WHMCS and Hexonet ISPAPI Registrar Module “Missing Required Attribute; X-CA-LEGALTYPE” Issue

If you’re running WHMCS and the Hexonet ISPAPI Registrar Module, you might have issues registering .ca domain names. An error will show up when you click on register, here’s a screenshot of the error.

hexonet-ispapi-dotca-error

Invalid attribute value; INVALID Contact [OWNERCONTACT] (Missing required attribute; X-CA-LEGALTYPE)]

This is due to the .ca registry requiring all registrations require a legal type designation, there’s multiple types. Commonly used types are Canadian Citizen and Corporation.

The fix is to open up the file “modules/registrars/ispapi/additionaldomainfields_sample.php” which is either in the downloadable zip file or already in your WHMCS installation. The file contains the following additions domain fields that you need to place under “WEBROOT/resources/domains/additionaldomainfields.php”

## .CA DOMAIN REQUIREMENTS ##
## add ispapi additional fields ##
$additionaldomainfields[“.ca”][] = array(
“Name” => “Legal Type”,
“LangVar” => “catldlegaltype”,
“Type” => “dropdown”,
“Options” => “Corporation,Canadian Citizen,Permanent Resident of Canada,Government,Canadian Educational Institution,Canadian Unincorporated Association,Canadian Hospital,Partnership Registered in Canada,Trade-mark registered in Canada,Canadian Trade Union,Canadian Political Party,Canadian Library Archive or Museum,Trust established in Canada,Aboriginal Peoples,Legal Representative of a Canadian Citizen,Official mark registered in Canada”,
“Default” => “Corporation”,
“Description” => “Legal type of registrant contact”,
“Ispapi-Name” => “X-CA-LEGALTYPE”,
“Ispapi-Options” => “CCO,CCT,RES,GOV,EDU,ASS,HOP,PRT,TDM,TRD,PLT,LAM,TRS,ABO,LGR,OMK”
);
$additionaldomainfields[“.ca”][] = array(
“Name” => “CIRA Agreement”,
“LangVar” => “catldciraagreement”,
“Type” => “tickbox”,
“Description” => “Tick to confirm you agree to the CIRA Registration Agreement shown below
You have read, understood and agree to the terms and conditions of the Registrant Agreement, and that CIRA may, from time to time and at its discretion, amend any or all of the terms and conditions of the Registrant Agreement, as CIRA deems appropriate, by posting a notice of the changes on the CIRA website and by sending a notice of any material changes to Registrant. You meet all the requirements of the Registrant Agreement to be a Registrant, to apply for the registration of a Domain Name Registration, and to hold and maintain a Domain Name Registration, including without limitation CIRA’s Canadian Presence Requirements for Registrants, at: www.cira.ca/assets/Documents/Legal/Registrants/CPR.pdf. CIRA will collect, use and disclose your personal information, as set out in CIRA’s Privacy Policy, at: www.cira.ca/assets/Documents/Legal/Registrants/privacy.pdf
“, “Required” => true, “Ispapi-Name” => “X-CA-ACCEPT-AGREEMENT-VERSION”, “Ispapi-Eval” => ‘if ( $value ) { $value = “2.0”; } else { $value = “”; }’ ); $additionaldomainfields[“.ca”][] = array( “Name” => “WHOIS Opt-out”, “LangVar” => “catldwhoisoptout”, “Type” => “tickbox”, “Description” => “Tick to hide your contact information in CIRA WHOIS (only available to individuals)”, “Ispapi-Name” => “OWNERCONTACT0X-CA-DISCLOSE”, “Ispapi-Eval” => ‘if ( $value ) { $value = “0”; } else { $value = “1”; }’ ); $additionaldomainfields[“.ca”][] = array( “Name” => “Trademark Number”, “Type” => “text”, “Size” => “50”, “Default” => “”, “Required” => false, “Ispapi-Name” => “X-CA-DOMAIN-TRADEMARK”, “Ispapi-Eval” => ‘if ( $value ) { $value = “Y”; } else { $value = “N”; }’ ); $additionaldomainfields[“.ca”][] = array( “Name” => “Contact Language”, “Type” => “dropdown”, “Options” => “English,French”, “Default” => “English”, “Ispapi-Name” => “X-CA-LANGUAGE”, “Ispapi-Options” => “EN,FR” );

WordPress Speed Up Analysis 2019-06-03

The following was a post I made on the WordPress Speed Up FaceBook Group. I thought it was worth posting here in-case someone else might be looking for something similar.

Olly Bee Excellent! First load for me was a white page without CSS being applied. Which is weird, I haven’t gone to the site before. So you might want to watch out for that, or maybe you were just making changes.

You’re not loading many assets which is great, mostly due to breeze combining css and js (assumption here since I see breeze.css). Just to note minification isn’t required for a great experience for customers. It’ll get you get you good scores on GTMetrix/PageSpeed but you’ll have to way usability for great gtmetrix scores.

Ue the built in Dev Tools in Chrome and look specifically at the Network page and waterfalls. Find items that are taking a long time to load, and see if they have any cache headers. Reload the page and see if they’re loading faster and if the cache headers appear.

When looking at all the items loading, the document items are usually html or PHP. This is where server resources come into play. If you’re getting higher load times on documents, it’s most likely due to caching not being in-play. Or it’s just a dynamic page (PHP) that can’t be cached (WooCommerce checkout, but even then LiteSpeed can use ESI blocks which makes it easier). If you can’t cache a page, then the server resources come into play. Specifically CPU, PHP its a CPU hog. Facebook tried to fix this by implementing compiled PHP using HHVM, but ditched PHP all together. Each time you have to load a PHP page, it has to be compiled by the server. You want to limit this as much as possible. WordPress deals with this fine as a vanilla installation. Once you add plugins, load times start to increase.

When I first loaded your portfolio page, I noticed it took about 3ms to load all assets. I looked at all the headers of each request and found that the main request for /portfolio had a x-cache miss and a high load time. Once I refreshed the page this load time went down. So it’s possible caching was put into play here either through Varnish or NGiNX fastcgi cache. Hard to tell, would have to look at your stack more.

If there’s caching in play, a header should appear. Most of the time this is configured, but not always.

Once your cache is filled, it looks like your pages load faster. So you might need to tweak your cache TTL. Which just tells the cache how long to keep things. This is great for static pages, but for anything dynamic it might cause issues. Most caching plugins deal with this automatically. Even CloudFlare does well with this if you setup the proper page rules. CloudFlare by default doesn’t do well with a WordPress site.

Aside from that, I see that .tff files aren’t being cached and have 400ms load tims where all your images are loading within 20ms which is great. That’s because most of them are from your StackPath CDN. And they’re small, which helps!

Another issue I noted is that your query stringed static assets aren’t being cached. Which is a common issue, so you can either enable this in CloudFlare via a rule. Or you can look at a plugin like Clearfy or Perf Matters. If you want to save money, there is code out there to simply just do this specific task.

Also, with the above plugins you can remove the wp-emoji-release.min.js and dashicons.min.css from loading. Again you most likely aren’t using them, but test anyways.

Hope that helps, Cheers!

MySQL 8 and Persona 8 Tuning for WordPress

If you’re running MySQL 8 or Percona 8, then you’ll probably see lots of guides online that reference some out of data configuration that really only deals with functions in MySQL 5 that have been deprecated in MySQL 8 and Percona 8

Query Cache

No longer used, and removed from MySQL 8 and Percona 8, alternative is ProxySQL as per the following Percona article https://www.percona.com/blog/2018/02/07/proxysql-query-cache/