Acknowledged as a leading eco-friendly hosting provider, GreenGeeks provides a variety of hosting packages including a managed WordPress (WP) hosting platform. As of October 2020, customers could choose between three separate GreenGeeks WP hosting plans. Below, see the various features each plan offers and how GreenGeeks compares with other WP hosting providers.
True to its name and mission, GreenGeeks became a U.S. EPA “Green Power” partner in 2009. The California-based hosting provider purchases “wind energy certificates equal to three times its web hosting servers energy consumption.” Moreover, the EPA certifies that 93% of the energy GreenGeeks consumes comes from “green” power. This means that almost all of the electricity GreenGeeks uses is generated with “no fossil-fuel-based greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.” Those who prioritize carbon-negative WP hosting can be confident that GreenGeeks does its part to reduce the environmental impact caused by the world’s data centers. The Three GreenGeeks WordPress Hosting Plans
Note that with GreenGeeks’ “Lite” plan, customers receive only one website while “Pro” and “Premium” offer an unlimited number of websites. Also, while all plans provide a free Secure Socket Layer (SSL) certificate—to encrypt and protect user data—the Premium plan goes further with a premium SSL certificate. Etailers use enhanced SSL to secure online transactions. The Premium plan also provides a free dedicated IP address.
What defines these plans is the magnitude of system resources each package furnishes. See the table below.
|2 CPU cores||3 CPU cores||4 CPU cores|
|1 GB physical memory||2 GB physical memory||3 GB physical memory|
|10 MBps Disk I/O||15 MBps Disk I/O||20 MBps Disk I/O|
|150,000 inodes||300,000 inodes||500,000 inodes|
|100 entry processes
|300 entry processes
|500 entry processes
|100 emails per hour||300 emails per hour||500 emails per hour|
Other amenities from GreenGeeks include a 99.98% uptime guarantee, one-click WP installation, solid-state drive (SSD; not HDD) storage, WP-optimized servers and many WP WooCommerce plugins from whence to choose.
Advanced web developers can avail of special WP tools such as PHP version selection, pre-installed Git, and WP-CLI for direct command-line access.
Yet, one need not be a tech guru to install a GreenGeeks WP website. After answering some questions and a click of a mouse, the setup is complete. There is no need to download or extract files, configure connections, or build a database—the installation wizard performs these tasks automatically. Updates are performed automatically, too.
A convenience GreenGeeks provides not commonly found elsewhere is free site migration. If one needs to move a WP site from another hosting provider, GreenGeeks’ site migration specialists perform the transition. This service is invaluable for those who grow queasy at the thought of creating and populating new website databases or reconfiguring applications.
Foremost, GreenGeeks WP sites are built with speed in mind. Since web visitors expect their pages to load in less than a second, load times are of paramount importance.
As alluded to above, GreenGeeks deploys LiteSpeed servers. These servers are twice as fast as Apache servers used by many hosting providers. An independent researcher found that websites hosted under the GreenGeeks’ EcoLite plan loaded in 454 ms, twice as fast as the industry average of 890 ms. Too, GreenGeeks utilizes the MariaDB Relational Database Management System (RDBMS), a refinement over the MySQL RDBMS. While many hosting providers still use MySQL, MariaDB delivers overall better performance with faster privilege checks for setups, speedier checksum tables, and other enhanced features.
Also, GreenGeeks specifically optimizes WP with the Cloudflare content delivery network (CDN), the world’s fastest CDN. With the global Cloudflare CDN, GreenGeeks compensates for its lack of data centers in Asia, South America, Africa, and Oceania. Note that GreenGeeks now hosts websites from five data centers located in North America and Europe. Canadian users in particular should enjoy blazing-fast response times when using GreenGeeks.
An entrenched, eco-responsible provider, GreenGeeks has forged a reputation for fully-supported WP hosting catering to both experienced and neophyte web developers. It provides expert 24/7 support and a vast knowledge base of articles and website tutorials. Secure and powerful, GreenGeeks should be considered by anyone building a WP site or migrating it from another hosting provider.