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SiteGround grew a lot over the last 10 years since their modest beginning in 2004 by a group of university students. They’re now one of the few WordPress.org recommended hosts, along with BlueHost, Flywheel Hosting. SiteGround also offers hosting options for Joomla, Magento, Drupal, and PrestaShop. These are available in shared, cloud, dedicated and reseller hosting packages. Email hosting is also available.
SiteGround Uptime Guarantee
SiteGround tells us we can expect over 99% uptime, which means a maximum of 4.4 hours of downtime over a 6 month period – as good as any provider you’ll find. However, SiteGround has an auto-detection system, that alerts them whenever downtime occurs, so they can fix the issue – and its customized software is advanced enough to automatically fix any errors before they cause a problem.
Impressive Page Load Times
Whether or not your server loads is important, but slow-loading servers are just as bad. Luckily, our server at SiteGround loaded in under 1 second when tested with Pingdom, and the response time results from Uptime Robot prove how consistent site speed is over time.
The support program from SiteGround is excellent. It truly keeps up to its promise of 24/7 support. Regardless the time of the day, customer support is always on and ready to be of service. The response can be described as fast, and, more importantly, helpful.
Free CDN Service
Every plan comes with a free CloudFlare account that lets you enable a CDN for your site. A CDN essentially increases site speed by distributing access to your site across servers all around the world so your users can connect to a server that’s closest to them.
It also uses four data centres located in the United States, Europe and Asia-Pacific to help out even further.
SiteGround performs daily backups for every hosting plan. If you purchase a premium shared hosting plan or higher, you’ll have access to 30 copies of your backups as well as simple restoration features, such as a Backup Tool installed in cPanel.
Affordable Hosting & a 30-Day, Money-Back Guarantee
SiteGround’s hosting fees, especially for their shared hosting plans, are quite affordable in comparison to similar hosts. You’ll even receive a free domain when you purchase your plan.
Free Website Transfers
If you aren’t an experienced developer and feel intimidated by having to transfer your site from one web hosting server to another, you can take advantage of SiteGround’s free website transfer service. This service is available for single websites and complete cPanel account migrations.
Email hosting is available for a low, monthly fee. Every email account you create is free. Your email accounts are protected by SpamAssassin and SpamExperts to decrease the amount of outgoing and incoming spam your accounts give and receive.
It is near impossible to pick any bone with SiteGround’s Cpanel. It is great as it consolidates all necessary info under one web page. Its ease of use is never in doubt, ever, in order to maintain our site.
To start the installation process, first, you need to download WordPress from it’s official download page. We recommend that you always download and install the latest stable version of WordPress.
Once you click on the Download button for the latest WordPress version, the installation package will be saved to your hard disk. Locate the installation package that you’ve just downloaded and extract it to a new folder.
Now, you need to upload the extracted files and folders to your web server. The easiest way to upload the installation files is via FTP. For detailed information on how to upload files via FTP, please check our FTP Tutorial.
Once the download is complete, extract the archive and upload it to your web hosting account. You can do that via FTP using a client application like Filezilla or via cPanel -> File Manager -> Upload file(s). If you want this WordPress installation to be main for your website, the files should reside in the public_html folder of your account. However, you can always make a subfolder (i.e. public_html/blog) if you want to run only part of your website on WordPress.
Now, you need to create a MySQL database and assign a user to it with full permissions. For detailed instructions on how to do that, please follow the steps described in our tutorial on How to Create MySQL Username and Database. Once you create your MySQL Database and User, make sure you write down the database name, database username and password you’ve just created. You will need those for the installation process.
Now it’s time to navigate to your website to start with the installation process. If you have uploaded WordPress in your public_html directory you’ll need to go to http://yourdomain.com in your preferred browser. The first thing you will notice is a message, telling you that you don’t have a wp-config.php file and you should create one. Just click on the Create a Configuration File button to proceed.
On this page you will see a message, asking you to prepare the necessary information for the installation. Since we already have this information, simply press the Go! button.
Enter the details for your newly created MySQL database and press the Submit button
WordPress will now check if your settings are correct. If you have entered all the necessary information, you will see a confirmation screen. Press the Run the Install button to proceed.
On the next screen, you will have to enter the information about your administrative username and the title of your new site. In addition, you can specify whether you’d want search engines to index your site or not. Once you fill in that information, press the Install WordPress button. Bear in mind, however, that you should specify a real email address. It can be later used in case you forget your password.
SiteGround combines efficient hosting services with affordable pricing. Its tech support is inferior to none.
The flip side is that the hosting service only suits people who run just a handful of websites (less than 5) within a single account. But for small businesses, it is definitely a value for money and yet dependable service provider.
So, to end this review, I do recommend SiteGround if you have a few websites and are looking for a reliable host.
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