Alright guys! I am going to explain briefly why I choose to go with SiteGround as my hosting plan for both my blog and business website. Attached to this post is an affiliate link of mine, that when you click to sign up, I get paid a small commission. However, I am so dang confident in SiteGround hosting, that even if you didn’t use my affiliates link, I still would recommend them as the top hosting plan.
As many of you know, I had a hard time starting my blog. I didn’t pray and ask God how to go about creating it. I didn’t educate myself and utilize free resources that were available to me to learn how to do it. I just assumed I knew everything and relied heavily on YouTube videos and created my blog. Since January 19th 2017, which is the date I bought my domain and first hosting plan, I have revamped my blog 5 times and switched hosting plans 2 times. I wanted to give you guys some background because I have spent considerable time with the other hosting plans and I feel that I have enough knowledge to support my decision and hopefully yours, to go with SiteGround.
Originally I hosted with Namecheap. I still have my domains with them. I didn’t switch those over to SiteGround yet. I did not have many problems with Namecheap at all. The prices were good for my budget. However, I began experiencing down time. When I chatted with them to ask why my site was going down, I was told to optimize my site. They offered no help with that aspect other than sending documents. I followed the directions and suggestions on the documents yet my site was still loading slowly and experiencing downtime.
A customer rep from their company recommend upgrading to their business plan which would guarantee uptime and speed for loading pages, as well as cpi certified servers, however, the price was out of range for me. Now, granted, I think they are a good company and I again was pleased with them when I started. But after launching my store, I realized we wouldn’t be a good fit, and so I began to search for other options.
This led to me finding GreenGeeks. Now, I had asked a ton of people who to go with and they all said SiteGround lol, but I think by now you guys have realized how hard-headed I am. So, I chose GreenGeeks because they offered a monthly payment plan of $10.00 and I could afford that. I had read scary reviews but also a ton of great reviews on them.
I switched to green geeks for 1 month and quickly left. I experienced massive downtime when I was on their servers. I’m talking every day to every other day, I was receiving emails from JetPack like this one:
Yes. You read that correctly. 11 hours of downtime and slow loading pages. I contacted GreenGeeks multiple times on multiple occasions and each time I was met with, “It’s loading for us.” Then sent some sort of documentation. I decided to take matters into my own hands and revamp the blog. I thought maybe it was a plugin or recent updates that could cause the issue.
NO. It was them.
So, I started asking around again and everyone suggested SiteGround. Luckily, they were having a sale at the time. I should state: my hesitation with SiteGround was that I had to pay upfront for my services and I didn’t have $143-$400 for 1-3 years of service with them. So I took a chance and contacted their support team.
They have a phone AND Chat!
They had me at hello. Literally. The young man was so helpful and he even offered me an installment plan. So I got 1 year of the grow big service which is their 2ND tier service, at $70. I paid $30 for the first transaction. The next month I pad $40 for the transaction and now I have service for an entire year. Their servers are CPI certified. (Needs to be when taking credit cards). Their customer service is out of this world! And I HAVE NOT experienced ANY downtime since switching. Not to mention, they offer Cloudflare and super cache which help your loading speed even more. My sites have never been so fast! SiteGround has the ability to grow with you and that’s something that I like about them. Also, I just can’t get over the fact I can call and talk to someone at anytime and get help.
This is why I will recommend them to anyone. The process is so very simple when you switch with them. You have free migration for one site. The next site would cost $30 dollars I think for them to migrate OR you can do it yourself by logging into your cPanel and making a full backup. They will upload the backup for you for free, so you can avoid that cost if need be.
Side note about GreenGeeks: They actually removed the option for me to go in and take a full backup of my site. You have to put in a ticket request and you are charged a $5. 00 fee for back up your Cpanel. Just so ya know.
Also: My business site began running slowly. I didn’t know what to do so I contacted SiteGround. The young lady stayed on chat with me while she ran tests and suggested that I check my plugins. She stayed with me the entire time while I deactivated and reactivated plugins. We found out that the Woo Commerce update no longer worked with my shipping plugin and that was what was causing the site to run so slowly. She was awesome at advising me of the next steps to take. I am telling you guys this so you get an idea of the type of company they are.
So hopefully I have stated my case properly and if you guys are considering switching hosts, then definitely check out site ground. You can purchases from them here. I do advise waiting until they have a sale, so you can get the most bang for your buck and ask about paying in the 2 month installment. It really helped me out!
Love you guys!