Let’s review two hosting providers optimized for WordPress. SiteGround vs Bluehost is a web hosting battle of popularity, hosting performance, perks & features, technical support, data center technology, and more.
I am confident that the right choice for your business will be found in this article. Also, if you need help starting your business, then below I have added an awesome setup guide for you. The time to start a business is always now!
Before we begin, let’s learn some facts about both SiteGround and Bluehost.
SiteGround uses the handcraft philosophy. Every new solution that is implemented is devised, developed, optimized and tested for months before use. Some of their partners include SingleHop, SoftLayer, GlobalSign. With over 13 years in the web hosting industry SiteGround currently has over 400 employees and over 800,000 domains hosted. In one year SiteGround has doubled their domains hosted which is no small task. This accomplishment speaks volumes of their customer satisfaction.
Bluehost started as an idea in 1996 but it took 7 years before that idea became a reality. Matt Heaton received his first web hosting customer in 2003. By 2007 BH was adding 30,000 domains each month. By 2008 Bluehost announced that they surpassed the 850,000 domains mark between them and their sister companies. In the same year Bluehost had over 1 million domain names. Now in 2017 Bluehost hosts well over 2 million domains and is one of the 20 largest web hosts in the world.
All Bluehost and SiteGround plans come with the cPanel control panel. cPanel excels compared to vDeck and Plesk. cPanel is the easiest control panel to use, the interface is beautiful, and cPanel is rich in features. cPanel features include ModSecurity, Leech Protect, HotLink Protection, FTP accounts, backup wizard. You are also given a Simple and advanced DNS Zone Editor.
Multiple domain hosting
It’s always awesome to be able to add a domain to your web hosting package. You never know when you are going to create a website. Another similarity of using both hosting services is that they both give their customers multiple domain plans. Bluehost Plus/Prime and SiteGround GrowBig/GoGeek gives business owners unlimited websites. This will help self-employed people make more profit and this helps you with any business ideas that you might have in the future.
Bluehost data centers
BH has 2 United States data center locations in Utah. Their main server location is in Provo, Utah and their secondary location is in Orem, Utah. Bluehost has brought hosting services to India with their Mumbai Data Center. Bluehost also provides a Hong Kong, HK Data Center and a high-speed Shanghai server location.
SiteGround data center
The SiteGround infrastructure is built on powerful and innovative hardware. SiteGround offers multiple data center locations across three different continents. They offer a data center in Chicago which is great for those in North America, South America, and Africa. They offer a data center in London, UK and Amsterdam, NL which is great for Europe and Russia websites. Their Singapore, SG data centers are great for those who need web hosting in Australia, New Zealand, Asia, and South Pacific. Their Milan, IT data center is great for their Italian hosting customers.
SG – Shared hosting
SiteGround offers three cheap shared hosting packages. The cheapest price possible is their StartUp plan for $3.95/mo. Their GrowBig plan costs $5.95 a month and their GoGeek plan costs $11.95/mo.
Their Entry plan starts at $80.00/mo. This plan gives you 2 CPU Cores and 4GB Memory.
Their Business plan starts at $120.00/mo. This plan comes with 3 CPU Cores and 6GB Memory.
Business Plus costs $160/mo. This plan comes with 4 CPU Cores and 8GB Memory.
Super Power is their most expensive VPS plan for $240/mo and comes with 8 CPU Cores and 10GB Memory. All their VPS plans come with 5TB Bandwidth.
Dedicated SiteGround hosting
Dedicated SiteGround hosting starts at $229.00/mo, which is their Entry Server plan. This web hosting plan comes with Intel Xeon E3-1230 CPU and 3.20Ghz CPU Clock Speed.
Their Power Server plan costs $329.00/mo and comes with Intel Xeon E3-1270 CPU and 3.50Ghz CPU Clock Speed.
Their Super Power Server plan costs $429.00/mo and comes with 2 x Intel Xeon E5-2620 CPU, 2.00Ghz CPU Clock Speed, and 15MB CPU Cache.
BH Shared hosting.
Bluehost shared hosting starts at $3.95/month. Their Plus plan starts at $5.95/mo. Their Prime plan also costs $5.95 a month and comes with more perks such as SiteBackup Pro, $200 marketing offers, more parked & sub domains, unlimited accounts, and more. With Bluehost you can also GoPro for $13.95/mo. GoPro gives you high performance servers. You will receive a dedicated IP, an SSL certificate, and domain privacy.
If you desire optimized hosting for WordPress, then Bluehost offers WordPress hosting for $19.99/month. If you want to take it a step further, then you can select their VPS plan for $19.99/mo. Their Enhanced VPS plan costs $29.99/mo and comes with 2 Cores, 60 GB SSD, and 4 GB Ram.
Their Ultimate VPS plan offers unlimited bandwidth and costs $59.99/mo and comes with 4 Cores, 120GB SSD, and 8GB Ram.
With dedicated hosting you will get a free upgrade on dedicated standard hosting. You will receive 4 x 2.5 GHz and 1TB storage starting at $79.99/mo. Features include 4 Cores, 8 Threads, Instant Provisioning, and RAID Storage.
Student web hosting is great for students and teachers. Why pay more when you can pay less? Both companies offer discounted student web hosting. SiteGround is easily the cheaper of the two. SiteGround offers student hosting for $1.99/mo, which is 80% off their original plan.
Free domain name
One awesome thing about Bluehost is that they have awesome web hosting and free domain services. With Bluehost you will not have to pay for your domain for one entire year. Upon renewing, then you will pay for your domain name. SiteGround does not offer the free domain option for their shared web hosting plans.
Both platforms have invested heavily in their servers. Upon checking the monthly uptime, both come out with a 99.99% uptime guarantee.
However, the difference is in their page load response time. SiteGround has a 300ms load response time, which is the highest among shared web hosts.
SiteGround has a load response time of 500ms which is OK but it’s still 200ms slower. Response times are one of the most important aspects of web hosting performance. Even a second off your page load speed can cost your business thousands.
Easy to use
One pro of using SiteGround is that you will be given a rare website setup wizard. This offers a one-click automatic WordPress installation, free migration of an existing WP site, and also hand-picked WordPress themes.
Their famous preinstall wizard makes them the fastest hosting company to set up with. Are you a new blogger? If so, this is an awesome feature to have. Setting up can be done in a few short minutes. Bluehost offers cPanel and is easy to set up as well. However, there is one clear difference. Bluehost does not offer this handy preinstall wizard.
- 5 data center locations for the best website speed from the United States, Europe, and the Asia-Pacific region.
- NGINX web server technology.
- Free Cloudflare CDN
- Cutting-edge solid state drive technology. 1000x increase in input/output operations.
- HTTP/2 enabled servers
- Top speed PHP execution. PHP7 and HHVM
- 3 clicks to set up a new site.
- WP staging
- Unlimited Email Accounts & DBs
- Unique Anti-bot AI
- SuperCacher (speed) – Level 1 or all 3 levels
- Unlimited addon domains to host multiple sites.
- High level electricity redundancy with multiple failover options.
- LXC-based stability
- Free SSH and SFTP Access
- Bluehost automatically creates daily, weekly, and monthly backups of your entire account.
- Resource Protection
- Enhanced cPanel – Test drive cPanel feature
- Restrict access to different areas of your account.
- Content Delivery Network
- Dual Quad Processor Performance Servers
- Unlimited Domain Hosting
- Advanced capabilities
- Secure Shell (SSH) Access
- Customized Apache Web Server
- Spam Assassin Protection
- Support International Domain Names
- Web File Manager
Another pro of using both hosting companies is that you will be given 24/7 support.
With Bluehost you can search their help desk for billing, sales, and technical support questions. Bluehost offers over 500 knowledgebase articles and 17 how-to videos for their customers. Bluehost allows you to enjoy a free consultation with their web experts. They have one of the largest phone support departments in the hosting industry. Just to name a few, you can contact their Web Security, Traffic Generation, Personal Websites and Blogs, New Businesses, or Website Speed and Performance department.
SiteGround hands down offers the fastest support team in the industry. If you have been blogging for years, then you can attest to this. Something is wrong with your website and you immediately call your hosting company. The problem is that, it takes a long time to get in touch with their representatives.
Have you ever used live chat and had to wait a long time for someone to answer you? Not with SiteGround. SG offers the fastest support response times. Along with their 24/7 support, you are given SiteGround Webinars. With SiteGround Webinars you are given a webinar series where they share hands-on knowledge on some of the current and popular web hosting topics.
SiteGround also offers a beautifully organized step-by-step tutorials section. What I love about SiteGround is that they build relationships. SiteGround has events all around the world. If you have never been to anyone of their events, then you are missing out. SiteGround sponsors events such as WordCamps, Joomla Days, hosting and design conferences, etc. Check here to see when they are coming to a city near you so you can talk to the SG team and get tips from them.
Which company is the easy winner?
There are some pros about Bluehost such as their 1-year free domain option. However, in 2017 SiteGround is the more popular hosting service for a reason. SiteGround offers more perks & features, a better page load response time, a cheaper web hosting price, and more data center locations. Hands down, SiteGround is the better overall hosting company. Below I will help you to start ranking by putting your business on the web.
5 minute site setup using the SiteGround preinstall wizard.
Start SiteGround here (60% off)
- Select the WordPress services tab.
- Choose one of their three web hosting plans.
- Enter your domain
- Add account and client information.
- Proceed and select their preinstall wizard option.