SiteGround is the service I use for my site hosting. I am massively impressed with them and that doesn’t happen often.
Their chat support is the BEST I’ve ever seen for any company. I am speaking to a live person within 90 seconds, EVERY time, night or day. This in itself is like Willy Wonka’s Golden Ticket! When you have a problem, you need help FAST!
Check out my HIRE ME page if you are looking for someone to set up your website for you for free! Well, mostly for free. You’d have to sign up with Siteground and a few other services, but you need them anyway.
Disclaimer: This post does contain affiliate links. It’s one of the ways I support my site.
They offer FREE SSL and will convert your site from your existing host for FREE! Who does that – seriously? Plus free backups (not just one day backups – see my POST on WordPress Backups) and low-cost basic security software – for daily virus and malware scans.
Their speed is FAST – my site is ridiculously fast compared to my previous no-name host (You’ve never heard of them and that’s a good thing because they SUCK – I didn’t know any better when I started) and Siteground seems to have amazing uptime.
If you sign up with my affiliate code – HERE. You get a big discount on any of their Siteground plans and I get a little bonus too. Win-win!
So, how’s your current host working out for you? Slow? Can you get an answer from a live person in about 90 seconds? I bet you can’t! And what about their pricing? I am saving a boatload with SiteGround – Seriously!
Here’s a breakdown of my savings by switching my host.
- My old junky host was costing me $131 per year or about $11/month vs. $3.95 with SiteGround. That’s a whopping 70%! Savings: $83.60/year.
- I had to pay for SSL on my lifestyle blog. It was $29 for the certificate, $35 for my host to install it, and a whopping $250 for my tech support people to get it set up and it took more than a WEEK. SiteGround did the exact same thing for free and it took them about 20 minutes – sheesh! Savings: One-time savings of $314.
- Site backups – after my site got hacked, I discovered that my old host was overwriting my backups every 24 hours, so by the time I figured something was wrong, my backup had been overwritten (sigh). Since then, I’ve been paying $35 a year for my own backups. SiteGround gives me 30 days worth of backups for free. Savings: $35/year
- Site Security – I am a bit paranoid about security, so I’ve been paying $99/year for premium WordFence security. It’s a huge file and it’s slowing down my site tremendously. I’m considering dropping it because SiteGround provides me with daily security scans for about a fifth of the price. Savings: $70/year
So, that’s roughly $500 dollars I completely flushed down the drain by sticking with my old, awful host rather than do a bit of research and find out what better options would’ve been available to me. Boy, am I feeling dumb!
Don’t be like me. Look at the whole picture and make a smart decision by going with a quality host like SiteGround.
Here is that link again – I can tell you’re thinking about it. Adrian’s SiteGround Link.
Blogging resources I love and recommend:
Tailwind – I’ve been working with Tailwind for about five years. They are the pin scheduler of choice and it is jam-packed with great features. If you haven’t already, sign up for a FREE month of Tailwind HERE.
The Isabelle theme by Bluchic – is my favorite theme for WordPress websites. I’ve used it to build a bunch of different websites. It’s pretty, easy to customize, and really simple to use. It’s shown in a very pale pink, but I’ve done it in turquoise, emerald green, and navy/gold color schemes. For safety and security reasons, I will not ever use a free WordPress theme. This is the engine that powers and protects your website. Learn about the Isabelle theme HERE.
Legal Templates – You are required by law to have a certain package of legalese on your blog. You need to have copyright notices, privacy policies, and various other terms and conditions to protect yourself from being sued. The package I recommend is created by Amira Law – a lawyer who specializes in all aspects of blogging and internet business legalities. Learn more about these Legal Templates HERE.
Pinterest Resources – Pinterest is definitely my jam. I have an Ebook that is very affordable and is packed with helpful tips. OR, if you want a more personalized touch, I will do a Pinterest/Tailwind audit where I go over your account with a 30-point checklist and then set up a Zoom call with you to give you TONS of suggestions. Order the Ebook HERE and the Pinterest Audit HERE.
HIRE ME – I make a full-time living taking great care of my blogger peeps. I’ve done Pinterest Management for the last five years for dozens of clients. I set up mailing lists, automations and build pop-ups for people. I can also build you a new website pretty much for FREE. To learn more – go HERE.