GreenGeeks which is the subject of this review is one of the first “Green” web hosting companies. I for one am happy that the green movement has even spread to the hosting industry.
I don’t want to get into politics of it too much but let me just say this, if every one of us did our part, no matter how small, we would have a much cleaner and better planet to live one.
Anyway, back to the subject at hand. I got an account with GG about a year ago when I needed a new host for one of my smaller niche sites. What you are about to read is my personal experience with this web host.
Who Is GreenGeeks?
A Californian web host, GreenGeeks.com, started life in 2006. Its founder, and CEO is Trey Gardner, a web hosting veteran with more than 13 years exposure to the industry.
GG boasts of an impressive array of data centers; each equipped with solid infrastructure such as raised floors, climate control, round the clock security, fire retardant systems, water detection systems, UPS & generators.
It may not be in the business for a long time yet. But Gardner has definitely been, with a marquee resume that shows off 15 years experience with outstanding companies like iPowerWeb and Lunarpages. Interestingly, GG was conceived when Gardner found out that the web hosting industry collectively is set to be among the world’s biggest polluters.
The name GreenGeeks was inspired by the green energy movement, but the staff employed were serious web hosting buffs. By the time the company was launched in 2006, the employee showed off a combined 40 years of web hosting experience.
GG is discerning enough to stick to only the most modern and powerful servers and hardware, which ensure maximum reliability of its service.
True to their earth preservation commitment, the company buys wind power credits and the company undertakes to help fund the production of three times the energy (green) used to run their data centers.
As for their Better Business Bureau rating, when I checked bbb.org, I was given this message:
BBB is currently updating its files on all businesses in the Greater Los Angeles area and pending that review, a BBB rating is unavailable. However, this business is Accredited by BBB, which means that the business has committed to meeting our standards.
I will check back and update this page if and when the BBB changes that.
That said, it does mention that GreenGeeks is a BBB accredited business and it has been so since 2009.
What impressed me the most though was the very small number of complaints against the company. Usually, big companies have lots of negative reviews and complaints against them on BBB.org.
For example, comparing GreenGeeks vs HostGator, you can see that HostGator has more than 120 complaints against it (Read more about complaints against HostGator), whereas GG Hosting has only 8 complaints in total which all of them seem to have been resolved. That certainly is a good sign.
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Only Linux/Unix-powered servers are employed here. Due to the obvious absence of Windows server, its service does not cover ASP or .NET technology.
Shared Hosting – $6.95
GreenGeeks’ shared web hosting is packaged into ONE simple price plan that is competitive by any industry standard. The plan covers unlimited disk storage space, bandwidth and allows for unlimited domains.
VPS Hosting – Starting from $39.95/mo
For VPS hosting, there are 5 different plans; with the lowest starts from 25 GB of RAID-10 storage space, 500 GB of bandwidth and 512 MB of memory, and the top end offer 125 GB storage 1,500 GB bandwidth and 2,048 MB of memory.
Dedicated Hosting – Staring from $169.00/mo
Though dedicated server hosting is among the services on offer at GreenGeeks, as mentioned in their website, but an interested customer would need to write in to request for a quote as no pricing information is available on their website.
Reseller Hosting – Starting from $19.95/mo
For its network of resellers, there are 5 different plans on offer. They promise unlimited disk space and bandwidth for all plans, but there are different price bands, in accordance with the number of resold accounts. The most basic one is the Seed account, with 10 resold accounts allowed, and followed by Sprout that allows 25, Plant (50), Tree (100) and Forest (250).
Please do keep in mind that just like many other hosts, they do run promotional offers as well, combine that with coupons and discount codes you can find online and you can get the same plans for much lower than the listed prices.