Expert SiteGround Review 2018

Overview

SiteGround provides quality hosting with in-house solutions that guarantee high performance. With data centers located in the United States, Europe, and Asia, SiteGround has over 800,000 domain names around the world. SiteGround provides a spectrum of hosting plans including shared Linux hosting as well as cloud-based and dedicated hosting for larger, expanding businesses. Officially endorses by WordPress, all of their plans come with managed WordPress hosting with features like staging and automatic updates.

Ease of Use

SiteGround comes with an easy to use interface and cPanel. In addition, their website offers free tutorials specifically for their many different services. Conveniently, SiteGround has a free SSL that works in one-click, avoiding the trouble of setting up SSL through HTTPS / SSL via WordPress. SiteGround also offers direct integration with CDNs like CloudFlare.

Bandwidth & Disk Space

Many factors play a part when it comes to website performance. A good hosting should guarantee that websites load at optimum speeds. During testing, SiteGround provides consistently high speed performance with uptime speeds of above 99%. In addition, while many hosting services only have one or two data centers, SiteGround has five major data centers worldwide located in Chicago, Singapore, London, Amsterdam, and Milan. That means your site will load even faster for visitors around the world.

Hosting Plans

SiteGround provides a spectrum of hosting plans including shared Linux hosting as well as cloud-based and dedicated hosting for larger, expanding businesses. SiteGround offers shared hosting, cloud hosting, reseller hosting, WordPress hosting, dedicated servers, and enterprise hosting.

All plans come with WordPress hosting and features, fast setup, 99.9% uptime, and 24/7 support. The SuperCacher ensures extremely fast loading times for your site. However, instead of offering all features for each plan, SiteGround prices their plans on caps instead of features. Some of the better features only come with upgraded plans at a higher cost.

Starter websites with approximately 10,000 monthly visits can purchase the lost-cost StartUp hosting option at $2.95 per month. This plan comes with one website and 1GB web space. Growing websites can upgrade to the GrowBig plan which hosts multiple websites for $4.55 per month. This plan comes with 20GB of web space.

The GoGeek plan costs $8.95 per month and supports multiple websites and 30GB of web space along with advanced features like PCI compliance, WordPress and Joomla Staging, one-click Git Repo creation, and fewer accounts on the server. The WordPress staging tool is very useful for high traffic websites allowing users to create a non-live site before publishing.

Website Creation

SiteGround comes with its own easy to use drag and drop builder for website creation. This makes it relatively simple to create and manage a website without any technical experience. With their website builder, customers get responsive themes and can manage content elements such as text, images, photos, maps, and videos. SiteGround also supports blog and eCommerce websites. On top of that, SiteGround offers full integration with a variety of CMS platforms including WordPress, Joomla, and Magento.

WordPress Hosting

All SiteGround plans come equipped with WordPress hosting included. SiteGround managed WordPress hosting offers 1-click installation and free transfer. Other WordPress hosting features include automatic updates to the latest WordPress versions, WordPress staging for easy testing of any changes made, WP-CLI enabled command line management option, and an interface for Git Repo installation.

Technical Support

SiteGround customers enjoy responsive customer support available around the clock. Their support is available via live chat, tickets, and phone. Customers can learn the ropes through the many tutorials available on the SiteGround website. SiteGround hosts social media pages on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

StartUpGrowBigGoGeek
Price $2.95 per month $4.55 per month $8.95 per month
Site builder
Blog setup
Free online store
Drag & drop builder
Free domain
Unlimited domains
Free email
WordPress hosting
Site analytics
Security suite
Money back guarantee
Disk Space 10GB 20GB 30GB
Bandwidth Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited

Joe Schwartz | Web Hosting Editor

Our chief content editor, Joe manages a diverse team of content writers. He holds a degree in online communications and his writing has been featured in a wide range of online publications.

Pros
  • Quick server performance
  • Global data centers
  • Endorsed by WordPress
Cons
  • Pricey
  • Not all features included
Bottom Line
SiteGround provides a spectrum of hosting plans including shared Linux hosting as well as cloud-based and dedicated hosting for larger, expanding businesses.
Server OS
Linux
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