Get your WordPress on PHP 7.0 now!

We have just released a new version of our WordPress plugin 3.2.1 the SG Optimizer, which allows you to move to PHP 7.0 with a click.  We encourage all SiteGround customers to utilize this great option and make their WordPress installation run on PHP 7.0 now. PHP 7.0 has been available on our servers for over a year and it is high time that all of our customers take full advantage of the considerable performance boost it provides.

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NextGEN Vulnerability Patched on SiteGround Hosting

Yesterday, our partners from Sucuri have discovered a serious SQL injection vulnerability in one of the most popular WordPress gallery plugins - NextGen Gallery. Our security team started working immediatelly on the issue and created a rule in our web application firewall (WAF) to block any potential attempts to exploit this vulnerability. However, we strongly recommend that all NextGen Gallery users update their plugin to version 2.1.79 which fixes the core of the issue in the plugin code.

Cloudflare HTTPS and WAF Update

Since we launched our integration with Cloudflare in 2012 we have seen thousands of our customers benefit from its CDN and the site security functionalities. Today we are happy to announce two improvements in the Cloudflare packages we provide. First, the SSL is now supported in the free plan of the service. Second, we have included a very cool security feature - the Cloudflare Web Application Firewall, in our Plus plan.

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WordPress AutoUpdater Restarted

We first launched our WordPress AutoUpdater in 2012. Some tweaks were made to the system a year later, when the original AutoUpdate feature was included in the WordPress core, but we continued to rely primarily on our own system for our customers. The SiteGround AutoUpdater has been used successfully for the last 5 years and has kept a lot of our customers up-to-date and safe from hacks. Thanks to it, more than 70% of the WordPress installations on our servers have been constantly using the latest software version. However, we have been thinking for a while how to get this percentage even closer to 100. The recent security issues with WordPress REST API motivated us to introduce a change into the system that increased the upgrade rate to more than 90%.

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HTTPS for WordPress With a Click

UPDATE: If you're using CloudFlare with your website, make sure you set the SSL Option in our CloudFlare tool in cPanel to Flexible,  then configure WordPress to work through HTTPS and finally, switch the option in CloudFlare to Full Strict. This way, you will not have any downtime during the reconfiguration process. Check out our CloudFlare tutorial for additional information on that matter.

A month ago we made the first step to increase the adoption rate of SSL certificates amongst our customers by starting to issue automatically Let's Encrypt certificates for all domains hosted on our servers. However, there still remained a manual step to configure all applications to use the certificates we've made available. We knew that if we really wanted to see a rise in the HTTPS usage we not only needed to provide the SSLs, but also make it easy for our clients to implement them. Today we are happy to announce that we have achieved this second goal for a large group of our customers -- the WordPress users.

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Happy HTTPS 2017 to you!

Last year we made a big step towards making the SSL certificates more widely used. We backed financially the super cool open SSL project Let’s Encrypt and we provided an easy cPanel interface, from where all our users can issue free Let’s Encrypt certificates with a single click. This has resulted in more than 40 thousand new SSL installations on our servers. However, there is still a long way to go before we see HTTPS protocol completely replace the insecure HTTP.  Now, in the very beginning of 2017 we are happy to announce that we have taken the next big step in this direction -- we have started to automatically issue Let's Encrypt certificates for every domain that is hosted on our shared servers.

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PHP 7.0 is Now Default on SiteGround Servers

Last December we were among the first hosting companies to make PHP 7.0 available on our entire infrastructure. Thanks to our system which allows multiple PHPs to be used on one server, anyone could have switched to PHP 7.0 since its zero-day release, while we still kept an older and well-tested PHP version as the global default setting. Now, an year later we believe it's time for the next step - setting PHP 7.0 as default for all new accounts.

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Is Your Online Store Ready for Black Friday?

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Black Friday is a date, highly anticipated by marketeers and store owners across the entire world. What started as a purely American tradition is now a global event. On this day stores give their greatest discounts and a lot of people are anticipating it to get the item or service they've been looking forward to for months. Usually on Black Friday online stores get a huge traffic peak and multiply their sales. However, you have to make sure that both your website application (e.g. WordPress) and hosting environment are prepared for this traffic surge. Otherwise you risk turning a great sales day into a disaster. Read on to get more information on how to prepare your online store for the upcoming Black Friday and get the most out of it!

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