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In this Siteground Review I am going to take a look at the features that Siteground offer and why they are different to your standard hosting company.
Trying to find a reliable and reasonably priced web hosting service is tough.
Most of us use Bluehost or Hostgator (or similar hosting), but their service has been on a downward spiral since they were bought out.
Sometimes my Bluehost website goes down for no reason.
There are other issues with my hosting that I do not like such as:
And many of these things you have to solve yourself. Which is not good if you are not technical.
You have probably seen a lot of hosting offers, and they are all quite difficult to read (and boring, I know).
But here are some of the things that Siteground Hosting offer that others do not normally have:
Of course the standard things you expect are also there too:
So they more or less have it all covered. And they go above and beyond the standard hosting with Bluehost and Hostgator.
A common question people have is what is the difference: Siteground vs Bluehost or Hostgator.
Long term SIteground is a little more expensive than Bluehost or Hostgator, but their service, uptime and features are worth it in my opinion. My main site is on Siteground. My side projects use my old account on Bluehost.
The first year is always discounted, then the standard price from the second year onwards.
Bluehost locks you in for 1, 2 or 3 years and gives you cheaper deals for longer times.
Hostgator is a little more flexible than Bluehost but their basic plan for one month payments is $8.95. So Siteground is a lot cheaper (and better).
As for features, they are very similar on the basics (space, bandwidth, support etc).
The main differences are:
In general I find them to be more knowledgeable and have better support (including migration of your site for free).
No Siteground Review would be complete without a rundown of the hosting plans and prices available.
Below are the basics to give you an idea of what is in each plan.
The main difference between them is the amount of traffic you expect, and some extra features you might want (eg. Premium features I will go over below)
So, if you expect less than 10,000 visitors a month and do not need anything special in terms of extra features you can go for the Startup Plan for $3.95 a month (the same in Euros, for all the Europeans out there).
The bigger plans (GrowBig and GoGeek) are for 25,000 and 100,000 visitors respectively but also have some other features you might want to consider.
GrowBig hosting plan also has some Premium features which includes:
Some of these features might be worth paying for even if you have less than 25,000 visitors. You just have to consider what they are worth to you. (** An SSL Certificate with GoDaddy costs about $80 a year).
GoGeek hosting plan includes all of the above, plus some Advanced Geeky Features:
So unless you understand what most of the above means, and don’t have over 100,000 visitors a month – you can ignore this plan.
Like many hosting companies today, Siteground offers a very simple one-click install of WordPress. So if you are not at all technical, it is quite simple.
During the setup you can tweak a few things if you want, and know how. Things such as:
One of the key things Siteground provides over other hosting companies is the special plugin they have developed to help speed up your WordPress website. Ir works with WordPress and Joomla and is relatively easy to set up.
You just have to add the plugin and turn it on as well as switch it on on your cPanel on Siteground (so two steps).
This is an amazing speed increase for your site, so I recommend you use it if you run WordPress. And if you need help you can either refer to the Siteground tutorial on this or contact support. Either way they will have you up and running in no time.
By using this plugin alone, my site almost halved the time it takes to load! Amazing.
One of the biggest concerns of website owners is uptime and hosting performance. After all, it severely affects how our websites run and our business as a result.
Lucky for us Jerry Low at WHSR has recently done a review of SiteGround and their web hosting performance so we can take a look at the results.
In his post he shows that overall they have about 99.9% uptime. Recently they have dipped to 99.5, however over the previous year it has almost always been 99.9% which is very close to 100%.
It has been a while since I moved to SiteGround hosting, and I have even moved more websites there. They are fast, reliable and very helpful. And I use them for all my customers as well.
Not only do they offer what the others do, they go above and beyond with:
I will certainly update you all as my experience continues, but so far I have been impressed with their personal service, knowledge, friendliness and help.
All hosting is on shared servers
Ashley is obsessed with SEO and WordPress. He is also the founder of Mad Lemmings. When he is not busy helping clients get higher on Google he can be found doing crazy sports in the Swiss Alps (or eating too much chocolate - a habit he is trying to break).