In this article I continue my review of web hosts this week with a web hosting company called GreenGeeks.
GreenGeeks is a California based web hosting company that boasts on their website, “Build you website on the cleanest hosting around.”
What is Green Geeks?
GreenGeeks was founded in 2007 by Trey Gardner. Based in Los Angeles, California, the company now powers over 300,000 websites.
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The web hosting industry uses a huge amount of energy and has a big environmental impact. GreenGeeks aims to lessen this by purchasing wind energy credits. They purchase three times the amount of power they use. They’re also an EPA Green Power partner.
GreenGeeks has a wide range of hosting plans for customers of every size. They offer basic shared hosting, managed WordPress hosting, reseller hosting, VPS and dedicated server hosting.
GreenGeeks has only one shared hosting plan called EcoSite.
This shared hosting, as you can see by the image above is very competitively priced and has a whole slew of features.
Managed WordPress Hosting
The managed WordPress hosting plan is the same price but comes with more features specific to WordPress.
GreenGeeks provides a great amount of features and services for such a low price. They offer everything you need to build a fast and secure WordPress website.
For VPS hosting, there are 5 different plans; with the lowest starting at $39 for 25GB of storage with 1GB of ram, and the top end at $159 for 125 GB storage with 8GB of ram.
For dedicated server hosting, GreenGeeks offers 4 plans with the low end at $169 for 2GB of memory and 500GB of storage to the high end at $439 for 16GB of memory and 1TB of storage.
If you are interested in become a reseller for Green Geeks, they also offer 5 different reseller plans, starting at $19.95/mo.
GreenGeeks promises unlimited disk space and bandwidth for all plans, but there are different price bands, in accordance with the number of resold accounts. The most basic one is the Seed account, with 10 resold accounts allowed, and followed by Sprout that allows 25, Plant (50), Tree (100) and Forest (250).
Customer service with GreenGeeks is 24/7 via chat and email support ticket. They have phone support Monday through Friday 9 am to 12 midnight, and Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 8pm, eastern standard time.
So if you like using chat or support tickets, then this is a great option for you. Otherwise if you prefer talking to a person, you are limited to some degree.
Managed WordPress support is better, and they have WordPress experts available to help you with WordPress issues you may have with your site.
GreenGeeks has a reputation for responding quickly to help tickets and providing expert help, no matter what the issue may be.
GreenGeeks has multiple data centers in Chicago, Phoenix, Toronto and Amsterdam.
GreenGeeks commitment to excellence starts with the hardware that they use for their customers. They invest in superior hardware, which means they get high quality, name brand equipment. Their servers are based on Supermicro rackmountable servers and are powered by the most power-efficient processors by Intel.
See the server specs in the image below:
In terms of a up time guarantee, the magic number claimed here (like any other host) is 99.9%. Consistent with the practice of other web hosts, no data is published on their site to substantiate that figure.
But the company seems confident enough about that 99.9% up time that they include it in their service level agreement, but they make no mention if customers do get any refund should they can’t keep to this guarantee.
Regardless of the hosting plan, all customers are provided with the latest version of cPanel, instead of some custom built control panel. This makes it easy for most web masters as cPanel is obviously the most popular form of the control panel. In that sense, there is no relearning here.
Is GreenGeeks Right for You?
GreenGeeks is a popular web hosting company but it may not be for everyone. Check out these pros and cons below before deciding if they are right for you.
—30 day money back guarantee — thats solid insurance if you worry about online marketing scams
—Affordable — GreenGeeks has very competitive prices for all the features they provide
—Highly Rated Support — Good reviews from customers about expert support that GreenGeeks provides
—Packed With Features — GreenGeeks hosting plans provide all the features you need to build a fast and secure site.
—Better for the Environment — GreenGeeks is a company that really cares about the environment. You can help support renewable energy by hosting with GreenGeeks.
—Phone support is not 24/7 — Phone support is not provided from midnight until 9 am EST. If you have a problem early in the morning, you will need to use their chat or email support ticket option.
—Setup fee for monthly billing — If you choose month-to-month billing, there’s a $15 set up fee. This seems to be unique to GreenGeeks only.
Conclusions and Review
If you want a web hosting company that is environmental friendly, then you can’t go wrong with GreenGeeks. They are one of the first “Green” web hosting companies and they put back into the power grid, three times the energy they consume. This helps you lessen your web hosting’s impact on the environment.
So, keeping all that, in mind, I think GreenGeeks is a decent and affordable web host that you should consider.
Have you tried GreenGeeks before? If so I would love to hear your experience with them in the comments below.
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