ClusterCS 1.2 – Quality of life improvements

Spring is here, and with it, a new 1.2 release for ClusterCS bringing improvements on the setup speed and stability as well as new features.

1. PhpMyAdmin Support

You asked for it, and we listened. You can now manage MySQL databases through the preinstalled phpMyAdmin software which is integrated in our panel.

For those of you that don’t know, phpMyAdmin is a free and open source tool written in PHP intended to handle the administration of MySQL or MariaDB with the use of a web browser. It can perform various tasks such as creating, modifying or deleting databases, tables, fields or rows; executing SQL statements; or managing users and permissions.

Now you can simply log into your ClusterCS account and visit your domains menu from the panel interface and click databases button associated to the domain you want to access. You will find there a new button called connect to phpMyAdmin, by clicking it you will have direct access to your phpMyAdmin manager for the given database.

Please do note that this feature is still in development, and that the remote connect functionality takes a couple of seconds to bootstrap.

2. SSH or FTP access

Until now, the standard method of accessing your files when setting up a new domain was trough ftp.

We’ve now improved the process, and you can easily enable ssh access to a new or existing domain, making your development so much easier when using modern PHP frameworks that require cli access.

3. Improved backup functionality

As one of our legacy jQuery based interfaces we decided to focus on quality of life improvements while we are working on the new Vue Js version.

Choosing the components that you want to backup and the ability to choose locations (local server / cluster hosts / remote ftp locations) are now available for use. Backup scheduling lets you create multiple jobs to manage your backup strategy correctly

4. Improved Setup Options.
While ClusterCS is has a powerful GUI for setting up new servers, we realize that some of the options might be overwhelming.
ClusterCS now proposes a default setup plan using a load balancer (HAProxy) recipe which contains several web servers that allow you make easy optimizations to your site server speed.
In certain occasions, depending on your preferences, you may want to have a simpler or different setup which means changing the modules and settings to accommodate your requirements.
The new recipes that have been added allow a quick reconfiguration towards simple nginx – php or apache – php setups, with more recipes in the making based on your feedback.
5. Easy SSL Setup (coming soon)
Although this didn’t hit the mark for our 1.2 release, it’s in the latest stages of development.
The feature will not only allow you the usual SSL steps setup, but also an easy to use click system for quickly setting up a let’s encrypt certificate.