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Siteground is a Fraud - Very Shady Business Practice - Stay Away from Siteground

Discussion in 'Web Hosting' started by AutomationSoftware, May 8, 2016.

  1. AutomationSoftware

    AutomationSoftware Registered Member

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    I had a very bad experience dealing with Siteground (Siteground.com).


    Their business practice is very shady. For instance, they would charge you probably only $8/mo just to make you sign up. Their signup pages never tell you or even indicate that this was a discount for the first year ONLY. So when you renew your billing for the 2nd year, you would be very surprised to see that the renewal price surged to $14/mo, which is almost an 80% increase!!


    I am pretty sure that this shady billing practice and all the misleading information on their website are illegal in the United States. Anyone else can confirm?


    Please also recommend a hosting company that isn't so shady.
     
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  2. AbeloHost

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    It's same as those cheap .com domain names that Godaddy and 1and1 sell. First year it costs only 0.99 cents, while the 2nd year it's 14 dollars. That's 1400% for you.

    All big hosting providers use some luring technique. It's nothing new.
     
  3. abdullahsabir2

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    You can try again , buy site ground hosting on discount price through new account
    Just buy new site ground hosting and Transfer your Site from old Hosting account to New hosting account and Delete old account or leave it.
     
  4. HudsonWebServices

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    If you are interested in switching, Id love to help you out. No shady business tactics :)
     
  5. InsiderBusiness

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    I've found SiteGround great personally. You should know that prices increase after the first special offer. Next time when its coming up to renewal look around for another deal.
     
  6. AutomationSoftware

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    Right, but Godaddy, 1and1 and any other honest companies would state clearly that the discount is for the first month/year or the first invoice only on their pricing pages.

    However, you won't find the same information on Siteground's pricing page.

    I am planning a class action lawsuit against Siteground (SG Hosting Inc in United States) for false advertising and customer fraud.
     
  7. AutomationSoftware

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    This is Godaddy's pricing page, clearly showing that the discount is for the first invoice term only.
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    This is 1and1's pricing page: http://i.imgur.com/7Ol095K.png , clearly stating that the discount is for the 1 year only.

    But when you read through Siteground's pricing page https://www.siteground.com/web-hosting.htm , you don't find any similar information and they are trying to make you believe that the discount is lifetime.

    Pretty sure that it is very illegal in the United States, not just shady. How could it be fair to any other honest hosting companies? How could it be fair to the users?

    A class action lawsuit against Siteground for false advertising, customer fraud, and unfair competition is on the way. Keep an eye on the tech news.
     
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  8. royserpa

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    Seriously if you freak out for paying $14 per YEAR instead of $8, you gotta up your game bro! :D
     
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    Good said royserpa
     
  10. Reaver

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    Can you read at all bro? OP clearly said $14 a MONTH, not a YEAR.

    Now apologize to OP and stop judging people. Even if it was $14 a year, that's HIS money, not yours. Yeah, blah blah, you'd piss away more than that. Some of us like to KEEP our hard earned money. That's not a sign of being broke. That's just a sign of not wanting to pay more for something than we should.
     
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  11. favorshows

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    You misread it. It's not for an YEAR, but for 2 reincarnations.
     
  12. T2tkid

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    $14 and $14k is the same to different people.

    Host-stage.net, servikus, are the best hosting am using...
     
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  13. LatteGrande

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    I'm afraid it's nothing new. Make sure you read their reviews before purchasing. Now it's time to move on. Just migrate your sites right away.

    I personally use namecheap for hosting and a satisfied customer.
     
  14. Vandyke

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    Easy man on calling a business fraud for not having read their renew policy (even if not WELL SHOWN like it should)

    That's not the definition of fraud, not in a civil law neither in a common law system; on the other side, your post can be easily called defamation.

    Regards
     
  15. neu009

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    When I just checked now it says it right under the hosting price in the 3rd step...Good luck with your lawsuit haha:
    "* You save 50% on the regular $29.95/mo for the first invoice. Once your initial term is over regular renewal prices apply."

    Screen Shot 2016-05-09 at 5.29.02 PM.png Screen Shot 2016-05-09 at 5.29.24 PM.jpg
     
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  16. loedown

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    Yeah gotta be careful and read the fine print. I've heard of a lot of hosts doing this.
     
  17. neu009

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    Well the op should probably read better. Step 3(that is the last step where you put your cc in) it clearly states : "* You save 50% on the regular $29.95/mo for the first invoice. Once your initial term is over regular renewal prices apply."
     
  18. dabandit

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    You and the OP can't read either.

    On the Step 3. Review & Complete Page.

    "* You save 45% on the regular $14.95/mo for the first invoice. Once your initial term is over regular renewal prices apply."

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  19. Bleght

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    I bet that it was written there, you just didn't notice it. A great number of hosting and domain providers use this type of marketing where they provide something very cheaply and then bank on you on renewal. One thing you can do is change hosting providers every year so you jump from deal to deal or get a nice stable one, but it will usually not be $8 year.
     
  20. HudsonWebServices

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    As a hosting provider, i can tell you no webhosting company is making any money with 1 dollar a month hosting. how can you expect great service and amazing speeds? You will have to make a sacrifice somewhere for something that cheap.