SiteGround announces Holiday special prices

SiteGround web hosting company has started a massive Holiday price reduction. It includes discounts on the prices of the web hosting and the most popular extra services provided by the company. The main SiteGround hosting plan now comes at a special price of $20.10 for one year. Additionally a 50% discount on extra features is also part of the Holiday promotion.
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Joomla 1.6 Early Review

According to Joomla developers, the first stable version for branch 1.6 will appear in the mid-to-late first quarter of 2010. As a considerable number of our customers use Joomla we decided that it is a good idea to see in details what is coming. Thus we will be ready to make all the necessary updates in our Joomla hosting, Joomla templates and Joomla tutorials to meet all the needs of the new Joomla users. Below we will share our experience with the second Alpha version of Joomla 1.6. This is still a very early stage in the new Joomla release and that's why we will neglect all the bugs inherent to this level of the development.

Joomla 1.6 hosting by SiteGround - Only here you get a Free Joomla 1.6 installation

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More Great Extra Services from SiteGround

Last month I gave you a hint about the more extra services to come this season. Here is a quick write up to get your attention at two of our latest additions. We’re launching premium versions of two of our services that traditionally rank us among the best in the industry: our reliable email spam protection and first-class technical support.

SiteGround Premium Support

We know that some clients need things to move faster than other. The idea behind our Premium Support service was to top up the customer support that we currently offer to all of our clients in order to address the pressing issues of those with special needs.

Naturally, we started with speed. Even though we’ve always managed to stand up to one of the fastest response times in the industry, with our Premium support service we’ve cut the wait time to a minimum. What is more - the problems reported under our Premium Support subscription are assigned a top priority. They are automatically posted in a special, top-level category and handled with special priority. The new service also has its own separate Premium Support interface to let you submit tickets faster and more easily.
This is really a big step forward in our customer service efforts, as we put all the years of experience into it. You can check out more about our new service on the special Premium Support page in our Customer Area.

Spam Killer and Virus Protection

Spam Killer All of our email servers have been especially optimized against spam and virus threats, ranking our standard spam protection significantly above the average industry level. However, to suit the needs to those looking for the best anti-spam system on the market, we have invested in a new solution - our latest Spam Killer and Email Virus protection feature.

Our Spam Killer and Virus Protection feature is based on MailFoundryTM -arguably the best hardware email filter currently available. If I had to describe the technology in layman's terms, I would say that it is a piece of hardware that acts as a gateway for all incoming email traffic. It scans all messages and tells which ones are legitimate and which ones are spam and/or contain viruses. To go in a little bit more details, the appliance includes a human intelligence powered email filtering engine called MessageIQ. The MessageIQ engine uses a technology called Spam Profiles, which is extremely accurate in detecting spam.

*What are Spam Profiles and why are they so accurate?*

Spam profiles are highly targeted profiles of a sender of spam, an individual spam message or a collection of spam messages. Spam Profiles are created by human editors, in real time, to provide the quickest reaction to new spam outbreaks. Spam Profiles are updated every five minutes and are automatically sent to our Spam Killer.

This means that you are protected by a clever, adaptive and always up-to-date filter that guarantees up to 99% spam detection on all of your incoming mail.
Our Spam Killer is a “hands-off” solution, so there is no need to download and install anything on your computer or waste time on annoying updates. For a full feature list of the new extra, go ahead and visit our special Spam Killer and Virus email protection page.

Dima
Product Development – Marketing

New Joomla Templates by SiteGround

Dental Fresh Joomla Templates Christmas Tree Joomla TemplatesCheck out our two latest Joomla Template: "Christmas Tree" and "Dental Fresh". You can download them through our Templates Gallery. In addition, there is a Live demo for each Template that you can browse to check whether it is suitable for your website or not!

SiteGround is now proud to have the biggest gallery of Free Joomla Templates. Each week our designers enlarge it with new, in-house created Joomla Templates. Currently we have more than 100 unique Joomla outlooks, suitable for a wide range of website topics.  More Templates will be released next week especially for the Christmas season!

Hristo
Product Development – Technical

SiteGround sponsors OpenFest conference

SiteGround was a proud sponsor for a second consecutive year of the largest Conference for open source software on the Balkans - the OpenFest. The event was held last weekend in Sofia, Bulgaria. This was the 7th consecutive annual gathering of open source developers and fans from the region and it attracted more than 30 speakers and 700 participants.
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SiteGround launches innovative SSH service

SiteGround web hosting has recently added an advanced in-house developed SSH access to their extra services portfolio. What gives it an edge over the competition is the increased security and the great flexibility of use compared to the common SSH solutions.
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7 PHP versions on one hosting account

For quite some time now SiteGround's unique server setup has allowed our customers to use 4 different PHP versions - 4.4.7, 5.0.5, 5.1.6 and 5.2.5. on one and the same hosting account. Needless to say, our customers loved this feature. And there were three serious reasons for this:

1. No hassle with older applications when a new PHP version is released

In terms of backward compatibility, the implementation of 4 PHP versions on one server was a small technical miracle. It saved a lot of hassle to regular users in cases when the applications they used needed serious code modifications or complex upgrades to work with the next stable PHP version. With our setup they did not have to do anything to keep their sites running, as they just continued to use the older PHP version, while the other users on the same server could still use the newer PHP.

2. Different PHP in each subfolder

Another great option for our customers was the fact that they could have different PHP versions in one and the same account under different subfolders. This way you could run your main website on PHP 5.2.5 and at the same time have an older application running on PHP 4.4.7 in a subfolder.

3.Test code on different PHP versions

The availability of different PHP versions on one account was also loved by web developers because they could test their code on several PHP versions without having to purchase several hosting accounts on different servers just for testing purposes.

New PHP versions available now

Given that most hosting companies offer only one PHP version per server, having 4 PHP versions on one and the same account already gave us a serious edge over the competition. However, we like to spoil our customers even more! Now we decided to up the ante a little and offer 7 (that's right, seven) different PHP versions that each and every account on our shared servers can use. Along with the new PHP versions we've added, we have also upgraded and improved the previous ones:

  • PHP 4.4.9
  • PHP 5.0.5
  • PHP 5.1.6
  • PHP 5.2.9
  • PHP 5.2.9 + Suhosin patch
  • PHP 5.3.0
  • PHP 6.0.0 (Beta) [Update: PHP 6.0 no longer available]

As you can probably see, we've upgraded PHP 4.4.7 to 4.4.9 and PHP 5.2.5 to 5.2.9. The new PHP versions are 5.3.0 and 6.0.0. All PHP versions now come with IMAP SSL support (useful if you want to connect your application to GMail for example).

Since security has always been one of our top priorities, we decided to add a special PHP version that has been patched with the Suhosin advanced protection system. Basically, Suhosin protects your applications from many known vulnerabilities (bufferoverflows, remote URL inclusion, format string vulnerabilities and many more). See a list of Suhosin's features.

Another thing worth mentioning is the support for PHP 6. Although it is still in development, there's no doubt that soon this PHP version will be widely used. PHP developers will certainly appreciate the option to test their work on the latest PHP branch. Of course, you don't need to be a PHP developer to use PHP 6. As we all know, some people just like using the latest software available. In any case, we've done our best to make sure you are not caught unprepared 😉 [Update: The PHP 6.0 project was officially postponed March 2010]

As I mentioned above, all 7 PHP versions are already available on all SiteGround shared hosting servers. If you are a SiteGround customer, you can check them right away:
Learn how to switch different PHP versions on your account

And if you are not a SiteGround customer, you can check our website and sign up for an account at any time:
Sign up for a hosting account with 7 PHP versions

Hristo
Product Development - Technical