing work, like ensuring that everyone has access to the latest versions of PHP or one-click software installs.

While we’re happy with what we’ve achieved so far, we’re still working hard to remain the UK’s best web hosting package. So as well as updates to our hardware and the code running on it, we made improvements to our control panels and added some great new features for all our customers, all at no extra cost.

Many of these changes and additions were requested by our customers: thanks for those – keep them coming! In 2019 we’ll be able to fulfil more customer requests as we continue to develop.

Here’s a review of the year from a development perspective:

January: My name is URL

January: My name is URL

These updates were all about new and better ways to re-brand 20i services. Custom-branded URLs for resellers’ customers could now include free SSLs, and temporary staging domain URLs could be given custom domain names.

February: WHMCS discounts and My20i refresh begins

We introduced discounted Web Host Manager Complete Solution (WHMCS) licences for resellers – offering savings of up to £111 a year – and the first stage of updates to My20i rolled out.

March: Wildcard SSLs, custom Nominet WHOIS & premium domains

March: Wildcard SSLs, custom Nominet WHOIS & premium domains

Free SSLs were upgraded to wildcard certificates, offering the convenience of securing an unlimited number of subdomains with a single certificate! Also, you could now put your business details in to the WHOIS system and premium domains became searchable via 20i.

April: HTTP/2 and global FTP

April: HTTP/2 and global FTP

HTTP/2 was rolled out across our shared hosting, meaning that browsers could make concurrent requests to the server, speeding-up loading of websites. Global FTP Unlock allowed you to whitelist an IP address across all your packages in a single click: great for power-users.

May: Malware scans, autoresponders & Office auto-config

May: Malware scans, autoresponders & Office auto-config

Web security affects everybody, so it’s of supreme importance to us. Therefore we became the first web host to add a powerful anti-malware scanner to keep your sites secure, for free. As well as scanning every day, it gives you the freedom to perform scans on individual websites on demand. This month also saw the introduction of autoresponders and a way to configure Office 365 automatically.

June: 2FA, message centre, malware alerts, SPF and better business info

StackCP experienced two major changes. Two-factor authentication was added, meaning that reseller’s customers had the option to add an extra layer of security to their login. Also we made it easier to communicate with your customer: notifications could be sent direct to their StackCP control panel. In addition, email malware alerts were introduced,  SPF records could be added automatically and we made it easier to manage your business information.

July: Welcome emails and customer update

July: Welcome emails and customer update

We made it easier for resellers to welcome new customers, automatically. A personalised welcome email would now go out to all new users of StackCP, containing all the details they needed and any other information the reseller wished to add. Those same Stack Users could also now update their own details from StackCP, reducing admin-work for resellers.

August: Email campaign tools and UI changes

Another free tool to help resellers grow their business: an email marketing suite. From My20i, you were now able to send personalised, templated email campaigns to customers, easing marketing communications – and negating the need for third-party paid tools. We also made it easier to manage domains, users and VPS.

September: WHMCS module update

We updated our integration module so that the latest WHMCS domain suggestions were supported. This blog also saw its first post!

October: StackCP Help Desk

October: StackCP Help Desk

We released StackCP Help Desk –  a customer support system for My20i. Using this, it was possible to deal efficiently with customer enquiries by email. For example, you could track cases, assign custom support ticket statuses and create automatic or stock replies. All these developments were with the aim of making My20i a one-stop shop for successful hosting businesses.

November: Terabit+ DDoS protection, more bandwidth & domain resolver

November: Terabit+ DDoS protection, more bandwidth & domain resolver

Christmas came early for our virtual private server users: we announced powerful new 1Tbs+ DDoS protection and a free bandwidth upgrade for all our VPS. We also introduced a new domain resolver for everyone.

December: My20i refresh, PHP & storage notifications

The brand-new My20i was released, giving it a more unified, cleaner and modern feel.  The enhanced user experience for highly praised, for example: “I’m loving the new improvements to the design, much better and more fluid across the whole system.” We also introduced an easy PHP version switcher for our WordPress users and email storage-limit notifications.

There were plenty of other changes – but I’ve limited this to the highlights for the sake of brevity.

Plus there were other projects – still in development – that we can’t wait to show you!

Stay tuned for more exciting announcements in 2019…

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Richard Chambers

Richard is a Marketing Manager at 20i. He likes all things tech and is a master of none.

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