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SiteGround Hosting review (2020)
My first year of blogging (2017) was with Godaddy.
I shifted to Xongl cloud hosting in the year 2018. Why?
As a beginner, I was pissed off with the renewal rates of Godaddy.
I don’t get this logic still. Most of the hosting providers offer you damn cheaper rates for the first purchase to start a new blog or shift to their hosting platform from the existing one. But when you reach the renewal date, the price would appear double or even triple of your Intro price.
Since I couldn’t spend a lots of extra money at Godaddy, I moved to Xongl cloud hosting and they did all the migration at free of cost. I had been using their hosting for the next two years until I encountered with this situation:
“Back in Jan, 2020, Xongl Cloud’s team had migrated my site to their new data center without even informing me. Let’s assume that is fine but I had lost the data that I had uploaded in last 48 hours. Even they hadn’t know that data was going to be lost. How could I trust when a host provider don’t have knowledge about such technical things?”
I had small server downtime issues with Xongl but I was okay with that but when the above incident happened, I couldn’t be with them and I immediately shifted to SiteGround.
My honest review about siteground
The only reason I shifted to SiteGround is because of its hype in the blogging industry.
I had seen that 6 out of 10 bloggers had been using Siteground for their blogs – New beginners, mid-level and PRO’s. That made me curious to use Siteground.
After a couple of chat with their sales team, I assured myself and purchased their “Startup” plan that was costing $3.95/month ($47 per year). Price was “Okay” since I was paying the same amount at Xongl cloud.
They assured me that their free migration plugin would migrate my data to the Siteground’s servers in 4 to 5 hours. I waited more than that time and migration didn’t happen. When I had reached their support team to get that resolved, they informed me that there was some issue and suggested me to go with their “Expert Migration Service” which would cost me $30 or else to upgrade to “Grow Big” plan which was costing me around $78/year with free expert migration service. Since I had no other choice, I upgraded to “Grow Big” plan.
In terms of service and support, Siteground is the best!
They have hundreds of happy employees to take well care of their customers. .
- If you’re a blogger already or have a website and want to shift to SiteGround, they have a free migration plugin that migrate your site from old hosting platform on average of 4 to 6 hours depending on your site data.
- If you want to start a new blog or a website, SiteGround have everything like 1-click installer, tutorials to get your site running in no time.
SiteGround uses the best and advanced technology and inbuilt handcrafted solutions like Linux Containers, Secure Account Isolation technology, Anti Bot AI, etc to keep your site secure, fast and reliable.
Here’s a surprising result that I found after I moved to SiteGround:
I was getting at least 150+ spam comments when I was with Xongl. But when I shifted to SiteGround, now I hardly get 2 to 3 spam comments in a day.
That means better security and the least chance for online malware and threats.
Pro’s of SiteGround hosting
- Automatic and manual backups.
- Excellent support channels (Chat, Ticketing, Call, Knowledgebase).
- Great uptime (I must say 100% which means your site will never be down).
- FREE SSL certificate (HTTPS).
- FREE CDN and Optimizer plugin to speed up your website.
- Tools section that provide more flexibility to build and manage your website.
- Multiple default and customized plans to serve any kind of requirements.
- SiteGround is officially recommended by WordPress.org.
Con’s of SiteGround hosting
- Intro pricing was “Okay” starting at $3.95/mo but not anymore. Now it starts at $6.99/month which is on high level for beginners and even mid-level users.
- Renewal pricing was “Okay” too at $8.99/mo but not anymore. Now the basic “Startup” plan renews at $14.99/mo which is too much. In my case of Grow Big plan, it is $24.99/mo now!
- They charge a fee for extra services like “Professional Site Migration” which they should consider doing at free of cost or for a less price since beginners cannot afford extra money over the existing rates.
- Domain registration is not free even after their recent price increment.
Know about SiteGround
According to Wikipedia, SiteGround was started its operations by a bunch of friends in the year 2004, Bulgaria. Today, it has 500+ happy employees with strong passion and determination serving with their knowledge, 5 data centers (Chicago, U.K, Amsterdam, Singapore & Council bluffs), and 4 offices. With the most recent reports, I can say the company has already hosted 18 Lakh domains all over the world.
Here are some non-technical reasons to pickup SiteGround hosting for your online business:
- value you.
- are well knowledgeable, smart and friendly to resolve issues in no time.
- deliver more than your expectations.
- are curious, driven by the passion to learn and implement advanced technology to help us out.
Conclusion – SiteGround Web Hosting review
SiteGround is definitely the most popular host in the world with advanced features, server stability using Linux containers even at spikes and so many other cool features. I would have to say that SiteGround Wins!.
Should you go for it or not?
It depends who you are what are your website/blog requirements.
If you are able to afford new pricing of SiteGround then you must go with it to stay hassle-free and run your business.
If you cannot afford it, I have alternatives to SiteGround:
Pro Tip: While renewal, most hosting companies charge you double or triple the introductory price. It is advised you purchase the 36 month plan to save a lot of money.
Mudassir is the founder and author of BloggingExplained.com, the only blog you may want to follow to learn to blog and grow in blogging industry. He has already helped dozens of newbies to get started with blogging. If you too want to start a blog and put your thoughts into action, he is the right friend to connect. You can catch up Mudassir on Twitter @BloggerMudassir.