SiteGround StartUp Review – What You Get (And DON’T)

The SiteGround StartUp plan is one of the best entry-level packages of all the hosting providers. In terms of CPU power, it beats out the others by far. See below for more details. With SSD drives, free SSL, and premium support, I’ve often called SiteGround the “Apple” of the web hosting world. To compare the prices of the StartUp plan with other packages, here’s a complete SiteGround coupon code list.

SiteGround StartUp Limitations

All SiteGround plans have limitations. Even the SiteGround VPS hosting plan called GoGeek has them. Every shared hosting plan has limitations, even if they don’t specifically mention them. SiteGround is unique in that it’s one of the only web hosts which explicitly tell you your CPU limits and the number of script executions allowed.

Here’s a table showing you the limits of the SiteGround StartUp plan:

SiteGround StartUp Plan
Pricing $3.99/month
73% off
CPU Seconds 1000/hr
(7 minutes/hr)
Script Executions 1000/hr
Inodes 150000
Storage Space 10 GB
SSL Free
Number of Websites 1

This is sufficient for around 10,000 views according to SiteGround’s own documentation. So as long as your site doesn’t do any super heavy lifting, it’ll be fine.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Does SiteGround StartUp Compare to Other Entry Level Hosting Plans?

The SiteGround StartUp plan is far more capable than any other entry hosting plan out there. For example, DreamHost recently launched a “Starter” hosting plan for just $2.59/month. That’s super cheap – one of the cheapest in fact.

However, DreamHost states, that the average site uses just 5 minutes of CPU power a day. That’s just 300 seconds. Now compare this to SiteGround’s 10000 seconds per day of CPU time allowed for the StartUp plan – that’s almost 3 hours! This gives you an idea of the huge gap in CPU power between SiteGround and other hosting providers.

If you find your existing hosting provider’s entry-level plan isn’t cutting it, you might consider switching to SiteGround. It’s just more powerful.

Can I Run WordPress Smoothly on SiteGround StartUp?

I would recommend SiteGround for WordPress more than any other shared hosting provider. Mind you, it’s not a dedicated WordPress platform, and it’s not managed hosting like Kinsta for example. But within the limits of shared hosting, SiteGround is great.

In fact, there are several WordPress specific features built into SiteGround, and you can manage your installations automatically from the long page. The SiteGround VPS plan is known as “GoGeek”, and it has a ton of other features including pre-installed git for WordPress etc.

Does SiteGround StartUp Offer Free Backups?

While you have free daily backups, the StartUp plan charges you $19.95 per restore. This is one area where I feel that SiteGround lags behind. Here are some free and paid backup alternatives depending on the hosting provider.

Here’s a graphic showing the backup features of the StartUp plan:

SiteGround StartUp Backup Plans

SiteGround StartUp stores 30 days of backups, but as I mentioned, restoring it is costly. If you want free restores, then you need to upgrade to the “GrowBig” plan for $6.69/month. And when you upgrade to GoGeek, you get free instant backups on demand as well!

Does SiteGround StartUp Offer Free SSL?

Yes. SiteGround has been offering free SSL via Let’s Encrypt certificates for a long time – way before Google made it mandatory, and other providers started jumping on the bandwagon. In today’s world, you should never have to pay for SSL again.

What Features are Missing with SiteGround StartUp?

SiteGround has a lot of unique features that set it apart from the competition. Unfortunately, some of these are not available to the StartUp plan. Like:


SiteGround allows you to test your changes on a staging site and push them automatically to live when you’re ready. Normally this represents quite a hassle, but SiteGround makes it easy.


SiteGround’s inbuilt server level caching means that you’re less reliant on plugins like W3 Total Cache or WP Super Cache for WordPress. It’s also faster. A separate WordPress plugin allows you to turn it on and off, and cache individual pages.

PCI Compliance

To accept credit card payments online, your server needs to implement a set of standards to be “PCI compliant”. Failure to adhere to these standards can have a variety of consequences – fines, extra charges etc. Only the SiteGround GoGeek plans are PCI compliant. So you lose out on that with the StartUp plan.

On-Demand Backups

Neither the SiteGround StartUp nor the GrowBig plans have on-demand backups. That’s only reserved for GoGeek. Every time you request an additional backup from SiteGround with the StartUp plan, you’ll be billed $29.95.


So that’s a complete roundup of the StartUp plan by SiteGround. It’s cheap to get started, and it has more power than all other entry-level plans on the market. And if you need more power for your site, you can always upgrade to GrowBig and GoGeek!

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!