Category Archives: Auro Team

Upgrading to SQL Server 2008

We are happy to announce that we are finally upgrading our Microsoft SQL Server from 2005 to 2008 this month.

As you all know, we have been providing Microsoft SQL Server with our Windows Servers for many years now. As a part of the continuous upgrade strategy, we are upgrading our SQL Server database from 2005 to 2008 this month.

Since MS SQL Server 2008 is backward compatible with MS SQL Server 2005 version, we expect this migration to be seamless. As always, we will make sure you are well aware of the upgrade process that impacts your sites, if you use SQL Server database. We will contact you before the upgrade and also let you know about the progress as we proceed. We expect this migration to be completed before the end of the month.

Please feel free to email us or call us if you have any questions on the same.

Important – 777 Permissions To Be Removed From All Servers

Due to the large scale phishing attacks happening on many of our sites due to the lack of security on many of the domains, we are taking certain steps to protect our servers and the sites from such attacks.

As a part of this, we are disabling 777 access to any website. To accomplish this, we are migrating our servers to SuPHP to secure our PHP and apache configurations. This move will make sure files cannot be written by everyone and will prevent the issue caused by the 777 permissions that were previously allowed on all files.

We are implementing this change in our shared servers on 30-Oct-2010.
suPHP is a tool for executing PHP scripts with the permissions of their owners. With this we have following advantages in shared hosting environment

No folders or files can have 777 permission and it cannot be owned by user “nobody”. This is one of the greatest advantage where we can secure the files and folders in the site as none can do anything other than the site owners.

This change will go in at midnight on 29-Oct-2010 and as of 30-Oct-2010 we will not allow any 777 access on any of our servers.

Site Owner should make following in their site
1. Make sure no 777 permission files or folders/directories present in the site. The recommendation is to change it to 755 for folders and 644 for files.
2. .htaccess file should not contain any php_value. Please move those values under php.ini file instead.

Please feel free to contact us if you need any help with this.

Resellers please pass this is to the respective site owners.

WordPress upgradation from 2.9.2 to wordpress-3.0.1

From our previous post

We have successfully upgraded our wordpressmu from 2.9.2 to 3.0.1

Here are the steps we followed for this upgradation
http://wpmu.org/how-to-upgrade-wpmu-2-9-2-to-wordpress-3-0-in-5-easy-steps/

We have also upgraded all our plugins and we are happy to say that we are in WordPress-3 club.

Have fun!!

Magento Upgrade from 1.3.1 to 1.4.1.1

Magento is one of the preferred ecommerce open source platforms we specialise in at Auro Infotech. Recently, Magento announced upgrade to 1.4.1.1 and we also decided to upgrade on of the Magento based sites that we manage.

In version 1.3.1, we faced the following error when we checkout using paypal
“There was an error proccessing your request”

We did many studies to fix this and we finally we decided to upgrade the magento to the latest version as we thought this might fix the issue. Since we developed the skin(theme) for the site, we knew it should be done with great care as we need to merge our custom code with magento code.

As always, before upgrading the live site, we upgraded the testing site with many trial and errors and atlast we did it successfully in testing. We have the steps noted down below which we took while upgrading the production site. Below are the steps which we like to share

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Auro Infotech New Website Preview

We are working on revamping our existing Auro Infotech website.

While it is close to completion, we thought it would be a good idea to give a preview of what is coming.

Besides giving a cleaner look to the site, some of the key changes we have made are:

  • Social media integration with Facebook and Twitter
  • Contact form on all pages
  • Client login from home page itself
  • Enhanced Portfolio listing by industry, technology and category
  • Testimonials section
  • Easy access to RSS and Sitemap

The testing version is available here

The themes for the blog and forums are currently in progress. Once this is done, we hope to launch the site – hopefully within the next week or so.

Please do let us know your thoughts on these new changes to the website.

Knowledge tree installation in CentOS 5

by Aravind

This blog explains the steps to install Knowledge Tree on a Cent OS server.

We were asked to install a Knowledge Management System called Knowledge Tree for one of our shared hosting clients, whose website is hosted in Centos 5.5 server.
Once we got this requirement I went through knowledgetree web site and I found that they do not provide the documentation for the installation in Centos server but they support RedHat Linux 5 and it is clearly explained in their Platform Requirements page.  So I decided to try it out on my own and once got it installed successfully, am sharing the steps with you.

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Function eregi_replace is deprecated in PHP

– post by Aravind

We are using a search engine called Search Plugin .  This search engine uses PHP code that was working well on its old server which had PHP 5.1 on it.

Recently, we migrated Search Plugin to one of our semi-dedicated server for enhancing its usability. After we migrated to this server, we faced the following error.

Deprecated: Function eregi_replace() is deprecated in /home/searchpl/public_html/include/searchfuncs.php on line 582

We came to knew recently that the in-built function mentioned in the error eregi_replace() is deprecated (or removed) in PHP 5.3.2. The recommendation from PHP is to use the alternate function preg_match.

Please see the sample code below

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Are Employees Getting What They Expect At Work?

There was a survey about what employees expect at work.

The results of the survey are given below:

  1. To work for efficient managers
  2. To have the freedom to think for themselves
  3. To see the end result of their work
  4. To have interesting work
  5. To be listened to when you come with ideas
  6. To be informed
  7. To be respected for their efforts
  8. To be recognised for a job well done
  9. To be challenged by what they do
  10. To get newer opportunities for skill development

Based on this information, I encourage you to take a small test to see what your score is.

Ask yourself the above questions and for each ‘yes’ give one point to yourself.  (Eg. Do I work for an efficient manager?, Do I have the freedom to think for myself? etc).

If your score is more than five, then you are ok. If you score less than five, it is time to look for a change.

Also do not forget to send this link to your manager. I am sure they also like to see how they fare.

Feel free to post your scores here so that we can get a general idea of how employees score in this test.

Apple – The Wow Experts

Based on my recent experience in buying an iPad and my past experiences in buying products from Apple, I spent sometime thinking about what Apple does differently that makes us have the ‘Wow’ Experience.

Just to give a quick 101 on WOW (this is my interpretation):
In simplest terms, anytime you see something and you feel like ‘wow, thats amazing’ (in Chennai terms ‘superaa’?), that is called a wow experience. Examples of some of the technology related wow experiences I had in the past are:
– When I switched on the walkman for the first time in my life

– When cell phones enabled us to speak from anywhere

– When blackberry enabled us to send and receive emails ten years go from anywhere

– When Google showed it could give relatively accurate page one results in two seconds

Then came Apple – I am not talking about Apple Computers under Steve Jobs, which was competing with Microsoft for domination in the PC market twenty five years ago. I am talking about Apple Inc under Steve Jobs, which is dominating the consumer market in the past ten years.

Let me walk you through a typical buying experience with Apple products.

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Thank You and Happy New Year

As we come to the end of year 2009, on behalf of the team at Auro Infotech, I want to thank all our clients for providing us an opportunity to serve you.

We take this time to thank you with sincerity. Without each one of you, we would not be where we are today. We hope to be a part of your success stories all the time and will continue to do our best to contribute to the same.

Please pardon us for any mistakes we might have done in the past year on your websites and please consider this assurance that we are learning from them to make sure going forward we will continue to do our best to meet and even exceed your expectations.

Once again, we sincerely thank you for your business and hope to continue taking care of your online needs in the years to come.

To all our shared hosting clients, we want to remind you that with your yearly hosting renewals, we always double your disk space (year over year) as a part of our Auro Shared Hosting Customer Loyality Rewards programme.

Also, on behalf of the team, I wish you and your families a very happy, healthy and prosperous New Year 2010.