GreenGeeks hosting review

Although this is a GreenGeeks hosting review, I have to start my story from the beginning so that you have a good foundation for making an educated decision. Last year I stumbled on a headline that said data centers leave a bigger carbon footprint than the airline industry. That sounds more than I expected, so I decided to take action. You can Google it, this problem is not going away anytime soon.

As a website investor, I don’t want to kid myself and say how I am contributing to this issue. Compared to the large corporations mentioned in this research, even with dozens of websites I own, and half a million website visitors per month and growing, it’s not THAT bad. However, I don’t want to add to the growing problem either! So I looked for green data centers and green web hosting providers.

I was a bit sad to find out there aren’t that many of them! So, I was very happy that the one I did end up trying, was great and I am happy to recommend them here! If you are asking yourself, who am I to write this review, you are doing a good job! So, just briefly, here are my credentials.

Who am I to write this GreenGeeks hosting review?

I ran a small web hosting business (2006 – 2011) and sold it before I started my new venture. For that new company, I’ve had one of the largest web hosting companies in the world as our clients. I’ve written web hosting reviews in the past. Lastly, the reason why I am looking for a green solution is that I am vegan. If you want to see first hand how a website loads on GreenGeeks hosting, then click on that link.

So let’s get started with the GreenGeeks hosting review and go through some important facts. I’ve been a client of theirs since 2018-10-16 and can comment on various aspects. Furthermore, I bought the web hosting package with my money, and I wasn’t paid to write this review. If you decide to use the affiliate link below, I might get a commission.

As you can see, I am hosting my vegan website with GreenGeeks. I’ve also added another website (addon domain). More on that in the review below.

Is GreenGeeks web hosting expensive?

Here’s the thing with web hosting in general. If you are paying month by month, it is expensive. Does it make sense to pay month by month? Off course not! Some of my websites are 10 years old! Imagine if I paid month by month. You want to pay as much in advance as possible, and preferably get in with a coupon, or during the Black Friday craze.

Even if you ignore this great advice (coupon, Black Friday), at $2.95 / month (triennially / 36 months), GreenGeeks is definitely an affordable solution even for financially savvy people.

GreenGeeks Hosting review is sponsored by Webmaster.ninja
GreenGeeks Hosting review is sponsored by Webmaster.ninja

Price comparison chart of green web hosting companies – May 2019

  • GreenGeeks – $2.95 / month
  • Host Papa – $3.95 / month
  • Dreamhost – $5.95 / month

If you found a green web hosting company that is dedicated in its renewable energy efforts, please let me know in the comment section!

Is GreenGeeks web hosting fast?

I would say it’s as fast as it can be. If I received a dollar every time someone said their hosting was slow when in fact it was their website that was slow, I would be a rich man. What do I mean by that? Well, if you don’t update your plugins, and your images are large and if your code has a lot of debt you should really look into a mirror. Not at your web hosting provider.

GreenGeeks shared web hosting includes SSD disks, they have the latest PHP version installed, and you can always upgrade to access their faster computing resources. So far I am satisfied with their cheapest plan, for a few small websites. Also, I picked the data center closest to my users.

Free transfer included

I know what you are thinking. I don’t want to go through the hassle of a website transfer. Well, I was in the same position, and GreenGeek support took care of it for me. I just gave them login details, couple basic instructions, and they notified me when they were done. It was a regular WordPress website, so I wasn’t expecting any problems in the first place.

This is common practice in the web hosting industry, but it was nice to see everything run smoothly, without any extra charges. I just updated my nameservers, and I was on my way. Not only that but when I upgraded to the latest WordPress version (The Gutenberg update) I had some issues. GreenGeeks support jumped right in, and resolved the issue for me!

Site migration request is a simple process you have to complete in order for GreenGeeks to transfer your website to their servers. First site migration is free, the next one is charged $15.

GreenGeeks support rocks!

So far in this GreenGeeks hosting review, there’s been nothing but praise. What can I say, I only settle for the very best when I chose a web hosting service for my projects! As I’ve just mentioned earlier, GreenGeeks support helped me with my WordPress update, when I wasn’t able to post an article.

Whenever I opened a support ticket, they replied within 10 minutes. They also have a live chat, and a phone line which I haven’t used since I became a client.

Is GreenGeeks hosting really unlimited?

Just like any other web hosting provider, there has to be a limit somewhere. Since you can set up an unlimited number of websites, with an unlimited number of gigabytes, and unmetered amount of traffic… One begins to wonder, how much can I really host for those $2.95 X 36 months = $106.20?

So far I hosted 2 websites, and plan to add a third. The only limitation that I see is inside cPanel.

File usage, physical memory usage, and entry processes are the only limits I see so far in my GreenGeeks shared web hosting account.

If you are thinking to yourself, these are some small unimportant websites, no wonder you can put so many of them on a single account, maybe you are right. However, just these two websites are making over $200 / month passively, each. If only I could keep doing this! If your site is bigger, it will take more resources, and maybe you will have to upgrade to a more expensive plan. But bigger website means more money coming in, right?

Summary

I already mentioned GreenGeeks was one of the tools I use to make thousands of dollars online. And I have every intention of keeping it that way. A couple of months ago I transferred a second website to my GreenGeeks shared hosting account and I am now considering a third.

About GreenGeeks

99.9% Uptime Guarantee | 24/7 Email Support | Live Telephone & Live Chat Support |Complete satisfaction, or your money back within the money back period |30-Day Money Back Guarantee | 300,000 websites | 35000 customers| Since 2008 |Eco friendly green energy hosting. GreenGeeks is a recognized Green Power Partner with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Get your website online today

Get your website online today

Yes, you can get the ball running in a single day. If you have to, make it a home-made 24-hour hackathon! Either way, we are here to help you get your website online today! The title does say “get your website online today”, but we want to deliver more on that promise. It’s a very special moment in time when you launch your website, not to mention when you launch it for the very first time!

Step 1. pick the right domain name

It all starts with a domain name. Domain names are important when it comes to bringing your company online, but that is also just the first step. In case you are not sure where to buy a domain name check our post on where to buy domain names. Picking the right domain name can also become an issue due to trademarks, .com availability and practical things like pronunciation. So more on this soon!

Step 2. pick the right web hosting

Do you want to create a WordPress website? Would you like cPanel as a control panel for your web hosting? Space, lots of space? The questions don’t stop there. Putting a website online shouldn’t be the end goal. You probably want to increase sales, connect with your clients, provide better support, improve brand awareness, reach potential international¬†clients. This list could go on and on. In essence, you want a fast website, with plenty of disk space with good local support. Here’s my recommendation for a good web hosting company.

Step 3. set clear goals

After reading the last paragraph you could have seen this step coming up. Setting clear goals matters in any project, and especially for getting your website online. So why not begin with the end in mind? That’s what Stephen Covey would advise in 7 habits of highly effective people. So why not become effective and apply this principle to creating your website.

Step 4. pick the right technology

Do you want to install WordPress, or a build a custom CMS (Content Management System)? What is your budget in this regard? Can you afford a WordPress theme or do you want a custom-tailored design for your CMS? Don’t worry, if you need help making a decision, don’t hesitate to leave a comment. Or maybe you want to go with a website builder and have somebody else worry about the web hosting?

Get your website online today
Get your website online today

Step 5. get your website online

After you’ve completed the first steps you have to fill the website with content (text and images) and your website is ready! Don’t be fooled, now is not the time to rest. That is day one! Now you have to do search engine optimization, promote the website on social media and even advertise on search engines to get first website visitors. Another great way to keep communication channels open is to host a newsletter and reach out on a regular basis to your clients.

Step 6. install an SSL certificate

More and more SSL certificates are gaining importance. This is true due to several reasons. Websites are e-commerce oriented, with various forms and enhanced communication between the user and the website. This is also interesting to criminals, so it is important to protect ourselves by installing an SSL certificate. Google, in particular, understands and supports this behavior, so they have decided to update their algorithm and position website with HTTPS on a higher position. For a full list of benefits, check this post.

Step 7. setup website monitoring

After getting your website online, either with a website builder, a WordPress or some other method, we need to set up website monitoring. I know, I know, this one is a bit self-serving, but the cost really makes up for the advantages! Let’s face it, domain names and SSL certificates expire, we get blacklisted for spamming, our web hosting goes down, our website speed decreases… all this and more needs to be monitored and we need to take proper action as soon as possible!