Bluehost VS Siteground: Which One Is The Best Hosting Platform?

by | Apr 14, 2019 | Blogging Advice | 0 comments

If you’ve made the decision to start a blog but don’t really understand the difference between hosting providers, this post is for you! 

If you want to make money blogging, choosing a good hosting provider is essential. 

The three most well known hosting platforms are Bluehost, Siteground and Hostgator. Hostgator and Bluehost are actually owned by the same company (EIG), so what they offer is very similar in quality.

 

 

 

That’s why in today’s post, I wanted to focus on the differences between Bluehost and Siteground. Both of these hosting providers are excellent, but which one is the right one for you depends on what you need from a web host and what your circumstances are.

I always recommend Bluehost for beginner bloggers, but let’s dive more into that once we’ve compared both of the web hosts!

 

What Should You Look For In A Web Host?

 

Now, before moving on to comparing Bluehost and Siteground, let’s have a look at the top qualities of a good web host. There are dozens of different web hosts out there, but not all of them tick these boxes.

 

Uptime History: Uptime refers to the amount of time that your website is actually online. It’s really important to choose a web host that has an uptime history of 99.99% – you want people to be able to access your website at all times!

Site Speed & Page Load Time: The next thing to pay attention to is website speed. Not only is it important to have a speedy website to rank in Google, your visitors won’t have a good user experience if your site is slow, and they will most likely never return to your site.

Affordability: Many hosting plans lure you in with affordable pricing in the first year. Make sure to check that you’re able to pay for hosting even when the affordable price wears off! 

Security: You should get a free SSL certificate with a free installation from your web host. 

Webspace: Blogging takes up a lot of space, especially if you use a lot of images. Make sure that you choose a host that can provide you with as much space as possible!

Great Customer Service: Great customer service is a must. You’ll most likely run into technical difficulties with your blog and it’s essential that you can communicate with your web host within minutes.

Extras: Some hosts offer free services like a free domain (worth $15), a free custom email address (worth $5/month) and other perks.

WordPress.org: You’re going to be building your website with WordPress, so it’s essential that your host is compatible with WordPress. Bonus points if they offer a free 1 click install!

 

Now, Let’s Look At How Bluehost And Siteground Side To Side!

 

Note: I’m comparing the cheapest plans for each hosting provider. To see the other plan types that they have, scroll further below!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1st Year Price

Regular Price

Uptime

Speed

Support

SSL Included

Webspace

How Many Monthly Visitors?

Domain Included

Email Included

Extras? 

Bluehost

 

$2.95 (Special Price Through My Partner Link!)

$7.99

99.99%

419 ms (fast)

Average Chat Response Time = 5 min

50 GB

~500,000 monthly visitors

$200 worth of advertising credits for Google and Facebook ads

 

Siteground

 

$3.95 (Special Price Through My Partner Link!)

$11.95

99.99%

722 ms (fast)

Average Chat Response Time = 2 min

10 GB

~10,000 monthly visitors

Free CDN

As you can see, Bluehost is more affordable and faster than Siteground.

You get five times more webspace (50 GB vs 10 GB), a free domain (worth $15) and 500,000 people can visit your website without it crashing compared to 10,000 visitors with Siteground! (These are the numbers that sales reps from both companies provided me.)

That’s seriously impressive.

Not to mention, you get a free $200 to spend towards Facebook and Google ads, so that you can get your website noticed from day one. To me, there is a clear winner here. 

Bluehost is also officially recommended by WordPress, which says a lot. They power more than 2 million websites, which makes it one of the most popular web hosts on the planet, if not the most popular web host. 

In my eyes, Bluehost outperforms Siteground in almost every way.

So what does Siteground offer?

The main benefit that Siteground offers is a CDN service worth $20/ month and faster customer service.

 

What’s A CDN?

 

 

A CDN, abbreviated from Content Delivery Network refers to a geographically distributed bundle of servers which work together to make website content load faster.

So, what this means in practice is that if someone from London, UK visits your website, the server that stores all your website data will also be located in London (or as near to London as possible), and thus the information needed to load your website is going to be accessible faster than if the server was in the US. 

CDNs should definitely have a place in your blog strategy in the long run, but when you first start out you won’t need them. 

And even if you want to try out a CDN, you can do so for free with Cloudflare, no matter who your web host is. I use Cloudflare even now that I have 70,000-90,000 pageviews per month and I’ve been very satisfied with them! 

 

Bluehost Vs SiteGround All Plan Prices Compared

Now, let’s look at the prices of other plans that Bluehost and Siteground have.

 

SiteGround Web Hosting Prices

StartUp

GrowBig

GoGeek

1st Year Price

$3.95

$5.95

$11.95

Regular Price

$11.95

$19.95

$34.95

Bluehost Web Hosting Prices

Basic

Plus

Prime

1st Year Price

$2.95

$5.45

$5.45

Regular Price

$7.99

$10.99

$14.99

 

 

And What Do You Get With These Plans?

 

Essentially, you get to host more websites and you get more space. Here’s the full break down:

With SiteGround‘s  StartUp, GrowBig and GoGeek, you’ll get 10 GB / 20 GB / 30 GB webspace, you can have 10k/ 25k/100k visitors per month and you can have 1 site/unlimited sites/unlimited sites.

 

With BlueHost‘s Basic, Plus and Prime plans you’ll get 50 GB / unmetered /unmetered webspace and you can have 1 site/ unlimited sites / unlimited sites. 

When I reached out to them to ask about visitor limitations, they said that there aren’t really any limits. So, technically you could have an unlimited number of visitors on your site with the Plus and Prime plans, and ~500,000 monthly visitors with the basic plan.

 

*Conclusion*

 

I hope this comparison gave you some insight on choosing the right web host for your blogging needs. No matter which web host you decide to go with, you’ll be in good hands. After all, these web hosts are largely considered to be the Top 2 web hosts for bloggers.

If you’re ready to take the next step, head over to my step by step tutorial on How To Start A Blog In 15 Minutes Or Less to get your blog up and running as soon as possible! 

 

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