Chevereto 3 Long Term Support

I’m introducing Long Term Support (LTS) for Chevereto 3 for three years. There will be updates, patches, and support assistance until November 2022 for Chevereto 3.

The updates will guarantee that Chevereto 3 will be able to run with the latest libraries available and that all its functionality will remain working as expected. Security fixes, error corrections, and improvements will keep being added to ensure proper software functionality. There will be the option to purchase support after the Chevereto 3 LTS ends.

I want to roll a series of changes during the three years of Chevereto 3 LTS, starting with the release of Chevereto 4. The idea is to provide enough time to conduct the Chevereto 4 adoption process, which includes new server requirements, documentation, services, software store, and more. It is not something that I can build and release all at once. The process will be continuous, step by step, and by November 2022 Chevereto 4 install base should be the majority.

I’ve been working in Chevere for the last fifteen months. It is the base framework that supports Chevereto 4, and I’m getting closer to have it ready for the Chevereto application development. News about this will get published before the end of the year.

Hopefully, the LTS will provide the baseline that I need for the upcoming Chevereto development. You can rest assured that the software is going to keep getting support for a long time.

Introducing $50 rebate and new sponsors

Chevereto has been sponsored by hosting companies since 2015, which allowed offering a more appealing approach to self-hosted by providing software license + hosting and only charge for hosting. All this is possible because hosting companies do affiliate marketing: They pay for the customers that you bring them. The software will always need a server that’s why they put money on this.

Today, I’m introducing two changes in the hosting partnerships and what you get back for preferring those who partner with Chevereto.

The first change is that Chevereto now has multiple sponsors, and now you can choose from more offerings and pick the one that meets all your needs based on your budget, server location, add-on services, etc.

The second change is that it now works with a rebate system. You have to purchase the license from Chevereto, and If you buy hosting from our sponsors, you are eligible to receive a $50 refund upon your license purchase.

Welcome, new sponsors!

I’m proud to announce that HostPapa, TMDHosting, and Hostiso are now sponsoring Chevereto.

HostPapa is one of the most popular Canadian web hosting companies, headquartered in Burlington, Ontario. They have been providing hosting services for more than a decade.

TMDHosting has been sponsoring Chevereto for the last three years straight, and they provide hosting solutions since 2007. They have data centers in the USA, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Singapore, Sydney, and Tokyo.

Hostiso is a Germany-based web hosting company. They have data centers in the USA, France, and Singapore.

Introducing new installer with cPanel support

The installer has been re-made (again) and now, set up your own Chevereto based image hosting website is even easier than before. This new version handles all the process and is the recommended method to install Chevereto from now on.

The installer consists of a single PHP file which checks the system integrity, license key check, database check, download, extract and fill in the installation form. You never leave the installer screen when doing the process, and at the end, you get a concise summary of the outcome.

It now supports cPanel and allows to create all the database setup automatically. By doing this, you don’t need to worry about creating the database, database user, and grant permissions. The installer does all this for you.

cPanel screen

The result is your image hosting website up and running in seconds, totally hassle-free.

Installation completed screen

It also includes API access to all its controller actions, which allows crafting all sort of integrations. For example, hosting providers can take advantage of this to provision Chevereto pre-installed.

The installer is Open Source, and it is available at Chevereto/Installer (GitHub).

New Chevereto installer

The web installer has been completely re-made from scratch with a better user interface, server requirements check and improved error handling. It aims to offer a more friendly installation process and to detect any server issue prior purchase.

The cherry on top is that the new web installer works for both free and paid Chevereto editions and it will be used to upgrade from free to paid directly within your dashboard panel.

For nginx users, the web installer will generate rewrite rules needed for Chevereto so you only need to copy and paste these in your nginx.conf server block. For Apache, this is not needed since Chevereto already includes these in the .htaccess file.

Talking about performance, this thing is remarkable fast and in just 60 KB it contains all the stuff needed to self-download and extracts Chevereto. The process time varies depending on the machine and since most servers have fast network and hardware, it takes just a couple seconds to do everything. This is for real, on the demo server it takes about 2 seconds to install Chevereto!

The source is available on Chevereto/Installer (GitHub).