SiteGround has always done a great job at making themselves stand out from the crowd by offering a very unique set of tools built upon a very unique infrastructure. Starting from multiple data-centers spread across multiple geographical locations, down to their innovative shared hosting server security setup which isolates shared hosting accounts from each other – denying a hacker attack access to any other sites on the same server. Plus they make some pretty cool branded items – like my SiteGround Converse sneakers!
For those of you already using SiteGround as your hosting provider – you’re more than likely already familiar with the SiteGround Staging tool which offers one-click staging for WordPress and Joomla along with pre-installed Git. For those of you who are always busy working on your website and making new changes; or just developing a new redesign – SiteGrounds’ Staging tool is absolutely invaluable offering you a safe environment to make your necessary changes, test them, and then move them over to your life website.
Well SiteGround has recently announced version 2.0 of their staging tool which brings about much more flexibility and control over the various staging copies you can have. Furthermore the creating of a new Git repo has been significantly simplified down to the click of a single button.
Probably my favorite addition brought about by the new version is Advanced Push. Normally when you finished making your developments and are satisfied with your website you would hit the Push To Live button and the SiteGround Staging tool would clone all the changes you’ve made to your staging website copy over to your live site. Well Advanced Push compares all of the files, folders, and database modifications that have been made and gives you a list of those changes allowing you to pick and choose exactly which modifications should be pushed out to the live website and which ones should not be.
If you haven’t made use of the Staging tool yet – you definitely should. To boot there’s a great bit of information available about how to make the best use of V2.0 of the staging tool over at SiteGround blog.
Have you used the SiteGround Staging tool yet yourself? What do you think of the new version updates? Share your thoughts in the comments below.