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:

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