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, dedicated servers and even hosting plans optimized for WordPress, Joomla or WooCommerce.
So you are probably wondering: What hosting plan should I get?
Be aware that SiteGround has interesting discounts for the first year (up to 30%). But the prices I reference in this article are after renewal, without the discounts applied.
Let’s then find out what exactly SiteGround offers and how much each plan is.
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SiteGround hosting plans in detail
SiteGround offers several types of hosting. Let’s check the prices for each type of hosting individually.
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 $11.95 a month for 10GB of storage (only 1 website allowed). GrowBig is $19.95 and comes with 20 GB of storage and more backup options. The GoGeek package costs $34.95 and has 30 GB of storage and advanced features (e.g. staging area). Unlike other competitors, 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||30 GB|
|Free domain name *||First year only||First year only||First year only|
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|
$19.95 each restore
|Refund policy||30 days||30 days||30 days|
|Prices after renewal|
|1 month (Trial)||$3.95
+ $14.95 setup fee
+ $24.95 setup fee
+ $24.95 setup fee
* After the first year .com domain names are $15.95 yearly – more information below.
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. You’ll be requested to pay around $20 if you need to restore one of the (30) daily backups that SiteGround keeps – with their cPanel you can create and download backups easily too.
If you upgrade to the GrowBig plan, you’ll have access to free restore backups. Your storage will be now 20 GB (with unlimited traffic too). The middle SiteGround tier comes with more caching options (static + dynamic + DB queries) – that will make your site load faster.
The GoGeek package comes with 30 GB of space (unlimited traffic too) and access to advanced features. For example, you can create (and restore) backups on demand, add Git Repositories for advanced deployment workflows, and set up a staging area for your sites.
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||40 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.
SiteGround dedicated server prices
But of course, there are (a few) big sites out there that need individual solutions. For example, when they expect loads of traffic or need a high-performance solution. For those, a dedicated server may be the way to go.
SiteGround prices for a dedicated server
Most likely, you won’t need this type of hosting. Typically (really) big publishing sites or huge online stores use this technology. But let’s check their prices anyways:
|Entry Server||Power Server||Super Power Server|
|Storage||480 GB||960 GB||2 x 960 GB|
|Bandwidth||10 TB||10 TB||10 TB|
|RAM||16 GB||32 GB||64 GB|
|CPU cores||4||4||2 x 6|
|Price for 1 year (after renewal)||$269 a month||$349.99 a month||$729 a month|
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
- WordPress and plugins auto-updates
- A caching solution for WordPress sites
- A staging area to test new code and updates
- 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: $11.95 a month for 10 GB of storage, unlimited traffic and 1 website allowed.
- GrowBig: $19.95 a month for 20 GB of storage, unlimited traffic, unlimited websites and more caching options.
- GoGeek: $34.95 a month for 30 GB of storage, unlimited traffic, unlimited websites and more caching and backup options.
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.
Sidenote: SiteGround offers a free domain name for shared hosting users (only) during the first year. After that, you’ll be requested to pay for your domain name each year.
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
Is there a hosting reseller plan?
Sure, if you are into reselling, SiteGround offers a way for you to retail their services – white label is possible. They offer plans for as little as $42 a year and domain name discounts.
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 G Suite (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 ones I can think of are the backup restore fee ($19.95) which only applies to the StartUp plan and 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.
How do I cancel SiteGround?
Canceling your hosting account is super easy with SiteGround. Just head to ‘Billing’ and then click on ‘Cancel Services’. Select the product you’d like to cancel and click on ‘Proceed with the cancellation’.
You can request an immediate cancelation, this means that your account will be disabled immediately – they’ll keep a copy of your site for about 7 days.
However, you can also choose a cancelation upon expiration. Your account will be discontinued 24 hours after the expiration date.
SiteGround Pricing – Final thoughts
It’s clear that SiteGround isn’t the cheapest provider out there, 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 dedicated 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.