This review is well and truly overdue. I’ve been meaning to compare both hosting companies as I’ve only just recently signed up to Siteground so I can finally compare these two popular hosting companies.
I know it can be difficult to decide on where to host your site as there appears to be so many options out there! And I’m guilty of trying many of them for different projects!
In this Siteground vs Bluehost I hope to make that decision a little easier for you. I own several blogs and ecommerce sites so hopefully my experience with all of them will help you decide.
Let the battle begin!
Who has the most experience?
Bluehost is the old kid on the block. They were founded in 1996 and are amongst the Top 20 of the largest hosting companies in the world hosting over 2 million websites.
Siteground was founded in 2004 and now hosts just under half a million websites. Despite having a later start to the game compared to Bluehost they have rapidly expanded their server infrastructure to 4 countries. Siteground is also known for their support for Internet privacy and have spoken out against SOPA.
WINNER: Bluehost. They have nearly a decade more experience.
Siteground and Bluehost both use cPanel. It’s one of the best and easiest hosting panels to use (don’t worry if you haven’t used it, it’s super intuitive from absolute novices to experts).
You know what really grinds my gears? Advertising! Bluehost have overloaded their cPanel with advertising and offers. I really dislike that. As a paying customer I don’t want to be immersed in advertising.
WINNER: Siteground. Their cPanel is clean and not riddled with advertising unlike Bluehost.
Features and Pricing
Both hosting companies are loaded with features. It’s something that I could talk about in a seperate 1000 word blog post. I’m not going to do that (it will drive me and you insane)
Click on the links below and check out the features side by side in a very easy comparison. Whether you are looking at Siteground vs Bluehost for WordPress hosting or a full blown web hosting solution, both hosts excel in this department.
Now when it comes to pricing both Bluehost and Siteground are extremely competitive. One thing I really like about Bluehost is they have one plan so it’s not as confusing.
WINNER: Bluehost. They have one plan. I really like that.
Nothing says disaster like being in the middle of something really important and your website going offline. Believe me I’ve had this issue previously with JustHost and even on this site with Hostgator. There is nothing more frustrating.
I am so annoyed by Hosting companies that seem to outsource all of their customer service and do not train their technicians sufficiently.
Bluehost is good, but on several occasions my site went down and i was not able to get a resolution.
Siteground has NEVER GONE down for me.
I have only ever had to contact their support a few times (yeah I’m a geek i can sort out most issues by myself). Siteground technicians are extremely well versed on web hosting and always seem to have the right skills to fix my issues on the spot.
WINNER: Siteground. Superior reliability and excellent support.
I kind of touched on this topic earlier. Although I believe both companies are ‘generally’ reliable and have uptime guarantees of 99.99%, it’s always the 0.01% that I find frustrating (and an outage always happens at the worst time). Bluehost sadly had an outage that lasted over 6 hours on one occasion. And I am unsure if I can forgive them for that. Also, I have a feeling that Bluehost may be over crowding their servers (this means hosting too many businesses on the one server and sometimes slowing down everyone as a result).
WINNER: Siteground. I can say that with absolute certainty!
If you are frustrated with your current host and looking to transfer your site, it can be a pain in the a**, especially if you have never done it before. Although I haven’t used this particular service, as i was doing this review I can see that Siteground offers this service for free while Bluehost charges $149.
WINNER: Siteground. Site transfer is Free.
Final thoughts on the Siteground vs Bluehost Battle off!
Whatever you choose, my advice is to always put reliability and customer service above everything else.
For this reason alone, Siteground, for me, is still the absolute winner.
Siteground has excellent customer service, rock solid infrastructure, amazing pricing and a team of skilled management and support teams that keep their services optimised around the clock.
Siteground January Offer 2018
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