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5 Best Green Web Hosting Services 2020 – Pt. 5: Conclusion & Winners

Latest update: September 21, 2020

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More and more of my clients ask me: "Which is the best green web hosting provider for me?" If you google 'GREEN WEB HOSTING PROVIDERS' or 'GREEN HOSTING' you get advertisements and a couple of posts that again advertise some providers, but don't tell you how they chose them.

While I appreciate the attempt, if I were looking to make a decision, I would want to know what the recommendation is based on.

With more and more of our lives and businesses taking place online I believe that it is important to be able to make informed choices. I believe we should be able to implement the same values that we have in our lives, and in our work, on the internet as well.

This is why I set out to find the very best green web hosting providers for you, sharing the qualities and services which I think are crucial.

There are thousands of web hosting providers out there and surely a couple of hundred green ones, so which one is really the best one for you?

◼︎Part I - What is Web Hosting?
◼︎Part II - Why choose a Green Web Hosting Provider?
◼︎Part III - What makes a good Web Hosting Provider?
◼︎Part IV - Best Green Web Hosting Providers - Shortlist
◼︎Part V - The 5 best Green Web Hosting Providers

Part V: Winners – 5 Best Green Web Hosting Providers worldwide

These are the 5 best green web hosting providers around. They have the best prices and offer a great service and quality.

Actually I think all the 11 web hosts I marked with a star on the shortlist are great. But these five green web hosting providers truely have a best offer for everyone. And they all work sustainably and ethically.

Here’s why some of the 11 didn’t make it to this list: For Tiger Technologies and Green WebHost we couldn’t find any information about their GDPR compliance, so I won’t recommend using them if you want to work with European visitors. DreamHost only uses servers in the US, so if you’re located in Europe they might not be the best choice for you, very much recommended for North and probably South America though. Hetzner, Freethought and EcoWebhosting only have servers in Europe, so they might not be the best choice if you are located in other parts of the world, though I think they can still be a great choice when you are from neighbouring regions, e.g. North Africa, Central Asia,… with less stable systems in place.

Why do we want a green web hosting provider? Because the connections we make matter. And whether it’s business, politics or play – we build our websites around something that matters to us greatly. That’s why I think it’s worth building your website and business on a foundaition that you trust and believe in and that mirrors your own values.

I also highly recommend to not get the biggest web package when you first start. Get the package you need now and upgrade when it reaches capacity. All the options below allow you to upgrade easily. This way you can focus on creating a website with potential to grow, first. If you need help with that, I’m here for you.

So let’s take a look at what these 5 green web hosting companies offer, that makes them so special.

SiteGround – Crafted for Easy Website Management

SiteGround is the only green web hosting provider with a server in Australia and next to A2 the only other one with a server in Asia. They truely think globally and do that while offering great support for employees and protecting the environment.

Shared Hosting Cloud Hosting WordPress Hosting
from € 5.99/mo. from € 64.00/mo. from € 5.99/mo.

Suggested Package:
Managed WordPress Hosting – GrowBig from € 9.99
→ 🦜Siteground

GDPR compliance ✔︎
Free SSL ✔︎
Free Domain
Web Space 10 GB (SSD)
Traffic unlimited
Physical Memory n/a
Free CDN ✔︎
DNS n/a
Uptime commitment 99,9%
Security ✔︎
Server Locations USA-IOWA, UK-London, EU-Eemshaven, EU-Frankfurt, Asia-Singapore, AU-Sydney
Free Migration ✔︎ (automated)
Visitors 25,000/m

 

A2 Hosting – our speed, your success

The package from A2 that I recommend is their Turbo Boost package. It includes unlimited websites, storage, transfers and basically all you can wish for.

Shared Hosting Cloud Hosting WordPress Hosting
from € 2.57/mo. from € 10.30/mo. from € 2.57/mo.

Suggested package:
Shared WordPress – Turbo Boost from € 8.59 (if you pay in advance for a three year plan, otherwise 17.89 p.m.)
A2 Hosting

GDPR compliance ✔︎
Free SSL ✔︎
Free Domain 1
Web Space unlimited (SSD)
Traffic unlimited
Physical Memory 2 GB
Free CDN ✔︎
DNS Anycast DNS
Uptime commitment 99,9%
Security ✔︎
Server Locations USA-Michigan, USA-Arizona, Europe-Amsterdam, Asia-Singapore
Free Migration ✔︎
Visitors n/a

S4 Hosting S4 is Sustainable, Speedy, Secure and Stable.

This small company has a clear structured website that focuses on what you really need, they are very transparent about everything they do and they generally just seem like wonderful people offering good quality and service in order to change the world for the better. Their server is located in Finland, but they team up with Upcloud, a clouder service with with servers in Europe, the US and Singapore, so you can actually reach people everywhere.

Shared Hosting Cloud Hosting WordPress Hosting
from € 10.00/mo. from € 10.00/mo.

Suggested package:
Starter from € 10,00
S4 Hosting

GDPR compliance ✔︎
Free SSL ✔︎
Free Domain
Web Space n/a
Traffic up to 50.000 visits per month
Physical Memory n/a
Free CDN ✔︎
DNS ︎Anycast DNS
Uptime commitment 99,65%
Security ✔︎
Server Locations EU-Helsinki
Free Migration ✔︎
Visitors up to 50.000

GreenGeeks – One Platform. Multiple Hosting Options.

GreenGeeks provide green web hosting and they do that with an offer that includes everything you need and more. In their premium package you even get a free dedicated IP, something you have to pay extra for with most other providers.

Shared Hosting Cloud Hosting WordPress Hosting
from $ 9.95/mo. from $ 9.95/mo.

Suggested Package:
WordPress Premium from $ 11.95 per month
→ 🦜 GreenGeeks

GDPR compliance ✔︎
Free SSL ✔︎
Free Domain 1 (first year)
Web Space unlimited (SSD)
Traffic unlimited
Physical Memory 2GB
Free CDN ✔︎
DNS n/a
Uptime commitment n/a
Security ✔︎
Server Locations US-Chicago, US-Phoenix, CA-Montreal, Europe-Amsterdam
Free Migration ✔︎
Visitors n/a

Kualo – Passionate about website for over 15 years

This is your best choice if you are a registered Charity in the UK or the US, since they offer you the use of their servers for free. Everyone else get’s a great deal with the WordPress Performance package.

Shared Hosting Cloud Hosting WordPress Hosting
from £ 8.99/mo. from £ 39.99/mo. from £ 8.99/mo.

 

Suggested Package:
WordPress Performance starts at £ 9.99 for the first month and then £ 14.99. (US prices $ 9.99 and then $ 19.99 )
→ 🦜 Kualo

GDPR compliance ✔︎
Free SSL ✔︎
Free Domain 1(first year)
Web Space 50 GB (SSD)
Traffic unlimited
Physical Memory 1 GB
Free CDN ✔︎
DNS n.a.
Uptime commitment 99,9%
Security ✔︎
Server Locations Centro, Hemel Hempstead – UK, Park Tower, Tampa – USA
Free Migration ✔︎
Page Loads ~800k/m

 

Do you feel like you know all you need to know about green web hosting now? Which provider are you going to switch/sign up to? Leave a comment, share away or just let me know if this article was helpful to you. <3

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