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Siteground Review – The Quest for a Top Quality Web Host

Trying to find top-quality web hosting these days can be a lot more challenging than most people think. It wasn’t easy for us either.

It’s not because there are so few top options to pick and choose from, but precisely because there are so many. More and more web hosting companies are diving headfirst into the market on an almost daily basis, and all of them are promising the moon and the stars when it comes to features, service, uptime, and reliability.

At the end of the day, however, people are choosing SiteGround more and more frequently – simply because they deliver on all of the promises that they make, providing independent business owners small and medium-sized businesses, and even enterprises with all of the web hosting solutions that they need. SiteGround create solutions custom tailored to each client, giving you the ability to scale up or scale down the resources you leverage (on-the-fly) so that you provide the best possible experience for your visitors.

Siteground Panel

To learn more about what SiteGround brings to the table, check out the inside information below or read a more detailed review on HostingManual.net.

Highlighting the SiteGround shared web hosting packages

Siteground Shared Hosting

One of the things that separates SiteGround from the rest of the pack is that they do not offer your traditional “month to month” shared web hosting package – but they do give you a chance to try the shared web hosting they provide for a full month completely free of charge before you commit to a one, two, or three year shared hosting contract.

Depending upon the shared hosting package you select, you’ll not only have the opportunity to leverage fantastic resources to run a simple and straightforward website but you’ll also be able to take advantage of discounts along the way. The longer you sign up with SiteGround, the more you are likely to save – and the three-year commitment will definitely help use the most.

Basic plans begin at the equivalent of $9.95 per month, and include a single website, 10 GB of storage, and enough bandwidth to handle about 10,000 visitors. The largest shared hosting package is going to run you about $29.95 per month, and you’ll get support for multiple websites, 20 GB of storage, and enough bandwidth to handle 100,000 visitors each month.

Cloud-based web hosting from SiteGround

Siteground Cloud Hosting
A traditional VPS solution isn’t available from SiteGround any longer, but they have rolled out a new hybrid VPS/Linux-based platform that they are calling “Cloud Hosting” that many in the hosting industry believe is the future of the small business and medium business web hosting industry.

Four different cloud-based web hosting packages are available from SiteGround, beginning at about $80 per month and going up to $240 per month. You’ll get between 4 GB of RAM and 10 GB of RAM, 40 GB of storage in 120 GB of storage, and you’ll always get 5 TB of monthly data transfer in the form of bandwidth.

This is a very scalable online hosting solution and one that you are going to want to look seriously into if you have found you’ve outgrown the shared hosting that you used to rollout with. A lot more stable as well is a lot more flexible than your traditional VPS, this is next level web hosting at its finest.

Dedicated web hosting packages from SiteGround

Siteground Dedicated Servers

If you want to complete and total control over your web hosting, you can’t do any better than signing up for your own dedicated web hosting server directly from the experts at SiteGround.

Again, you’ll have a couple of different choices to pick from when it comes to dedicated packages, starting at $229 per month for entry-level services and going all the way up to $429 per month for the highest and enterprise-level service available from this operation.

In conjunction with complete control over your web hosting server, root access to the hardware and the software on this platform come in regular upgrades across the board you’ll also receive a 100% free one year SSL certificate as well.

On the flipside, SiteGround only offers Linux-based dedicated servers so if you’re looking for a Windows-based option you’ll have to look elsewhere. That being said, most people are familiar with Linux-based dedicated servers (when they get to this level, anyway), and there really aren’t any shortcomings to this kind of package.

WordPress hosting packages from SiteGround

Siteground WordPress Hosting

WordPress is far and away the world’s most popular Content Management System (CMS), responsible for the framework, design, and backbone of hundreds of millions of websites all over the world with more being built on WordPress every day.

If you’d like to run your website off of WordPress (it’s probably the fastest and definitely the easiest way to get a beautiful website up and running in about a half an hour without any technical skills necessary), the WordPress hosting provided by SiteGround is designed to help you do exactly that with hosting resources specifically designed to and catering to your WordPress installation.

You’ll get improve performance, improve security, and a whole host of other benefits when you move to this kind of package.

Closing Thoughts

At the end of the day, SiteGround really knocks it out of the park when it comes to their basic hosting packages, but they also offer fantastic reseller web hosting plans that allow you to create a secondary income automatically, tools to help you build and set up your website without any headache or hassle along the way, integrated e-commerce platforms, advanced security features, and some of the best customer service in the industry.

 

 

What’s Worse Than Zombies? Dead Pixels!!!

Last week I finally decided to take the leap to HD television. I know, I’m a little late to the party but better late than never. I headed over to Best Buy and decided to get the 42 inch LG70. A very nice TV: 4 HDMI inputs, 120Hz refresh rate, 42 inches of HD heaven. Since this is the season of the Super Bowl, they said they could deliver it a week from now (which was yesterday in real time). So yesterday the delivery people showed up, very courteous and very professional. Jason, the delivery guy, told me to let it warm up before turning it on. I thanked him and then I was left with a TV I couldn’t watch just yet. I decided I needed an HDMI cable for my Xbo360.

I went out and searched at KMart, Walmart, and Circuit City. No luck, all they had was overly expensive HDMI cables. Who would pay $40 for a cable? I didn’t really need it any way I already had a component on my Xbox360. At the point I got back to my home, It had been 3 hours since my TV was delivered. So I plugged it in and turned it on. What I saw next was horrifying. A 3/4 inch thick column of dead pixels right down the center. What the F@$K! Needless to say, Best Buy is replacing it, but not for another week. Now I am left with a less than HDTV sitting in my living room. As much as I try to look past the dead pixels I can’t. It ruins any experience, it’s right down the center. The bright side is that I can still play Left 4 Dead in Co-op just fine because the row of pixels is right on the split screen line. Despite the line down the center, all the Xbox360 games look amazing in HD.

Is there a point to this post, no not really, I just wanted to rant because I have a $1400 visual eyesore.

WCF – Hellish Configuration

I love WCF, I think it is the most useful thing that came with the .NET 3.0 framework. On the other hand, I do not love the nightmarish configuration process. Configuring a WCF service might be harder than solving that puzzle-box from the Hellraiser movies and probably just as painful.

The WCF configuration tool only makes it slightly easier to configure. It is a GUI representation of the XML that is the WCF configuration. Greeeeaat, a GUI tool for something I don’t understand… that will make it easier (sarcasm). There really isn’t as much guidance as I’d like in the tool itself.

The configuration process is a hard one and I can feel my head throbbing from all the information being absorbed about certificates, identities, and transport vs. message security. The configuration process of a WCF service seems to be the biggest complaint of other developers, I know it’s slowed down a couple of projects I was involved in. If you are in the same boat of trying to figure out the best way to secure your WCF service then I have a site for you.

Those Patterns and Practices guys have a very cool site on CodePlex. The guide was released in 08/01/08, but still good.

http://www.codeplex.com/WCFSecurity

It has amazing walkthroughs on how to setup authentication, authorization, and security for your WCF services. Videos are included on the site as well. So until WCF configuration becomes easier in .NET 4.0 you can muddle your way through with a little help from the P&P; guys.

Hope this helps, and be careful not to open up any gateways to hell while trying to configure your service. 😛

You’re Not Taking This Seriously Enough

When I worked for Lehman Brothers, I was involved in creating an application in association with Lending Tree. The timeline was impossible but the developers were confident in our skills. After all, we were professionals. Managment, on the other hand, were not, because they were in over their heads. They were essentially managing something they had very little knowledge about.

One day they pulled all the developers into a room, and told us “We don’t think you are taking this project seriously enough.” What an odd thing to say, right? The developers were driving the entire direction of the project and meeting deadlines, what would prompt such an accusation. Well, it was apparently because we were still happy with our team and would joke around. While they were lost and had no idea what was happening around them. They were basically impotent in their positions.

So does having a fun time means you don’t take things seriously? Absolutely not, I think it is essential for a developer to have a sense of humor. How else can you take someone vastly less qualified than you telling you how to code (yes I meant to use code) an application? Or How else can you sit in meetings for hours and listen to people describe how they want the buttons to look like? And How else can you take the insane pressure placed on you?

I always love seeing humor expressed in code, admittedly very geeky. This site is based in tongue and cheek and was a spawn of the project described above. I try and approach a lot of things with a sense of humor. When I saw a TDD example about SkyNet on Steven Harman’s blog and loved it. That’s the kind of thing that humanizes developers, we aren’t just expendable parts of a big machine. We have personalities and IT management fails to see that or, more cynically, doesn’t care.

Comments are a great place to leave easter eggs for other developers, jokes to make the fact of looking at old code more fun. I remember I placed an ASCII picture of Super Punch Out’s Mike Tyson in a comment block above a method. He was called “Mike Typeson.”

Having a sense of humor and being serious are not mutually exclusive, don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

I’d love to hear of other humor in code, I know Ayende Rahien has stuff and I’ve looked at that.

That’s my rant for the day. 🙂