SiteGround is one of the most popular providers for shared hosting – and one of my favorite ones. But they offer much more than shared hosting: cloud hosting, enterprise hosting and even hosting plans optimized for WordPress, Joomla or WooCommerce.
So you are probably wondering: What hosting plan should I get?
Let’s then find out what exactly SiteGround offers and how much each plan is.
SiteGround hosting plans in detail
SiteGround offers several types of hosting. Let’s check the prices for each type of hosting individually.
SiteGround Shared hosting cost
Shared hosting is the most common type of hosting out there. It’s probably the one you should be using, unless your site is really big or has special technological requirements.
The StartUp plan costs $14.99 a month for 10GB of storage (only 1 website allowed). GrowBig is $24.99 and comes with 20 GB of storage & more backup options. The GoGeek tier is $39.99 and has 40 GB of storage and advanced features (e.g. Git). SiteGround doesn’t limit the traffic your site can get.
To be fair, they are not the cheapest provider but they offer many cool features – quality comes at a price.
|Storage||10 GB||20 GB||40 GB|
|Free domain name *||Not included||Not included||Not included|
Mailbox size 2GB
Mailbox size 4GB
Mailbox size 6GB
Max. size 500MB
Max. size 750MB
Max. size 1000MB
|Free SSL||Via Let’s Encrypt||Via Let’s Encrypt||Via Let’s Encrypt|
|Caching||Static & dynamic content||Static & dynamic content||Static & dynamic content|
Includes backups on-demand
Includes backups on-demand
|Refund policy||30 days||30 days||30 days|
|12, 24 and 36 months|
First-time contracts **
* A .com domain name is $15.95 yearly – more information below.
** Prices increase to ‘Renewal prices’ after.
Be aware that the full amount of the contract will be requested in advance. In other words, if you purchase SiteGround for 36 months, you’ll have to pay ’36 x monthly price’ in advanced.
Sidenote: In my experience, SiteGround offers one of the best shared hosting services in the market – a combination of friendly support and good performance. I use them for a bunch of personal projects.
SiteGround’s StartUp plan is most suitable for those looking to host only 1 project, but need a high-performance hosting service. It’s pretty cool that the traffic isn’t limited and SiteGround is generous enough with the storage – 10 GB. If you need to create backups on-demand, you should upgrade as this plan doesn’t include this premium feature. However, they will keep 30 backups (the last 30 days), so you can always ask to restore to a previous version of your site if you have an emergency (e.g. a plugin update wrecks your website). This plan comes with both static and dynamic content caching.
If you upgrade to the GrowBig plan, you’ll have access to on-demand backups. Your storage will be now 20 GB (with unlimited traffic too) and you can have unlimited sites hosted. This plan also comes with a WordPress staging environment, so you can test your site before pushing updates or new code. The middle SiteGround tier comes with Ultrafast PHP – that will make your site load faster.
The GoGeek package comes with 40 GB of space (unlimited traffic too) and unlimited sites. It also comes with access to Git repositories. You will also get granted priority advanced support.
SiteGround cloud hosting plans
In recent years the cloud hosting solutions have boomed. These allow you to have a network of servers interconnected as a hosting solution.
The main benefits of cloud hosting are performance and scalability – if you need more resources you just add more hosting capabilities to your configuration.
SiteGround cloud hosting main features
But of course, they tend to be more expensive than shared hosting. Let’s check SiteGround’s cloud plans.
|Entry||Business||Business Plus||Super Power|
|Storage||30 GB||60 GB||80 GB||120 GB|
|Bandwidth||5 TB||5 TB||5 TB||5 TB|
|Ram||4 GB||6 GB||8 GB||10 GB|
|Price for 1 year (after renewal)||$80 a month||$120 a month||$160 a month||$240 a month|
SiteGround’s cloud hosting plans come with all the advanced features like the staging area, static and dynamic caching features, git repo creation and more.
WordPress optimized hosting
Around 30% of the internet is powered by WordPress, so many of us are looking for hosting solutions optimized for this CMS who will make our lives easier.
SiteGround WordPress features
SiteGround offers hosting plans especially engineered for WordPress (and WooCommerce) projects. They have several WordPress focused features:
- WordPress 1-click installations and starter plugin for beginners
- WordPress and plugins auto-updates
- A speed-optimization plugin for WordPress sites
- A staging area to test new code and updates
- Easy-to-use migration plugin
- Knowledgeable WordPress support team
Sidenote: Be aware that not all of these features are included in all plans. Check the above-shared hosting table for more information.
The prices for these plans are the same as the shared hosting prices:
- StartUp: $14.99 a month for 10 GB of storage, unlimited traffic and 1 website allowed. Dynamic and static caching allowed.
- GrowBig: $24.99 a month for 20 GB of storage, unlimited traffic, unlimited websites and Ultrafast PHP. Unlimited sites allowed.
- GoGeek: $39.99 a month for 40 GB of storage, unlimited traffic, unlimited websites and client management tools. Unlimited sites allowed.
SiteGround domain prices
SiteGround’s main focus is the hosting business. However, they also offer domain names. I have to say that there are cheaper alternatives out there – like Namecheap. Their plans don’t include a domain name, you’ll be asked to pay for it separately.
SiteGround domain name cost
For example, a .com domain name will cost you $15.95 per year, a .net domain is $17.95 yearly and a .co.uk domain name costs $19.95 a year.
Let’s check the main domain name prices:
|Domain name extension||Price per year|
Enabling privacy protection for your domain name (none of your data will be publicly available) has an extra cost of $1 a month.
SiteGround Pricing FAQ
What (if any) of the standard plans is big enough for me?
Well done, you must have a very big (and successful) site. SiteGround also offers custom-made solutions to accommodate projects like yours.
They will examine your needs and then design the best infrastructure for you. I am sure this is an expensive way to go though.
Can I get email hosting with SiteGround?
Sadly they don’t offer email-only hosting plans. I’d say Namecheap (simple solution) or Google Workspace (more advanced) are better alternatives for this. But if you wanted, you could get one of their shared hosting plans and use it as your email hosting.
What additional fees does SiteGround have?
There aren’t many unexpected fees with SiteGround. The only one I can think of is the setup fee ($14.95 – $24.95) for users looking to get a monthly trial hosting plan.
Is there a refund policy?
Sure, you have 30 days to trial SiteGround and see if you like it. If you decide not to go ahead, you can request a cancelation (within the 30 days) and you’ll get your money back – no questions asked.
Can SiteGround help me with my site’s migration?
You can use SiteGround’s WordPress migration plugin for free. But if you’d like SiteGround to help you with the migration, you’ll be requested to pay $30.
How do I cancel SiteGround?
Canceling your hosting account is super easy with SiteGround. Just head to ‘Service’ and then click on 3 dots of the hosting lan you’d like to cancel and select ‘Cancel’.
You can request an immediate cancelation, this means that your account will be disabled immediately or cancel the plan once it expires you can also choose a cancelation upon expiration.
SiteGround Pricing – Final thoughts
It’s clear that SiteGround isn’t the cheapest provider (there are plenty of cheaper web hosting services), so you’ll need some budget to host your project with them. Especially if you’d like to get all the bells and whistles of the GoGeek plan (e.g. staging area).
However, SiteGround is one of the few providers that offer excellent performance and responsive support. On top of that, I like to know that if my project grows like crazy, they have (larger) solutions I could use (e.g. cloud and enterprise hosting).
In my opinion, the following projects are a good match for SiteGround:
- Bloggers with (some) success
- Sites powered by WordPress, Drupal, Joomla or Magento
- Online stores that need a reliable hosting provider
- Design agencies and site developers
- Businesses that require a professional hosting service
- Professionals looking to resell hosting
- Anyone that needs a high-performance hosting service
If you are still not sure what SiteGround plan is the best for you, leave a comment below and I’ll be happy to help you out.
21 Oct 2021 – New traffic recommendation
31 May 2021 – New 1st term prices
19 Mar 2021 – GorwBig and GoGeek unlimited sites
27 Apr 2021 – No reseller plans
14 Apr 2021 – New site allowance for GrowBig and GoGeek