I received some questions regarding the web host and application I am using to run Dream Bilum on. Thank you for asking those questions. They led me to write this little article here about SiteGround. Yes I created Dream Bilum using the available designs and templates on WordPress.org, and my choice for Webhost is SiteGround.
It was a struggle for me at first when I set out to look for the best in the business of registering my little corner on the Internet. As you can imagine I floundered about on the internet looking for a webhost with good rates, but trusted and promising features, until I found some good reviews and recommendations about SiteGround. It has almost been a year since I started using SiteGround, and I am still satisfied with their service. It may be a bit on the pricey side, but believe me it is worth it. You can read the review and recommendations I saw here and here.
Let’s take a look at our webhost, Siteground.
Siteground is officially chosen by WordPress.org (not to be confused with WordPress.com)for Web Hosting.
Let’s talk a bit about WordPress.org so we know the part they play in creating your beautiful space on the internet. WordPress.org is open source software that can be used to create websites, blog sites and apps.
Powerful features include customizable designs/themes, mobile responsive sites and high security. With over 54,000 plugins available to use, it is probably safe to say WordPress.org is the easiest and safest platform to use. It is free to use and you don’t need to be tech-savvy to use this platform because it is user-friendly with lots of different designs and templates for you to choose from.
Just pick a template and customize to your liking. Add your content and you’re good to go!
If you’re just starting off and getting the feel of creating your own “home” on the internet, you will be given your cozy site name with wordpress.org at the end. If you choose to go all the way and have a site name all to yourself then WordPress.org will highly recommend Siteground as your webhost. Siteground as your webhost will enable you to pick a suitable name (domain name) for your site ending in .com/.org/.in and etc.
Siteground lays it foundation of success on being (1) faster, (2) safer (3) quicker customer support.
With Data centers over 3 continents, you can be sure to have faster loading speed in seconds! Choosing a datacenter closer to your target audience makes it even better with a more stable connection. This site chose the Singapore, SG center; therefore, this site will present faster loading time for visitors from Australia, New Zealand, Asia and the South Pacific. You can explore their site here to choose a data center that’s better suited for your site.
Apart from having the best data center facilities, Siteground is constantly checking and implementing the latest web hosting speed technologies to make your website faster.
1000x FASTER HARDWARE
Files and databases on all Siteground shared hosting plans are stored on Solid State Drive Technology. Today it’s all about SPEED! SSDs can read and write data at incredible speed compared to HDDs – meaning 1,000x increase in input/output operations unlike regular, traditional drives.
THE FASTEST WEB SERVER
Siteground uses NGINX web server technology – high speed performance HTTP server and reverse proxy, as well as an IMAP/POP3 proxy server – to speed up the load of static content of all the websites they host.
I’m not an IT professional so I won’t really explain in detail what those fancy acronyms mean, but to simplify what NGINX web server is, let’s agree that it is a powerful, high performance proxy server. It is the gatekeeper between your data and the World Wide Web that is the internet. The NGINX is powerful enough it has convinced the owners of high visibility sites such as Netflix, Pinterest, SoundCloud, WordPress.com, and many others to run with it.
One of the strong features of the NGINX web server technology is faster Caching mechanism based on the NGINX reverse proxy. So based on the fact that Caching is temporary storage of data (your digital footprints) that the proxy server keeps from sites you visit. This is important because when you next visit those sites, it speeds loading time. This software component on the NGINX web server is super powerful that it speeds up dramatically loading of dynamic content on your site and is popular on applications like WordPress, Joomla and Drupal.
Siteground uses Cloudfare Content Delivery Network which is basically like caching but on a bigger scale using the multiple data centers. When someone in Europe visits the Dreambilum site the CDN swings into action by caching content from the Data Center in Singapore and send it to the Data Center in the Europe region giving faster access to the visitor.
I think that should suffice for now about the speed technology secrets behind why SiteGround provides a faster option for your site.
Another feature that SiteGround takes seriously is SECURITY.
They have in-house Pro-active Server Monitoring that monitors the servers daily to make sure everything is in top shape and to foresee upcoming problems and fix them. They even go further as to keep your WordPress plugins and versions automatically updated to provide you with the latest features and security measures.
Another strong component in their security detail is the introduction of their Anti-Bot system that blocks between 500,000 and 2 million bots (brute-force attempts) per hour from gaining unauthorized access to your site.
24/7 CUSTOMER SUPPORT
Lastly, SiteGround customer support feature is fantastic, with assistance provided 24/7 via chat or phone with immediate response. Their support teams go through extensive training to ensure they are able to assist you with your queries.
For more detailed information on SiteGround features highlighted above, you can visit them here and take a tour of their website.
Thank you for reading and I hope you find what you’re searching for.