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LYNX server upgrade: April 1st - April 9th
Posted by WestNIC Support on 30 March 2017 07:50 PM

Dear customers,

"LYNX" server has been online since 2015 and now it's time to upgrade. First of all, we're going to backup all data to the offsite server (fresh backups). This has been scheduled for April 1st - April 2nd. Then we'll update MySQL to MariaDB 10.0. Old MySQL 5.6 has been depreciated and will be removed from all servers by 2018.We'll also add multi-PHP support. Users will be able to choose any version of PHP (from 5.6 to 7.x) within cPanel. After all PHP/MySQL/Apache upgrades, all accounts will be moved to new server with large 2 TB SSDs (data center edition). This has been scheduled for April 8th.

What will change:

1. Server ID will change from LYNX to LEOPARD. All control panel URLs will change.
2. Host IP will change. If you use external DNS, please contact us AFTER April 7th, 2017. 
3. MySQL will be upgraded, 5.6 will be replaced with MariaDB 10.0.
4. Multi-PHP support will be enabled.
5. All SSLs will be reinstalled. 

DNS will remain the same.

All upgrades will be completed by April 9th. We do not expect any downtime because accounts will be copied over. However, old server may experience slow-downs due to intensive MySQL upgrade and backup process. We appreciate your patience during upgrade procedure.

Thank you,

WestNIC support

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New SSL feature for SD and RS clients (Let's Encrypt Authority)
Posted by WestNIC Support on 25 August 2016 03:13 PM

Dear Customers,

We're happy to announce that new cPanel feature "Let's Encrypt SSL" has been added to most reseller and SD servers.

We've been offering free commercial grade dedicated SSLs from Comodo and RapidSSL since 2005. Now each semi-dedicated or reseller plan will include more 1 year SSLs for your convenience. 

RS-1: 2 dedicated SSLs from RapidSSL (Geotrust) or PositiveSSL (Comodo)
RS-2: 4 dedicated SSLs from RapidSSL (Geotrust) or PositiveSSL (Comodo)
RS-3: 8 dedicated SSLs from RapidSSL (Geotrust) or PositiveSSL (Comodo)

SD-1: 2 dedicated SSLs from RapidSSL (Geotrust) or PositiveSSL (Comodo)
SD-2: 4 dedicated SSLs from RapidSSL (Geotrust) or PositiveSSL (Comodo) 
SD-3: 8 dedicated SSLs from RapidSSL (Geotrust) or PositiveSSL (Comodo) 

You can now choose which brand you prefer during renewal/order.

In addition to that, each reseller or semi-dedicated package will include MORE free security certificates from "Let's Encrypt Authority" (LEA). At this time we're offering 5 LEA certificates per customer due to per server limitations. 

Let's Encrypt is a public interest initiative [501(c)(3)] backed by ISRG, EFF, Cisco, Mozilla, Akami and others. It's aim is to provide free SSL to all websites on the internet so that all web traffic is encrypted.

Let's Encrypt is a free, open, automated signing authority; however, it has significantly simplified the method of implementing SSL on a site. See for an explanation. It will use the Automated Certificate Management Environment (ACME) protocol (see:

All reseller and SD servers have been upgraded in order to activate AutoSSL option. 

Questions and answers about new SSL feature:

What is the difference between dedicated SSL from Comodo or Geotrust you offer and Let's Encrypt?


1. It's free.
1. SSL is being issued in 1-2 minutes.
2. Renewals are automatic.
3. 99.9% browser support (same level as Geotrust and Comodo).


1. SSL is being issued for 3 months. However, renewals are automatic.
2. Let's Encrypt SSL is new and not yet recognized by end-users. In other words, it's not recommended for e-commerce. Tech savvy users may refuse to pay for goods/services if they see free SSL.
3. There is no seal / verification image.
4. SSL cannot be transferred, there are no keys to backup.
5. Key size is 2048 bits.

Can I see a demo of new Let's Encrypt SSL?

Sure, we installed it here for test purposes:

Do I have to purchase a dedicated IP for Let's Encrypt SSL?

Dedicated IP is not needed.

Is it possible to secure all domain names with Let's encrypt SSL?

No, because there is a limit of 100 SSL requests per server. Right now we're offering 5 Let's Encrypt SSLs per reseller or SD customer on "first come, first served" basis.

Are you planning to offer more free SSLs from Let's Encrypt?

Certainly. This feature is new and will be improved next year.

Do I need to submit my name, address, phone, email, company information and so on in order to get Let's Encrypt SSL?

There is no need for that. You can request Let's Encrypt SSL via support desk or live chat: 
The only thing we need from you - domain name and username to cPanel. SSL will be installed in minutes.

Can I install free Let's Encrypt SSL on addon or subdomain name added via cPanel?

Unfortunately, this wouldn't be possible.


We hope you'll enjoy new free SSL feature and would like to say thank you for continued support!


Your friends at WestNIC

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Online support chat is now in open beta
Posted by WestNIC Support on 06 July 2016 06:23 PM

Dear customers,

We're now testing new online chat: 
In the future (as soon as we finish testing new platform) it will work from 10 AM to 6 PM EST Monday to Friday.

If you experience any issues during test period (07/07/2016 - 10/01/2016), please let us know via email or support desk.

As always, support desk ( ) is available 24/7/365.

Thank you for your continued support,

WestNIC Staff

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"Barracuda" server outage (resolved)
Posted by WestNIC Support on 30 December 2015 12:07 AM


UPDATE #2: 12.30.2015 0:55 EST: server is online, all SSD hard drives have been checked for errors. There are no issues.

UPDATE #2: 12.30.2015 0:40 EST: we're currently running file system check on primary drive. It should repair errors then reboot server normally, in in read-write mode. ETA: 2 hours.


We're currently investigating downtime reports for "barracuda" server. There is no ETA yet, please standby.

Thank you for your patience.


WestNIC support 

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JAGUAR server has been updated - PHP / MySQL upgrade (completed)
Posted by WestNIC Support on 28 December 2015 02:45 AM

Dear customers,

We've upgraded Apache and PHP on "Jaguar" server. Some *old* data base passwords have been reset. If you receive MySQL connection error, please login to cPanel then reset password for data base user (cPanel > MySQL > MySQL user > change password) again then update configuration script (for example, wp-config.php for Wordpress). Please keep your php scripts up to date.

New PHP version is: 5.6.x
New MySQL: 5.6


Old PHP and MySQL versions have been officially depreciated.


If you receive Ioncube loader error, please update own php ini. Correct variables are: 

extension_dir = "/usr/local/lib/php/extensions/no-debug-non-zts-20131226"

If you experience any issues on PANTHER server, please contact us at any time via

Thank you,
WestNIC support

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ELEPHANT server: mysql upgrade 12/06/2015 (completed)
Posted by WestNIC Support on 04 December 2015 01:12 PM

Dear customers,

We're going to upgrade MySQL on "Elephant" server on Sunday, December 6th 2015, between 2 AM EST and 6 AM EST. We do not expect any downtime, however, some users with old pre-4.1 mysql passwords may see "cannot connect to data base" error. This can be fixed quickly by resetting mysql db user password within cPanel (cPanel > MySQL > MySQL user > reset password). Then you need to update MySQL db user password in PHP configuration file.

Old MySQL version 5.5 has been officially depreciated. New version: 5.6 (we'll use it until January 2018).


Thank you,

WestNIC Support, 

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