Free Google AdWords Vouchers for SiteGround Clients now available!

[Update: Offer is no longer valid] Barely into the start of the new year, we already have a new extra to tell you about! The Google AdWords online advertising program has been around for quite some time and has already proved to be one of the most successful and efficient ways to promote your website online. We have been trying for some time now to reach an agreement with Google to start promoting their program to SiteGround clients by giving vouchers for free advertising, because we really do believe that people who get the opportunity to try it out, will see for themselves how efficient it is. Google, however, have a very strict policy on the country availability for the program and it took us some time to finally get a chance to provide our customers with this service. Read More

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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SiteGround Labor Day Promotion

If you visit SiteGround website the next few days you may start wondering if we are changing business from selling web hosting to selling casual attire. Well, we are definitely not doing this:), what you see is actually our Labor Day Promotion:

Labor Day Promotion

As you probably know we have the habit of offering promotions for most of the major Holidays. That is why you can often see our website being overtaken by colorful eggs, carved pumpkins, cartoon turkeys and Santa Clauses, offering lower prices and free extra services. However, when it comes to Labor Day, things are a little bit more difficult. The lack of widely recognized “labor day” symbols made us search for some more unexpected images for our promotion. The inspiration came from the fact that around Labor Day most of us are taking our last summer vacations, and are getting ready for the serious work season coming forward.

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A new Malware Protection Service Now Available

We’re excited to announce our new service – HackAlert.  HackAlert is the latest malware detection and early warning system available out there, powered by our partner GlobalSign-one of the longest established Certification Authorities and specialists in SSL security.

Malware is developed and improved every day to compromise PCs and spread viruses, hijack computers or steal personal information.  One of the biggest fears of website owners is for their site to be infected with hidden malicious code and then used as a vehicle to distribute it to the website visitors.  Unless remedied quickly, an infected website will shortly be flagged or blacklisted by search engines like Google for hosting malicious content. When visiting a flagged website, its visitors and potential customers will see worrying warnings about the site potentially harming their computers.  In both cases, you can expect a steady drop in your website traffic, at the least.

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Hosting PLUS is here!

I am happy to announce that we have launched a PLUS version of our shared hosting plan. Now each customer can choose between the standard shared hosting plan and the PLUS version during the order process. Any existing hosting account can also be upgraded to the new version at any time. The PLUS version includes the following benefits:

⁃    Unlimited addon domains
⁃    2 times more CPU allocated
⁃    Free Premium Support
⁃    Free Daily Backup
⁃    Free SSH Access

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How SiteGround Decided and Moved to a new Data Center

At some point last year, SingleHop, whose data centers hosted part of our business, informed me about a brand new facility they had just started to use in Chicago. What they were saying about it was so impressive that I decided to go and personally check the place. At that point SiteGround was using several data centers, operated by different providers and had no plans to change the situation, but my visit to the facility laid the foundations for some new plans.

Water tank near the entrance (image from http://dft.com/)The building of the new Data Center is located in the western suburbs of Chicago – a city that never seizes to amaze me not only with its beauty, friendly people and style, but with its technology culture and the wide variety of hosting companies based there. The data center name is DFT (stands for Dupont Fabros Technology) CH1 and is one of the Midwest’s most sophisticated and efficient data centers.

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Free 2Checkout account for each SiteGround customer

UPDATE: We no longer have a partner relationship with 2checkout and the stated special terms do not apply anymore.


SiteGround is happy to announce a new partnership with 2Checkout - a company for online payment processing services.  As a result of this partnership each of our customers will have the initial setup fee for a 2Checkout account completely waived. The discount code is available in the Free Resources section of the SiteGround customer area. With this new free addition we provide a very convenient way to all e-commerce website owners to start selling goods and services online with no initial investment for payment processing.

This initiative is in line with our consistent policy of sharing SiteGround online business experience with our customers. We have used 2Checkout service ourselves when we were a starting company. Back then in 2004 SiteGround faced many challenges typical for a start up. One of the fundamental issues was the online payments processing. At the beginning we looked for a solution that could handle the multiple strict security regulations and complex procedures for fraud review, credit card information storage and handling on behalf of our company, as to do this ourselves required substantial investment of time and resources, which we were not yet ready to afford. And what we have found to be among the most appropriate options for fast and easy start to accept online payments was the 2Checkout account.

Now, seven years later, we are happy that 2Checkout, the company that has helped us have a successful start, is willing to make the payment processing setup even easier for our customers . Based on our own experience we strongly believe that by providing this free 2Checkout account we will make it easier for more people to have a successful e-commerce website. We have always looked for ways to share our successful practices and we will continue to do it as we know that our future depends on our customers' success.

Read more about the free 2Checkout account here.

A $25,000 Contest for Small Businesses from VeriSign

At SiteGround we are always looking for new ways to offer great opportunities for entrepreneurs to grow their small business online. That’s why we are happy to support VeriSign domain registrar in their latest initiative – a contest for small businesses with .net and .com domain names.

The contest’s grand prize is $25,000 and all you have to do is answer the following question: Where will .com/.net domain take your business?

Apart from the $25,000 Grand Prize, the first 36 candidates to submit an entry to the contest will be awarded a $50 U.S. Visa Award Card. In order to participate, you simply have to upload a photo of your business, accompanied by either a written entry of between 100 and 300 words, or a short video. Submissions should be posted on the official contest websites:

www.dotnetforsmallbiz.net

www.dotcomforsmallbiz.com

This is clearly a great opportunity for small business owners who understand the value of expanding their online presence. The contest is open for participants worldwide- not just in US and Canada, but in countries including Mexico, Germany, United Kingdom, Poland, Turkey, Japan, India, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand. To look up if it is available in your country of residence, simply go to the official websites and browse the countries drop-down.

The contest ends on May 31st, so you need to hurry to make sure you have enough time to submit your application. Visit the official contest websites www.dotnetforsmallbiz.net and www.dotcomforsmallbiz.com to read more about the contest terms and complete the official entry form.

We wish good luck to all our customers who will participate - it’s definitely worth the try!