Rolling MySQL changes

Over the past weeks or so I’ve been making rolling MySQL changes in hopes of improving the reliability and speed of it. I thought I’d share a big change I made which is that the default storage engine is now InnoDB and the default character set is now utf8.

If anyone is an experienced MySQL sysadmin and would like to help out optimizing our MySQL instance then please Contact Us. We could use your help!

Expert 2000 Ad-Free plan improvements!

To show a little love to the current ad-free members of VlexoFree I have made the following changes to your plan (Expert 2000 Ad-Free).


  • Advanced DNS editor enabled
  • Addon websites increased from 4 to 5
  • Databases increased from 5 to 7
  • Parked domains are now unlimited
  • FTP Accounts are now unlimited
  • Email Accounts are now unlimited
  • Mailing Lists are now unlimited
  • Subdomains increased from 20 to 35

All this still for $5!

PHP update: 5.3.2 to 5.3.3

Just a notice to all users that the server’s PHP version has been updated from version 5.3.2 to version 5.3.3.

Changes include:

Security Enhancements and Fixes in PHP 5.3.3:

  • Rewrote var_export() to use smart_str rather than output buffering, prevents data disclosure if a fatal error occurs (CVE-2010-2531).
  • Fixed a possible resource destruction issues in shm_put_var().
  • Fixed a possible information leak because of interruption of XOR operator.
  • Fixed a possible memory corruption because of unexpected call-time pass by refernce and following memory clobbering through callbacks.
  • Fixed a possible memory corruption in ArrayObject::uasort().
  • Fixed a possible memory corruption in parse_str().
  • Fixed a possible memory corruption in pack().
  • Fixed a possible memory corruption in substr_replace().
  • Fixed a possible memory corruption in addcslashes().
  • Fixed a possible stack exhaustion inside fnmatch().
  • Fixed a possible dechunking filter buffer overflow.
  • Fixed a possible arbitrary memory access inside sqlite extension.
  • Fixed string format validation inside phar extension.
  • Fixed handling of session variable serialization on certain prefix characters.
  • Fixed a NULL pointer dereference when processing invalid XML-RPC requests (Fixes CVE-2010-0397, bug #51288).
  • Fixed SplObjectStorage unserialization problems (CVE-2010-2225).
  • Fixed possible buffer overflows in mysqlnd_list_fields, mysqlnd_change_user.
  • Fixed possible buffer overflows when handling error packets in mysqlnd.

Key enhancements in PHP 5.3.3 include:

  • Upgraded bundled sqlite to version
  • Upgraded bundled PCRE to version 8.02.
  • Added FastCGI Process Manager (FPM) SAPI.
  • Added stream filter support to mcrypt extension.
  • Added full_special_chars filter to ext/filter.
  • Fixed a possible crash because of recursive GC invocation.
  • Fixed bug #52238 (Crash when an Exception occured in iterator_to_array).
  • Fixed bug #52041 (Memory leak when writing on uninitialized variable returned from function).
  • Fixed bug #52060 (Memory leak when passing a closure to method_exists()).
  • Fixed bug #52001 (Memory allocation problems after using variable variables).
  • Fixed bug #51723 (Content-length header is limited to 32bit integer with Apache2 on Windows).
  • Fixed bug #48930 (__COMPILER_HALT_OFFSET__ incorrect in PHP >= 5.3).

For a full list of changes in PHP 5.3.3, see the ChangeLog.

New cPanel login theme!

cPanel Login Theme

New cPanel Login theme

Take a look for this is your new VlexoFree cPanel Login theme. 😀

It took me a little while to finish this as I had to wait on cPanel staff for almost 2 weeks just to be told that they are not 100% themer friendly. I worked around the problem and finished it all up today.

I think I tested everything pretty well. The theme works alright on IE8 or above but works the best on Firefox, Chrome, Safari or Opera (basically anything but IE).

What do you think, Like it or hate it? Cast your vote people!

Remember, you can access cPanel at

Plan addon domain typo

Nothing big here but I have just realized that on the plans page I had the number of addon domains listed ad “2” for the Personal 300 plan when accounts were actually being created with only one.

I have fixed this problem by adding an one more addon domain to everyone on the P300 plan.

Enjoy your extra addon domain slot 🙂

“New” website and Blog


Moving and moving.

In my ongoing effort to improve VlexoFree we now have a “new” website and a new blog!

The reason I’m saying new with quotes is that all the content and the basic look of the site is basically the same. The sidebar styles on the pages are now changed to match the blog and I’ve moved all pages over to be managed by WordPress (except for iPanel and Blesta).

Some pages have been removed from the menu (but can still be accessed if you try hard enough) as they really had no usable content that you cant get from the wiki..

Also, in a addition to VlexoFree related content in this new blog, there will (and already is) other content related to programming, server maintenance and other things that people might find helpful.

I guess if anyone else thinks they could post some useful content on this blog contact me and show me what you got.