It's Jazz Friday again. Happy new WordPress release everybody! WordPress 3.6 is live and the list of improvements, new features and bug fixes seems to be endless. Since you may have already looked over the official post at WordPress.org I'll try to highlight only the most important changes and skip those 700+ fixes and minor UI changes. SiteGround uses WordPress to power up this blog and our knowledge base, and I have already updated both instances without any issues along the way.
We just got back from a long and utterly exciting journey to San Francisco for the biggest WordCamp of the year – WordCamp San Francisco. We proudly sponsored the conference for a second consecutive year and to say that we had a blast will be an understatement! There were more than 600 people attending, and I had the feeling we spoke to almost all of them, amazing line-up of speakers and sessions, including Matt Mullenweg’s State of the Word, and the Contribute day that made this event especially valuable for me personally.
Lets face it, lots of website owners still shiver at the word „SEO“ - either because it's perceived as time-consuming and tricky business, but also because everyone has an opinion on it and you never know what the latest trend is. We've all been there, and if there is one company who's working actively towards turning this perception around, that is Moz (formerly SEOMoz).
Good online marketing is building influence through all critical channels: social, content, links, and mentions. Easier said than done when all of your marketing efforts are scattered around and it's hard to get the full picture. To show you that it can be done easily, effectively and on a budget, we partnered with Moz to offer an exclusive 60 Days of their Moz PRO service for FREE to SiteGround clients only!
A lot has been said about our new website design: how it looks, what values it communicates and how it changes our hosting plans structure. However, I would like to turn your attention to another aspect of our new website - its amazing loading speed. During the last year I have worked consistently on implementing a lot of speed-related innovations to our hosting service (multiple server locations, Cloudflare CDN, the SuperCacher). I have also talked about speed optimizations on many events, but mainly in the context of our customers’ websites. Now it is the time that I shed some light on the magic behind our own website´s amazing loading speed.
As far as the hardware is concerned, our dedicated offer has always been awesome. However, during the last few years we have added so many innovations to our shared hosting that our dedicated servers started to lag behind a little. Some of the options you loved so much, like the data center choice, the Joomla and WordPress Autoupdaters, the CDN service, etc., were not available for our dedicated server users. The good news is that this is no longer the case! From now on all innovations implemented by SiteGround will be available for our dedicated server users too.
We’re excited to announce that a new WordPress tool has been added to our servers. WordPress users who love command line will be happy to find WP-CLI pre-installed on all SiteGround accounts.
WP-CLI allows you to do multiple things like updating your WordPress, installing themes and plugins, setting up multiple sites, etc., and all that without using a web browser. To take advantage of the tool you don’t need to install anything yourself. Simply login to your account via SSH, navigate to the folder of your WordPress installation and start typing management commands – it’s that simple!
SSH can be easily enabled for all SiteGround accounts through your cPanel. For detailed instructions refer to the following tutorial: How to enable SSH for your account.
Peter Bui, host of the super cool Joomlabe.at podcast, didn’t cry, but got super excited about the redesign and invited us again to share some insights behind the redesign. Lily - our very own marketing master and visionary of the rebranding project reveals why we chose the handcrafted idea and leaves some pretty cool marketing and rebranding takeaways. Check out the episode and make sure to listen to the very end – you might win some SG swag too!
Do you think we did good communicating the handcrafted philosophy? Throw your comments below.