GreenGeeks Reviews 2018-Why GreenGeeks

    GreenGeeks Reviews 2018-Why GreenGeeks

    GreenGeeks-Reviews-2018

    Watching for a genuine Greengeeks review? The GreenGeeks is a web hosting platform that has a marvellous performance rate and is an environmentally friendly platform.

    The platform that they provide has various interesting features but the way they want to be approved by, with their name.

    Is to make sure that everyone knows that they are not only good but better than their compliments because they are environment-friendly.

    Companies can partner with GreenGeeks for shared hosting, WordPress hosting and reseller hosting.

    Unlike another company we looked at, GreenGeeks only provides one plan for each type of hosting service, except for reseller hosting.

    GreenGeeks offers great storage and solid security options, providing features like SSL certifications and site backups on its plans.

    Company Overview – The History of GreenGeeks

    Following it’s founding in 2008 by Trey Gardner. They’ve shot up to now hosting over 300,000 websites (with data centres in the U.S., Canada, and soon-to-be Amsterdam)

    Based out of Los Angeles, California with a global workforce that gives a reliable web hosting experience to customers from over 150 countries.

    There have been innumerable than 35,000 customers of GreenGeeks. They have hosted more than 300,000 websites and been in the business for almost 10 years.

    All this has been reasonable because of the excellent and talented team working behind the scenes day and night to improve GreenGeeks.

    The management of this organization has an experience of more than 40 years which brings in a lot of expert solutions.

    This marvellous service that caters to providing an ultimate, high-quality and relatively more reasonable platform website hosting wasn’t a task done overnight!

    Years of practice and improvements have brought in a great platform that is being used by so many people all around the world.

    There are three main sections where the management of GreenGeeks focuses the most one.

    One is providing their customers who have put in their trust in them with a complete solution to their problem related to website hosting.

    Ultimately the end goal is to completely satisfy their customer which is what is their second focus is all on.

    Behind working with so many customers, GreenGeeks understands that it is essentially important to maintain a personal connection with each one of their clients.

    Not only protects the beauty of nature but also has many features. Like as unlimited SSD disk space, bandwidth, domains, emails, and MySQL database amounts.

    They offer Shared, Reseller, VPS, and WordPress Hosting. That is designed for the fastest, most secure and scalable hosting available.

    Today, GreenGeeks is known as one of the world’s most eco-friendly web hosting services with a reputation for excellent customer service & technical support.

    WHY CHOOSE GREENGREEKS:

    • A wide range of hosting plans suitable for all-purpose hosting
    • Recently upgraded server hardware & improved network infrastructure
    • Free domain name registration & unlimited domains on each account
    • Unlimited web space & data transfer for shared hosting plans
    • State-of-the-art, innovative data centre based on renewable energy
    • Great for Reseller hosting – 5 different plans available
    • Customer support via an email ticket system, live chat, or phone
    • Helpful video tutorials explaining how to do many popular tasks

    WHAT ARE THE DISADVANTAGES:

    • Almost expensive VPS and Dedicated hosting plans
    • Phone support number is hard to find for logged in customers
    • GreenGeek’s Website Builder is unique, yet not the best choice
    • Repeated user charges about fraudulent billing issues
    • Hefty renewal rates on shared hosting after initial sign-up

    GreenGeeks Features

    With the basic shared hosting plan you get all the things you’ve come to expect from a host:

    • Unlimited server resources
    • Unlimited bandwidth
    • MySQL database creation
    • Email account creation
    • Free Cloudflare CDN
    • Unlimited domains one 1 account
    • Free marketing and SEO tools.

    In fact, some of these features pop up in the GreenGeeks YouTube channel, in creative testimonial videos made by their customers, like this one:

    greengeeks features

    You have the advantage to register a free domain name with GreenGeeks upon the creation of your account.

    Now, this isn’t actually the recommended option to take, as it can get pricey, but it’s a nice add-on to have for people who don’t mind the price and want to take care of their entire website set up in a single place.

    These features are detailed to have, but they’re not what makes GreenGeeks stand out. In an interest to the over-the-top green commitment, GreenGeeks excels in:

    1. Speed technologies
    2. Security and Reliability technologies
    3. Datacenter options.

    Speed technologies

    GreenGeeks’ speed “haystack” (a geeky definition meaning “set of technologies”) involves LiteSpeed web servers, SSD hard drives, MariaDB (a database server known for its speed), PHP7, CDN (content delivery network), HTTP/2 and more.

    The value of speed for your website can’t be stressed in 2018. There’s lots of research proving that if your site loads in more than 3 seconds, you are losing readers and buyers.

    This is because the general people are becoming used to top-of-the-line websites and checkout experiences. They become excitable with sites that load slower than these top performers.

    Google suggests that your site load in no more than 2-3 seconds. Speed is also a search engine ranking factor, albeit a minor one.

    If it takes longer, Google may limit or slow down it’s crawling of your site, which is bad news for you.

    Security and Reliability technologies

    These involve actual-time file scanning, pro-active server monitoring and clustered warning analysis, secure vFS, and hosting account privacy.

    Think of the latter as a quarantine that protects your website(s).

    Datacenter options

    Currently, GreenGeeks has 5 datacenters. Those are in Chicago, Phoenix, Montreal, Toronto and Amsterdam.

    They are immediately expanding to additional locations in 2018.

    There’s More to GreenGeeks

    Any of the higher points I clearly on the geeky side (we do have geeks in my readers).

    But keep reading. You’ll understand more about what GreenGeeks offers and I’ve got some nice follow-up reading for you on these technologies.

    Web Hosting That’s Easy to Scale Up

    Another feature that really sets GreenGeeks apart is the scalable hosting.

    Oh no, is that just another buzzword? Well, no, but thanks for asking.

    Scalable Hosting

    The scalable hosting allowed is different than what other hosts consider scalable hosting.

    Actually, this feature allows you to easily extend, manage, and grow your site without becoming to worry about the underlying server.

    Hands Off Hosting

    According to GreenGeeks, your hosting should work without you having to do anything.

    A pretty easy claim, but it’s actually kinda disturbing considering the headaches a lot of hosting providers leave you with.

    Hosting as a Service

    This feature is called Haas, which is short for hosting as a service. Total newcomers might not see the value in this, and this is true when all you need is a basic shared hosting situation.

    But, as your site develops, your traffic levels improve, and you need more from your host you’ll start to see how valuable it is.

    For example, alternatively, of getting a primary dedicated server, or having to upgrade to a VPS, you can easily add the computing resources you require like additional RAM, CPU, or other features.

    This makes it very easy for beginners to run their sites on custom and powerful server environments.

    More Packages: VPS, Dedicated, and Reseller Hosting

    Of course, there are other hosting packages you can still update to like VPS hosting, dedicated server packages, or even reseller packages.

    But you don’t have to if you don’t want to take on additional tasks like managing your own server and keeping your environment secure.

    VPS Plans

    Here’s a quick look at GreenGeeks’ VPS plans:

    VPS HostingPlan 1Plan 2Plan 3Plan 4Plan 5
    Memory1 GB RAM2 GB RAM3 GB RAM4 GB RAM8 GB RAM
    SSD RAID 10 Storage25 GB50 GB75 GB100 GB125 GB
    Premium Bandwidth1,000 GB1,500 GB2,000 GB2,500 GB3,000 GB
    Cores44444

    Dedicated Server Plans

    And, a comparison of their dedicated hosting plans:

    Dedicated server hostingEntry planStandard planElite planPro plan
    ProcessorIntel Atom 330 Dual CoreXeon E3-1220 3.1GhzXeon E3-1230 3.2Ghz w/HTXeon E5-2620 2.0Ghz w/HT
    SSD RAID 10 Storage25 GB50 GB75 GB100 GB
    Memory2 GB DDR 34 GB DDR 38 GB DDR 316 GB DDR 3
    Drive1x 500 GB SATA2x 500 GB SATA2x 500 GB2x 500 GB
    IP addresses5555
    Tansfer10,000 GB10,000 GB10,000 GB10,000 GB

     

    GreenGeeks has a lot of good things going for it. Including solid uptime, support, and an important mission-driven service. Here are the details

    GreenGeeks’Strong, 99.94% Uptime & Guarantee

    First, GreenGeek’s founder Trey Gardner made the bold claim of 99.9% uptime. Seems that he wasn’t BS-ing at all.

    My in-depth, 8-month report backs this up, growing in with an average uptime of 99.94% during my our testing period (still .02 worse than average industry uptime). That’s also very good to put it just as the industry standard 99.94%.

    They did go an impressive 6months without any downtime. Take a look for yourself:

    2018:

    • January average uptime: 99.99%
    • February average uptime: 100%
    • March average uptime: 100%
    • April average uptime: 100%
    • May average uptime: 100%
    • June average uptime: 100%
    • July average uptime: 100%
    • August(20’th) average uptime: 99.55%
    greengeeks uptime
    GreenGeeks 30 days average uptime (Feb/Mar 2018): 99.94%.

    However, results for March / April 2018 wasn’t as great.

    green geeks uptime
    GreenGeeks average 30 days uptime (Mar/Apr 2018): 99.58%.

    Last 12 months, full data can be found here.

    GreenGeeks’ first month 99.94% uptime appears to meet the company’s 99.9% guarantee, but this is another case of a guarantee that doesn’t really mean anything.

    Apart from adherence to a 30-day money back guarantee, there does not seem to be any real penalty for the company for breaching the uptime levels mentioned:

    GreenGeeks offers customers a no-questions-asked money back guarantee on the hosting service that we provide. If you decide to cancel within the money back guarantee period of 30 days. They will provide you with a full refund less any setup fees, and domain registration or transfer costs.

     

    Good Performance

    Topwebhostingoffer users trust my reviews because I only suggest products and services that I have used myself. I sign up for each top WordPress hosting company to fully test their claims by running performance tests.

    For this review confirmed up for a hosting account on GreenGeeks and installed WordPress. While using the default theme, I filled the website with model data including media and images. This way my test site looked and functioned like an actual average WordPress site.

    I am also tested GreenGeeks page load times during my 8-month review process and found their speed to be greater than the industry average, clocking in around 52% faster than their competitors (519ms compared with 890ms).

    You can see the results, broken down by month:

    Last 8 month average load time (2018)

    2018:

    • January average speed: 382ms
    • February average speed:423ms
    • March average speed:490ms
    • April average speed:596ms
    • May average speed:514ms
    • June average speed:606ms
    • July average speed: 604ms
    • August(20’th) average speed: 539ms

    Speed is essential for the success of any website. That’s why the first test I ran was to estimate the website speed using Pingdom.

    Here are the results:

    GreenGeeks speed test result

    My test site loaded in less than a second and was faster than 94% of all tested websites. This result is really good.

    GreenGeeks Load Impact Test

    Next, I am wanted to understand how well my test site on GreenGeeks performs during peak traffic. To even this we used a tool called Load Impact.

    I gradually increased up to 100 unique visitors at once to see how the server would handle expanded requests from multiple connections at once.

    Here are the results:

    GreenGeeks Load Impact test

    The green line outlines page load time and the blue line signifies a number of users on the site. As you can see, my test site performed really well throughout the test.

    GreenGeeks Response Time Test

    Next, I wanted to test how my GreenGeeks site responds to requests from various geographic locations. To measure this we used a tool called Bitcatcha.

    Here are the results

    GreenGeeks response time tests

    As you can see that the response time was particularly great in the United States. However, it was slower in India and the Asia Pacific but still under a second.

    Great Support and Customer Service

    Customer support is one of the most important points for any hosting service.

    GreenGeeks gives support 24/7 via live chat and email support ticket. They also offer phone support Monday through Friday from 9 am to midnight EST, and on Saturday and Sunday from 9 am to 8 pm EST.

    Live chat is of course 24/7 and supposedly garners instant responses, whereas email supposedly should have a 15-20 minute response time.

    For controlled WordPress hosting customers, there are WordPress expert support professionals available to help you set up your site or handle any WordPress-specific issues.

    Many customer reviews of GreenGeeks rave about their top-notch support. They have a respect for responding very quickly to inquiries and providing expert help with no matter the issue.

     

     

    GreenGeeks Support- phone

    There is an information base containing FAQs, help articles, and how-to’s, and a tutorials page with step by step tutorials (as for why it’s not part of the knowledge base, go figure).

    GreenGeeks Support- knowledgebase

    The tutorials page is very simply designed and I can’t imagine anyone having too much difficulty finding an easy set up for whatever they’re hosting needs are. The knowledge base is less smooth but still orderly.

    All in all, I think the online records provided are pretty solid. How about the right customer support lines?

    I believe the live chat on this site works well. I know anecdotal evidence is only so helpful, but I found I got a very quick response.

    greengeeks-customer-support1greengeeks-customer-support2

    As you can see, the representative on live chat responded no less than one minute after I sent a question.

    Regrettably, you do have to use an email to start the live chat, but nonetheless, at least I got a fast response.

    Overall, because the online documentation is strong and because I’ve had a good experience with the live chat, I’d say that customer support is something GreenGeeks does well.

    Ease of Use

    Living easy to use is a new golden standard for software nowadays. But is GreenGeeks easy to use?

    Well, yeah, at least in my opinion. You have to keep in brain that it’s targeted towards a customer base with a wide range of technological experience.

    The website builder could admittedly take some growing used to if you’re not used to website builders, but even that is rather automatic. There are a lot of themes to choose from, and while preset themes may not be for everyone, it’s definitely a good factor in making a hosting service easy to use.

    Setting up an account is pretty easy, you just need to follow the instructions.

    cpanel-greengeeks

    If you do get attached here or there watching your site, the online resources I discussed first could really affect how easy to use the service is.

    In summary, there’s not much I can say, but that’s a good thing—because it means everything’s fine and dandy.

    There’s not much of a learning curve to GreenGeeks at all, so while it’s not particularly easy to use it is not at all difficult either.

    PROS

    • Free setup and lifetime domain name
    • Environment-Friendly.
    • Lots of unlimited features
    • World-class technologies used to create the platform.
    • Great uptime and load time.
    • Advanced features to already existing software like GreenGeek cPanel.
    • High-quality servers in multiple locations
    • Services like shared hosting, web hosting, WordPress hosting and many more.
    • Bundled backup features and high-security protection
    • Efficient customers support and self-study materials
    • FREE Marketing & SEO Tools
    • E-Commerce Ready

    CONS

    • You have to choose 3 Year package to get it for $3.95.
    • Refund is taking a few weeks to process.
    • Discount in the only longer billing cycle
    • Pricing manipulation

    FAQs

    Do I Recommend GreenGeeks?

    GreenGeeks has a higher purpose than just simply providing web hosting, and I love that.

    They’re not necessarily the best I’ve seen, but they do provide solid uptime and great customer support (albeit, slower-than-average page speeds).

    For those reasons, you should probably consider giving them a look. Just be informed that you’ll need to sign up for the long-term if you’d like their lowest rate. And that your ‘free domain’ and ‘money back guarantees’ strength are not so iron-clad if you ask for a refund.

    Can I use WordPress without dedicated WordPress hosting?

    Yes, if you’re working one of the basic shared hosting plans you can quickly install WordPress via your cPanel access.

    Simply scroll down to the Softaculous App Installer and click on WordPress. This software will walk you into the process of installing WordPress on your new site.

    Of course, if you want to make installing and managing your WordPress site even easier, then go for the dedicated WordPress hosting.

     

     

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