GreenGeeks Hosting Plans
GreenGeeks has now not only revamped their Shared Hosting platform, but they have also expanded their hosting lineup. Previously, they offered one all-inclusive hosting plan. Now, they have joined most other web hosts in having three different levels of Shared Web Hosting plans. There are pros and cons to the new structure.
On the plus side, you can now get their hosting for only $2.95 mo. On the other hand, the entry level hosting plan does not include some of the features of GreenGeeks’ revamped hosting platform. For example, if you want their Powercache technology or increased performance power, you’ll need to get either their Pro or Premium hosting plan.
For most new and personal website owners, the Starter entry level plan is more than sufficient. And, with the new lower entry level price, it’s a great plan to start off with. You can always upgrade later if you need to.
We’re very impressed with what is included with GreenGeeks hosting plan. In addition to unlimited web space and data transfer, here are some features you get that you normally have to pay more for at other places:
- Host Unlimited Domains
- Free Domain Name for the Life of your Account
- Free Website Migration
- Free Data Backup and Free Data Restore (once per month)
- Free SEO and Marketing Tools
New Revamped Hosting Platform
GreenGeeks is even better now! In 2017, GreenGeeks released their new revamped shared hosting platform. The results show substantial improvements in speed and security. First off, they now provide scalable computing resources, meaning if you need more hosting power, you don’t have to upgrade to a more expensive VPS hosting plan. Some of the other improvements in speed technology include LiteSpeed Web Servers, MariaDB Database Servers, and most impressive, their new Powercache Technology.
On the security side, GreenGeeks is now offering real time security scanning, proactive server monitoring, Linux Secure File System, and better hosting account isolation. And for WordPress users in 2018, they released their new brute force login protection, WordPress Protect. With WordPress Protect, malicious login attempts to websites can be detected and shut down. Best of all, it is automatically enabled for every hosting account.
For more details on the new improvements, see my article titled GreenGeeks Revamped Hosting Platform Tested. Below is a list of the major improvements and additions with the new platform.
- Real Time Security Scanning
- Proactive Server Monitoring
- Improved Hosting Account Isolation
- Linux Secure File System
- WordPress Protect Brute Force Protection
- Powercache Technology
- LiteSpeed Web Servers
- MariaDB Database Servers
- Cloudflare Content Delivery Network
- HTTP/2 Enabled
- PHP 7 Enabled
True Green Web Hosting
GreenGeeks is truly an industry leader in green energy web hosting. Their 300% renewable energy commitment means that for the energy they consume, they’re putting back three times that much wind energy into the grid.
New Data Center
As part of their revamped hosting infrastructure recently implemented, GreenGeeks has added a new data center located in Amsterdam, NL. They now have a total of four data centers including Chicago, IL, Phoenix, AZ, and Toronto, CAN.
GreenGeeks Now Includes Free Let’s Encrypt Wildcard SSL
And, the news is even better with respect to website security. GreenGeeks is now offering Free Let’s Encrypt Wildcard SSL Certificates with their hosting plan. If you’re wondering why they haven’t already been providing free Let’s Encrypt SSL as a number of other web hosts do, there is a good reason. GreenGeeks wanted to make sure they had a superior solution for avoiding certificate renewal service interruptions that may occur with standard Let’s Encrypt SSL. Additionally, they wanted a more efficient solution for website owners so they don’t need multiple certificates for the same domain. With Let’s Encrypt Wildcard SSL, GreenGeeks is able to have better control over the whole process.
And now, the SSL Certificate process is even easier at GreenGeeks with their new Let’s Encrypt SSL Installer (see below).
Don’t be alarmed if you don’t get an instant email response after signing up. GreenGeeks will verify your purchase before sending you your account details.
In my case, it took about 20 minutes. You’ll receive several emails from GreenGeeks: Account Manager Login Details; Customer and Payment Invoices; and New Account Information (control panel and FTP logins, nameservers, etc.)
A little later, you’ll also receive an email from GreenGeeks CEO Trey Gardner, welcoming you and providing checklists of items new customers and those transferring a website over can follow to get started. Experienced webmasters will not need to follow all of these steps, but it’s a nice touch for newbies.
GreenGeeks Account Manager Interface
While GreenGeeks’ Account Manager Dashboard has always been easy to use, the new version includes much more useful information and allows you direct access to more functions. Within the new Account Manager, not only can you access your cPanel, you can also manage all of your hosting plans and domains, manage your SSL certificates, and access your support tickets and the GreenGeeks knowledge base.
I’m very pleased that you get cPanel with GreenGeeks hosting. cPanel is my favorite web hosting interface as it’s extremely easy to navigate and use. With GreenGeeks cPanel hosting, you’ll have access to WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, and many other applications to create the type of website you need.
Let’s Encrypt SSL Installer
Many web hosts are now including free Let’s Encrypt SSL certificates with their hosting plans. However, the process of installing the SSL with your domain isn’t always as easy as it should be. But with GreenGeeks new Let’s Encrypt Installer—available within the new Account Manager Dashboard—adding wildcard SSL to your domains is now a breeze.
The big advantages you get with GreenGeeks Let’s Encrypt SSL Installer are that you get easy one-click installation of your SSL certificates, your email and subdomains are automatically secured, and your SSL certificates are automatically renewed.
So far, I’ve had nothing but positive experiences with my website hosting and email performance at GreenGeeks. Site speed and availability have been excellent with no problems on the email side either. In fact, email has been super fast.
My own experience with GreenGeeks has proven that you can get industry leading green web hosting without sacrificing robust web hosting plan features.
Updated Speed Test Results
As a customer of GreenGeeks, I’ve had plenty of opportunities to experience their web hosting. In 2019, I have upgraded to GreenGeeks Ecosite Premium hosting plan. And with their new revamped hosting platform, we did some additional testing. I’m happy to report we found that website speed has definitely improved in all regions of the U.S. Below is some sample data. GreenGeeks delivers some of the best and most consistent website speed that I have ever experienced.
My experience with GreenGeeks customer support has been great. The live chat response times have been awesome and the support staff very helpful.
GreenGeeks definitely gets high marks in this category.
Meeting with GreenGeeks CEO Trey Gardner
I recently had the pleasure of meeting with GreenGeeks CEO Trey Gardner. It was great to hear first-hand how GreenGeeks has become the leader in green web hosting and how they strive to provide the best possible hosting experience for their customers. In addition to being the most eco-friendly web hosting company, Trey also talked about how GreenGeeks focuses on not just customer support but customer success. For example, they are always looking to make improvements for WordPress bloggers, developers, and designers.
GreenGeeks Helps Show You’re Environmentally Friendly!
You can now show everybody that visits your website that you care about the environment and use the best green web hosting. GreenGeeks has now created some great looking badges that you can include on your website. Here is just a sample of some of the badges you can choose from. It’s a great way to show that you have a 300% Green Website!
More GreenGeeks Reviews
And, there are many other GreenGeeks customers that are highly satisfied with their web hosting. Here is just a sample of what others have to say:
What makes GreenGeeks better?
GreenGeeks is not only one of the top web hosting providers for WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal websites, but they are also the industry leader when it comes to green web hosting.
How is web hosting green?
The web hosting industry is one of the biggest polluters of the environment. And, data centers have to consume massive amounts of energy to keep all of the servers and other equipment cool. However, by replacing the energy used with renewable energy credits and implementing other environmentally friendly business practices, some web hosts are successfully providing green web hosting.
What makes GreenGeeks Eco-Friendly?
GreenGeeks replaces the energy they use by three times that amount back into the grid. They work with the Bonneville Environmental Foundation to purchase wind energy that is put back into the grid. Since 2009, GreenGeeks has been recognized as a Green Power Partner by the United States Environmental Protection Agency.
How much does GreenGeeks cost?
Currently, GreenGeeks shared hosting plans are available as follows:
Ecosite Starter – $2.95 mo.
Ecosite Pro – $5.95 mo.
Ecosite Premium – $11.95 mo.
How does the cost of GreenGeeks compare to others?
GreenGeeks is very competitively priced and provides some of the best value of any web hosting plans available. Here is how they compare with SiteGround and Bluehost:
|Ecosite Starter – $2.95 mo.|
Ecosite Pro – $5.95 mo.
Ecosite Premium – $11.95 mo.
|StartUp – $3.95 mo.|
GrowBig – $5.95 mo.
GoGeek – $11.95 mo.
|Basic – $2.95 mo.|
Plus – $5.45 mo.
Pro – $13.95 mo.
Is GreenGeeks part of EIG?
No. GreenGeeks is independently owned and operated. They’ve been in business since 2008.
Where is GreenGeeks located?
GreenGeeks is headquartered in Southern California.
Where are GreenGeeks data centers located?
Currently, GreenGeeks has data centers in the U.S. located in Chicago, IL, and Phoenix, AZ. They also have a data center in Montreal, CN, and Amsterdam, NL. You can choose which data center hosts your website.
How does the migration process work at GreenGeeks?
GreenGeeks offers free website migration services for all of their customers. After signing up with GreenGeeks, just login to your account manager dashboard and submit a website transfer request.
How do scalable resources work where you don’t need to upgrade to VPS?
With a GreenGeeks shared hosting plan, you can purchase additional resources such as memory or RAM instead of having to upgrade to a more expensive VPS hosting plan.
Does GreenGeeks include website staging?
Not currently. But it is in the works and they plan to include it soon.
GreenGeeks continues to provide excellent web hosting. They seem to be doing everything right, and I’ve been very impressed with their service and support. The recent improvements with their shared hosting platform have made GreenGeeks an even better hosting option that provides outstanding website speed and performance, great features for all types of sites, and responsive customer support.
GreenGeeks is ideal for those website owners looking for a value-loaded web hosting plan that includes not only the features they need right now, but also the resources they’ll need in the future as their site grows. So keep this tip in mind: If you need a hosting plan that includes unlimited space and bandwidth (plus lets you host an unlimited amount of domains), you don’t need to pay for a higher priced, premium level shared hosting plan. You can opt for top green web hosting and get all the features you need with GreenGeeks.