14 Jan


SiteGround Automatic Updates

Automatic Updates on SiteGround Servers

In 2012 we started the SiteGround How Cool Is That challenge to help our clients learn about the cool technologies that only we provide. Every week of the challenge we posted a new infographic explaining one of our unique features. In the final stage of the competition, our clients were invited to vote for the coolest technology by sharing their feedback in a comment. Over 100 people voted for our Auto-updates technology for Joomla and WordPress as the coolest SiteGround feature. Read the comments to see the feedback from the clients who voted for it or check a short infographic on how it works.

Author: Dima Peteva

Project Manager

Loves all-things Internet and checks RSS feeds first thing in the morning as an early dose of daily inspiration, then puts it all into work throughout the day. A project manager by title, a creative enthusiast at heart.

Comments (114):

  1. Juan Luis says:

    It’s nice to keep your scripts updated with just one click.
    Thanks Siteground!

  2. Henrik Brosenius says:

    To keep all scripts up to date is the single most important security action today. Great service that Siteground makes this by Auto-updates.

  3. Jo Cooper says:

    Such a fantastic thing to have on a site. I use WordPress and it’s great knowing I don’t have to worry about using an outdated version and be vulnerable to attack and hacking. Not everyone can check for updates 24/7 and it could only take minutes for a site to be rendered vulnerable and targeted by unsavory characters.

    It really makes me feel my site is in safe hands with Siteground. Amazing host.

  4. Rob says:

    If applications up to date then should offer better security, faster responses and a richer experience.

  5. Marcus says:

    Effortless updates are a good thing!

  6. Greg Ashley says:

    Listen I don’t worry about security and I certainly do not worry about my sites data. I love the thought of set and forget, it is like someone holding your hand all day long with not a care in the world. Backups sure but I don’t have to worry about it with SiteGround!

  7. Bent Egebart says:

    Use Siteground for several years, was happy when they “moved” to EU.
    I had never had a real problem related to my hosting and the response to ticket have been prompt and helpful.
    The update of program have been significant increased and normaly one a few days after a patch have been released you can find the possibility for for getting in sync with your program (in my case it is WordPress and Moodle)

  8. Kristen says:

    I’m not sure how I ever lived without the auto-updates feature. I use my hosting space for multiple WordPress installations, and I remember when I had to update all of them manually. It was slow, painful, and often resulted in the “white screen of death”. Now I don’t have to worry about anything except creating backups. Thanks, SiteGround!

  9. Scott @ Century says:

    Auto updates are extremely useful and siteground’s implementation ensures a smooth, rapid response at all times. It’s as simple as clicking a button and all the work is performed for you – extremely quickly. Top marks from me!

  10. David says:

    Extremely useful. We use it for WP, we still have to test with Joomla. If it does allow to migrate form Joomla 1.5 to the latest one, we will be really impressed! Really, if ti work seamlessly Siteground will be our hero.

  11. Peter Masiemo says:

    Security so reliable that I don’t need worry despite being in different continent from the Siteground base.

  12. Peter Masiemo says:

    Security so reliable that I don’t worry despite being in a different continent from Siteground base.

  13. Jane Devin says:

    Going on 6 years with Siteground and have never had my site compromised.

  14. Jean says:

    Siteground’s Automatic Updates feature shows why Sitegound is a top hosting provider; one-click updates is a must-have feature for any site. Siteground is always at the cutting edge!

  15. Andy Brown says:

    Automatic updates are really cool. You know that, at any time, you are on vacation or unable to do an update for what-ever reason, it will be done automatically. Thank you.

  16. Shawn Dunigan says:

    My Siteground has been updating all this time? Wow! That’s how cool it is I didn’t even know it!!

  17. Michael Weber says:

    I am often travelling around in regions of the world where there is no Internet access available for quite a while, so knowing that my site is auto-updated is just great.

  18. ID Safairis says:

    Sit back and relax. Siteground does it all for you including updates.

  19. Bill Kling says:

    Auto update is the greatest!

  20. Allan Marin says:

    You can forget about having to be constantly updating your web apps. As a CMS user the time that this saves me is really appreciated.

  21. armin says:

    automation at its best :)

  22. Kyle C says:

    There’s really nothing else to it. Your website can’t perform at it’s best if the hardware hosting it isn’t at it’s best.

  23. Rodolfo Siles says:

    You have no idea how I dreaded to update manually my old site, the use of updating via FTP and the chances that something will go wrong will make me shiver with cold sweats every time an update was due. And just like in Murphy s law, something will go wrong. The automatic updates of Siteground are just what the doctor ordered. No more worries, or headaches trying to recover from a manual update go wrong.

  24. Jon B says:

    Very nice to not have to worry about updating.

  25. Arthur Davis says:

    Makes working on my site so much better kmowing thst the site will stay safe!

  26. Dave Mody says:

    Updating software has little added value in my life. Anything that automates tasks that don’t need my expertise is fantastic!

  27. Ryan K. says:

    Auto updates rock. That is where I always fall behind due to time and fear of messing something up then being in a panic to get it back. Im not a big IT person and have really fallen behind in the last few years with all the new technology. With Autoupdate, its a huge weight lifted off my shoulders.

  28. Mbrun says:

    Letting SiteGround handle the updates allows me to concentrate on other things.

  29. Neil Spurgeonn says:

    So cool – daily backups so that I really don’t have to waste my valuable customer support time doing the dumbest and most boring, but utterly critical, backup task. Invaluable!

  30. Roger Pruitt says:

    Great time saver!

  31. Martin Wentzell says:

    This is a nice feature…let the system do the work. The boss thinks I did the work…:)

  32. MLuck says:

    I’ve used Siteground for years for my site and my clients and site security is all always at the top of the list of concerns. and I have never had a Siteground site compromised!

  33. Stephen says:

    If there is one thing that many of us forget is back-up and SiteGround has covered that ground!! Thanks SiteGround!!

  34. Travis Johng says:

    Hardware upgrade cost must be huge, and siteground’s investment benefits my sites without additional fees. It is a big plus on top of your best tech support which I love. Hurray, hurray, hurray!!!!

  35. Genaro says:

    Having a number of websites hosted with you, the whole auto update software is a real time saver, just upgraded to a shared account and I’m quiet pleased with the overall performance of the new hardware. Plus your customer service is world class. Keep it up, SiteGround!

  36. Sean says:

    As a customer who made the switch from GoDaddy to Siteground, I have to say the entire experience has been fundamentally better. The customer interface is far less clunky and cluttered, looks very professional, and doesn’t make wholesale changes every six months, which can be very disorienting. Also, the customer service has been top-drawer; I’ve had very few problems, but those I did have, were very adroitly mitigated by your knowledgeable staff. I recommend Siteground to ANYbody that asks my advice about hosting.

  37. Robot Dave says:

    I work with robots for a living = automation is my life! Needless to say, but I love not having to worry about my site being vulnerable due to out-of-date applications. Thanks guys!

  38. Mike says:

    Only a couple of my web apps really benefit from this feature… So it’s one less thing to worry about and spend my precious time on, which can be focused on maintaining some of the custom hacks and software that we use. In either case, interfacing with the the site is easy, and I know exactly what is going on and when.

  39. Jagadish Hiremath says:

    I am not so sure about it.

  40. Abdullah Al-Ansi says:

    It works great thank you siteground

  41. Lisa says:

    One less thing on my long list of things to remember to do, you can’t beat that.

  42. Filipe says:

    Don’t want any other hoster

  43. TimB says:

    Not being a techno-geek, the auto-updates on all installed software is a huge help, both with security and just being sure I have the latest and greatest functionality.

  44. Dusan says:

    Nice and helpful feature.

  45. Dennis says:

    No more browsing on-line for proper file versions. No more manually uploading to the server of multiple files. No more trying to figure out “what went wrong…”

    One-button click updates. What is there not to like about it? It saves time, energy that we gladly allocate to administration of the site.

  46. Amy Cluck says:

    I LOVE the auto update feature! I work with both Joomla and WordPress – both of which are always coming out with new versions. I hate having to always update them myself and usually lag behind on it even though I know the updates are an important part of site security. Joomla is especially a pain to update myself. I’m always afraid I’m going to mess something up by accident.

    Smart thinking, Siteground, for doing a back-up of the site before the update as well.

    Awesome feature!

  47. Vixay says:

    Love the autoupdates. I don’t have to worry about manually updating my cms any more.

  48. Undrakh says:

    Siteground automatic updates were fantastis. It’s super cool. Good luck for your future creative works.

  49. Stefan says:

    Loving this

  50. Chris says:

    The auto updates make managing multiple domains so much easier. Love it!

  51. Rudy says:

    Love this. I use this on my development environments to keep them up to date and see if anything breaks before rolling out to production. All of these graphics are great at helping me better know and understand what siteground has to offer and to help pass it on to others. Keep up the GREAT work!

  52. Rob Wallace says:

    It has helped me a lot, this is the first website I’ve ever run, so the auto updates has made my life easier

  53. Marcel Rivera says:

    I dont really use WordPress or Joomla on Siteground but I have used them before and an auto updater is very useful. Great feature.

  54. Lori O says:

    Auto-updates keeps me worrying less, and makes it easier to keep on top of multiple sites!

  55. Jonathan Hindi says:

    Time is money, Keep you scripts updated and secured without any extra efforts.

  56. Van says:

    It’s the year 2013, and other hosts still have you manually update. With Siteground, the future is already here.

  57. Amit says:

    Well, actually and rightfully its really not about the hardware, speed, security etc. What i love about Siteground is its people, the support staff, the amazing ability of the guys who solve your problems even before your ‘support ticket email’ reaches you. Siteground is all about its amazing people. No fuss, to the point, polite and they DO know about the web and what makes it run.
    thanks guys…

  58. Araceli Mercado says:

    I needed specific software for the tool I’m using. Siteground didn’t blink to provide it and in less than an hour I had it. They have what anyone could need, even the latest versions.

  59. Mark says:

    Excellent service and security. I’ve used SiteGround for years on multiple sites I manage and own. Many thanks for all your work. Joomla specific and rolling along just fine! Many many thanks!

  60. Libby says:

    Auto-updates make my life easy!

  61. Luis Pérez says:

    This Auto-updates are one of the reasons that I think Siteground is the best hosting ever! one clic and all your managed sites are automatically updated, you can add this to the list of benefits that your customers have when building and having their website with you.

  62. Sharon says:

    It’s great to now have to worry about WordPress updates. They just happen automatically now. It’s great.

  63. Jeremy says:

    One if the many things that impressed me with site ground was the daily backup. Lets be honest, computers don’t always work like they should , throwing human imperfection in with that can lead to serious problems! Once we get out website up, we don’t want to have to worry about losing some or all I out says because of a little computer glitch or the click of a wrong button. Sitegrounds daily backup makes this next to impossible. A backup is one thing, but a daily backup that is stored a month it more??? That’s amazing! I’m extremely appreciative of it and everything else site ground does to make things easier on the user.

  64. Alhaji Kargbo says:

    I have always been calm when dealing with Siteground. With the many sites that are hosted for me and the referrals that I have made, contacting Siteground customer service is one of the calmest thing since the invention of a Mac Book Pro. The response time is as fast as the processor in a Mac Book Pro. I have never had no issues for the past 4 years dealing with Siteground and I must commend them and express my appreciation through this thread. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

  65. Bradley Clampitt says:

    I have not used this to the full extent that it can be used but have used it on a couple things and it does work very well!

  66. Ali James says:

    This sounds cool.

  67. steve c says:

    the administration panel is friendly

  68. Matt says:

    I love auto-update. That way, I don’t need to worry about it and I can just worry about my site.

  69. Don Williamson says:

    For those of us not as computer savvy as others, and run a tight schedule, auto-updates is the best thing since sliced bread. I am thankful for not having to jump through hoops just to keep on top of new software updates. Thanks SiteGround!

  70. CrazyCB says:

    So fast!

  71. Jeff says:

    It’s great having robots behind the scenes keeping things real!!

  72. Abbie Thompson says:

    Easy to understand

  73. Kevin Weslowski says:

    so many features and great customer service…great job siteground!

  74. Jonathan Daniels says:

    I Vote…


  75. Jienou says:

    Auto updates kick-ass, set it and forget it!! Long live Siteground.

  76. Dominique says:

    so cool functionality! one place, every site is up to date with few click. It’s so important today to be on the spot. Thanks to you for taking care of us and our website.

  77. divinity says:

    What a great product~ Especially for those of us who are busy and forget to update!!

  78. Joy says:

    Definitely learned my lesson when my software was out of date and our site got hacked!! This is a LIFE-SAVING feature!

  79. Balajee says:

    I have been associated with Siteground for nearly 6 years now. I must admit that i have had a great experience till date with 100% uptime. I have almost 20 domains hosted and I am relaxed since the day i have signed up. It even helps me to build strong customer relations due to better service.
    One more best part is the reseller management system which is perfect in order to manage any or all domains at once.
    Truly, this is the best i have experienced in my 30yrs career.

  80. Geir says:

    A great time saver.

  81. kvryabov says:

    Provider supposed to provide the best he could. In case you provide service, hardware and software, so please continue do it at high level.
    Thank you.

  82. Kaj Jensen says:

    After many years suffering different flaws with another hosting company I can only praise Siteground for excellent performance and awesome customer service! I wish I would have been with Siteground from the very beginning.

    Kaj Jensen

  83. SiteYapici says:

    Makes the web site super fast

  84. PROMISE G NWEKE says:

    Siteground is my ultimate, I have no regrets recommending them as the best to my friends. I will go more lengyh with other of any products any time any day. keep the flag flying higher and higher.

  85. Apostolis says:

    Siteground, simply, gives you what you want, when you want it, and with lower cost.

  86. Gwen Andrews says:

    Siteground is the easilest website company. I have had no problems ever. I will never leave them. The customer service always sends me links to solve my problem. Learn website design in 2 weeks! Happy Customer!

  87. Benson Kanyi says:

    Hey…Siteground is the best of all hosting experiences I have ever had, they are quick on script update that come up and i get the update immediately…I will remain in Siteground forever

  88. Mohamed Habaza says:

    Really amazing feature, and it’s the most benefit that I get from SiteGround.

    Thanks People,
    Mohamed Habaza.

  89. DB says:

    Works perfect all across the globe! Super fast!

  90. Chris says:

    The fact is, I have had my sites with siteground since 2008 and I have had no security issues. Its simple… It works so you can too.

  91. Chris says:

    Auto update has been a great recent addition to the siteground package.
    Being able to worry about the day to day running of my website is a lot easier when I dont have to constantly check if there is a new wordpress update.

  92. Jake says:

    Auto-updates are great, it’s one of the biggest benefits of using a shared host. Siteground makes sure all the software versions are update for me. I never have to worry about security issues or buggy problems in my code.

  93. Brandon says:

    Love the high-end security. Thank you Siteground!

  94. vinasat says:

    Very love it ^^

  95. Mario Ekaroza says:

    Reliable, Safe, Fast and Easy… Thank You Siteground !!!

  96. Daniel says:

    I’m very glad with siteground’s services and specially with the support!!! Excelente service! Thanks! Love it!

  97. dan says:

    Support is Great, Speed is fantastic, easy to use cpanel, webmail etc…. great all round package for a great price

  98. Kimberly says:

    Absolutely a very important feature.

  99. Melissa says:

    Love having one less thing to worry about!

  100. Caro says:

    As a novice, I am VERY grateful for this feature!!!!

  101. thineskumar says:

    Daily backup service is really useful. its help us to think safe about our site.
    for me its a amazing service from you. ..:)

    becoming a siteground fan

  102. NC says:

    This is the one feature that has really kept me coming back! It’s so nice to know that you have the latest, greatest software whenever you log in!

  103. Andreas Oxinos says:

    Auto updates are awsom :D y i know i spell it wrong xD it’s AWSOM, thank you siteground

  104. Bobby Crow Feather says:

    Love that I can sort of set it and forget it with auto updates. Keeping me updated and secure!

  105. Brian says:

    The best yet!

  106. Logan says:

    In this day and age we are all so busy, It is nice to know that auto updates are there to ensure we never miss an update, Thanks Siteground!!!

  107. Adam says:

    Siteground really has been fantastic. Their daily backups are nice because they let me sleep easy! I’ve been thrilled with their servers and services. I use another major hosting company that I used before finding Siteground. They don’t hold a candle to SG’s regular improvements. I have never had any problems with SG sites compared to numerous problems with the other company. Keep up the good work Siteground!

  108. Josh says:

    Its so quick and easy!!!! Love this!

  109. Brian says:

    fantastic hosting for my magento sites…

  110. arbind jain says:

    I bought my first domain from siteground in very cheap rate and it worked amazingly.

  111. Sita @ Real Food Suomi says:

    I have two sites, and Siteground was doing Auto-updates for one of them (the newer one). I just found out from this infographic that I can turn on auto-updates for my other site which is a HUGE relief. Wow, this is something I have been putting off and putting off because of the technical details involved in ensuring the update goes smoothly. Now Siteground will do the updates for me, and there is an option to restore the site in the event that something goes wrong. This saves me A LOT of time. Thank you! Just another reason I <3 Siteground!

  112. Mal says:

    I’d be way too [lazy/inexperienced/busy] to keep updating the various elements of the server manually, so big up to the SiteGround team for auto-updates!

  113. Branden says:

    You can’t go wrong with auto updates, it takes the human element out of keeping things up to snuff and is a load off my mind not needing to remember to always update.

  114. Asad says:

    Nice to have Sitegrounds own flexible auto-updater. Better for the lazy ones to have this at home!

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