Picking a good hosting service for your website is crucial.
When you’re ready to show your website to the world, it’s important to pick a solid hosting service. This will allow your story to be shown to the world wide web in the best way possible.
Some factors you want to look at when hosting are speed, reliability, security and of course: Price.
Today I’m going to look at a web hosting service called Siteground. While not exhaustive, I do hope this helps you make a decision for a great hosting service. Also, if you haven’t already check out my other posts about how I got started creating websites and moved to WordPress
Something that drew me to Siteground is their ease of use. Siteground proudly displays they are ‘Crafted for easy website management’. Being somewhat new to the whole WordPress scene reading that definitely helped build up my confidence in them.
They proudly display that they serve over 2,000,000 domains. When starting out in web development that definetly means a lot. However, what I want to really focus is where I think they really hook you in: Price.
The value you get for any of their plans is hands down some of the best in the business.
I am going to start with price and expand on the features from there. When I first found Siteground, what caught my eye is the balance Siteground finds between price and value. They have 3 main plans which all offer you great features for what you pay.
On their basic StartUp plan you get 1 website for $6.99/month, which is not bad at all. All of Siteground’s plans give you unmetered traffic, and free SSL, as well as free CDN through Cloudfare. Depending on your needs you can upgrade the SSL and the CDN for a small fee per website.
The plan I really like is the GrowBig plan, and I feel is the best bang for your buck. You get unlimited websites, with 20GB space. Currently I have a little over 6 websites on there and those barely take up 1.5GB. So, depending on what you are doing and how large they are, you can go pretty far with this plan.
Looking at other statistics on the GrowBig plan you can have ~25,000 visits a month. This is more than enough for just starting out. As you grow, you can easily upgrade to the GoGeek plan. GoGeek gives you even more web space and visits monthly.
Another advantage you have with the higher two plans is back-up copies of your sites. Backups allows you to make copies of your site, so you can always jump back if something goes wrong. This is good in case a plugin goes awry or even an update causes your site to go haywire. You can rest easy because you can just roll back your site. It is also a good idea to use another plugin that also backs up your site. Another great feature is Siteground’s optimizer, which allows faster caching and loading of images from the server. This translates to faster loading sites.
Talking about back-ups and security, Siteground has some excellent security features, which protect your site all the way down to the server level. All sites come with free SSL certificates which you can upgrade easily for less than $10 a month.
The last selling point for me was Siteground’s customer service. Again, being somewhat new to WordPress, I didn’t know how certain features worked when it came to a WordPress hosting service.
Luckily, they make getting into contact pretty easy. I clicked the Sales Chat icon on the website and immediately connected to someone. They proceeded to listen and calmly explained to me the questions I had about Siteground. Even after I signed up and was trying to figure out something, I was able to contact them again, and for a second time Siteground excelled at customer service expertise and knowledge. Both of these times were at odd times of the day and they still answered pretty quickly.
When all is said and done, it was Siteground’s combination of price and customer service that made the decision to host my site with them easy. On top of that tSiteground is one of WordPress’s preferred hosts.
I highly recommend Siteground to anyone who is looking at WordPress hosting or even just web hosting in general. If you are interested in signing up for Siteground you can sign up here.