2021 Update! I’m now recommending WP Engine to clients. Siteground is a close second and what I’m still using for my own website. However, for clients, I’ve found WP Engine’s performance to be top-notch. They also have a very simple user interface.
As a web designer myself it’s important that I have a reliable and trustworthy host for my website. Not to mention every client relies on my professional recommendation when it comes to a hosting company for their new website.
I had heard good things about SiteGround long before I made the switch. I tend not to jump ship on technology unless there is a good reason.
But after a number of disappointments with several other hosting companies that just weren’t living up to expectations or delivering on performance, it was time for a switch.
I’ve now been with them now for a few years and just as happy as I was after first switching in early 2018.
Siteground is a great choice for a number of reasons:
- Their sites are super speedy.
- They’ve proven to have reliable service.
- They have an excellent, 24/7 customer support team.
- Their cPanel access and Accounts page are incredibly user-friendly.
- They have a slew of helpful WordPress Tools, such as staging, caching, automated (+ on-demand) backups and more.
After recommending SiteGround to clients, they often ask for guidance on picking the best plan for them. So I decided I’d give a quick rundown on the features I find the most valuable below.
SiteGround grants cPanel Access.
I thought this was a given with hosting companies but learned the hard way not all hosts grant their users cPanel access. SiteGround, however, does.
All three plans offer access to cPanel, allows you to manage the files of your website. If something breaks and you can’t access your website, you can go through cPanel to get your site back up and running. I have stopped using hosting platforms in the past when I realized they didn’t offer access to cPanel.
SiteGround offers caching tools to improve site performance.
Caching is included in the upper two levels of Siteground plans. Instead of loading each and every feature of every page, every time, caching allows pictures of your website to be displayed instead. It’s a preloaded, faster experience. I see so many people buying plugins and patching services and installing those on their websites. They are all more things to manage and update and pay for… but they aren’t necessary if you host on Siteground.
Clients have come to me with other hosting plans that included caching, and it wreaked havoc: things broke, wouldn’t display properly, and the site would load perfectly fine as soon as I disabled the caching feature on their site. Siteground is the only hosting service I’ve used where the site actually improves with this caching feature.
SiteGround offers unlimited 1-click staging sites so you can make big changes with confidence.
If you want to make some changes to your live site without worrying about people seeing the process or breaking something important, you usually have to take your site down and post an “Under Maintenance” sign, but not with Siteground.
They let you take a copy of your current site as-is and replicate that into its own staging area where you can play with it, update it, tweak it, whatever you want to do, in a space where no one can see it. Only once you’re ready to have it to live, you click “LIVE” and it overrides your existing site and publishes everything at once.
SiteGround runs automatic backups along with the option of on-demand backups (depending on plan).
Depending on your plan, SiteGround allows free backups on-demand. This is helpful if you’re trying to make a big change or updating WordPress, for instance, you can do an on-demand backup right before you update.
There are three SiteGround plans to choose from: Start Up, Grow Big, and Go Geek. While the above features are my favorite, you’ll want to make sure to pick the plan that best suits the needs of your particular website. Some of the most important items to consider would be:
- Your website traffic
- Size of your website (i.e. videos, pages, images, etc)
- Number of websites (if more than one) that will be hosted
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