Running a few small websites, I know the importance of budgeting. I have a few websites of my own where I publish information about my hobbies. But I’m also the administrator for websites my friends own. They’re not very good with administrative tasks so I set up the hosting accounts for them.
Over the years, I’ve seen hosting plan prices increasing. I’ve also seen many new companies coming to this scene with a very low standard. Some of them have a basic issue such as not being able to communicate either on the phone or by email. One company even replied a few days later after my website went down.
Today, there’s no excuse not to have a good web hosting at very reasonable prices. This is especially true for small and medium websites. While not every company has the resources to handle large websites, there should be zero issues with small webpages.
Siteground is one of the hosting companies which specifically targets users like me. You might also own one or several small websites. Their cheap hosting plans and easy setup makes it easy for those new to websites to sign-up and launch a website within 5 minutes.
What I like the most about the basic web hosting plan is site speed. Even the most affordable shared hosting plan is rather fast. As a result, I find it particularly appealing to navigating on my websites.
I did find, however, that complex website layouts slow down my websites under this plan. I have a photography website and I can’t go with the cheapest hosting option due to the large size images. Here are the 3 hosting options within this basic plan.
This is the most affordable hosting option. It only supports one website with 10GB of space. This includes your emails.
Such a plan is suitable for new websites. If you plan to have up to 10,000 monthly visitors, you don’t need to invest more in one of the more complex hosting plans.
This plan is the next step up. It hosts unlimited websites as long as their combined memory needs don’t exceed 20GB. These websites can have a combined number of up to 25,000 monthly visits. All of my friends’ websites are hosted under this plan.
This is one of the comprehensive plans. It offers 30GB storage space and sufficient bandwidth for up to 100,000 monthly visits.
I’d see this as an option for a small business such as an online store. But I also see it as a good pack for those running successful blogs. If you already have a website hosted somewhere else with plenty of visitors and with technical issues, you can transfer the webpage under this plan.
Inside this plan, you get SSL and HTTPS security as standard. There’s a 30-days money-back guarantee here as well. It’s also one of the few plans which only relies on renewable energy so you’re not impacting the environment as much.
When you need that extra muscle to deal with high-demand websites, cloud hosting is one of the best tools to consider. If you’re new to cloud storage, here’s a brief overview of what you can expect.
- Business Plus
- Super Power
This plan comes with 2CPU cores and 4GB of memory. You also get 40GB of SSD storage and 5TB of data transfer bandwidth. Even this basic plan proves fast for what most people need. Even for companies, it is a decent plan with plenty of resources.
With 3CPU cores and 6GB memory, this plan has one of the best options for cloud responsiveness. 60GB of SSD storage and 5TB data transfer capacity power this responsiveness.
This is one of the first plans with advanced resources, highly appreciated on popular websites. 4CPU cores power these resources. 8GB memory and 80GB SSD space give it extra responsiveness. The plan also benefits from 5TB data transfer capacity.
This is the ultimate plan under cloud hosting. It gathers the power of 8CPU cores with 10GB memory. 120GB SSD space gives it extra load power. At the moment, I don’t have a website that would need these resources. However, I’m planning to grow a couple of my webpages to this level in the future.
These types of resources are as close as possible to maximum responsiveness. If you want more resources, you will need to move up to a custom hosting plan. However, since this would not be a fixed resources plan, it would also involve a higher cost, especially compared to the Super Power plan.
This plan comes with fully customizable resources. It may even use the data centers in Europe and North America together.
To me, this is the type of plan large businesses with an international presence use. When you select this plan, you can negotiate your monthly hosting cost. But since this is a VIP-type plan, you also get a personal account manager.
I find it very interesting to be able to talk to the same person in customer support. The level of support is impressive when the person who already knows your hosting history manages your account.
These types of plans still work on popular platforms such as WordPress. You may also integrate Joomla and Magento eCommerce solutions in this custom plan.
But the biggest benefit to such a plan remains the customization, even when running a website on such a popular content management system. If you’d like to find out just how much this service costs, you’ll need to call the host. Otherwise, you can discuss your plan via online chat.
The cheapest hosting option starts at $3.95 per month. If you want unlimited websites hosted under your account, you’ll need to pay $6.45 per month as long as they stay within 100,000 visits.
Now, there are a few premium options you may add to these plans. For example, you can add SuperCacher to make your websites load faster. You may also add on-demand backup as well as priority support to some of these plans.
While I find the company interesting, some of its features need improvement. For example, only the top hosting plans are based on 100% renewable resources. However, I do think clients with multiple websites pay a very low monthly hosting fee.
This is also my case. I only pay a little over $6 to have my websites hosted. Sure, they’re not the biggest websites on the web. But for my needs, this means making monthly savings. If you’re new to website hosting, feel free to join any of the plans above. In the first 30 days, you can cancel your subscription with your money-back guarantee if you don’t find the services up to your standards.