SiteRubix, hosting at its best? Or over-hyped by Wealthy Affiliate members? My name is Kevin, and in this post, I will be giving my in-depth review of the SiteRubix web hosting platform.
If you have come onto this review, there’s a good chance that you have heard of the name SiteRubix being buzzed around online or even locally and want to learn more. If that’s you, great! You’re in the right place.
There is also a good chance that you have heard of Wealthy Affiliate. SiteRubix is actually a part of Wealthy Affiliate, so it would make sense for you to understand the general gist of what Wealthy Affiliate is.
This review is going to unique. It’s going to be different from all the other SiteRubix reviews.
I’ll be driving into some more of the technical aspects and hitting many of the spots that other SiteRubix reviewers have failed to do. Harsh truths may be revealed, SiteRubix may be found to be the best web hosting service in the world, or it just might be a niche product designed for certain people.
Let’s dive in.
SiteRubix – A General Summary
Owners: Kyle & Carson
User Experience: 9.8/10
Price: Starter Hosting (free), Premium Hosting ($49/month, $234/6 months, or $359/year)
Overall KAZSMoney Rating: 9.6/10
What is SiteRubix?
Well, SiteRubix is a website hosting service for Wealthy Affiliate members specifically for WordPress websites at its core.
As a sub-domain of Wealthy Affiliate itself, SiteRubix is specially designed for affiliate marketers at Wealthy Affiliate.
It is designed to help bloggers get their blogs onto the internet and grow it without having to deal with tech complications barricading the path to success.
But is it really the best?
Let’s answer that question.
Reliability. Does My Site Stay Up 100% Of The Time?
The first thing we should consider in a web hosting service is the reliability of the host.
We don’t want to pay for a web hoster if our site can’t be accessed half the time. The more time the website is down, the more customers and sales you lose, especially if you have grown a site to get visitors daily.
Luckily to say, many of the top web hosting companies today have very close to 100% uptime with numbers such as 99.85%, and the occasional 0.15% downtime is a necessary evil to adjust for things such as server cleaning.
SiteRubix is one of these top web hosting services that can offer this type of 100% or very close to 100% uptime service.
Wealthy Affiliate claims that SiteRubix will make sure that your website is always awake because they offer all members “double hosting,” which is a service that hosts two versions of your site.
If one of your sites goes down, the other one will swap in immediately to make sure your website is running the whole time.
They also backup your site daily. So if you ever break your website accidentally and want to revert it to a previous state without losing hundreds of articles, SiteRubix can do that for you.
And Wealthy Affiliate continues to claim that daily backups are an advanced service that only a few hosts offer, and yet, it comes standard with all the websites at Wealthy Affiliate.
Another claim that Wealthy Affiliate makes is that the SiteRubix hosting solution is built on the same framework used by major companies such as Expedia, Netflix, and Foursquare!
So then the glaring question in our face is, are all these claims valid?
I can testify that daily backups on all your websites at Wealthy Affiliate are real.
I haven’t directly seen SiteRubix hosting servers on the backend nor any of the servers by Expedia, Netflix, Foursquare, or other significant companies, so I cannot say for sure that the claims are valid.
However, I also haven’t seen my 4 websites hosted at Wealthy Affiliate ever go down or become inaccessible.
Granted, I haven’t ever looked at any of my websites for a full 24 hours straight and checked it every minute to see if it’s working, but I have done that for 6 hours before.
And my site was always well and functioning.
Since being at Wealthy Affiliate for over a year at the time of writing this post, I have learned that Kyle & Carson want to go above and beyond the competition.
So, of course, there’s going to be a little bias in this review. (It’s not a review if it isn’t biased!) I trust Kyle and Carson when they talk about double hosting and 100% uptime.
As the owners of SiteRubix, a sub-domain of Wealthy Affiliate, they have truly made it into one of the most reliable web hosts on the planet.
However, if everything is so perfect and websites hosted at SiteRubix are always functioning, why does it only receive a rating of 9.5/10? Where does it lose points?
Limitations, Limitations, Limitations
Data and computer hardware isn’t free. In fact, it’s quite expensive.
So sometimes, it is not actually possible to offer everything and still make money. That’s the hard truth.
SiteRubix has limitations that stop them from being the best in every category.
- Websites have 500k visitors per month bandwidth. If you get more than 500k visitors, your website will crash.
- You can only have 25 paid domains and 25 free domains with SiteRubix. A maximum of 50 websites.
- 30 GB website storage space.
Of course, those limitations are challenging to reach, and if you did happen to hit a barrier such as over 500 thousand visitors per month, you would be earning at least a few hundred thousand dollars per month, provided that you monetized your site correctly.
Occupying 25 paid domains and 25 free domains with full websites is extremely difficult to reach too. I’ve been at Wealthy Affiliate for over a year, and I have only used 4 out of those 50 slots with 2 of them basically never used.
30 GB of website storage space is plenty as well, considering that images are automatically compressed to take up only a few kb of space, and videos are often embedded.
These limitations aren’t the worst either, as we can see from this chart below, where SiteRubix hosting actually beats out many competitors for a much lower price.
But the fact remains that these are limitations with the SiteRubix hosting. And these are limitations that some other hosting companies don’t have.
Believe it or not, but there are hosting companies out there who allow you to have an unlimited number of websites, unlimited website storage, and an endless amount of visitors on your site monthly.
And sometimes, these companies can offer these kinds of things and charge you less than SiteRubix.
SiteRubix may be the best in class for certain things, but these limitations certainly prevent SiteRubix from taking an undisputed number one KAZSMoney best hosting service rating.
Speed. The Difference Between A Sale And No Sale
Speaking of where SiteRubix isn’t able to reach the ultimate best of the best standards, let’s talk about speed.
SiteRubix is fast, very fast, don’t get me wrong.
With an average page load time of 1.3 seconds, the SiteRubix hosting will very rarely be what bottlenecks your website loading times.
Using the Bitcatcha Server Speed Checker on multiple of my SiteRubix hosted websites, I found that SiteRubix certainly performs above average and has decent speed.
Overall, it is ranked at B+, which is pretty good considering that, “For the best user experience, the ideal rating for your server response speed should be B+ and above. At minimum, it should be C+.” –Bitcatcha.
Here’s the list if you’re interested in what each ranking equates to:
- Anything below 180 ms is ranked A+
- 181 ms – 210 ms is ranked A
- 211 ms – 220 ms is ranked B+
- 221 ms – 240 ms is ranked B
- 241 ms – 280 ms is ranked C+
- 281 ms – 360 ms is ranked C
- 361 ms – 520 ms is ranked D+
- 521 ms – 840 ms is ranked D
- 841 ms – 1480 ms is ranked E+
- Anything above 1480 ms is ranked E
With a B+, SiteRubix is certainly above the average and has excellent performance. However, it isn’t the best as there are other hosting sites with A to A+ in terms of speed that also offer those performances for a smaller cost.
SiteRubix hosting speed certainly isn’t bad, though, like mentioned above. You would probably have no problems with it.
But without being able to beat out many of the top hosting companies in terms of speed, I can only give it a rating of 8.8/10.
SiteRubix, Filled With Bonuses
Where SiteRubix really shines is with all the features and bonuses it has.
Part of what makes SiteRubix hosting so good is its integration with Wealthy Affiliate. When you sign-up at Wealthy Affiliate, you’re not just paying for SiteRubix, you’re actually paying for tons of digital marketing training content, a community to network with, and other tools that will make your website shine.
I’m going to put them into a list to talk about just to make it a lot more manageable.
- Site Manager and Site Health
- Site Speed
- Site Protect/Security
- Free SSL
- Privacy Protection
- Site Domains
- Site Comments
- Site Feedback
- Site Support
- Kraken Image Optimizer Plugin Included
- Lots Of Training And Tutorials
- Jaaxy Keyword Research Tool
- Community Of Online Marketers That Help Improve Your Site
- No Ads As A Free Member
- Site Builder
==> Want Everything On This List? Click Here To Sign-Up At Wealthy Affiliate And Get Everything Plus More!
These aren’t things that all website hosting platforms have either. Some of these bonuses are on other hosting platforms, but many are exclusive to Wealthy Affiliate and SiteRubix.
Let’s dive right in.
Site Manager, A Simple Way To See Everything
One reason that I like SiteRubix so much is because of its simplicity.
I click on Site Manager, and I can instantly see all my websites hosted on the platform, how they’re doing and what can be improved, and log in to my WordPress backend with just one click of a button.
I can see what I get with my SiteRubix hosting account, turn various SiteRubix tools on or off, and even check the speed of different pages and posts on my website at clicks of buttons.
Another great thing with Site Manager is that if you had a website on a free SiteRubix domain before, you could actually move it to a paid domain if you are ready without losing anything on the site.
This is something that many other hosting companies do not allow but makes Wealthy Affiliate quite friendly to those who aren’t necessarily ready to commit time and money into the platform.
Site Speed, Optimizing Your Website Without Noisy Plugins?
One of the great tools you can set-up with the single click on a button is Site Speed.
SiteRubix will do it all for you without needing to install those paid plugins that sometimes slow your site down. Just click ON.
Site Protect And Site Security, Hackers Beware
Another great bonus offered with your Wealthy Affiliate subscription.
Again, Site Protect and Site Security allow you to keep your website safe and protected without the use of paid anti-spam and protection WordPress plugins that slow down your site.
Supposedly, Wealthy Affiliate has actually blocked 27,195,900 hacking attempts in the past year! And that doesn’t count all the automated spam and comments blocked!
Free SSL, I’ve Been Looking For This Everywhere!
If you don’t know what an SSL certificate is, let me give you a quick explanation.
Go into the top left corner. Do you see that small lock right next to my link? If you copy this blog’s link address, you’ll also see that it has https and not http.
This means that my website is secure. Sites with the lock unlocked and are http are insecure websites.
Those websites won’t rank on Google as well as secure websites. People on insecure websites generally don’t trust them as much as secure sites either.
To secure your website, you will need an SSL certificate. And here’s where Wealthy Affiliate comes in.
You’ll get one on all your websites hosted with SiteRubix absolutely free of charge and set-up by clicking an ON button.
In the past, with other hosting companies, I had to pay $20, enter all these personal details, and then wait a couple of months for the hosting company to secure my website. It was a massive pain in the ass.
With SiteRubix, it’s free, you click a button, and it’s done. It’s that simple.
Privacy Protection, No More Scammers Calling Me
Many Wealthy Affiliate members don’t know how valuable privacy protection can be and are definitely not as grateful for them as they should be.
Without privacy protection, Wealthy Affiliate members would actually be bombarded by emails and phone calls from tech support scammers, unwanted website designers, and other people looking to make money off of you.
And that has happened to me in the past. I was using another website host and the day I registered, I got 10 emails from random agencies wanting to build my website, 14 calls that I didn’t answer, and a few weeks later, I got mail sent to my house as well!
It’s scary, really, because, without privacy protection, anyone can gain access to your information.
Your address, phone number, email address, and whatever other information you inputted when buying your domain name.
It was so annoying getting all this spam, so I decided to buy the privacy protection upsell that charged me $20 every year on top of hosting. It fixed my problem, but now I was paying $80 per month on web hosting.
However, with Wealthy Affiliate and SiteRubix, you get that all free.
Privacy protection is actually something that comes with Site Domains. I just wanted to make it a whole other section to really emphasize the value of having it.
Same thing with the SSL Certificate, too. It’s something included in Site Domains, but I really wanted to emphasize the value of that as well.
Domains at Wealthy Affiliate cost $13.99 per year. It’s not the cheapest in the world, but it’s a fair price if you’re not accounting for everything else you’re getting.
Check out this chart below:
As you can see, when directly comparing domain costs at Wealthy Affiliate with some other sites, it costs more to have domains with other sites when you add in other features.
But when you start to include things like unlimited email accounts for each domain, privacy protection, SSL certificates, and premium DNS, Wealthy Affiliate and SiteRubix becomes much cheaper.
The simple bundling and lack of upsells immediately make SiteRubix one of my favorite web hosts. One payment and everything comes in.
Site Comments, No Kind Of Authencity Found Anywhere Else
One of the tools that are exclusive to Wealthy Affiliate is Site Comments.
This is a give and take system where you offer comments to other members’ sites, and in return, you get credits that you can use to ask for comments on your own website.
If you’ve been a blogger for a long time now, you’ll know how beneficial it is to get authentic comments on your blog.
It makes your website more authoritative, attracts more people to comment organically, and can even help with your website rankings on Google and other search engines.
Although Site Comments technically produce inorganic comments, it is done in a way where Wealthy Affiliate commentators must read your blog post and post comments that are longer and relevant.
If you’re really good at commenting on other people’s blog posts and do it enough, you can also earn real money doing this.
After getting making 50 approved comments in 30 days, every other comment you make can get you $0.50. It can be a great way to earn some side cash to fund your Wealthy Affiliate subscription or buy whatever else you want/need.
Site Feedback, See Your Website From Another Perspective
Site Feedback is another precious tool you get at Wealthy Affiliate.
In the same way as Site Comments, you can offer people feedback on their websites in return for credits (the same ones as the one you get from Site Comments) and use them to ask for feedback on your site.
You can ask for things like how your website looks, if your content is readable, and etc.
Using this tool, you can gain a lot of valuable feedback on your website that people typically do not offer to you.
Site Support, Solving Technical Issues 24/7
Let’s face it, no website will be perfect no matter how good the hosting is. You will eventually run into issues with your site that are too technically advanced for you to solve on your own.
That’s why most web hosting companies of a technical support team you can talk to.
SiteRubix is the same with Site Support. If you ever run into technical issues with your site, submit a ticket to Site Support. Usually, they will respond within a few minutes, either solving the problem themselves or giving you a solution you can do yourself.
Kraken Image Optimizer Plugin, A Top Image Optimizer
Just recently, Kyle and Carson added the Kraken Image Optimizer plugin as a bonus to all Wealthy Affiliate members. From now on, websites created on SiteRubix will all come pre-installed with the Kraken Image Optimizer plugin.
And this image optimizer is fantastic.
All my websites running with it have seen excellent loading speed improvements, and the optimizer is both trusted and used by companies such as Microsoft, Tesla, Nvidia, Dell, and more.
Usually, this image optimizer will cost anything from $5 per month to $79 per month. Kyle and Carson gave it to us all for free!
Training And Marketing Content
Part of the reason why SiteRubix is so good is because of the training and content on Wealthy Affiliate.
Most people will come to Wealthy Affiliate for the content. They see someone talking about how they make x amount of money with Wealthy Affiliate and then end up signing up for that.
Perhaps you may be different. You might be just looking for website hosting and potentially already know how to blog.
Do you really, though?
Although affiliate marketing through blogging is the core of Wealthy Affiliate training, there’s an entire database of training on tons of different marketing topics.
Information and guides on topics like dropshipping and e-commerce, local digital marketing agencies, organic lead generation, and other businesses have all been talked about in-depth on the site.
Plus, a bunch of stuff on optimizing website speed, SEO, graphic design, and more too.
You can get all of the great website hosting along with the training with your Wealthy Affiliate subscription.
Wealthy Affiliate and SiteRubix is the only place on Earth that you can get this. All other sites either have a course, and you need to pay for the hosting and tools, or have the tools and hosting, but need to pay for the info separately.
Jaaxy Keyword Research Tool, Boost Your Website Rankings!
Writing content for your website can be a great way to get visitors for free, but it’s not just any content.
You need to have content that is targeting keywords that get searched but do not have extremely high amounts of competition that you can’t beat.
Wealthy Affiliate will teach you how to find these keywords and write about them, but the Jaaxy Keyword Research Tool is what you will be using.
Join An Interactive Community Of Marketers
One of the things that Wealthy Affiliate gets such high praise from is its community. Wealthy Affiliate has some of the most active and supportive members in the world!
When you host your website with SiteRubix and run into roadblocks preventing you from growing your business any further, head over to Wealthy Affiliate and ask a question.
There’s a good chance that someone on the site will be able to help you with whatever you’re doing and you’ll be able to move right along.
It’s also a huge opportunity to connect with other bloggers and business owners and potentially make life-changing deals and partnerships that grow your website like crazy.
My words don’t justify the community enough. You’ll have to experience it for yourself!
No Money? Don’t Worry SiteRubix Has No Ads
Most of these features I talked about are premium features. You get all of it when you pay $49 every month or whatever payment plan you have selected.
But even as a free starter member, you are still getting lots.
Privacy protection, SSL certificates, Site Manager, and Site Security are still features that are provided on your free starter website.
There is something SiteRubix has that really separates it from many other website builders and hosters out there.
It’s that even as a free member, SiteRubix will not put any ads or banners on your website, and in fact, you could put your own ads on the free website and earn money from it.
The only way to actually differentiate a free website from a premium one is the domain name.
A free SiteRubix site has the domain .siterubix.com in its link address. Otherwise, it looks exactly the same as a premium SiteRubix hosted website.
The Website Builder Everyone Talks About
After reading a few reviews on SiteRubix on Google, they all seem to talk about one thing, how easy it is to build a website using SiteRubix. And this post wouldn’t be an in-depth review if I didn’t address SiteRubix’s website creation tool.
I still remember the days when you had to be knowledgeable and code a website yourself or pay thousands of dollars for someone else to do it for you. It’s so easy now!
Instead of telling you how easy building a website is, let me show you.
Step 1. In Your Wealthy Affiliate Dashboard, Click On Websites And Then Site Builder
Step 2. Figure Out If You Want To Use A Free Domain, One You Already Own, Or Buy A New One
In this case, I just chose the free option, as this is just an example.
Step 3. Pick A Domain Name
Again, the free option will have .siterubix.com behind it. Just note that once you select a domain name, you can’t change it.
Step 4. Choose A Name
Unlike the domain name, this is something you can change. Usually, it should be the same as your domain name, but we’ll talk about why in some other posts.
Step 5. Choose A Theme
The theme doesn’t matter much if you’re just starting out. Choose something that looks simple and appeals to you. Once again, this is something you can change.
Step 6. Click The Button That Says “Click Here to Build This Site!”
And that’s it! Now you just wait until your site is created. It should only take a few seconds.
Now it’s your turn.
Enter a domain name below to create your first website for free! No credit card details needed.
SiteRubix was the first hosting company where I genuinely felt like, “Oh, this is perfect. It’s truly the best for me.”
Of course, nothing is perfect, and as you’ve probably read, there are places where SiteRubix isn’t the best and can improve.
But my initial experience with SiteRubix was stunning, and it still continues to be.
It is why I am still happily hosting 4 sites on this platform for over a year now.
The simplicity of everything was what got me.
I could build a website within seconds. I could get that SSL certificate up and running with a click of a button for free. No emails about how my website needs to be improved and pitches about website design.
But most of all, it was that everything was packaged into one cost.
For $49 a month, I was getting not just premium web hosting, but also marketing training, a community to connect with, a keyword research tool, and many more.
There are no random upsells that you have to buy to be successful! Everything comes in this one beautiful package.
Didn’t have to pay extra for privacy protection, didn’t have to spend more on SEO tools, didn’t have to pay for an SSL certificate, etc.
This all-in-one package that you get from Wealthy Affiliate is one of the reasons people love it so much. There is so much value in this platform, and everything you need to succeed comes in one place.
Does Wealthy Affiliate sound too good?
I understand your skepticism. In fact, I was skeptical too. There were too many positive reviews from websites that looked shady. Luckily, you can actually get a taste of premium for 7 days without entering any credit card details.
That’s right. You heard me, you don’t need any credit card details to try out Wealthy Affiliate. There are zero risks!
SiteRubix Recap – Ratings At A Glance
Owners: Kyle & Carson
User Experience: 9.8/10
Price: Starter Hosting (free), Premium Hosting ($49/month, $234/6 months, or $359/year)
Overall KAZSMoney Rating: 9.6/10
Is SiteRubix Worth It On Its Own?
Oh my gosh, this review is almost turning into another Wealthy Affiliate review!
I’m terribly sorry if you’ve read my Wealthy Affiliate review and came here only to find redundant information. I do hope you learned something new here that you didn’t learn in my Wealthy Affiliate review.
If you haven’t read my Wealthy Affiliate review, you should definitely go check it out.
I cover a lot more information on what kinds of things you will be learning and the ups and downs of the entire platform. Understanding even more about the whole Wealthy Affiliate platform will be beneficial as well since you will see how well SiteRubix integrates into the system.
But let’s conclude this review as a SiteRubix review and not a Wealthy Affiliate review despite SiteRubix being a sub-domain of Wealthy Affiliate.
Is SiteRubix worth it just as a web host?
My answer is yes, in general. Depending on what you want to accomplish, though, there are potentially better web hosts designed for your specific need.
There are faster web hosts, and there are web hosts that don’t have any of the limitations that I listed down. Some are less expensive, but most are more expensive.
However, with all the bonuses SiteRubix has packed into one payment of $49 monthly, the value is too good, especially for beginners and those without millions of dollars in their back pocket.
I hope you got some new insights into both SiteRubix and the Wealthy Affiliate platform after reading this review. What do you think about SiteRubix? Is the web hosting worth it on its own?
Comment below on what you think. If you have any questions as well, don’t hesitate to ask, and I will respond within 24 hours myself. Have a great day!