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SiteGround Review 2018

April, 2018
Web Hosting Review


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We recently moved our web hosting to SiteGround and have been very impressed. This review covers the awesome features that come with SiteGround and walk you through how to get set up.

Selecting a company to host your website is one of the most important decisions you can make. Website speed, security, uptime, and features all affect user experiences. SiteGround offers one of the most comprehensive and affordable hosting services on the market. Beginning at just $3.95 per month you can have SiteGround hosting that far exceeds competitors. Whether you run a small blog or a multi-million dollar corporation, SiteGround has options capable of meeting your needs. This blog post contains all the information you need to get signed up and migrated to SiteGround if you have an existing site or signup for a new site. I also cover changing your DNS if you have an existing web domain that points to your new SiteGround name server, setting up e-mail addresses and installing the super fast SG Cacher plugin to speed up your website.

SiteGround Hosting Review Video

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When evaluating which web hosting companies, speed was the primary motivation. Hostgator shared hosting was very slow.  After reviewing several options, Flywheel, Kinsta among others. There are a lot of great options available. SiteGround provided the ideal balance of features and pricing.  As a website developer, I feel very confident in recommending SiteGround to my clients.  Getting started is easy. Let’s get started by walking through how to get going.
“Beginning at just $3.95 per month you can have SiteGround hosting that far exceeds competitors. “

SiteGround Hosting Plans

Pricing for shared hosting begins at just $3.95 per month paid annually. Click here to open up the Siteground website in a new tab. SiteGround offered the following descriptions of the different tiers of shared hosting. Pricing is per month paid annually.

1. StartUp Plan hosting $3.95 per month.

The StartUp Plan gives you all the essential hosting features you need to accommodate a “just getting started” website or an existing average-size blog, personal, or business website. The StartUp Plan works well even for smaller online shops with a reasonable number of products. You will most probably outgrow this plan if you start attracting more than 10,000 unique visits per month on a regular basis.

2. Grow Big Plan hosting $5.95 per month

If you need more resources and premium features in addition to the essential features then we recommend the GrowBig Plan. This plan is designed to accommodate either a single more heavily-trafficked website or multiple average-size websites. This is a popular plan for customers who prefer to host all their sites in one account.

3. GoGeek Plan $11.95 per month

If you have a really heavily-visited or resource-intensive website then the GoGeek plan is your best option. The GoGeek customers are hosted on instances, where fewer users share the server resources. Additionally, this plan is great for average-sized e-commerce websites because it can accommodate a much larger product line and also includes server PCI compliance!

SiteGround Registration

Signing up for Siteground web hosting is super easy. You have two options. Option 1: Purchase a new domain.  Option 2: You can also have your existing domain transferred free of charge. I had my websites (including add-on domains) transferred from Hostgator to SiteGround in just a matter of hours. SiteGround Customer support was awesome. All SiteGround web hosting accounts come SSL certificates issued through Let’s Encrypt.  I recommend selecting the SG site scanner. The added security for extra peace of mind.

This is too easy Rocket Scientist not needed!

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How to Change DNS Servers to SiteGround

If you purchased a new domain at the same you completed registration you can skip this step. Your new website will already have the correct name servers. However, if you are having your website transferred from another host you will need to update your DNS with the company that completed your domain registration. I purchase most of my domains through GoDaddy. In the video below I walk through changing Domain Name Servers in GoDaddy. However, the process is pretty much the same for all web hosting companies.

1. Locate your new domain server names. You will receive an email from SiteGround with this information. You can also find your domain server names in your SiteGround C-Panel dashboard in the account information section in the upper left-hand corner. You access SiteGround C-Panel tutorials here.

Installing WordPress In SiteGround

You will be able to skip this step if you already have WordPress installed on your transferred website. Or you may choose to go to another CMS platform. Installing WordPress in SiteGround is very easy. SiteGround has excellent tutorials on installing WordPress manually or through an automated process. Read here or follow the steps in the video below.

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