Getting started on a new website project, especially for a beginner can be overwhelming. Hopefully this review/guide can help determine if Siteground is right for you. Let’s first go over who Siteground is and some of the products they have to offer.
About The Company
Launched way back in 2004, Siteground is one of the largest independently owned website hosting companies with over 400 employees worldwide. As of February 2019, they host more than 1.9 million websites. They have large data centers in Chicago, London, Amsterdam, and Singapore. Siteground is well known for their customer service as they claim to be able to process more than 5500 customer requests per day.
Let’s look at some of the hosting options that Siteground has to offer.
What is shared hosting? Shared hosting is the most popular choice among those building their first website. Shared hosting basically allows multiple websites (your website and other people’s websites) to keep their files on the same server. This is great because you can share the cost of renting the server space with the other websites. That is why shared hosting is the least expensive. There are some disadvantages of shared hosting as well. If your site combined with the other sites are all very active, the load time of all the sites on the same server may be slow. Also, you can not customize the server in any way. Both of these disadvantages will not not effect your average website, which again, makes this a good starter plan. There are 3 shared hosting options to choose from at Siteground.
The startup shared hosting plan is great for a basic personal website or blog. This is their least expensive plan at $3.95 per month. Keep in mind that with this plan you can only host one website. If you want to build any additional sites, you will have to upgrade. Not a big deal and a fine idea to start with this plan but from past experience, this was my main reason for upgrading. They recommend this plan if your website will not anticipate more than 10,000 visitors per month. One thing to note, all of Siteground’s plans come with a free ssl certificate. This is a big deal since google updated the chrome browser to say “Not secure” in the address bar of a site without an ssl certificate. Some other hosting companies charge as much as $150 per year for an ssl certificate. Although WordPress is easily installed with this hosting plan, they also offer you a drag and drop website builder. All of the hosting plans from Siteground come with a free backup system. This plan comes with free unlimited email accounts and 24/7 customer support. Domain privacy is also available.
The grow big shared hosting plan is $5.95 per month. With this plan you get an additional 10 GB of webspace. You can also host unlimited additional websites with this plan. Siteground recommends the grow big shared plan for websites not anticipating more than 25,000 visitors per month.
The go geek shared hosting plan is $11.95 per month. With this plan you get 30 GB of webspace and again can also host unlimited websites. With the go geek plan, there are fewer hosting accounts on the same server.
What is cloud hosting? A cloud hosting account is actually made up of many different servers. This differs from the shared hosting options in that your website will not reside in a server space connected to the other websites on the same server. The biggest advantage to this is that your website can access the power of the multiple servers. Also, if there is a problem with one of the servers, the system will detect the issue and instruct your website to pull data using a different server on the same cloud network. With cloud hosting, your website would have a higher level of reliability and stability. You may also be able to adjust some of the server settings and configurations. Siteground has 4 cloud hosting plans; the entry, business, business plus, and super power.
The entry cloud hosting plan is $80.00 per month. This plan gives you 2 cpu cores with 4GB memory. You also have 40 GB SSD hard drive space and 5 TB of data transfer available.
The business cloud hosting plan is $120.00 per month. This plan gives you 3 cpu cores at 6 GB memory. You also get 60 GB SSD hard drive space and 5 TB of data transfer available.
The business plus cloud hosting plan is $160.00 per month. This plan gives you 4 cpu cores at 8 GB memory. You also get 80 GB SSD hard drive space and 5 TB of data transfer available.
The super power cloud hosting plan is $240.00 per month. This plan gives you 8 cpu cores at 10 GB memory. You also get 120 GB SSD hard drive space and 5 TB of data transfer available.
What is dedicated hosting? This is just what it sounds like. With dedicated hosting, you are renting the entire server. Only your website’s files will be stored on this server. You can add any server software you want and also change the server configurations if you need to. A dedicated server will often result in better reliability and site performance. With dedicated hosting, you obviously have a dedicated ip address as well. With cyber security becoming more and more an issue, businesses and large companies are turning towards dedicated server hosting for more protection. Siteground has 3 dedicated server options to choose from; entry, power, and super power.
The main differences here are the speed, storage, ram, and bandwith. The speed is the server processor speed. Just like a regular computer, this is the speed at which the processor sends signals to perform tasks, like opening files. The storage is measured in GB and T, also just like a regular computer. The bandwith refers to the amount of traffic your website will be able to handle. RAM lets the server perform alot of different functions at once. Basically the bigger, more complex, and more website visitors you have, the more of all of these you need.
The entry dedicated server hosting plan is $269.00 per month. This plan gives you an intel zeon e3-1230 SSD processor with 3.2Ghz speed. You get 4 cpu cores and 8 threads. You get 8 MB cpu cache, 16 GB DDR3 RAM. You also have 480 GB SSD hard drive space and 10 TB of bandwith available.
The power dedicated server hosting plan is $349.00 per month. This plan gives you an intel zeon e3-1270 SSD processor with 3.5Ghz speed. You get 4 cpu cores and 8 cpu threads. You get8 MB cpu cache, 32 GB DDR3 RAM. You also have 960 GB SSD hard drive space and 10 TB of bandwith available.
The super power dedicated server hosting plan is $729.00 per month. This plan gives you 2 intel zeon e5-2630 SSD processors with 2.0 Ghz speed. You get 2×6 cpu cores and 2×12 cpu threads. You get15 MB cpu cache, 64 GB DDR3 RAM. You also have 2x 960 GB SSD in Raid1 hard drive space and 10 TB of bandwith available.
Siteground Compared To Other Hosting Companies
In order to compare apples to apples, let’s compare the basic shared hosting packages with some other companies basic plans. As mentioned before, with just the basic shared hosting plan, Siteground offersfree daily backup and a free ssl certificate. Most hosting companies only offer these with more advanced, more expensive hosting plans.
Purchasing A Plan
Ok, so we’ve gone over the basics of the hosting plans that Siteground has to offer. Now I’m going to go over the process of purchasing a hosting plan and some of the basic tasks to get your website live. You may want a new website for your business, or family travel blog, or your dog’s blog, or whatever. I broke down the process into ten steps.
I go to siteground.com and from the main page, I selected the get started tab under the web hosting section.
I then selected the startup hosting plan.
Now I have to enter the domain name I want.
Good news, the domain name was available. If the domain name you want is already taken, you may have to pick a new name or slightly alter the one you want.
You now have to create your account, choose any package extras, and enter payment info.
I entered in my personal information. Then, in the package information section, I chose to only go with the month to month plan. The price for this plan is $3.95 per month with a $14.95 setup fee.
After choosing the package, I selected what package extras I wanted. The new domain registration should be automatically selected for you. The only extra I chose was the domain privacy. The domain privacy keeps the identity of the website owner private, not a big deal to me, but I know many who always select this option. The domain privacy was $12.00 for the year. I then entered my payment information and selected pay now.
After you hit the pay now button, they will take you to a welcome page saying that your account has been created. Your receipt should be emailed to you so don’t worry if you don’t save it.
I clicked on the proceed to customer area link. It then opens up a new window where I set up my new start up hosting account. I chose to install WordPress in order to start building my site.
They now take you to another congratulations page, where I confirmed the WordPress installation.
I also did not request any site enhancements.
My hosting account was now ready to use, so I clicked on the proceed to customer area link.
You do NOT have to use WordPress if you don’t want to. WordPress is by far the most popular and easiest way to build a new website, so Siteground allows an easy install for you. If you DO want to create a new site using WordPress, click on the my accounts link at the top of the page. The my accounts tab will take you to a page where you can select the red go to cpanel button in the top right. The file manager in cpanel is where you can manually upload all of your websites files to. If this is the way you want to go, you can see my post on how to build a website from cpanel. For right now I decided to use WordPress. This will most likely be the fastest way to get a functional site up and running.
To get started with WordPress, simply press the green go to admin button where it will walk you through the WordPress options.
Ok, so we went over some of the basics about hosting and walked through the process of purchasing a start up shared hosting plan from Siteground. If you want to give Siteground a try, you can do so with the link below.
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