We just came back from The Dutch Joomla!Days held this past weekend in Zeist, Netherlands. If you missed our previous post, we were the main sponsor of the event and it was the first Joomla! conference that we attended in person (though we have already sponsored few others). In a nutshell – the conference was absolutely great and I wanted to share our experience with all of you!
The two-day conference was held in Woudschoten Hotel & Conferentiecentrum in Zeist. Zeist is a small town near Utrecht, but incredibly beautiful and peaceful. The hotel is actually located out of the town in the very tranquil and picturesque forest and you could occasionally see a rabbit running near your feet or a peacock stretching its impressive tail and walking around the hotel area covered with fresh green grass – we totally felt like Alice in Wonderland! The other good thing about the location was that all attendees, speakers and sponsors spent the weekend together which was very good for networking and socializing too! Hat tip to the organizers for picking up this location and for doing a brilliant job in organizing the event!
Last week we announced the launch of our first server in the Netherlands, and this week we ourselves are heading to this amazing country to attend a very special event: Joomla!Days Netherlands, 2012. We are excited about the opportunity to meet in person the Dutch Joomla fans and to offer them our Joomla hosting services on servers located in their own country! And we are even more thrilled by the opportunity to share the Joomla hosting lessons we have learned with the community built around this amazing software.
So save these dates: the 21st and 22nd of April in Zeist, Netherlands.
UPDATE: It is again time to announce who got our free tickets for WordCamp San Diego and JoomlaDay New England this March. We received a great response from all our customers from San Diego and the New England region and a few of them even asked to bring their friends and partners there. We couldn't say no to this.
Sadly enough though, WordCamp Slovakia did not sound as much tempting to our customers from Slovakia and so far no one has claimed a free ticket for this event. You still have time, WordCamp Slovakia is this Saturday - March 17, and we still have the free tickets. If anyone is interested in attending - just leave a comment below. It is definitely going to be a worthy experience and you'll be a proud visitor of the first ever WordCamp event in Slovakia.
And now - here are the lucky ones who are going to attend the other two events for free and will receive a special SiteGround t-shirt:
WordCamp San Diego – March 24-25, 2012 Eric Ramos Danny Aguilar
Joomla!Day New England – March 31, 2012, Brattleboro, Vermont Susan Thomas Henry Rotzal Helena Anderson Andy Grant Lori Grant John Saltarelli Dan Mooney William Case
We hope they all have great time there! And finally - a personal message to the lucky winners: stay alert in San Diego and Brattleboro as we have sent a few more special gifts and giveaways at both events!
Just as we promised, we continue our initiative for sponsoring and giving away free tickets for Open Source community organized events. This initiative started last December when we had few free WordCamp tickets to give away and thought "why not give them to our customers, now that we can't personally attend". Initially, this wasn't meant to become an ongoing project, but we did receive some greatfeedback from the people who attended the past events and no longer doubted if we should continue this. We learned that these events are a great opportunity for everyone, no matter how advanced user he/she is, to learn, network and gather new ideas and knowledge for the development of their own websites. And if there's one thing we strongly believe in, it is that we should help our customers along every step of the way: from a quick sign up process, through an easy and straightforward web site build up, to future growth and development of their online presence. And what better opportunity to get new knowledge, inspiration and ideas than attending such events? On top of it - for free! Read More
It's time to announce our lucky winners who are going to attend for free the conferences we're sponsoring this month. We received great response and I'm really happy to know that there are many active Joomla and WordPress users among our customers willing to learn all-new Joomla & WordPress developments and acquire knowledge and insights on how to get the most of their websites. Without any further ado, here are our winners:
WordCamp Miami – 17-18 Feb 2012 Andrew Perez Cindy Goodman
WordCamp Phoenix – 24-26 Feb 2012 Michael Davis Tom Stokes
Joomla!Day Guatemala – 29 Feb – 3 Mar 2012 Luis Aguilar Mario Torres Elder Gutierrez David Fuentes
We hope they all have a great time at the events. We have their promise to get some recaps and pictures of all events so stay tuned!
The initiative we started last December with sponsoring some WordCamps will continue and we plan to sponsor and attend multiple events related with the most popular applications among our customers throughout the whole 2012. The first couple of conferences we are supporting are right behind the corner and we are eager to give away a few free tickets to anyone, who is interested in attending them as part of our sponsorship.
Here are three events we are sponsoring in February:
SiteGround is a proud sponsor of two WordCamps that will take place during December 2011. As part of our sponsorship we had a few free tickets to give away and the following WordPress users, who host a website with SiteGround and have expressed interest in one of the events have won the tickets:
I recently overheard my mother telling one of her neighbors that I work as a computer programmer. You can imagine my surprise, as I am a marketing person, and I have never written a single line of anything even remotely resembling a source code. But it was definitely not my mother's fault, it was me, apparently not being able to explain to her what web hosting is and what I do in a web hosting company. The thought that the situation can be similar for many of my co-workers worried me a little, because as Albert Einstein says: “You do not really understand something unless you can explain it to your grandmother.”
I know that each and everyone in SiteGround is a fine expert in his/her day-to-day activity, but what each of us tend to miss to some extent is the big-picture perspective. So here comes the first internal conference aiming to make all of us understand the underlying trends in our industry and the company business strategies better.
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.
Among the most interesting speakers on the conference were Cornel Creanga from Adobe Romania, two of the Bulgarian developers, working on the Samba4 project, Philip Paeps - a prominent FreeBSD contributor from Belgium and many more. SiteGround Head System Administrator-- Marian Marinov, also participated in the conference with a special presentation on Artificial Intelligence(AI) in the System Administration, which provoked great interest and was visited by more than 150 professionals.
As a web hosting provider we depend greatly on open source software in our daily work. And what is even more important: our customers greatly depend on open source applications for creating and maintaining their websites. We believe that without the open source ideas and applications the web would have never been so widely used by the people and the web hosting industry would have never been so big and successful. That is why we are happy to support OpenFest and other events dedicated to the open source software development as a humble contribution back from the industry to the great idea.
As we already told you, SiteGround headed to HostingCon’09 in the middle of August. We had so many new things on our mind afterwards, so many talks to get back to and such good time, that we needed a good few weeks time to arrange it all. So, now that our impressions are all piled up, we’d love to share some of the highlights with you.
Some of you asked us to follow up on the tendencies in the web hosting industry. We hear you 🙂 Although we are a bit late delivering the news, the topics are still as hot as they were in August. The buzz words on this year’s event were hosting business acquisitions, products and services up-selling, affiliate programs, and of course - cloud computing and virtualization. Read More