BlueHost vs SiteGround: What We Think
Commentary by WHSR Staff, Timothy Shim
Hosting sites since 2003, BlueHost today has grown into one of the grand-daddies of the business and is perhaps one of the few sites worth comparing to SiteGround. They both have impressive track records and Jerry does in fact host his personal blog with SiteGround.
SiteGround: Innovative Company
Over the years, SiteGround has pused forward several innovations in their service which includes their SuperCacher which helps its users optimize the performance of their sites. Although self-developed initiatives such as this are popular among a handful of top web hosting providers, others such as BlueHost are catching up in terms of standard technology such as the use of SSD storage.
Yet I feel that because of the longer innovation lead that SiteGround has, it still edges just that tiny bit ahead in its offerings. For example, sometime last year SiteGround started offering a new AI-based anti-bot solution to its users that help increase the security of their account. Think of it as like something like WordFence, without having to install the plugin on your site.
Yet despite these innovative add-ons that are coming from SiteGround, somehow BlueHost has still managed to keep up in performance offering an impressive TTFB of less than 500ms. This is a good response time in the industry and while SiteGround can meet and exceed those numbers, the performance is slightly more erratic.
Good Uptime Reliability for Both
SiteGround Uptime (August 2018): 100%.
BlueHost Uptime (July 2018): 100%.
Thankfully though, both do well in uptime reliability with BlueHost lagging only slightly behind SiteGround’s 100% at 99.95% uptime. Nothing less than what one would expect from two top names in the business.
They are also both incredibly good for new users to latch on to in different ways. BlueHost has a wide range of self-help documentation and an intuitive user interface, while SiteGround will help new users migrate to its servers for free.
Nothing in this world is perfect however, and both do come with their own quirks as well. What I feel is slightly annoying with SiteGround is that it doesn’t offer live chat support for technical and billing issues. BlueHost makes itself a bit of a nuisance with constant upsells for more features which can be quite pricey.
Nevertheless, either of these hosts would be a great choice on so many levels that it can be hard to choose. I’d say that either/or is fine for a wide range of users since they hit many key issues on the head with their offered plans and scalability.
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