As a leading website design and development company in Ireland for over 10 years, we like to think we know good hosting when we see it.
Best Web Hosting Providers – December 2020
The reality is there is just 2 hosting providers worthy of making our list
The internet is a wash with hosting companies claiming to be the best web hosting service in Ireland. We have worked with them all and we have decided to share our knowledge so that you too can find great hosting.
Here is how we review a hosting provider:
Key areas when reviewing any hosting provider.
- Sign-up Process – How easy is it for customers to sign up. You would think this is a “no brainer” but you would be surprised how difficult and confusing some signup process’s can be. We look at how much details you need to provide, the payment methods offered and finally how quickly your account is live and ready to go.
- Ease of use – We look at the hosting control panel, hw easy to setup a WordPress site, FTP accounts, email addresses, SSL, dns records and more.
- Data Centre Locations – Most people over look this when choosing their hosting provider. Hosting your website on a local data centre is a must. We look for providers with data centres located in Ireland, UK and The Netherlands.
- Performance (uptime / load time) – How does the hosting perform. We look at the overall uptime and load times for a basic WordPress site
- Features – What’s included in the hosting package and what you need to pay extra for. We look for things like how much webspace you get in the standard package, is email included, is SSL included, are site backups included and what other features are on offer.
- Price – And last but not least price! Is the host good value for money?
1 – Siteground – 9.6/10 Overall Best Hosting Provider for Ireland
Honestly, I would love to be able to feature an Irish provider as our number one choice for the “best hosting provider for Ireland” list, but the fact is no Irish providers come anyway close to Siteground.
Siteground are a European based web hosting company with its headquarters in Sofia. They are without a doubt one of the biggest providers in the world with over 500 people directly employed and over two million domains managed. The operate a security first mindset and it really does show. They have 5 strategically located data centres in the US, EU and Asia. Their data centre in London is perfectly located for Irish customers and delivers blazingly fast speeds for Irish sites. The are also recommended for WordPress by WordPress not too many hosting providers can make that claim!
Their signup process is both simple and highly secure. They have a live chat service that will instantly fix any issue you might have during signup. They accept all major credit cards including Visa and Mastercard. From signup to installation of your first WordPress site takes about 5 minutes.
Ease of use
This is where Siteground begin to leave the competition behind. Their hosting control panel is so easy to navigate and use that even a complete beginner would find it simple.
Data Centre Locations
As we have already mentioned, they have multiple data centres based on three continents. The centre in London ticks all the boxes for anyone looking to host a site for an Irish or European audience.
Sitegrounds performance is unbelievably good for the price it costs. To give you one example, a clean install of WordPress gets a score of 100, thats top marks for both mobile and desktop by Google’s page speed insights. I can’t think of any other provider that can boast that level of performance.
Siteground have 3 plans available in their standard hosting, StartUp, GrowBig and GoGeek. All 3 plans come jam packed with features most Irish providers will charge you extra for:
- Free sitebuilder
- Free SSL & HTTPS
- Free email accounts
- Free daily backups
- Free Cloudflare CDN
- Free migration tools
- 24/7 Support & much more!
They really won’t be beaten on price. Prices start at just €3.95 /mo for a single website and €6.95 /mo for unlimited websites. You simply won’t find this level of quality at a better price.
2 – Greengeeks – 9.6/10 Best Value Hosting Provider for Ireland
Greengeeks match Siteground on nearly every ranking factor. They even offer unlimited webspace, something Siteground doesn’t offer however, the reason they are in second place is simply down to the location of their EU based data centre. As you know from reading our Siteground review they have a super fast data centre just across the water in London whereas Greengeeks closest data centre is located in the Netherlands. That means double the distance! However, it must be said performance and load times are right up there with Siteground.
Check back soon for the full Greengeeks review