Free Joomla Extensions Developed by SiteGround

We are happy to announce to our Joomla customers that we have another exciting addition to our Joomla hosting package - a collection of in-house developed Joomla Extensions. Studying the requests from thousands of Joomla users hosted on our servers we came to the conclusion that there is a great demand for quality extensions able to improve the basic Joomla functionality.

Our team has researched the most desired additions to Joomla and then developed the following Joomla extensions based on the needs of our Joomla customers. Below we will present shortly our Joomla extensions. For download and full info you can refer to our Joomla Extensions page.

jHackGuard
Like all open source applications Joomla applications are subjected of constant hacking attacks. Our security specialists have created a security plugin that will prevent the majority of those attacks. It will guard your script from SQL Injections, Remote URL/File Inclusions, Remote Code Executions and XSS Based attacks.

jPageTranslator
With the progress of the Google Translate project, making an international website has become easier than ever! Add this extension to your Joomla website and your visitors will be able to browse it on all the languages supported by the Google Translate script.

jAddAnalyticsjAddAnalytics
Nowadays evaluating your website performance with Google Analytics has become a necessity for each web master that wants to be successful. Just paste the ID from your Analytics account into the appropriate field and the script will be automatically added to all of your pages.

jShareEasy
jShareEasy is a Joomla 1.5 module that allows your visitors to share your articles on Social Networking websites like Facebook, Twitter, Digg, Delicious and Google bookmarks. With this module your visitors will be able to share your content with a single click and thus increase the popularity of your site.

jGeoIPFilter
We have created a module that allows you to perform different actions on your website depending on the geographic location of your visitors. For example, this module allows you to redirect all visitors from the UK to the English version of your website and all visitors from Germany - to the German version of your pages.

jNoRightClick
SiteGround has created the jNoRightClick extension to prevent your visitors from using the right mouse button on your Joomla website, which is an effective way to protect your texts and photos from being copied without authorization.

 

Hristo
Product Development – Technical

New Free WordPress Theme by SiteGround – Universe

We are proud to present the latest release to our WordPress free themes gallery. Our brand new WordPress theme Universe is finally here ready to be downloaded and used. It is optimized for a great performance with WordPress 3.0 and provides a unique set of features that you would hardly find in another freely distributed theme.

Universe WordPress Theme

Read More

New customization service available for SiteGround Joomla templates

We are happy to announce a new template customization service available for all users of SiteGround Joomla templates. SiteGround has partnered with Template-builder.com – an independent company whose software allows users to create their own Joomla templates from scratch or edit an existing Joomla template to suit their specific requirements.

SiteGround name is well known for offering high-quality Joomla templates. Over the years, our design team has produced more than 250 templates for all versions of Joomla and we have more than 5 million downloads of these templates. We have often discussed how great it will be if our users could easily brand and modify their templates to suit their specific needs.  That is why, when we heard about Template-builder.com we thought it’s a great match.

The Template Builder software is an easy to use WYSIWYG editor with which you can now customize a great number of the most popular SiteGround Joomla templates. With their software you can edit all of the following:

  • the layout of the template,
  • the menus and background images,
  • the fonts and styles,
  • and many more.

It is web-based and you can use it online from any computer without installation or download. As a special offer for SiteGround template users, the template editing will be available for free by the end of June! You are welcome to find your template and edit it here: http://template-builder.com/siteground/.

osCommerce Vulnerability Fixed on All SiteGround Servers

As probably most of you know, osCommerce is a shopping cart application for creating and managing online stores. It is very widely used and has many implementations and variations. Many popular shopping cart applications like OscMax, ZenCart, CreLoaded, etc. are actually based on osCommerce and use its code.

Unfortunately, for quite a while now, there has been a known vulnerability in the osCommerce code and the code of the applications based on it through which a hacker can exploit the admin area and take malicious actions. Although on the osCommerce official website there is some information how the problem can be avoided (http://svn.oscommerce.com/jira/browse/OSC-1069), the vulnerability has not been fixed yet in the latest osCommerce release and with each new download and installation of a related shopping cart software, new people and online stores become potential targets.

When there is a vulnerability in such a popular application and many sites are at risk, we at SiteGround do not believe in the approach: “let each user find and apply the bug fix him/herself”. First, most of the users understand about the issue only after they are already affected. Second, many of them are unable to apply the fix themselves. To protect our customers from hacker attacks, some of our best technical experts investigated the problem in details and applied a global solution to all potentially vulnerable customers' applications.

The results from our osCommerce patch operation are:

  • the osCommerce package available for installation through Fantastico has been patched so that the new installations are not vulnerable to the exploit;
  • all future transfer clients with osCommerce-based websites will get the vulnerability fix as part of the website transfer service we provide;

We are proud that once again SiteGround has provided a security service high above the standard level for a shared hosting company. Our knowledge and reaction in situations like these make us believe that we do provide the best osCommerce hosting.

Hristo
Product Development – Technical

Joomla 1.6 Early Review

According to Joomla developers, the first stable version for branch 1.6 will appear in the mid-to-late first quarter of 2010. As a considerable number of our customers use Joomla we decided that it is a good idea to see in details what is coming. Thus we will be ready to make all the necessary updates in our Joomla hosting, Joomla templates and Joomla tutorials to meet all the needs of the new Joomla users. Below we will share our experience with the second Alpha version of Joomla 1.6. This is still a very early stage in the new Joomla release and that's why we will neglect all the bugs inherent to this level of the development.

Joomla 1.6 hosting by SiteGround - Only here you get a Free Joomla 1.6 installation

Read More

New Joomla Templates by SiteGround

Dental Fresh Joomla Templates Christmas Tree Joomla TemplatesCheck out our two latest Joomla Template: "Christmas Tree" and "Dental Fresh". You can download them through our Templates Gallery. In addition, there is a Live demo for each Template that you can browse to check whether it is suitable for your website or not!

SiteGround is now proud to have the biggest gallery of Free Joomla Templates. Each week our designers enlarge it with new, in-house created Joomla Templates. Currently we have more than 100 unique Joomla outlooks, suitable for a wide range of website topics.  More Templates will be released next week especially for the Christmas season!

Hristo
Product Development – Technical

Joomla hosting made easy!

SiteGround has been providing Joomla hosting since Joomla CMS appeared and many of our customers started to use it for creating and managing their websites. After so many years of experience in Joomla hosting we now have a big number of resources that make using this great application even easier. Many of these resources are available to all Joomla users, no matter if they are hosted by us or not.

Start your Joomla website in minutes!

Our Joomla customers enjoy an improved single-click Joomla installation system. With it they can install a Joomla with a several templates and a sample text created by SiteGround in less than a minute. With our system even people without technical knowledge can create and maintain successful Joomla websites without having to spend thousands for developers and designers.

Choose your website design!

Our devoted team of designers has created the Largest Joomla Templates Gallery on the Internet. We have designed a broad range of templates that will serve even the most demanding users. And the best part is that all templates are free to use even if you are not a SiteGround customer.

Learn how to use Joomla!

The SiteGround support team has created comprehensive Joomla Tutorial that covers the most common Joomla-related topics - from installation and configuration to more advanced topics like the How to create a Joomla template tutorial. We have prepared video tutorials to make it easier for you to learn and become a Joomla pro! In addition, if you don't find what you are looking for, you can search for it in our Knowledge Base that has hundreds of Joomla-related articles!

Get Joomla knowledge from our experts!

As we have thousands of customers that use Joomla our supporters and server administrators are among the best Joomla experts in the hosting industry. Our servers are especially set up so that Joomla and all its popular addons function in the best possible way. We are also sharing our Joomla knowledge both with clients and anyone else interested on the special Joomla section of our forum. You don't even have to be a SiteGround customer to receive some friendly advice from our team!

We believe that everyone should be able to create a website without having to spend many hours reading technical documentation. Joomla is a great tool and we do everything to make it easy for our customers to start using it and to help others learn how to use it!

Tina
Marketing Specialist

Web Apps End of Summer Recap

Einstein "Do Your Homework" As the end of the Summer approaches, some have taken longer vacations while others are working even harder. This is especially true for the developers of web applications.  In this post we’ll take a sneak peak at what’s cooking behind the scenes of some of the most popular applications.

Joomla!

This summer Joomla! mostly patched security and bugs issues in the current 1.5 version. Support for the old 1.0 Joomla! has finally been officially discontinued.

Work on its next long-awaited version 1.6 seems to be quite busy. We hear the new features are extensive and promising. Google's Summer of code has also contributed greatly to it, so our expectations are growing even greater.

Read More