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Welcome to our Latest News and Network Status Page

This page keeps our clients up to date with what is happening on our hosting network. All of our clients should regularly check this page for any announcements we make. Our 'Latest News' is displayed in the left hand column below. 'Unscheduled Maintenance' on the server network, is displayed in the right hand column below. Clients can also subscribe to our free RSS newsfeed services below, which will automatically deliver you our announcements via your newsfeed reader software (eg Outlook), via Live Bookmarks in your web browser, or via your mobile phone (via an RSS news reader). More information can be found here.

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All the servers we use are hosted by professional datacentres, and managed 24x7 by their professional technicians and server administrators. In the event of a web hosting problem with one of the servers or server networks, it may not immediately appear on this page, however the datacentre technicians will usually have already identified the issue, and will be working on resolving it as soon as they can. Please don't be alarmed if there currently appears to be an issue with a server, but it doesn't yet appear on this page, as we operate this page independently from the datacentres. This page will also normally only be updated during normal New Zealand business hours.

If you are experiencing an issue with your Website Hosting or Email, please also check our Troubleshooting Your Website FAQs or our Troubleshooting Your Email FAQs, to make sure that the problem isn't at your end or with your ISP, home/office network, or your computer..
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RSS Subscribe Wellington Anniversary Day - 23/01/2017
Posted on 22/01/17 08:23PM

Our office will be closed for Wellington Anniversary day.

Any support emails during this period will therefore take longer to reply to. As always our servers will be monitored 24/7 by the datacentre techs, and should any issues occur, they will be dealt with as soon as possible. Please note that our office is closed, we will not update any of our network status pages during this period. however that won't mean that issues that may occur, won't be getting addressed.

RSS Subscribe Merry Xmas 2016
Posted on 18/12/16 10:18AM

As 2016 winds down, we would like wish all our clients a relaxing and safe festive holiday season. We thank you for your business over the year.

2016 has been another busy year, with a number of significant updates and advances on the hosting platforms. All of our hosting platforms have now been updated to now support PHP 7 and newer versions of MySQL. This allows clients to use the newest versions website publishing tools and website apps.

Our main office will be closed between the 23rd December until the 12th January. We will be offering limited email support during this period. If you however need emergency support during this period, please use the emergency support form (charges will apply). The servers will be continued to be monitored 24/7/365 as per normal, in case of any problems with servers or the network during this time.

We would like to wish all our clients a safe and enjoyable holiday over the Christmas and New Year break.

Merry Christmas

Kind Regards
The Team @ Lounge Network.

RSS Subscribe Wellington Earthquakes and Office disruptions
Posted on 14/11/16 01:36PM

As you may already know Wellington and upper parts of the South Island were rocked by a severe earthquake this morning, causing quite a bit of damage. The regions continues to be rocked by severe aftershocks. We hope everyone is safe and ok across NZ.

Our main office has been disrupted by the Wellington earthquakes. As a result of the quakes, we have had periods of no power or internet  access. So this may affect our ability to respond to enquiries during this time. We may have more power outages as aftershocks continue to strike our offices. 

Our web hosting services however are not affected in anyway. The servers are housed in professional datacentres in Auckland, Wellington and overseas, and are designed to withstand these types of earthquakes. So please bear with us during this time.

RSS Subscribe Scheduled Maintenance : CPanel Server Moves from Monday 7th November 2016
Posted on 02/11/16 10:28PM

Our upstream providers will be moving the CPanel webservers at anytime from  6pm on Monday 7th November 2016. They are moving the servers from an old rack to new rack as part of improving the infrastructure. There will be some downtime across all services while this is done.They are expecting downtime of no more than one hour once they commence the move, however it maybe longer.  If you notice your server is not responding, this will be why.

RSS Subscribe Scheduled Maintenance for CPanel Users: PHP & MySQL Upgrades Beginning from 9th September 2016
Posted on 08/09/16 05:04PM



As part of the regular server maintenance and upgrade program, all CPanel hosting accounts will be upgraded to PHP 5.6 and MySQL 5.5. This will commence on your server at anytime from the 9/09/2016. The servers will be upgraded in alphabetical order, and will do a few each day as they complete the work on updating all the servers. We hope that they will be done within a month, but will update this page if there are any delays, or when they have been completed. These upgrades are substantial and require a lot of work, as they are being done on live production servers. This announcement applies only to clients on our CPanel hosting plans, which use the 'CPanel' branded control panel.


As many may already know, PHP versions 5.2, 5.3, and 5.4 have reached end of life (EOL). PHP is third party software that some of our clients use to run their websites on. Not all websites will be using PHP. EOL means PHP authors no longer support these versions with patches for security vulnerabilities and bugs found in the software (https://secure.php.net/supported-versions.php). Our upstream providers servers currently feature third party backported code patches that resolved security issues with the older PHP versions beyond their EOL. They have supported these old PHP versions for several years, well beyond their end of life. Most other hosting providers have already stopped supporting these older versions. Unfortunately, the patches for these old PHP versions have now been discontinued by the developers. Without backported patches or official security updates from PHP.net; our upstream providers can no longer support these deprecated versions and will be removing PHP 5.3 and PHP 5.2 from the servers for security and stability of the servers. As with all quality hosting providers, our providers are committed to improving the security, stability, and performance of the servers. As part of that commitment; our upstream providers will be upgrading MySQL and PHP from EOL versions, to PHP 5.6 and MySQL to 5.5 starting on May 14th, 2016. As with all our upgrades, best practices will be used to ensure a smooth and seamless transition to the new PHP versions. Keeping the servers up to date and well maintained, is why our hosting service has proven to be one of the most reliable in the New Zealand market.

 PHP 5.6 - 7.0 provide extensive improvements in performance and security over previous versions. Current versions of Wordpress, Drupal, Joomla, Magento, all support these versions. The datacentre will be taking every precaution you can imagine to ensure the hosting service continues to run smoothly without a glitch. If you are running the current version of your website software such as Wordpress, it is unlikely the PHP upgrade will break things on your website, but it is wise to be ready.

To prepare for the PHP and MySQL upgrade, we recommend all clients take the following steps:

Although our upstream providers do maintain backups of the servers, it is also best practice to retain your own backups on your local storage. This is also a requirement under our terms that clients always retain the latest backups of all data you store on the servers. If you do not have an automatic backup solution in place then now is the time to install one, or at least create a manual backup of your website.

Confirm you are running the latest stable version of Wordpress, Joomla, Drupal or whatever app your website uses. In Wordpress just go to the updates screen and install any updates available. Wordpress has an auto-update feature you can select to give you that extra peace of mind knowing you're always up to date.

Make sure all your plugins and themes are up-to-date. Wordpress and its most popular plugins will not be affected by moving to a newer version of PHP, as most will have been designed to work on the newest versions of PHP. However, it is possible that some third party plugins or themes may stop working, due to being older and/or not being compatible with newer versions. If a plugin on your site has stopped working due to a PHP update, then you need to contact the plugin author or your web developer for support or find an alternative.

If you are running a website that needs an older version of PHP to run, and you can't update it due to the websites code being too old and the developers no longer existing, our providers maybe able to install a custom complied version of PHP on your website that may continue to allow the website to run. Please note this is provided 'as is', and as a courtesy. Should you find your website is not working properly after the server upgrades, please contact us via the support link inside your CPanel hosting control panel, and request that the custom complied version is installed. This can only be done for PHP, and not MySQL.

Not all websites will be using PHP and/or MySQL. If your website is not a database driven website, eg. A static website, then it may not be affected at all by the upgrade.


Please note that we cannot provide any support for website issues that occur with client websites after PHP has been upgraded, apart from installing a custom compiled version of PHP on your website as per above. If you encounter compatibility issues, you should contact your websites developer, or your app developer for support on getting your website updated to work with the modern versions of PHP and MySQL . Some clients maybe running old out of date website code on their website, that may not be compatible with the newer versions of PHP. This is often an issue that occurs as a website ages, as Dynamic websites that use PHP and MySQL do need to be updated on a fairly regular basis, so that they are using the latest secure version of their software. So you may see this as a good oppuntity to get your website updated.

As always, this Network Status page will be used to update clients on the server upgrades as they occur.

Although not directly related to the PHP upgrade, some clients may also be  running websites that are not mobile friendly, or maybe running such an old website, that their web developer has stopped trading , or there are no more updates for the software it uses, and the website software has reached EOL.  To cater for clients who may need a new website, we have recently released a range of new Website packages, which some clients maybe interested in moving to. The big benefits are that you can easily update your website yourself using just your web browser. You also don’t need to worry about keeping your Websites content management system up to date and secure, this is all done for you automatically as part of the website package. You can read more about our Website Packages via our Web Site Division website at http://tinyurl.com/starterwebsites . Website packages have a setup price, plus a monthly fee. The monthly fee is usually higher than standalone web hosting, because it is a ‘Software as a Service’ which includes access to the website and it’s online content management system, as well as the hosting of it. If you are interested in our website packages, you can order one at http://tinyurl.com/starterwebsites .

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RSS Subscribe Unscheduled Server Maintenance:

RSS Subscribe Issue with PHP 5.3 cluster (resolved).
Posted on 21/10/14 01:10PM

There was an issue with the PHP 5.3 cluster at around 1pm, causing sites  to load extremely slow.The PHP 4/5 cluster is not affected by this issue. This has now been resolved by the techs.

RSS Subscribe RESOLVED: NZ domain registrations
Posted on 30/09/14 02:12PM

Due to the NZRS (New Zealand domain registry) being overloaded, all new .nz registrations are failing. This is affecting all registrations and pre-registrations. Please bear with us while the NZ registry gets this resolved.


Update- This was resolved at around 2:30pm today.

RSS Subscribe RESOLVED: Email Issue at Auckland Datacentre
Posted on 08/09/14 12:20PM

We are aware of email connectivity issues at the Auckland datacentre affecting POP, SMTP and IMAP email. Technicians are currently investigating this and once we know more this page will be updated.

Update - This has now been resolved.

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Network / Server Status:
Should a web hosting issue occur, and it doesn't appear above then we may post it below under the specific Network / Server that is having an issue.
Albany Server Network:
Housed in the Albany Datacentre, in Auckland, New Zealand.

Currently there are no reported issues on this server network.

Linux Server Network Cluster

Currently there are no reported issues on this server network.

Windows Servers

Currently there are no reported issues on this server network.

Orcon Server Network:
Housed in the Orcon Datacentre, in Wellington, New Zealand.

Currently there are no reported issues on this server network.

Libra Server:
Housed in the Wilshire Datacentre, in Los Angeles, USA.

Currently there are no reported issues on this server network.

Concorde Server:
Housed in the Wilshire Datacentre, in Los Angeles, USA.

Currently there are no reported issues on this server network.

Nitrogen Server:
Housed in the Wilshire Datacentre, in Los Angeles, USA.

Currently there are no reported issues on this server network.

Carbon Server:
Housed in the Wilshire Datacentre, in Los Angeles, USA.

Currently there are no reported issues on this server network.


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