Siteground is a popular choice for people looking to host their WordPress blogs. But is it actually a good host and are there better options out there?
Well I’ve been using Siteground to host some of my blogs for the past year and here are my experiences using the app.
What I like about SiteGround
Siteground has some unique features which I think make it stand out from the pack:
- Speed Features – Siteground’s unique selling point is they’ve set their hosting up to be as fast as possible. WordPress blogs on Siteground get access to their SG Optimizer plugin, which will speed up your WordPress site.
- Latest PHP Versions – Most shared hosting providers take months and even years to update the software they use on their servers. Siteground runs the latest versions of PHP (the coding language that WordPress is built in). This means that WordPress will run faster and more securely.
- Free SSL Certificates – Don’t pay for SSL certificates ever again. Siteground supports LetsEncrypt, a free issuer of SSL certificates. And it’s all automated. So you don’t need any tech skills to get setup.
- Free Daily Backups – No need to pay for Jetflip premium to have your site backed up. They do this for free and it’s all automatic. So if you mess up your site you can always revert back to an earlier version.
- Unlimited Websites – the Grow Big hosting plan comes with Unlimited Websites. This means you can run as many websites as you want. You also get unlimited bandwidth/traffic. So you’re site can grow to as big as you can imagine.
So these are the essentials covered (speed, ssl, backups) but Siteground also offers some really nice bonuses:
- Australian Datacenter – if your blog targets Australian visitors than having it hosted in Australia makes sense. It will be that extra little bit quicker for Australians. And it will still be super fast all over the world. And it’s also nice to support the Australian tech industry.
- 100% Renewable Energy Match – Make your blog carbon neutral! Siteground is one of the few hosting companies that does this. This is super important and a real selling point!
How easy is it to install WordPress on Siteground?
Super easy! They offer an automated process to get your WordPress blog setup. You honestly don’t need any tech skills to get going.
But they also offer a free plugin that automatically moves your WordPress blog over to Siteground.
In Australia, Siteground hosting starts at $6.99 a month. You pay in yearly instalments. So expect to pay around $100 a year. While Siteground isn’t the cheapest option available, in my opinion it delivers the most value for money.
I haven’t had any problems with my Siteground site, so I haven’t needed to contact support. By all accounts the support is pretty good. It may not be at the same level as a complete managed hosting provider, who’ll do everything for you. But I’ve never run into any problems, and all the documentation is easy to follow and understand.
My site hasn’t had any reliability issues. When I was on Bluehost I did have some periods of downtime that I haven’t had since I’ve moved my blog. All hosts have some downtime, but Siteground does use Google’s premium cloud infrastructure. So expect the same sort of reliability that Google is known for.
Siteground vs Bluehost
The biggest advantage of Siteground over Bluehost is speed. Your WordPress blog will be faster on Siteground. They have some pretty advanced caching tech they use to make sure your site loads really fast. This is super important! Google now uses site speed as a major ranking factor. So if your site is slow, you’re missing out on income.
Bluehost is ok budget hosting, but if you really want your site to rank well, you’re going to need hosting that is a step up. Siteground is premium shared hosting option.