Today I’m gonna write a review about SiteGround. Before I get into the review, I wanna share my personal experience with the SiteGround. I was a SiteGround user before I moved to a A2Hosting VPS server. The reason is to move to a VPS is, I really love to play with Linux and I just needed the full control over my server. So, I moved to a VPS account. Now I’m run on my VPS account with Ubuntu 16.04 and VestaCP control panel. To be honest, my experience with SiteGround was great. I didn’t had any problems with their service. So, Let’s talk about SiteGround.
What is SiteGround?
SiteGround is a web hosting company founded by few university friends in 2004. Today SiteGround is a leading web hosting company in the industry with more than 400 employees. Most popular blogs and forums recommends SiteGround as a best hosting solution. Even the big companies like WordPress, Joomla and Drupal officially recommends SiteGround as the hosting solution. Currently, SiteGround has hosted 800,000 domains worldwide with data centers across United States, Europe and Asia.
Why SiteGround ?
Now you know how big is SiteGround. But How they succeeded in the web hosting? What they provide to their customers? What’s the secret? Let’s find out.
1. Handcrafted Solutions for 99.99% Uptime
- Linux Containers
SiteGround platform is built on top of the Linux containers technology. It is extremely resource efficient, highly elastic and provides great stability in times of unexpected traffic spikes.
- Pro-active Server Monitoring
Their in-house created server monitoring is another extremely powerful and lightweight feature developed by SiteGround DevOps team. It can check the server status far more often than standard monitoring systems. It not only detects current issues and fixes them immediately, but is also able to foresee upcoming problems and to take actions to prevent them.
- Unique Anti-bot AI
They have developed an extremely effective Artificial Intelligence solution that stops between between 500 000 and 2 million brute-force attempts per hour across all their servers before they have even reached to their customers’ sites.
- Secure Account Isolation
This was one of the technological innovations introduced by SiteGround. They were the first to come up with an efficient CHROOT account isolation of accounts on shared servers at a time, when other hosts thought this was not possible. On their machines they still have one of the best security isolation in the industry.
2. Faster Page Loading.
Page rendering time is one of the most key requirement for every successful website or blog. If your website or blog take too long to load, you’ll eventually lose your visitors. With SiteGround, you can avoid this problem. They provides built-in caching tool called SuperCacher exclusively for their customers. It helps you to boost your page loading speed. Also, If you are plan to run your site on top of WordPress CMS, you can also install their caching plugin.
3. 24/7 Customer Support.
I have contacted SiteGround customer support couple of times. All I can say about their customer support is It’s truly amazing. Within 1 minute, their support agent contacted me and solved my problem. No more waiting. Most of the companies usually take about 10 – 15 minutes to assign the customer to an agent. but with SiteGround you don’t need to wait that much of time. It’s simply incredible.
4. cPanel hosting with extra add-ons.
SiteGround Provides cPanel environment to their customers. cPanel is a most popular web hosting control panel. It makes your life much easier. You can create email accounts, manage files, create databases, install apps, etc. And also SiteGround provides extra add-ons with cPanel. My favorite one is free SSL certificate installer. With SSL certification installer, you can install an Let’s encrypt free certification on your domain with just one click. No more manual installation process is needed.
5. App Installer.
When it’s comes to installing scripts on your host, it’ll be bit difficult to install scripts manually if you have no tech knowledge. Because you have to upload files and create a database on your own. But SiteGround makes it super easy to install scripts. You can now install almost all major scripts like WordPress, Joomla, Magento with just one click.
6. Free Website Migration.
If you already hosted your site on somewhere else, you can migrate your website to SiteGround for free with SiteGround’s free website migration service. You just have to signup for an account and SiteGround will take care of the migration. You can request the site transfer service when you first signup for an account. Just click “Transfer an existing website” in the Account Setup Wizard. Keep in mind you only get one free professional website transfer.
If you already signed up for an SiteGround account and you want migrate your existing site, you can request a free transfer from the support section of your SiteGround account.
Also please note, that SiteGround can only transfer the files and databases of a single website without your email accounts and other account settings if your previous web host isn’t running cPanel.
7. PHP 7.0 Supported.
The version of the PHP is a very important fact if you are plan to host a dynamic website or host any other CMS application like WordPress. Luckily today most of the hosting companies supports PHP 7.0. Running the most up-to date PHP version can save you a lot of time and money in the future. so, before you decide to purchase a web host, check if they supports the most up-to date technology. PHP 7.0 is available on all SiteGround servers.
8. 30 Day Money Back Guarantee.
SiteGround might not offer a free trial or free plan like some other hosting companies. But they do offer a 30 day money back guarantee in case if don’t satisfy with their service in your first 30 days of use. However there are some conditions apply to their money back guarantee.
- You must post a service termination request through the User Area.
- Initial orders for hosting services are covered only within thirty days from the day that SiteGround activated the service(s).
- Renewal orders are not covered.
- Domain name and domain privacy (ID Protect) fees are not refundable. These fees might even be due upon cancellation, even if they are waived as part of a promotion.
- Dedicated and cloud hosting services, paid support, and third-party services are not covered by the money back guarantee.
- Reseller packages are only covered if the entire reseller package is canceled. This guarantee doesn’t apply to the termination of single accounts in a reseller package, either.
SiteGround Pricing Plans
Like many others hosting companies, SiteGround offers 3 different hosting plans. Let’s look at them one by one.
The StartUp Plan:
StartUp plan is the most basic web hosting package that SiteGround offers. It’ll costs $3.95 per month. With StartUp plan you can host only one site. But if you are a newbie and just looking host your first blog or website, then I think this plan is suitable for you. It comes with 10GB disk space and can handle up to 10,000 visits per month.
The GrowBig Plan:
GrowBig is SiteGround’s best selling plan. It’ll costs $5.95 per month. with GrowBig plan you can host multiple websites and you’ll get 20GB disk space. Also, it can handle up to 25,000 visits monthly. If you’re planning to run multiple sites on your host, then we’ll recommend this plan.
This is most advanced hosting plan that SiteGround offers under shared hosting. It’ll costs $11.95 per month. With GoGeek plan, you can host multiple websites and you’ll get 30GB disk space. And it can handle up to 100,000 visits monthly. Also it has all features of above plans, plus more advanced features which includes Fewer accounts on server, PCI Compilant Servers, WordPress and Joomla staging, One-click git repo creation and Free backups on demand.
Features included in all 3 plans.
- Free Website Builder
- SSD Storage
- HTTP/2 Enabled Servers
- cPanel & SSH Access
- Free Cloudflare CDN
- Unlimited Email Accounts & DBs
- Free Auto Daily Backups
- App Installer
- Free Let’s Encrypt SSLs
- 24/7 Technical Support
- Free Setup & Transfer
- 30 Days Money Back
Do We Recommend SiteGround?
yes. most definitely. SiteGround is one of the best hosting providers in the planet. And their pricing is very competitive with the less quality hosting companies. I’m sure you won’t be dissatisfied with their server. Go www.siteground.com and signup for your account today!