Green Web Hosting
Consider the scale of operations that happens within one data center that powers your web server. Imagine the consumption of energy in order to keep it running all day, all year round. The energy typically used comes from non-renewable sources like coal and gas-fired generators.
GreenGeeks is concerned about the environment and wants every user who signs up with them to be just as concerned too. So much so that should you not choose them as a web hosting provider, they hope that you choose an alternative who is eco-friendly like them. Their green web hosting initiative has led them to use environmentally friendly hardware in their data centers to be more energy efficient. They also purchase renewable energy credits to offset conventional energy usage. These credits are then used to support renewable energy generation projects like wind energy, hydroelectricity, and solar power.
Cost of the Goods
GreenGeeks pricing tier is also unique, in that they don’t offer special introductory rates, making their pricing more expensive. However, all plans, even the low-tiered ones are powered with quad core processors, so that makes their offerings premium. Their pricing plans are divided into five structures based on RAM storage size and bandwidth.
The first tier comes at $39.95 per month providing users with 1GB RAM, 25GB SSD RAID-10 storage, and 1000GB bandwidth.
The second tier is $59.95 per month with 2GB RAM, 50GB SSD RAID-10 storage, and 1,500GB bandwidth.
The third tier is offered at $79.95 per month and it includes 3GB RAM, 75GB SSD RAID-10 storage, and 2000GB bandwidth.
The fourth tier is at $99.95 per month inclusive of 4GB RAM, 100GB SSD RAID-10 storage, and 2,500GB bandwidth.
The last tier at $159.95 per month is power-packed with 8GB RAM, 125GB SSD RAID-10 storage, and 3,000GB bandwidth.
Under the Green Hood
We now know that GreenGeeks’ VPS plans come with premium features in tow. But just how premium are these offerings? Their servers run on quad core processors, SSD RAID-10 fast and reliable storage, regardless of the plan. Their VPS comes with pre-installed software such as CSF Firewall, and Apache software built-in to name a few. Another advantage is that they have a 1GB/sec tier-1 bandwidth connection even on their most basic plan.
The bottom line is, GreenGeeks offers outstanding performance and reliability, regardless of how much is paid for the service. Customers can choose any one of the 4 data centers that can best serve them. They’re located in Chicago, Phoenix, Toronto, and one soon in Amsterdam. The data centers are 300% wind powered and routinely audited by a third party entity that certifies GreenGeeks to be SAS 70 Type 1, which means they achieve and meet service standards.
GreenGeeks is one among the very few VPS providers that have migration tools and they make the process seem very easy. Not only that, their plans come with a total of 30 free migrations that, according to their website, “cPanel Migrations include all domains, Addon Domains, Subdomains, and cPanel settings. This will also include your emails and email accounts.”
It’s important to note though, that migration is only possible if your old host also uses cPanel and that if their cPanel allows transfers. In cases where the customer needs to make additional migrations not included with the plan, a fee of $5 per cPanel account will be charged. It’s $10 per website for manual migrations. Additional discounts may be applied for bulk migrations.
What's the Verdict on GreenGeeks?
GreenGeeks SMB Hosting Review 2019 – Conclusion
GreenGeeks is certainly a good choice since you get high value for money with the rich feature set. A lot of built-in features are included with their plans that are not freely available elsewhere. Not only that, they’re a company that’s growing and continuously upgrading infrastructures, with more improvement projects (like the data center in Amsterdam) underway. They’re aware of the fact that they have to keep up with rapidly changing technology, and they have the mindset to adapt. Take comfort in the fact that their company is growing with yours, however big or small. Match all that with GreenGeeks’ eco-friendly stand on web hosting, and you’ve got yourself a worthwhile provider to consider. Just keep in mind the few shortcomings of their service.