Three ways to speed up your ecommerce website

Everyone knows how important Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and the Christmas shopping period are to businesses, both online and offline. To help ecommerce webmasters make the most of this season, we’ve partnered with experts in the web industry and will be sharing informative and inspiring content over the next couple of weeks.

To kick things off, let’s talk about one factor often overlooked in preparation for the high-traffic shopping season: your website’s speed. 

Your site’s performance and load time play a big role in the experience your customers have on your site. Website visitors can end spending quite a bit of time on your site, browsing, comparing options, and checking out. Every extra second it takes to load images and complete actions on your site causes friction and can prevent customers from completing their order. 

Luckily, there are several quick and easy customizations you can implement to improve your website. Read on to see three ways we recommend for any website owner looking to increase their site’s performance and their sales this season. 

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Meet Our Top Customer Care Rep for August

Our Top Customer Care representative for August is Alex who achieved the excellent 98% Happy Clients rating. If you ever happen to meet Alex, you won’t ever assume that he’s a web hosting pro, a true basketball fan, and a comic geek at heart. He has a classy and sophisticated style, as if he works for the stock market-as he says. Learn more about Alex and his favorite customer care moments in the interview below.

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The Technologies Behind Our New Client Area and Site Tools

We recently announced the launch of our new Client Area and Site Tools. Our COO spoke about it from a business perspective and how important this project is for our future growth. I would like to give you the technical perspective and why we see these new interfaces to be also a technical milestone for SiteGround. 

SiteGround has always been first and foremost a service company. However, for many years, our business growth has been tightly correlated with our technical evolution. The more software we developed in-house, the more the quality of our service was rising and the more our reputation was growing. Not only that, but we have grown the self-confidence of a high-tech company that produces powerful and smart software solutions and is always among the first to implement the most innovative technologies. 

So, when we realized that many of our business ideas were slowed down or made impossible by the limitations of our currently-used underlying platform, we had the courage to think bigger than what’s available on the market and dared to re-create everything from the ground up.

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Meet Our Top Phone Support Rep for July

We’re thrilled to introduce you to our top phone support representative for this month – Petar! He joined SiteGround almost ten years ago and is one of the most experienced members of our Phone Support team. Even though he had no idea what web hosting was when he first started, today Petar is a senior web hosting expert. He’s answered over 50,700 calls and helped thousands of clients! Learn more about him and some of his best tips below.

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The Future is Now: Our New Client Area and Site Tools Are Going Live

Nearly three years ago, we made the decision to develop new interfaces to improve the way our clients build and manage their websites and hosting on SiteGround. Now, we’re ready to share the results of all the hard work and show you the new features and designs our team has built.

This process has been highly rewarding, but not without its challenges. We hired 20+ new people, including React developers, QAs, and others, and restructured several core teams in the company to meet the needs of this project. Now that we’re near the end, we feel proud of our work, relieved that it came together, and excited to announce it to the world!

As of today, hosting clients who sign up for our service will be using the new interfaces. This excludes, for the time being, Cloud and Dedicated Server accounts, special partnership orders, and our Italian and Spanish-speaking clients. Current customers who are using cPanel and the old User Area will be gradually switched to the new interfaces starting in September.

Read on to find out more about the most exciting improvements we are introducing and how they can help you manage your sites more easily.

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The art of networking: Tips for meaningful interactions offline

If you were to ask an IT expert about networking, they might ask what's your IP address? Jokes aside, working in tech often means interacting with people behind a computer screen, which makes in-real-life meetings that much more special. As the WordPress Community Manager at SiteGround, it's my job to attend events around that world and to take some of that online connectivity and apply it to offline community building.

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How WP-CLI Can Make Your Life Easier (Video)

Recently we had the pleasure of hosting a webinar with Alain Schlesser, the lead developer of the WP-CLI project, the command line interface for WordPress. Nearly 1300 people attended and we had a blast fielding questions and seeing our clients engage with us live. Even if you have missed the live stream, it is not too late to learn how to do some of the most popular things with WP-CLI, like automating backups, troubleshooting website errors, performing a search & replace in your database, cleaning up spam comments, resetting your passwords, and more. All you have to do is watch the webinar video below.

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