Once you have a domain name you need hosting – which is basically a server where you store your website and serve it to your web visitors.
There is a multitude of hosting types like: shared, managed, VPS hosting, cloud hosting, etc. We won’t go into details here and will only focus on WordPress hosting.
How to choose a hosting plan?
You don’t necessarily need to know all the technical details. Simply ask yourself a few questions to easier choose the plan that best suits your needs.
So, here are some questions to ask yourself:
- What is my approximate budget (per year/per month)?
- What is the approximate traffic I’m expecting to get to this website?
- How much storage will I need to host my website?
- What technical skills do I have?
- What other services do I need: SSL, backups, emails, etc.?
Once you have an idea of your requirements, you can go ahead and choose a hosting plan for your WordPress site.
Why did I choose SiteGround?
I’ve been using SiteGround since 2018 and had no major issues so far. This website is hosted on SiteGround and I had to rollback it on a few occasions, so I find the backup feature very handy.
Note: to be on the safe side you should also manually backup your WordPress posts.
I recommend SiteGround, because:
- It’s affordable, from $2.99/month for the 1st year (limited time offer), then charged at $14.99/month
- Offers plenty of storage, 10 – 40 GB
- It’s reliable, 99.9% uptime
- Free SSL, CDN and email
- Daily backups
- Great customer support, 24/7
- Free site and email migration
- SG Optimizer plugin for speed (check the best SG Optimizer settings)
- Data centers on 4 continents
- Powered by Google Cloud
- Easy WordPress installation and management
- User-friendly interface
Siteground WordPress hosting plans
SiteGround offers 3 WordPress hosting plans:
Here is the detailed list of options that you get with these plans:
|1 Website||Unlimited Websites||Unlimited Websites|
|10 GB Storage||20 GB Storage||40 GB Storage|
|10,000 Visits Monthly||100,000 Visits Monthly||400,000 Visits Monthly|
|Unmetered Traffic||Unmetered Traffic||Unmetered Traffic|
|Free WP Installation||Free WP Installation||Free WP Installation|
|Free Email Migration||Free Email Migration||Free Email Migration|
|WordPress Autoupdates||WordPress Autoupdates||WordPress Autoupdates|
|Free SSL, CDN & email||Free SSL, CDN & email||Free SSL, CDN & email|
|Daily Backup||Daily Backup||Daily Backup|
|Unlimited Databases||Unlimited Databases||Unlimited Databases|
|30-Days Money-Back||30-Days Money-Back||30-Days Money-Back|
|Dynamic Cache||Dynamic Cache||Dynamic Cache|
|Staging||Staging + Git|
|On-demand Backup||On-demand Backup|
|Faster PHP||Faster PHP|
How to purchase a plan
Once you know which of these 3 plans is good for you, go ahead and select one. You’ll be guided through a 3 step checkout process:
1. Choose plan
Select any plan that suits you.
2. Choose domain
You will have to include your domain name (if you have one) or register a new domain name via SiteGround.
To get domain name ideas, use any of these domain name generators.
3. Review and complete
On the last step you’ll have to include your details and payment information and choose your plan. Here is more info on this step:
Register a new account or sign in if you already have one.
Fill in your personal details, address, phone number, etc.
Note: based on your country, SiteGround will suggest you their services for that specific country and local currency.
Include your credit card details. They accept Visa, Master card and American Express.
Here you will select your plan, data center, period of time and extra services.
- Plan – select the one that best suits your needs
- Data center – choose the one that is located in or close to your visitors’ geographical location. For example, if most of your site visitors will be accessing the site from Belgium, choose the closes data center which is located in The Netherlands.
Currently, there are 10 data centers available in: USA – Iowa, Virginia, Texas, California, Asia – Singapore, Australia – Sydney, UK – London, Germany – Frankfurt, Spain – Madrid, Europe – The Netherlands.
- Period – how long would you like to stay with SiteGround. You can get hosting for 1, 12, 24 months.
The discounted price is only available for the first 12 months and after that you’ll pay the regular price. Even so, it’s a good deal and would cost you about $10 / month (for StartUp plan) if you calculate the average price per month for 2 years.
You can later upgrade to a bigger plan if your site needs more resources.
- Extra services – choose whatever you want to pay for extra services. This is optional.
That’s it, now proceed to payment and get their confirmation message and email. Congrats, you now have a hosting account and can start building your new website!
Rates for different countries
Depending on the country you’re living and operating in, SiteGround will charge you in your local currency (for example EUR for Spain) and also will apply the local tax rate if applicable (for example 21% for Spain).
Note that the prices are listed without any additional taxes, the total amount will be visible on the final step of the checkout process, so you can review before buying.
Here is the regular price of SiteGround WordPress plans in different currencies and for different periods of time:
|Plan and period||USD||EUR||GBP||AUD|
|StartUp 1 month||$19.99/mo.||17.99 €/mo.||£16.99/mo.||$24.99/mo.|
|StartUp 12 months||$14.99/mo.||12.99 €/mo.||£11.99/mo.||$19.99/mo.|
|StartUp 24 months||$11.99/mo.||10.39 €/mo.||£9.59/mo.||$15.99/mo.|
|GrowBig 1 month||$29.99/mo.||27.99 €/mo.||£24.99/mo.||$34.99/mo.|
|GrowBig 12 months||$24.99/mo.||22.99 €/mo.||£19.99/mo.||$29.99/mo.|
|GrowBig 24 months||$19.99/mo.||18.39 €/mo.||£15.99/mo.||$23.99/mo.|
|GoGeek 1 month||$44.99/mo.||39.99 €/mo.||£34.99/mo.||$54.99/mo.|
|GoGeek 12 months||$39.99/mo.||34.99 €/mo.||£29.99/mo.||$49.99/mo.|
|GoGeek 24 months||$31.99/mo.||27.99 €/mo.||£23.99/mo.||$39.99/mo.|
Once you have hosting, the next steps would be WordPress installation and adding a WordPress theme and some essential plugins. Learn how to build a site with WordPress.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, they have good introductory discounts, provide a good support service and offer a reliable, secure and pretty fast hosting service.
The cheapest plan starts at $14.99 / month, but new customers can get it for as low as $2.99 / month for the first 12 months.
No, Siteground is a Bulgarian company that was founded in 2004 in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Yes, it’s powered by Google Cloud infrastructure. Learn more here.
Yes, it has a better company reputation, a higher rated support service and offers reliable and secure hosting services. Read the comparison between SiteGround and Bluehost.
You can host an unlimited number of domains, except StartUp plan which is for only 1 domain.
Yes, all hosting plans have a 1 click WordPress installation option. The installation process is easy and straightforward.