It has become a daunting task for people to choose the right webhost and get their things online. We as bloggers, developers, and no matter what profession we might be in at one time stumble over the right hosting provider. Other than if you might be using free services for hosting, like the WordPress.com service, you’ll need a good and reliable hosting provider to get your site up and running. I have managed to find mine for the time being – Siteground Webhost.
It had become infinitesimally difficult to find a good and perfect review of your potential webhost. The Web nowadays is inundated with a big load of misdirected reviews. The reviews of Web hosting services these days basically fall into these two categories : 1) anecdotal experiences and 2) spammers working their way to get a bigger paycheck by tricking innocent people to pay for lousy services.
Enough about the present state of conditions and let’s get to the point. This article is primarily supposed to be my experience with Siteground Webhost for over an year. This comes after Infworm(My publishing website), being online since two years. It has been over a year since I started using their services for my website and I admit that I am more than satisfied.
You might hit on me now saying that how come this cannot be an anecdotal experience? Let me get to that point., now that you’ve gotten a basic idea about what this is all about, it’s time that I back my statements with valid and useful statistics and events.
I used to run on a different webhost prior to shifting base to siteground, but that’s an altogether different issue I wouldn’t like to get into. However I would like to clarify that the previous webhost was fair, only that we couldn’t fall in place with the terms. You must note that I am in no way a Siteground employee/ Promoter/ Affiliate and all this is me sharing my experience with the webhost for your better.
Siteground Plans & pricing
Let’s get started with the plans and pricing. Just as many other webhosts, Siteground too offers a myriad of options to get you the best that suits you as per your budget.
Siteground offers a great shared hosting service. Siteground offers three categories for your choice under shared webhosting. Don’t be amused by the plans’ names,Siteground assigns those so they look less dreadful.
This plan has everything that should basically get you started. I haven’t had much hands-on experience with this plan by Siteground, but I bet it would handle a decent new website/blog or e-commerce site. This plan should accommodate a “getting started” website or an average-size blog, or business website. More than 10,000 unique visits per month on a regular basis and you would outgrow this plan.
Price: $3.95/mo.60% OFF the regular $9.95/mo. (Only the first billing on a three month cycle would be charged $3.95/mo, the next time onwards its regular $9.95/mo)
This plan is crafted for Growing websites. Monthly visits of more than 25,000 should see you outgrow this plan. According to Siteground, this plan is basically designed to accommodate either a single more heavily-trafficked website or multiple average-sized websites.
Price: $7.95/mo.60% OFF the regular $14.95/mo. (Only the first billing on a three month cycle would be charged $7.95/mo, the next time onwards its regular $14.95/mo)
This is by far the best Shared hosting plan from Siteground and the one I started with them, and outgrew later moving on to cloud hosting. For a really heavily-visited or resource-intensive website the GoGeek plan would be your best option. GoGeek plan is also good for average-sized E-commerce websites as i handles a decent product line. You will most probably outgrow this plan if you start attracting more than 100,000 unique visits per month on a regular basis.
Price: $14.95/mo.60% OFF the regular $29.95/mo. (Only the first billing on a three month cycle would be charged $14.95/mo, the next time onwards its regular $29.95/mo)
Siteground manages its dedicated hosting with servers in USA (Chicago), Europe (Amsterdam) and Asia-Pacific (Singapore). Siteground also provides with the option of performance boosters for scripts like Joomla, WordPress, Magneto and a general booster for a price of additional $50/mo.
This is an entry level dedicated hosting service. I haven’t had much experience with this plan, so I better remain silent here. The information could be found below.
For your Information:
- Intel i3-540 3.06GHz CPU
- 3.06Ghz CPU Clock Speed
- Dual-core (2) CPU Cores
- 4MB CPU Cache
- 4GB DDR3 RAM
- 500GB SATA II HDD HDD
- 5TB Bandwidth
The same goes with Power server dedicated hosting. I haven’t yet got my hands on this plan. You could tell the difference in the specsheet.
- Intel Xeon E3-1230 CPU
- 3.20Ghz CPU Clock Speed
- Quad-core (4) CPU Cores
- 8MB CPU Cache
- 12GB DDR3 RAM
- 1TB SATA II HDD
- 5TB Bandwidth
The Enterprise server is by far the best that Siteground could possibly provide you for your site. The jaw-dropping specs of the servers you can see below would almost manage any of the high traffic websites out there.
- Intel Xeon E5-2620 CPU
- 2.00Ghz CPU Clock Speed
- Hexa-core (6) CPU Cores
- 15MB CPU Cache
- 16GB DDR3 RAM
- 4x500GB SATA II / RAID 10 HDD
- 5TB Bandwidth
I have outgrown my shared hosting with them and so I went for their Cloud hosting. Siteground offers 4 Cloud hosting options, all of them just differing in a little specs that go a long way. Apart from that, the basic configurations of the cloud hosting are:
- Operating System: CentOS
- Apache Web Server
- Exim Mail Server
- DNS Server Setup
- IP Tables Firewall Setup
- 7 PHP Versions: v5.5, v5.4, v.5.3, etc.
- Database MySQL5 & PostgreSQL
- 2x 2.0GHz CPU
- 1024MB DDR3 RAM
- 40GB Disk Space
- 1 TB Bandwidth
Price: $68.95/mo. Regular Price $78.95/mo.
- 2x 2.0GHz CPU
- 1512MB DDR3 RAM
- 60GB Disk Space
- 2 TB Bandwidth
Price: $88.95/mo. Regular Price $98.95/mo
- 4x 2.0GHz CPU
- 2048MB DDR3 RAM
- 80GB Disk Space
- 4 TB Bandwidth
Price: $108.95/mo. Regular Price $118.95/mo
- 4x 2.0GHz CPU
- 4096MB DDR3 RAM
- 150GB Disk Space
- 5TB Bandwidth
Price: $138.95/mo. Regular Price $148.95/mo
Accessibility and uptime of Siteground Hosting
I wouldn’t say this is the best of all webhosting providers, but I can definitely say that this is the best I have laid my hands on. The site has been uptime and accessible always and it has never went down, as far as I remember. The only problem I have once faced was for a nightly update of their servers and there was a downtime for a mere few minutes.
The servers are always live and you could choose your server locations for all the plans as per the requirements of your website demand. You could choose them to be at Chicago for more West users, Amsterdam for more Europe users and Singapore for a more Asia based traffic.
The good accessibility and uptime feature is backed up with a very strong technical team that has your back covered for the worst-case scenario.
Your only good bet of backup while facing some technical problems with your is your hosting provider. Siteground provides with a Live Chat categorized into Pre-sales, Technical and Billing issues. I have spent hours with the technical support guys [and gals :)] at Siteground Live chat, and what I can assure you, you’ll definitely come out of your technical problems after a chat with them.
The technical area is too deep and there’s always something new to learn and these technical support people have helped me numerous times for my technical doubts. Although I consider myself as technically sound, and don’t prefer technical assistance, I just check them out too during issues for some unexpected easier solution.
Is Siteground Worth your money?
I have tried to be fair and true with this review. And if all of this still sound like I’m promoting my heart out that’s just because of the love I have for Siteround people who work and keep my site live. The technical support is arguably one of the best things Siteground has to offer, and that makes everything easier from pre-sales to resolving technical issues.. I am a satisfied and happy Siteground customer and would like you to check them out if you ever plan on starting up or shifting base.
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