SiteGround Launches Managed EDD Hosting

SiteGround launched a new managed Easy Digital Downloads (EDD) hosting product today, the first of its kind among WordPress hosts. The company currently powers more than 2,800,000 domains and is targeting small businesses and digital product creators with new plans that make it easy to onboard new EDD store owners.

Plans range from $2.99/mo. (1 website) to $7.99/mo. (Unlimited Websites, 40GB web space, 400k visits monthly). The plans are priced identically to SiteGround’s managed WordPress hosting plans, but they are pre-loaded with EDD, a free EDD theme (Vendd), All in One SEO plugin, MonsterInsights, the WPForms plugin, and OptinMonster. SiteGround is aiming to flatten out the learning curve associated with launching a digital product store by weaving all these plugins together with a guided onboarding tour.

One year ago, Awesome Motive acquired Sandhills Development, the creators of EDD, along with the company’s other WordPress products and services. Awesome Motive reports that over 50,000 website owners are using EDD to sell eBooks, digital art, music, PDFs, software licenses, and other digital products. The new EDD managed hosting is the result of a partnership between SiteGround and Awesome Motive.

“There is a growing demand for eCommerce hosting optimized for digital creators,” SiteGround CEO Tenko Nikolov said. “We’re excited to partner with Easy Digital Downloads to offer best-in-class hosting experience, so creators can focus on growing their business with confidence without worrying about the technical side.”

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10 responses to “SiteGround Launches Managed EDD Hosting”

    • They just always have a sale. Its a bit of a hike the next year but compared to WPE and other similar hosts you get a good bit. The optimizer plugin is as good as the WPMU dev stack and all in the hosting. Its a really decent low cost WP host, use it for hundreds of sites, very few issues.

      • A bit.

        2.49 €/mo. (Discounted from 12.99 €/mo.)

        that’s a 4x price hike. That’s not “a bit”, that’s daylight robbery.

      • The price starts very low or reasonably low for the first year and after that is not competitive. They should really lower their prices to begin with. IONOS offer great hosting for half the price.

  1. Also, do you want to know what your dashboard looks like after installing all these plugins (All in One SEO, MonsterInsights, WPForms, and OptinMonster)? It’s an ad fest. Ad bonanza.

    • Agreed – the products from Awesome Motive deploy very aggressive and intrusive advertising. Some advertising, especially for free products, is acceptable and expected, their advertising crosses the line. At my organization Monster Insights was removed from all client sites in favor of Site Kit some time ago. The ads were so bad with just one of the plugins listed above, with even more, I can’t see how the admin dashboard isn’t rendered useless with so much advertising.

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