Updated July 2022
Founded in Sofia, Bulgaria in 2004, SiteGround was created by a group of university friends. The operation has since expanded to four company locations globally, with holdings in the U.S., the U.K., Bulgaria, and Spain. They have grown to 500 employees and own numerous data centers around the world.
Having a base of 2,800,000 hosted domains, SiteGround enjoys a 98% customer satisfaction rating. They place a strong emphasis on fast, easy, and secure hosting and site-building, and offer a wide variety of services to provide for just about any client's needs.
In this review, we’ll explore SiteGround’s services so you can decide if they’re the right provider for you.
SiteGround Plans & Pricing (2022)
SiteGround has many services to choose from. Below, we look at:
- Web Hosting
- WordPress Hosting
- WooCommerce Hosting
- Cloud Hosting
There are three tiers of web hosting SiteGround plans:
- StartUp: $14.99/month
- GrowBig: $24.99/month
- GoGeek: $39.99/month
The StartUp basic package offers much of what a new website builder would need to get going. With a WordPress installation of 10 GB of webspace and 1 website included, the user can start building their site in short order. This plan is meant to handle visits in the neighbourhood of 10k per month and appears to have the resources an amateur or beginner would need.
The mid-tier plan, GrowBig, is meant to accommodate the traffic of 100k monthly visits. It offers 20 GB of web space and unlimited websites. This package also provides additional features that aren't in the lower-tiered plan, such as on-demand backup copies, 30% faster PHP, and staging, which allows the user to work on a copy of their site offline and push changes.
The highest-tiered package, GoGeek, provides the user with 40 GB of web space, unlimited websites, and is geared to accommodate the traffic of around 400k visits per month. This plan offers the bonus features that GrowBig does, plus priority support.
SiteGround offers three tiers of managed WordPress hosting: StartUp, GrowBig, and GoGeek. The pricing for each of these plans is the same as the Web Hosting plans. These bundles seem to provide identical offerings to the standard web hosting packages. On the surface, there appears to be no difference between the two service types.
The features offered with each plan are mostly the same between types. WordPress and standard web hosting both offer 10 GB of storage, 1 website, and unmetered traffic. Managed WordPress hosting also offers a migration tool and automated WordPress updates at no additional cost.
The pricing is also the same between WordPress hosting and standard web hosting. The StartUp bundle for standard web hosting costs the same as the same bundle for WordPress hosting. This means, at the very least, the service doesn't lose any value if you choose WordPress over standard hosting.
There are three tiers of WooCommerce hosting, priced and named the same as web and WordPress hosting:
- StartUp: $14.99/month
- GrowBig: $24.99/month
- GoGeek: $39.99/month
WooCommerce comes pre-installed and users will be able to sell any product or service. The SiteGround WooCommerce page also highlights configurable shipping options and that clients will be able to accept payments out-of-the-box.
The main features offered with each plan are pretty much the same between managed WooCommerce hosting and standard web hosting. Each offers 10 GB of storage, 1 website, and unmetered traffic at the lowest tier, and increments upwards in subsequent tiers. All additional plan features appear to also mirror the standard web hosting plan features.
The StartUp bundle for standard web hosting costs the same as the same bundle for WooCommerce hosting. With the additional eCommerce tools that this service type appears to provide, WooCommerce does appear to have more value than standard hosting.
SiteGround offers four tiers of managed cloud hosting: Jump Start, Business, Business Plus, and Super Power. These packages are geared for the serious customer, who has a need for more extensive resources, such as a minor streaming site or heavy-traffic commerce platform.
The first tier offers 4 processor cores, 8 GB of memory, and 40 GB of SSD storage. Each tier increases the processor cores, topping out at 16 with the top-tier package. Memory and storage also improve incrementally with each level of service. Memory tops out at 20 GB and storage at 160 GB with the Super Power bundle. Prices start at $100, and move up by $100 with each tier, running $400 per month at the top tier.
These services seem to be in competition with other providers' dedicated server hosting. The cloud hosting options don't provide quite the resources that most others' dedicated server options offer, but are a more economical option for a customer running a mid-sized business.
Pros & Cons
Website is easy to navigate
Their most basic web hosting plans come with an extensive package of benefits. SSL, email, daily backup, CDN, and unmetered traffic are provided right out of the box at no additional charge, and with no disclaimers of limitation
Compared to a large service such as GoDaddy, which doesn't even offer SSL until its third tier, SiteGround seems to offer a great deal of value for the cost
High renewal costs
Fewer services options than some other web hosting providers - no VPS or dedicated server hosting.
SiteGround Frequently Asked Questions
Where are SiteGround servers located?
SiteGround has four company locations and six data centers located around the world. They have company holdings in Bulgaria, England, Alexandria, VA, and Madrid. Their data centers are located in the U.S., England, The Netherlands, Germany, Singapore, and Australia.
Is SiteGround safe?
SiteGround offers a number of security features, from SSL certificates for their customers to a web access firewall, which they keep updated to protect against security threats on the web.
Why is SiteGround renewal so expensive?
SiteGround offers many features in their bundles that are only provided as additional-cost add-ons by many other providers. By foregoing profit for these services at the introductory level, the client can see what the company has to offer. These services are not free to the provider, and so their cost is passed on to the customer into subsequent subscription fees.
Why choose SiteGround?
For the consumer or small business owner, SiteGround offers competitive features and pricing for their standard web hosting services. There is room to grow for small to mid-sized businesses with their cloud hosting solution.
What is SiteGround used for?
SiteGround is a web hosting provider that offers an array of hosting services. Placing a strong emphasis on eCommerce and ease of use, SiteGround is suited for beginning website builders and small businesses, with offerings at the higher service levels to appeal to mid-sized companies and resellers.
With fewer services offerings than its competitors, SiteGround may not have everything you need for your business, but they do have an excellent value for money. Be sure to check out our other reviews before making a final choice.
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