SiteGround Review – Find out why it surprised us
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SiteGround Review – Find out why it surprised us


Looking for a solid Hosting Provider? Let’s
check if SiteGround is a good fit for your project. I’ll show you its Pros and Cons
and what to expect from them. Welcome to WebsiteToolTester.com, where we
help you launch your site online. SiteGround was founded in 2004, but in recent
years it has tripled its popularity. Currently, they have over 400 employees and host around
2 million domain names. At first glance, all sounds good: fast websites,
reliable service, 24-hour support and affordable prices, at least in the first year. But let’s check under the hood to see if
all this is actually true. The first thing you’ll notice is its cheap
prices, but be aware that these are only for the first term. Once you renew you’ll be
charged the full amount – the ones in smaller print. As you can see, you’ll need some budget
to get SiteGround. Especially after renewal. Their shared hosting solution has 3 plans,
all with unlimited bandwidth: The StartUp tier is suitable for smallish
1-site projects that don’t need more than 10 GB of storage. The GrowBig package allows you to host multiple
sites and gives you access to on-demand backup options and advanced features like a Staging. Finally, the GoGeek plan is suitable for larger
sites that need higher performance, priority support and Git repositories. That’s it, that was everything there is
to know about their pricing. Let me show you the backend now. I find their backend easy to use and intuitive,
especially if you’ve used cPanel before. Perhaps it could be a bit more modern-looking,
but I’ve seen worse. Head over to ‘My accounts’ to manage your
hosting. Here you get an overview of your installations and your hosting settings. However, you’ll do most of what you need
to from their cPanel. Let’s check it out. Find your hosting stats and relevant information
like nameservers, IPs and so on in the left-hand section. From this other section you can fully manage
your hosting service: create email accounts, databases, change your PHP version and install
apps like WordPress, Drupal or Joomla. One of my favorite features is the on-demand
backup and restore system, available on the GrowBig and GoGeek plans. As you can see, this SiteGround solution allows
you to access and restore any of the available backups, or even request your own backups
instantly. A really useful feature for those coding a lot or managing many system updates. Some statistics suggest that more than 50,000
sites get hacked every day. Let’s see what SiteGround does to avoid yours being compromised. First of all, you should install an SSL certificate.
They offer an easy way to get Let’s Encrypt for free. Nice touch. SiteGround lets you use the latest PHP version,
and this minimizes security risks – their system is set to PHP 7 by default. They automatically manage updates for WordPress
and your plugins. You can, however, choose how they should exactly handle this to fully
fit your needs. On top of that, they isolate your website
so attacks on neighbor sites won’t affect you, and they also create their own security
patches. Overall, I have confidence that SiteGround
does a good job here. I run a lot of hosting tests and SiteGround
is one of my favorites. Let me tell you about my experience: Many mediocre providers neglect their server
uptime. You should aim to have uptime rates higher than 99.95%. I monitor several sites hosted at SiteGround
and I’ve never seen them going below 99,98% – which is really impressive. But uptime is not everything, and speed is
also crucial for site owners. Again, nothing to complain about here. SiteGround makes a good effort to optimize
their servers with the latest technology like SSD drives, HTTP2 and PHP7. They also have their own caching system. It
will speed up your loading time by allowing faster access to your site’s content. In
addition to that, they offer an integration with the Cloudflare CDN, which will make your
site even faster. Additionally, you can choose to host your
website in one of the several data centers available in America, Europe and Asia. The
closer your site is to your audience, the better. Most of us use WordPress to create our sites
with. Let me show you SiteGround’s SuperCacher plugin, that does a lot more than caching. If you head over to the frontend optimization
tab, you can enable a bunch of options to make your site faster. For example: minimize
your HTML, CSS and JavaScript. Combine CSS files in one file to lower HTTP requests or
asynchronously load your JavaScript. It also compresses your images and allows
you to enable image lazy loading. I am really impressed with this plugin. It
allowed me to get rid of a whole bunch of plugins I used to achieve the same results. Support is available by email, phone and 24
hour live chat. I have to say that I find the live-chat the most helpful and efficient. Their help is useful and support agents are
polite and friendly. In my experience, they’ve generally ended up fixing my issues. The waiting times are normally not too long,
but in some cases, I had to give up and contact them later on. So that’s all! But let me summarize the
main Pros & Cons: On the bright side: it offers outstanding
performance both in uptime and speed, is easy to use, comes with great support, don’t
limit your traffic and has some exciting advanced features. My main concerns are: their relatively high
prices at renewal, the limited backup options with the lower plans and that their backend
could look a bit more modern. I hope you found this SiteGround review useful
and please leave a comment if you have still some questions.

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