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I’ve been with them for 2+ years and have used their GrowBig, GoGeek, and cloud plan. My site has a >1s load time in Pingdom, about 1s in GTmetrix, and 100% uptimes in Uptime Robot. I also write about WordPress speed (cache plugin tutorials like WP Rocket, WP Fastest Cache, W3TC) and have optimized multiple WordPress sites to load 400% faster. Hosting is the #1 factor in the WordPress optimization guide (and # of servers) so I NEED to know the best host.
But I won’t bore you with opinions.
Instead I will share screenshots, results, social media evidence, and features of SiteGround’s shared and cloud hosting plans so you can make an informed decision that is as unbiased as possible. I will also show you how their speed technology makes your site load faster while their uptime technology prevents it from getting “randomly” shut down like on other hosts.
Affiliate Disclaimer – if you purchase a SiteGround plan through my affiliate link a portion of it will be donated to a GoFundMe campaign at no expense to you. I am donating $3,000 of my affiliate income at the end of this year (2017) to a good cause that will go to cancer, veterans, something along those lines. My dad survived esophageal cancer so I am just trying to give back and your support would help – and if you’ve read my tutorials you know I also write genuine reviews. If you don’t want to use it here’s a non-affiliate link to SiteGround. Either way I truly believe they are the best WordPress host and that your site will run faster/smoother… do your research on Google and Facebook Groups and you will find most people say the same.
Table Of Contents
- #1 Rated Host
- Speed Technology
- Uptime Technology
- Support: Tickets Answered In 10 Minutes
- Security: SiteGround’s Always On Their Game
- Shared Hosting: StartUp vs. GrowBig vs. GoGeek
- Cloud Hosting: Isolated Servers Are More Reliable
- Dedicated Server: $229/Year But Ridiculously Fast
- Automatic Updates For WordPress Core + Plugins
- eCommerce Features: Let’s Encrypt SSL And More
- Avoiding CPU Overages
- cPanel Demo: Take A Test Drive
- Free Hosting Migration By SiteGround
- Check If Your Current Hosting Is Slow
- Most People Don’t Cancel After Signing Up
- Conclusion: SiteGround’s WordPress Hosting Is The Bomb
1. #1 Rated Host
Ivica runs the WordPress Speed Up Group and ranks them #1…
SiteGround is the only host listed on all 3 official hosting pages for WordPress…
A lot of people recommend SiteGround…
2. Speed Technology
SiteGround’s speed technology is probably the biggest reason people choose them. They use the latest NGINX servers, solid states drives (SSDs), PHP7, Cloudflare, and HTTP/2 enabled servers. Since migrating to their semi-dedicated GoGeek plan my site loads in >1s in Pingdom.
People who migrated to SiteGround…
Average load time on SiteGround is 1.3 seconds (with WP Rocket it can load even faster)…
Higher Plans = More Server Resources = Faster Website – SiteGround’s GrowBig and GoGeek plan include more server resources which make your site load faster (number of servers is the #1 factor in the WordPress optimization guide). GoGeek is semi-dedicated hosting and is about 4x faster than StartUp for only $11.95/month, compared to a dedicated server which runs $229/month or cloud for $80/month. So if website speed is important to you, I would go with GrowBig or GoGeek which include more resources. They also come with priority support, daily backups, WordPress autoupdates, and let you host unlimited websites.
You can see this on SiteGround’s features page…
Here’s how many server resources you get with each plan…
5 Data Centers – when you sign up for SiteGround you will choose to host your website in 1 of 5 data centers: Chicago, London, Amsterdam, Milan, or Singapore. You’ll want to choose the closest one to your visitors (to reduce the geographical distance it takes for your content to travel) but also use Cloudflare’s CDN to mirror your site on even more servers and further reduce the distance for visitors who are far away from the SiteGround data center you choose. SiteGround’s data centers use redundant storage (so your website should never go down due to electrical problems). This was quite the problem with Bluehost when they experienced a network outage which caused tons of outages on their shared, VPS, and dedicated plans. Fortunately SiteGround is all about taking preventative measures BEFORE an issue happens.
Cloudflare CDN – boost speed + security by activating Cloudflare in the cPanel with 1 click…
WordPress recommends this in their optimization guide…
Here are Cloudflare’s data centers…
Tweak Cloudflare settings to aggressive caching and minify for even faster load times…
SuperCacher Isn’t Great – a cache plugin makes your site load faster but SiteGround’s SG CachePress Plugin isn’t great. I would use one of the following cache plugins that was rated high in this Facebook poll. I have guides for all 3 which also show you how to setup MaxCDN.
- How To Configure The WP Rocket Settings
- How To Configure The WP Fastest Cache Settings
- How To Configure The W3 Total Cache Settings
3. Uptime Technology
If you’ve ever experienced internal server errors, bad gateways, connection failures, and other messages when your website goes down, you shouldn’t experience this with SiteGround. I use Uptime Robot to monitor my uptimes which are at 100%. SiteGround has outstanding uptime technology that is actually 99.99%. They use Linux containers, server monitoring, secure account isolation, etc. Other WordPress hosts say 99.99% but fail to deliver. Not SiteGround.
4. Support: Tickets Answered In 10 Minutes
SiteGround is undoubtedly setting the standard for support. Their team is SUPER helpful with WordPress (they participate in tons of WordCamps) and have actually tweaked my Wordfence plugin when I was having issues. Tickets are usually answered within 10 minutes especially if you have their GrowBig and GoGeek plan which come with priority support. And if you’re currently hosted somewhere else, SiteGround will migrate you for free.
Fastest support in the industry…
Here’s what some of their customers say…
5. Security: SiteGround’s Always On Their Game
Never worry whether your WordPress host is doing THEIR job to make your site secure. SiteGround uses Linux containers, account isolation (to prevent other sites on your server effecting yours), plus ongoing patches and monitoring. You should change your generic “Admin” username and install a plugin like Wordfence, but SiteGround will do their part. SiteGround’s development team constantly makes sure your site isn’t affected by threats…
Here are some ways SiteGround protects your website, also listed on the features page…
You get periodic emails letting you know your site is secure…
6. Shared Hosting: StartUp vs. GrowBig vs. GoGeek
The main difference is StartUp can only host 1 website but still comes with tons of features. GrowBig includes more server resources (faster website), priority support, and 30 daily backups (instead of 1 with StartUp). GoGeek comes with even more server resources (considered semi-dedicated hosting) and you can create a staging site to test code, designs, plugins… before launching. All higher plans come with everything in the previous lower plan.
You can see this on SiteGround’s features page…
StartUp – cheapest plan sufficient for hosting 1 website with little traffic. Better than most $3.95/month plans from other hosts but lacks server resources (for speed), storage, priority support, and the helpful backup restoration tool (though you still get 1 daily backup). 99% uptimes and no internal server and other hosting-related errors from my own experience.
- All essential features
- Host 1 website only
- ~ 10,000 Visits
- 10GB Space
- Free domain name
GrowBig – host multiple websites with nearly 2x more server resources than StartUp (resulting in faster load times). Double the storage space, priority support and staging. Includes 30 daily backups and the backup restoration tool. Advanced caching if you use SG CachePress but I recommend configuring these WP Rocket settings since they were rated #1.
- All essential features
- Host unlimited websites
- ~ 25,000 Visits
- 30 daily backups
- Priority support
- Backup & restoration service
- WordPress special cache
- 20GB space
- 3 levels of SuperCacher
- Wildcard SSL certificate
- About 2x server resources
- About 2x email resources
- Best cost/value ratio
GoGeek – semi-dedicated hosting and is about 4x faster than regular shared hosting plans. Perfect for people who want a super fast website but don’t want to pay $80/month for cloud hosting. Includes staging (for testing before launching), unlimited restores by SiteGround’s support team, and e-Commerce features like 1 year free Wildcard SSL and PCI compliance for credit card fraud protection. GoGeek includes all features of GrowBig plus everything below:
- All essential features
- Host unlimited websites
- ~ 100,000 Visits
- 1 click WordPress Staging
- Premium Backup & Restore
- SG-Git for repo creation
- WordPress special cache
- 30GB space
- Free PCI Compliance
- Pre-Installed Git
- About 3x server resources
- About 3x email resources
- Fastest shared hosting plan
See my full review of each plan…
7. Cloud Hosting: Isolated Servers Are More Reliable
SiteGround’s cloud hosting is primarily for larger websites that have high traffic or need the ability to autoscale resources so your website doesn’t run slow or shut down during traffic spikes. It comes with 2CPU and 4RAM which can make your site run even faster than dedicated hosting. The isolated resources also give you better speed, uptimes, and security.
Isolated Resources – instead of hosting your website on 1 single server, your website is hosted on unlimited machines. This means your website won’t be effected by ANYONE else’s (eg. if they overclock their server on shared hosting). And since cloud hosting simulates a dedicated server, more resources are dedicated to hosting your website, making it load faster. There are tons of benefits of cloud hosting but you can sum it up into performance, reliability, and security improvements. Plus you have a much less chance of getting CPU overages especially if you use the autoscale option in the SiteGround cPanel to compensate for traffic spikes…
8. Dedicated Server: $229/Year But Ridiculously Fast
I have never used SiteGround’s dedicated servers but they have them for $229/month. This is for high traffic sites needing a lot of resources and am sure it makes your site ridiculously fast. I just honestly don’t have experience with it (so I won’t give an opinion) but if it’s like any other SiteGround plan I’m sure it’s legit. Maybe when I reach 10,000 visitors/day and am not poor :)
9. Automatic Updates For WordPress Core + Plugins
You can set SiteGround to automatically update WordPress core/plugins in the cPanel…
10. eCommerce Features (Free Let’s Encrypt SSL And More)
Free Let’s Encrypt SSL – all plans come with a free Let’s Encrypt SSL in the cPanel.
Wildcard SSL – GrowBig and GoGeek include a wildcard SSL for 1 year which secures your site and it’s subdomains while giving you a site seal to showcase on your website. After the 1st year it will cost $89/year. You can view SiteGround’s SSL plans to learn more about their SSLs.
PCI Compliance – GoGeek includes PCI compliance (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard) which prevents credit card fraud by unifying payments using 12 requirements.
11. Avoiding CPU Overages
I’m not going to pretend SiteGround is 100% perfect. CPU overages mean your website has exceeded the resources limit included in your plan. So if you choose their StartUp plan but it can’t handle the CPU/bandwidth of your site, SiteGround will shut it down temporarily until you reduce executions or upgrade plans. Pretty much EVERY WordPress host has limits so make sure you choose a plan that comes with enough resources to handle your website.
- StartUp – good for 1 small website
- GrowBig – good for a few small websites or 1 medium traffic site
- GoGeek – good for a couple medium traffic websites or 1 large website
Tips To Avoid CPU Overages (On Any Host):
- Choose a plan that can handle your traffic
- Block unwanted bots and IPs using Wordfence
- Set parameters in Wordfence’s “option” settings
- Enable hotlink protection in Cloudflare’s settings
- Add captcha to your WordPress blog comments section
- Avoid resource-heavy plugins (eg. chat/calendar plugins)
- Use AWstats (in cPanel) to identify what’s causing high executions
12. cPanel Demo: Take A Test Drive
If you’re not currently hosted with SiteGround and want to see a cPanel demo, this will help you explore the different options once you purchase a SiteGround plan. You will find many features I’ve gone over including Cloudflare CDN, autoupdates, autoinstallers, staging, backups, email, WordPress tools like their SuperCacher plugin, and plenty of other features.
13. Free Hosting Migration By SiteGround
If you’re not currently hosted with SiteGround they will migrate you to their servers for free. I did this when I was on Bluehost (and have done it for quite a few clients sites who were on a slow host) and have never had a problem. The migration was done within a few hours with minimal downtime and no technical issues. With that said, I have full confidence in their team.
14. Check If Your Current Hosting Is Slow
If your time to first byte is long in GTmetrix, this is another indicator…
15. Most People Don’t Cancel After Signing Up
As a SiteGround affiliate, I can see how many people cancel their plan after they signing up – it’s about 10%. Just to give you an idea WP Engine’s cancellation rate is 21% and HostGator is around 60% (figures). SiteGround’s WordPress hosting has one of the lowest in the industry.
If for some reason you sign up and decide to cancel I would LOVE to know why. I can’t track this but I want to provide the best advice on my website so if for some weird, strange, out of the blue reason this happens to you… contact me and let me know what happened. If for some reason they can’t make it right I’ll send you $39 via PayPal so you can at least buy WP Rocket :)
16. Conclusion: SiteGround’s WordPress Hosting Is The Bomb
Most people are so reluctant to change hosts (probably cause they are locked into a contract or think problems will occur) but don’t expect fast load times if your server sucks. This email was from my developer who specializes in WordPress speed, and here’s a link to his profile.
I hope you found my SiteGround WordPress hosting review helpful! If you have any questions drop me a line in the comments but I tried to cover as much as I could. SiteGround really is awesome and it was a breath of fresh air coming from Bluehost where I was experiencing downtimes, a slow website, less than mediocre support, among other problems. I can pretty much guarantee you will be happy with SiteGround for hosting your WordPress website(s).