SiteGround Hosting Review

 
SiteGround is all about creating products that are “crafted with care.” Their ethos puts quality at the centre of their entire model, and it shows through in the quality of their end product.

Prices starting at $3.95/Month

Shared hosting plans

SiteGround offers shared hosting options in three pricing tiers:

  • $9.95 per month full price
  • $13.95 per month full price
  • $29.95 per month full price

Their shared options come with Joomla and WordPress automatically installed, cPanel and SSH access, free setup and transfers, and 99.99% uptime. They also cache using CloudFlare CDN and SuperCacher, so their sites, even at the shared level, offer superior query speed than a lot of competitors.  As you move up the tiers you get more power as well as ecommerce optimization, more web space, and your MySQL databases are stored on SSD instead of SAS. You also get enhanced backup and restore services.

For all of their shared plans, you get unlimited MySQL databases, unlimited FTP accounts, and unlimited sub and parked domains (within reason, of course). Naturally, it’s not actually unlimited; rather, it’s contingent on reasonable use.

Their shared hosting runs CentOS and are all accessed through their own enhanced cPanel interface (preinstalled).

And, naturally, they have a 30 day money back guarantee, because they want to shift the risk onto themselves.

Cloud and dedicated servers

SiteGround also offers cloud and dedicated hosting solutions. Let’s dig more into those.

Cloud hosting

SiteGround’s cloud hosting solution starts at $60.00 and scales all the way up to enterprise options for $140 per month. Their least expensive plan gets you:

  • 3.0GHz CPU
  • 2GB DDR3 RAM
  • 20GB disk space
  • 5TB bandwidth

As you progress up the plans, you get more CPU power, more RAM, and more disk space, capping at 4x 3.0GHz CPU, 4GB RAM, and 80GB disk space. They also have an option to create your own plan, so you can scale your cloud solution to exactly what you need. Like their shared options, SiteGround runs their cloud solution on CentOS, and doesn’t let their customers root access.

Dedicated

SiteGround offers both managed and unmanaged dedicated server solutions to their customers. Starting at $229 for a managed server, SiteGround offers:

  • Intel i3-540 3.06GHz CPU
  • 3.06Ghz CPU Clock Speed
  • Dual-core (2) CPU Cores
  • 4MB CPU Cache
  • 4GB DDR3 RAM
  • 500GB SATA II HDD HDD
  • 5TB Bandwidth

Their higher tiers (priced at $329 and $429) use Intel Xeon CPUs, have more cores, larger caches, more RAM, and more hard drive space (4x 500GB SATA II/RAID 10 HDD).

SiteGround runs their dedicated managed servers on Linux CentOS, same as their shared and cloud hosting options.

However, should you opt for unmanaged, then you’re granted root access and you can run whatever Linux distribution suits you. The cost is exactly the same. However, if you choose to go the root access/unmanaged route, then your site (unless you’re absolutely on top of it) is unlikely to be kept as up-to-date as SiteGround keeps their managed accounts. This could result in a lapse in security for your server.

Linux options

Like most other shared hosting sites out there, SiteGround runs CentOS on their shared and cloud servers for its stability in an unstable shared server environment. Their managed dedicated servers run the same thing, although the reasoning is likely one of managerial ease and cost. Having all your managed servers on one OS is bound to streamline upgrades and personnel training and hiring, and that streamlined experience is going to let them cut costs on their datacentres. They also have a significant amount of freely available information about Linux commands in their knowledge base, a huge plus for solving problems quickly and effectively.

However if you do choose to opt for an unmanaged dedicated server, then you do gain root access and can use whatever distribution you want, including Ubuntu, RHEL, Debian, Gentoo, Arch, or Fedora. It’s entirely up to you, but without SiteGround’s management, it’s only recommended switching distributions if you are ready to troubleshoot every problem yourself. For most businesses, CentOS will work absolutely fine, plus it’s free.

Technical details

  • Linux CentOS
  • cPanel and WHM access
  • SSH access
  • Perl, python, and multiple version of php available
  • Huge range of preinstalled and 1-click install programs like WordPress, Joomla, Drupal and Drush, Git, Magento, and Softaculous, depending on your specific package

Conclusion

SiteGround, as always, delivers a high quality product for a very competitive price. Their split between managed and unmanaged dedicated servers mean that no matter what Linux distribution you’re looking for you’re likely to find yourself happy at SiteGround. As for their shared hosting, CentOS is stable and easy to access and manipulate, great for a shared environment and especially good if you’re tech skills don’t quite amount to wizardry.

Prices starting at $3.95/Month

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