"SiteGround VS BlueHost" Looking to create a WordPress website today for web hosting? We'll be comparing the best web hosting companies in WordPre
“SiteGround VS BlueHost”
Looking to create a WordPress website today for web hosting? We’ll be comparing the best web hosting companies in WordPress for your new website. So here we have two WordPress-recommended hosting companies. So which one are you supposed to choose or even matter?
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First of all, we have help which is the most important thing in my view when choosing a web hosting company. Especially if you’re not all that technologically inclined because sooner or later something is going to go wrong and you don’t want to have to wait a very long time on the phone or send in a help ticket and don’t get a reply for days at a time.You want to be able to reach a representative of support as soon as possible so that they can solve your problem as quickly as possible and get your website back up again.
Bluehost provides technical support via telephone and chat 24/7 and they also have various telephone numbers depending on which region you need support. So if you have general questions about support, then you can call one number; whereas if you need help with WordPress, you can call another. And they do provide a robust knowledge base where you can put the problem in a search box and it will return some results that will give you a few troubleshooting steps that you can go through that might fix your issue.One downside is they don’t have a ticket support program and I kind of wondered why this is the case. They ‘re a big business; they have a lot of money so why don’t they have a ticket support system? It would be great for someone to be able to communicate with your support team in another way. And it’s negative there.
On the other side, SiteGround provides 24/7 ticket service, online chat and telephone support. And the response of the help ticket is less than 10 minutes, which is the fastest in the industry. Our support for live chat is instantaneous and our support for the phone is instantaneous too.The staff all their shifts in such a way that they always have someone available to answer a chat or pick up the phone whenever someone needs help. Every month, they also highlight some of their best performing support reps. That’s not what I see any other web hosting company doing. It shows that they concentrate a lot on delivering service and ensuring the customer is happy. And give their help reps an opportunity to do so by pointing them out each month on their blog.Next is speed, and what we’re looking for here is something that tells us that the servers on which our website will be hosting use software and hardware built to be completely configured for speed, so that when our website runs on it, we can take full advantage of these features to make our website load more quickly.
Today SiteGround explicitly reveals how they use the latest performance technologies they have: SSD drives, NGINX servers, a WordPress caching plugin, a free one-click web distribution network via Cloudflare, HTTP/2, and PHP 7.
Now, I couldn’t find something when I looked at Bluehost that talked about how their servers were designed to be quick. I saw no mention of SSD drives, or PHP 7, or any kind of caching functionality like that.
Both both give uptime of 99.9 per cent, and while I couldn’t find that written directly on the Bluehost website, 99.9 per cent is the industry norm, so I’m going to believe both can at least achieve that.Both both give uptime of 99.9 per cent, and while I couldn’t find that written directly on the Bluehost website, 99.9 per cent is the industry norm, so I’m going to believe both can at least achieve that.Now some of the things Bluehost offers that SiteGround is not giving you your first year’s free domain name. Then after that year is up, you just have to pay the current domain name registration rate, which is typically around $10 or $15 a year.They give you 50 gigabytes of room on the website, too. That’s five times as many as SiteGround does, but Bluehost doesn’t have SSD drives, which means data distribution would be slower. So you get some trade-off there, you get more space, but the data delivery will be much slower than the SSD drives that SiteGround gives you. And some of the stuff SiteGround has to offer that Bluehost isn’t a one-click WordPress migration tool. That means that if you switch from another hosting company and your website is on WordPress, using their migration tool, you can easily move it over to SiteGround. Most other hosting services also charge a fee for doing this but it’s free with SiteGround.
They also give you daily backups that are important because if something happened to your website, you want to make sure you’ve got a backup ready so you don’t lose all the work and time you’ve put into building it up to what it’s today. And they do have several data centers across the globe that you can host your website for. So if you’re here in the U.S. and most of your visitors live in the U.S. then you’re choosing a data center in the U.S. But if you’re in Asia, or if most of your visitors are in Asia, then you can choose an Asian data center. And also, in Europe, they have two data centers. And finally, they also offer a free one-click installation of the content delivery network through Cloudflare.
SiteGround was number one in 2016 while Bluehost was number 15. SiteGround again was number one in 2017 and Bluehost didn’t even reach the top 15. And again for the third year in a row in 2018 SiteGround has been number one. Now, there are people that are just like you and me, who have websites that are hosted on WordPress, and in the past we have been dealing with numerous hosting companies both good and bad. And still, SiteGround has been number one for the past three years. Now another thing I want to say as well is that Bluehost is owned by EIG. Now EIG stands for Endurance International Group and they’re notorious for buying web hosting companies and almost ruining the company’s entire reputation.Their service also goes to utter garbage, the output of the websites hosted on their servers often takes a dive, and consumers also aren’t very pleased, they end up leaving one web hosting company and moving to another one that could still be owned by EIG and in the case of EIG they don’t lose a customer at all. They ‘re just flipping over from one brand to another. Therefore, one of the things people say is to just stay away from EIG-owned businesses. Now they’re always acquiring new web hosting companies so there’s actually a running list of companies owned by EIG so you can take a look at it to see if the hosting company you’ve got now is a part of that big company and if so you might want to consider switching to either SiteGround or another web hosting company that doesn’t own them.
And last but not least we have pricing. Now if you’re just starting out and all you need is just one website, then you’ll want to use SiteGround‘s “Startup” plan or Bluehost‘s “Basic” plan on it. And now I’ll compare those two freedoms. Today SiteGround has an introductory price of $3.95 per month, and the price goes up to $11.95 per month after the introductive rate is over. They pay $3.95 a month on Bluehost as an introductory price, and then then it goes up to $7.99 a month, which is four dollars cheaper than SiteGround. But there are a few caveats on Bluehost for you to get the discounted rate of $2.95 per month, you have to buy three years of upfront hosting, so it will be $5.95 per month for you to do only one year of discounted rate hosting, or $4.95 per month as an introductory rate if you paid two years upfront.While it doesn’t matter whether you buy a year, two years, or three years of hosting on SiteGround, the introductory price is always only going to be $3.95 a month. And even though SiteGround is four dollars more expensive per month, you ‘re really just thinking about less than $48 between the two over the course of a year, and with SiteGround you ‘re going to get better hardware and more options compared to Bluehost so this is just a case of you getting what you’re paying for. And there are also potential situations where you’ll run into a lack of support, or not really good support, as it’s a business owned by EIG.
And, when making your choice you want to take that into account. So I think it’s clear the winner is SiteGround, that winner. They give you more support options and quicker support, the servers that will host your website are designed for speed, they give you more functionality than Bluehost and they are highly regarded within the WordPress community. The only place they might fall short is price, but in this case, it’s kind of like you get what you’re paying for. But even though you’re going to spend a little bit more, you ‘re getting more options and better technology that comes with it.