I’ve always wanted to express how I feel about security in the shared web space, where dozens of users divide the same resources and at the same time require dramatically different technologies to be enabled on a single host server (such as different PHP engines with different options enabled, Perl, Python, an FTP service, an email service, a Database service, etc;). In case you’re an admin, you’ll know how difficult it is to provide all of that on a shared hosting server while allowing access to practically everybody on the Internet and at the same time maintaining a very good level of security. Believe me, it’s a tough job. I know it as I’ve been dealing with that for more than 8 years in a row now, on a daily basis.
We’re excited to announce our new service – Hackalert. Hackalert is the latest malware detection and early warning system available out there, powered by our partner GlobalSign-one of the longest established Certification Authorities and specialists in SSL security.
Malware is developed and improved every day to compromise PCs and spread viruses, hijack computers or steal personal information. One of the biggest fears of website owners is for their site to be infected with hidden malicious code and then used as a vehicle to distribute it to the website visitors. Unless remedied quickly, an infected website will shortly be flagged or blacklisted by search engines like Google for hosting malicious content. When visiting a flagged website, its visitors and potential customers will see worrying warnings about the site potentially harming their computers. In both cases, you can expect a steady drop in your website traffic, at the least.
I am happy to announce that we have launched a PLUS version of our shared hosting plan. Now each customer can choose between the standard shared hosting plan and the PLUS version during the order process. Any existing hosting account can also be upgraded to the new version at any time. The PLUS version includes the following benefits:
⁃ Unlimited addon domains
⁃ 2 times more CPU allocated
⁃ Free Premium Support
⁃ Free Daily Backup
⁃ Free SSH Access
The new major Joomla version 1.7 is already released and we are happy to announce that just a few days later all our Joomla services have been tested and confirmed to work flawlessly with the new version:
- SiteGround Joomla hosting is ready for v1.7 and updated joomlas run flawlessly on our servers
- The Joomla templates designed by SiteGround are fully compatible with Joomla 1.7
- The Joomla extensions developed by SiteGround are fully compatible with Joomla 1.7
Joomla 1.7 review
The first stable version of the Joomla 1.7 branch was released on July 19th. This came only 6 months after Joomla 1.6 was released. The short period was really amazing, having in mind that the previous two transitions to the next major version took the Joomla team 3 years each. However, the promise on the official Joomla website is that from now on we should expect a new major version on each 6 months! We are excited about this news, especially because we saw some real steps in making the transition to the new versions much easier than they previously were.
At some point last year, SingleHop, whose data centers hosted part of our business, informed me about a brand new facility they had just started to use in Chicago. What they were saying about it was so impressive that I decided to go and personally check the place. At that point SiteGround was using several data centers, operated by different providers and had no plans to change the situation, but my visit to the facility laid the foundations for some new plans.
The building of the new Data Center is located in the western suburbs of Chicago – a city that never seizes to amaze me not only with its beauty, friendly people and style, but with its technology culture and the wide variety of hosting companies based there. The data center name is DFT (stands for Dupont Fabros Technology) CH1 and is one of the Midwest’s most sophisticated and efficient data centers.