Free Domain Name!! – There’s not many hosting companies that give away free domain names with their shared hosting, so it’s really good that SiteGround do this as well as providing the user with high quality hosting to boot!
Lightening Fast Installation – Install most of the popular apps available as well as CMSs in super quick time with one click installs with Softaculous.
Extra / Hidden Fees – Siteground will charge you a fee of $14.95 if you decide to pay your hosting fee on a monthly basis. That’s why I always recommend that you pay for the full year up front to save yourself a bit of cash.
Siteground Control Panel / Dashboard – Siteground uses cpanel which is extremely easy to use.
PERFORMANCE – SPEED AND UPTIME
SiteGround offers good speed and uptime with data centres located across three continents: Asia (Singapore), Europe (Amsterdam), and North America (Chicago). You can select the data centre that is closest to your target audience to give them faster access to your website.
The SiteGround team continuously experiments with different configurations and keeps upgrading their hardware and server architecture for their dedicated servers. They ensure that their hosted accounts are instantly migrated to the latest hardware configurations after upgrades. This makes their server performance optimum at all times.
SiteGround offers an uptime guarantee of 99.9%, which means a very negligible down time. They are able to achieve this with the help of their custom server monitoring software.
This software monitors the status of every server in real-time and also minimises downtime by automatically resolving more than 90% of the server performance issues that come up, without human interaction.
SECURITY AND BACKUP
SiteGround’s data centres are protected by high-end security at all times. Some of the key security measures implemented at their data centres include 24×7 human security, access control, mantraps, biometrics, bulletproof lobbies, and constant video surveillance.
With SiteGround, you get a distinct mechanism that isolates various shared server accounts from one another, which prevents the possibility of a vulnerable server account affecting the entire server.
Thus, if any other site hosted on the same, shared server as yours is compromised, you need not worry, as your site will remain completely safe. The unique isolation mechanism ensures that a shared server is as secure as a dedicated server is.
In case of any hacking attempts or related vulnerability in pre-installed server software (which are always kept updated) such as PHP, Exim, security gaps are instantly identified (due to continuous monitoring) and software patches are installed to fix the issues.
Some key security measures available include HackAlert Monitoring (as an add-on for $1 per month that notifies you if your site is under attack), hotlink protection, IP address block lists, and anti-spam tools, SpamExperts and SpamAssassin.
It also provides a unique feature called ‘Leech Protect’, that lets administrators prevent users from publicly posting their secret passwords to different portions of the site.
One of the most critical factors that should influence your decision to opt for a hosting provider is the kind of customer service they offer. As a webmaster or blogger, 24/7, excellent customer support is necessary because you never know when you might encounter some issue that needs immediate resolution.
This is exactly where SiteGround scores heavily with a support team of highly talented technical professionals. You not only get a quick response, but they can easily handle any kind of issues with your hosting account or website.
Their support is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year via the ticket system, live chat or telephone support. They lend a personalised touch through the support personnel (via live chat or helpdesk) you discuss the issue with. You can view the support person’s profile, technical background, areas of expertise and interests along with years of experience.
The comprehensive self-help tutorials and knowledge base, along with SiteGround webinars provide you access to a vast pool of information and troubleshooting guides.
You get the industry standard cPanel, which gives you access to the Softaculous auto-installer, along with their custom installs for WordPress, Joomla and Magento. The cPanel is easily accessible from the general billing client area of your hosting account.
You get access to SiteGround’s SuperCacher (a web caching service) that has been specifically developed based on Varnish and Memcached. It makes retrieving web pages faster (by storing the page on the visitor’s browser cache when requested for the first time). Thus, it reduces the load on your server significantly.
You also get WordPress and Joomla Toolkits that enables you to easily modify your domain, reset admin passwords, fix any broken permissions, secure the admin page, configure SSL and move/delete your installation.
You can even use special developer features (GoGeek only) such as WP-CLI, Site Staging, and Drush and Git integration. Overall, the SiteGround control panel and hosting account offer a pool of features that make your work a lot easier.
VARIOUS PLANS AND PRICING
All plans offered by SiteGround include 99.9% uptime, free domain name, and cPanel. The different hosting categories and plans are discussed below:
All shared hosting plans offer a free domain, free site transfer, free CloudFlare CDN, and unlimited MySQL DB. The SiteGround shared hosting plans are listed under:
StartUp Web Hosting Package at $3.95 per month with free setup (subscription for 1-year, 2-years or 3-years) or 1-month trial for $3.95 per month with $24.95 setup fee, with multiple websites, 20GB web space, 30 copies of free daily backup, 1 year free SSL certificate, priority technical support, SuperCacher for optimised speed, and 25,000 visits per month
GoGeek Web Hosting Package At $14.95 per month with free setup (subscription for 1-year, 2-years or 3-years) or 1-month trial for $14.95 per month with $24.95 setup fee, with multiple websites, 30GB web space, 30 copies of free daily backup, 1 year free SSL certificate, priority technical support, SuperCacher for optimised speed, free PCI compliance, less accounts on server, and 100,000 visits per month
SiteGround also offers dedicated WordPress hosting, with the same plans as mentioned above but with special features for the popular CMS.
SiteGround provides auto scalable and ultra-fast cloud hosting plans based. They are suitable for any small development project or a high-scale enterprise website.
All plans include 24/7 VIP support, free CDN, fully managed servers and seven off-site backups of your account for seven consecutive days. You get all the required software pre-installed on your server along with a free private SSL, SSH access, free domain name, one dedicated IP, IP tables firewall, MySQL 5 and PostgreSQL, seven PHP versions and HHVM, Apache and CentOS, Exim mail server, WHM and cPanel, and the Softaculous auto installer.
Their cloud hosting plans are listed below:
Entry – at $54 per month (for 6-months subscription) or $57 per month (for 3-months subscription) or $60 per month (for 1-month subscription), with 1 x 3.0GHz CPU, 2GB DDR3 RAM, 20GB disk space and 5TB bandwidth
Business – at $72 per month (for 6-months subscription) or $76 per month (for 3-months subscription) or $80 per month (for 1-month subscription), with 2 x 3.0GHz CPU, 2GB DDR3 RAM, 40GB disk space and 5TB bandwidth
Business Plus – at $90 per month (for 6-months subscription) or $95 per month (for 3-months subscription) or $100 per month (for 1-month subscription), with 2 x 3.0GHz CPU, 3GB DDR3 RAM, 60GB disk space and 5TB bandwidth
Enterprise – at $126 per month (for 6-months subscription) or $133 per month (for 3-months subscription) or $140 per month (for 1-month subscription), with 4 x 3.0GHz CPU, 4GB DDR3 RAM, 80GB disk space and 5TB bandwidth
SiteGround offers some very good dedicated server hosting plans as well. With these managed premium plans, you get innovative software that boosts your server performance.
Aside from 24/7 VIP customer support, you also get a choice to select any of the three data centre locations for your dedicated server. You also get the same software pre-installed on your dedicated server (as with cloud hosting servers) with the only differences being that you get 5 dedicated IPs instead of just one along with a private DNS server setup.
The three SiteGround dedicated server hosting plans are listed under:
Entry Server – at $229 per month (1-month subscription), $223 per month (3-months subscription) and $217.50 per month (6-months subscription) with $99 setup fee, Intel Xeon E3-1230 CPU, 3.20GHz CPU clock speed, 4 CPU cores, 8 CPU threads, 8MB CPU cache, 4GB DDR3 RAM, 500GB SATA II HDD and 5TB bandwidth
Power Server – at $329 per month (1-month subscription), $320.67 per month (3-months subscription) and $312.50 per month (6-months subscription) with $99 setup fee, Intel Xeon E3-1270 CPU, 3.50GHz CPU clock speed, 4 CPU cores, 8 CPU threads, 8MB CPU cache, 12GB DDR3 RAM, 1TB SATA II HDD and 5TB bandwidth
Enterprise Server – at $429 per month (1-month subscription), $418.33 per month (3-months subscription) and $407.50 per month (6-months subscription) with $99 setup fee, 2 x Intel Xeon E5-2620 CPU, 2.00GHz CPU clock speed, 2 x 6 CPU cores, 2 x 12 CPU threads, 15MB CPU cache, 16GB DDR3 RAM, 4 x 500GB SATA III/RAID 10 HDD and 5TB bandwidth
You can kick-start your own white-labelled hosting company with the reseller hosting program offered by SiteGround. The fees are as low as $42 per year (if you order 11 credits, where one credit equals one year hosting).
To be a part of this reseller program, you can buy five credits at $45 per credit initially and get all the benefits of a reseller hosting account. You are entitled to a non-branded cPanel along with a Private DNS upgrade to enable better server name branding.
- This host is an integral part of the WordPress and Joomla community as it regularly attends and sponsors events every year, and even talks at such events
- SiteGround offers a unique pool of advanced features such as SuperCacher (to reduce server load and quick web page access), server account isolation technology (to ensure none of the other sites hosted on a shared server are impacted if one of the sites is facing security issues), and toolkits for WordPress and Joomla
- You get ‘Google Page Speed Apache module’ for a 2-click, automatic application of site speed best practices as per Google suggestions
- Like most hosts, SiteGround offers a money-back period of 30 days
- The fact that this host manages to monitor its server so well with great security measures, creates a sense of security and high reliability among its users
- It does not offer a monthly subscription for shared hosting plans
- There is no provision for unlimited storage or bandwidth with SiteGround hosting plans
- The prices of various hosting plans offered are higher compared to other popular hosting service providers (who do not offer the same amount of features, which may not always be required)
THE FINAL VERDICT
The amount of features on offer by SiteGround may make you think that they are great value for money. However, a closer look shows that this hosting provider is great for individual webmasters and small businesses whose sites are more prone to security attacks.
SiteGround holds your hand and makes hosting and server maintenance a seamless activity to help you out though. If you don’t care about unlimited bandwidth or data storage.
Have you used SiteGround’s hosting services? What were their best features and major disadvantages as per your experience? Let us know in the comments below, and thanks for reading!