Siteground Vs. Bluehost
SiteGround started out 13 years ago, emerging as a lead host provider for websites in 2014. It was founded on a strong note and has grown into a major hosting service today, with more than four hundred employees and processing more than a thousand tickets daily for 500,000 domains.
Bluehost, on the other hand, got its start much earlier and was around in the 90s. Its specialty is cloud-based platform solutions that cater primarily from small to medium sized businesses’ needs. It serves more than two million websites all around the world.
While each hosting service offers specific advantages and disadvantages, the answer to the question on which is better between siteground and bluehost, it really depends on what you need from a hosting provider. Here are a few things you need to consider before you make your final choice.
- Navigable cPanel. Those well-versed in website creation will have a user-friendly cPanel (or control panel) on their list of things they want in a hosting provider. SiteGround offers a cPanel that they specifically developed. Known as Crystal, their version of cPanel yields a lot of extra functionality for website owners who are looking for a more versatile experience. On the other hand, Bluehost’s cPanel is relatively straightforward, allowing users to efficiently manage their databases, apps, security and FTP accounts.
- Features. This is where the similarities between the two hosting providers break down. At a cursory glance, SiteGround offers more features than Bluehost does: email functionality, website migration services, rapid server monitoring, anti-hack systems, data backup services, free CDN with each account, power and hardware redundancy, WordPress special cache, spam prevention, and they have WP-CLI pre-installed. Bluehost, on the other hand, specializes in cloud backups, instant scaling, hotlink protection, data mirroring, dual quad processor performance servers, and boasts multiple 10 gigabit Ethernet connections. Each feature-set grants efficient functionality, depending on what you specifically need from a hosting provider, and where you would like their specialization to be.
- Support. SiteGround and Bluehost tie in for good support teams that provide 24/7 assistance for their users. They both offer live chats for quick queries or minor concerns, as well as phone call access for a more personal response to any problems that users might run into. SiteGround, especially, is known for its excellent customer service.
- Pricing. Both hosting providers offer a hosting rate that starts at $3.95, which is already a decent fee. The domain name gets thrown in for free as well. Bluehost offers a discount to users who pay up front for their services for the next three years, bringing their rate down to $2.75. This gives Bluehost a slight advantage over SiteGround in terms of pricing, that is, for website owners who are willing to pony up in advance for the next three years.
SiteGround and Bluehost are similar in a way that they offer excellent hosting services for its users. They offer dedicated servers and easy website setup, plus all the bells and whistles. The differences lie in their specialization, and what website owners are looking for in their hosting providers.