Here’s our honest breakdown on SiteGround vs Bluehost 2021 – Which one is best?
Founded in 2003 in Utah, Bluehost runs more than 3M websites and employs over 650 people. It hasn’t stopped improving since they first started. EIG, a company who has many more web hosting services, decided to own it in 2010 – and many say this was when things started going south.
SiteGround was founded in 2004, and has more than 400 employees and hosts more than 3M domain names. This company has been able to manage to become one of the most outstanding shared hosting providers in the recent years – and we’ll see why below.
SiteGround vs. Bluehost at Google Trends
But sometimes, being popular and hosting, don’t mix really well. So many hosting monsters ( like Bluehost) intend to have some issues controlling high volumes of customers. This usually ends up damaging their performance and the quality of their backup.
Stage 1: Ease of use – Which One Is Easiest To Use?
Bluehost offers a Cpanel-based system with so many common characteristics (e.g: FTP accounts, a filer manager, email accounts and PHPMyAdmin). However, SiteGround has got their own customized panel which is more powerful and intuitive.
You can even turn on CloudFlare (a popular CDN) easily with both providers.
From my perspective, SiteGround’s strategy is a little bit more clear. Bluehost’s backend is more comfortable and simple to use, it’s a customized cPanel version. However, it’s integerated with frequent upsell sales and promotion of paid tools that you can most likely don’t need
Another thing which is kind of uneasy from Bluehost is that they are a little bit shady about their prices and try to push you to sign up for longer periods of time which is 3 years.
Who is the winner?
Actually, both have a very easy-to-use system and they are pretty intuitive. If I had to pick a winner, I’d choose Bluehost as SiteGround feels a little bit salesy and their pricing is sometimes confusing.
Phase 2 – Hosting Characteristics
There are many options you need to pay attention to while checking out a hosting service provider. But based on my experience, these are the most related for sharing hosting:
Storage & Space – How much space You will Need?
This is an imperative aspect to pay attention to all the time. You will have to choose a hosting plan with enough space for your tasks
|Entry level plan||10GB||50GB|
I have got to say that 10GB is too much for the majority of projects, unless you are planning ahead to upload a ton of HD images and heavy sized videos
Who Is The Winner Here?
Something to mention: Siteground and Bluehost use SSD as their storage drivers. These are obviously pricier but also faster than dated hard drives. Like comparing a Mercedes to a coach.
Bandwidth – How many Potential Visitors will you get?
This indicates to the amount of traffic that your website will able to receive. Sometimes, hosting service provers try to restrict your visitors, so you will have to upgrade.
Who is the winner here? Actually, Neither SiteGround nor Bluehost have any bandwidth restrictions which is awesome. So you can get as much traffic as you can.
Supports & Backups – Stay safe!
Anything has the potential to go wrong sometimes, and usually will. Having recent support and backups that can be restored immediately is a life changer. A trustworthy backup system has prevented us from getting fired on a few situations.
SiteGround has got your back! They maintain a daily copy of your website for at least 30 days. And you will be able to restore to a previous backup in quick seconds.
But I’m personally a big fan of their Backup On Demand System – only available on the GrowBig and GoGeek plans. With one click you can quickly back up the entire system and restore it much faster if needed. Unfortunately, you can’t download those locally.
Bluehost’s system is not as cool as they promise a backup add-on (at $3 extra a month) for the lower 2 plans – also that add-on is included for free of charge with higher plans. They even have deleted the cPanel option to build backups manually.
Who Is The Winner Here?
I think they both are kind of winners, and it feels like they are trying their best to provide you the premium plan since they are fully loaded with quality services!
What About Domains, Subdomains & Parked Domains?
With SiteGroound, you will be allowed to create as many subdomains as you want. You will also be able to have unlimited domain names with all your plans with. However, they don’t provide free domain name during registration. You will be asked to pay for it.
Bluehost does also offer a free domain name with all their plans included. Just to let you know that subdomains and parked domains are restricted with their entry plan to 5 and 25 – There are no limitations with more expensive plans.
Who Is The Winner? Since Bluehost provides a free domain name with all their plans, they get the point for it.
What About CACHING AND OPTIMIZATION?
Site speed is definitely vital for delivering a positive user experience to your customers and visitors, as well as making your website an efficient sales or lead generation tool.
With that in mind, it’s good to observe that both Bluehost and Siteground take this seriously. Not only they both have high quality servers in their marketing materials, but they also offer you with some extra tools and functionality to improve website performance.
However, before we go over that, let’s explore what effort both hosts have taken to provide a fast hosting experience.
As well as in-house caching technology system, you could also quickly turn on the Cloudfare CDN service from inside your account areas with both hosts. As Cloudflare has free and paid serives. This could be a cost-efficient method to optimize your WordPress website.
Both hosts add an internal plugin to your WordPress website that offers you with some tools for optimizing the performance of your site.
However, with Bluehost, all you’ll be able to do is choose from the three levels of caching.
With the SiteGround SG Optimizer plugin running on your website, you can not only set up how your site is cached, but also implement other options, such as environment, front-end and media optimization.
While you set up the test sites for this comparison, SG Optimizer really did deduct the file size of the images that had been uploaded to WordPress Media Library with no any intuitive damage to their quality when it converted them to the WebP format. Because of this, it’s awesome to see this feature included as normal on the SiteGround shared hosting plans.
What I Love About Siteground
So much experience, an amazing track record and astonishing performance. These key highlights make SiteGround visible and stand head and shoulders above the competition regarding shared web hosting offerings. What they claim about speed technology is kind of hard to beat, even if it comes at a slightly higher price tag.
To explain briefly;
- Fantastic features
- Good reputation
- Stable speeds
- Strong customer service support
What I Love About Bluehost
I can’t say anything about this hosting. I’m a huge fan of low cost hosting providers and there is no comparison between SiteGrounds shared web hosting plans vs Bluehosts. For a web hosting provider, even if it’s only for the primary sign up period, Bluehost has a super cheap plan and you’ll get tired to find many that are lower priced 🙂
Some key features:
- Strong price point
- Decent features
- Well established service
What Is Our Final Thoughts?
Yes, there are definitely so many things I love about both hosts. But unfortunately, my personal love for a rock-bottom price aside, I seriously can’t deny that both have an amazing service.