SiteGround Hosting Review
In the world of web hosting Siteground is considered as an independent provider with a very good reputation. Unlike many other famous providers such as Bluehost or Hostgator, Siteground is not a part of some big corporation. Even though they’re coming from Bulgaria which hardly can be listed among the top technological countries, Siteground has a decent reputation. We decided it’s worth to check out whether it’s still the case in 2019.
Let’s start from Siteground plans. They offer three web hosting plans which is pretty common.
StartUp is the low-end plan for the simplest needs. You receive 10GB of disk space and are able to host one website. The price is $3.95 per month.
Siteground Grow Big hosting plan is the middle plan. 20GB of disk space and no limits in regards to the number of domains. This plan costs $6.45 per month
Gogeek hosting package is the most powerful web hosting plan in their portfolio. 30GB and the unlimited number of domains. You will need to pay $11.95 to get one.
Well, I can make several conclusions based on this information.
StartUp plan won’t suit everyone. Sure it’s more than enough to have 10GB of disk space for a beginner. Moreover, it’s not a problem to upgrade at any moment. However, this plan lacks fully-fledged WordPress cache functionality so your WordPress won’t be as fast as it could be with their more expensive plans. On the other hand, that’s a good choice while you’re building your website. Sometimes there is no need to overpay for a better plan on this stage.
Grow big is the optimal plan for the vast majority of people. It features all the necessary features to have a fast website with all the functions most people need
Siteground Gogeek plan has several distinctive features:
- Priority support
- PCI compliance
- Staging and Git
So we can see that it’s rather targeted on owners of ecommerce websites (mostly they’re the people who need PCI) and website developers (staging and git).
SiteGround WordPress review
SiteGround doesn’t offer any specialized managed WordPress hosting. Instead, they have a regular shared hosting optimized for WordPress usage. Siteground WordPress features include:
- Softaculous. Nothing special (many providers have it) but it’s really convenient to install WP in a couple of clicks.
- They Will Transfer Your WordPress for free: If you have a WP website hosted elsewhere, their support will transfer it over to SiteGround
- WordPress auto-updater: your WordPress will be up-to-date at all times.
- WordPress SuperCacher: an exclusiveSiteGround plugin that provides WordPress site caching on three different levels, resulting in faster loading times.
- WordPress staging: This feature allows you to create a staged copy of your website with a single click, enabling you to make adjustments before moving all new changes to your original WP site on production
Siteground Mail Features and Limits
As every hosting provider, Siteground guys try to find a balance between email usability and preventing their IPs from being blacklisted. To do so, they implement certain outgoing email limitations. So, Siteground email limits are pretty common:
- An email message can have up to 40 recipients (or 80 under GoGeek plans).
- A domain can send up to 400 emails per hour (or 800 emails/hour if hosted on GoGeek plan).
If you need more then consider a dedicated server.
Other Siteground Packages and Features
Besides Siteground shared hosting they offer Cloud hosting, Reseller hosting, Enterprise hosting, and dedicated servers. Siteground cloud hosting starts at $80 per month. As for dedicated hosting, you can get a Siteground server at $269/mo. These kinds of hosting are very specific and I expect to review them in details later.
Where are data centers? Siteground data centers are located in the following areas:
- London, UK
- Amsterdam, NL
- Chicago, USA
That’s actually a pretty decent choice. European customers can even choose between two locations while Australians, Indians and other Asia-based customers would be satisfied with Singapore option. Americans may lack an option on the West coast. However, this hardly covers South America and the biggest part of Africa.
Siteground trial period (or rather a money-back guarantee) is 30 days which is a pretty widespread practice among hosting providers. This means you can get your money back in 30 days after you purchase their hosting if you decided to cancel.
They provide only Linux hosting thus Siteground Windows hosting doesn’t exist. They run Nginx in front of Apache to cache and speed up the delivery of static content which is a fairly decent practice. Web hosting plans come with cPanel which is conveniently integrated into SiteGround user account.
SiteGround for WordPress. Speed and Uptime
What we really like about this hosting provider is their focus on website optimization tools.
Also, to speed up they offer CloudFlare CDN and their own SuperCacher plugin. You can find more here.
The thing with this plugin is that it’s pretty hard to configure it to work with WordPress caching plugins. Thus if you already have an optimized and established WordPress website then you’ll need to disable your caching plugin to make things work better.
Even though their support doesn’t recommend using any caching plugins along with SuperCacher, there is the way.
SG Optimizer is another custom solution – that’s a WordPress plugin intended to speed up WordPress websites on Siteground hosting.
Keep in mind that, their plugin won’t work on any other hosting if you decide to move one day.
While their first-year prices were the same for several years, Siteground raised renewal price last year:
- StartUp plan – renewal price increased 20%, from $9.95 per month to $11.95/mo.
- GrowBig plan – renewal price increased 33%, from $14.95 per month to $19.95/mo.
- GoGeek – renewal price increased 17%, from $29.95 per month to $34.95/mo
I consider this grows as significant. This may be related to the fact that their popularity grows and they decided to start using this. Also, the implementation of the aforementioned custom features such as SG optimizer makes it harder to move out from Siteground. Anyway, that’s just my thoughts.
Let’s compare StartUp plan and its pricing to the closed competitors:
|first year price||$47.40||$27.44||$71.88||$33||$29.26||$47.40||$41.88|
|disk space||10 GB (SSD)||20 GB||100 GB||unmetered||unlimited||50 GB||50 GB|
|number of domains||1||3||1||1||1||1||1|
We can notice that while the first year price is pretty average, SiteGround has the most expensive renewal.
SiteGround Domain Price
SiteGround position themselves as a hosting provider so it’s even a challenge to find their domain selling page on their website.
SoSiteGround domain price would be $15.95 for .com. Let’s compare to the other companies (both domain providers and the ones not specialized on domains only):
As you can see, they’re far from being an affordable domain provider thus in most cases it makes sense to consider another provider.
SiteGround promo codes
It’s interesting that SiteGround hosting coupon codes just don’t exist. Unlike many other providers, they don’t offer any monthly coupons. However, even though you can get an actual SiteGround coupon code, it doesn’t mean you can’t have a discount.
They just have another business model. They partner with different websites (usually, dedicated to WordPress) and allow those partners to offer affiliate discounts. In this way, you can get up to 70% off.
The good news is that Siteground is one of the hosts that support Let’s encrypt. Another SiteGround https option is EV certificates if you prefer extended validation.
Siteground guys are very serious about security. In their blog, they often tell about the way Siteground security team fixed some new vulnerability and so on. That’s a pretty fresh approach because even though other providers also have security teams working with vulnerabilities, Siteground is good at promoting this work of their employees.
SiteGround Customer Service
The truth is, I really like the way they approach customer support. First of all, their support is pretty knowledgeable and fast. Second, they have a very personalized approach to their CS reps – you can check out the blog and the helpdesk software they use. Care about your customers begins with care about your employees that’s why I really like this.
The only drawback I found was the ability to contact only Sales rep when I’m not logged in my SG account. Sometimes their Sales reps don’t possess deep technical knowledge (which is understandable) and I’d appreciate the ability to talk to someone technical before I’m logged in.
Conclusions on SiteGround Hosting
SiteGround hosting pros
- Strong focus on website optimization and high speed. Their custom solutions and overall approach to infrastructure show how serious they’re about making your website run faster.
- WordPress community recognition. Siteground seems to have strong relationships with people who develop WordPress and different improvements for it. This can’t be undervalued.
- Let’s encrypt support. Not all big hosting providers support it so if you want a SiteGround free SSL then it’s a good option.
- Good customer support. I just like how they treat their CS reps.
SiteGround hosting Cons
- Growing renewal prices. Enough said.
- Some features are more for developers. The set of features they provide with their hosting plans looks like more focused on advanced hosting users. Therefore…
- It’s hard to use for newbies.
Conclusion on SiteGround Hosting in 2019
I am pretty sure that Siteground is still among the best hosting providers in 2019. Even though we can notice that the price started growing, it’s still a good provider.
Probably, an inexperienced person may find a provider with a more intuitive interface and easier management. However, if you are not a complete newbie then most likely you will like what they offer.
I just hope they won’t become a big evil corporation which sees their customers as moneybags. Today it’s still one of the best providers to go for.