As with the beginning of every new year we were excited about the prospects that 2020 would bring. But those thoughts were soon shattered with news of a rapidly spreading disease that ultimately turned into a full-blown pandemic.
Stay-at-home orders soon followed, and we took quick action to shift to a remote workforce. We were fortunate since we were already set up with the ability for our system admin staff to work remotely, so the transition to remote work for all our staff was relatively smooth.
To get through this new reality, we knew our customers would increasingly rely on their online presence so it was important for us to be able to maintain and enhance our hosting infrastructure and services while continuing to provide excellent customer support. It was a tough 2020, but I’m extremely proud that our team delivered on our hosting promises.
Highlights from 2020
At the end of most previous years, I usually reviewed the past year and posted Top 10 lists of things that we accomplished. In this post, I’ll just highlight a several things we accomplished in 2020.
We installed PHP 7.4.x and PHP 7.3.x for our PHP users. (We also deprecated PHP 5 which had reached its end-of-life and posed serious security issues.)
We kept up with Microsoft’s .NET initiatives. We launched support for .NET 5 (ASP.NET Core 5.0) and .NET Core 3.x for Framework-Dependent Deployment (FDD). Please note that we maintain a list of .NET Core versions that are installed on our servers in our knowledge base. (If you do not see a .NET Core version that you want to use listed, we also support Self-Contained Deployment (SCD) – so you can always deploy your applications on our platform.)
We also kept open source applications updated in our Control Panel Web App Gallery.
Security Solutions at Everleap
We launched an Email Cloud Backup solution at Everleap that allows customers to securely backup email and attachments from virtually anywhere – email hosted at DiscountASP.NET or Everleap, email hosted at other hosting providers, and even Gmail and Office 365. Search tools are available as well as tools to restore emails. We offer a 30 day free trial so you can test out the service.
We launched an Office 365 Cloud Backup solution at Everleap that will automatically backup your Office 365 email, attachments, tasks, calendars, contacts as well as SharePoint, OneDrive, Groups and Teams. The higher level Office 365 Cloud Backup plan includes an Email Archiving solution that securely preserves the email archive for auditing and ensures the email archive is searchable, discoverable, and accessible should the business be subject to a third-party audit or legal motion. We offer a 30 day free trial, if you want to test out the service.
As we put 2020 behind us and usher in the start of a new decade, we continue to be hopeful. Even though our team is still working remotely, we will continue to strive to offer our customers a great hosting experience – one that you can count on.
We want to say big THANK YOU to all our customers and we wish all of you and your family a Happy New Year.