Best of 2018: More Site Speed, Better Security, Plenty of New Tools, and 98% Client Satisfaction
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This year was quite busy and eventful for us at SiteGround. We worked hard on multiple projects that extend and improve the tools we offer, enhance the performance of all websites on our platform, and block millions of security threats daily so that they never reach your sites. It’s been a remarkable year, but what matters most for us is what difference did it all make for you. Judging by the outstanding 98% client satisfaction in our end-of-year survey, our efforts did not go unnoticed. Here are some of our highlights of the things we launched that helped us get your high mark.
We made your WordPress sites even faster with the new version of the SiteGround Optimizer.
With the new version of our SiteGround Optimizer plugin, we introduced an all-inclusive performance solution for your WordPress sites. With its powerful caching capabilities and new front-end and image optimization features, it optimizes the performance of your site to the point that many sites experienced between 20% and 500% speed increase!
We secure your sites better than ever, stopping millions of threats each day!
This year, we’ve been hard at work keeping your sites secured. We responded to three times more threats compared to last year in a way that you probably didn’t even notice. Statistically, we:
- Wrote 250 new custom firewall rules
- Added 125 livepatch kernel modules
- Mitigated 186 DDOS attacks
- Stopped 7 million brute-force attacks
- Stopped 160 million bad bot requests towards clients’ sites each day with our anti-bot AI solution
It’s insanely easy to build a real, functional site with our WordPress Starter.
Our WordPress Starter plugin makes the process of launching a fully-functional site a lot easier and faster. Quickly choose a theme and add important functional plugins, all of which get automatically installed on your site. In the short period of nearly three months since the release, the Starter plugin has been used to create 30,455 new sites!
We automated the migration of WordPress sites to SiteGround.
We developed a new tool — the WordPress Migrator that lets you transfer as many WP installations to SiteGround as you wish in just a few clicks and with no technical skills required! The migration is seamless and runs in the background. No wonder we have seen 3TB of data and 15,000+ sites migrated in the last five months without any hassle!
We went the extra mile to ensure a smooth transfer to Gutenberg.
The WordPress 5.0 version brought new key features, notably the Gutenberg editor which sparked a lot of buzz and some fears. We went the extra mile to make the transition to Gutenberg smooth and risk-free for our users. We closely monitored the results of the update and installed the previous Classic Editor plugin as an option, so you can have the flexibility to choose which one to use at any moment.
We gave Free Let’s Encrypt Wildcard SSL for your site and subdomains.
We made protecting the sensitive personal data on your main site and all its subdomains easier too. We provided free Let’s Encrypt Wildcard SSL certificates that can be enabled with a few clicks. Even though we had challenges with the automatic renewal of this considerable volume of Let’s Encrypt certificates, in the end, we managed to streamline the process and fix all SSL-related issues for our clients.
We are thrilled to host more than 1,800,000 domains and excited that more than 95% of their owners would recommend us. Тhat’s a clear sign that all our efforts have paid off. Thank you all for making 2018 yet another wonderful year!