Best Web Hosting Hands Down: GreenGeeks 2017 Review
There are a ton of different web hosting services out there, and I’ve tried quite a few of them. Working in web design, you do get an unfair advantage when it comes to discovering who really has awesome hosting service and who is just all talk. Well, as you guys may already know, Digital Sages is hosted on GreenGeeks, one of the only hosting platforms I personally recommend. It’s always been a solid contender for its amazing specs, 100% sustainable energy platform, excellent customer service, and stellar complimentary features.
Let’s really take a look at GreenGeeks and why it’s such a superior host.
100% Sustainable Web Hosting
First of all, it’s the only platform that is actually built and maintained on renewable energy. Web hosting servers are a massive drain on the power grid. The entire industry has about the same sized carbon footprint as the airline industry. Crazy, right? Once I learned that there was a such thing as sustainable hosting, I made the switch. All of my client sites and partnership builds are hosted on GreenGeeks, because in my opinion, it’s important to use your purchasing power as your voice. If you host a sustainable energy, vegan, or health and wellness blog, why wouldn’t you choose an Eco-friendly host? It just makes sense.
I thought it would be hypocritical to run this website on anything but a completely sustainable, truly “vegan” option. One of the goals of Digital Sages is raise awareness about the webhosting industry, how much of a burden it is on the power grid, and that there are alternatives for green businesses and bloggers who want to practice what they preach.
Feature Rich Hosting That Outshines Competitors
Second, GreenGeeks always won out on basic amenities for me. Unlimited Bandwidth AND Unlimited Storage? Unlimited Domains, and 99.99% up-time? Anyone who has managed a blog or two knows that those are off-the-wall specs. GoDaddy, for example, claims to offer some of these perks, but as you may already know, “Unlimited” is a very liberally used term for those mainstream companies. In fact, normal shared hosting servers at places like GoDaddy, Hostgator, and Bluehost have extremely limited specs. If you want to run anything more than a tiny personal blog on those platforms, you pretty much have to get a VPS.
GreenGeeks is a fully scalable platform, meaning that as your site grows, they’ll allot more space and resources to your account on a person by person basis. No need to buy more expensive hosting when your site starts to grow, no need to change everything over to a VPS or even find a whole new host altogether. Your server will literally grow as you grow, putting GreenGeeks light years ahead of basic shared hosting like GoDaddy.
Of course, GreenGeeks also comes equipped with heaps of One Click Installs (WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, OpenCart, phpBB, all that good stuff) and a ton of other features behind the curtain, like advanced email functionality and free SEO optimizations. These kinds of extra features are nowhere to be seen on even the most expensive hosting platforms, yet come included with even the cheapest shared hosting on GreenGeeks. There’s always something to be said about over-delivering for your customers, and it’s obvious that GreenGeeks delivers.
Optimizations: Cloudflare, CDN, and More
With this new update, GreenGeeks have absolutely gone above and beyond the normal call of duty by adding integration with Cloudflare, and even their own caching and CDN systems. They literally hand you all of the tools you need to ensure your website is a powerhouse. You even have the option of minimizing your HTML right from the Cpanel back-end, which is something you usually have to download and configure complex plugins for. These features aren’t, of course, replacements for advanced caching and optimization tweaks, but they will definitely get you where you need to be and put you ahead of the Average Joe GoDaddy User who pops open a new domain and starts a barren, slow-as-a-turtle WordPress site. Out of the gate, GreenGeeks sites have more power, more speed, and far more functionality.
The icing on the cake is that GreenGeeks runs on Solid State Drive (SSD) technology, and has already completely converted to PHP 7. This basically translates to super fast website functionality. Gone are the days of snail-speed Cpanel load times and WordPress activity that feels like walking through Jell-o. Many of the biggest web hosting companies have yet to make the full switch to PHP 7, which means every website built on their technology is at a disadvantage compared to ones that are.
They are, quite simply, leading the pack in web hosting right now. Not many other hosts can even hold a candle to their specs, save for the most expensive providers.
All These Features at Affordable Prices
This is where GreenGeeks really shines. Because they run their servers on green energy, and because they give 300% back to the grid, they can afford to keep their hosting prices down. It was a shock when I first saw that despite being packed with features and power, their normal hosting fees per year are actually cheaper than GoDaddy’s comparable services. I was floored. I believe they are also able to keep costs down because of the way they manage the web spaces on their servers. Because they continually monitor website size and usage, they know how to allot more power to the bigger websites, thus ensuring that everybody gets exactly what they need. In the long run this kind of activity saves energy and therefore, money.
At $3.95 per month, their service truly outshines the competition. Let’s take another look at everything GreenGeeks delivers:
- Their sustainable hosting is literally unlike anything else out there, even other tiny niche eco-friendly webhosts. They give 300% back to the grid. There simply isn’t anything else out there for green businesses and other holistic-minded individuals to run their websites on. This is the zenith.
- They have data centers in key locations around the world, so you can be sure to plant your website right where you want.
- If you are looking to actively promote the green credentials of your website they provide great marketing collateral that you can use (see badge below)
- All their web hosting packages are packed to the hilt with awesome features, such as unlimited storage, bandwidth, email accounts and MySQL databases. You can also host Unlimited Domains on one account right out of the gate with their cheapest level of hosting. Comparable plans on other hosts usually allow only 1 to 3 domains for this price.
- Best support hands down as far as web hosting is concerned. Available at all hours and won’t hesitate to dive right in and fix whatever needs fixing or answer your requests.
- They have dedicated WordPress hosting, which powers up their already top-notch hosting to new heights.
- They are officially partnered with the EPA.
- Already have a website on another host? Worry not, GreenGeeks performs site migrations for FREE. This costs anywhere from $30 to $50 dollars on most other hosting platforms.
- They provide a FREE domain with first-time purchasing of their services, and they allow a ton of TDL (Top Level Domains), more so than most current big name providers.
Never seen a more obvious choice in my life. GreenGeeks really goes that extra mile. They have been a “sleeper” webhost up until recently, but you’re going to start hearing more about them in the next couple years since they are starting to make waves in the web design and hosting communities. The fact that they include SSD storage, PHP 7, caching, and unlimited domains from the outset means other hosts are stuck playing catch-up. There are already reviews all over the web that show GreenGeeks outpacing the competition in spades. That trend is only going to increase.
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Digital Sages is partnered with GreenGeeks, so whenever anyone purchases their services through us, we get a small percentage of the price to offset our own hosting fees. Green businesses helping green businesses!
We are invested fully in helping other green businesses get off the ground. If you want more than hosting and are looking to launch a full scale green blog or business, please consider joining our partnership. We host you on our own managed GreenGeeks sustainable hosting server, while providing you with continuous services such as WordPress database backups, plugin updates, page tweaks, optimizations, email support, and more. The best part? We build your website for FREE! So if you are interested in more than just hosting, follow this link to our Partnership Program.
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