Our Site5 Shared Hosting Review
Site5 certainly has the quality aspect of attracting all kinds of customers to buy their product and promises to be targeted at designers and developers. Site5 has a reasonable reputation more widely, but despite promises and lots of hope for their new features which initially enabled us to praise them highly, the features are still not released (WordPress Staging). For a premium high priced host, apart from reliability, they offer very little else, and you are better looking elsewhere if you want something extra, which of course you are with this pricing structure!
What we like about Site5
- Experienced – They’ve been in the business since 1999 and by extension have quite a bit of experience in the hosting industry.
- Various Plans –They offer you an abundance of plans that fit any budget and any features you want for your site. You, therefore, have a very good upgrade path should you need more resources in the future. Their managed VPS plans are a little more expensive from their competitors, though and offer no root access, the source of many grumblings around the web.
- Multi-admin – One of the best things we like about Site5 is that they allow you to host multiple websites, each with their own control panel although you have to sign up for their “HostPro + Turbo” plan for this. This takes on the appearance and functionality of a reseller account, and for the price (in comparison to reseller account costs), this is a great deal. Of course, you could just go for a reseller plan elsewhere.
- Shared SSL – All their shared hosting plans come with a shared SSL certificate. These are great for use on Admin areas of your site, although we would not recommend this for eCommerce sites.
- Wide choice of Server Location – Site5 must have one of the widest choices of server locations we have seen. With 9 US locations, 3 Canadian, UK, Sydney, The Netherlands, Romania, India, Singapore and Brazil. Unfortunately, if you want to host anywhere but their Dallas, US location you will need to pay an additional $1 per month for their shared plan.
What we don’t like about Site5
- No pro-rated refunds – After the initial 45 money back guarantee period is up, you are locked in and cannot get a pro-rated refund. Unfortunately, they offer large discounts for paying for a longer term. Paying monthly is costly, which kind of forces you to take the risk.
- No SSD or SSD accelerated Storage – For a premium host, they are slow to catch on to the latest and fastest technology offered elsewhere. On a budget host, we wouldn’t bat an eyelid about this, but this review has their pricing structure in mind.
- No addon domains for the cheapest plan – If you wish to host more than one site at Site5 then you need to pay $8.95 per month, which is pretty pricey for what you get.
- Support can be lacking on occasions (see http://www.webhostingtalk.com/showthread.php?t=1296561):
Our Site5 Review Verdict
Lacking in features for a Premium Host
Site5 target themselves at Designers & Developers, but unfortunately, despite indications months ago of Site Staging developer features they have failed to deliver. We are losing interest in waiting for this, and in comparison to SiteGround, who are storming ahead with this area of development, we just think they are lacking, and they are likely to fall our rankings table very shortly. They are pretty highly priced for what they deliver. You can get SSD hosting, or SSD accelerated hosting for much cheaper, or if you want all the bells and whistles, you can just go with SiteGround. These guys may have good comments for reliability, but that is about all they have.