Founded in 2008 by Trey Gardner, GreenGeeks aims to not only provide stellar web hosting services to website owners like yourself, but do it in an environmentally friendly way too. They’ve shot up to now hosting over 300,000+ websites (with five data centers in Phoenix, Chicago, Toronto, Montreal and Amsterdam).
Trey’s background is important, as he’s worked with eight different web hosting companies, including iPowerweb, iPage, StartLogic, Dot5Hosting, Globat, Lunarpages, Hostpapa and now GreenGeeks.
The very first thing you have to know about GreenGeeks is that they are 300% green! It’s 300%! What does that mean? They are greener than the green!
We all know servers and datacenters consume a lot of energy, as much as boiling a kettle in 2 Google searches! This is really a shocking statistics but most of us choose to ignore the truth. Well, we all think that it’s far from us, don’t we? Wrong! It’s actually as near as the websites we surf everyday. The datacenter that host our sites consumes energy and it could be a large sum. CO2 emissions never stop! And that’s why it’s good to have green host like GreenGeeks.
What GreenGeeks do is that they purchase Wind Energy credit, as much as 300% of their energy consumptions (including all the servers and workstations) and feed in to the national grid. This will offset the national needs on the fossil-generated electricity, and hence a lesser CO2 emissions. Meaning for every 1 unit of electricity consumed by your website, it is actually producing 2 extra unit of electricity to the grid. And all 3 unit of electricity are from Wind Energy, a total clean energy, which give no or minimal carbon footprint to our beloved Mother Earth!
There are many hosts claim to be green with the purchase of 100% green energy. Honestly, they are no way near to GreenGeeks and their intention is questionable too. Whereas GreenGeeks is really a rare host who is indeed sincere in doing the environment a good. They replace over 615,000 KWH/year, thanks to their eco-conscious, loyal customers. They provide green certification badges for webmasters to add on to their website, to help spread awareness about their environmentally friendly commitment.
Performance – Speed & Uptime
The Internet and web hosting relies on a complex network of hardware, software, network services and providers of information. Due to the need for an aggregate of all of these providers and service companies working properly, it’s really not a yes-no question in maintaining the 99.9% uptime.
In GreenGeeks’ case, a shared host provider gives 99.9% uptime guarantee. They are using the latest technology such as energy efficient server and Intel Dual Quad Core Xeon processors to maintain the guaranteed uptime.
GreenGeeks invests in all the latest speed technology to ensure your web pages load at lightning fast speeds:
- SSD Hard Drives. Your site’s files and databases are stored in SSD hard drives, which are faster than HDD (Hard Disk Drives).
- Fast Servers. When a site visitor clicks on your website, the web and database servers deliver content up to 50 times faster.
- Built-in Caching. They use customized, built-in caching technology.
- CDN Services. Use the free CDN services, powered by CloudFlare, to cache your content and deliver it fast to site visitors.
- HTTP/2. For faster page loading in-browser, HTTP/2 is used, which improves client-server communication.
- PHP 7. As one of the first to provide PHP 7 support, they make sure you are taking advantage of the latest technologies on your website too.
The speed and performance of your website is paramount to the user experience and your ability to establish yourself as an authority in your industry.
When it comes to web hosting, you need power, speed and security. That’s why GreenGeeks built their entire system using reliable infrastructure powered by 300% clean, renewable energy.
They have 5 datacenters for you to choose from based in Chicago (US), Phoenix (US), Toronto (CA), Montreal (CA), and Amsterdam (NL).
By choosing your datacenter, you make sure your target audience receives your site’s content as quickly as possible.
GreenGeeks also promise customers that they will keep servers up to date with the following specifications:
- Never oversold
- Gigabit Connectivity
- The Latest Generation Energy-efficient Intel Xeon processors
- Minimum of 64 GB DDR3 ECC-Registered Memory
- No desktop hardware whatsoever
- BGP4 Gigabit connectivity to several Fiber GigE Tier 1 Backbones
- Name brand server parts
- RAID-10 SSD Storage Arrays to give you maximum performance & redundancy
- Solid State Drive (SSD) Acceleration
It doesn’t stop there. Each data center includes the following features:
- Biometric and key card security system with man-traps and a rack-level locking mechanism
- SAS 70 Type 1 certified (with audit report available on request)
- FM 200 server-safe fire suppression system that has an early pre-fire detection mechanism
- Dual-city grid power feeds, plus battery backup that includes an automatic transfer switch and a diesel generator on-site
- Staffed 24×7 by SingleHop data center engineers and technicians and monitored remotely
- Automatic climate control and temperature system with temperature and humidity sensors throughout the facility
GreenGeeks - Overview
Ease of use
As a whole, GreenGeeks are for those who want environmentally-friendly but an inexpensive yet feature-rich top-notch hosting service.
- 300% Green
- 99.9% Uptime Guarantee
- Latest Speed Technology
- Secured hosting environment
- Free Nightly Backups and 24/7 monitoring
- Good Support & Knowledgebase
- 30-Day Money Back Guarantee
- Refunds don’t include setup and domain fees
- Long-term contracts for a better price
Security and Backup
GreenGeeks offers enhanced security and reliability that you can trust their hosting platform/service without hesitation. GreenGeeks ensures to keep your websites secure with custom security rules and zero-day vulnerability fixes. To ensure account safety, GreekGeeks takes a two-pronged approach, making use of account isolation as well as Secure vFS. By keeping accounts siloed, they are able to protect users from resource hogs within their own server environments. For instance, if another account based on the same server as yours has a massive usage spike, your account won’t be affected. Each account is also secured with its own real time malware scanning. It’s another follow up on the silo mentality, but also means that your account will be safe from anything that may affect another account on the same server, such as malware.
Every GreenGeeks server is under a 24/7 monitoring service that deploys firewall systems to thwart hacking attempts as well as brute force and DDoS protection against known vulnerabilities. There is also a free of cost Anti-Spam tool that protects your email accounts. Security doesn’t end here, you can maintain high level of protection with password protected directories, SSL encryption, and timely updating of software installed on your server. GreenGeeks has everything covered when it comes to security and cybercrime.
GreenGeeks conducts disaster recovery backups every night. This free service is available on all shared, VPS and reseller hosting plans. Users get one free restoration per month, but any additional restores will incur a surcharge.
Regardless of the hosting plan, all customers are provided with the latest version of cPanel, instead of some custom built control panel. This makes it easy for most webmasters as cPanel is obviously the most popular form of the control panel. In that sense, there is no relearning here.
All hosting plans come with many eCommerce features, which is great if you run an online shop. To start, you’ll receive a free Let’s Encrypt Wildcard SSL certificate to reassure customers that their personal and financial information is 100% secure. And if you know anything about SSL certificates, you’ll know that Wildcard ones are great because they can be used for unlimited subdomains of a domain name.
Next, if you need a shopping cart on your eCommerce site, you can install one using the one-click install software. Lastly, you can rest assured that GreenGeeks servers are PCI compliant, which further secures your site data.
Support and Knowledge base
It’s interesting to find out how GreenGeeks run their support team. Basically their support is divided into 3 layers: communication support, level 2 support and level 3 support. Each layer has their focus and therefore they are able to do better in the provided area. I’m quite impressed on the particularity of GreenGeeks support. It definitely involves a great chunk of management skills in doing this.
These are the role of each support layer:-
Layer 1: Communication Support
This is the level 1 support department. They are able to help clients with learning where they need to go within their account to be able to do certain things like installing scripts, adding emails and minor technical fixes like a password reset.
Layer2: Level 2 Support
These are support technicians who have greater access to the servers and are more experienced in resolving issues when something seems amiss or broken within a clients web site or hosting account.
Layer 3: Level 3 Support
These are the system administrators. The system administrators are responsible for monitoring the servers, making sure that they are running at optimal levels and support our level 2 technicians when there is an occurrence that they are not 100% certain of how to fix or when there is a server side issue.
In addition to having a responsive customer support team that’s available 24/7, GreenGeeks also offers a pretty extensive knowledgebase where users can find the answers to their questions themselves.
That’s an awesome perk if you prefer self-help over asking a customer service representative for assistance.
They have tons of different article categories and subcategories to select from, including sales questions, general hosting, reseller hosting, billing questions, video tutorials, and more. If you can’t find what you’re looking for within the categories, you can always use the search bar to search for a word or phrase that relates to your issue instead.
That way, you always have access to the help you need, even if GreenGeek’s live chat feature is offline for some reason.
Various Plans and Pricing
GreenGeeks offers their clients several different types of web hosting to choose from. That includes shared web hosting, reseller hosting, VPS hosting, dedicated servers, and WordPress hosting. They also offer Drupal, Joomla, cPanel and CMS hosting plans.
GreenGeeks follows the tried-and-true industry standard practice of advertising a super low monthly rate on their website, only for you to find out that you actually have to sign up for three years in advance to get it. Otherwise, if you want to pay monthly, it’ll set you back with normal price, plus you need to pay one time setup fee and new domain registration fee.
|Ecosite Starter||Ecosite Pro||Ecosite Premium|
|SSD Disk Space||Unlimited||Unlimited||Unlimited|
|Domain Included (first year only and for 12 months up terms)||1||1||1|
|Emails Per Hour||100||300||500|
|Free SSH and Secure FTP Access|
|PHP 7.1, Perl, Python, Git, WP/Cli, Drush & more|
|99.9% Uptime Guarantee|
|30-Day Money Back Guarantee|
|Pricing||Ecosite Starter||Ecosite Pro||Ecosite Premium|
|Regular Monthly Rate||$9.95||$14.95||$24.95|
|12 Months Term||$4.95||$7.95||$13.95|
|24 Months Term||$3.95||$6.95||$12.95|
|36 Months Term||$2.95||$5.95||$11.95|
|1 GB RAM||2 GB RAM||3 GB RAM||4 GB RAM||8 GB RAM|
|Premium Bandwidth||1,000 GB||1,500 GB||2,000 GB||2,500 GB||3,000 GB|
|SSD RAID-10 Storage||25 GB||50 GB||75 GB||100 GB||125 GB|
|Full Root Access|
|cPanel/WHM License Included|
|99.9% Server Uptime|
|Entry Server||Standard Server||Elite Server||Pro Server|
|Storage||1x 500 GB SATA Drive||2x 500 GB SATA Drive||2x 500 GB SATA Drive||2x 500 GB SATA Drive|
|CPU||Intel Atom 330 Dual Core||Xeon E3-1220 3.1Ghz||Xeon E3-1230 3.2Ghz w/HT||Xeon E5-2620 2.0Ghz w/HT|
|RAM||2 GB DDR 3 Memory||4 GB DDR 3 Memory||8 GB DDR 3 Memory||16 GB DDR 3 Memory|
|Premium Bandwidth||10,000 GB||10,000 GB||10,000 GB||10,000 GB|
- Ecosite Starter, Ecosite Pro and Ecosite Premium plans available
- Unlimited: SSL Disk Space, Databases, Bandwidth, Email Addresses
- HTTP/2, Free SSL
- PHP 7.1, Python, Perl, Git, SSH
- 99.9% Uptime Guarantee
- 30 Day Money Back Guarantee
- 1 GB RAM, 2 GB RAM, 3 GB RAM, 4 GB RAM and 8 GB RAM plans available
- 4 Cores
- 1000 GB – 3000 GB Premium Bandwidth
- 25 GB – 125 SSD RAID-10 Storage, 1 GB – 8 GB RAM
- Full Root Access, 99.9% Server Uptime
- Entry Server, Standard Server, Elite Server and Pro Server plans available
- 1x 500 GB SATA Drive – 2x 500 GB SATA Drive
- 2 GB DDR 3 Memory – 16 GB DDR 3 Memory
- 5 IP Addresses
- 10000 GB Premium Bandwidth
- Ecosite Starter, Ecosite Pro and Ecosite Premium plans available
- All features of Shared Hosting
- 1-Click Installer
- Auto Updates
- Reseller 10, Reseller 20, Reseller 30, Reseller 40 and Reseller 50 plans available
- Unlimited: SSD Web Space, Bandwidth
- 10 – 50 cPanel Accounts
- WHMCS License Included
GreenGeeks is a very good choice, you should not be disappointed if you decide to choose them to host your website(s). Their servers are extremely secure, and their uptime and support is one of the best in the industry. GreenGeeks is not the cheapest, but the “green” factor makes it worth considering. Hosting industry is polluting our planet more and more, and it is always good to do something about it, if you can. Small things and actions add up, and you can start by switching your website to a green hosting provider. Going green can also benefit your business reputation, as it will mean you are environmentally-aware and follow the latest trends.