28 Jun

2011

Free 2Checkout account for each SiteGround customer

SiteGround is happy to announce a new partnership with 2Checkout – a company for online payment processing services.  As a result of this partnership each of our customers will have the initial setup fee for a 2Checkout account completely waived. The discount code is available in the Free Resources section of the SiteGround customer area. With this new free addition we provide a very convenient way to all e-commerce website owners to start selling goods and services online with no initial investment for payment processing.

This initiative is in line with our consistent policy of sharing SiteGround online business experience with our customers. We have used 2Checkout service ourselves when we were a starting company. Back then in 2004 SiteGround faced many challenges typical for a start up. One of the fundamental issues was the online payments processing. At the beginning we looked for a solution that could handle the multiple strict security regulations and complex procedures for fraud review, credit card information storage and handling on behalf of our company, as to do this ourselves required substantial investment of time and resources, which we were not yet ready to afford. And what we have found to be among the most appropriate options for fast and easy start to accept online payments was the 2Checkout account.

Now, seven years later, we are happy that 2Checkout, the company that has helped us have a successful start, is willing to make the payment processing setup even easier for our customers . Based on our own experience we strongly believe that by providing this free 2Checkout account we will make it easier for more people to have a successful e-commerce website. We have always looked for ways to share our successful practices and we will continue to do it as we know that our future depends on our customers’ success.

Read more about the free 2Checkout account here.

 

7 Apr

2011

A $25,000 Contest for Small Businesses from VeriSign

At SiteGround we are always looking for new ways to offer great opportunities for entrepreneurs to grow their small business online. That’s why we are happy to support VeriSign domain registrar in their latest initiative – a contest for small businesses with .net and .com domain names.

The contest’s grand prize is $25,000 and all you have to do is answer the following question: Where will .com/.net domain take your business?

Apart from the $25,000 Grand Prize, the first 36 candidates to submit an entry to the contest will be awarded a $50 U.S. Visa Award Card. In order to participate, you simply have to upload a photo of your business, accompanied by either a written entry of between 100 and 300 words, or a short video. Submissions should be posted on the official contest websites:

www.dotnetforsmallbiz.net

www.dotcomforsmallbiz.com

This is clearly a great opportunity for small business owners who understand the value of expanding their online presence. The contest is open for participants worldwide- not just in US and Canada, but in countries including Mexico, Germany, United Kingdom, Poland, Turkey, Japan, India, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand. To look up if it is available in your country of residence, simply go to the official websites and browse the countries drop-down.

The contest ends on May 31st, so you need to hurry to make sure you have enough time to submit your application. Visit the official contest websites www.dotnetforsmallbiz.net and www.dotcomforsmallbiz.com to read more about the contest terms and complete the official entry form.

We wish good luck to all our customers who will participate – it’s definitely worth the try!

 

5 Jan

2011

SiteGround 2010 Recap

2010 was quite an eventful year for SiteGround. We have added many new services and applied a lot of technology innovations to improve the customer experience. In this post we will summarize the most important things that happened during 2010.

New Server Technologies

Cloud HostingIn 2010 we have incorporated numerous important server technologies. We continue to optimize the shared hosting servers performance by using the innovative server management software of 1H.com. With the help of their unique server monitoring system we significantly minimized server downtime during 2010. 1H intrusion prevention systems also made our customer websites more secure than ever.

Cloud hosting, which is gaining popularity, is another important new technology we started to provide to our customers. In 2010 SiteGround launched its Cloud hosting packages and thus allowed many websites to benefit from being hosted on a cloud of powerful servers, and yet pay only the resources they need.

Last but not least we did a lot of improvements and innovations for our business customers. During the year our Business Hosting package went through a lot of improvements. We added one free year of SSL use to it, made the servers PCI compliant  and added  more server power to finally transform the business plan into a Semi Dedicated hosting solution. With these resources and the safer environment we believe that we have created the perfect place where everyone would like to develop his/her online business.

Joomla Extensions and dozens of new Joomla Templates

Joomla ExtensionsWe did many innovations for our Joomla customers and all Joomla users during 2010. We have been working to provide free resources for this application since the beginning of our company. Now, we are proud to be the host with most Joomla resources in the industry.

The brand new Joomla related venture of SiteGround during 2010 was the development of our Joomla Extensions. The idea started with the simple will to help our Joomla users to become less vulnerable to hacker attacks. This is how our first Joomla Extensions – jHackGuard came to life. We put all our experience and knowledge into a simple plugin that does great work protecting Joomla applications from many different kinds of attacks. After we received feedback from our customers and other Joomla users, we decided to make more useful Joomla Extensions and developed six more modules, plugins and components.

As far as our Joomla Templates are concerned, we can proudly announce that our designers have created 73 unique and completely free Joomla 1.5 designs. In 2011 we will continue to contribute free resources for Joomla users, including designs for Joomla 1.6 when its stable version is finally released.

New and Improved Services

Exclusive Support ServicesIn 2010 we have done a lot to make our customers reach the services they need on our site easier and faster. We made it easier than ever to request a Script Integration, web design assistance, security audit, file transfer and much more.

In addition to the existing services we added a lot of new ones in order to help our customers create, manage and develop their websites better. Some of the new services we now offer are Google Analytics integration, Security Audit, Secure Shell Access, Spam Killer, Daily Backups and many more!

Last but not least we replaced our old SiteBuilder with the new Website Wizard. We have always wanted to provide our customers with no web design experience and HTML knowledge with a tool to make good websites. Our SiteBuilder tool was serving this purpose well for years but we wanted something newer, better and faster. This is why we replaced it with our new Website Wizard.

Continuing Improvement

Through the entire year our administrators have worked to improve our services and to make them more stable and safer. Our servers work faster than before, our customers’ sites are better protected than ever.

We will continue to work towards improving each aspect of the hosting experience you get from SiteGround. We hope that during the next year we will make our services even better!

Hristo

Product Development – Technical

 

12 Oct

2010

New FREE SEO Tools Section in cPanel

Update: Our partnership agreement with Attracta has come to an end. For other SEO resources please check out our Moz 60 Days Free offer (in your User Area Resources section) and SiteApps’ keyword rankings & other useful apps (in your cPanel Site Improvements Tools).

To help our clients improve website visibility in search engines and increase website traffic, we have recently teamed up with the leading SEO service provider Attracta. Most of you may have already noticed the SEO Tools section in your hosting account cPanel. There you will find all of the tools and services you need to get more of your site listed in Google and the other major search engines, with improved search ranking. And what is more – all tools are available for free!

How does it work:

The key to a successful website is being easily found on Google, Yahoo and all other major search engines. These search engines need to index your web pages and like the overall quality of your site, so that they can give it higher rankings and more visibility.

Attracta automatically generates a Sitemap of your website and pings the major search engines when any new pages are added, to ensure that everything on your website is indexed by the search engines – including pages that can’t be found during their normal crawling process. If your website is new, with our tools it will appear in Google search results in less than 24 hours! If your site is already in Google, you will get even more pages listed, and improve your page rank in days.

There are also tools to give you stats on common errors that can affect your search engine optimization efforts – such as broken links analysis, as well as the site’s current standing in line with the Google Guidelines for improved search traffic.

Using our new SEO tools is critical if your website:

1. Is new, has low page rank or few links to it;

2. Has frequent updates, or pages that aren’t easily discovered by search engines;

3. Has dynamic content, JavaScript, Flash, content in images or videos;

The regular price of the whole pack is $59.40 per year, but thanks to our recent partnership all SiteGround shared customers get to use the tools for free- the new section in cPanel is already available to everyone!

Getting started is easy:

Good luck!

Dima
Product Development – Marketing

 

15 Jul

2010

Good Bye Old SiteBuilder, Hello New Website Wizard!

During the last few months SiteGround has gone through a serious reformation related to the SiteBuilder solution we provide to our customers. The changes were triggered by some copyright issues, which our primary SiteBuilder provider SiteMagix was unable to handle professionally. This situation forced us to take decisive actions and find an alternative solution, despite the high costs of changing such a vital part of our service. The end result of our efforts is a better site building tool for our customers and an entirely new Make Website package.

Read More…

 
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