As it’s not physically possible to guarantee a 100% uptime, I always look for a host that can offer at least 99.9% uptime. SiteGround do just that, but they do it even better in my opinion.Publishing their stats actually puts them one step ahead of all other web hosts for me. When a company has the confidence to be honest, you know that they’re going to be good!
Their monthly average uptime for June 2018 was 99.999%. My website hosted with SiteGround came up trumps with 100% uptime for the month of June. What does this mean for you?
If you host your website with SiteGround, you’re guaranteed that your website will be available 99.99% of the time!
Earlier on I talked about SiteGround’s SuperCacher which speeds up WordPress and other CMS. By simply enabling the basic version of SuperCacher, you can shave milliseconds off your load speed (I did!)
In the performance section of my review above, I showed you that my website was loading in 965 ms (faster than 89% of sites). That test was on my un-optimised website.
I’ve just enabled the first step of SuperCacher and I’ve already shaved more than 200 ms off of my load time. See, it really does work! Think how effective that would be on a website with tonnes more data.
I’ve already mentioned briefly that SiteGround offer multiple data center locations. When you sign up, you’ll want to think about where the majority of your site’s traffic is coming from.
For example, if your visitors tend to come from the U.K., I would STRONGLY suggest choosing SiteGround’s London data center.
Being able to choose your data center is a MAJOR benefit. Your site with SiteGround will be offering high speeds and fast response times like no other.
Website performance has a HUGE effect on conversions, so if you’re running a small or high-traffic business, I highly recommend SiteGround.
Website performance has a large, measurable effect on conversion rates. Studies have consistently shown that fast page speed will result in a better conversion rate. In other words, the quicker a webpage loads, the more likely a user is to perform the targeted action on that webpage.
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With any website, big or small, it’s so important to have a backup of your files. If I had spent a couple of hours or even days working on my website, only for something to go wrong and lose all my work, I’d be pretty gutted!
SiteGround backup every customer’s website on a daily basis. If you run your own backup and it goes wrong, or you forget to do it, you can speak to their support team to get your data recovered.
I purchased their StartUp plan, so I get one backup each day if required. If you think you may need more than that, their GrowBig and GoGeek plans offer entire website backups with restoration options.
This is a bit of a geeky feature that I love. cPanel is a well recognised control panel where you can manage your web hosting, domains, etc. The reason I love cPanel is because it’s easy to use and most things can be done with the click of a button.
Having the ability to install WordPress, Magento, etc. is a life saver! Whether you’re an experienced developer or a beginner, cPanel makes everyone’s experience so much easier!
Free Website Migration:
If you’re moving from one web host to another, it’s good to look out for free site migration. Why? Well, it just makes everything a lot easier! I know I wouldn’t feel comfortable transferring all my files from one server to another!
Before signing up to SiteGround I had previously heard that they offer free site migration. Most hosts actually charge to transfer your files, which isn’t particularly fair in my eyes. If you know what you’re doing then the process doesn’t require much effort at all. But for people like me, it’s nice to know your web host has your back if something goes wrong!
I spoke to SiteGround’s live chat to ask them about the migration process. As you can see they answered everything I asked in one message, and confirmed that the free site migration is available to all customers on the GrowBig and GoGeek plans.
I don’t know about you, but when I’m hosting my website (my pride and joy) with a web host, I like to know that there’s security measures in place to protect me! SiteGround have some pretty awesome security features that give me the confidence I need to host with them.
I’m not going to cover all of their security features in great details, because it would probably bore you, but here are some key elements that I think are really useful:
- Anti-Spam: SpamAssassin is a brilliant tool to ensure that your website mailbox doesn’t get flooded with spam mail, as well as mail that could be potentially harmful (not just annoying).
- CDN service: CloudFlare is an awesome CDN provided for free to SiteGround customers. Just check it out for yourselves and be amazed!
- SiteCheck: An automatic tool that scans software to ensure your website is running as best as it can be.