GreenGeeks hosting contacted my several months ago wanting to get on my list of recommended WordPress hosts.
This week they opened a trial account for me so i gave it a try by uploading a full backup of my files and database for testing purposes.
I’ve created your free one month trial, the following months will be $19.95/month. This is on our EcoSite Premium service, which gives you double the resources of our standard shared hosting service.
The main concern i had which i emailed them about is:
Thanks for setting up the account TJ
My problem is I think the speed will be significantly slower because I’m going from Level 4 VPS to a shared host. What do you think?
I don’t agree with you. You have to remember in a true VPS environment, all the services are run and consuming resources (ie. cPanel itself consumes about 250-300MB of memory), that doesn’t include Apache, MySQL, Exim, etc. Level 4 on HostGator gives you 1344MB of ram, of which 300 gets used up by cPanel itself.
So you’re left with 1GB of useable ram for your site. You get 1GB of ram with our premium service, it’s also a lot more efficient. So instead of paying $79.95 per month, you technically get the same thing for $19.95/month, but its much easier to manage on all sides.
We used to move a lot of our customers who outgrew standard shared to VPS, but have since stopped. Instead, we move them to our premium service, it allows them greater resources at a lower price. If in the event that you outgrow the premium service, then its time for a VPS.
We only recommend VPS to those who are doing something totally custom or require more than what our premium can offer.
I uploaded the backup of my files and also a copy of my database but couldn’t import the database using PhpMyAdmin as they limit uploads to 2mg.
I was advised to increase the upload limits in my php.ini file which was easy but it still didn’t change the limits as this needs to be done by creating a seperate custom php.ini file.
GreenGeeks cPanel doesn’t offer the option of creating a php.ini file to increase max upload size like some other web hosts. You could create a custom php.ini file manually if you know what to do and upload it to your sites root directory.
An easier way around would be to use your existing php.ini file (if you have one) and edit the file limits. I did this but it still didn’t allow me to upload my database in Php MyAdmin. This is their response:
Only include in the php.ini file the parameters in which you want to change and not the whole PHP file, this causes complications.
I was also advised to download and use an SSH client called Putty which was easy but it wouldn’t accept my password.
I was then advised to upload my database backup into my html_root directory and email GreenGeeks support so they could restore the database which they suggested would be done quickly and was completed within an hour.
The service has been very fast for both email tech support and online chat support.
- Good attitude & fast tech support
- No broken promises
- Pro shared hosting just as good as a Bluehost pro account
- Offer Fantastico De Luxe for easy installation of WordPress
You’re able to change the PHP.INI settings for your web sites scripts to allow for larger uploads, NOT the settings for cPanel.
I didn’t try thier standard shared hosting, only their pro account and i think i will consider transferring from Hostgator VPS level 4 account to their pro account as it will save $60 a month. Then i can upgrade to their VPS hosting at a cheaper price if needed.
GreenGeeks tell me they only host about 250-600 sites on each server. If this is true its a big bonus as it allows much more resources for each website. A Bluehost tech told me they host about 6,000 domains. Not sure how many HG host on shared plans.
I asked GreenGeeks how many sites do you put on one server?
To be honest, that question was relevant years ago, when inferior technology was being used and even then, it didn’t really matter. From a hosting operations side, it never mattered THAT much. It’s a variable question, it can be anywhere from 250 to 600. Depends on the type of sites we get and are provisioned on that server.
The important thing is that we have 24/7/365 staff monitoring the servers to ensure that everything is running at optimal levels. We use powerful machines that can handle 1500+ accounts on them and we have technology to help us identify rogue accounts to prevent melt downs.
Bottom line is, it’s shared hosting, although rare, but issues do arise — we’re there to fix them or even prevent them even before they happen. If you’re not comfortable sharing your resources with other customers, then you’re best suited for VPS or Dedicated. That’s the reality. Perfect example I can think of is public transit versus your own car. You pay less with public transit, you pay more with your own car, but there are distinct advantages/disadvantages with both. You have to pick whatever you’re comfortable with.
Hope that helps.
I asked GreenGeeks:
Do I need VPS for one blog?
Not really, as I mentioned to you, our shared hosting is powerful enough. If you decide you need more power, you can be upgraded to our premium service, which gives you double the resources (computing) of our standard shared service. If you’ve outgrown those two, then a VPS is your next natural step.
Why does it cost 3 times as much for a Pro account that offers twice as much resources as a standard shared hosting plan?
Seems like an honest hosting provider but i could never recommend them. I don’t know any other of the big hosting providers that are NOT trying to sell an upgrade to VPS from shared hosting. Managed hosting is not only 3 times faster, its more secure, doesn’t require and configuration and better value for money.Subscribe for new Genesis Tutorials