Most of the web hosting companies which are popular are owned by Endurance International Group. SiteGround is not one of them. Still, it is one of the Highest Quality Web Hosting Services available these days. This article is a detailed review of Hosting Services offered by SiteGround with deep analysis of its features, plans & pricing, pros & cons. We’ve also compared the overall services offered by SiteGround and other popular Web Hosting companies.
Introduction to SiteGround Web Hosting
SiteGround is an esteemed web hosting company which offers Shared Web Hosting, Managed WordPress Hosting, Managed WooCommerce Web Hosting, Cloud Hosting, Reseller Hosting, Enterprise Web Hosting and even they offer dedicated web servers. Further, they also offer many custom application specific web hosting services like Joomla Web Hosting, Magento, Drupal or Prestashop Web Hosting. SiteGround is a unique company in itself which offers so many different types of application specific and accordingly optimized web hosting services. They have mentioned on their website that they are being trusted by over 2 million domains and that’s a huge number!
As in this article, we’re not reviewing a particular type of web hosting rather we are reviewing overall SiteGround by overall reviewing all of its offered services, these are some common loyalty features that we get when signup for any of the type of web hosting.
SiteGround is different from most of the other web hosting companies in terms of technologies that they use to empower their web hosting services. Let’s discuss them one by one.
Ease of Management
This is the very first thing that all of us would love with SiteGround. They have offered all the possible easy dashboards and management tools to easily manage any type of hosting that they offer. Even any beginner would also be able to host their websites without much technical knowledge. As they also offer application-specific hosting services like WordPress, WooCommerce, Joomla, Magento hosting etc, it becomes even easier for the newbies to decide which hosting type will be the best for their new ventures.
Performance & Data Centers
Performance is one of the keys whether to judge the quality of a Web Hosting. It is all that we expect the maximum from a web hosting service. All the web hosting services whether it’s shared hosting or dedicated hosting services, are aimed to provide you the maximum performance. And for that, they make use of the latest technology and hardware like SSD Drives to improve the website speed and load times.
They have data centers in three continents. This ensures the minimum load time from wherever in the world you try to access the website which is hosted on their servers. They say that they work with one of the best data center facilities in the world to ensure the best of their services. Their data centers are connected to a world-class network to ensure maximum network speeds, powered by redundant electrical systems, and high-end physical security is provided at the site of data-centers.
The following factors used by SiteGround ensures speed.
- SSD Storage
- NGINX Web Server
- PHP 7
As I already mentioned SSD Disk drives are a lot faster than traditional HDDs and thus offer a lot faster server write and read access. NGINX web servers are also optimized for speed and therefore used here. They also use a caching technology called Super cacher to do caching. Caching stores the dynamic pages into static HTML pages and server next time. This saves the processing power of the server so that it could do other important tasks. They also make use of the latest protocol HTTP/2 which makes the websites faster than ever. Most of the websites are dependent on PHP for server-side scripts execution. SiteGround offers support for the latest PHP Version.
Uptime is one of the most important factors of any web hosting service. Your website should always be online and should be accessible by anyone, anytime. Sitegorund offers 99.99% uptime.
SiteGround highly makes use of DevOps technology. They do not just adopt the latest technology, they modify it to make it even better. For example, they make use of Linux Containers (LXC). As they’ve mentioned on their website Uptime Feature page, that they have themselves written many Linux patches. This work is highly appreciable. They do Pro-active server monitoring to find any flaws as soon as possible.
Most of the times, the downtimes are caused due to various attacks like DDOS. SiteGround make use of an Anti-bot API that can detect such type of brute-force attack and can easily tackle them to prevent the web servers from any kind of downtime and other security issues.
SSL Certificate And CDN Setup
SSL Certificate enables the https on your websites. And you must know that an SSL certificate is nowadays recommended for all websites because of multiple reasons and it also has a minor benefit in the search engine rankings. SiteGround offers free SSL Certificate with Let’s Encrypt. CDN (Content Delivery Network) also speeds up the loading time of your website(s) and SiteGround also offers instant setup of Cloudflare CDN with your websites that you host with them.
Support & Help Resources
No Web Hosting company is good if it does not offer quality support on time. But this is not the case with SiteGround. They offer high-quality support on time. They offer Instant Chat Support, Ticket Support, and Phone Support as well. Their support is available 24/7.
Therefore, you need not worry about your hosting service at all. If anytime, you may want to contact them, SiteGround’s team is there to help assist you. They also have published a lot of tutorials to help you quickly get started with the various services offered by them. They have various getting started tutorials and they have webinar series.
Different Web Hosting Services offered by SiteGround
In this section, we’ll briefly be discussing the different types of web hosting services that are offered by SiteGround. We’ll be discussing the features of each of these types very quickly. Keep in mind one thing that the key features like Uptime, Technology, and Support remains the same. The difference comes in the type.
Shared Web Hosting
They offer three plans under this category.
Apart from the difference of website count, disk space and monthly visitors, these plans differ in terms of feature sets, which are called as Essential, Premium and Geeky features by SiteGround.
- Essential features include Sitebuilder, SSL, Email Accounts, Cloudflare CDN, Daily Backups, 24/7 Support, 30 Days Money Back Guarantee, Unlimited Traffic, Unlimited MySQL Databases and Control Panel & SSH.
- Premium Features include Free Site Transfer (Migration) by experts, Supercacher service, on-demand backups and staging of WordPress and Joomla.
- Geeky Features include priority support, increased server power, servers that are compliant to PCI and Git Repo creation in one click.
The following screenshot shows the detailed featureful comparison of the three plans of SiteGround Shared Web Hosting.
Managed WordPress Hosting
SiteGround offers application-level web hosting types. They offer Managed Web Hosting service for World’s Most Popular CMS, WordPress. Here also they offer the same plans.
Pricing is also the same as the pricing of Shared Web Hosting plan. So, in case you just want to get Web Hosting for hosting WordPress Website(s), this is a better option for non-technical and beginner users. These plans are also differentiated by Essential, Premium and Geeky features but these features are now specific to WordPress CMS.
Essential features of Managed WordPress Hosting include WordPress Installation, WordPress Auto-upgrades, Migrators, WP CLI and SSH, Free SSL, 24/7 WordPress oriented support and features like daily backups, unlimited MySQL and email. It also includes a 30-day money back guarantee.
The premium and geeky features are same as the Shared Web Hosting. SiteGround is also recommended by WordPress.org on their official website.
High-Performance WooCommerce Hosting
This web hosting service is almost similar to WordPress Web Hosting offered by SiteGround. The pricing is also the same and the features are also the same. It seems like they are offering the Shared hosting versions under multiple applications name, like WordPress Hosting, WooCommerce Hosting, Magento Hosting, and Joomla Hosting. The thing is that they are adding features specific to some application in their Shared Web Hosting service.
When we require guaranteed resources to run our web application, we either choose dedicated hosting or cloud hosting. It is recommended to choose Cloud Hosting as it offers more flexibility. Cloud Hosting is one of the major offerings of SiteGround. They offer 4 different plans for cloud hosting and you can also create your own plan by doing customizations and accordingly you’ll be charged the price per month.
SiteGround Cloud Hosting is costly but it is worth the price because the quality of service and performance that you will get with this cloud servers is ultimate. You can also create your custom cloud.
SiteGround Cloud Hosting is one of the most featureful among its competitors. You’ll get the following features in this service.
- Guaranteed Resources
- Fully Managed Service
- Sub-Accounts Managed At Ease
- SSH & SFTP
- Dedicated IP
- Daily Backups
- Private DNS
- And All Essential features like Free SSL and CDN
Scalability is one of the major features of a Cloud Service and SiteGround also offers auto-scaling so that your website can automatically manage its resources as per the growing traffic or according to other load requirements.
Reseller Hosting is not known to most of the people. It is basically re-selling the web hosting services offered by some company. You can get the Reseller Hosting services of SiteGround and can sell it to others. Reseller hosting gives you the power of running your own web hosting business without the actual management of a web hosting company.
SiteGround has a unique procedure for Reseller Hosting which is credits based. Find out more about SiteGround Reseller hosting here.
SiteGround also offers Enterprise Level Custom Hosting Solutions. To find out more about their enterprise hosting, you need to send them your query with details like a requirement and monthly budget. They’ll come up with an Enterprise solution for you.
Dedicated Web Hosting
When you require the maximum power, Dedicated Web Hosting is the solution. If your applications are highly intensive and always require maximum hardware support, you can rely on dedicated web servers.
With SiteGround, you can either order a dedicated server for you or simply signup with any of the given three Dedicated Web Hosting plans.
You can choose the Data Center and accordingly the different Pricing and plans will be shown to you. For example, the above screenshot is showing the plans for the United Stated Datacenter. As per the specifications of the server plans, the pricing is good to go. It is costly but that’s the amount you have to pay if want to get a Dedicated Web Server.
SiteGround offers Performance boosters with each of their Dedicated Web Hosting plans at an extra cost of $50 per month. These performance boosters are basically the managed services of WordPress, Joomla, and Magento. It includes auto updates and various author application-specific features.
Pros and Cons
Let’s quickly discuss the Pros and Cons of Siteground Web Hosting.
- Good Performance
- Use of Latest Technology
- High-Quality Support
- Data Centres in 3 Continents
- Free SSL and CDN
- Cost is more if you don’t subscribe for a long period
You must know that the pricing you’re offered in shared web hosting when you subscribe for a longer time period like in years. You’ll have to pay more if you subscribe and renew monthly.
Consequently, we found SiteGround Web Hosting to be quite good and of high quality. They have maximized the use of the latest technology for better hosting solutions. They have also tried to offer application-specific web hosting which is a good thing for newbies. They have hosting solutions for all types of needs of the users, starting from the shared hosting service to dedicated and enterprise level solutions.
The pricing plans are also well planned and affordable as per the requirement. They have also offered 30-day money back option in their plans and one special feature which I liked about SiteGround is the daily backup option in all plans. Most of the web hosting companies don’t offer the daily backup feature in their plans for Free. I also liked their way of dividing the plans by Essential, Premium and Geeky features. It also makes simpler for the users to choose the best-suited plans for them.
My Rating For SiteGround
I’d like to rate 4.5 stars to the overall web hosting services offered by SiteGround.
So, that’s our review of SiteGround Web Hosting. Please feel free to ask any queries related to this article in the comments section below and do share this article with others who might find it useful as well.