SiteGround Review: Is SiteGround Good?
I won’t beat around the bush. SiteGround is a great hosting option for the large majority of WordPress users. In this SiteGround review I’ll explain why I believe that. I’ll also touch on some key aspects and features worth knowing about. Let’s dive into the review now!
In particular, I’ll be covering the SiteGround Managed WordPress plans here. I do this because the majority of people reading this on WP With Tom are likely WordPress users. The three managed WordPress hosting plans are the StartUp, GrowBig, and GoGeek plans.
The smallest hosting plan, StartUp, is only for one domain name, or one website. This is pretty standard within the hosting industry. However, the two more expensive plans, GrowBig and GoGeek, are for unlimited websites. Personally I use and recommend the GoGeek plan. It’s great to be able to have unlimited sites at an affordable price like this.
Before moving on to the support section I wanted to point out the renewal pricing. I wouldn’t feel right if I didn’t mention the renewal prices being much more than the introductory offer. This is also common in the hosting industry, and something you should be aware of. To see what the monthly price will cost you can view where it says “regular” beneath the bold introductory price listed. Therefore, it pays to sign up for longer terms, which essentially extends the introductory offer.
Lastly, there is one pricing difference that you need to know about as well. You should know that the rate for signing up for 1 year is the same as signing up for 3 years. For example if the GoGeek plan is $5.95 per month for one year, it’s also $5.95 per month for three years.
This is an advantage over my other recommended host, GreenGeeks as well as almost every other host. With other hosts you often will not get the $5.95 rate unless you sign up for the full 3 years. It will often be something like $6.95 or $7.95 per month or higher for shorter terms. However, a host like GreenGeeks does have lower renewal rates than SiteGround does. In the long run this saves you money. You can read more about GreenGeeks within my GreenGreeks review if you’d like to know more.
When it comes to support I believe SiteGround has the best support for any budget host. With that being said, my other recommendation GreenGeeks is a close second. I’d even go as far as saying only a couple of premium hosting solutions such as Liquid Web and WPEngine are better.
They offer live chat, ticket support, and phone support as well. What sets them apart is that they’ve got very quick response time compared to other budget hosts. Not only are they quick though, they’re also very helpful and knowledgeable. I recommend contacting them for yourself if you’ve got any questions about their services.
On one of my other websites that gets a lot of traffic I use SiteGround. The site is more of a blog type site with lots of long articles, images, and videos. With all of that going on it could be very slow. However, when testing the site speed on GTMetrix it regularly takes under one second to load. Granted, I’m also using Short Pixel and WP Rocket on this site as well. Combining Short Pixel and WP Rocket with SiteGround makes websites fly. If speed is a big concern of yours I recommend combining the three. If you want to learn more about ShortPixel and WP Rocket check out my other short review articles.
CDN & SuperCacher
Another way that you can improve your overall website performance is by having a CDN. SiteGround offers free CloudFlare CDN on each plan. This can help speed up your websites as well by caching your content. SuperCacher is SiteGround’s own in-house caching system that helps to speed up websites. These two components are both ways that gives SiteGround a leg up in terms of site speed over many of their budget competitors.
Uptime means the total amount of time that the server has stayed up and running. Uptime is another strong suite for SiteGround. They actually display the amount of uptime on the right side of your admin login for your account. This lets you know right away how good or bad of a job they’re doing. From my experience they have nearly perfect uptime. This means when people go to your site, they won’t be disappointed and have it not load.
SiteGround performs regularly scheduled daily backups of your website. These backups go back up to 30 days. In fact, their GrowBig and GoGeek plans have on-demand backups. This means if something goes wrong with your site you can back it up to an earlier state almost instantly. You’re allowed 5 of these backups at one time.
Another thing that separates SiteGround from most budget hosts is staging. Up until recently staging was only available on the most premium, GoGeek plan. However, it’s now available on the GoGeek plan that I recommend as well. Staging allows you to create a copy of your live site to test changes before implementing them for the world to see. It’s a great feature, especially if you’re designing sites or making website changes for clients.
SiteGround WordPress Install Steps
In this section I wanted to quickly cover the SiteGround WordPress install process. For this I’ve made a video of how to signup with SiteGround and install WordPress. You can view the video below.
SiteGround Review: Final Thoughts
I hope that you’ve found this SiteGround review to be helpful. As I mentioned, there are tons of budget friendly hosting options out there. However, SiteGround is easily one of the best. I hope I was able to convey just some of the key features that set them apart within this short article. If you have questions about them I’d recommend reaching out to their support. I’m sure they’ll be happy to help!