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Why SiteGround is Our New Web Host of Choice

If you have a website, you need a reliable web host. Find out who we LOVE and the 7 reasons why!  No more slow page loads or dread having to contact your host because you’ll get slimed with icky up-sales…find out who we use and recommend :)               By TheEssentialWebsite.com

One thing is certain about the world of web design and development:

To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often. ~Winston Churchill

The web world has changed so much in such a short period of time. There are an endless number of content management systems (WordPress, SquareSpace, Wix), plugins (a mere 45,893 today in the WordPress.org repository – up from 29,000 when we first got into this biz), ecommerce solutions, and web hosts. How in the world is one to choose – especially when you may have little-to-no knowledge about any of these products? And, once you choose (WordPress vs. SquareSpace, Ecwid vs. WooCommerce, etc.), how willing are you to make a change if needed? Changing any of these “items” (as we’ll generally call them) can be a huge headache and possibly even a significant expense.

One big thing we’ve personally changed and recommended to others is in regards to our web host. We used to recommend BlueHost to all of our clients, and we did so confidently and quite excitedly! We loved their support, pricing, and ability to host as many sites on the same account as you’d like. Over the past couple of years, though, their service, pricing, and offerings have changed quite a bit. Some of the negatives include very long wait times for phone and live-chat support (what used to be less than 5 minutes each time is now typically 20 minutes or longer); frequent sales pitches/up-sells while on tech support calls and chats (that NEVER used to happen!); different pricing that now does not allow for as many sites as you’d like on your account (this used to be offered even at their lowest hosting level); and frequent site down time.

While we totally understand that prices need to increase as companies grow and the economy changes, but service level and site uptime do not need to decrease!

After speaking with numerous experts in the web world as well as reading many “best web hosts” lists and reviewing comparison charts, we have honed in on one web host that we are now recommending to all of our clients. SiteGround is the new favorite in our eyes, and here’s why:

  • FANTASTIC phone and live-chat support with very little wait time (this is pretty priceless in our book)
  • You’re not bombarded by icky up-sales
  • Pricing is clear and up-front
  • FREE website migration and domain transfer
  • Your site will be FAST (they use a SuperCacher!)
  • 99% uptime (If we had a dollar for every time our site was down with Bluehost for no reason…)
  • Officially recommended by WordPress.org

There are many web hosts out there, and many of them are [still] good solutions. With BlueHost now being part of a large company that owns many hosting companies, we feel that this is the reason their service level may have gone down.

Nonetheless, as we mentioned above and as we all know – change is inevitable. To improve is to change, and if you want to improve your website speed, decrease the number of issues you experience, and have a better overall website/web hosting experience, SiteGround is what we recommend.

BONUS: They’ll help you migrate your site (if you need to do that), so don’t worry about having the techie knowledge or skills to do that. In fact, they’ll help you through the whole process (except for requesting the refund from your current host, unfortunately).

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Written by: Stefani Hi there, I’m Stefani Harris, co-founder of The Essential Website. We design and code WordPress websites for ready-to-grow businesses and bloggers, but we do so much more! We are all about helping our clients reach their business goals and see results! I am most passionate about inspiring people to pursue their dreams and to just START! If you can dream it, you can do it! I’m also a big-time dog lover + yoga and fitness instructor.

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  • Diera September 8, 2016, 9:07 pm

    Thanks for the insight. I’ll have to check this out!

    • Stefani September 10, 2016, 6:02 pm

      You’re very welcome!

  • Nestor Paul December 4, 2016, 1:25 am

    I am planning now to apply for affiliate if you say that siteground has a good quality service. Thanks for sharing!

    • Stefani December 4, 2016, 8:46 pm

      GREAT! They are awesome! You won’t regret it!

  • Ray May 4, 2017, 7:31 am

    Oh wow this is awesome! I literally posted on another website an hour ago that I’m considering hosting my website on SiteGround after initially wanting to do it on BlueHost. I read a very honest and comprehensive review about BlueHost and it kind of changed my mind since it doesn’t seem like it’s as good as it wants people to think. SiteGround was second on my list of options because it’s really popular plus many websites that list the best website hosts never fail to include SiteGround. I’m looking to host my website in the next few weeks so if I do choose SiteGround I hope I don’t regret it in the future.

    • Stefani May 4, 2017, 9:43 am

      So glad you enjoyed the post! We know you’ll be very happy with SiteGround! 🙂

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