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If you want to be with the #1 rated host from this Facebook poll, that would be SiteGround.
I’m hosted with them and have a .3s load time in GTmetrix, 100% uptimes, and SiteGround support usually answers tickets within 10 minutes. They’re the only host recommended on all 3 WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal official hosting pages, and they will migrate you for free.
Still not convinced?
Look at this Facebook comment thread when people ask about the best WordPress hosting. Nearly everyone says SiteGround because they use super fast NGINX servers, solid states drives, and superior speed technology. The average load time on SiteGround is 1.3s which means you should see a significant load time improvement if you migrate from a slower host.
They’re also affordable ($3.95 – $14.95/month for their WordPress hosting plans). I’ve been with SiteGround for over 2 years and referred over 100 people through my W3 Total Cache, WordPress speed optimization, and other speed-related tutorials. That’s because fast hosting is the #1 recommendation in the WordPress optimization guide and SiteGround is totally legit.
Table Of Contents
- #1 Rated WordPress Host
- Speed: My Site Loads in .3s
- Uptimes: 100% In Uptime Robot
- Support: Tickets Answered In 10 Minutes
- Security: SiteGround’s Always On Their Game
- Automatic Updates For WordPress Core/Plugins
- eCommerce Features: Let’s Encrypt SSL And More
- StartUp vs. GrowBig vs. GoGeek Comparison Chart
- Cloud Hosting: Isolated Servers Are More Reliable
- Dedicated Server: $229/Year But Ridiculously Fast
- Avoiding CPU Overages (Can Happen With Any Host)
- cPanel Demo: Take A Test Drive
- Free Hosting Migration By SiteGround
1. #1 Rated WordPress Host
I literally just came across this on Facebook and and had to throw it in…
2. Speed: My Site Loads in .3s
SiteGround’s speed technology is the bomb. They use solid states drives (SSDs), NGINX, and HTTP/2 enabled servers. Don’t know what that is? Just look at my GTmetrix report and see how fast my website loads. Of course I’m a nerd when it comes to website speed and there are definitely other factors, but fast hosting is the #1 factor according to the WordPress optimization guide and I have never achieved such fast load times than I have with SiteGround. You can optimize your site all you want for speed, but if your hosting is slow, so is your website.
Average load time on SiteGround is 1.3 seconds…
Higher Plans = More Server Resources = Faster Website – SiteGround’s GrowBig and GoGeek plan include more server resources which make your site load faster (see below). GoGeek is semi-dedicated hosting and is about 4x faster than StartUp for only $14.95/month, compared to a dedicated server which runs $229/month. So if website speed is important to you, I would go with GrowBig or GoGeek which also let you host unlimited websites. They also come with priority support, daily backups, WordPress autoupdates, and other nice features.
You can see this on SiteGround’s features page…
Here’s a comparison of server resources for each plan (GrowBig has the best value)…
4 Data Centers – when you sign up for a SiteGround plan, you will choose to host your website in 1 of 4 data centers: Chicago, London, Amsterdam, or Singapore. SiteGround’s data centers use redundant storage (so your website should never go down due to electrical problems). Since all shared hosting plans only use 1 origin server to host your website, you should use CloudFlare’s free CDN to mirror your site on multiple servers around the country and world. All SiteGround plans allow you to activate CloudFlare in the cPanel (see instructions below).
CloudFlare CDN – boost your speed and security by activating Cloudflare in SiteGround’s cPanel. This mirrors your WordPress site on multiple servers around country the world (reducing the time it takes to deliver content for visitors are far away from your 1 data center).
Activate Cloudflare in the cPanel with 1 click…
Aggressive caching and minifying code can easily make your site load 25%+ faster…
SuperCacher Is Meh – a cache plugin will make your site load faster, but SiteGround’s SG CachePress Plugin probably shouldn’t be it. I’ve had much better results with W3 Total Cache which you’ve probably heard of, but are currently overwhelmed by all the settings.
Have no fear… download my pre-configured W3 Total Cache settings in this Dropbox file and upload them to W3TC in the “General Settings” tab (see below). This can also make your website load 25% faster. You can view my full W3 Total Cache tutorial if you like which has 200+ comments and has been used by over 75,000 people to configure this awesome plugin.
3. Uptimes: 100% In Uptime Robot
If you ever experienced internal server errors, bad gateways, connection failures, and other messages you see when your website goes down, you shouldn’t have that with SiteGround. I use Uptime Robot to monitor my uptimes which are at 100%. SiteGround has outstanding uptime technology that is actually 99.99% with 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 undoubtedly has the best support out of any hosting company I’ve been with. Tickets are usually answered within 10 minutes especially if you get their GrowBig or GoGeek plan which come with priority support. Their team is also super helpful and don’t try to upsell you (unless you truly need to upgrade plans). They have actually logged into my WordPress dashboard and tweaked my Wordfence security plugin when I was having issues. And if you’re currently hosted with someone else, they will migrate your hosting for free.
SiteGround has the fastest support in the industry…
Twitter Reviews About SiteGround Support – check out what other people are saying…
@SiteGround you’re amazing! <3 your support team! Making my life Ezzzzy
— Maev Creaven (@MaevCreavenNutr) September 11, 2015
Thank you @SiteGround for always being there when I have a question about my website hosting, and always having an answer. It’s appreciated.
— Chrystina Noel (@ChrystinaNoel) September 24, 2015
— Rachel Pregunta (@rachelissocial) September 21, 2015
I decided to switch to @SiteGround . So far, I couldn’t be happier
— Jameson Nuss (@jamesonnuss) September 10, 2015
— Rachel AKA Rose (@BookNerd0486) August 5, 2016
— Steven Colter (@FliColter) October 20, 2016
@SiteGround you’re live chat assistance is amazing! Thank you so much!
— World Bike Girl (@WorldBikeGirl) August 28, 2015
@SiteGround I <3 u ~ I really do ~ your support is the best ~ ever! Thanks for your help as always!
— Shir Shalom (@OurShirShalom) August 14, 2016
@SiteGround you have a great support team – Particularly Miroslav Thanks
— Pinal Dave (@pinaldave) September 9, 2016
— Angela Mosley (@angelahmosley) July 7, 2016
@SiteGround You guys are the best. Fast support and you make all-things-hosting oh so easy. :)
— Barbara J (@mintie) July 15, 2016
— Pablomon (@avatarbobo) September 1, 2016
— Angela Mosley (@angelahmosley) July 7, 2016
@SiteGround your customer service keeps impressing me. Thank you for your exceptional technical support. :)
— Salvador Frutos (@salvadorfrutos) August 26, 2016
@SiteGround Thanks but Hristina P. took care of everything. She was great!
— BridgetFranciscovich (@mrktingwithme) October 4, 2016
@SiteGround Thanks for fixing my site every time I break it! Hoping my site will be back up soon!
— Elizabeth (@SuitcaseOfBks) September 27, 2016
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…
SiteGround sends me periodic emails to let me know my website is secure…
6. Automatic Updates For WordPress Core/Plugins
You can automatically update WordPress core/plugins in the SiteGround cPanel…
7. eCommerce Features (Free Let’s Encrypt SSL And More)
Free Let’s Encrypt SSL – all plans come with a free Let’s Encrypt SSL accessed 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.
8. StartUp vs. GrowBig vs. GoGeek Comparison Chart
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 comparison chart on SiteGround’s features page…
SiteGround 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
SiteGround GrowBig – host multiple websites with nearly 2x more server resources than StartUp (improves load times). Double the storage space, access to 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 W3 Total Cache settings for all plans.
- 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
SiteGround GoGeek – semi-dedicated hosting and is 4x faster than regular shared hosting plans. Perfect for people who want a super fast website but don’t want to pay $60/month for cloud hosting. Includes unlimited restores by SiteGround’s support team as well as e-Commerce features like 1 year free Wildcard SSL and PCI compliance for credit card fraud protection. SiteGround 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 plan
Check out my review of each plan…
9. Cloud Hosting: Isolated Servers Are More Reliable
For larger websites needing more complex configurations (like the ability to autoscale resources during traffic spikes so your website doesn’t run slow or shut down), SiteGround’s cloud hosting is faster and more reliable. It gives 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…
10. Dedicated Server: $229/Year But Ridiculously Fast
I have never used SiteGround’s dedicated server but they do offer it starting at $229/month. This is for high traffic sites needing a lot of resources so they can improve load times. I have experience with all other SiteGround WordPress hosting plans (except for dedicated), but I’m sure it’s just as good when compared to other hosting company’s dedicated server plans.
11. Avoiding CPU Overages (Can Happen With Any Host)
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 website(s)
- 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.
Conclusion: SiteGround WordPress Hosting Is The Bomb
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).