GreenGeeks Hosting Review

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GreenGeeks the green hosting provider.
Greengeeks Logo GreenGeeks is green hosting provider with their headquarters in California. They are one of the few well known host who completely rely on green renewable energy source. GreenGeeks was founded in year 2008 and had been in business for 10 years. Till date they have handled 35000+ customers and hosted more than 300000 websites. Their green hosting initiative has help them save 615000+ KWH/YEAR.

We support the green initiative for a greener tomorrow.

They have their data centers in Phoenix, Chicago, Toronto, Montreal and Amsterdam. All their servers are loaded with SSD storage and LiteSpeed webserver to provide optimum output. You do also get the benefits of HTTP/2 by default. They might not be as famous as A2 Hosting or SiteGround, but they are doing quite well.

Key Features

  • Green Hosting.
  • DDOS protection.
  • Free site transfer.
  • Hardware and software scaled for speed.
  • All SSD servers.
  • 30-Days moneyback guarantee.

Performance

Your site speed is now very much important you want to rank high or get a better conversion rate. Google has already made a statement that speed will be a ranking factor. GreenGeeks is a performance focused hosting service provider. They are taking the benefits of every new technology available. To get the optimum output they have used SSD for storage, they have also installed LiteSpeed webserver and MARIADB database to get faster read write.

In our test GreenGeeks had an average response time of 273.53ms, which is an awesome response time. Just like SiteGround, GreenGeeks have also developed their in-house caching technology which helps to serve content reliably and efficiently. Along with this you also get the latest PHP 7.0 and HTTP/2 by default. All these club together to provide the best load time. You can see present data here.

You get access 2 core CPU and up to 20%(avg.) of total server usage, 1GB vMEM and 384MB pMEM along with unlimited disk space and bandwidth.

Greengeeks performance

Uptime

Uptime has always been an important factor when choosing a hosting provider. An independent test by Rand Group showed that an hour of downtime can cost you up to 100,000$. We know the importance of uptime, so we monitor the provider before we bring up the review. In our test we got an average uptime of 99.95% which is better than the industry standard. More data can be seen here.

To maintain this uptime, they took various measures including pro-active server monitoring, hosting account isolation, Linux secure vFS and advanced clustered threat analysis. These steps insure that your site stays live most of the time without any loss.

Greengeeks Uptime

Support

GreenGeeks provides a 24x7x365 customer support. Their support method includes call support, ticket, mail and live chat. They have got a supportive and knowledgeable support team. Their support goes beyond hosting, they will help you with all your technical queries and help to keep your site live and running smoothly.
We personally tried reaching them and as expected we got an instant support from them and the issue was soon solved.

Greengeeks features

Pricing

GreenGeeks have strategically set the prices to satisfy everyone’s need. Their services start at a discounted price of 2.95$/mo. and goes up to 439$/mo. these plans are designed to suite any site of any category. Their plans also include a 30 days moneyback guarantee. Though you get a single shared hosting plan, but you should know that it's a scalable plan and resources can be increased as per need.

Hosting Pricing

Name Description Price
Shared Multiple sites, unlimited SSD storage & free domain $3.95/mo.
WordPress All in shared + optimized server for WordPress $3.95/mo.
Reseller All in shared + 10 cPanel's $19.95/mo.

Pros:

  • Green Hosting.
  • All SSD hosting.
  • LiteSpeed Webserver.
  • Free SSL & site migration.
  • MARIADB database.
  • HTTP/2 enabled servers.

Cons:

  • Price higher while renewal.
  • Only one plan in each category.

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What’s good about GreenGeeks

PowerCacher

PowerCacher is a server level caching technology which is somewhat like SiteGround’s SuperCacher. PowerCacher technology allows page load blazing fast by up to 100-120% compared to without PowerCacher enabled.

Perfect for WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, and PrestaShop powered websites.

MARIA DB and LiteSpeed Webserver

Who doesn’t like to have new technology? Don’t you? GreenGeeks comes with upgraded version of DB(MariaDB) and a faster webserver(LiteSpeed).

MySQL's usual (and slow) database engines MyISAM and InnoDB are replaced in MariaDB by Aria and XtraDB respectively which makes it fast.

LiteSpeed is a newly developed webserver which enables the server to handle its resources more efficiently and stops DDOS attacks to an extent.

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Free nightly backup and restore

We all face that moment we knowingly or unknowingly deleted something, but that shouldn’t happen to one’s online business. GreenGeeks does free nightly backup and one free restore in a calendar month.

Free CDN and SSL

GreenGeeks takes all measure to ensure your website is running fast. GreenGeeks is an optimized partner of Cloudflare and provides CDN and SSL to its user for free. Also, Cloudflare’s paid plans are provided at cheaper rate. Cloudfare also secures your site by using its own web application firewall.

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As SSL has become very much important these days to rank, hence GreenGeeks provide all their customers with free SSL certificates from Let’s Encrypt.

What’s Not Good about GreenGeeks

Higher Price of Renewal

As most of the hosting provider GreenGeeks to increases the price on renewal. The prices change from 3.95USD to 9.95USD at time of renewal. HostSoch and ChemiCloud can be a good option in case you are looking for a budget host.

Our Verdict

GreenGeeks is one of the few green hosting provider brands, which are helping to make the Earth greener. GreenGeeks have a proper combination of speed, support and reliability. GreenGeeks will surely help you to keep your site blazing fast and always up. GreenGeeks is a sure go if the server location satisfies you.

Bonus Info: Always use a CDN with your website, I helps to make its faster and secure. Free Cloudflare plan is also recommended .