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Price (1 year): $4.41/mo ($52.9)

Renewal: $107.9/year ($8.99/mo)

Type: Shared Hosting

Location: Asia or EU or USA

Features: cPanel, SFTP, SSD Storage, SSH, SSL Certificate, Website Migration

Max Websites: 1

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Optional extras: AntiSpam, Domain Whois Privacy, Railgun.

Payment: Credit Card, PayPal, Skrill, Wire

Guarantees: 30 Day Money Back

Your initial billing cycle is greatly discounted. Both by a promo discount (first term discount) and a duration discount (based on how long you select your billing cycle to be). This means that you can get the best discount for choosing long billing cycles, up to 3 years. It also means that the price will be about the double after your initial cycle.

Plan features

Dedicated IP address is $4/mo. Domain registration is $14.95/year, which is pretty expensive. Domain whois protection is $9.95/year, so I would suggest registering your domain name at another registrar. Check out our domain guide for tips. The AntiSpam is called Barracuda Spam Firewall and costs $3/mo for one domain. Backups start at $1.99/mo for 5 GB of storage. The 30 most recent backups are kept and that means you can have a month worth of backups if you select to backup daily. Another nice feature with this plan is that you can add CPU power and 1 GB of ram for only $3/mo.

Data center location

Choose between USA southwest (Arizona), USA northeast (Michigan), or EU (Amsterdam), Asia (Singapore).

Conclusion

This plan has only 0.5 GB RAM and 1 CPU core. I would suggest to check out the 2 slightly more expensive shared web hosting plans from A2 Hosting for much more resources and higher value offers.

Access to several data center around the globe is a plus, and so is the included free website builder app and the wide range of accepted payment options. I don't like that priority support is $20/mo - I would like to have fast support included in the price without paying extra. However, it is a great way to save a lot of money by not choosing it. On their order page, you will also find an option to add a dedicated IP address. It says that it is recommended for SSL Certificates, but that is really not the case anymore. It was only an issue with some old browsers.

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Similarly priced options

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Price (3 years): $2.95/mo ($106.2)

Price (2 years): $3.95/mo ($94.8)

Price (1 year): $4.95/mo ($59.4)

Price (1 month): $9.95/mo

Type: Shared Hosting

Location: Canada, EU, USA

Features: 24/7 Live Tech Support, Daily Backups, Eco Friendly, FREE Domain, FREE Domain Transfer, Git, HTTP/2, Litespeed Web Server, Phone Support, SFTP, Softaculous, SSD Storage, SSH, SSL Certificate, Unlimited Bandwidth, Unlimited Websites, Website Builder, Website Migration, WP-CLI

Optional Extras: Domain Whois Privacy.

Payment: Credit Card, PayPal

Guarantees: 30 Day Money Back

Green web hosting

I am unsure about the renewal price for this plan as their support told me that they also discount renewals. You would need to contact them when the hosting plan is up for renewal and negotiate or at least ask for a good deal going forward. If you want to be eco-friendly while still having great web hosting performance, this host might be for you. Each hosting account is offset by 300% renewable energy credits, meaning that the world should get a little greener with each customer they acquire.

Plan features

Their shared web hosting plans have great features like PHP 7, HTTP/2, SSD storage, and Litespeed web server. The Litespeed web server is built on top of the traditional Apache web server and improves your website loading speed times. It also helps by lessening the resources needed for each visitor coming to your websites.

These shared web hosting plans have a RAM scaling feature that lets you upgrade your servers’ memory if your websites get lots of traffic and outgrow your plan. At the moment of writing this the cost is $2.5/mo for each extra 256 MB of RAM.

Monthly plan

If you want to go with a monthly plan you need to pay a lot more than going with the 1+ year discounted plans. You would also need to pay a $15 setup fee and you do not get a free domain either.

Datacenter locations

Select between the USA, Canada, and Europe. It looks like they offer the same features and prices across all of these data centers.

24/7 Support Team

If or once you need expert assistance you can contact their tech support team by phone, live chat, or by ticket. Their live chat and phone support operators are level 1, and if they can’t help you out they’ve got level 2 tech support available with tickets. They told me that tickets are answered in max 20 – 30 minutes which is not long.

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Score90%100

Price (1 year): $5.39/mo ($64.7)

Renewal: $10.99/mo

Type: Shared Hosting

Location: Asia, EU, USA

Features: cPanel, SFTP, SSD Storage, SSH, SSL Certificate, Unlimited Websites, Website Migration

Optional Extras: AntiSpam, Daily Backups, Dedicated IP, Domain Whois Privacy, More Resources, Railgun.

Payment: Credit Card, PayPal, Skrill, Wire

Guarantees: 30 Day Money Back

Your initial billing cycle is greatly discounted. Both by a promo discount (first term discount) and a duration discount (based on how long you select your billing cycle to be). This means that you can get the best discount for choosing long billing cycles, up to 3 years. It also means that the price will be about the double after your initial cycle.

Plan features

Dedicated IP address is $4/mo. Domain registration is $14.95/year, which is pretty expensive. Domain whois protection is $9.95/year, so I would suggest registering your domain name at another registrar. Check out our domain guide for tips. The AntiSpam is called Barracuda Spam Firewall and costs $3/mo for one domain. Backups start at $1.99/mo for 5 GB of storage. The 30 most recent backups are kept and that means you can have a month worth of backups if you select to backup daily. Another nice feature with this plan is that you can add CPU power and 1 GB of ram for only $3/mo.

Data center location

Choose between USA southwest (Arizona), USA northeast (Michigan), or EU (Amsterdam), Asia (Singapore).

Conclusion

Unlimited websites and 2x more resources to accommodate more visitors to your sites then that of the cheapest A2 Hosting plan.

Access to several data center around the globe is a plus, and so is the included free website builder app and the wide range of accepted payment options. I don't like that priority support is $20/mo - I would like to have fast support included in the price without paying extra. However, it is a great way to save a lot of money by not choosing it. On their order page, you will also find an option to add a dedicated IP address. It says that it is recommended for SSL Certificates, but that is really not the case anymore. It was only an issue with some old browsers.

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Price (3 years): $3.95/mo ($142.2)

Price (2 years): $3.95/mo ($94.8)

Price (1 year): $3.95/mo ($47.4)

Price (1 month): $11.95/mo

Renewal: $11.95/mo

Type: Shared Hosting

Location: Asia, EU, UK, USA

Features: 24/7 Live Tech Support, cPanel, Daily Backups, HTTP/2, Nginx Web Server, SSD Storage, SSH, SSL Certificate, Unmetered Traffic, Website Builder

Space: 10 GB

Max Websites: 1

Optional Extras: Domain Whois Privacy, SG Site Scanner.

Payment: Credit Card

Guarantees: 30 Day Money Back, 99.9% Uptime

Inital period discounted

The first billing cycle are on sale. Prepay for up to 3 years to lock in that price for a long time. If you want to be billed monthly there is a setup fee for this hosting plan, and you will only get the discount for the first month - the monthly price we listed above is what you will be paying after your initial first month. Prices are excluding tax.

Fast web servers but expensive domains

All the shared web hosting plans by SiteGround comes with fast SSD storage, free SSL from Free Let's Encrypt and HTTP/2 enabled servers. The web server is Apache in combination with Nginx for high performance. You do also get free daily backups and unmetered bandwidth. Registering a .com domain will currently cost you $15.95/year, and whois privacy is $12/year. Check out our domain buying guide for cheaper domains and free whois privacy. SG Site Scanner is a monitoring service that checks your website daily and notifies you if your website has been hacked or injected with malicious code so you can fix it ASAP, it costs $19.80/year.

Data center location

Select between 3 different data centers all with the same plan features and the same prices. The locations you can choose from are Asia, UK, EU, and USA.

SiteGround informs that this plan is suitable for one website with up to ~10.000 monthly visits (~333 daily).

EU support team

The SiteGround support team is located in Bulgaria in the EU.

Conclusion

Siteground has some of the best speed tech for delivering lighting fast website hosting on shared servers. However, their plans renew at pretty expensive prices after your initial period, and this lowers the score for these plans. Also, expensive domain names and whois privacy is a slight downside - but that is easily avoidable though by using another domain registrar.

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