✅ SiteGround is a hosting company ✅ that started operating in 2004.
Since then they have not stopped growing and now have more than 400 employees and host about 2 million domains.
They are one of the few providers that offer guaranteed availability on their servers (uptime).
On their website, they ensure that the support team is available 24 hours a day, every day of the year.
Also, they seem to be very concerned about the loading speed.
There is a lot to process and SiteGround promises many advantages.
Will it all be true?
I have done several tests and trials to SiteGround hosting that will help you decide if it is the best option for your website. Also, I will tell you about my opinions and experiences of SiteGround.
- 1 Tests and opinions on SiteGround: the all-rounder
- 1.1 SiteGround prices
- 1.2 When to use SiteGround hosting?
- 1.3 When not to use SiteGround hosting?
- 1.4 Pros and cons
- 1.5 Final reflections
- 1.6 Frequently Asked Questions
- 1.6.1 Does SiteGround give you a free domain name?
- 1.6.2 Is SiteGround better than Bluehost?
- 1.6.3 Is SiteGround good for WordPress?
- 1.6.4 These are my favorites:
- 1.6.5 When to use SiteGround hosting?
- 1.6.6 When not to use SiteGround hosting?
- 1.6.7 Does SiteGround have a CDN?
- 1.6.8 What programming languages does SiteGround allow?
- 1.6.9 Does SiteGround have a staging?
Tests and opinions on SiteGround: the all-rounder
StartUp 9.95 euro/month
You will be able to create a website and you will have 10 GB of webspace.
GrowBig 17,95 euro/month
Unlimited websites, offers 20 GB of web space, advanced staging caching options, and advanced backups.
With 340 GB of web space, priority support, and Git repositories.
Note: Please note that discounts of up to 60% are available for the first contract.
By contracting SiteGround for 3 years you can save a lot of money.
What can you expect from each SiteGround Spain plan?
SiteGround offers 3 shared hosting plans that should fit the needs of most users.
You should be aware that all plans have in common:
They do not limit the traffic your site can receive.
The free domain name for the first year. After that, it’s one 13? per year.
Unlimited databases and email accounts.
30 days money-back guarantee.
SSD disks and own cache system.
24-hour support via phone, chat, and email.
But of course, not all SiteGround plans are the same so let’s look at their main differences.
Ideal for users who have a single medium or small website and up to 10GB of space.
Also, in this plan, you will have the cache service for static content that will make your website faster.
You will be able to restore your account to any of the 30 backups they keep.
This is a plan designed to host more than one website and comes with 20GB of space.
In addition to the caching system for static content, this plan allows you to cache dynamic content.
Also, you will be able to use its on-demand backup system, and its staging functions (test environment).
In addition to offering more space (30GB) and higher performance servers, you will have priority support.
It comes with pre-installed Git repositories.
Note: Please note that during the first period they offer significant discounts but these go up considerably when you renew.
When to use SiteGround hosting?
SiteGround offers unbeatable features and I recommend it without any reservations.
It will be suitable for serious projects, if you need even more capacity, later on, you can hire one of their top hosts (e.g. cloud or dedicated).
I especially recommend it for:
Sites that work on WordPress
Large corporate sites
Developers and designers looking for quality and good support
If you’re looking for features like Staging, Git repositories, or SSH access
Anyone who is going to need higher performance solutions
Agencies and large teams can benefit from your user management
Remember that you can try SiteGround for 30 days without obligation.
When not to use SiteGround hosting?
Although SiteGround fits many profiles, it may not be the best option in some cases:
You are looking for a very cheap hosting
You want servers with Windows
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Pros and cons
SiteGround is one of the web hosting providers that offer the best availability figures, these are close to 100% (more information later).
Easy and intuitive to use:
Its system is easy to follow and the functionalities are seamlessly integrated.
Professional support and help:
SiteGround offers a very complete support service (via chat, email, and phone). Their tutorials and guides are also well cared for.
Very fast hosting:
Thanks to the hardware they implement (e.g. SSDs) and the software solutions they use (e.g. SG Optimizer and HTTP/2) they offer above-average speeds.
Location of the servers:
When opening your account with SiteGround, you can choose from servers in Europe, America, Australia, and Asia.
SiteGround incorporates options that many other hosts do not have. For example, staging, own caching, or GIT repositories. Or free integrations with CloudFlare and Let’sEncypt (SSL).
They don’t measure the traffic you can receive.
User and site management:
The new administration panel allows you to manage your websites individually and make efficient user management (e.g. you can give access to the account to your customers or developers without having to give them your password)
I think SiteGround offers good value for money, but, indeed, it is not the cheapest on the market.
If you don’t want to pay for the installation you will have to contract SiteGround for 12 months or more.
In 2019, SiteGround moved from its old (and good) cPanel administration panel to a more modern one.
I have to say that I am a big fan of the new system, as it is intuitive and visually more appealing than cPanel.
What is the backend of SiteGround like?
I am a regular cPanel user, so I thought I would miss it, but the truth is that in a couple of hours I got used to the new SiteGround panel.
Besides the new design, the improvement I like the most is that now each website you have is managed independently; that is, each one has its administration panel.
This has advantages if you have a couple of projects hosted on SiteGround (because, for example, you can back up a single website, without having to copy all the ones in your account).
Also, it allows you to add users to the administration panel, assign them different levels of permissions, and associate them to specific web pages.
As you can imagine, this is very advantageous for large teams and agencies, since it allows them to give access to their customers.
SiteGround’s approach to backup
In my opinion, backups (along with performance and support) are one of the most important features of hosting.
You could indeed connect your website to another platform that makes the backups (like UpdraftPlus in the case of WordPress), but in my opinion, having this integrated into the hosting is more efficient and easier to manage.
So I have thoroughly analyzed SiteGround’s backup system and for me, it is the best within its price range (WPEngine, for example, is better, but also quite expensive).
This is what I liked:
The backup system is fully integrated with SiteGround’s, so you don’t need to use any external system that might create conflicts.
The backups of each website are managed separately, so you can back up one of your sites without having to do so for all your sites hosted by SiteGround.
It gives you the option of making on-demand backups, ideal for programmers who edit code, or when you want to update the system or plugins. Before you do this, you can generate a backup and rest easy.
Backups are useless if you can’t restore them easily and efficiently. With SiteGround you only need a couple of clicks to do this.
Finally, the possibility of making backups and restoring them on demand is included in the GrowBig and GoGeek plans without the additional costs charged by other platforms for similar functionalities (worse, in fact).
There are a couple of things that could be better; for example, it has a limit of 5 manual backups per website (if you reach that limit, you will have to delete one of the old ones) and there is no way to download the copies, you can only restore them.
Please note that advanced backup features (create and restore them on demand) are only available with the GrowBig and GoGeek plans.
If you have purchased the most basic plan, SiteGround will make daily backups and save the backups of the last 30 days, but to restore them you will have to contact the support department.
Final SiteGround Reviews: Do they meet expectations?
I was struck by how well SiteGround talks about their support service, and their promises of availability and speed.
After years of testing it, I think it offers very good performance. The loading speed is one of the best I have seen in shared hosting.
The SiteGround support team is fast, efficient, and friendly, many competitors fail here.
Also, if you are looking for the best technology, SiteGround offers much more than the average (e.g. Git or Staging).
It is clear that it is a web host that has a medium-high price, it will not be for projects with a small budget.
Although its advanced features (e.g. on-demand backup or GIT) are very useful, they are not available with all plans. Keep this in mind before choosing your plan.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does SiteGround give you a free domain name?
That’s a good question. SiteGround does not include free domain names in its plans.
You will have to buy one separately, either through them (about $16 US a year for a .com domain) or from a third party, which should be a little cheaper for you.
However, their hosting plans do include email accounts, so you can have professional-looking email addresses like firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is true even if you register the domains on another platform, such as Namecheap, as long as you connect the domain correctly to your SiteGround server.
Is SiteGround better than Bluehost?
SiteGround is better than Bluehost because of its better performance (availability and speed), its friendly support team with helpful answers, its advanced (free) backup options, its clear pricing, and the fact that they have data centers (servers) available on 4 continents: USA, Europe, Australia, and Asia.
Bluehost shared hosting plans have more storage space and slightly cheaper prices, as long as you don’t need to hire additional third-party services to get the features Bluehost doesn’t give you (i.e. advanced backups).
For all these reasons, I think SiteGround is more complete.
Is SiteGround good for WordPress?
Yes, SiteGround plays an important role in the WordPress community (WordPress itself recommends them as hosting).
But what I like most about the combination SiteGround + WordPress is all the additional features that are available for WordPress.
These are my favorites:
An amazing optimization plugin for WordPress that allows you to set up cache options, automatically optimize image size, enable deferred image loading, and minimize source code, among other things.
SiteGround has a beginner’s plugin that guides you through setting up your WordPress site.
SiteGround has a good flexible system for updating WordPress and its plugins.
For example, you can decide whether to update the plugins automatically with each new version or to update them manually yourself.
Advanced tools for WordPress that make my life easier
For example, being able to create test environments (copies of my website that I can experiment with) has saved me from uploading erroneous code updates to my website.
When to use SiteGround hosting?
SiteGround offers unbeatable features and we recommend it without any reservations.
It will be suitable for serious projects and if you need even more capacity, you can sign up for one of their superior plans.
The negative note is that their servers are not in Spain and this is not ideal for projects with a lot of competition in the search engines.
When not to use SiteGround hosting?
If you are looking for an affordable solution SiteGround will not be your best option.
Does SiteGround have a CDN?
You don’t have your CDN, but they have integration with CloudFlare which has a free plan.
A CDN system is a network of servers that will allow your website to improve performance.
The idea is simple, they save and distribute a copy of your website to users depending on their location.
What programming languages does SiteGround allow?
If you need other programming languages, you can use Perl and Python.
Does SiteGround have a staging?
Yes, but it is only available in the GrowBig and GoGeek plans.
Staging will allow you to have an area to experiment with on your server.
This is ideal for large projects.