I don’t spend a whole lot of time these days talking about web hosting but I think it’s fair to state that if you run a website, you need to know the truth. Now if you are in the need of a new host or you’re looking for switching hosts due to an issue you’re having with your current host read this first. Let me tell you something and give you a little bit of history about my dealing with hosting in the best summary I can come up with.
Hosting a website is a ton of work, 90% of people who try to run a website on their own 100% between themselves and the host end up failing after just a year.
How do you know that?
A question you might be asking yourself, how the heck do I know that? Is it true? First off no it’s not 100% true, it comes from pure experience in running a website since 1996. My first website or page was on AOL free 2MB of space they offered you when you signup.
Since then I’ve been with web hosts like Dell Host, PureHost, Host Gator, MediaTemplete, Siteground, WordPress.com and many others I simply can’t remember. I’ve been on the free ones from back in the day like AngelFire, GeoCities, Tripod, etc. I’ve seen many up and coming people create websites and within a year disappear or they shut down and try another site.
Being in the anime community myself for a good chunk of my webmaster times, I can point out two articles I’ve written that seem to go unnoticed A Webmaster Life Part 1 & Part 2. These are two amazing posts I wrote back in 2013 that never seem to break past the interwebs. Maybe now that I bring them to light one more people will understand how I know.
What do I think of Siteground?
I think as a hosting company, Siteground is the best there is when it comes to supporting. They are always quick to respond and not only is their support top of the market but also their billing is as well. I pay yearly for them and when it came time to renew I asked them if they had a monthly plan I could go with. They don’t have one but their billing support was willing to give me a discount so that I could afford to stay with them another year.
That is customer satisfaction if I’ve ever seen it before. Now that doesn’t me it’s not had it’s share of issues. There have been times where I was not happy with the answer I was given. I even went as far as last month dug into finding a new host and cutting my losses.
Majin Planet’s Server issues
Since I can remember I’ve always had issues with Majin Planet when it comes to hosting. Even when I was on my own server owned by a friend. Not going to beat around the bush. I don’t believe we get a ton of traffic by real users. What I do get is a ton of traffic from bots and spam.
Because of this, for ever 1 real user who comes by I get 1,000 bot pings and spam bots trying to hit the website. I’ve even been DDOS before out of the blue. For many years I’ve tried to stop working on Majin Planet and focus on other projects. None of them really pan out and I end up back here.
This time for good, and for the last year and a half I’ve been with Siteground for hosting, shared hosting mind you. Because shared hosting is all that I can avoid.
Unlike some of the many webmasters who came before me and after I don’t try and cheat people put of money. I don’t create pay walls for content that is otherwise free. I have always created free content; even when I should have charged for it. My own means of money has been ads. It’s been 100% Google Ads for a long time and even at times, for the last month, the website went ad-free.
This was all in a means to run a site to see if the ads were causing the site to run slow.
Choosing the Right Host
They didn’t and I’ve believed it comes down to getting hit with spam bots than Siteground itself. While moving up to a higher plan might help some, the biggest issue is Heartbeat itself. Something I’m going to talk about later.
Siteground is a great host, the give me 100% what I pay for and there isn’t anything hidden within the terms. If I have a question about how they do things, I ask and they give me 100% truth. Not many hosts will do that.
I’ve always said you pay for what you get. This is true for anything, not just hosting. I pay a lot for hosting, not just with the server costs but paid ads I do run at times, add-ons, domain fees and other costs like my electric bill.
Overall, if you are new to hosting I would say start with a host that is at least going to be truthful with you. Siteground will be true with you. Don’t believe me? Ask them, check around. The biggest step you can take in choosing the right host is research. Do not take the first one that looks good. Also keep in mind, that testing those 30-day ones or asking for a trial to test things out won’t do you any good.
One thing I dislike about Siteground is the means of trying to upsell things to you when you don’t need them. Also, they are a bit costly if you do choose to move beyond basic hosting needs. Their hosting for the cloud is really costly and VPS and servers are an arm and a leg. But the support you get is beyond what I could say.
I wanted to keep this a bit short and just give you my thoughts. I didn’t bother to go into too many details on stats or numbers because let’s be honest, 90% of you who come to Siteground likely won’t understand those numbers. Most webmasters don’t go that into depth when it comes to a hobby website. Because if you are serious about making money with a website, Shared hosting is not recommended.
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