GreenGeeks VPS Hosting Review

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Sep 24 - 2014

GreenGeeks

VPS Hosting Review

GreenGeeksis an eco-friendly web hosting provider started by Trey Gardner in 2006. It claims to the world's number 1 green web host and is 300% wind-powered.

It is one of the few remaining independent web hosts today which has grown into a popular brand name in the industry. It is also an active participant and sponsor of the Drupal community having been featured as the official web host for theDrupal for Dummiesbook.


VPS Hosting Plans

GreenGeeks offer a number of robustvirtual private server (VPS) plansto cater to the needs of a high-traffic site that has outgrown the benefits of standard shared hosting solutions :

VPS Plans 1 GB 2 GB 3 GB 4 GB 8 GB

Price

$39.95

monthly

$59.95

monthly

$79.95

monthly

$99.95

monthly

$159.95

monthly

RAM

1 GB

2 GB

3 GB

4 GB

8 GB

CPU Cores

4

4

4

4

4

Data Transfer

1 TB

1.5 TB

2 TB

2.5 TB

3 TB

RAID-10 Storage

25 GB

SSD Cache

50 GB

SSD Cache

75 GB

SSD Cache

100 GB

SSD Cache

125 GB

SSD Cache

IP Addresses

2

2

2

2

2

Automatic Renewal of Plans

Like all web hosts today, GreenGeeks will automatically renew its customers' plans under itsTerms of Serviceupon expiry of their initial registered hosting terms. GreenGeeks will notify a client by email 15 days prior to the renewal of his or her account unless they fill out the provided cancellation form 5 business days before their account's renewal date.


GreenGeeks will notify a client by email 15 days prior to the renewal of his or her account unless they fill out the provided cancellation form 5 business days before their account's renewal date.


Renewals

It is the customer's responsibility to ensure that GreenGeeks has a valid email address for which we can send out renewal notices to our clients. If GreenGeeks does not receive a cancellation request prior to the customer's renewal we will renew the clients' account 24 hours prior to the renewal date and we will apply the appropriate charges.


Accounts will be automatically renewed under the same time and fee structure as the plan that the client signed up for (unless plan changes were made or upgraded between the time when the client signed up & their renewal date).


This is a standard web hosting industry practice but one that potential customers may sometimes be unaware of.


Cancellation / Refund Policy

GreenGeeks plans come with a standard30-day money back guaranteethat entitle its subscribers to a refund of all hosting fees in the event of a cancellation of their accounts. Standard non-refundable fees are excluded from this refund such as domain registration, setup and add-on fees.


Cancellation & Refunds :

Refunds are not available for customers after the 30 days of account activation. You may however cancel your account at any time in order to make sure that your account is not renewed.


Uptime

GreenGeeks offers a99.9% network uptime guaranteewith all its plans. It however does not provide any compensation if the stated uptime is not fulfilled.


Under GreenGeeksTerms of Service, it explains :


99.9% Service Level Agreement " SLA"

GreenGeeks offers its clients a 99.9% network uptime guarantee for customer satisfaction purposes and also to ensure that your business is running problem free. GreenGeeks will try to maintain maximum uptime. GreenGeeks is not responsible for any downtime caused by the client.


GreenGeeks has an extensive page on its site demonstratingthe waysin which they maintain a 99.9% server uptime.


VPS solutions are however generally less affected by unexpected server downtime that may arise from excessive consumption of shared server resources by other users on the same server (e.g. in shared hosting environments).


Downtime which should be minimal may still be experienced due to isolated incidents like unexpected hardware failure or power blackouts that can neither be foreseen nor is under the control of the web hosting company.


Plan Features & Add-ons

GreenGeeks offers a number of value-added services which we discuss below. Do note that they might included additional monthly charges. Check out the links below to find out more.

Green Hosting

GreenGeeks is the world's most eco-friendly web hosting company. ItsGreen Missionas stated on its website is :


Provide quality, dependable web hosting services at affordable rates with the best customer service in the business.

We live by very simple and important principle, which is, without customers we have no business. Our customer's satisfaction is the #1 focus for every team member of the company and I personally guarantee my attention for to every customer.



Promote every web site on the internet to be hosted by a web hosting company utilizing green energy

We hope that if you do not choose Green Geeks to host your web site, please choose some other certified green energy web host. When you do choose a green hosting company please promote that fact on your web site. We want your web site visitors to see that you support green energy.


GreenGeeks does this by purchasing an equivalent of 300% of its energy use of Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) with theBonneville Environment Foundation (BEF), a non-profit organization of market-based solutions that work with businesses to balance their carbon, water and energy footprints.


In an interview withabout.com, Trey describes how GreenGeeks works with the BEF :


Your Website says your company is "300% Green Hosting", what does that mean? And how do you become 300% green?

Trey: The Bonneville Environmental Foundation estimates the amount of energy consumption based on known factors and allows us to purchase credits to have the energy consumed by our company put back into the grid having been produced by wind energy companies. Bonneville in turn pays the wind farms we pull energy from with the credits we have purchased.


We purchase three times the amount of credits needed so in effect we pull 1x from the grid and put back into the grid 3x of energy having been produced by wind farms, effectively making us 300% green.


Trey further explains his two goals for moving the web hosting industry into becoming greener :


Trey: I had two goals for moving the Web hosting industry into becoming greener. The first is that there are studies that show that the aggregate energy consumption of website servers will make the Web hosting industry as big of a polluter as the airline industry by the year 2020.


My second goal was a thought that if people saw more green websites or more sites hosted green that they would more often think about what they could do in their daily lives to become eco-friendly.


In many countries the Internet has become the dominant medium and if we could collectively shift people's paradigms through online green messaging on multiple individual websites then we could create a more substantial reaction to the environmental crisis we face from decades of negative impact.


Community Contributions

GreenGeeks has been involved in many community activities:


  • American Lung Association

    A sponsor of the American Lung Association in its Fight For Air Climb at the Aeon Center in downtown Los Angeles held on 24th April 2010 in celebration of the 40th Anniversary of their Earth Day Event.

  • Hosting for Haiti

    GreenGeeks donated $1 for every new customer to the relief efforts of the Red Cross in response of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.

  • Europe Earth Day

    In recognition of the 45th anniversary of Earth Day in 2010, GreenGeeks partnered with CO2NeutralWebsite.com in pledging to reduce its carbon footprints by getting its visitors to purchase carbon allowances.

  • World Vision Pledges

    GreenGeeks has been a constant sponsor of World Vision, an organization which provides clean drinking water to impoverished people in Africa and Haiti. It has made many pledges to World Vision's causes throughout the years.

Special offers

GreenGeeks periodically offers discounts on its web hosting plans. Do check out ourGreenGeeks Promotionspage for the latest available promotions.


Conclusion

If you are concerned about the amount of energy consumption and wastage that comes with running data centers, you can do no better thanGreenGeeksand its eco-friendly hosting plans especially for high-performance solutions like VPS and dedicated servers.


GreenGeeksoffers a comprehensive range of web hosting solutions that are fairly-priced with a committed CEO and customer support team.



In a

nutshell

* For web hosting company in general and not to specific plans.

Pros

1.

Most Eco-friendly Web Host

GreenGeeks purchases up to 300% of its energy consumption in renewable energy credits making it the most eco-friendly web hosting provider in the market today.

2.

Active community service

GreenGeeks is an active participant in community and social activities.

3.

Solid Plans at decent prices

GreenGeeks offers a good range of plans at decent prices.

Cons

1.

No Uptime Refund

GreenGeeks offers a 99.9% uptime guarantee but it does not offer refunds or credits for downtime experienced.

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