3 Things SiteGround Did Before Anyone Else

People often ask why SiteGround costs more than other hosting providers. In the linked article, I’ve shown why this is the case – features, customer service, and reliability. But what we should remember is that SiteGround has always been a pioneer in the field of web hosting technology. They adopt features long before the competition. What we regard as basic options today – SSD, SSL certificates etc, were implemented by SiteGround for free way before any of the others.

Here are three examples of when SiteGround was way ahead of the curve compared to traditional web hosting companies like Hostgator, or Bluehost.

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Now onto the features!

1. Free SSL Certificates

It’s only recently, that web hosting companies have started offering free Let’s Encrypt SSL certificates. To the point where in today’s world, no one needs to pay for SSL anymore! But it wasn’t always this way. It was only in July 2018, that Hostgator finally started offering SSL certificates for free. Until that time, they were very expensive and lucrative product. In fact, GoDaddy still doesn’t support them via a cPanel plugin!

SiteGround however, was at the forefront of this and started offering free Let’s Encrypt certificates as early as February 2016. This was after the Let’s Encrypt beta came out just two months earlier in December 2015. So right off the bat they were seeing the trends and working to come out ahead.

And now when Google finally made it clear that non-HTTPS websites might face a ranking penalty, all the major web hosts scrambled to offer free SSL. But always remember that SiteGround was there first, before anyone else.

2. SSD Drives

In October 2015, SiteGround enabled SSD drives for even its shared hosting services. When you consider that large hosts like Hostgator still use HDD drives for file storage, you can get an idea of how far ahead SiteGround was at the time.

Bluehost announced that they’ll be moving to SSD hosting in August 2017. That’s almost a full two years after SiteGround’s announcement. I’m sure you can imagine that such a step isn’t easy, or cheap. It requires a lot of guts to invest heavily in resources – especially at a time when SSD drives were a lot more expensive.

But the number 1 priority for SiteGround was the speed and reliability of their services, and so they delivered.

3. The QUIC Protocol

As of this writing, SiteGround is the only hosting provider to offer QUIC. It’s an upgrade to the existing HTTP/2 protocol and allows simultaneous file transfers over separate UDP connections. In fact, even Internet behemoths like Cloudflare still have the features as “waitlisted” as shown here:

Cloudflare's QUIC Waitlist
Cloudflare’s QUIC Waitlist

QUIC allows for lots of files to transfer even when the Internet connection is degraded, thereby improving throughput. It’s bound to massively increase the browsing experience of visitors – particularly those in countries where Internet connections are not as reliable.

So basically, visitors from Africa, including hubspots like Morocco and Egypt will benefit from this. Even those living in India will see significant reductions in their web page loading speeds.

Honorable Mention: Linux Containers

I should mention that SiteGround started using Linux containers for their shared hosting services as early as 2015. The implications of this are vast. It means that shared hosting customers can no longer seriously impact others on the server, and it allows them to have their own dedicated resources.

In fact, this blurs the line between shared and VPS hosting. In my GoGeek review, I classify SiteGround’s GoGeek plan as an entry-level VPS. And it’s true! With huge dedicated resources, what you have is not shared hosting, but something else altogether – closer to a VPS.

Bottom Line

SiteGround has been at the forefront of emerging web technologies in more than one instance. And they’re still doing it. It’s a good hosting company to stick with, because you know they’re always looking out for you. I personally use SiteGround for web hosting, and I don’t mind the higher cost because of the reliability, quality, and customer service.

But they also implement new stuff way before their competitors. And if your website is a crucial part of your business, you’ll appreciate the competitive advantage!

About Bhagwad Park

I've been writing about web hosting and WordPress tutorials since 2008. I also create tutorials on Linux server administration, and have a ton of experience with web hosting products. Contact me via e-mail!

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