The next generation of Webarchitects’ shared hosting servers

Today we are very happy to be releasing version 0.9 of our shared web hosting framework, this is the first version to be based on Ansible and also the first version for which we have made all the provisioning code public, it represents the embodiment of over 20 years of experience of providing a web […]

2019 Spring Gathering in Sheffield of co-operatives in CoTech

Webarchitects are pleased to be hosting the next gathering of a network of tech co-ops across the UK and beyond. CoTech was formed to grow the interaction and work between co-operators, to nurture an increase in the common wealth (and fun) between them. The thirty-plus member co-ops are focussed on a wide variety of internet/tech/arts […]

Building Debian PHP Packages with GitLab CI and Ansible

We have automated the rebuilding of Debian Stretch PHP7.0 packages and the provisioning of an APT repository to enable easy updates, using GitLab CI / CD and Ansible, because we found that our shared hosting web servers were hitting the default PHP maximum number of file handles, following is a write up of how we […]

ILP website relaunched

Today, at an event in Sheffield, Independent Labour Publications relaunched their redeveloped WordPress website. The new WordPress templates have been painstakingly developed by a long standing partner member of Webarchitects Co-operative, Mina Neilson. The old site was also running WordPress but it hadn’t been updated for many years. Webarchitects sysadmins migrated the site from the […]

Third Annual CoTech Hack

In contrast to the first and second gatherings of the Co-operative Technologists network, which were held over three days at the splendid Wortley Hall, the 2018 CoTech Hack was held at Space4 in London, the co-working space setup by Outlandish, on 29th and 30th November 2018. The two workers from Webarchitects who attended, Chris and Nick, […] international gathering

A friend from a project started over 15 years ago, pointed me at the Libre Hosters gathering in Amsterdam so, I thought, hey! that sounds interesting. I joined the irc chat room, and before long booked tickets to Amsterdam. Travelling by Eurostar would have been fun, but sadly it was twice the price, and would […]

Civil conversation

The Government’s new Civil Society Strategy consultation includes co-operatives – because they’re part of ‘civil society’ in the Westminster mindset. With half-hearted approval, Co-ops UK notes that “where co-ops are going in terms of platforms, social action and worker control is too radical for DCMS [Department of Culture, Media & Sport] just now. “The Strategy […]

Her Majesty’s Government snooping update

Challenges continue against the UK government’s mass interception programme, originally revealed by Edward Snowden. The European Court of Human Rights has found it contrary to rights to privacy, and freedom of expression. The new Investigatory Powers Act 2016 (IPA) allows the Secretary of State alone to issue ‘warrants’ for deep data-mining (even by other nations’ […]