SiteGround — Do Premium Price Offering Premium Quality?
Today, I am going to provide you with a SiteGround review.
I bought a SiteGround account and set up a live test so I could monitor their real performance time just so the information would be as up-to-date as possible.
Let’s go over the test results and the advantages and disadvantages of using SiteGround starting right now.
To start my test, I’ve created three identical websites; the only difference was the hosting provider for the tests.
I’ve used SiteGround, Bluehost and DreamHost all three officially recommended by WordPress.
So, I installed WordPress on all three websites using automatic WordPress installers that each web hosting provides. Once my sites were up and running, I’ve closely monitored the speed performance and downtime.
Here are the results SiteGround was the fastest out of all three and not just in the United States when using SiteGround you can expect your website to load exceptionally fast all around the world SiteGround scored an A+. At the same time, DreamHost and Bluehost were not that far behind both scorings an A.
However, I did experience some stability issues in the last 24 hours my SiteGround web site was down four times in total, only for around three minutes. Still, Bluehost and DreamHost did not have such issues overall.
SiteGround seemed to be the fastest web hosting out of the ones that WordPress recommends, especially if you’re planning to go international. Still, you might experience some short downtime periods. Well at least I did, but this sort of thing is always the luck of the draw, and these results aren’t that surprising.
SiteGround is the most expensive option out of all three, so we would assume they’re running better hardware that’s more expensive and more tailored to your servers.
Well talking about price let’s see how much precisely SiteGround is going to cost you.
SiteGround will cost you $3.95/mo. But it’s a one-time payment of $47.40, and you’re able to use their services for one year.
If you also want a domain name for your website that will cost you an extra $15.95. So that’s a total of $63.35, and you will be able to host one website with 10 GB of SSD storage space.
Register your name and make your website secure using an SSL certificate is this cheap or expensive.
I hear you’re asking well technically because anyways this is spiralling out of control. So let’s compare SiteGround to Bluehost and DreamHost in terms of pricing for a one-year hosting plan with an SSL certificate and a domain name.
Bluehost will charge you $49, and DreamHost will cost you $47. The SiteGround cheapest plan will allow you to create only one website while the GrowBig and GoGeek plans allow unlimited websites.
GrowBig and GoGeek plans are also better suited if you’re expecting more visitors to your website the extra resources that these plans offer will make sure your site won’t slow down if a lot of people are browsing at the same time. One of the most significant differences is that according to SiteGround, GoGeek offers twice the computing power that other plans are offering and is used by ten times lower the number of customers.
So if you’re looking to buy web hosting based on price alone, I would say that SiteGround offers the best bang for your buck. Yeah, you will be paying a little bit more here and there, but you’ll be getting a premium quality service also essential a huge disclaimer alert these prices are only before renewal also.
What is excellent about SiteGround is that unlike most hosting providers, you get to choose where your server is located. They have two in Europe, one in Asia and one in the United States of America. By selecting a server that’s closest to where the majority of your website visitors will be from, you’ll make your site load even faster.
SiteGround also offers free website transfers with their GrowBig and GoGeek plans. So if you have a website hosted with another provider, one of the SiteGround experts will take care of all the technical details and transfer your website to SiteGround free of charge.
Let’s dive deep into some downfalls that come with using SiteGround. If you’re planning to store a lot of files on your website, do not use SiteGround even with the most expensive plan. You’ll only get 30 gigabytes of storage space. On the other hand, Bluehost gives you 50 gigabytes with their cheapest plan even ten gigabytes is perfectly fine for a media-heavy web site. Still, for file storage, there are better options available out there.
And another huge flaw is their renewal prices after your initial plan with SiteGround expires renewals will cost you three times as much, so you’re incentivized to buy your project for an extended period to delay the renewal as much as possible. For example, if you buy the middle plan which is GrowBig for three years, the first payment will be $214 but once that three-year plan expires your next payment will be $718.
Since WordPress officially recommends SiteGround all of the WordPress integration is as easy as you might expect SiteGround will set up WordPress on your hosting account automatically. You’ll be able to customize your website using themes and plugins entirely.
Creating a website is as easy as it gets no coding no technical knowledge needed only a dedicated website builder like Wix or Weebly would make it easier. Weebly comes pre-installed with SiteGround so you’ll able to use all of the templates and drag and drop features that Weebly has to offer completely free of charge.
To put it merely SiteGround is a one-stop-shop for website creation you’ll be able to go from not having your website at all to something that people can visit online in like 15 minutes. If you still get stuck somewhere, SiteGround has a famous support team.
SiteGround spared no expense or human resources when it comes to their support team you’re able to get help through phone email and chats all of which reply pretty much instantly phone support takes around one minute. You’re already speaking to an actual person chat support consistently responded.
In less than a minute and the answers provided seemed like, I was chatting to people that know what they are talking about. If you’re interested in the full support evaluation, we did that you can find the full review at the SiteGround hosting review.