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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!!!***

Response by Lilyana Yakimova, who is an employee of SiteGround:

Hello Lucy,

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.

Best Regards!

Posted on October 4th, 2011 at 10:10 EST

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.

Excellent!!!!!

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.

Response by Lilyana Yakimova, who is an employee of SiteGround:

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

Posted on May 11th, 2011 at 02:58 EST

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

Siteground bait and switched to get signup then would not cancel

I needed vbulletin hosting and found their website- the language said "100% turnkey need nothing else" so I signed up and paid their one year of hosting fee. Come to find out it was not 100% turnkey - as they did not provide the vbulletin and I would need to buy the license. Once I found that out with the salesman I immediately cnacelled the account- within 1 hour of the purchase- Now it has been 1 year later and they not only did not cancel the account but htey were trying to charge my CC again- after repeated emails they finally agreed to give back 75% and keep the rest as a cancellation fee - Stay away total rip-off!

Website hacked and siteground provides inadequate support

Firstly, this review is for those kind of sites that enjoy a really high traffic and organic search rankings.

My site runs on Wordpress, hosted with Siteground and I discovered that the db was hacked into on the 9th of Feb, this morning. Upon contacting siteground I was told to:

1) Restore DD/Back up
2) Request a site audit

What's strange is the fact that you have to PAY for using either of these services. Thankfully I had a backup of my DB was able to get my site up and running.

The question that remains though is, as a web hosting provider it is the prerogative of Siteground to assist customers who have been victims of hacking. Instead of offering help, Siteground jumped at the opportunity to make more money through stupid services without actually focusing on resolving the issue.

I'm through and through with siteground, where firstly their support system just lists a bunch of questions and leaves no room for 'Other Queries' type of issues.

Thanks for nothing siteground.

Biggest Pro: Website Transfer
Biggest Con: Be sure to spend money on every little thing.

Siteground Is A Scam!!!

" Siteground Is A Scam!!! I signed up for the service and was promised help in getting the site going. Nothing on the site has ever been functionable. I wasted many hours and money trying to figure out things myself. Followed all the instructions and reported that nothing would work. All I heard was excuses. They have taken my money and offered no service or resolution to these issues. I feel that this is a scam site and warn any one from payiong for a service that mis represents. If you read positive reviews then it is by people who work for this company! All They Care About Is Getting Your Money! Beware This Is A Rip Off!!! "

Biggest Con: No help ever!!!!

Was blind but now I see…

Although the plans are appealing, and all seems simple enough once you’re a customer for 3-4 years you start noticing the horrible policies and overwhelming pricing that other companies refrain from charging. The support for the sales team is amazing - the technical support on the other hand is non-existent. All I suggest is that you read all of their policies, otherwise a few years down the road you will be trapped.

Since moving to my new host, I have more freedom, more space, and more money in my wallet.

Biggest Pro: Plan Deals
Biggest Con: Hidden Costs

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