The art of networking: Tips for meaningful interactions offline

If you were to ask an IT expert about networking, they might ask what's your IP address? Jokes aside, working in tech often means interacting with people behind a computer screen, which makes in-real-life meetings that much more special. As the WordPress Community Manager at SiteGround, it's my job to attend events around that world and to take some of that online connectivity and apply it to offline community building.

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Powering good, one website at a time

Our customers use SiteGround to host a wide variety of projects, but some of our favorites are non-profit websites that use the internet to make the world a better place. That’s why we’re proud to support events like do_actions, annual hackathons held in cities around the world where participants from the WordPress community come together to build websites for local organiзations. On May 25, it’s Caceres’ turn to hold their do_action and we’re pleased to attend and sponsor.

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How our Team Festival Embodies our Values

At SiteGround, some people work from our offices, some from home, and some alternate between the two. We are a remote-friendly, but not entirely distributed team. It’s one of the things that makes us interesting.  Our team of 500+ employees is scattered in four office locations and around the world. We usually communicate on Slack, Hangouts, and Zoom, but once a year, we try to get everyone together for our two-day SiteGround Team Festival. It’s our special way of creating bonds that last long after the event is over, and directly contribute to making us a better, stronger, and more productive team.

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Why We Attend WordCamps (and You Should Too)

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All year long, SiteGround supports WordCamps around the world by sponsoring, attending, or speaking at events. Our teammates are also active members of the WordPress community. They contribute to establishing hosting standards, translating WordPress, and even organising meetups and WordCamps in Torino, Plovdiv, Sofia, Gran Canaria, and Montreal.

Earlier this month, more than 20 members of the SiteGround team went to Belgrade, Serbia for the sixth edition of WordCamp Europe. For three days, attendees from every continent gathered to listen to talks about WordPress, attend workshops, and contribute to the open-source WordPress software.

We’ve chosen a few highlights from our trip that explain why we attend WordCamps and contribute to WordPress – and why you should too.
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SiteGround Goes Open Air

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Last year, after a massive growth in the number of SiteGround employees, we held several separate team building events instead of one mega gathering. You may have heard all about our fancy beachside customer care and tech team buildings. But what you missed was an almost business-like meetup of our Marketing, Dev and Creative teams, where we brainstormed ideas about the perfect format of the next SiteGround team gathering. Not surprisingly - brainstorming doesn’t sound as exciting as jumping off a yacht, does it? One year later, however, now that we saw the idea born there come to life, there is not a single doubt that it was worth every splash we missed.

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SiteGround Community Series

How We Support Communities

With our recent growth in people and offices abroad, we realized more than ever that our involvement in local communities and culture plays a crucial part in shaping both our personal and professional lives and invariably translates into our work. That’s why we made it a point to try to give back to the community however we can.

Lately we’ve been involved in supporting several interesting local projects, communities and causes that help us feel a more productive part of our environment and hopefully, make it better. We thought we’d tell you about them bit by bit with the hope that we can inspire you to find that local initiative that sparks your enthusiasm and gets you to do something - whether it’s cleaning the park, volunteering for a cause or a local festival or organizing a morning run group - we promise, it’s worth it. Today we start our Community series with our most recent initiative - supporting a live music concert in the city where our headquarters are located.

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Bulgaria PHP Conference Organized by SiteGrounders Was Dope!

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The SiteGround team goes to many events, but the biggest and most important one for us this year was Bulgaria PHP Conference. Why? Well, it’s an event entirely organized by SiteGrounders and we invested all our passion, love, enthusiasm and tons of hard work into it in the last 8 months. Now that it’s over, we can relax and proudly say it turned out to be a huge success.
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DrupalCon Barcelona 2015

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And yet another DrupalCon went by. SiteGround team attended one of the biggest Drupal events for the year to meet some of the smartest people in the community in Barcelona this week.
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