Update: AutoUpdate feature now available for WordPress and Joomla!

Joomla Auto Update UPDATE: SiteGround has now launched auto-updates for Joomla applications as well! All our Joomla users can now enjoy the same benefits and subscribe for free auto-updates of their application from the SiteGround auto-update tool in their cPanel. For a detailed tutorial how to turn on auto-updates for Joomla, check out our tutorial.

According to WordPress.com, there are about 56,4 million WP sites in the world right now. And that number is rapidly growing. Many big companies, such as CNN, NBC and UPS use WordPress for their company blogs, which makes the open source platform even more popular and trusted by people worldwide.

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The SiteGround WordCamp San Francisco Experience

As you should already know, this year we’ve been actively supporting the Open Source communities by sponsoring and attending different community events like JoomlaDays and WordCamps all over the world. Last week, few SiteGround pals and me embarked on a journey to fly us to the beautiful San Francisco for the biggest WordPress community event – WordCamp San Francisco. The event was amazing and without any further ado I’ll try to share the highlights of our experience there!

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SiteGround takes Manhattan – BlogWorld and WordCamp NYC Recap

The SiteGround events team is back after ten busy days in the city that never sleeps, two major events and loads of good time and Starbucks lattes. For the last two weeks we attended two major blog related events, talked a lot first about blogging in general and than about doing it with WordPress and got to know many inspiring new people.
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The new “World” WordPress theme

World - Our latest WordPress Theme!

It has been a while since we added new themes to our WordPress gallery. That is why I am quite thrilled to announce the release of the "World" WordPress theme. Unusual for a free theme as it is, this is the first of a new generation of themes we launch with its own admin panel from where you can control a rich set of features.

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WordCamps in December: we sponsor and give some free tickets away

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:

WordCamp Orlando on December 3rd, 2011

WordCamp Orlando on December 3rd, 20111. David Leith
2. Andrew Haughn
3. William Smith

 

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Has your WordPress site been hacked recently?

If you're using WordPress as your favorite open source blogging platform, chances are pretty high you've already heard about the recent security flaw found in the TimThumb plugin fow WP. If you haven't - you should, cause it's pretty severe. Here is more info on that:

http://www.websitedefender.com/wordpress-security/timthumb-vulnerability-wordpress-plugins-themes/

The security flaw isn't a core WordPress vulnerability, so you won't be vulnerable for just using WordPress. However, the bad news is that a pretty big number of themes out there use the TimThumb plugin in order to operate correctly and therefore TimThumb is included in a lot of WordPress plugins and themes, both free and paid. The result is that there is a good chance you might have the vulnerable TimThumb installed and running on your WordPress even if you don't really know about it or you don't care.

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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

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