SiteGround has come a long way since their early days. They have become a top and popular web hosting provider in the business. They are so popular that you might have seen them being recommended everywhere.
However, it is typical that you might still have doubt about SiteGround. So, if you live in Italy and getting a hard time choosing your next web hosting service, you are in the right place.
In this post, we will do a thorough review of SiteGround. And, along with that, we will share some insider information, statistics about them. By the time you have read this, you will be able to make your decision about whether you should go with SiteGround or not if you live in Italy.
So, let’s start the ball rolling…
SiteGround Italy Hosting Review & Using SiteGround in the Italy
Before we commence, let’s have a chat about the SiteGround Data Centers.
Data Centers of SiteGround:
How does a Data Center affect your website’s performance?
The location and the quality of data centers can be important factors in the performance of a website. If you are not aware of this, let’s talk about this a little bit.
How can the location of a Data Center affect on Website’s performance?
When you get a web hosting service, that particular company store your website/s on a particular data center/server of their own.
Now, imagine this…
A random visitor stumbles upon one of your websites from Italy. The moment s/he is surfing your website, s/he is actually sending requests from their browser to your website’s data center/server. Then the data center will receive the request from your visitor.
In response, your website’s data will be sent to their browser. Instantly, those data will be downloaded on their computer and they will see your website on their browser. You get the idea.
This transfer of data back and forth takes time. And, it mostly depends on the distance between the data centers and visitors along with other factors. And, you might already have guessed that, if the distance is greater than the data will take a longer time to travel.
Case in point, if the data center is closer to the majority of your visitors then they will get the best experience browsing your website. So, if most of your site’s visitors come from within Italy (as this particular post is for our readers from Italy). Then you will need to host your site as close as possible to Italy.
How can the infrastructure of a Data Center affect on Website’s performance?
Now, let’s talk about the impact of the quality of data center on websites. You already know that data centers are consist of different kinds of hardware. So, all of the hardware should be updated on a regular basis. Because you know that technology is improving day by day. However, not all of the web host providers do so.
Most of the hosting providers use outdated hardware on their data centers. Your website will get slow loading speed if your hosting provider uses older hardware. They do it for their own good. They can cut their cost and maximize their profits by doing that. On the contrary, that is not helpful for you and your website.
Another thing is the power back up for the data centers. If you want maximum uptime for your website then your hosting company should have robust power backup. Along with that, they still need to have multiple power sources for their data centers. Otherwise, it will be bad for your site’s uptime.
What about SiteGround’s Data Centers?
They have 4 data centers throughout 3 different continents. They are situated in Chicago (US), Singapore (SG), London (United Kingdom) and Amsterdam (Netherlands) respectively.
So, you can see they own the Amsterdam (Netherlands) and London (UK) data centers which are closer to Itlay. So, for the visitors of Italy, we recommend using any one of these two data centers to host your website.
On the other hand, if you get visitors from any other places, you can use any of those other data-centers to host your website. You have options here.
Quality of the Data Centers of SiteGround:
Siteground is also very cautious of the quality of their data centers. They always upgrade their hardware on a regular interval. For instance, they offer SSD hosting on all their hosting plans.
In contrast, other web host services charge extra for SSD hosting. SSD (Solid State Drive) can improve the speed of a website by 20 times over HDD (Hard Disk Drive). So, you should get your website hosted on SSD servers.
SiteGround also has multiple power sources for all of their data centers. And, they are prepared for any kind of accidents. They have their generators and industry-standard UPS technology as backup power sources.
Now, we will be starting to test out SiteGround.
Experiment No. 1: Website Speed Test:
We will begin with the website loading speed test. Here, you need to be aware of a couple of things. First of all, we are going to use the Stockholm server of Pingdom. Plus, we will utilize ReviewPlan.com to conduct this test.
Because we also use SiteGround as our web host service provider. So, it would be better for you to evaluate the results.
Behind this speed test:
The test will be performed using the ‘Pingdom’ website. They have 4 servers from where we can test our website’s load speed.
What to expect from the test result?
From this analysis, we will be able to get the idea about the time it takes to load our website from a visitor’s perspective. We will get data like Load Time, Page size, Performance Grade etc. in the result.
As we said, the Stockholm (Sweden) server of Pingdom will be used to conduct this test. It is because this is the closest server to Italy. And, we will focus our mind on the ‘Load Time’ from all of the data.
Conducting the Experiment No. 1:
The test is conducting from the Stockholm, Sweden server:
Test Result from Stockholm, Sweden:
Here’s the result:
The ‘Performance Grade’ is ‘A’. You can see that we have scored 90 out of 100.
Here’s the thing, our website took 685 ms to load completely from Stockholm, Sweden. It shows the capability of SiteGround as one fastest web host providers in the business.
The rule of thumb is that if you get load time below or around 2 seconds, it is good. Whereas our website took only like half a second to load for our visitors from Stockholm. To be honest, we have not accepted this at all. SiteGround has gone beyond our expectations.
Experiment No.2- Running Server Speed Check:
Right now, we will be experimenting with the quality of our website’s server. In other words, we will be judging the speed of the servers of SiteGround with this test. Let’s know more about this test.
How does this test work?
This is a test which will be conducted using a website called Bitcatcha. They have 8 servers all over the world. After we conduct this test, we will be presented with 8 different ‘Response Time’ regarding our website.
Among them, the most important one for us would be the ‘Response Time’ of London. As this is the closest place to Italy among all the other servers.
What can we expect from the test result?
The result will be about the time it takes to get a response from our website’s server. So, it is better if our server responds faster. So the lower the ‘Response Time’ is the better.
What can be a good Server response time?
There is no accurate answer. Although, Google recommends to have around or below 200 ms as the response time. So, we will be happy if our website has response time lower than 200 ms.
The Result of the test:
Here’s the result from Bitcatcha:
We got an ‘A+’ in this test. You can also notice that it is written here that ‘Your website hosting server is exceptionally quick’.
‘Response Time’ of the United Kingdom(London):
So, the response time from London is only 10 ms. Whoa! This is unbelievable actually. We never thought that would be that low. If you compare it to the Google’s recommendation, you will be able to assess that SiteGround has done exceptionally well. That means SiteGround would be the best option if you live in Italy.
Experiment 3: Ping Test:
Last of all, we will be taking the ‘Ping Test’. To conduct this test, we will be using our website again as the test subject.
How does the ping test work?
Now, we will use the ‘Ping Tool’ from Keycdn. They have 16 servers from where this test can be conducted. In this test, we will be getting the ‘Ping Time’.
From Keycdn’s 16 servers, packets of data will be sent. And then it will be responded by our website’s server. The time it takes to travel the data back forth is known as ‘Ping Time’. Now, the ‘Ping Time’ depends on a lot of factors. But, one of the most important factors is the quality of the server of the test website.
So, we can get the idea of the quality of the servers of SiteGround from this test.
What to expect from the result?
As the result will be from 16 different locations, we actually don’t need all of them. We will primarily focus on the results of Frankfurt (Germany), London (UK), Paris (France) and Amsterdam (Netherlands) respectively. Because these 4 servers are in Europe and they are closer to Italy.
Running the 3rd Test:
We are conducting the test using ReviewPlan.com.
The Test Result:
Here is the result:
Average Ping Time:
So, the average ping time from London (UK), Frankfurt (Germany), Paris (France), and Amsterdam (Netherlands) is 2.172 ms, 3.635 ms, 9.881 ms, and 6.677 ms respectively.
The Packet Loss:
Amazingly, there is no packet loss. You can see on the results, the packet loss is at 0%. That is a good indication of the quality of SiteGround servers.
The takeaways from the experiments:
In this post, we have conducted 3 tests so far. All of these tests were performed to check the performance of SiteGround for our readers from Italy. That is why even though our website was hosted in the USA i.e. Chicago data center, we always chose the test location closer to Italy.
From all the results, it is apparent that SiteGround is a clear winner. We have seen that our website loaded so fast from the Stockholm server. Then again, our website’s server response time from London was even faster. And, lastly, we have found out about the ‘Ping Time’ of our website from 4 different locations in Europe. Those were also better than we expected.
So, if you are from Italy and wavering on whether to choose SiteGround or not, then you might already have gotten your answer. However, if you are still hesitant. You can follow along for more information.
What more you can do to increase the speed of your website?
Here’s a question for you. Are you struggling with your website’s slow speed?
If that’s the case, you are not alone. The speed of your website depends on a lot of factors. However, the first thing you should check is the location of your website’s data center. You should see that if your website is hosted closer to the majority of your visitors.
Now, there’s a problem with receiving readers from the entire world randomly. Cause it’s not possible to host your site everywhere on the planet. And, if your website has international readers then you might be facing this issue.
However, there’s an easy solution to this. You can use CDN (Content Delivery Network) service for your website. Now, let’s talk about CDN a little bit.
A CDN is a network of data centers/servers owned by any particular company. When you use their service, your website will be stored on their servers. As CDN providers own multiple servers all around the world and all of their servers are connected to the same network, your website will be on all their servers simultaneously.
So, even if you receive visitors internationally, all of your visitors will be served equally. For instance, Sucuri CDN; a popular ‘Content Dlivery Network’ provider has 11 servers all around the world. Where SiteGround has only 4 servers. So, you should use a CDN service if you want better performance from your site.
Here’s an insider information for you, we have been using Sucuri CDN on ReviewPlan.com. We get our visitors from all around the world. So, it is very important for us to use a CDN service. There are a lot of reasons behind our choice of Sucuri CDN.
But, the main reason is their quality of service. They are very popular among website users all over the globe. All of their 11 serves are located in most of the important places around the world. So, it helps us in many ways. Let’s talk about a couple of other services by Sucuri.
Taking a backup of your site should be your number one priority. Now, there are a lot of ways you can do that. However, most of the ways are time-consuming and manual. And, if you are not experienced enough, you might make a mess while using different backup software/plugins.
So, to make the process simple, Sucuri offers a solution. If you use their backup service then you can save a lot of your precious time. Because once you set it up, Sucuri will take care of the rest. You don’t have to do anything else.
Another important thing about your website is its security. If you are a website owner then you need to keep your website secure. There are millions of hacking attempts are going on. And, the internet is full of malicious bots and crawlers. So, keeping your website secure is not that easy.
For that issue, Sucuri has the best solution which can keep your fear of losing your website away from you. You just have to set up it once. After that, Sucuri’s dedicated team will take care of your website. To know more about these and other features, you can head over to their website.
If your website goes down from time to time. It’s not going to be good for you. You might lose a huge amount of visitors in a blink of an eye. So, website uptime should be one of the most important factors you should look for before going with a hosting company.
As you already aware that we use Siteground here on ReviewPlan.com, we keep an eye on the uptime of this website. Generally, SiteGround has a good reputation for their uptime stat. However, we want to show you the real uptime of our website to judge SiteGround’s performance by yourself.
Here are the uptime stats of our website.
If you take a look at it, you are going to notice that majority of the months they maintained a 100% uptime. Keeping that aside, they had over 99% uptime on other months. Without a doubt, it’s phenomenal. If you think about the standard uptime of 99%, they are way ahead of that. In our honest opinion, we are very satisfied with their uptime record.
At his point, we think we should talk about the customer support team of SiteGround. As we use SiteGround, we can tell you about our experience with them. Here’s the truth, SiteGround has one of the best customer support teams in the business at this moment.
We have contacted multiple times with them. We have always got a fast response from them. And most importantly, they have always been able to solve our problems. So, you can trust on SiteGround.
You can communicate 24/7. So, it does not matter from which country you are. They are always ready for you. They offer 3 methods to contact them.
- Live Chat: For instant messaging
- By Tickets: Get a reply within 10 minutes
- By direct Phone: Instant chat
Conclusion: Should you go with SiteGround if you are from Italy?
Our honest answer: Yes.
You have seen the tests and the results. There’s nothing hidden, you can assess the quality of SiteGround from the results yourself. On all of the 3 tests, SiteGround has done exceptionally. Even though we have tested our website which is hosted in Chicago (US), all of the tests were conducted from the point of view of a user from Italy.
So, if you receive visitors from within your country or even from all over Europe, you can put your trust on SiteGround.
On top of that, they have 2 servers which are located in Europe, so you should choose any one of them when you are getting an account with them. And, fortunately, unlike other hosting providers SiteGround allows you to choose your preferred server before you set up your account with them.
Last but not the least, we can say that we recommend SiteGround for our readers from Italy. This recommendation is from our firsthand experience with them. So, you can choose SiteGround as your next website hosting provider. Even, WordPress, Drupal, and Joomla officially recommend SiteGround. So, you can get the idea about the quality of SiteGround as a web hosting provider from that.