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So it’s finally here, and we did it again: a New Year! We’re ready to handle all (y)our projects, enjoy life, and improve your business!

I originally wanted to make a joke here based on ASCII char codes but unfortunately, the 20 hex code corresponds to a <space>. This would lead to space space… 2020: the year of new projects launched into orbit? Surely that’s the best we can wish you for the coming 12 months!

For alwaysdata, this year also marks the start of our 15th year, and a realisation of just how far we’ve come in that time! But guess what, dear partners? This is just the beginning!

Brand new documentation!

This is something we’ve been working on for a while now. During the last edition of the Paris Web Conference, I even gave a new talk about How to Write a Good Documentation: Writing for the Junior Woodchucks’ Guidebook[fr].

Our new documentation is on its way right now, but here’s a quick preview of the new tool, dedicated to our customers and developers, to help you in your daily tasks on the alwaysdata platform.

alwaysdata documentation - ed. 2020 preview
alwaysdata documentation — ed. 2020 preview

There are some things still to fix, and the English version to be completed, but we’re proud of the work we’ve done so far! We hope this tool will be more comprehensive and easier to maintain than previous versions and we’re also making a big effort to keep all content available in both English and in French, as more and more of our customers are hailing from all over the world.

The URL will remain the same: http://help.alwaysdata.com. Expected in-orbit date: within the next few weeks!!

The Great Migration

As you may know, our platform is built on the Debian GNU/Linux distribution. The most recent version version, Buster, was originally released on July 6th, 2019. It brought a lot of new features regarding security, performance, and stability so as an essential component of our stack, we do have to upgrade our servers to bring you the best possible Internet Hosting.

We have already updated the internal parts and components of our infrastructure. Over the next few months, we will begin the Great Migration to progressively upgrade the hosting servers. If you’re hosted on Shared plans, you will be notified of the change. If you’re on the VPS or Dedicated Servers plans, we will get in touch with you to assist you during the migration process, and to test your applications before switching them to this new version.

Nevertheless, you don’t have to worry about any issues with this migration: our process is tried and tested, and the most critical parts are all automated. So be ready for the future!

Along with these two main changes, there’s also a lot of work we continue to perform regularly on the platform, adding new features and increasing its responsiveness. This year will be full of updates big and small, so do keep in touch!

Finally, we wish you all the best for the coming year! alwaysdata is still here, thanks to you and your confidence in our product. For all of this, a huge thank you from the whole team!


1I promise this will make sense soon. Trust me, it’s hilarious.