Let’s Encrypt is Here – Open Source Security Certificates Available at SiteGround

Let’s Encrypt

In December 2015 the new certificate authority Let’s Encrypt entered Public Beta and caused a wave of excitement. The groundbreaking news meant that website owners can obtain security certificates for their websites for free instead of paying for traditional SSL certificates and install them much easier. Naturally since then many of you have asked us when we would introduce the certificates on our hosting platform. For all of you who have been eagerly awaiting this moment, we are happy to say that Let’s Encrypt certificates are now available at SiteGround!

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The Faces Behind the Pixels

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I’ve been at SiteGround ever since I can remember - more than 11 years now. I have seen it grow from a couple to almost 300 employees. I have collaborated closely with all of our departments on all kinds of projects. However, this latest one was hands-down one of the most fun and gratifying I’ve ever worked on - that’s why I wanted to tell you about it.

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Looking Back at 2015: Here’s Our Year in Review!

2015 Recap

2015 was a wild year for us, but we loved it. We almost doubled the number of new clients, went local in Spain, upgraded our platform, sponsored 100+ events, and a lot more. We have so many things to share, that we created a visual recap to tell you all about it. Check it out and if you like it, share it in social media: www.siteground.com/2015

2015: The Clients’ Assessment

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The past year 2015 has been a roller-coaster ride for our team. New clients doubled joining faster than we could plan on how to accommodate them. New business opportunities had to be seized and operations set in motion to make them happen. That fast-growth pace has been a source of anxiety whether we would manage to stay focused on the one thing that really matters - the quality of our service and how our clients’ experience would be affected.
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WordPress 4.4.1 Security & Maintenance Release

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A new WordPress security update 4.4.1 was announced yesterday. The latest version fixes a cross-site scripting vulnerability that allows a site to be compromised as well as some minor issues.

All WordPress sites at SiteGround with enabled autoupdate service have been updated to the new version 4.4.1 last night and are safe and sound. For all WordPress sites that do not have the autoupdate option on, we have applied a rule in our WAF (web application firewall) that will block possible hacking attempts. As our firewall rule is not covering all possible hack scenarios, we are additionally patching WordPress sites on versions 3.7 to 4.4 at a website level.

Regardless of the security shields we have placed, we still recommend all websites that have not been autoupdated to upgrade to the newest version 4.4.1 or to the latest version within their current branch as soon as possible.