In this Siteground review, I’m going to show you everything that you need to know about SiteGround before deciding if they’re the right hosting provider for you. I will provide you with a comprehensive and honest review where I will break down…
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In this Siteground review, I’m going to show you everything that you need to know about SiteGround before deciding if they’re the right hosting provider for you. I will provide you with a comprehensive and honest review where I will break down the pricing structure and show you how to get the best deal currently available. Next, I will guide you through the entire Sign-Up process and judge how easy their platform is to use. I would then grade their performance based on page load speed and uptime from site ground go game plan that I bought.
And lastly, I will provide you with the pros and cons and my honest recommendations on if or who should buy SiteGround. At the end of this video
I will give you a very special offer if you decide to take up SiteGround through my link below. I will give you my six figure blog, a course for free. In this course, I show you how to set up your WordPress website the right way, how to adjust and tweak settings for optimal website performance, and how to start driving traffic and make money from your site. Now let’s get straight into this review. Pricing options, click on the link in the description or type this into your browser.
This will bring you to my personal discussion page on SiteGround where you will get their current best deal available. For transparency, this is an affiliate link. I will receive a small commission while you get a special discount and my six figure blogger course, for free so it can be a win-win situation for the both of us. Plus, I appreciate you helping out my channel and I thank you for that. I will be comparing their shared hosting plan in this review as that is what most people are looking for, although SiteGround also offers other higher and hosting solutions like they manage cloud hosting plans.
So you know that they are capable of supporting you when you are ready for an upgrade. There are three shared hosting plans that SiteGround offers with the startup tier currently costing six point ninety nine per month. You are limited to just one website and 10 gigabytes of webspace, which seems quite expensive to me considering it was about half this price early in the year before the new pricing model was released. If you require more than one website, then you need to look at the next two tiers, which can provide you with unlimited websites.
These are called GrowBig and GoGeek plans, which will cost you $9.99 and $14.99, which is more reasonable and comparable to other hosting providers. I no longer consider SiteGround as a budget hosting provider. However, I do believe there is still one of the very best in terms of performance and I still have my own personal account with them. I will explain to you who I believe SiteGround is suitable for later on in the video, so stick around for that.
Apart from the standard increase in webspace and website visits, the main difference that sets these two plans apart from their start up plan and honestly, many of the other hosting providers is their speed optimized plugin called SG optimizer. On this data plan, you only get the first level of caching, which is the static caching. But on their GrowBig and GoGeek plans, you get all three levels, which also includes dynamic and then caching. So I’m going to go all out and get that go game plan now with their domain names.
I really don’t recommend that you buy your domain name with SiteGround or any other hosting provider as they always charge you $15 to $20 per year for just the domain name, and then they will add on another $10 to $15 for domain privacy. So that means overall you’re going to have to fork at up to $30 dollars per year for domain name. Other reviewers don’t tell you about this disadvantage because they’re afraid they’re going to lose this sale. But I just wanted to be upfront and honest with you and provide you with the full knowledge to make an informed decision.
Now, what I recommend you do instead is to buy all your domain names from namecheap.com. I use them myself for all my domain names and they have been great. So the main advantage you can see over here is if you buy your domain name from Namecheap, you will get the WhoIsGuard, which is the privacy protection for free and all that for under ten dollars. I’ve also got a link and tutorial video for you if you’re interested in purchasing your domain name through your Namecheap.
However, if you don’t care about the price and you think you’re going to stay with SiteGround for the long term, then by all means pick a domain name from site.
Now, feel that all your private information and we come down to this section now, we need to choose a data center locations. SiteGround has six locations for you to choose from. I always recommend you choose the location which is closest to most of your customers. So, for example, if you have a local business in Australia or New Zealand, then I would choose Australia as my location. But if your customers are worldwide, then I would definitely want to choose
the United States site ground also comes with very flexible monthly 12-month, 24-month and 36-month plans, or their plans used to cost the same on their previous pricing structures. So it didn’t matter how long you choose, you would always get the same monthly price. But now the cheapest plan is a 12-month plan. So they’re not incentivizing you to buy three years like everyone else does. They want you to buy for only 12 months. And then when you add this massive increase of $30.99 per month, I really don’t like this new strategy of SiteGround.
And I just think it’s a bad business model. It just doesn’t make sense why that 24-month plan and their 36-month plan would cost more per month than their 12-month plan. Anyway, I would just pick their 12-month plan and for the next part is the SG Site Scanner. This one I would definitely recommend you not buying as it is not necessary. So if you’re happy with everything, just confirm and click pay. Now, the overall pricing school I would give site ground is only a five out of ten.
SiteGround used to be slightly more expensive than other hosting providers, but they made up for it with their performance and speed. But now with the new price hike, I really don’t think their price is great at all and I can’t give them a better score than this. So if you’re someone who only needs one website or is just the beginning starting out, I would 100% not recommend SiteGround at this price for you. I have a better recommendation, which I will share with you later on in the video.
If you’re someone with a budget and just want the best of the best, then SiteGround may still be the best option for you. So just stick around for the next part of the review. After purchase set up and ease of use last year, SiteGround did a complete overhaul of their systems and moved away from cPanel to their own custom solution, which I really love. It is so intuitive and easy to navigate. So I will now show you by doing a quick install of my WordPress website.
So you can see how easy and quick this actually is right now. Let me show you how easy it is to install your SSL certificate and CloudFlare compared to your typical way of doing it on cPanel. So you just go to security, click on SSL manager, secure SSL and click get. It’s literally a one-click install. It’s that easy. Literally I’ve only clicked one or two buttons and it’s done. And now once your SSL certificate has been installed, then you just go to actions and enforce https.
Click on that button and we’re done and you can easily check this by navigating to WordPress, install and manage to go to the bottom, click on this, log in to admin panel and now we can see that our website has a lock on it and the certificate is valid. So hopefully this shows you how easy it is to navigate through SiteGround dashboard. And I’ll also show you how easy CloudFlare is to install over panel in the next section. Overall, I would score SiteGround a perfect ten out of ten for setup and ease of use.
I really can’t fault them with anything in this section. I think all users, especially beginners, would love to clean their new interface is and just how easy it is to navigate and do things to your website. I’m very impressed.
Speed and uptime performance tests. After I’ve installed the basic WordPress site, I went ahead and tested out the speed of the barebones website using GTMetrics. The result is one point, one second. This is super fast and is showing great promise considering I’ve not optimized the website at all yet. So now I would take it a step further and add some design elements to it to increase the page size and the speed will be a bit slower. But don’t worry if you’re overwhelmed looking at this, my course that I will provide you for supporting the channel will guide you through this step by step.
I’m also going to configure optimum settings for their SG Optimizer plugin by turning on static dynamic and memcache. I will also install CloudFlare and the free short pixel image optimized plugin. This will make it more comparable to what you would normally do in real life. The speed is now 1.9 seconds as its way on the Google recommendation of three seconds and is close to being the fastest out of all shared hosting platforms that I’ve tested. So there. SG optimizer plug ins seems to be living up to the expectations so far.
Lastly, I wanted to test that they GrowBig and GoGeek plans and see how fast their premium plan really is and if it’s faster than just installing a free, speed optimized plug ins. So now I’m going to deactivate SG optimizer and replace it with the free plugin code WP Fastest cache. Now let’s see what the load speed will be. The new speed is now two point seven seconds, which is 0.8 seconds slower. So I would say there is enough of a difference here for their GrowBig and GoGeek plans to be worth that extra money, but only when you have enough traffic coming in.
Of course, at the beginning I wouldn’t worry about it and I just stick to their start up plan. Now, moving on to uptime, I have been monitoring the stability and performance of SiteGround with uptime robot and can report that the uptime for the last 30 days is 100%. That’s what their downtime was. Zero a minute. In fact the last time I was down with SiteGround was around 90 days ago, which is amazing. You really can’t beat that.
Overall, I would rate SiteGround speed and performance and 9 out of 10 as you can’t really fault them here on anything. And their speed is lightning fast and is one of the best I’ve tested for shared hosting is a quick question for you.
What is your pay load speed and who is your current hosting provider? Let me know in the comments section below. Support.
SiteGround has a few different options for you to contact them by. Whether you want to call, email or live chat them. They are available 24/7 to help you out. Their customer service team is regarded by many people as the best in the industry, so I will test them out by asking them these three different questions on live chat. First, I would tell them that I have been infected by a virus on my website and asked for their help. Second, I asked him a quick question about their SG optimized plugin and which plan I need to purchase to get this.
But one trick I have on this question is I choose the wrong question category. And the third question is I asked them if they could do me a favor and install the SSL certificate and CloudFlare for me, as I am a complete newbie and I have no idea how to do it. And here are the results for question one, they were willing to help straight away and scan the website for me to check for the virus. However, they were not willing to remove the virus for me if any were found it.
Not ideal, but at least they are willing to find the virus for me and list them out, and then all I have to do was to go one by one into the files and delete them for the second question. They were able to resolve my query in about five minutes, and that includes the wait time. So that’s not bad at all. And for my last question, SiteGround did not hesitate to install my SSL certificate and CloudFlare. They immediately did that for me and I didn’t have to click a single button on my mouse.
I was really impressed by their response for that. With regards to the response time I contacted them at three different times of the day to make sure I get an overall average and not just a biased fast response time during their off peak hours. So their three response times were 30 seconds, 10 seconds and 3 minutes and 15 seconds. So that averages out to be around 1 minute and 20 seconds of white time, which is definitely the fastest I’ve tested out of all companies so far.
So overall, I would say their support was great and I would score them a nine out of 10. Their support team was friendly and willing to help immediately without having to ask twice. And their response time is the best I’ve ever had from any online service, including those outside of the Web hosting world. I just took one mark off because I did not actually help with the removal part of the virus scan, and that was it. Are you enjoying the level of detail I’m providing you in this review?
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Cons. So let me first start off with second. I only had one on first SiteGround and that is their price. SiteGround used to be competitive with their pricing compared to their main competitors. It was always a little bit more expensive. But you can see from the above test that I have done, they were always pretty much the best in terms of features and performance. But since they increased their price a few months ago, they are just not comparable anymore for their shared hosting plan and their renewal.
Prices have also gone through the roof. Pros. The first priority that stands out to me is site ground speed and performance. They have one of the fastest website speed out of any hosting provider I tested, and not to mention the 90 days straight of no downtime just can’t be beaten by anyone else. The second problem is a customer support. I think they are also the best in the industry. They are by far the most responsive at all times of the day and are always proactive to help you out and not just guide you with articles to read and then make you fix things yourself.
The next big pro is a intuitive back end system, which I believe is much easier to navigate and use than cPanel. This may not be a big deal for someone who has been building websites for a while, but it is a big plus for beginners just starting out. This is the quick note regarding my special offer to you. If you decide to pick up SiteGround to read my link, simply just send me your full receipt and name two [email protected] and I’ll send you access to my bonus course right away.
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Overall, I have given SiteGround an average score of eight point five out of ten. They really are the best in terms of performance and speed. So this is my recommendation for you. If you adjust after the best and fastest hosting provider with a plus support team and you have money to spend, then I would 100 percent recommend SiteGround to you. I have my GoGeek hosting playing currently with them too, and I love it. However, if you are a beginner who’s just starting out and have a tighter budget, then I would not recommend SiteGround for you.
There are much cheaper options out there for you to choose from. Now, if you think SiteGround is not right for you, then I definitely recommend you check out this hosting alternative or if you’re happy with SiteGround, but need help installing your WordPress website on the platform, then check out this video. OK, that’s it. I’ll see you over there.
Hey I’m Allan, founder of Dotcom Dollar. I started my own successful online business and quit my job in 2015 to travel the world. I started Dotcom Dollar to help aspiring entrepreneurs like you create a successful online business.