This is a comparison between SiteGround vs Bluehost, which are two of the best and the most popular website hosting companies. When people want to start a website they usually choose between these two hosting providers to start their website.
Even though this is a close battle when we put both companies together I still believe that this is an easy choice and you will see with these differences.
- SiteGround started in 2004 and today it is one of the most preferred web hosting companies worldwide. They are here to provide their customers with high quality, secure and reliable web hosting services.
- With experience dating back to 1996, Bluehost a web hosting company owned by Endurance International Group (EIG) is one of the worldwide leaders in providing web hosting solutions.
Both of these hosing companies are cheap to use. Unlike other companies you will not have to pay $8, $10, $13, etc. Hosting for these companies are only going to cost you $3.95 a month, which is nothing. Here is where they both differ.
The reason that some people would rather choose SiteGround is because with Bluehost you have to pay 3 years in advance at $3.95/mo. If you don’t want to pay 3 years in advance. You also have the option of choosing 24 months and 12 months in advance, but the smaller the length the more you’re going to have to pay.
With some popular hosting companies you have to buy your domain separate at sites like GoDaddy, but with these two hosting providers you are able to make a domain free of charge. Not only does this help your pockets, but it makes setting up even easier.
Support is a big determining factor for many people including me. I really despise hosting companies that don’t offer phone support and live chat. For every website owners safety these are things that you will need. Both companies offer great support which I would recommend to anyone. They both give their customers 24/7 phone, live chat, email support, and a large amount of documents that you probably won’t need, but it’s always good to have them.
One of the things that you should look for in a hosting company is cPanel. Cpanel is the standard control panel for most hosting companies. If you have ever had hosting before, then most likely you have used cPanel. Both SiteGround and Bluehost offer cPanel which means everything will be familiar and easier to you.
- Hotlink Protection
- Dual Quad Processor Performance Servers
- UPS Power Backup
- Diesel Generator Backup Power
- Linux Operating System
- Customized Apache Web Server
- 24/7 Network Monitoring
- Courtesy Site Backups
- Multiple 10 Gigabit Ethernet Connections
- Servers on Three Continents
- Customized Server Setup: Shared servers operate on Apache on CentOS
- Free CDN with Each Account
- Power Redundancy
- Unique Account Isolation
- The Fastest Server Monitoring
- Anti-Hack Systems & Help
- SPAM Experts Spam Prevention
- Free Daily Backup
Performance is probably the most important thing to think about when choosing your web host. Although the other comparisons were neck and neck this is where they really differ. I love Bluehost, but over the years there has been some slight downtime, but nothing major.
SiteGround customers have been more pleased when it comes to uptime. This is one of the reasons why I would recommend SiteGround over Bluehost because SG has slightly better uptime at 99.99% monthly and better uptime means happier visitors, more sales, and a better reputation. When it comes to the average page load speed they both are similar in which you can expect an average load speed of around 300-400 MS.
To summarize – They both offer good performance for websites of all kinds, but it is clear that SiteGround has better performance and their website even displays their up-time each month for better customer satisfaction.
Because both of the hosting providers give you a free domain setting up your site can be done in less than 10 minutes. For me it takes 5 minutes. All that you basically do is sign up for the hosting and install WordPress, there is no trick to it. What makes SiteGround different is that they have an automatic WordPress installation wizard. This installation preinstall wizard makes installing WordPress easier which means it will be an even faster process for you.
This is a big one. If you already have hosting and you are seeking to transfer your site it is going to cost you with Bluehost, but if you choose SiteGround you will be happy to know that when you sign-up for a SiteGround hosting account you receive a free transfer for your WordPress site as part of your hosting package!
I can say good things about both companies, but it is clear that as of 2016 SiteGround is the better hosting company. It has better performance, it has a faster set up time because of their set up wizard, it offers free migration, it is cheaper to use, etc. If you are a beginner and you want to create a website then strongly recommend that you choose SG.
Create a website with SiteGround today.
With their WordPress setup wizard it will take you 5 minutes to have your website up and running. All you have to do is sign up and allow them to do the rest.