GreenGeeks Bio:

  • Established: 2006
  • Sites Hosted: 30,000
  • Location: Los Angeles, CA
  • Host Award: "Green Host"
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  • Featured Package Price:$4.95
  • Storage Space:Unlimited
  • Transfer/Bandwidth:Unlimited
  • Setup Fee:Free
  • Domain Name:1 Free
  • Money-Back Guarantee:30-Day
  • Uptime Guarantee:99.9%
  • Multiple Domains:Unlimited
  • E-mail Accounts:Unlimited
  • MySQL Databases:Unlimited
  • Control Panel:cPanel
  • Operating System:Linux
  • Server Backups:Daily
  • 24/7 Monitoring:Yes
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  • Joomla
  • Drupal
  • Mambo
  • b2 Evolution
  • Coppermine
  • osCommerce
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  • Ruby on Rails
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    92%

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Our Review of: GreenGeeks

 

Overview:

Brand new to our list, GreenGeeks web hosting! Featured in PC World magazine and founded in 2006, with offices in Los Angeles, CA, GreenGeeks offers a very unique web hosting experience. They pride themselves in being the leader in "green" web hosting, or environmentally friendly. At 300% green, they're carbon negative, not just neutral, which is what the majority of the "green" hosting companies can claim. Their energy efficient and powerful Dual Intel Quad Core Nehalam processor servers are 100% powered by wind-energy.

Although they're a newer host, they maintain over 30,000 web sites, which makes them a medium sized hosting company. Also, don't be fooled into believing that because they're "green" that this affects their hosting speed and performance, which is entirely not the case. In fact, we rated their server speeds among the best we've tested among hosts thus far...

Pros:

  • Completely "Green" Web Hosting.
  • Latest and very powerful server hosting equipment.
  • They support many charitable foundations.

Cons:

  • A little more pricey, but well worth the added cost.
 

Features & Specials:

Not only do they offer cutting-edge "green" web hosting services, but they do so at an unbelievably low price of only $4.95/mo. Their plan offers abundant storage and transfer allowances for nearly all small to medium sized sites. You also receive a free domain for life, can host unlimited domains on each account and they offer a unique "site migration" service for new web site transfers, in which they will move your old site to their servers and help get everything setup, free of charge.

Features aren't lacking either, with everything you would expect from much more expensive hosting. Wordpress, Joomla, site builder software, all the popular shopping cart software and most of the popular scripting languages are also supported. Each new account also receives free marketing and search engine credits.

 
  • Free site migration for all new accounts.
  • Free marketing credits for each new account.
  • They give back to many worthwhile organizations and charities.
 

Reliability & Speed:

Reliability is top priority at GreenGeeks. Their 100% wind-powered Dual Intel Quad Core Nehalam servers are among the best and fastest in the industry and connected to the Internet backbone via OC-12 connections. They also tout that everything is monitored on 10 second intervals and offer nightly backups of all your data.

Also, being that your data is stored and mirrored on multiple hard drives, means you get an extra layer of protection, in case of failure. Their MySQL optimized backend, means your databases will also run quickly and efficiently.

Reliability & Speed Factors:

Uptime Guarantee
99.9%
Server File Backups
Load-Balancing
Connections
OC-12
24/7 Monitoring
Redundant Power
Summary: Raid-10 storage and nightly backups. Also, unique cloud load-balancing ensures your site never slows down due to another account on your server.
 

Support:

Among the fastest chat support we've received, we had support within 6-seconds via online chat. GreenGeeks also offers toll-free support via their english speaking support centers in Los Angeles, Chicago and Toronto.

They also have the e-mail trouble ticket system, which we find is the best way to solve technical issues, since everything is documented. For those who have a little experience, they have a well documented article database, to get the most common issues resolved. In the end, we think GreenGeeks support is among the top in the industry.

Average Support Wait Times:

Chat Wait Time
6 seconds
Phone Wait Time
2 minutes
 

Control Panel:

GreenGeeks employs the industry famous cPanel control panel software. We found it easy to use for average users. You control nearly every aspect of your account from the Control Panel, from setting up your domain and e-mail accounts, to making tweaks to your databases via phpmyadmin, so it might get a little intimidating for novice users, but with a little practice it should be a snap.

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What sets them apart?

"Leader in green energy hosting, 300% making us carbon negative, not just neutral." - GreenGeeks
RAID 10 Storage Array's for faster access of data and protection against drive failures.
Most staff work from home further committing to the environment by reducing the carbon emissions driving to and from work.
United States EPA Green Power Partner.
 

Summary:

With all this said, after a thorough review of GreenGeeks services, we feel they deserve a prominent spot on our Top 10 list. Also, the fact that they're technically the most environmentally conscience web hosting provider we have tested, gives us extra assurance that they are experienced and will provide an outstanding service for years to come.

Lastly, they have also won many web hosting awards during their short existence, along with being featured in prominent venues, such as PC World magazine and EPA. Check them out today and see for yourself how they stand out from the rest of the "average" hosts and give their outstanding hosting service a try...

 

GreenGeeks Ratings ChartScore: 92%

Value for Money
4 / 5
Reliability & Uptime
5 / 5
Customer Courtesy
5 / 5
Technical Support
4 / 5
Features
5 / 5
Storage Space
4 / 5
Bandwidth
4 / 5
Tech Response Time
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Server Speed
4 / 5
 
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GreenGeeks User Reviews

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Review by: Jane from Lubbock, TX, March, 2013
     I recommend this host

They have been my host for a few weeks. Getting started was easy and they give you the free stuff the others offer. Had an issue with an add on and had to contact support. It took around an hour for them to respond which I felt should have been much less. They solved the problem though and everything has been great since.


 
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Geeks

Review by: Will from Flint, May, 2012
     I recommend this host

Neat concept, but pretty much the same service as others provide. Reliable and quick page loads but a little more pricey for the same service. Support was quick also.


 
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Not the greatest uptime record...

Review by: Avery from JAX, FL, March, 2012
     I recommend this host

We had a outage of our site recently which was corrected fairly quickly and explained. Still the matter is we were down and losing cash and customers. I still recommend them as everything else is good with them and a reasonable price.

Just work on getting uptime better...


 
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Very professional

Review by: Nancy from Columbia, SC, February, 2012
     I recommend this host

Extremely happy with the way these guys do business. They always let us know when work is being done on the server and are fantastic at getting issues resolved.


 
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The Geeks

Review by: Wally from NE, USA, December, 2011
     I recommend this host

Very involved and dedicated group of guys. No issues to speak off in the year or so having been hosting with them. Highly recommended.


 
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Neat host...

Review by: Jenn from Madison, November, 2011
     I recommend this host

I have been with GGeeks for a few months. What convinced me to signup is the fact that they are so in touch with sustainability and the environment. They also provide great hosting to boot.


 
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Loving it.

Review by: Barry from Wisconsin, October, 2011
     I recommend this host

You won't be disappointed with them. Their servers are lightning fast and hardly ever go down (have been with them for a good while).


 
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My review

Review by: Mohammed from Denver, CO, September, 2011
     I recommend this host

I was looking for a web host that was reliable and had what I needed for a pretty easy put together site. I stumbled upon this host and was a little weary of the tad higher price, but decided to go ahead and try it (has the money-back guarantee). So far, 3 months later, I've pretty much no downtime and have been able to utilize what I need for the site. So far so good...


 
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Well deserved good review!

Review by: Robby from Pensacola, FL, August, 2011
     I recommend this host

They are simply fantastic at what they do and have really fast servers. Pages always load up quick.


 
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Happy reviewer

Review by: Rob from Tampa, FL., July, 2011
     I recommend this host

I give them 2 thumbs up. Mainly, they are offer all most sites will ever need, secondly they make it a point to be as evironmentally conscience as possible. We could all do a little more of that these days. They cost is a tad more than others, but I feel it's worth it, as these guys really are helpful and trying to make a difference. Support is great also.


 
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