SiteGround: is it the Best Hosting for Your WordPress Blog?

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I purchased Siteground hosting in the year 2019. At that time I purchased GrowBIg plan. After a few months of my hosting plan, I have also upgraded it to a GoGeek plan. In my opinion, SiteGround is one of the best hosting.

But why It is one of the best WordPress hosting? Should you really buy hosting for your site from this company?

SiteGround was founded in 2004 and has data centers in multiple locations. Company dedicatedly focused on high-quality service and customer satisfaction.

When I purchase my first hosting service, I was very confused. I shortlisted some hosting providers. I make a list of the final four service providers:

SiteGround

BlueHost

Kinsta

A2 Hosting

Kinsta was costly for me and my budget was not matching with Kinsta’s price. That’s why I dropped the idea to purchase it. After lots of study and homework I make a list of the final two:

SiteGround

BlueHost

After some other research and review checks, finally I purchased SiteGround. Yes, the price of this company may be high but they provide good service. BlueHost is also one of the best hosting. Recently, I have purchased it for one of my sites.

In this blog, I am sharing some important points of this hosting service provider. I will try my best to explain as much as possible.

Awesome Customer Support

This is my favorite one in SiteGround hosting. Its customer support service is good. You can raise a ticket for your problem. You can also chat with the customer support team to resolve your query.

The chat system is very nice and mostly they respond very quickly. My experience with them is very nice. They are very polite and user friendly.

When you purchase a hosting service, you must review the customer support. Why I have put this feature on top of this blog?

If you are running a site and you may face a challenge at any time. It is very important that your site runs smoothly and visitors do not face any bad experience. That’s why it is very crucial that you resolve the problem of your site quickly.

Unlimited Website

You have the option to create unlimited websites in Sitegroud hosting (GrowBig and GoGeek Plan). If you are a blogger or you want to create multiple sites then it is the right hosting for you.

When I was in the starting phase of blogging, I felt that multiple site is my basic requirements.

Free SSL Certificate

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Free SSL Certificate Siteground Hosting

You should not imagine your site without an SSL certificate. The security of the site is very important and you should take all the required measures to protect your site. Search engines also prefer sites which are having SSL.

All Siteground hosting plans provide a free SSL certificate. There are Let’s Encrypt standard and Wildcard SSL certificate. You can set up your SSL by clicking on the SSL manager in the site tool option.

Free CDN

SiteGround has a tie-up with Cloudflare. It provide free Content Delivery Network (CDN) Services. You can set up it very easily from the control panel. It may help you to boost your page speed and enhance the security of the site.

To set up it, you just click on Speed, and after that click on Cloudflare. After that connect your site and configure the setting as per your requirement.

Free Email

SiteGround hosting provides you free email features also. You can create a professional email account free. You can create an unlimited number of professional business emails.

It is important that you have a business email id. Normally if you put a normal personal email id on your website then it doesn’t give a good impression to your visitors. Ideally, you should put a professional business email id on your site.

Friendly Site Control Panel

Siteground SiteTool
Site tool Siteground hosting

The Control panel of SiteGround hosting is very good. When I purchased SiteGround hosting, I was very new with the control panel. I was very worried that how it would be. But its control panel easy and makes my works very easy.

It is very user friendly control panel and easy to understand. I like it.

PHP Version

The performance of your site is also depend on the PHP version. Currently, SiteGround hosting provides PHP (7.3+) version. There are very few hosting service providers which provide the PHP (7+) version.

Ultrafast PHP: In GoGeek and the above plan they are also providing ultrafast PHP options.

SG Optimizer Plugin

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SG Optimizer Plugin Siteground

SG optimizer is a plugin developed by the Inhouse team of SiteGround. It has multiple optimization features and techniques. You can do the following setup through the SG optimizer plugin:

  • Super Cacher Settings
  • Environment Optimization
  • Frontend Optimization
  • Media Optimization
  • Performance Test

SiteGround provides Speed Boosting caching features in GrowBig and GoGeek plan. By default, they enable NGINX direct delivery to all the sites.

Daily Backup

SiteGround hosting provides daily backup features. They do daily full backup of the site. If something goes wrong with your site and then you may restore it. Siteground hosting also provides backup on-demand in GrowBig and GoGeek plans.

SiteGround Plans and Pricing

Basically, there are three hosting plans under the shared hosting category. StartUp, GrowBig, and GoGeek. If you wish to have SiteGround shared hosting in the future, I will suggest you go for GrowBig or GoGeek option.

Some features are common in each plan and some are unique for a particular plan.

Those who want to create a single site and want a basic standard shared hosting plan then can prefer StarUp plan. However, if you want to create multiple sites and want some extra features then you should prefer GrowBig or GoGeek plan.

Totally, it is up to your requirement. You must check and analyze all the features and benefits before you signup for the SiteGround hosting plan.

Conclusions

The above is only a general overview of the SiteGround hosting based on my experience. This is not conclusive in nature. I have written this blog to help you to know about one of the best hosting providers.

Also Read:

11 Tips to Select Best WordPress Hosting Plan

How to Blog: Step By Step Guide to Create a Blog

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Hosting: 11 Tips to Select the Best WordPress Hosting Plan

Hosting tips

Whenever you start a website, it is very important that you choose a good WordPress hosting service provider and plan. It is a key component and you can’t run your website without it. The selection of a good service provider is not a very easy task.

Hosting companies provide server space and technology service and You pay a particular rent for it. Your website’s data and files get stored in your allocated server space.

There are various factors that you should consider and analyze before you purchase your plan. In this blog, I will cover some important factors. This blog can help you to choose a good hosting service providers and plan.

1- Research About Company

When I started one of my blogs, I was very confused. There were various hosting providers available. Which should I choose and which not? It was a very tough decision for me.

But after doing some homework and research, I found a good one. I purchased the Siteground Hosting plan.

For a better selection, You should list out at least 4 to 5 companies. Readout all the companies backgrounds, reputations, and hosting plans details. You should not take a final decision without a proper workout and research.

Siteground, Bluehost, A2 Hosting, Kinsta are some of the popular hosting service providers. Personally I am using Siteground Hosting for one of my blogs.

2- Check Reviews and Feedback

Give some time on the internet and check the reviews and feedback of the hosting companies. It will help you to know the company credibility. You can check customers reactions in the feedback.

Good service providers will have good reviews. You should avoid if the company has many negative feedback and reviews.

3- Features and Benefits

Check all the features and benefits of the hosting plan. Compare some of the plans before the final purchase.

Check the available features like Free SSL certificate, Email Account, CDN, Monthly visitors, Disk Space, WordPress compatibility, and other benefits. Ensure that you get the maximum benefits but also consider your requirements.

4- Pricing of Hosting Plan

Pricing is always an important factor. First of all, decide your budget and your goals. What kind of website you want to create? What will be the traffic? Who is your audience?

If you are a beginner then I will suggest that you start with a basic shared hosting plan. It will not cost you a high amount. If you are an expert and what to start a big site then you can go for a higher plan.

5- Performance

If your hosting provider doesn’t give good performance then it will impact directly to your users. It is very important that your website loads fast. If your website load time is high then the bounce rate will be high.

Users don’t like website which load slow or very slow.

You must consider, downtime, uptime, speed, performance, etc when you invest money for buying a hosting plan.

6- Customer Service and Supports

What will you do if you get any hosting-related problems? Obviously you will contact your service provider. But what if your service provider doesn’t respond you 3 to 4 days. Your problem will continue till the time it gets resolved.

Quality support is very important. Your service providers should respond to you quickly and should respond to you well. Check the available contact number, chat support, and other customer care options.

7- Monthly Traffic

Almost all the hosting plans come with some traffic limitations. So, before you make the final call, you must analyze your website’s goals and expected traffic on your website. In case you are creating a new blog then you can prefer a basic plan.

In the starting time, you may not have very high traffic. After some time, if you get high traffic then you can upgrade the plan. However, you should check the terms of the up-gradation of the plan.

8- Server Location

Ideally, you should select a server location nearest to your users. For example, if your users are in India then you should prefer a server location in India or Near to India. If your users are in the US then you should prefer your server located in the US or near to the US.

Normally, hosting companies have multiple server locations. Check out the server locations list also. The location of the sever also matters for the loading speed of the website for your users.

9-Security Features of Hosting

Good hosting companies will always focus on security features. Your service provider should keep an eye on important security factors and take important steps to secure the server. You should check the security level and quality of server resources.

Make sure that your website safe. But you should also be proactive and should take the required steps to secure your site.

10- Renewal Price and Flexibility

You should also go through the renewal price and its terms. Normally, the initial price of any hosting plan is low in comparison to the renewal price. Normally renewal prices are higher side. Check out the available payment options and flexibility.

You can also opt for 2 or 3 years plan if you want to save your money on renewal. There should be an option to upgrade your plan. Maybe you need to upgrade your plan in the mid of the terms.

11- Number of Websites

If you are starting a new blog then you may opt for a basic shared hosting plan. But in my opinion, you should consider a plan which offers you the option to create multiple websites.

For example, in the Siteground Startup plan, you can create one website. However, in GrowBig and GoGeek plan, you can create multiple sites.

Conclusion

It’s really very challenging to select a good hosting plan. But for a good website and its performance, your hosting must be good. Whenever you plan to purchase a hosting plan, you must check and research about it.

You should not change your hosting provider frequently. So always take the decision after considering important factors and your requirements.

All the best.

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