I don’t write reviews.
Except book reviews, because obvs (authors need to know when they’ve destroyed and/or enriched my life, dammit!).
So that was a lie.
Let me clarify – I don’t write reviews about boring tech stuff. It’s way over my head, it makes me sleepy, and I just don’t want to.
Besides, those tech reviews are already out there. By the dozen. One more would be like a drop in the ocean. Plink, glub, slurp. (Those are my ocean sound effects.)
This is a friendly chat about web hosting. It’s not a review.
Two years ago I didn’t even know what web hosting was. Ahhhhh, those halcyon days of tech ignorance.
Now I have a blog. The painful journey from noob to novice is in my post, DIY Regrets: Building a Website. It’s a good place to start if you’re clueless like past me.
But no, you’re probably in the throes of web hosting research.
I recognize the glazed eyes and sluggish scrolling. I’ve been there. After hours of jargon, you just want to hear from a real person, someone like you.
Eh, that may not be me, but at least I’m not calculating load times or giving you the pros and cons of firewall safety. Nope. None of that crap here.
This is the short but informative tale of my lucky break with SiteGround web hosting.
I found them through sheer dumb luck, have never used anyone else, and am here to tell you what I like about them.
Because they pay me. That’s right, I’m a corporate shill.
On the slim chance that you pick up what I’m puttin’ down, and decide to click on an affiliate link, then decide to actually sign up for the service…I get like 30 cents.
A finder’s fee. Click money. Digital swag.
So far it’s yielded $0, but I look forward to the day when I’m rolling in dimes.
But seriously. Why SiteGround?
Easy – they do what they say they will.
In our hype-filled world of lip service and life hacks, that’s not nothing.
There were only 3 things I was interested in when I signed up with SiteGround, and they came through on all of them:
Simplicity. If you have to buy a course on how to use the service you just signed up for, that’s a terrible service. I know, because I’ve been there, and it wasn’t pretty. Following well-laid-out guidelines? That’s doable.
I’m not techy enough to have enjoyed setting up my SiteGround service, but I can say there was minimal screaming and pounding of the keyboard. If you can follow instructions, you’ll be fine.
In less than 15 minutes I had a domain name (fo’ free) and my very own hosted WordPress site. Not bad for a novice.
Security. I went to all the trouble of building my own site. Of course I want it protected. But all the fancy schmancy security lingo on the SiteGround sales page may as well be gibberish. It means nothing to me.
What I do like? I get an email from SiteGround every week letting me know that my site is free from malware and viruses. Because they scan it. Daily.
My site withstands malicious attacks constantly, and so far not even spam comments have gotten through. This makes me happy.
Support. I don’t like to ask for help (I know, I know), so when I do, it needs to be fast and reliable. SiteGround gets a little boasty about their customer support, but it appears to be justified.
I’ve contacted them via live chat, and also email. Both times I received an immediate response, and my problem was solved in minutes.
The SiteGround reps I dealt with were friendly and knowledgeable, but not too chatty. The perfect combination. And they’re available 24/7.
Honestly, you could do a whole lot worse than SiteGround for web hosting.
Will I eventually run into issues with my SiteGround service? Possibly.
I’ve heard rumblings of data caps that limit storage, as well as resource limits for things like visitors per month.
This could be a problem if my little blog gets a whole lot bigger, but I doubt I’m going to have to worry about it anytime soon. I’ll stress about that when the time comes.
And if you’re wondering about pricing, below are a few details on the 3 plans offered by SiteGround.
You know you want to check them out.
Here’s one last affiliate link. Go, explore, get crazy, and in the end? Choose wisely.