GreenGeeks Web Hosting Reviews
Great hosting for small sites
Last Updated: 26 Jun'17
GreenGeeks was founded in 2006 by Trey Gardner. He was an IT expert with over 10-years experience in the business and wanted to find a better way of offering hosting services. Since then, the company has remained independent and operates out of California.
What sets this hosting service apart from many of the competing web hosting providers is the commitment to using only renewable sources of energy to power and maintain their equipment. They utilize wind power mainly to operate centers and maintain a strict mission to being green.
In addition to their green mission, GreenGeeks also has a laundry list of awards certifying their place not only as an eco-friendly business, which they have gained recognition for, but also as one of the top hosting companies in the United States.
In addition to their green mission, GreenGeeks also has a laundry list of awards certifying their place not only as an eco-friendly business, which they have gained recognition for, but also as one of the top hosting companies in the United States. During our GreenGeeks review, we noticed they have three main service platforms that users can choose from.
Their webhosting platform is the basic shared accounts system that allows you to build a website. This package gives users the ability to host unlimited domains (with one domain included in the package), unlimited storage and transfer of data, free marketing package, a website builder or starter site, and free transfer of your website from an old host to their server.
You can choose from four different commitment levels:
$ 3 95monthly
$ 7 95yearly
$ 6 952 years
$ 4 953 years
|Disk Space||Unlimited GB|
$ 39 95monthly
$ 59 95monthly
$ 79 95monthly
$ 99 95monthly
$ 159 95monthly
|Disk Space||25 GB||50 GB||75 GB||100 GB||125 GB|
|Bandwidth||1000 GB||1500 GB||2000 GB||2500 GB||3000 GB|
|Plan||Intel ATOM 330 Dual Core||Intel Xeon E3-1220 3.1GHz Quad Core||Intel Xeon E3-1230 3.2GHz w/HT Quad Core||Intel Xeon E5-2620 2.0Ghz w/HT Hexa Core|
$ 169 00monthly
$ 269 00monthly
$ 319 00monthly
$ 439 00monthly
|Disk Space||500 GB||500 GB||500 GB||500 GB|
|Bandwidth||10.000 GB||10.000 GB||10.000 GB||10.000 GB|
|CPU||Intel ATOM 330 Dual Core||Intel Xeon E3-1220 3.1GHz Quad Core||Intel Xeon E3-1230 3.2GHz w/HT Quad Core||Intel Xeon E5-2620 2.0Ghz w/HT Hexa Core|
|RAM||2 GB||4 GB||8 GB||16 GB|
|Info||5 IP Addresses||5 IP Addresses||5 IP Addresses||5 IP Addresses|
$ 19 95monthly
$ 24 95monthly
$ 39 95monthly
$ 59 95monthly
$ 99 95monthly
|Disk Space||50 GB||80 GB||120 GB||160 GB||200 GB|
|Bandwidth||500 GB||800 GB||1200 GB||1600 GB||2000 GB|
|Info||Provisioned in the U.S or Canada||Provisioned in the U.S or Canada||Provisioned in the U.S or Canada||Provisioned in the U.S or Canada||Provisioned in the U.S or Canada|
The yearly packages include setup fees, the month-to-month agreement requires an additional $15 fee initially for setup.
Because many people like to resell hosting platforms, as a business, GreenGeeks does offer reselling privileges. These packages include 100 percent white label hosting, free website builder, free migration service, fully loaded webhosting with all the features sought by customers, and access to over 150 applications.
They offer five different reseller tiers; each package comes with unlimited domains. Packages and prices are:
Finally, GreenGeeks understand how people enjoy having virtual private servers, which is why they offer VPS to their clients. Setup for VPS is simple, and once the order is verified, it’s ready within one minute. Customers also get free migration, free nightly backup, VPS control panel, and cPanel/WHM licenses included in their package.
Each package comes with two unique IPs and four cores for processing.
Setup of the basic webhosting platform happens as soon as a payment is made. Customers can go in and start working on their account information immediately. Which means they can use FTP to upload already created HTML/XML site or use the What You See Is What You Get (WYSIWYG) editor to build a new site.
You can transfer information, which they will help you with, and the process will take anywhere from 24 to 48 hours. This is a typical delay in the processing time, as it takes time to get the information synced with all the DNS servers worldwide.
As for usability, GreenGeeks offers a very simple way to host your website and it’s one of the easier services in our web hosting comparison. The features and the website builder programs are all simple point and click affairs. Their custom control panel, which potential customers can check prior to signing up, allows you to pick and choose the applications to go with your site.
You can even customize the control panel by re-ordering groups. Overall, GreenGeeks is an easy to use platform that works well for those who are new to hosting websites. It also makes it easy for small businesses to keep up with their stats, emails, and utilize SEO marketing tools to help increase traffic and promote your company.
Our GreenGeeks review noted that they have a lot of the key features built-in to the shared webhosting service most consumers want. For starters, included in this package, is the ability to install and host WordPress, Joomla, or Drupal. In addition, you can also run a bulletin board, guest book, or even put up polls and surveys on your website.
Small businesses can enjoy several e-commerce tools to help their businesses grow. These features include password protected directories, open PGP/GPG encryption, and SSL secure servers. You can also enjoy OS commerce, Agora, and Zencart shopping carts to assist with checkout.
Other features include FTP accounts, MySQL databases, Frontpage 2000/2002 extensions, log files, and custom cronjobs. Users can also take advantage of email. These accounts support Pop3/Pop3 secure support and IMAP/secure IMAP support. In addition, you get unlimited forwarding e-mail accounts, email auto responders, and mailing lists.
GreenGeeks also allows for multimedia features to be installed on sites. You can stream video and audio. You can install Flash, Real audio, and Shockwave. Your webhosting account also supports MIME and MIDI files. This is great for those who want to host how-to videos or video blogs on your website.
Users also get 24/7 monitoring, optimized web and database server, nightly backups, and multi-gigabit connections. You also get a free marketing package and search engine submission.
We checked out GreenGeeks’ claim of 99.99 percent uptime. According to Webhostingstuff.com, the claim is accurate. This website has been monitoring the hosting company for the over 2,100 days, since December 12, 2008. During this time, they have had only eight instances of downtime. This is with a total of 308 minutes of time offline or 5.13 hours. Which means they do meet their guarantee.
As far as speed goes, the webhost offers page loading speeds of 1.5 to 2 seconds.
We tested the hosting company utilizing Google webmaster tools to calculate the average download time. The slowest download time they calculated was 1.17 second with the fasted time of 0.032 second. We also double checked our site with pingdom tools to monitor loading speed. On average our site loaded in less than 2 seconds which is ideal for today’s web standards.
They performed a second test for speed and found it took 3.56 seconds to completely load a 241.7 kilobyte page.
This gave them an average of 67 kilobytes per-second transfer speed. While not the best transfer speed on record, it is better than some. It rates around 78 out of 100 on review websites. Higher end of the scale, which is good for customers. Other sites show that the company is average when it comes to speed.We had no real complaints to air about loading and downloading times.
Hosting a website isn’t just about how fast a site can load or how much can be done with an account, it’s also is about how secure pages and information is. You don’t want a service that doesn’t offer some form of protection for your site and its information. Like all webhosts, GreenGeeks does keep their servers patched and is up-to-date on their software.
They also give a laundry list of ways to help protect a site yourself. In addition to suggesting that you keep software, applications, and plugins up to date by installing patches and upgrades as required. Having a strong password that is frequently changed is another good suggestion.
In addition to the routine security protocols, SiteLock accounts are also available to protect a site. SiteLock is a third-party application that protects websites by performing multiple scans looking for malware, spyware, and other viruses.
These viruses can infect not only your system, but the systems of your visitors. This service is an additional charge, however, it is a discounted price from what you would normally pay per year by going through SiteLock’s website. You can also use other means to monitor the site content.
One of the things we did find in our GreenGeeks review was that they have an award winning customer service department. Which is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Customers can contact them either through toll-free number, online live chat, or email support ticket system.
We contact them through their online chat option to ask some very simple questions about their service system. Our chat request was answered within a minute. The technician we had was very polite and knowledgeable.
One thing we did notice was a delay in answering our questions. This could be because the tech was verifying information or on multiple chats, no explanation was given for the delay. Despite the slowness in answering , our questions were answered completely within fifteen minutes and we did not have to reinitiate the chat in order to gain more information.
In addition to the chat tools, customers have access to a wide knowledge base. These papers will explain how to set up an account, add additional security, and troubleshoot almost any problem that can arise while you are building a website. They even have information on how to use their special website builder or utilize FTP to upload and direct your site.
GreenGeeks is highly rated as one of the best hosting companies for a reason. With a friendly staff that is ready to help with even the most difficult of tasks, it is easy to see why they have the customers they do. Also this is one of the few webhosting businesses we’ve found that has a real passion for going green and contributing to communities that need help.
The panel can be a little difficult to navigate. Their demo panel is not completely in English, for some reason. Users may find it difficult to navigate and do exactly what they need at first. However, overtime it will become easy to use as you adjust to it.
Price wise, GreenGeeks is competitive. Their month-to-month offering, something not all companies provide, offers a little more than some of their competitors, but they do offer discounts on their multi-month hosting plans if you choose to pre-pay.
There is a 30 day money-back-guarantee on yearly packages. One thing they don’t offer, that a lot of other hosting companies have started utilizing, is optimization for WordPress hosting. Their packages will host WordPress with no problems, they simply don’t have a program made exclusively for the blogging platform.
Overall, we believe that GreenGeeks has hosting capabilities which even the most experienced web builders will enjoy.