Why I use SiteGround (and you should too)
Got a problem with WordPress?
Most hosts don’t care. Their responsibility is to keep the server running, but if you screw up your own website, that’s your problem.
Not so with SiteGround. Most of their technical support team are thoroughly familiar with WordPress, and they’re happy to help you with a quick fix or word of advice.
Of course, it’s not limitless. If you have a really complicated problem you caused yourself, they won’t work around the clock to fix it for you.
But when you’re new to all this stuff, it’s really nice to know you’re not alone for the little things. Most of the time, all you need is someone to point you in the right direction, and they’ll do that for you.
Built-In WordPress Caching
When your site starts getting some serious traffic, caching is a must. No host can handle a spike without it. Doesn’t matter how good they are.
The problem is, caching can be kind of complicated to set up correctly. Some WordPress plug-ins make it easier than others, but what if you didn’t have to use a plug-in at all?
That’s a screenshot of the SiteGround caching options. They explain everything; you click a button or two, and voilà, your site can handle tons more traffic.
Built-In CDN Integration
A Content Delivery Network (CDN) is a lifesaver when you’re getting a lot of traffic. It can also speed up your site on just normal traffic days.
But setting it up can be a technical headache.
The good news:
SiteGround will do this for you too. You just head over to the control panel and click this button, and SiteGround makes it easy to set up. Much easier than most hosts.
Oh, did I mention they offer phone support?
Yeah. You can call a number and talk to a human (or use instant web chat if you prefer).
That’s pretty rare with shared hosts. Most of them offer a ticketing system where you have to submit a ticket and then wait for a response whenever you have a problem.
And that’s fine for small stuff, but what about when you install the wrong plug-in, your site goes down, and everyone is making fun of you on Twitter?
Pick up the phone, call them, and they will fix it — 24 hours a day.
This one is also becoming more rare.
Once upon a time, pretty much all shared hosts offered daily backups. It was standard.
Nowadays though, it’s getting reduced to every other day or even once a week. So, if anything happens to your site, and you can’t fix it, you might have to go back an entire week and lose everything you’ve done in the meantime.
Not with SiteGround. Worse case, you lose everything you did since the backup yesterday.
For me, daily backups have been a lifesaver. I’ve only had to use them once or twice, but when I needed them, holy cow, I was grateful not to be losing an entire week.
And if you’re ready to grow beyond shared hosting?
They have cloud and dedicated server plans too.
At Smart Blogger, we’re in the process of switching to one of their cloud plans now. I like it because you can upgrade and downgrade your resources as necessary without rebooting. That’s pretty unique.
But I also have shared plans for some of my smaller sites. When they get bigger, I’ll upgrade them to cloud plans too.
Personally, I’m not a fan of having multiple big sites on the same hosting account. Better to keep them separate. Many times, it’s cheaper too.
Regardless though, SiteGround can grow with you. You’ll never have to switch hosts if you don’t want to.
Last but not least, let’s talk about the price.
SiteGround is amazingly affordable. Right now, they are running a special discount where you can get an account for up to 60% off. With the basic plan, that’s only $3.95 a month!
Like I said, the service they offer is an amazing deal for that price. Hopefully the entire world doesn’t sign up and ruin it. 🙂
Until then, I’m a big fan. I use them myself, I recommend them to friends and family, and I’m happy to put my credibility in their hands.