2 Mar

2011

SiteGround Extensions – Now Joomla 1.6 Compatible

Joomla 1.6 ExtensionsSiteGround is now completely ready for Joomla 1.6! After the new Joomla version was released there has been a significant adjustment activity at SiteGround. First, we made sure that our hosting is fully compatible with the new Joomla version, then we prepared a Joomla 1.6 tutorial and released several Joomla 1.6 templates. Finally, it was time for our extensions to get some attention too.

We have just released the new versions of our free Joomla extensions which are developed in compliance with the new criteria and requirements of Joomla 1.6. Now all our extensions except jAutoUpdate have a version that works perfectly with a native Joomla 1.6 installation. As soon as Joomla releases a newer subversion of its 1.6 branch we will start working on the jAutoUpdate too, as currently it cannot be useful with only one Joomla 1.6 version available. You can now download all new versions on our Joomla 1.6 Extensions page! The Joomla 1.6 ready extensions are:

jHackGuard
jHackGuard
jPageTranslator
jPageTranslator
jGeoIPFilter
jGeoIPFilter
jNoRightClick
jNoRightClick
jShareEasy
jShareEasy
jAddAnalytics
jAddAnalytics

 

Hristo
Product Development – Technical

 

17 Jan

2011

SiteGround Starts Developing Joomla 1.6 Templates

Joomla 1.6 TemplatesWe are happy to announce the release of our first Joomla 1.6 template – Purple Sky. You can see a live preview of the template and download it from our Joomla Templates gallery. The template is not a Joomla 1.5 design converted to work with 1.6 but a completely new template created especially for the new version. Regularly check our Joomla 1.6 Templates gallery for new designs!

The template meets all the requirements of the new Joomla version and supports all the modules included in the default installation. Furthermore the template has a completely valid HTML5 output which guarantees maximum compatibility and is great for the SEO of your website.

TweetsLast but not least, we have included something for those of you who love Twitter – a nice widget showing the number of followers of your account. To enable it, simply enter your Twitter username at the template settings page. If you don’t want it, simply leave the field empty and the widget will not be displayed.

Hristo
Product Development – Technical

 

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

 

9 Dec

2010

Two Lucky Winners Got 3 Years FREE Hosting from SiteGround Thanksgiving Promo

Thanksgiving AwardAs some of you may already know, last month we announced that we will be giving two awards of 3 FREE years of hosting to two of our clients for Thanksgiving.  What our clients had to do in order to get a chance to win was to simply take advantage of our Thanksgiving discount for new hosting accounts or share our Thanksgiving promo offer with their friends.  We’re very happy to announce that the promotion had great success and we thank all of our clients for participating and sharing the spirit of Thanksgiving with us!

We’re also very happy to announce the two lucky winners.  The first person to win 3 Years FREE Hosting is Adam Diminic. Smartly enough, he signed up for our Thanksgiving promo and got 1 year hosting for the price of 1 month for his website imagetreehouse.net.  His name was drawn among all others who participated in the promotion and we wish him to keep being this lucky in the year ahead!

The second award of 3 Years FREE Hosting was well-earned by our client John Hart. We’re very proud to award this special prize to him, as he did a great job recommending our services to as many friends as he could and loyally respecting all rules of the referral promo. The award has already been added to his website acumengaming.com and we wish him good luck with developing his gaming network!

Congratulations to both our winners – we hope they will be sharing many more holidays with us in the future! As for the rest of our clients – we’re happy to let you know that the Holiday season at SiteGround is just getting started. Big surprises are coming up for our existing clients, so stay tuned to make sure everyone gets their Holiday presents from SiteGround!

Dima Peteva
Product Development – Marketing Department

 

23 Nov

2010

More Than a Customer

Essential part of the hosting service is the communication with clients. It allows us to meet interesting people, to discuss and solve problems together. That is how we become closer with some of the people and they join our large community – forum, facebook group, twitter followers…

In this article we introduce to you one of the most active and helpful members of our community – Alin. He is extraordinary in many ways – smart, helpful, good-natured, honest and always eager to reach the bottom of the problem. You should know his life has not been easy, the least said. He is diagnosed with Quadriplegic Spastic Cerebral Palsy and has gone through the worst in life: read Alin’s story here. He has been kind enough to answer a few questions for our blog:

Alin, http://alinssite.info/

SiteGround: Please, introduce yourself and tell us something about you.

Alin: Hi Siteground customers and Siteground prospectives. My name is Alin S, I run http://alinssite.info and http://disabledplanet.net one is a WordPress-based blog and the other is a phpBB3 forum for people with disabilities. I use the blog to help people learn more about me and stay in the loop. I also get donations to help me pay for medical equipment and people also buy DVDs of my speeches.

SG: What is Internet for you and what do you want to accomplish with your site?

A: The internet for me is one of my very few only connections to the outside world and Siteground helps me get myself out there so I am not forced to go find people to connect with, people find my site and or my forum and connect and start talking to me and my friends and other members. It’s great because with how limited my mobility is and how bad my pain is i only go out when its necessary. Most of my “fun” takes place online or at home with people visiting.

SG: Which is your favorite Content Management System?

A: My favorite CMS (Content Management System) is WordPress since it features SO many plugins and can be used for ANYTHING. When you say WordPress you think blogs, newspapers, and other “press” related things. NOT AT ALL! WordPress can become a full fledged E-Commerce system, It can be a photo gallery system, pretty much just about anything that its 50,000+ Plugins allow it to do! And best of all if you know code, it’s all open source so feel free to dig in! (But make sure to back it up first, I’ve broken my installation doing things like that!)

SG: What are you looking for in a web hosting company?

A: When I think web hosting I look for a clean cut leader of companies, not some company that offers the cheapest hosting package on a bunch of cloud servers, no I want a company that knows their servers, has data center technicians always ready, has 24 hour support that turns around with an answer within 10 minutes or less! I also expect a company to be generous to its customers and not cold and stingy and that is exactly what Siteground is.

SG: You are an active member in our forum and communicate often with our support. Would you like to share your experience.

A: Siteground staff also partake in the Siteground forum which is a great place to chat with support professionals about non critical issues or things like “My wordpress does not look right how do I format X header to fit with this type of footer” or “What plugin would I use in Joomla to produce a cool effect of snow on my site?”. Tell them it’s verbatim from my head and that its their problem to edit it LOL!

We hope you have enjoyed Alin. You might want to check his Donations-Gifts page and show him your support for what he does.

 
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