SiteGround Hosting Review

Like a few other WordPress Hosts, Siteground offers managed WordPress hosting, promising fast and secure Web hosting. This is nothing new, however, what made me more curious about the company was because they are one of three hosting providers that are officially recommended by WordPress.

I’ve been talking a lot about how good hosting is one of many parameters to actually make more money on your websites, so why don’t we let WordPress describe why this time:

Just like flowers need the right environment to grow, WordPress works best when it’s in a rich hosting environmentWordPress.org

Being recommended by WordPress.org really takes something extra. Doesn’t it? So what possibly makes Siteground such a good WordPress host? We’ll let you decide after reading through some of the key topics regarding SiteGround and WordPress hosting. Enjoy.

Managed WordPress Hosting

What I find interesting is how Siteground really zoomed out to take a look and cover the whole hosting experience, from start to finish.

  • To make it easy for users when switching to SiteGround from their previous host, they have launched their very own WordPress Migrator plugin.
  • To deliver “Ultra-fast Sites”, they host your website on SSD-harddrives and PHP 7 with OpCache.
  • To boost your website’s performance even further, they offer static caching and a free CDN service.
  • To deliver your website with HTTPS to your visitors, they use free SSL/HTTPS using certificates from Let’s Encrypt.
  • To not miss out on potential customers and users, they offer “Handcrafted Solutions for 99.99% Uptime“.
  • When you need help, they will assist you with phone support, live chat support or using their ticket system.
  • Finally, for your comfort, they provide you with daily backups and managed security & updates.

SiteGround Support and customer service

SiteGround is known for their outstanding customer service and support. They offer 24/7 “Insanely fast support” using both phone support, live chat support and ticket system, basically – pic what you prefer. Personally, I switched to my Swedish hosting provider, Binero due to their great customer service and support over the phone. This is actually one of my absolute highest priorities when selecting a hosting provider for my websites.

SiteGround phone number

You contact the SiteGround support using this telephone number: +1 866-605-2484.

SiteGround SSL

SiteGround offers both free and paid SSL certificates. The Free SSL certificate is provided from Let’s Encrypt. The paid SSL from SiteGround can be ordered as extras where users can choose from WildCard SLL (75 EUR/y) for your domain and all subdomains, or Extended Validation (EV) SSL (390 EUR/y) suitable for advanced validation and websites that need the highest level of encryption.

To manage Let’s Encrypt certificates, log into your cPanel → Security tab → Let’s Encrypt.
To manage Let’s Encrypt certificates, log into your cPanel → Security tab → Let’s Encrypt.

What SiteGround promotes in their advertisement:

Instagram advertisement from SiteGround
Instagram advertisement from SiteGround

SiteGround Pricing

SiteGround SSL Pricing

  • Let’s Encrypt: Free
  • WildCard SLL: 75 EUR/y
  • Extended Validation (EV) SSL: 390 EUR/y

SiteGround Pricing for Managed WordPress Hosting

SiteGround offers three pricing plans for different WordPress hosting needs, StartUp, GrowBig and GoGeek.

The StartUp plan includes hosting of one site and the essential WordPress Features:

  • Free WP Install
  • Free WP Migrator
  • Free SSL and HTTPS
  • Free Email
  • Free Cloudflare CDN
  • Free Daily Backup
  • WP Autoupdates
  • WP CLI and SSH
  • 24/7 WP Support
  • 30 Days Money Back
  • Unmetered Traffic
  • Unlimited MySQL DB

This is a great start for any WordPress website. If you only need hosting for one website, I would consider adding other WordPress plugins for some of the features included in the GrowBig plan. For example, the alternative for WordPress SuperCacher included in the GrowBig plan could be WP Fastest Cache (My personal favorite that I use for most of my websites).

The GrowBig plan includes the essential WordPress features listed above, and the Premium WordPress Features:

  • Free WP Transfer by our Experts
  • WordPress SuperCacher
  • Advanced On-demand Backup
  • 1-click WordPress Staging

In my opinion, the best with this package compared with the StartUp is the WordPress SuperCacher and the Free WP Transfer that the SiteGround support (experts) helps you with. On-demand Backup is also good, however, for most users, the Free Daily Backup included in the StartUp plan is probably good enough. Same applies to the 1-click WordPress Staging. This is truly great for a bit more advanced WordPress users, but probably not what most users actually need.

And the GoGeek includes the essential WordPress Features (listed above), the Premium WordPress Features (listed above) and “Geeky WordPress Features“:

  • Advanced Priority WP Support
  • More Server Power
  • PCI Compliant Servers
  • Pre-installed Git for WordPress
SiteGround Managed WordPress Hosting plans

SiteGround Customers

Selecting a host with a good number of users might be important. The economy of the hosting provider might actually affect you and your websites if there would be problems. SiteGround is trusted by a good number of users, and are hosting 2,000,000 domains. Actually, one of the more well-known WordPress blogs, WPBeginner.com trusts SiteGround as the host for their website.

Not only have SiteGround 2,383 reviews at Trustpilot where they get 94% score of “Excellent”, as mentioned previously, WordPress.org officially recommends SiteGround.

Green Web Hosting and SiteGround

Going green and making efforts for saving the climate is something that everyone should think about. Plenty of big hosting companies are trying to host more sustainable (hosting includes a lot of electricity etc), and in an article named “Green Web Hosting” from Web Hosting Professor, SiteGround is at 9th place with the motivation as follow:

SiteGround not only embraces modern technology to become more efficient but it also approaches sustainability from a uniquely personal angle, planting trees and cleaning the area surrounding its facilities.Web Hosting Professor

The Social Media opinion

So, what do people on social media say? By searching for “Hosting poll” in the group, Advanced WordPress, I found two polls suggesting that SiteGround was the favorite by the majority of the voters. I know that these polls are a bit outdated, please comment if you have seen any newer 🙂

WordPress Hosting Poll from 2016
WordPress Hosting Poll 2016
Advanced WordPress Host poll 2014
Advanced WordPress Host poll 2014

Other in-depth SiteGround reviews and recommended readings

Did we miss something out or do you just want to read some more about SiteGround and their hosting services? Here are a few posts that we think are of high quality:

WP Engine Review – Pay more, but why?

WP Engine, one of the best performing alternatives for WordPress hosting, but also one of the most expensive ones.Why should you invest in this hosting provider? And, will WP Engine still be relevant in 2020?

I’ve talked about this a thousand times, it really makes sense to invest in the performance of your site. Site performance is good for search engine optimization and if you’re serious about your websites, professional WordPress hosting can actually help you make even more money on your website. The modern user demands good website speed and so does Google and the other search engines. Optimizing your website speed with good cache, compressing code and other tricks is really important, however, a reliable and good performing host is can take your website to the next level, outperforming the other websites in your niche.

So, why WP Engine? WP Engine has always been focused on WordPress, and can actually provide so much more than the regular host. This hosting provider makes it incredibly easy to connect to a global CDN, automated SSL certificates and even offers functionality to run your websites professionally using development, stage, and production environments. Basically, build and test new features without jeopardizing your live environment. If anything goes wrong, this strategy makes it easier to roll back and test without interfering with the live site and its users.

The thing that makes it possible for WP Engine to fine-tune the hosted websites that are using the service is due to the fact that WP Engine is what is called a Managed WordPress hosting, where most technical aspects of running WordPress is managed by WP Engine. What it really means is that WP Engine manages security, speed, updates, backups and uptime, while you focus on what you’re supposed to focus on, high-quality service or content of the website.

WP Engine 2019-07-13

Support

Don’t underestimate the value of good support from your hosting provider. One of the things that WP Engine is known for is quick and high-quality support. Actually, high-quality support is one of the main things that makes me stay with a host for a long time. On the contrary, bad support from hosting companies is a thing that often makes me recommend some of my clients to switch to other hosting providers who provide high-quality support like WP Engine. Like in general business, we tend to search for long term business relations, and when selecting a hosting provider, its the same thing. To be able to stay for many years, good support is incredibly important. WP Engine has a good advantage when WordPress owners are searching for new hosting solutions due to the fact that their support crew are WP pros. Support matters do actually not have to be regarding hosting-specific questions, they know much more than that.

Speed

As I said before, a website with good speed will have happier visitors and is good when search optimizing. According to WP Engine, their customers “enjoy an average of 27% faster load times by switching to WP Engine”Always select a hosting provider with good metrics when it comes to speed.

Other speed- and performance related topics which WP Engine helps you with are:

  • Fully Managed Global CDN – Load content faster with our global content delivery network (CDN).
  • Proprietary EverCache® – Reduce strain on your site’s resources with our caching solution
  • Traffic Encryption with SSL
  • Security: Threat Detection & Blocking
  • Uptime Protection
  • Scalable Architecture

Optimizing speed on a regular host usually means, messing with different cache and speed plugins. WP Engine reduce this hassle and you can focus on creating great content. This is especially important for Affiliate website who focus on great SEO (search engine optimization) to attract new visitors and leads.

Final notes

So, if 24/7 support and great performance and security is not enough for you, WP Engine also gives you access to some premium WordPress themes from StudioPress.

For me, this is important because most free WordPress themes are not written with optimized code, which often leads to bad performance. A lot of free themes looks nice, but lack in performance.

Back to my main questions, will WP Engine still be relevant in 2020 and why should you invest in this hosting provider? Well, in my opinion, awesome support in combination with great performance and good features for WordPress makes this an easy question to answer. Yes.