GreenGeeks have been around since 2008, are proudly independent, and as the name suggests are all about eco-hosting for WordPress sites.
GreenGeeks Provisioning and Installation
Signing up I had my first frustration with new account approvals and provisioning only happening during business hours in the US. This isn’t a show stopper of course, but something to be aware of if you are outside the US (and in a hurry!). Once provisioned it was all very familiar with Cpanel and a 1-click installer.
GreenGeeks Systems and Support
We can’t review GreenGeeks without talking about their eco creds…GreenGeeks is an EPA Green Power Partner and claim to be the most eco-friendly WordPress host on the planet. They purchase wind energy credits to the tune of 3x the energy they consume. If going green is important to you then GreenGeeks is a good choice.
GreenGeeks Load Test
GreenGeeks’ performance in our latest round of Load Impact testing was really strong. The load test shows very fast and consistent performance throughout the test. GreenGeeks average user loadtime for our test was 0.612 seconds which is an improvement on the last results (and second only to iPage), with no discernible impact on load speed even as the number of concurrent users climbed to 100. At the same time the test recorded no server request failures either which caps off a brilliant result.
Interestingly their Pingdom test results below fared slightly worse than the last round of testing, but are still very good comparatively so they remain one of our top 3 recommendations. Particularly if you are interested in the environmental impact of your hosting, Green Geeks are an exceptionally good choice.
GreenGeeks Page Speed & Uptime
|West Coast Load Time||1.45s|
|East Coast Load Time||1.01s|
|Average Page Load Time||1.23s|
GreenGeeks’ average page load speed as recorded by Pingdom has increased to 1.23s since we last tested but this is still a very respectable score and their uptime in the latest period was 100% which is as good as it gets. Their Y Slow score remained at 88 which is first equal (along with Bluehost) amongst all the hosts we’ve tested..
GreenGeeks has been around since 2008 and hosts a couple hundred thousand sites. It’s not the cheapest option for hosting, as users pay the “green premium” that comes with products and services touting their eco credentials.
In this case GreenGeeks has a “Green Mission” statement on its site, which explains that the company supports going green and initiatives to reduce energy consumption on the Internet.
Their “GreenGreeks Eco Site” plan offers unlimited disk space, unlimited bandwidth, unlimited domain names and unlimited emails for each domain, and unlimited databases. For all customers the company provides cPanel, including the Fantastico script library for one-click script installation, which has Joomla, Drupal and WordPress, among others.
GreenGeeks also offers SoHo Launch and RV Site Builder as template-based site builder programs for novice users. The company offers tutorials to help users on such topics as how to set up email accounts, how to install script options on the site and other common issues.
The company offers reseller hosting services for businesses to offer clients, as well as the standard VPS hosting for enterprise-level clients, with such options as Web Host Manager. The company provides all their own customer service with no outsourcing.
Do I pay for my domain name if I get a hosting package?
No, they’ll register or transfer your domain name free of charge as part of your web hosting package. They emphasize domain registration, in fact.
What apps can I use to build my site?
You will gain access to over 150+ ready to install applications like WordPress with a single click.
What’s the control panel on offer?
It’s all based on cPanel, which is pretty much the desirable industry standard. Their enhanced control panel makes it relatively easy for you to manage your website, emails, files and other stuff.
Do they do backups?
Sure do. Your hosting account is backed up nightly.
How about dedicated hosting, what’s that like?
All of their dedicated servers use Server-grade Intel processors, memory, hard drives and equipment. Their servers are also offset 300% by wind energy making them not only green, but carbon reducing. That means their prices are a bit higher than comparable hosting plans, since you pay the “green tax” that comes with eco-branded services.
What’s the VPS hosting deal?
You will be able to control all aspects of your VPS through their proprietary VPS management portal.Your VPS will come pre-installed with cPanel/WHM allowing you to manage web hosting accounts, email addresses, MySQL databases and more. They back up data on your VPS nightly, and once your order has been verified, your VPS will be ready to use in less than 60 seconds.
Is there an uptime guarantee for VPS too?
With their enterprise level hardware, datacenter and monitoring systems, they guarantee that your VPS comes with 99.9% service uptime.
Are they fully managed?
Yes, customers who make use of cPanel/WHM will receive full management of their VPS. Installation of non-cPanel supported applications will not be supported by their technical support. And as a VPS customer you will gain full root access to your server.
What’s that free eNom reseller deal they offer?
They’ll also give you access to your own eNom Domain Reseller Account, which company officials peg as “a $995 value.” You will be able to register, transfer and manage domain names for your customers, and you’ll also be able to sell add-ons such as SSL certificates, WHOIS ID Protect and more.
With the reseller hosting, who provides the support for my customers?
You as the reseller will be responsible for providing support to your customers. GreenGeeks will provide you, the reseller with support 24/7 via e-mail, live chat and telephone. You will also have access to their Knowledge base, video tutorials & more. And you’ll be able to assign as much or as little resources to your customers as you like, such as disk space, bandwidth, domains, e-mail accounts, etc, including offering Unlimited plans, limited by the resources on your reseller hosting plan.