This week it is time to review one of my favorite and highly recommended web hosts, SiteGround.
SiteGround is among the most popular and highly recommended hosting companies for WordPress sites. They have a reputation for providing fast and reliable hosting with top-notch customer support. They provide shared hosting, cloud hosting, and dedicated servers. Their WordPress optimized hosting includes everything you need to create and grow a successful blog or website.
Headquartered in Sofia, Bulgaria, today the company has more than 400 employees and hosts more than 500,000 domains. They were started in 2004 by a bunch of college friends and since that time they have grown into one of the well known and most popular web hosting companies. So much that they have been declared a preferred hosting provider by the makers of WordPress.
Lets get right to the hosting plans. SiteGround offers shared hosting, cloud hosting, dedicated servers, reseller hosting, And WordPress Managed hosting.
SiteGround’s basic shared hosting plans include a free domain registration, SSD storage, free access to Cloudflare CDN, and a free site transfer from your existing host.
There are 3 levels of shared hosting with SiteGround: StartUp, GrowBig, and GoGeek.
StartUp = a great choice for beginners who only have one site, and not a ton of traffic.
GrowBig = this plan is for those who’ve had a site before and expect their site to take off. Maybe you have more than one site. This plan is a good middle between StartUp and GoGeek.
GoGeek = This is a good plan for those who really do need the extra add-ons and features that this plan offers.
Their features vary based on the number of websites you want to host, the storage space you need, and your traffic requirements.
Managed WordPress hosting is also available with any plan. SiteGround’s WordPress hosting is optimized for speed and security. In addition, they also provide other WordPress tools that with help you setup and maintain your WordPress site. See image below:
SiteGround has a huge list of how to articles in their knowledge base that you can read over to help improve your WordPress website. The articles talk to the beginner, as well as the seasoned professional to help troubleshoot your site.
If you just can’t seem to figure things out, then technical support is available 24/7, via support ticket, live chat, or phone. Their goal is to answer all phone calls and chats within seconds, so you don’t have to sit around waiting for someone to help. For more complex issues, it’s best to open a support ticket. Their response time for support tickets is within 10 minutes.
I had issues where I contacted their support by phone, and received help within minutes. It the phone person could not help me, then I submitted a ticket with was usually responded to in minutes. I can say that I have not had any issues with their customer support.
Although SiteGround is a web host, their support is also good with WordPress related problems and if I have had a issue with WordPress, then they were knowledgable enough to help.
Refund policies are a big selection point with web hosts these days. SiteGround offers a 30 day money back guarantee. If you cancel your service within 30 days you will receive a full refund. Domain registrations are not refundable, however, so if you received a free domain as part of your sign up, it will be deducted from your refund amount. And it is yours to keep.
Pros And Cons
SiteGround is a top related web host and is recommended by WordPress themselves. But are they right for you? Review the pros and cons below to help you better decide.
- Fast and Friendly Support – SiteGround’s main claim to fame is their phenomenal customer service. They go above and beyond to help their customers.
- Reliable Hosting – SiteGround claims to have near 100% uptime and fast loading times.
- Affordable – SiteGround’s pricing for their managed WordPress hosting is very competitive.
- Advanced WordPress Features – The GoGeek WordPress plan offers unique features perfect for developers and more advanced users.
- Free Domain – Every hosting plan includes a free domain registration.
- Setup Fee for Monthly Billing – If you select the month-to-month billing option, there’s a $14.95 setup fee. The fee is waived if you pay for at least a year in advance.
- Limited Storage Space – Compared to other hosting companies that offer unlimited space and bandwidth, SiteGround’s hosting plans have set limits.
Is SiteGround Right for You?
Even though I highly recommend SiteGround as a web hosting provider, are they right for you? This is a question you have to ask yourself when determining what you are looking for in a web host.
I will tell you, that they are certainly not the the cheapest web host, if you are shopping on price alone. But for the value they offer, I think the price is fair and competitive.
You could sign up with a lower price point with a competing web host, but you could be compromising your sites performance in the long run. For just this little extra a month, you are ensuring that your site is optimized for success. Click this link to get started with SiteGround today.
Have you used SiteGround before? Are you using them now? I would love to hear your reviews and recommendations in the comments section below.
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