Updated: September 24, 2018
I decided to write this SiteGround review after having received excellent hosting service on my blog with them since 2017.
Ask people to name a good web hosting service in any forum and the name ‘SiteGround’ will almost inevitably get the most name-drops.
The company was ranked number one in the Facebook Poll for best Hosting Service in 2016 and 2017, and HostAdvice (see later) gave it a rating of 9.7/10 based on 1059 reviews in 11 languages.
(BlueHost, which you will often see touted on the net by affiliates, received a score of only 5.1/10 from HostAdvice.)
SiteGround, founded in 2004, has grown into one of the most well-known website hosting companies.
Its headquarters are in Sofia, Bulgaria with offices in 6 locations and data centers in three continents.
Today, the company has more than 400 employees and hosts more than 500,000 domains.
I use SiteGround myself on this blog and have thus far had an excellent hosting experience, with fast loading times and no problems or crashes, as well as excellent support from their highly trained staff.
I only made the move to SiteGround (I’ve used HostGator on a previous blog, and various other hosts on other blogs before that) after seeing repeated recommendations from experienced bloggers and other experts, as well as statistics and other data I’ll share with you in this post.
Customers should note that SiteGround says they can handle more visitors than their stated limits, so long as it’s a once-off occurrence (e.g. if a post or video should go viral) per calendar month.
WordPress Web Hosting
SiteGround offers WordPress hosting, which is also true of some of its competitors.
They also facilitate your installation with optimized managed WordPress hosting, a service that grants your website automated daily backups, page caching, enhanced security, and automatic content management system updates.
One-click installation and a free account transfer are also included.
Their plans are very similar to the company’s shared hosting plans in pricing, and you’ll need to sign up for one-, two-, or three-year contracts.
Some quotes from expert reviewers:
“One of our technicians posted a question on a popular WordPress forum regarding the best choice between HostGator and Bluehost web hosting, surprisingly 90% of people suggested we look at SiteGround even though we never mentioned SiteGround in the question. That’s how much people love SiteGround.”
“We tested SiteGround & Bluehost — The winner is SiteGround!”
I’ve been with SiteGround for 3+ years and write WordPress speed tutorials for a living (my WP Rocket, WP Fastest Cache, and W3 Total Cache tutorials have over 500+ comments combined). Almost 1,500 people read my tutorials every day – I NEED to know the best host.
“Do We Recommend SiteGround? Most definitely. SiteGround is perfect for those who care deeply about customer support, while not sacrificing quick page speeds or impressive uptime either.”
“SiteGround eclipses many of its big rivals on most of the features small businesses need: speed, uptime, and customer support.”
“Most new bloggers start with Bluehost because several bloggers highly recommend them and they are cheap. I fell for it. You probably fell for it. Let me tell you about Bluehost. THEY SUCK!!!!
Site Ground has been the Holy Grail!! They have been TERRIFIC! I am never on hold longer than a minute when I call. If I need something fixed, they do it immediately on the phone or walk me through a support ticket that is taken care of within the hour. My site is running so much faster and I am just happy, happy, happy. OH! And when they transferred my site over, nothing was lost!! Miracle? Yes!”
#1 Rated Host In Facebook Polls
Below is the Facebook poll taken by the WordPress Hosting Facebook Group, as voted by over 350 people who are knowledgeable about WordPress hosting.
And also #1 in the 2016 poll:
Compare the two reviews and tell me if you still want to go with BlueHost 🙂
The results below are based on tests with real accounts on 12 of the most popular web hosts on the affiliate market: Bluehost, HostGator, iPage, Fatcow, Justhost, AsmallOrange, InMotion, WebhostingHub, Arvixe, GoDaddy, GreenGeeks and A2Hosting.
SiteGround is also famous for their excellent support and customer service. They’re always helpful and knowledgeable, with live chat, 24/7 phone and email support. (I particularly like the live chat feature – I’ve never had to wait more than a few seconds.)
SiteGround were the pioneers in applying effective account isolation mechanisms to the shared hosting environment. Nowadays, most of the shared hosts apply similar techniques but it is still possible to see an environment that is not properly isolated.
Free SSL Certificate
An SSL certificate (puts https in front of your domain name) is considered a must-have for any WordPress hosted site these days. With HostGator, for instance, I had to pay an extra $40 for an SSL certificate, so this was a good extra selling-point for me.
Twitter Comments After Transferring Their Site to SiteGround:
Step 1. Choose your hosting plan
SiteGround has three plans:
- The StartUp plan is perfect for people with one website that are starting now
- The GrowBig plan is a great value for money offer, including the option for multiple websites and the SuperCacher that greatly improves a WordPress and Joomla website speed (My choice and the one most people choose.)
- The GoGeek plan is perfect for people with e-commerce and larger sites, or more geeky development needs like staging and GIT integration
Step 2. Choosing Domain
Clients can choose to buy a new domain, or sign up with an existing domain. Don’t forget the free website transfer that is included in the SiteGround hosting service!
Step 3. Review and Complete
Unlike many other hosting providers SiteGround’s advertised discount applies to any of the initial periods chosen during the sign-up process.
So there you have it – experts and regular users everywhere are proclaiming their strong preference for SiteGround over other web hosting services.
I use SiteGround to host this blog and strongly recommend it myself, and it’s the only hosting service I’ll recommend on this website.
Click on this link to get SiteGround’s 50% off deal (or on the banner below for the same offer.)
I hope you found this SiteGround review helpful. Please ask me any questions about SiteGround in the comments below!
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