Switching to PHP 5.4

PHP 5.3 has now entered end-of-life; no further releases for PHP 5.3 will be made by the PHP group (http://php.net/eol.php). As such, Simba Hosting plan to upgrade from PHP 5.3 to PHP 5.4 in October of this year. (PHP is… READ MORE

FTP SSL certificate updated

The SSL (encryption and authentication) certificate for our main FTP server, ftp.simbahosting.co.uk, has had its annual update. The SSL protocol is used to make sure that your data is safe from prying eyes in transit (the “encryption” part) and really… READ MORE


You may have read in the media or online about the “Heartbleed” vulnerability in Internet encrypted communications. This is a very serious vulnerability. We patched all our servers for this vulnerability immediately upon release of news about Heartbleed, last week…. READ MORE

Another WooCommerce plugin – automatic country detection at checkout

If you run a WooCommerce/WordPress store, then eventually you will discover that some customers, when they go to the checkout, don’t spot the “Country” field. They leave it on its default – which is usually the country of your store…. READ MORE

Two announcements about our “opening hours” plugin

Two quick announcements about our opening hours / delivery times plugin… It’s now linked from the WooCommerce official extensions store! You can now pay in US dollars, as well as pounds sterling. It’s looking like it’s going to be the… READ MORE

Another WooCommerce plugin: past purchase coupons

There’s another addition to our growing stable of WooCommerce plugins: “past purchase coupons”. This plugin allows you to offer coupons to customers who have previously bought one of a list of specified products. e.g. “If the customer has bought A or… READ MORE

Planned down-time

Some time in between 10 p.m. on February 5th 2014, and 6 a.m. the next day, a number of Simba Hosting services will be being physically moved to a new datacentre. There is nothing you need to do to be… READ MORE

New plugin: WooCommerce repeat purchase and renewal coupons

We’ve produced another WooCommerce/WordPress plugin: “WooCommerce Repeat Purchase And Renewal Coupons”. WooCommerce’s built-in coupon options are pretty good. However, they don’t cover one case we had a need for: discounts for repeat customers. This can be any kind of repeat… READ MORE