GreenGeeks Review

GreenGeeks Review

GreenGeeks was founded in 2008 by Trey Gardner, and they’ve now shot up to hosting over 300,000 websites (with data centers in the U.S., Canada, and the Netherlands). So what’s the verdict? Do they have excellent, wind-powered uptime and support? Or are their promotional claims just full of hot air? To see for ourselves, we purchased the GreenGeeks ‘Shared Plan’ and set up a basic WordPress test website to run performance tests for over 12 months. Read on to find out if GreenGeeks got our recommendation. Here’s a complete look at their performance in our GreenGeeks Review.

Features Details
SPEED:
487 ms
UPTIME:
99.95%
SUPPORT:
24/7 Live Chat, Phone, Email
HOSTING PLANS:
WordPress, Website, VPS, WP Builder, Dedicated, and Cloud Hosting
SITE TRANSFER:
Free for WordPess Website Only
PRICING:
Starting at $2.49/mo (renews at $10.95/mo)

GreenGeeks Pricing Plans

GreenGeeks has WordPress Hosting, Website Hosting, VPS, WP Website Builder, Dedicated hosting, and Cloud hosting plans. Here’s what GreenGeeks pricing plans look like:

GreenGeeks Pricing Plan

Advantages of GreenGeeks

GreenGeeks has a lot of good things going for them. This includes solid uptime, support, and important mission-driven service. Here are the details:

1. Solid Uptime Performance

Uptime is one of the most crucial factors when choosing a web host. Not only does solid uptime show the reliability of a web host but it directly affects your site’s visitor experience and bounce rate (which can potentially mean lost profit for your business). GreenGeeks didn’t disappoint in this area. They delivered an average uptime of 99.95% during the 12-month testing period. Looking at the graph below, however, you see another result (94.09%). This is due to an outage in December that was caused due to a technical issue from our side. If we don’t count the December outage, GreenGeeks’ average uptime, as already mentioned, is 99.95%.

2. Good Page Loading Time (487 ms)

Another important factor to look for when choosing a host is their server speed. Why? There’s a 32% probability of a site’s bounce rate increase if it takes one to three seconds to load a website. In short, the longer your page takes to load, the more likely visitors will leave. And that’s just one of the ways how speed can affect your website. Once again, GreenGeeks didn’t let us down. Their speed is better than the industry average, clocking in around 487 ms. So, from our GreenGeeks Review, we are happy with their page loading time.

3. Good Support with Quick Answers

Customer support is another “big element” of the review. We tested out GreenGeeks’ live chat and were connected to a customer support agent within a minute, who then answered questions quickly and concisely. GreenGeeks also has an extensive knowledge base where users can search for answers to their questions. That’s a great perk if you prefer self-help over asking a customer service representative for assistance. So, from our GreenGeeks Review, we are happy with their Customer Support.

4. Free Domain Name & Website Migration

GreenGeeks offers free domain name registration and transfer. If you get your domain name through them, they will keep it free for as long as you use their services – kind of. See the Cons section for the details. However, it’s also worth mentioning that the domain name is free for the first year only. After that you’d have to pay the renewal price, starting from $13.95 per year for .com, .net, .org domains. Moreover, if your website is already hosted elsewhere, they can help you transfer your site to their servers for free.

6. 30-Day Money-Back Guarantee

If you’re unhappy with moving over to GreenGeeks, they have a full 30-day, ‘no-questions-asked’ money-back guarantee on most hosting plans. There are a few exceptions, though. Read more in the Cons section. So, from our GreenGeeks Review, we are happy with their money-back-guarantee.

Disadvantages of GreenGeeks

Unfortunately, all that glitters is not gold. Despite all of the upsides to GreenGeeks, there are a few things you should be aware of before making a final decision.

1. Industry-Standard Pricing (Higher Renewals)

GreenGeeks follows the tried-and-true industry-standard practice of advertising a very low monthly rate of $2.49 on their website, only for you to find out that you actually have to sign up for three years in advance to get it.

Moreover, the prices get more expensive the shorter the signup term:

  • $3.95 Biennially
  • $4.95 Annually
  • $10.95 Monthly

2. Questionable Refund Policy

Many web hosts will throw in a domain name for free when you create a new account with them. GreenGeeks also offers you a free domain name with them. But be aware of the fine print: If you request the aforementioned money-back guarantee and you took them up on that ‘free’ domain name offer, your refund will be deducted by the amount you paid for a domain name registration fee. This means that the domain name is not really free and that their money-back guarantee has some strings attached.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, GreenGeeks is a decent hosting for India to start with.

Yes, GreenGeeks makes it easy and quick to get a website up and running. It has an easy-to-use cPanel interface that’s ideal for beginners.

Of Course, GreenGeeks is one of the oldest names in the hosting service and has established trust.

Yes, GreenGeeks is certainly a good choice if you are starting a new WordPress blog or website on a reasonable budget.

Yes, GreenGeeks is one of the best hosting providers for WordPress users. With 1-click WordPress install, 24/7 support and 99.95% uptime, Bluehost is a good host from beginner to advanced users.