Choosing a host is a real headache for a website owner. Well, sometimes budget doesn’t allow to choose the best, sometimes requirements are high or low that doesn’t make us reach a conclusion.
After reviewing several companies I am here to review yet another fantabulous hosting company that will definitely wow you all with their plans, and features.
So, Here we take the curtain off from the another renowned web hosting company, SiteGround. Some of you must have heard about this company, some must have heard about it the first time. So, Let’s first get an overview of the company.
SiteGround Review : A Web Hosting Company
SiteGround is a very popular web hosting company from Bulgaria. The company was founded in 2004. It is headquartered in Bulgaria. It is serving millions of clients worldwide. This company offers high-quality hosting solutions to customers globally.
SiteGround provides a large scale of hosting solutions ranging from shared Linux hosting (the affordable, versatile kind used by most websites) all the way to Cloud and Dedicated server solutions for large, growing websites. It is among the world’s fastest growing independent hosting companies.
Now, After knowing about the company we can say YES! SiteGround is a old player in the market with a good authority. But, Before knowing about features if SiteGround let’s first find out the features that a web hosting company must have.
While finding a web hosting company we all know our WordPress specific needs. You need to consider a lot of things while choosing best web hosting for your WordPress blog such as, uptime, support, backups, and many more.
Let’s find out must have features that you should take care of while choosing a web hosting company and also, find out whether SiteGround Hosting includes these features or not,
- 24/7 Support : It is the most important feature while choosing a web hosting. As in case your website stops working or got some technical issue you can approach the customer service department for technical as well as non technical help. SiteGround offers 24*7 support via phone, chat and tickets. You can contact them even at 1’o clock at night if you need any help. Also, SiteGround has well trained staff that can help you to tackle WordPress and plugin related specific issues.
- Cost : This is the main constraint for most bloggers and online business houses. No matter what your requirement are, but your web hosting choice depends on your budget. We must say SiteGround is a complete package when it comes to get a affordable hosting with lots of features. Isn’t that really cool guys! You can visit the SiteGround website and search for their hosting Plans just starting at $3.95/month – which is 60% off their standard pricing.
- Auto Updates : The new wordpress version allows automatic updates for maintenance and security, however one still has to take care of larger updates. But, When you have a good hosting company you are free to take this burden. The hosting company will themselves update the wordpress for you. Well, SiteGround is among best hosting companies that makes automatic updates to WordPress so you always know that your installation is up to date.
- Backup : Always choose a hosting company that provides regular backup of your website. In online world it is risky if you cant restore your site data. But, SiteGround hosting provides regular free daily backups with all of their hosting plans. So, you need not to go for any paid plugins for site backups.
- One-Click Installation : If you are a beginner and you want to step into this field then always go for a hosting which provides easy one-click WordPress installation as it’s very harassing to install a server manually. Luckily, SiteGround has a great setup wizard which helps you to install your Wordpess in just few minutes.
- Uptime Guarantee : Siteground also gives 99.9% up-time guarantees. This means that your site will be available 24 hours with just 0.1% chance of down so that you and your readers do not find any inconvenience.
- Visits Per Month : You have to decide what are you needs, like you are expecting a large traffic or you are expecting a decent traffic so that you can choose your web hosting accordingly. SiteGround offers three plans (StartUp plan, GrowBig plan & GoGeek plan) each with different traffic levels (10k, 25k and 100k respectively). So, you can choose a plan accordingly which suits the traffic requirement of your blog. If you are expecting huge traffic or you already getting large traffic then its profitable to go for a plan which is build to handle that amount of traffic.
- Bandwidth : You can choose a bandwidth according to your blog age and requirement. Like, if you are new to this field then you can go for 7-8GB space and can increase it accordingly. SiteGround’s web hosting plans start at 10GB and goes up to unlimited. You have to decide which plan suits your budget and your requirements. Suppose, if you plan to start a songs site that require lots of downloading then surely you need to go for a bigger plan.
- Speed : Speed is a major concern for website owners. Everyone want a web hosting with high speed servers. Well, SiteGround is way better when it comes to speed. This hosting company also offer their own SuperCacher plugin that includes 3 levels of caching. All wordpress users can take full advantage of this incredible plugin and it’s dynamic caching.
- Security : Everyone takes special care of their website security and WHY NOT! after all it’s the treasure of a blogger or any company. So, safety of a website is the main objective the owner. All you need is a safe and secure server. Various hosting features includes, backups, software updates, monitoring and much more. SiteGround offers multi layer protection to all their users.
In addition to this Siteground web hosting offers several features to their customers such as, free transfers/migrations, email accounts, data transfers, multiple data centers, security measures (such as plugins), caching etc.
Hmm.. I know these features are not necessary to claim SiteGround as a good host but surely they add up to making SiteGround a good host.
Let’s move forward to find out why to choose SiteGround Web Hosting for your WordPress blog.
What Makes SiteGround WordPress Hosting Stand Out In Crowd?
Well !! After reading the above features undoubtedly SiteGround web hosting is among the best host. It covers all features that are required to make a good host. SiteGround hosting company has got attention in industry very smartly by providing affordable and good plans to the clients worldwide. SiteGround has grabbed the eyeballs by giving superb offers to the clients that includes awesome features of a managed WordPress host such as auto updates, clear caching, backup and security etc and in a affordable prices.
Let’s have a look at Siteground Gogeek Plan to get a better idea of what’s included with their premium hosting plans. As you login to your User Area you will find large number of helpful tabs for anything and everything. To get to know about your DNS information, account IP or other services just click on the My Accounts tab. As you sign up here you will get access to all kind of extra features from SiteGround.
Then, When you scroll down a bit you will find a WordPress Installation tab under your Account page. In this section you will find all your listed websites along with some couple helpful links. You will find a quick link to your website Admin Panel. Also, you will find a link to SiteGround’s WordPress Toolkit and as you click on this button you will login to cPanel X where you will get quick access to backend activities and various other options.
SiteGround Features & Plans
SiteGround web hosting has some incredible features in their Toolkit. It includes a restricting access of WordPress C-Panel to only allow specific IP addresses for safety of C-panel, fix file permissions, quick reset button for your WordPress Admin password. If in case you want to transfer your site you have an option to change website domain (or sub domain), move installation to/from a new folder to another folder, SSL certificate in case you have a private SSL certificate, and also, if you have decided to remove your website from the server you can delete applications.
Well, With the help of these features you can manage your site pretty well.
->SiteGround Extra Services
Guys, Also apart from basic features Siteground has some additional features. Yes! You heard that right. (I know you have a big smile on your face reading this) J . Let me tell you about the premium features available from SiteGround.
We know every website owner is over concerned when it comes to security and protection from hackers. If you are one of them and you want to put tight security layers on your website then SiteGround’s Hacker Alert is a best option to go for. It’s premium upgrade plan comes with $1 per month price tag. It helps in crawling your site for malware and gives you regular alerts via email if it finds any wrong activity. Also, You will get tips regarding cleaning your website. According to me, HackerAlert is a great service to try once.
SiteGround makes it easy for the user to restore backup. You can take daily backups of your website which is included free with all plans. They have to plans, GrowBig & GoGeek which provides easy accessibility to use restore tool built-in. You just need to click on the restore button to submit a ticket to have your site restored to a previous backup.
You know awesomeness comes when we get to know that the two of these above mentioned plans includes, 30 stored backups of your website. The GoGeek plan provides the unlimited manual restorations with the help of the SIteGround support team.
Dedicated IP Address
SiteGround gives you an option to go for dedicated IP address. You can choose this option of dedicated ip address from extra services option.
But, yeah let me tell you it’s not a compulsion for a blog or website owner to choose this option. If you want to go for SSL certificate then you might choose this option.
SiteGround also provides free staging sites to their customers. This is an awesome tool to go for as in case you are developing a website for someone else by that time you can put your own theme and also add content before going live.
As you are ready just just click one button to move your staging to your live site. Also, if you plan to move back from the live site this plugin will automatically backup data on your site.
Guys, When you check out the SiteGround plans you will find that almost all plan’s of Siteground have this option. Isn’t that great 😀
As we all know CloudFlare can boost the speed of our WordPress site. It provides worldwide delivery of static files (such as images or other content) using the datacenter closest to every reader.
You will find that sometimes you will get a awesome speed of your site which can increase by as much as 50% and you can save 60% of your bandwidth. If you go for choosing this option you will get hourly statistics, SSL support, optimized image resizing and two levels of image compression.
For those who need SSL certificate for their blog, SiteGround is best option by far. SiteGround’s two major plans, GrowBig & GoGeek plans includes free standard SSL certificate for 1 year. If you want to purchase the SSL cerfificate via credit card then they also allows you to create a secure connection between your customer and your server. Also, If you plan to create a multi-site installation with various sub-domians, all you will need to use is WildCard SSl, which is offered by SiteGround . You can easily upgrade it with just one click.
You can enjoy the premium plan of Super cache plugin with SiteGround GoGeek WordPress Hosting plan. YES! You heard that right. J Also, You will choose 3 levels of the powerful SuperCacher Plugin (static, Memcached and dynamic).
You can easily install this plugin. When you select wordpress you can install this plugin automatically. This plugin helps in increasing the speed of your site by caching static content, database query results and dynamic copies of your web pages. You can easily edit your cache settings by clicking on the SuperCacher menu item in your WordPress dashboard.
Choosing A SiteGround WordPress Hosting Plan
Well, After reading all these features I know most of you have got impressed by this web hosting company and it’s hosting features. Naaa….But the features doesn’t end here. Now let’s find out their super amazing plans offered by this web hosting company.
After seeing the features offered by SiteGround web hosting company let’s find out how to choose a plan that’s right for you? SiteGround offers three major plans– StartUp, GrowBig and GoGeek.
Thinking! What’s difference in these and what will suit you best? Ahhh... Relax! Here, I will tell you which plan you should go for and why?
Now, Without wasting much time let’s dive in to get the best out of this ocean. 😀
SiteGround Review : WordPress Shared Hosting Plans
If you’re starting your website first time or, if you are new to WordPress, or if you do not have much traffic on your blog initially then SiteGround’s StartUp plan is perfect choice to go for. This start up plan is especially designed for beginners keeping in mind lower traffic websites. This hosting plan allows you to host one site and can handle around 10,000 hits per month. So, If you think you have that much requirement then don’t think and just grab this plan NOW.
HEY! You know StartUp Plan works like charm for smaller online shops with a reasonable number of products. Also, If with god’s grace you start attracting more than 10,000 unique visits per month on a regular basis then you may have to shift to another plan with more caping and features. J
Let’s Find out what all features SiteGround Start Up Plan is giving >>>>
- Free Domain Name
- Free Website Builder
- cPanel & SSH Access
- Free Setup & Transfer
- 24/7 Technical Support
- SSD Storage
- Free Daily Backup
- 30 Days Money Back
- Unlimited Traffic, Emails, DBs
- HTTP/2 Enabled Servers
- Free Let’s Encrypt SSLs
- Free CloudFlare CDN
If you are using a small plan and your website has grown big and your traffic has increased then you can upgrade to the GrowBig plan. This hosting plan of SiteGround allows you to host an unlimited number of websites. You can host on your own network as long as the traffic is just around 25,000 per month. Also, you will get additional features including the basic backup & restorations, priority support, double the web space and WordPress SuperCacher.
This plan is designed to accommodate huge trafficked website that can be either single website or multiple average-size websites. This is a popular plan among customers who prefer to host all their sites in one account.
Let’s find out the features of GrowBig Plan >>>>
- 24*7 Support
- Ultimate Speed
- Security Layers
- Unlimited Websites
- Premium E-Commerce
- Premium Joomla & WordPress
Well, it’s a giant plan for those who get flood of traffic on their websites. Especially, those whose site is growing bigger every passing day then surely SiteGround GoGeek Plan is a great option. 😀
This plan includes many premium features such as, 1-click staging, premium backups, unlimited professional website restorations, SG Git github integration, free PCI compliance for online stores etc.
BEST THING is that this hosting plan is great for average-sized e-commerce websites as it consist of a much larger product line. This plan also consist of server PCI compliance!
- More Power per User
- Geeky E-Commerce
- Geeky Staging Tools
TRUST ME! This web hosting plan is one of the best plans offered by SiteGround.
As, we got to know about the features offered under these various hosting plans of SiteGround let’s find out how to set up hosting with SiteGround.
SiteGround Cloud Hosting Review -> Plans Features & Prices
After testing SiteGround cloud hosting plan, I have found it to be ultra fast, autoscalable. They have used advanced and innovative technology and also they allow us to customize plan accordingly.
The plans offered under cloud hosting plans includes, >>>>
- Entry Plan
- Business Plan
- Business Plus
- Enterprise Plan
These plans provide high speed as they use lightweight Linux containers with SSD disks which is good booster for a site speed. They provide 7 offsite backups of your site for 7 consecutive days providing guarantee of data loss. BEST THING about this plan is 24*7 fast customer support by real experts! You need not to wait for long time on call or chat as the ultra fast support provided by SiteGround takes less than 10 min to reply on tickets.
Let’s have a look at the features of cloud hosting plans, >>>
- WHM & cPanel
- Apache/Nginx & CentOS
- Free Domain Name
- Softaculous Autoinstaller
- Exim Mail Server
- 1 Dedicated IP
- MySQL 5 & PostgreSQL
- Private DNS Server Setup
- Free SSL Certificates
- 5 PHP Versions & HHVM
- IP Tables Firewall
- SSH Access
SiteGround Dedicated Hosting Review -> Plans Features & Prices
SiteGround Web Hosting : Pros & Cons
Pros of SiteGround
As we all know that everything in this world is not perfectly perfect. Their are many points related to this point which i have explained in this review. But this Siteground web hosting pros & cons topic is is very crucial for buyers to know. Because this will help buyers to show both advantages and disadvantages of SiteGround web hosting company.
1. Speed & Performance :
When people are surfing any website on internet they expect that when they type URL of any website the it should respond and open quickly. So, this is the responsibility of your hosting providers to send the requested files to the website user who is browsing website quickly.
SiteGround hosting company promises to deliver great website speed. They have manage to successfully satisfy thousands of their clients.
We personally checked few websites which were hosted on the Siteground servers. Awww !! Damn.. Speed of website was lightening fast. We were very much impressed with the speed performance of website.
2. 99% website uptime:
This is the best part of SiteGround that you will never find a down time on your website. TRUST ME! Your website will be up always and if any issue occurs it will be resolved in no time.
3. Feature Set :
They are offering very strong and genuine feature set. They are providing major facilities like daily backups to secure your website from data loss. They are also giving their users very much standard cPanel to manage the server and maintain the back end of the website.
For very starter or beginner website owners they make sure to do free domain name for a year, free account transfer and also give free site builders. This shows their care and concern towards each and every clients. This is the reason they are among well known hosting brands company.
This hosting company has focused developer-oriented features which are very unique and handy. CloudFlare’s CDN is also merging well their features and what is the most attractive part is that they are providing free PCI compliance and free Git & staging areas which is helpful to have integrated.
4. Transparency* & Community :
SiteGround is transparent and supportive of community in an industry that is usually pretty closed off. It’s refreshing to work with a company that is straightforward and supportive instead of working with a giant company that’s short on details and long on product upsells. They have a simple sign up process.
Their transparency and community support is a major pro because it indicates a deeper culture of investment in the long-term. If you’re a customer, that’s a good culture to buy from.
Cons of SiteGround
Like any web host, SiteGround has disadvantages. Here are the cons that I found while using SiteGround.
1. Limited features in the basic plan
SiteGround’s basic plan has very fewer features of hosting. It has only single website and 10GB of storage space. The users can only get an overview of some basic features of this website builder platform.
2.Website transfer not good
SiteGround’s doesn’t offer an easy one-click website transfer. Several users complain about this thing as they got a hard time transferring their website.
3. No free trial available
SiteGround don’t provide a free trail to the users so that they can try the services of website builder platforms before they conclude about them. As you all know that free trial is the best way to attract the customers initially but unfortunately, SiteGround is not providing any free trial as of now.
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SiteGround Support : Will You Get Assistance ?
SiteGround customer support is incredible. I personally had a great experience with them. The staff reviewed the things in no time. I can’t just hold myself to tell you all about their amazing support.
First, they are transparent and responsive. You contact them via any medium like messages, email or phone, they will revert back in no time.
Secondly, I found SiteGround staff to be very knowledgeable with in-depth knowledge of all aspects.
Also, SiteGround invests a lot in their employees. They put on technical events to train developers as they know employees are an asset for the company.
They take 5-10 minutes or even less to revert back once you lodge a complain.
SiteGround Refund Policy
Good thing is SiteGround has easy 30 day money back guarantee for all shared hosting plans.
YES! It means they are confident about their product and they give a freedom to the customer to return the product if they aren’t satisfied.
But, This policy is not applicable to their Cloud and Dedicated Hosting Services, Paid Support or Third Party Services.
What Should You Do ?
If you are planning to buy web hosting which makes you feel relax in terms of after sale services then SiteGround web hosting would be a preferable option among all the hosting providers. The are successfully serving thousands of customers for many years have goodwill which makes them stand among other brands.
In the end, I would like to say the last thing that It is difficult to trust something first time but till the time we don’t use anything we can not build the trust and know about the product too.
Take Your Chance..Trust people who have been already satisfied from the SiteGround reviews and their web hosting services.
JUST GO FOR IT..CHEERS 🙂 🙂