Are you debating between A Small Orange vs SiteGround for your next web hosting provider? Most people already knew about SiteGround and most people are just finding out about ASO, but both were released around the same time.
In this article, I will help you make the right choice today and I will help you set up your new website today at the end.
A Small Orange was founded in Atlanta in 2003, but now it is based in Austin, TX. It has grown to a point where they now have over 30 employees and serve tens of thousands of customers around the world.
SiteGround started in 2004, it has almost 300 employees, and it is currently servicing more than 400,000 domains world-wide.
One great advantage of SiteGround is that you don’t have to worry about buying a domain. When you purchase hosting with SiteGround they are going to throw in a free domain. With ASO you are looking at $15 extra when you purchase a domain name with them.
Both companies offer unique pricing. Many hosting companies can cost you $10 a month, but both companies offer hosting for under $5.
ASO is going to cost you $5 for hosting. But if you choose annual hosting, which is what I highly recommend you will save 17%. Hosting will then cost you $4.17 and your domain name will then be free so you will only pay for hosting.
SG is slightly cheaper. With SiteGround you will only pay $3.95/mo. Once again it is not that big of a difference, but nonetheless it’s still a difference so when it comes to pricing SG takes the crown. Start SiteGround at 60% off.
Popularity matters because it shows you what most people are choosing. ASO is home to over 45,000 websites, but SiteGround is home to over 450,000 websites. On a 1-5 scale out of over 600 verified reviews SiteGround scored a 4.6 rating. Out of 19 verified reviews ASO scored a 2.9 rating. Although SG has far more reviews because there are more users it still has a better hosting rating.
Both companies guarantee a 99.99% uptime. SiteGround delivers to this promise. On their website they even display their monthly uptime, which is extremely convenient and it shows their trustworthiness. We have gotten mixed reviews from our blogger friends. Some have experienced downtime, but overall the performance is good.
A Small Orange
ASO maintains servers in 2 distinct US-based data centers, located in Dallas, Texas, and Dearborn, Michigan. Their data centers contain a fully redundant, 2N architecture for high density applications, 11.1 MW power capacity, 2n power through four (4) autonomous power plants, ASO has a high performance IP managed premium network, Multi-homed, carrier neutral, and Arbor Networks PeakFlow DDoS detection.
SG datacenters are located on 3 different continents to ensure optimum connectivity for the sites that they host. You are able to choose the closest one to you out of North America, Europe, and the Asia-Pacific region. For all of their servers they utilize CentOS, Apache, MySQL, PHP and WHM/cPanel. Their facility has 24×7 human security, biometrics, and access control mantraps.
This is where ASO falls extremely short. I’m pretty sure that you checked their website and you came up short in your search for phone support. They do not have phone support, which leaves a bad taste in your mouth.
If you ever had hosting before, then you know that you always want to be able to talk to your hosting providers on the phone. Worst-case scenario your site goes down because of something you have done. You’re not going to want to type in your problems with live chat you are going to want to talk with someone on the phone.
They both have ticket support, live chat, but phone support is where SG takes the huge edge. As for a knowledge base and how to articles SG has more articles. When it comes to support it is not even close.
- Intel Xeon E5 Dual Hex Core Processors
- cPanel included
- Solid State Drives
- Daily backups, with multiple restore points
- R1Soft Bare Metal Restore (BMR) Backups
- Password protected directory and IP-blocking support
- CloudLinux operating system
- Hotlink and leech protection included
- Free Site Setup or Transfer
- cPanel & Softaculous
- Full SSD Storage
- Free CloudFlare CDN
- Ultra-redundant power and networking systems with no single point of failure.
- Anti-Hack Systems & SPAM Experts Spam Prevention
- The Fastest Server Monitoring
- Free SSH and SFTP Access
- Free Daily Backup
SiteGround is the clear better choice. ASO is a solid web host, but it is lacking in a lot of areas that SG shines in. ASO does not have the best reviews which should give you a cause to pause. SiteGround is probably the most popular web hosting company right now.
ASO is growing, but there is more information on the web for SiteGround. SG would be the first hosting company I would recommend to anyone. It offers better performance, support, and it’s cheaper than ASO.
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