SiteGround Renewal @ $240 Too Expensive? Options

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All web hosting companies offer a deep discount on their first billing cycles. This will lure you in to sign up but will make you pay the full price when it’s time for renewal. SiteGround renewals are particularly vulnerable to this kind of sticker shock. This is because of two reasons:

  1. Extremely deep discounts (more than most companies)
  2. Somewhat higher prices compared to other hosts

SiteGround is undoubtedly one of the more expensive web hosts. In return, you get a bunch of features, such as containerized hosting, server caching, staging, and backups. However, when combined with the deep discounts, this can lead to sticker shock when the time comes for renewal. You can suddenly find yourself stuck with a bill for $240 for the upcoming year, when you spent just $72 for the first year!

So here are some options on what you can do when you find yourself up for renewal.

But First: Maximize your Discount by Hosting for 3-years

This advice might be too late, but first try and maximize your savings by signing up for 36-months instead of one year, as shown in this screenshot:

Maximize the Billing Period Before SiteGround Renewal
Maximize the Billing Period Before SiteGround Renewal

You can see in the little disclaimer below, that you get the special price only for the first invoice. So make sure that the “first invoice” lasts as long as possible by locking in your savings for 3 years.

Now on to the options for afterward.

1. Create a New Account with a New Domain Name

The only way to continue paying the discounted SiteGround prices when your hosting is up for renewal, is to create a brand-new account and a different domain name. Preferably with a different payment method as well. After that, you can point your earlier domain name to your new hosting account.

Keep in mind that you’ll have to transfer everything from your first hosting account, to the second. That means files, databases, settings, and everything! This isn’t a trivial affair. And you can’t ask SiteGround’s help for migration either!

Honestly, it might be a little too much effort for it to be worth it. But that’s one way to go if you need to retain your discounts.

2. Get New Hosting

The second option of course, is to get new hosting. Which one? Well, that’s not an easy question. If you’re reading this, I assume you’re looking for quality hosting at a good price.

NameHero

One interesting host is NameHero. I recommend them because of the following:

  1. Excellent support. Ryan Gray is the founder and CEO, and he personally runs the whole company
  2. Innovative technology. They use LiteSpeed web servers and MariaDB databases
  3. Basically, it’s a very tight community. Friendly, and personal

Hostgator

Next up, is the standard workhorse of web hosting – Hostgator. True, it’s nothing special, but its the benchmark in my mind for low cost, stable web hosting. It’ll get the job done, at the lowest possible cost in the industry. And they have a free domain name as well! Here’s the list of Hostgator coupons to choose from.

Right now, here is the best Hostgator deal:

As you can see, this comes with a free domain, and is the cheapest hosting plan you can get right now anywhere on the Internet.

Of course, you don’t have to go with either of the above two. There are plenty of hosting companies to choose from, and I’m sure they all have great offers.

Bottom Line

SiteGround’s renewal prices can come as a massive sticker shock for those who weren’t expecting it. Suddenly having to pay $240 for a one-year renewal is no joke. To circumvent this, you can either sign up for a new SiteGround account with another domain name, or switch your web hosting!

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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