Just as you may know, SiteGround super heroic team headed for Chicago last week to attend the CMS Expo – the biggest conference for content management systems. Our challenge was to redefine what web hosting is and to prove that shared hosting, when done right, can be a great option for the CMS users. Nothing could stop us to accomplish this mission even the raging nature itself. 🙂
We just came back from The Dutch Joomla!Days held this past weekend in Zeist, Netherlands. If you missed our previous post, we were the main sponsor of the event and it was the first Joomla! conference that we attended in person (though we have already sponsored few others). In a nutshell – the conference was absolutely great and I wanted to share our experience with all of you!
The two-day conference was held in Woudschoten Hotel & Conferentiecentrum in Zeist. Zeist is a small town near Utrecht, but incredibly beautiful and peaceful. The hotel is actually located out of the town in the very tranquil and picturesque forest and you could occasionally see a rabbit running near your feet or a peacock stretching its impressive tail and walking around the hotel area covered with fresh green grass – we totally felt like Alice in Wonderland! The other good thing about the location was that all attendees, speakers and sponsors spent the weekend together which was very good for networking and socializing too! Hat tip to the organizers for picking up this location and for doing a brilliant job in organizing the event!
SiteGround, a web hosting company targeting Joomla users and managing over 1000 US servers, has recently announced its plan to diversify the geographical location of their shared hosting services. Their first servers outside the USA will be in the Netherlands and the company will officially launch the new location on Joomla!Days Netherlands in the end of April, 2012.
Last week we announced the launch of our first server in the Netherlands, and this week we ourselves are heading to this amazing country to attend a very special event: Joomla!Days Netherlands, 2012. We are excited about the opportunity to meet in person the Dutch Joomla fans and to offer them our Joomla hosting services on servers located in their own country! And we are even more thrilled by the opportunity to share the Joomla hosting lessons we have learned with the community built around this amazing software.
So save these dates: the 21st and 22nd of April in Zeist, Netherlands.
We are happy to announce the launch of our first server location outside the USA. We would soon be welcoming our first accounts in Europe and this is the beginning of a bigger geographical expansion that will address the needs of our customers outside the USA.
We aim to address better the needs of the thousands of international customers we host.
Although till now we have operated only servers based in the USA, our hosting services have always been used by many people outside the States. Part of these people choose our service because they operate websites that target mainly US customers, so having such a site hosted on a US server made perfect sense, as it would be faster and easily available for its visitors.
SiteGround web hosting has started a massive switch of all its servers from Fantastico to Softaculous Auto-Installer in late December last year and has recently reported that the results after the three months usage of the software are quite positive.
This week we celebrate our 8th year in business! When we look back after 8 years in the industry, we are so proud to say that not only most of our employees but a lot of our clients as well have been with us from the very beginning.
We started in 2004 with very little experience, but multiple times as much enthusiasm. We were a group of tech geek friends committed to learn and improve – and so we did. We very soon managed to make a name for ourselves as a small web hosting company with great potential. Our investment in skills and people in the form of multiple technical and management trainings paid off pretty soon. In short time we had everything we believed a good web hosting company should offer – fast and reliable hosting infrastructure, a variety of feature-rich hosting plans to fit the needs of any type of website, and first-class customer service ranging from our sales representatives to server administrators and technical support experts.
As you may already know, in SiteGround we've always been in pursuit of server tweaks, hacks and optimizations with one primary goal - deliver the fastest possible (and secure at the same time) website loading speed. We know how important it is for a website to load fast, how frustrating it is having to wait for 15 seconds just to see a header banner image and then 10 more seconds to load the body of the website. And nowadays even search engines like Google take into account website loading speed when it comes to search results.
During the years our system operations team, the brilliant geeks who write all the beautiful system software for SiteGround, has written thousands of lines of code to help us optimize the security and speed of the hosted websites. We've revolutionized how shared hosting industry works with the 1H Software, which by the way provides one of the fastest methods of running PHP nowadays. Since then, all our shared and semi-dedicated servers run and operate with 1H Software and many clients have praised us about the speed with which their websites are delivered.
Yet, we know we could do even more. So, our admin team started the year 2012 with one goal in mind - creating the fastest shared web hosting platform out there. And I think we're almost there. Here's in brief what's cooking for you in our admin kitchen. I'll be updating this as it goes on throughout the year, but the results I am about to share are already impressive...