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

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

Halloween Discounts at SiteGround

For this year's All Saints Day SiteGround offers 70% off its regular price on hosting services. The hosting account you can get through this promotion includes a free domain name, lots of extras and costs only $2.95/mo.
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jAutoUpdate – the newest free Joomla extension by SiteGround!

The newest component added to our free Joomla extensions addresses a problem we have identified while analyzing the Joomla-related technical requests we receive. It turned out that a lot of people ask SiteGround support team member for help after their application has been hacked as it was outdated. Most of the people experiencing such problems are actually well aware that it is important to keep their application up-to-date. However, the manual update isn't easy enough for them and they do not perform it on a regular basis. So to provide an easy way for updating Joomla and thus prevent many security issues we have created jAutoUpdate. The component can be used to automatically update a Joomla application to the latest 1.5 version available with a single mouse click.

jAutoUpdate has three main functions that can be used through the Joomla administration area after the component is installed:

Once the version check icon is clicked jAutoUpdate checks for the latest available Joomla 1.5 version and compares it to the version currently used by the customer. If the application is outdated the Joomla Update option will appear.

This button will automatically apply an update patch from the currently used version to the latest Joomla 1.5 version available and will update fast and easily only the files that are different in the new version.

The forced update will replace all Joomla 1.5 system files with the ones from the latest stable package. This option is very useful for fixing more serious issues like Joomla system files missing or wrong modifications made to core Joomla files.

With the new component the Joomla update becomes extremely easy and we hope that fewer Joomla websites will be vulnerable to exploits due to outdated versions thanks to this component.

Check our Free Joomla Extensions page which is part of our Joomla Hosting Package!

Hristo
Product Development – Technical

SiteGround teams up with Attracta to offer free SEO services to its customers

Update: Please be informed that the SEO service in partnership with Attracta.com has been discontinued.

SiteGround web hosting company extends its free extra services portfolio by launching a partnership with the leading SEO services provider Attracta.com. SiteGround shared hosting plan now includes a set of website and search engine optimization tools to help clients boost their site visibility and traffic.
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SiteGround releases in-house developed Joomla! extensions

SiteGround, known as one of the top web hosting providers for Joomla users, now adds free extensions to its Joomla services portfolio. For the last few years along with its hosting services, the company has been providing free Joomla templates and tutorials. Now, it goes one step further by developing its own Joomla modules and plugins. The six recently added extensions, as well as all other additional Joomla services offered by SiteGround, are freely available to all visitors of the company website.
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Free Joomla Extensions Developed by SiteGround

We are happy to announce to our Joomla customers that we have another exciting addition to our Joomla hosting package - a collection of in-house developed Joomla Extensions. Studying the requests from thousands of Joomla users hosted on our servers we came to the conclusion that there is a great demand for quality extensions able to improve the basic Joomla functionality.

Our team has researched the most desired additions to Joomla and then developed the following Joomla extensions based on the needs of our Joomla customers. Below we will present shortly our Joomla extensions. For download and full info you can refer to our Joomla Extensions page.

jHackGuard
Like all open source applications Joomla applications are subjected of constant hacking attacks. Our security specialists have created a security plugin that will prevent the majority of those attacks. It will guard your script from SQL Injections, Remote URL/File Inclusions, Remote Code Executions and XSS Based attacks.

jPageTranslator
With the progress of the Google Translate project, making an international website has become easier than ever! Add this extension to your Joomla website and your visitors will be able to browse it on all the languages supported by the Google Translate script.

jAddAnalyticsjAddAnalytics
Nowadays evaluating your website performance with Google Analytics has become a necessity for each web master that wants to be successful. Just paste the ID from your Analytics account into the appropriate field and the script will be automatically added to all of your pages.

jShareEasy
jShareEasy is a Joomla 1.5 module that allows your visitors to share your articles on Social Networking websites like Facebook, Twitter, Digg, Delicious and Google bookmarks. With this module your visitors will be able to share your content with a single click and thus increase the popularity of your site.

jGeoIPFilter
We have created a module that allows you to perform different actions on your website depending on the geographic location of your visitors. For example, this module allows you to redirect all visitors from the UK to the English version of your website and all visitors from Germany - to the German version of your pages.

jNoRightClick
SiteGround has created the jNoRightClick extension to prevent your visitors from using the right mouse button on your Joomla website, which is an effective way to protect your texts and photos from being copied without authorization.

 

Hristo
Product Development – Technical