Do you want a quality web host or a cheap popular web host?
This is a question I asked myself in high school – do you want a quality friend or a cheap popular friend? That’s not to say they can’t be both, but keep in mind that cheap and popular doesn’t always equate to quality. These days there are a few web hosts that are pretty popular – i.e. Godaddy, Bluehost, Hostgator, and Siteground, so how do we decide which one to go with? As a web developer, we need to make sure that the web hosting solutions we offer our customers is going to give us what our customers need in the form of features and support, because if we make a bad decision in that regard it will be costly for us to move over hundreds of accounts and our clients rely upon us to make a wise decision for them. That’s why it’s important to do proper research before choosing the right web host solution for our customers. With that said, I found Siteground to be the most trustworthy, quality web host for a medium cost cloud hosting option. Below are my reasons why.
Why Cloud web hosting is better than Shared web hosting
Shared hosting is a more cost-effective solution because you share your site on one server with many other customers but this means your site is vying for shared resources with unreliable site speed and performance. It also opens you up to security issues because once a hacker has access to one website, it leaves other websites on the server vulnerable as well.
Cloud hosting is a service that exists on multiple servers and therefore ends up costing a bit more. This means the company can bounce your website hosting between servers as it adjusts to performance spikes and other stresses. So basically a cloud platform has more powerful dedicated resources that are optimized for efficiency and speed that guarantees top performance and security for your site. As a reseller of Siteground we offer cloud hosting that is scaleable to our needs and allows us to manage each site differently with its own control panel and settings.
Another point to make is that with site speed affecting your page rank with search engines, it is wise to hire a host that offers reliable site speed. Siteground has proven to perform better with site speed than any of the other hosts mentioned above.
Why Caching & SSL are important
Caching is important for most sites these days because it increases the speed of your site (loading time for customers and page rank for search engines) – meaning it caches repeatable data to load faster over time. Siteground offers caching on the server AND the website through their very own all-in-one solution called the SG Optimizer plugin (meant for WordPress sites only). This plugin includes caching features like automatic image optimizations, lazy image loading, GZIP compression, CSS & HTML minifications. You can also set the optimal PHP version for your WordPress through this plugin and correctly configure your HTTPS option with a click. Both these options ensure an increase in the website loading speed AND help with your page rank and security as well. Siteground also offers a free Let’s Encrypt SSL Certificate to use with the HTTPS option. You can read all about SSL and SEO here.
Why Support & Security are important
Typically one doesn’t understand what good support means until they have a problem and they are forced to experience it first hand. Unfortunately people take a gamble on that until it comes their way. Out of all the other web hosts that I researched, Siteground has the best ratings for support and after migrating multiple sites and dealing with some small support issues over the past week I have to say that I am super impressed. This company is based out of Bulgaria with over 400 employees but somehow they have managed to keep their employees knowledgeable, positive, and quick to reply to support tickets via chat, email, or phone. They speak excellent English too!
Server security is one of Siteground’s top priorities, which is why they take the following measures to keep their servers and your websites secure. Unfortunately, below is not always enough. Most web applications require constant attention and updates to remain safe from the latest security vulnerabilities which is why we recommend you sign up for our WP Updates Package at $12/mo for us to update WP, plugins, and themes for you.
- By default, we have set all servers to use the latest PHP 7 version with the latest security fixes.
- We are running Apache in a chrooted environment with suExec.
- We have sophisticated IDS/IPS systems which block malicious bots and attackers.
- ModSecurity is installed on all of our shared servers and we update our security rules weekly, thus protecting our customers from the most common attacks.
Other Web Hosting Features that are important
Every website these days should have a staging area where developers/clients can copy a site over to a development server to make changes or troubleshoot issues while keeping the live site untouched. Then when ready one can copy back the staging site to the live servers.
CDN (Content Delivery Network), offered through Cloudflare, means that your site is served up on multiple servers around the world (a geographically distributed network of proxy servers and their data centers) to make your site load faster when you have visitors from different geographical locations.
For Evolv’s cloud hosting account we have a total of 40 GB which is more than enough for plenty of sites, and if we need more we can always upgrade.
Your account will be backed up daily for the most recent 7 days! You can also create instant backups/restores with one click when needed.
This refers to the amount of traffic that your website will be allowed to receive. Usually hosting providers try to limit your visitors, so you are forced to upgrade your bandwidth, but with Siteground you have no bandwidth limits so bring in as much traffic as you can!
Easy to use backend
Siteground offers a cPanel-based solution with a lot of common features for your backend needs. They don’t try to upsell you or offer you too many options as well, making it a lot more easy to use than other host’s backends.
Siteground offers an unlimited number of free email accounts with your domain name. You can set different values for your email quota but without exceeding the current limits which are set at 2000MB per email account.
Git and SSH access
These technologies make it easier for programmers to deploy and keep track of the changes – especially when working in teams.
Some hosts charge around $150 per site migration but Siteground does not, it only costs $30 so is super easy for you to move your existing site to a new and better quality host.