SiteGround turns 8 Years in Web Hosting!

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.

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The new, lightning fast Semi dedicated servers

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...

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SiteGround goes SPAM FREE

When I say SPAM, you will most probably think of the annoying unwanted emails INCOMING to your own Inbox, and this is definitely one of the SPAM aspects we have been fighting for a long time and which I am proud we have already minimized very successfully. However, in this post I would like to address another aspect – the OUTGOING SPAM: how it affects you and what is the newest solution we have applied to it.

Since I started dealing with hosting (and probably many years before that), outgoing SPAM has been one of the most troublesome aspects for a hosting company. It might sound strange to you, but the spammers are causing hosting companies (and you, our customers) a lot of troubles, headaches and even migraines. How? I will explain in details below. Read More

UPDATED: Join our “Stop Censorship” Campaign – Let’s Oppose SOPA and PIPA together

UPDATE: Following the massive blackout last Wednesday at least 18 senators withdrew their support for PIPA and SOPA. The big news though came on Friday Jan 20, 2012 when the scheduled PIPA voting has been postponed: Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) pulled his planned cloture vote on the bill, agreeing to go back to the drawing table. This shows HUGE positive progress on both PIPA & SOPA and we'd like to say big thank you to everyone who joined the campaign.

However, the fight isn't over yet. These bills are NOT dead, they are just not coming up for a vote right now, which is why we still encourage all our supporters and believers in the open Internet to keep opposing the bills and fight for our rights of free speech and privacy. Stay tuned for updates!

The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and its sister bill Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA) have become a very hot topic for all Internet businesses and users. We have already firmly stated SiteGround position against SOPA back in November and have been actively using our social media channels to raise awareness about the issue. In short: we are against those bills, because we believe they have the potential to take away the most important things we love Internet for – the freedom of speech and the possibilities to express oneself creatively. For more detailed explanation why many people support such a position we recommend the video below:

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Why Softaculous became more than Fantastic(o) to us…

Fantastico has been on our servers for a long time now, and it is quite possible that you know and like the smiley face in your cPanel, and have used it to install or update a software on your hosting account. However, we have started to get the impression that the guys behind the auto-installer have become a little spoiled by the fact that many people use Fantastico just because it is integrated in the cPanel and are sometimes a little negligent about the quality of their service. Just a few examples from our experience to back up this statement:

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