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Siteground is THE WORST WEB HOSTING COMPANY AVAILABLE
I too was lured in by low-cost hosting by Siteground. As somebody said, it is a bait and switch. There's plenty of support WHEN YOU'RE SIGNING UP, after that, you literally have to PAY for support on a monthly basis. You cannot contact Siteground any other way.
Second, they autorenew without sending you ANY notification to set expectations of an upcoming renewal. They do everything they can to charge your credit card.
Third, they suspended my account for site usage claiming it was taking up too much space on their shared server. My site had 100 members of which maybe 5 were on only occasionally. I have never had this problem with Godaddy. So they suspended my account. I went to cancel but the CANCEL BUTTON WAS GRAYED OUT... I couldn't cancel. Instead, I had to talk to some douche bag on a live chat to cancel.
They make you go through their live chat system.
After doing some research on the BBB, I noticed they have a C+ rating and worse... they are not even a legitimate company. The CEO is purportedly named Tenko Nikolov. Also make note: worst CEO on the planet.
Fourth, Siteground has a phone number that will send you on an endless loop through their automated system that only tells you to go online and login to your account.
Siteground is such a pathetic hosting company. I bet some Siteground loser is going to respond saying "we're really sorry you had a bad experience... blah blah blah". It's such a scam. They really do not care... they will just try to do damage control. It's too late though. Look how many poor reviews there are for Siteground.
Do your research, don't use Siteground! Go somewhere, ANYWHERE, but not Siteground.
Biggest Pro: none
Biggest Con: customer service
I have read your post and understand your frustration about the fact that your hosting account and website have been suspended. But I would like to address your accusation publicly here as SiteGround has acted legally and in accordance with the best business practices in your case.
I would first address the general statements you have made about SiteGround:
You wrote: "Customer service is not FREE on Siteground. You have to pay
them a premium to have the ability to email them with issues."
I must oppose this statement first as this is something that is completely not true. Customer support is free at SiteGround. Every SiteGround customer, no matter if using our standard or premium support, can contact us by phone (during office hours), via chat or our HelpDesk (24/7). In your ticket communication with our customer service regarding your website performance issue that lead to a suspension you have not waited more than 30 minutes for a reply from our 24/7 representatives and have received a reply in 8 hours once the issue was escalated to management.
You mention BBB.org and the fact that SiteGround.com is not BBB accredited.
This is true and is due to the fact that we are not a US based company and we have never stated otherwise. However, we provide web hosting service on servers located in US data centers and are used by hundreds of thousands of US customers. Moreover, although we are not obliged to maintain a BBB profile at all, we consider it as another valuable place for feedback. We have responded to all complains filed against us and we were able to resolve them all.
And as for the bad reviews you have mentioned I would like to bring to your attention
the fact, that every company that has a presence on the web, can be subject to bad reviews. There is not a single hosting company without "(Company) is scam" reviews and sites associated with its name. But what we do differently in such cases, as in your own case too, is that we try to attend to as many of the bad reviews as possible and if we can identify the customer, who wrote the review, we try to contact him, investigate and resolve the issue. Also there are many more happy customers, that have shared their reviews on authority websites such as
Ratepoint.com, WebHostingStuff.com, WebHostingUnleashed.com, HostSearch.com etc.
And now for your particular website issues:
On 5th of January your account artists.me started to consume a very high percentage of the shared server CPU resources. We have conducted a detailed investigation of the reasons for the high resource consumption and it turned out that your application executes slow queries towards its database, which eventually hogs the server. The first thing that our technical team did was to informed you about the issues with your account - with a ticket in your HelpDesk and an email sent to you, and to provide you with possible options for you to resolve this issue by optimizing your website, or if this is not possible, by upgrading to a higher hosting solution. In order to protect the other shared server users we also had to temporarily limit the shared server resources your account can use. This is a standard procedure used by shared hosting providers. Since you did not respond during the next 7 days and your website continued to load the server we had to suspend it, as you really needed to take an action to address the issue your website created so that other users are not affected.
You stated here: "...my website is taking up too many resources on their shared server. First, understand that my site only has 130 members. Furthermore, these are members that are hardly ever come to my site!"
Please let me remind you that the load an application creates not always depends on the number of users. If its code is inefficient it can overload a server even with a single user. Moreover you admit yourself in the ticket: "The application I'm running is huge - it's SocialEngine. Their coders suck, I agree but I had already invested a large amount of money into the application without knowing how it interacts with a server."
We can thoroughly understand that you are frustrated about your website being down after you have invested efforts, but you should also understand that we cannot allow a single website to affect the performance of all others on the server. SiteGround did everything possible to offer a solution that will be suitable for both sides. Once you contacted us we have re-activated your account for your IP, so that you can optimize the site to work in accordance with the shared hosting requirements if possible. We have also offered more suitable hosting solutions, but you have not been interested in them. That is why we have offered to provide a backup for your account, so that you can host it on a solution and with a provider of your choice.
I do not recommend siteground.
I do not recommend siteground.
They have terrible pricing for old users.
New users pay for three years host, 144 dollars, and for the same old one pay $ 250. This is a robbery.
Negotiations with them in order to understand the logic of this - is useless and formal. I will not use their services and do not advise others to do it.
The promotions we have for new customers are really different from the promotions we apply to existing customers and there is a good reason for this. The perceived risk is a substantial part of a consumer behavior. When someone needs to choose a new provider without having personal experience with its quality, the perceived risk is bigger than when someone decides to renew a service, whose quality he has seen personally. So to alleviate this bigger risk we offer bigger discounts for new customers sign ups. What we state with this is: we believe that our service value is higher, but we understand that you may want to see for yourself if this is true and we are willing to invest some free service in convincing you what the true value is.
I believe that you were satisfied with the service you has received so far, as you have renewed your account twice so far for 3 years each time.
Premium Service - wow do they mean 'Premium'!!
I am amazed at the service I have received!
I manage worldwide Customer Support, Technical Support, and Warranty service for a group of 5 jointly-held industry leading companies.
I have hosted several personal sites with SiteGround for 10 years, and as a result of my good experience, I selected SiteGround to host several company-owned sites as well (for 5 years) with siteground for.
The up-time has been great. Their response to service inquiries have been very fast.
I updated to their hosting+ (plus) service recently, because it offered many benefits I was paying for separately at a new lower price.
I was really interested in the daily backup, and the unlimited add-on slots (I was already paying for 2).
However, one of the other included benefits is 'Premium Service' I soon came to find out how serious they are about 'Premium'...
Since I updated to the hosting+ account that included unlimited add-on slots, their support team confirmed that I'd no longer need to renew on my two paid add-on slots (a service that's no longer available since it is now included in the new improved package).
So I pro-actively 'canceled' the add-on slots even though they'd not have auto-renewed. I guess the script that canceled the legacy service conflicted with the new service, and one of my sites was bumped offline.
I submitted a ticket. My issue was completely resolved, my site back up, with a response in my inbox in literally 2 minutes.
I sent a complicated followup question, and got a second response, with the needed subsequent action taken in literally 2 minutes.
I can't say how impressed I am.
I can confidently say that Siteground is world-class.
FANTASTIC Customer service!
Siteground is definitely my personal best choice for hosting. Tickets are responded to nearly immediately and when you call, you get friendly service as well.
They are knowledgeable and the tutorials are top notch. I would host more sites on siteground hands down. They run occassional specials so I got a great price on my hosting service as well. The uptime is great and I cannot speak highly enough of the speed - even for a shared server. Fantastic service.
DO NOT USE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Lured in with very cheap starting prices. Account auto renews and I got reminders through saying my account was going to be renewed but not for how much or when. I signed in to see when money would be taken and not even in that section of the website did it tell me the date or how much! So a few weeks before my start date a year later they take around £200 off me! It was clear I was in the process of shutting down my sites and backing up data ready for the year's worth of services end (a Wordpress site could not be backed up by their system so I had to do it manually) and I explained this. They tried to charge me to leave, charge me to switch to 3 monthly billing cycles to get out of it which weren't much cheaper than what they had taken. To cancel it I would have had to pay around £60! Ended up sending it to Natwest credit card fraud department who refunded it after a lengthy wait. They said they had never seen so much information given regarding an internet company and agreed they had been misleading. I have actually bothered to come and find a site like this just to soley warn people not to use them, I hope they start being more transparent and user friendly ***PLEASE STAY AWAY!!!***
We are sorry that you have felt misled. We constantly change and try to improve our marketing messages to make sure our customers understand the limited-time deals we offer without being confused or misled. In addition to that, we make sure that all such renewal policies and terms regarding our product are explained in our Terms of Service in as much detail as possible.
So, on our website we have made visible both our promotional and regular price so customers have an idea of the real value of the hosting and the renewal price.
The auto-renewal process itself is made for customers' convenience and the renewal fees are charged 15 days prior to expiration, in order to provide uninterrupted hosting services to the website owners (also mentioned in the notification email sent to you) and is explained in the above-mentioned Terms of Service.
Immediately after you contacted us, our team has discussed with you the different cancellation and billing cycle switch options as per our TOS. In case of cancellation after the billing date we have to withhold a $24.95 refund processing fee as well as a $14.95 domain name renewal fee. Needless to say that the domain name remains your property and you are free to manage and use it as it suits you best.
Despite all that, we make sure that no customer is forced into unwanted and unfair contract terms so we make exceptions where that is needed. I am sorry that you did not follow up on that conversation in the ticket where I am sure we would have resolved the problem in a satisfactory way for you, but have gone to your bank directly. In any case, good luck with your site.
Awesome Drupal and Joomla Support!
I learned about Siteground when I was looking for a hosting company that supported Joomla and Drupal. I migrated several sites to Siteground from another company that did not really support Joomla and Drupal.
I am very happy that I did! Siteground offers excellent and expedient service. Help desk support response time is within minutes and they resolve your issues. They have even been kind enough to restore my site free of charge when a Drupal update caused by a bug crashed my site. I am a web designer that plans on utilizing Siteground's reseller program to host my growing client list.
If you are looking for CMS support, you will not be disappointed with Siteground!
Biggest Pro: Help Desk Support
Biggest Con: Wish they offered monthly billing.
Excelllent shared hosting at a reasonable price
Although compared to some budget hosting companies the price of their hosting does seem expensive, it is well worth every penny. Plus the company always have an introductory offer on, usually a years hosting for the price of 1 month. The real strength of this company is their customer service. I have used other companies in the past, including one called Streamline (don't use them, they are terrible). Siteground have by far the best customer service I have ever come across, always willing to help, and quite often bending their own rules, for example what has prompted me to write this review is the fact the registered a new domain for me free of charge because I typed an error in the original domain, so now I have 2 domains fro the price of 1, even if one is mispelt.
They have an excellent knowledge basem, tutorials, they cater for CMS and Joomla users, even giving a free installation on account setup, so you don't even have to bother setting Joomla up.
Until I can afford dedicated hosting or even my own server my company will continue to use Siteground as our sole provider of server and hosting services.
Biggest Pro: Customer Service
Terrible Experience with Siteground -- Stay away!
The Siteground.com hosting was definitely a "bait and switch". They offered a low price hosting service ($10 year); then refused to stop auto payments at $109 per year at end of the service term. I regularly received charges that I didn't expect. And, when you try to leave, they inflict additional charges. I had to resort to placing a "bad" credit card on the site; which requires an active credit card -- no Paypal allowed. But I got caught, when I tried to renew a site I did want. Now, I can't get my valid card off their records. I will have to change banks to get away from Siteground.
BIG SCAM! Stay away from Siteground.com
Biggest Pro: NONE -- many other services offer better plans
Biggest Con: Refusal to left you leave without dumping extraneous exit charges on you. I see class action lawsuits in their future.
Hello Stafford Battle,
The $9.95 Hosting offer you mention, is valid for the first year of hosting and gives customers the chance to test our services. With this offer you only pay $9.95 and get one year of hosting plus a domain registered especially for you, and we pay for this domain name for the entire time you stay with us. If after the first year the customer is satisfied with us and wants to stay with us, he or she pays the regular hosting fees. The terms of this promotion are clearly stated in our Term of Use.
As I see you have purchased ca. 10 accounts from this promotion. If you think that the regular fees are too high for you, you can transfer your websites away or cancel some or all of them. You can easily do that from the Billing section in your account. You can decide if you want to cancel immediately or at expiration date. If you want to transfer your website away, you have to pay for the domain name, that we purchase for you at sign up. Please note that the domain alone costs more than the $9.95 that you pay initially.
If you think that you have been charged for something you did not order, please contact our Billing department through your User Area and they will investigate the case.
Regards, The SiteGround Team
Be very very carefull at the end of the hosting period
Siteground is like that: Gentleman at the beginning, Gentleman during the journey (at least with me it was) and rude at the end (at least with me they were).
I've cancelled the webhosting with them (www.birminghamadvice.com) and I've received some email warning that "your account is about to expire, you'll lose all of your site contents if you don't renew...bla-bla...). Obviously I took no action as I wanted to cancel the account anyway so I rest assured the cancelation is under way. On the day of expiration big surprise: one email message thanks me for renewal of my hosting account with Siteground! So, for no action at my end Siteground has managed to pull out my credit card details and renew the account for me!! I got mad as I don’t like anyone to use my credit card details without my permission. I’ve got in touch with my brother in law which happen to be a barrister and advised me to write to them and ask for an immediate refund or I’ll open legal action against their hosting company. I was lucky because I used to keep every piece of correspondence with them. With this occasion I’ve been refunded the money but I really disliked the way they understand to do business.
Technical support: I’ll be totally honest with you, they were very supportive on this matter. The truth is that I didn’t have problems with my sites and with one occasion when I really messed up with the web content of my site they have managed to fix it quick.
One warning though: be very careful at the way your account is renewed as by default this is set to be renewed at expiration. You have to request the cancellation via Billing Panel and then confirm again by email. If you don’t do that you can end up with your account renewed for another year and a large bill for that.
Biggest Pro: technical support, cpanel, web knowledge, cheap offers at the beginning
Biggest Con: billing, unauthorised used of your billing details
Worst web hosting in the world
Recently I Purchased shared hosting for my website in siteground....i contacted the chat support even twice for some queries...Those guys told that u can host unlimited addon domains,but after the payment get over im shocked with their fraud plan...each addon domains cost $30 per year and also $24 setup fee..the chat support is just liers and fake....They are cheaters,stoling customer money with cunning tricks and hidden fees...the server load time is also not that much good,these guys didnt show web host features clearly,this is what they do to cheat customers... so stay away from them...dont host website with them....they are **** cheaters