Introducing the SiteGround WordPress Ambassadors

At SiteGround, we love WordPress and one of the ways we contribute to this Open Source initiative is by attending, organising, and sponsoring WordPress events around the world. Now, we’re proud to announce one more way we’re supporting the community: SiteGround WordPress Ambassadors!

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Understanding Site Speed: The Time to First Byte (TTFB)

When troubleshooting a slow website, there are a few helpful metrics to determine the causes and solutions. One of those metrics is the Time To First Byte (TTFB), a measurement used by all site performance benchmarking tools. It’s an important metric to measure how fast your website starts loading in a specific location or with a particular combination of settings. Understanding TTFB can help you get a better grasp of how website speed works, what’s slowing down your site, and how to fix it.

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Starting WordPress Sites on SiteGround Just Got Easier

You can build just about anything using WordPress. With thousands of themes and plugins, anyone can access the features and functionalities they need to achieve their goals. But for a person just starting out, all the options can be overwhelming. Rather than be a source of inspiration, the choices can become a blocker to launching that brand new site.

To solve this problem, we've developed a WordPress Starter plugin that takes the confusion out of building a new WordPress site. Our plugin walks you through a curated number of themes and the most common site features so you can choose exactly what you need and launch your website more quickly.

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Get Ready for Gutenberg, the New WordPress Editor

Some noteworthy changes are coming for all WordPress users, including our customers. In the next months, WordPress will release a new publishing experience that will change the way you create posts and pages. Gutenberg is the code name for this new editor and with it, website owners can expect a new set of tools for content creation.

To help you prepare, we’ve outlined some of the changes to expect with Gutenberg and how you can test it before the official release. Our goal is to make this change as smooth as possible for all SiteGround customers.

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A New, Easier Way to Move WordPress Sites to SiteGround

Many site owners settle for less-than-ideal server performance and security just to avoid the hassle of migrating their website. Luckily at SiteGround, we’ve made it easier than ever to transfer your WordPress website to us. How did we do it? With a WordPress plugin! By installing our new SiteGround Migrator plugin on your WordPress site, you can move your installation to us with a few clicks.

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Time to Move Forward from PHP 7.0

Some time ago PHP 7.0 introduced some great performance gains for all web applications including WordPress. Our efforts to popularize it among our customers resulted in many sites becoming faster than before. However, since that time two newer PHP versions have been launched - 7.1 and 7.2. It is now time to move forward to one of the newer versions.

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SG Optimizer for WordPress Multisite Setup

Our WordPress plugin - the SG Optimizer was launched more than five years ago. Initially, it just allowed our WordPress users to benefit from our unique dynamic caching option - the SuperCacher. We later added 2 more functionalities to the plugin: PHP version update and HTTPS-one-click setup. Now we're launching a new plugin update that includes something many of our clients have asked for - multisite support. Read on to see what we've done and how this can benefit you and your network of WordPress sites.

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Web Craft Masters: How Yoast’s Founder Built a Product Used on Millions of Websites

At SiteGround, we have the pleasure to host tens of thousands of businesses by remarkable entrepreneurs. They have great stories worth sharing and they're all masters of their own craft. We are starting a series of interviews where we'll feature how they got to where they are today. We hope their stories will inspire you to explore new ideas or methods in your own projects!

If you are a WordPress user, you have most probably used the popular Yoast SEO plugin, created by Joost de Valk, founder and CEO of Yoast. He is a developer, SEO specialist, and online marketer, actively involved in the WordPress community. For the start of our interview series, there’s no better person than Joost. We’re talking with him about SEO, his interesting story, and other different topics, so read on for what turned out to be an amazing interview!
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