I used the hosting services of SiteGround for one of my WordPress sites to check how it fares against other hosting services. Sites that load really quickly make me happy, that’s why I am always on the look out for web host that can provide great speed.
This Siteground review is based on my two years experinc with them, and overall, the experience was just a happy one. But, as you read this review, you’ll discover that there is a disadvantage in using this webhosting service as well.
SiteGround’s Web Hosting Plans & Pricing
They offer plans which mostly centers on shared, VPS, dedicated Web hosting, and reseller hosting.
The bundles being offered by the firm are from the different servers that are solely running on Linux. Siteground also offers services which include e-commerce solution, perfect for clients who are in need of help in putting up their online shops.
Free software for designing a website as well as free domain and unrestricted e-mail accounts are included in all the plans.
Startup: $9.95/mo – Special Offer: $3.95 (60% off). The simplest shared hosting plan being offered. It includes a 10GB web space. Users can also host one domain
GrowBig: $14.95/mo – Special Offer: $7.95 (50% off). It comes with 20 GB Web space. Plus clients can host unlimited sites.
GoGeek: $29.95/mo – Special Offer: $14.95 (50% off) 30GB Web Space is included in the plan, plus clients can host unlimited sites.
Aside from shared hosting, clients can also choose from the 3 VPS hosting plans and 4 managed dedicated server plans being offered by the firm.
SiteGround boasts that they only use the incredibly fast and dependable servers to meet a 99.9% uptime. The firm, however, does not give a guarantee for its claims.
Clients can avail of 24×7 email technical support which is being handled by the firm’s European office.
Other Thoughts on SiteGround
As usual, I asked around to know what are the experiences of other users of SiteGround. This is why I allotted some time in going through the reviews on key review sites like Cnet and WholsHostingThis, for both positive and negative reviews.
And from what I’ve read, the clients seem to be generally happy with the firm. But, as usual, there were negative feedback too. But, then again, no one can really please everyone.
I’ve listed down the downside and the upside of SiteGround, based on my own experience plus the observations of others.
The firm’s complete safeguards to fight off hackers is the thing that won me over. The precautions are just great. For example, you would still be directed to the log-in page of Siteground through the firm’s securely encrypted connection, despite typing the cPanel URL straight from your blog. They do this to ensure that whatever sensitive information you keep are kept safe, and cannot be hacked by those who intends to hack the information that’s being transmitted.
Second, I find it advantageous that SiteGround disallows direct activation of plugins and themes. Plus, to make sure that the plugins and themes you have installed are both secure and clean, the firm has added another set of security precaution . Additionally, there are also controls embedded such that a user logging on from WordPress blog is denied of more attempts to login when the user has been entering incorrect passwords and usernames again and again. This feature lessens the probability that your blog would be put to risk by the hackers.
Plus, they have the advanced caching technology which automatically can be turned on upon the installation of WordPress, thus significantly enhancing the performance your blogs. They also offer SuperCacher, a more powerful caching capability for advance plan. But this one, I wasn’t able to use and test.
Uptime for the server is absolutely great. I have used SG for two years, and not once did I experience a short downtime, despite the fact that I was really observing the performance closely. While it can be argued, that two years is a short period for a thorough evaluation, but I say that the consistent performance is definitely a testament on the reliability of their hosting service.
For shared plans, SG doesn’t let a lot of users on the same servers. This is a good way of hosting since it basically means that the firm is committed to providing quality service. SG boasts that they have the least number of users on their shared service compared to its competitors. While the company may not prove this claim publicly, but maybe I should believe them since loading of WordPress using SG is really faster than the other common shared hosts.
SG really has several attractive characteristics that make it stand out compared to other Webhost such as HostGator. Other features that are really helpful are available too, but they are the ones that can be commonly found in other webhosts as well.
I can only think of one disadvantage for SiteGround- that ‘s the storage space limit they have. You get a small 10Gb storage with the most basic plan. This storage amount may be sufficient for blogging, but some may want to have more storage space.
Affordable prices plus capable hosting services, that’s what SiteGround can offer. The tech support is great too. However, the hosting service is only suitable for those who are running a few websites ( less than five) in one account.
Small businesses may find SG very helpful and effective since they can be assured of reliable service and they will get what they paid for .
To conclude my review, I say that those looking for a reliable host who only has a small number of websites to run would benefit from getting SiteGround’s services.