Siteground Web Hosting Review

Siteground is rated by its members, and us, as one of the best web hosting companies in the marketplace. But what makes this hosting provider stand out from the rest in a saturated market? That’s what we’re going to discuss today in our Siteground review.

Having previously used web hosting companies in the states for a number of years, even I was a bit sceptical of how a hosting provider could offer such a good service, as well as providing the hardware requirements needed for a relatively cheap cost. However, after testing on our own development site, we now host exclusively with them – and recommend them to all our clients. Normally, cheap means sacrifices in one department or another. From overcrowded servers (as is often the case with shared hosting) to poor service. Thankfully, Siteground are well known for the complete opposite. They offer a range of packages that all come with a decent amount of resources, and top level support. So, let’s dig deeper into Siteground, their packages, and their pricing. (Ready to take advantage of our exclusive discount? Sign up here)

About Siteground Hosting

  • They were founded in 2004
  • They offer various packages designed to cater for all requirements including sharing and enterprise hosting
  • All of their plans come with managed WordPress hosting
  • All of their shared plans come with SSD as standard, for blistering fast load times
  • All of their shared plans come with free daily backups
  • All of their shared plans come with cPanel access
  • Their servers are powered by HTTP/2, PHP7 and NGINX+ caching
  • Their plans include free Let’s Encrypt SSL’s
  • They don’t set restrictions on bandwidth, even on their cheapest plan
  • They offer free Cloudflare CDN on all shared plans
  • They offer 24/7 support on all plans, and are very fast in responding to tickets and live chat
  • They’ll migrate your website over to them, for free

The above is just a snippet of what can be expected from them, but let’s dig a bit deeper into some of the benefits of switching your hosting to them.

Website Speed

We’ve talked before on our blog about the importance of website speed and how speed is a ranking signal for Google, but if you’ve been struggling to get your website speed in the bracket you’re looking for, it could be down to your hosting provider. Having a shared plan with hundreds if not thousands of other websites on the same server, means your website will never have fast loading times. That’s one of the many areas Siteground differ. They don’t overload / oversell their servers – and because all of their plans include solid state drives, you’re starting off on a very good footing.

You can use tools like Pingdom and GTMetrix to measure how fast your website loads. The latter will show you in depth where performance is lacking and where improvements can be made. If you require any help in this area, feel free to contact us or check out our website maintenance page for more information.

Website Security

A very important factor when choosing where to host your companies website. Downtime means a loss of revenue, so protecting your digital assets is crucial. Siteground not only offer a variety of hardware and software features to give you the much needed speed in today’s competitive marketplace, but they also are on the forefront when it comes to protecting their servers and your data. From site isolation which ensures that if one site on their server gets hacked it can’t progress to yours, to enabling HTTP/2 technology – which often over providers don’t provide on their lower end plans, if at all. They also have a WAF (Web Application Firewall) which is designed to protect against security breaches.

Server Location

Siteground have data centres in 4 locations across the globe, so you can host your website near to your visitors. Whilst they offer Cloudflare CDN free (Great if targetting traffic worldwide) they also allow you to choose what data centre you would like to host your website on (particularly useful if you’re targetting one location)

The locations include:

London, UK
Chicago, US
Amsterdam, NL
Singapore, SG

And all of their data centres are protected by 24/7 human security, biometrics, access control man traps, bullet proof lobbies and video surveillance. Blimey!

24/7 Support

Sometimes things go wrong, and you need help. Maybe you installed a bad plugin, made a database error, or need to revert before you imported a pricing update that went horribly wrong. Whatever the reason is, we all find ourselves in situations that require the support of the hosting provider. If you have a maintenance package with us, then that’s what we are here for. But what happens if you’re self hosting / managing your own website? Well, Siteground are on hand to help. Now don’t get us wrong. They’re not there to fix your website. No hosting provider is. But they are there should you require assistance with a manner of things, and they do tend to go above and beyond when it comes to support. Including live chat, a ticket system (that is normally responded within 10mins) or telephone support. There’s always someone willing to help should the situation present itself. It’s one of the reasons Siteground was rated as the best web hosting provider in 2016 / 2017 and 2018 running.

Summary

We obviously think Siteground are great as we’ve talked about them before, we use them for this website, and we recommend them to clients. So maybe we’re a bit biased. But what’s not to love? You get fast, state of the art web servers, with the latest security protocols, and amazing support. I know what you’re thinking. When he said cheap at the start of this review, he must have a different idea of cheap to me. Well that’s not the case. We’re able to offer our readers and customers 70% off their plans! Backed by a 30 day money back guarantee should you not be happy with the service. Ready to find out more? Sign up now