GreenGeeks: Our Review

While many hosting providers look for a “gimmick” that will set them apart from the competition—a catchy name, premium services, promises of “unlimited everything”—GreenGeeks has elected to stake out their share of the market with eco-friendly “green” hosting.

Known as the “World’s #1 Green Web Host,” GreekGeeks offers a strong set of features that’s supported by a pledge to be “300%” green (i.e., the company returns three times as much energy to the grid via its eco-friendly practices as it consumes during its operation).

Features

GreenGeeks offers four levels of hosting: Shared, Reseller, Virtual Private Server (VPS), and Dedicated. The company’s hosting plans are all based on Linux-driven servers and built on the “unlimited everything” model with regard to resources.

Shared Hosting Features

  • Freedomain for the life of your account
  • Unlimited* domains and sub-domains
  • Unlimited* drive space
  • Unlimited* data transfer/bandwidth
  • Unlimited* SQL databases
  • Support for Unlimited* email addresses and webmail (IMAP and POP3)
  • Free 24/7 customer support via Web/phone/email, based in North America
  • 99.9% uptime guarantee
  • Complimentary nightly backups
  • A free template-based website builder
  • Free SSL encryption
  • Website control panel
  • Full support for:
    • eCommerce (ZenCart, osCommerce, Agora Shopping Cart)
    • Content management software (WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, etc.)
    • PHP 5
    • Ruby on Rails
    • SSH
    • Pyton
    • Perl
    • Server-Side Includes
    • FrontPage Extensions
    • Multimedia streaming
    • Website management with cPanel
    • Fantastico and Softaculous application/script installation

GreenGeeks’ shared plan comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee, and in addition to the standard features, also offers a free “starter site” (a simple placeholder site with all your company info that stays up while you build your real site) and a modest marketing package designed to help you submit your site to search engines.

Reseller Hosting Features

Interested in becoming a hosting reseller? GreenGeeks has five reseller hosting plans, ranging from “Seed” to “Forest”. It is also “shared” hosting, and includes everything in their shared hosting plans, but with a few modifications and additions:

  • Unlimited* domains and sub-domains
  • Unlimited* drive space
  • Unlimited* monthly data transfer/bandwidth
  • All the other features of shared hosting plans
  • A free domain reseller account
  • Support for 10, 25, 50, 100, or 250 resold accounts
  • Private name servers
  • Free site builder software with more than 600 templates (for both you and your customers)
  • cPanel licenses for your customers
  • A free billing system
  • Free license for WHM as well as cPanel (for managing both your customer accounts/content and your site, respectively)
  • Automatic nightly backups

*As a rule, “unlimited” in the context of shared hosting generally denotes “limitless until you negatively impact server performance, at which point you may be billed or transferred to a more costly service tier.”

GreenGeeks’ reseller hosting is covered by the same 30-day money-back guarantee as their other plans.

Virtual Private Server (VPS) Hosting Features

If you have a popular, high-traffic site, need robust features to support application development, or simply want greater control over your server, GreenGeeks offers five different VPS plans.

  • Your own virtual server, with:
    • The same standard features available in shared plans
    • Quad-core Intel® Xeon™ processors
    • Up to 8 GB of dedicated RAM
    • Up to 125 GB of storage space
    • Up to 3 TB of monthly traffic
  • Two dedicated IP addresses
  • File Transfer Protocol (FTP) access for your
    server
  • VPS management control panel
  • 24/7 Network monitoring and security

Like the other GreenGeeks tiers, VPS plans offer a 30-day-money-back guarantee. The company promises never to oversell its VPS hosting (keeping the servers below capacity improves performance and reduces strain on the system), and all VPS servers are configured with multiple gigabit connectivity to help ensure consistent, high-speed performance that falls within the company’s 99.9% uptime guarantee.

Dedicated Hosting Features

If you’re supporting a high-traffic site with eCommerce or high-volume content distribution, then you’ll want to take a look at GreekGeeks’ dedicated hosting tier.

    • Your own physical Linux server, with:
      • All of the features and perks of the lower tiers (including reseller hosting)
      • Intel ATOM™ and Xeon™ processors up to 3.3 GHz (quad core) or 2.0 GHz (hexa core)
      • Up to 16 GB of RAM
      • Up to 1 TB (Linux) or 2 TB (Windows) of storage space
      • Up to 10 TB of monthly traffic
    • Five free dedicated IP addresses
    • Total root access for your server
    • FreecPanel/WHM license
    • IPTables Firewall

GreenGeeks’ dedicated hosting is covered by the same 30-day money-back-guarantee as all its other hosting plans.

Benefits Breakdown

The Good

The “green” in GreenGeeks’ name is well-earned. The company purchases enough wind energy credits every year to put three times (300%) the energy it consumes back into the grid. In addition, many employees telecommute to reduce the environmental impact of commuting to, and running, a big office.

The company also uses energy-efficient servers, follows a stringent recycling and energy management program, and even has its employees share carry-in meals to reduce the waste from takeout.

The company has been named as an EPA “Green Power Partner,” and has received both Bonneville Energy Foundation (BEF) and GreenTags certifications.

Pricing is very competitive at all levels, and the 24/7/365 support is rounded out well by GreenGeeks’ online knowledge base and tutorials.

The 30-day money-back guarantee is fairly standard, but still a nice touch for those testing the hosting waters.

The Not-So-Good

Eco-friendliness aside, GreenGeeks is a Linux-only hosting provider, so if your site requires support for Windows applications or application development tools like ASP.NET, you’ll want to check out other options.

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