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Noor is a well-known webhosting blogger and industry analyst. Since 2006, he has tested a wide variety of web hosting services and posted the results on his popular blog, InlineHostBlogger.com. For each review, he extensively tests each web hosting company personally, or with his hand-picked team of technicians.
SiteGround Vs HostGator Comparison
SiteGround Vs HostGator

Updated: April 4, 2019

Creating a website with a poor web hosting company is like building a house on quicksand. Eventually, you are going to have structural problems. Because your web hosting company is so important, this review will compare two of the most popular: SiteGround Vs HostGator.

Additional Resources: Bluehost Vs HostGator Comparison

HostGator is a large web hosting and domain company with over 9 million domains and more than 400,000 clients using their service. Based in Houston, they have grown rapidly since their inception in 2002. They were acquired by Endurance International Group in 2012.

SiteGround was established in 2004 and now has 140 employees. They are strong supporters of open-source software and have custom hosting plans for WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, Magento, and other popular programs. Currently, they host over 250,000 clients worldwide.

Here’s what we will review.

SiteGround Vs HostGator- Why not to choose EIG?

EIG is an international brand for web hosting owning around 40 top hosting companies which include HostGator, Bluehost, iPage and many more. They have a reputation for acquiring large hosting companies and then ruining their quality, one such acquisition was HostGator in 2012.

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Web hosting companies owned by EIG.

Like any other acquisition, HostGator’s quality and performance started declining so much in terms of uptime, speed, and support since 2013.

However, SiteGround’s growth in the last 3 year is mindblowing. They grew from hosting just 500,000 domains in 2016 to 1.8 Million domains in 2018. That’s a 300 percent increase in just 2 years.

Here are some of the ugly facts about EIG.

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SiteGround Vs HostGator – Performance

SiteGround’s emphasis on offering top-level performance has led them to use SSD servers, latest software releases, their own inbuilt caching system known as SuperCacher, HTTPS speeding, etc,.

These features help them offer the highest performance among all the hosting companies.

SiteGround uses PHP 7.3 RC( the latest available version) released on 2018 as the server-side language. Whereas, HostGator uses PHP 7.0 released in 2015 to run their server-side language.

Using the latest PHP version address many bugs and also helps in faster execution of scripts, which further helps in increasing site speed.

Affect-of-PHP-versions-on-a-wordpress-website

SiteGround and HostGator provide free SSL certificate for the encrypted connection.

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However, just like any other feature, HostGator was very late in providing free SSL. As a result, many of their customers openly showed their dissapointments.

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Moreover, It’s a fact that HTTPS site adds some extra load time to your website. Therefore, SiteGround started using HTTPS speeding(TLS 1.3 and OCSP stapling) to fasten the encryption connection and minimize the effect of HTTPS on your load time. 

★ Winner

SiteGround offers innovative features to achieve high performance.

SiteGround Vs HostGator-Uptime Report

As you can guess from the name, uptime is a critical measurement of web hosting companies. It is the total amount of time the company’s servers are up, operational and effectively serving websites for their clients.

SiteGround states they have a guarantee to be up 99.9% of the time. This guarantee applies across the board, no matter which plans you have. Much of their strength is in their custom programming, like a detection system they built which “sniffs out” potential downtime problems and automatically corrects them.

Similarly, HostGator guarantees to deliver 99.9% uptime. You get this guarantee whether you purchase the smallest intro plan, use the reseller plan or utilize their most complex dedicated server technology. A separate guarantee offers additional coverage for Network clients.

Let’s look at the raw numbers:

• The average 6-month uptime for SiteGround during our study (tested for 10 sites based in different parts of the globe): 99.99%. This means your website could potentially be off-line for just over four hours over six months of service.
• The average 6-month uptime for HostGator tested for 10 sites based all over the planet: also 99.99%. Like SiteGround, your site could potentially be offline for around four hours over 6 months.

But consider this: SiteGround was online with no downtime for 100 percent of the time during long periods of our study. This is unusual for any web host and a good testimonial for SiteGround.

Further, we are tracking uptime of a test website using Pingdom and here are the results.

Here are the test website used and the results.

For SiteGround- inlinehostblogger.com

Siteground uptime report for test website

For HostGator –  hg-inlinehosting.com

hostgator uptime for test website

 

From the above test result, we can conclude that SiteGround has a better uptime compared to HostGator.

Read our extensive Bluehost vs Siteground web hosting comparison review.

We have a unique uptime interactive graph here that lets you enter different data points to see various results for each hosting service. This graph tracks real-time uptime of around 150 websites hosted under these hosting companies.

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More Extensive stats on HostGator can be read from this Bluehost Vs HostGator Vs DreamHost Review

★ Winner

Tie. Both hosting companies scored 99.99% uptime as promised.

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SiteGround Vs HostGator – Speed Test

SiteGround had good quality speed results based on a unique quality of many open-source projects: They respond well to good caching systems. Knowing this, SiteGround built the SuperCacher, a custom-made cache process that keeps things moving fast. On the other hand, HostGator focused on employing more equipment and server layers to allow faster speeds and better service.

TTFB or Time to First Byte refers to how quickly the host’s server sends the first byte of data when responding to a request. This is an important metric because it allows us to test the speed and quality of the servers independent of front-end issues.

So here are the results for SiteGround and HostGator w.r.t TTFB.

HostGator TTFB test result
TTFB of this test website hosted at HostGator was recorded as 0.37s, which is an excellent TTFB for any website.
Siteground-first-byte test result
SiteGround’s TTFB was even better at 0.3s.

Take a look at these stats:

• The average speed of a website hosted on SiteGround (Optimized 10 sites): 1.1 seconds.
• The average speed of a website hosted on HostGator (Optimized 10 sites): 1.25 seconds.

HostGator looses to SiteGround on pure speed. SiteGround has made significant investments like VPS servers that use Supermicro Server Chassis, Dual AMD Opteron CPUs, SuperCacher, and RAID 10 Disk Arrays. To get a custom look at different speed scenarios,  I have conducted a speed test for 2 similar sites hosted on SiteGround and HostGator from different continents. To make it appealing, two websites used are similar in size, content, requests, and attachments.

Speed Of Sites Hosted On SiteGround

Testing LocationTest 1 Test 2Test 3
New York0.90.70.65
Amsterdam1.31.21.2
Melbourne2.42.52.4

Speed Of Sites Hosted On HostGator

Testing LocationTest 1 Test 2Test 3
New York1.00.850.7
Amsterdam1.61.51.5
Melbourne2.21.712.0

As expected, SiteGround loaded faster in USA and Netherlands whereas HostGator tops in Australia. This is mainly due to the availability of servers for SiteGround in Netherlands and USA region. And also, their inability to have data centre in Australia, where HostGator manages to have a data centre.

Here’s a why website hosted on SiteGround is faster than HostGator.

★ Winner

SiteGround.

 

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Also Read:

Speed Up WordPress Site Using Siteground + Asset Cleanup + WP Rocket

Server Response Time

In essence, a web server is really a big hard drive in an off-site, secure location. The speed of each machine will make a big impact on how fast your site is. SiteGround, who put customer support and satisfaction above all, purposefully keep server loads low. That means they have room to allow for surges and seasonal increases, like during holidays and near the end of the year.

HostGator has an impressive battery of server arrays, which work instantly to balance loads and keep server response high.

These are the hard numbers:

• The average server response time for SiteGround over our 6 months study (10 Optimized sites): 650 ms.
• The average server response time for HostGator for the same time period (same 10 Optimized sites): 750 ms.

We used the Load Impact app to send up to 100 concurrent visitors and test the load time of the website. The Green Line indicates the number of visitors and blue line represent the adjacent response time as the traffic increase.

Here are some of the steps taken to ensure that all tests were fair as possible.

  • Each site is a WordPress site of Installation 4 with the same theme installed and the same number of images, pages size, content, and request.
  • All the plugins and catching system was disabled
  • The test was conducted several times and the best results are displayed here.
  • Server location of both these hosting companies was located on Ashburn, VA, and Portland, Oregon.

Response time of SiteGround

SiteGround response time
SiteGround response time was recorded at 0.5ms for up to 100 concurrent visitors.

Have a look at the source and full test result from Load Impact for SiteGround

SiteGround clocked a response time of 0.5s throughout the test, the blue line ( which indicate response time) remained flat for up to 100 concurrent visitors. This means the number of visitors and their multiple requests didn’t have much impact on the response time of SiteGround servers.

Siteground servers were stable and performed with high quality even when there was heavy load applied on the servers.

Response time of HostGator

Hostgator load impact test
HostGator response time was clocked at 0.4ms until 40 concurrent visitors.

Click here to have a look at the source and full test result from Load Impact for HostGator

HostGator clocked a response time of 0.4ms until the traffic reached 50. After that, response time started varying heavily and finally, server stopped responding at 75 concurrent visitors. However, handling 50 concurrent visitors at a response time of 0.4ms is a good benchmark for a shared hosting server.

Here's another test on the response time of HostGator and SiteGround

Recently, another test was conducted on a smaller test website from a different location, and the result was similar.

Response time of SiteGround – 90ms

2ND SiteGround server response time TEST

Response time of HostGator – 120ms

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This concludes the superiority of SiteGround’s server over HostGator with a 1.5x faster performance.

★ Winner

SiteGround. Again, SiteGround gains an edge over HostGator.

 

HostGator Vs SiteGround – Control Panel

Control Panel is where you manage all the backend part of your website. This is where you make major design changes, coding changes to your website. The ease and flexibility in using the control panel play a huge role in successful and speedily development of your website.

Both these hosting use Cpanel as their control panel, except some design and feature changes, most of the functionalities are the same.

SiteGround cPanel: Try Demo

HostGator cPanel: Try Demo

★ Winner:  

Tie

#HostGator vs SiteGround – Free migration (Transfer)

If you are someone new or someone with limited web development knowledge, it will be a tedious task for you to transfer your existing website from your current hosting to the newly chosen one.

SiteGround makes this process very easy with their super cool expert team transferring your website in less than 24 hours. Additionally, this service comes free of cost.

Here’s how SitGround’s transfer works. They got our very heavy test website transferred in less than 24 hours.

SiteGround-Vs-Bluehost website transfer feature

Similarly, HostGator offers the same service free of cost. I didn’t get a chance to personally test HostGator transfer service, I will update this post once I do it in near future.

Here are some more details on the free transfer service of HostGator.

Hostgator vs Siteground free migration

Price, Plans and Features

SiteGround has a wide variety of hosting service plans for everyone from individuals to large organizations. They are especially suited to open-source projects like the popular e-commerce platform Magento.

HostGator also has a number of plans, from low-cost starter plans to full VPS hosting and dedicated servers.

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Traffic Allowed10000 Visits25000UnmeteredUnmetered
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SiteGround Vs HostGator – Backup feature

Backup lets you keep a copy of your website just in case something goes wrong with your website. This can be anything like site breaking down due to accidental coding error, bugs in application software updates, hacking attempts, malware infections, etc,.

During such an event, the backup can be used to easily restore your website to a previous working condition. You will never know the value of a backup unless you are stuck with any such situations.

SiteGround provides 30 automatic backup copy of your website for a month, it means they will have a copy of your website for each day of last 30 days. Additionally, they will let you create a backup on demand, which means you will be able to create a backup copy anytime before you make major changes to your website.

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SiteGround Backup tool. Select a date and click restore to restore your website to a previous date.

HostGator only provides 1 automatic backup per week. This backup will be created on a random day of a particular week. However, they state in their TOC that those backups are not guaranteed, and encourages us to create a backup by ourselves.

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SiteGround and HostGator – Live review by current user

Let’s start with live user review of SiteGround and HostGator by current users, posted by them on twitter.



As seen from the twitter feed, SiteGround has a very high customer satisfaction compared to HostGator.

Steps to High Performance

SiteGround early on niched themselves in the world of open-source software with customized plans tailored around specific packages like Joomla and Drupal. Their server response time is on par with competitors, although not at the top of the industry. Rather, they have concentrated on superior customer satisfaction.

Hostgator has increased investment in their infrastructure including more enterprise-class servers, 24-hour monitoring, and stronger UPS backup capability. Their partnership with SoftLayer, a cloud computing provider, has given them increased capability and speed to service customers.

Customer Support

SiteGround offers telephone support in addition to chat and an email-oriented ticket system. The ticket system boasts a “first reply” within ten minutes, while live chat and telephone support are almost instantaneous.

HostGator has beefed up support to deal with their strong growth in the last few years. They have built an entire support portal on their site with quick access to live chat (Still has longer waiting time compared to SiteGround), ticket submission or billing management. There is also a customer forum with lots of quality content built up over years of service.

SiteGround Support Waiting Time – 0 Minute (Instant)

SiteGround support waiting time

HostGator Support Waiting time – 0 Minute (Instant)

HostGator support waiting time

★ Winner

SiteGround. Both Web hosting companies have a fast, knowledgeable and friendly support team to help on problems associated with our website.

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HostGator vs. SiteGround – My Recommendation

We’ve taken a good look at the features and benefits of two of the most prominent web hosting services on the Internet. No other site looks as closely as we do at customer support, uptime, site speed, and overall performance.

That said, my recommendation is to go with SiteGround. Their considerable client base allows them to continue to invest heavily in increasingly complex server technology like DDR3 ECC Ram and customized hardware specs. The end result is their servers are faster, have better uptime and make fewer errors. For that reason, I can easily recommend SiteGround as the home for your next web hosting.

HostGator Vs SiteGround Score Sheet

SiteGround: 2 win

HostGator: 1 win

Tie: 4

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HostGator Vs Bluehost Comparison
HostGator Vs Bluehost

Updated: April 1, 2019

Choosing a web hosting company has polarised into few US-based companies. More specifically, its either HostGator, SiteGround or Bluehost at the top for the most used and trusted web hosting companies.

In this article, we’ll be conducting an extensive Bluehost Vs HostGator comparison, which should help you choose the better hosting company for your particular needs.

While both these hosts offer great performance, we will be looking at the differences between them and which one is better for your needs.

Here’s how HostGator and Bluehost compare.

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SiteGround-Startup-vs-growbig-vs-gogeek-reviewSiteGround is one of the largest independent web hosting companies in the world. Founded in 2004 by some university friends, the company has now grown to the point where they have 400 employees and host 1.8 million domains.

In this SiteGround Startup vs Grow Big vs Go Geek review, we’re going to be looking at the company’s three shared hosting plans. We’ll review each one and conduct a comparison so that you have all the information you need to make the best possible decision for your particular circumstances.

Before you read this review, I recommend you to read why SiteGround is really better than Bluehost or any other hosting out there.

Below you will find the details showing that we actually bought the hosting plans to test them out ourselves.

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Prices and Features of SiteGround’s Shared Hosting Plans

For this SiteGround Startup review, we took a close look at what the three plans offer. Thus, all three offer cPanel, free Cloudflare CDN that can be activated with a single click, and Super Cacher.

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However, the Startup plan only offers the first level of Super Cacher, namely Static Cache that covers all static content such as CSS files, images, JavaScript and so on.

Memcached on Grow Big

The other two plans offer all three levels of Super Cache. Level 2 is Dynamic Cache that creates copies of a site’s dynamic content, while level 3 is Memcached that speeds up API calls, database calls and page rendering by keeping objects and data in the server’s memory.

Dynamic-caching on Gogeek Memcached on Grow Big

Free backups on demand are only available on the Go Geek plan, as is the staging feature that allows you to test new code and designs in a controlled environment without affecting the site itself. In terms of database and email features, the more expensive the plan, the more space and features you get.

Here’s the breakdown of price and features of these 3 plans.

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Performance – Which plan offers the best performance?

For this SiteGround Grow Big review, we also checked if performance would be affected by the plan you decide on. Thus, with the Startup plan, you get a database size of 500 MB and DB queries can use up to 10% of server resources, while your mailbox size will be 2000 MB and you can send 400 emails per hour with a maximum 40 recipients per email and a maximum attachment size of 50 MB. The only difference with the Grow Big plan is that you get a database of 750 MB and a mailbox of 4000 MB.

Conversely, the GoGeek plan offers a database of 1000 MB and queries can use 30% of server resources, while the mailbox is 6000 MB and you can send 800 emails per hour with a max of 80 recipients per email and 50 MB per attachment.  In other words, the more you pay, the better the server resources you get.

Read More: Why SiteGround is a good choice for your wordpress blog?

PHP, Security and Technological Advances

SiteGround has always promised their customers to bring them the latest technological advances as quickly as feasibly possible, which they constantly deliver on. Thus, SiteGround has already released PHP 7.3, which is why their performance, speed, and security continues to be leagues ahead of their competition.

In terms of security, SiteGround introduced an anti-bot AI designed to protect customers from brute-force attacks. The smart system not only is outstanding at protecting websites, but it has also free up resources on the company’s servers which have been put to better use in service of customers.

SiteGround continues to innovate constantly, with things like:

  • The SiteGround Migrator plugin that allows customers to transfer their WordPress sites with little hassle
  • Upgrades to their SG Optimizer plugin that allow for multisite support
  • TSL 1.3 and OCSP Stapling designed to make HTTPS sites faster, which are already available at SiteGround

Uptime – 99.99% uptime guarantee tested.

For this SiteGround Go Geek review, we delved into the nitty gritty to see if uptime would be affected by the type of plan you choose. We also tested SiteGround against a competitor, namely Bluehost, to see if there were any differences.

SiteGround-startup-Vs-Grow-Big-Vs-Gogeek-uptime-comparison

As you can see, there are some differences between the three plans. The SiteGround Startup plan has an uptime of 99.99%, with a downtime of 4 minutes, and a response time of 896 ms. The SiteGround Grow Big plan offers the same uptime, but with a response of 610 ms, while the SiteGround Go Geek plan offers a similar uptime but with a slightly shorter downtime of 3 minutes, and an impressive response time of 573 ms.

In other words, uptime is pretty much the same across the board, but the more you pay, the better the response time, which is certainly very important for any website. So, in terms of our SiteGround Startup vs Grow Big vs Go Geek review, we definitely have to recommend the Go Geek plan for the far better response time.

This level of uptime is achieved through their multiple power failure option including enterprise-level UPS technology and their own power generators, 24/7 server monitoring, etc,.

When we compared against a shared hosting plan from Bluehost, though, we discovered that even the cheapest plan from SiteGround delivered far better results. Thus, Bluehost had an uptime of 99.96% with a downtime of 6 minutes, and a response time of 1789 ms, which is pretty ridiculous in this day and age when speed is essential.

Bluehost-basic-plan-uptime

Notes:

  • SiteGround Startup Plan uptime and response time details show it to be the weakest of the three SiteGround plans.
  • The SiteGround Grow Big plan outperforms the Startup plan in terms of response time but delivers the same uptime results.
  • The SiteGround Go Geek plan offers the best results with a slightly lower downtime and a better response time.
  • Bluehost’s shared hosting plans underperforms compared to all three SiteGround plans as they have a lower uptime and a far higher response time.

Speed Test – Which plan is the fastest?

At SiteGround, the more you pay for the plan, the more resources you get because fewer sites are hosted on the same server. When you get more resources, your site is faster.

Speed is essential because most users don’t have a lot of patience and will leave your site if it takes too long to load. While many factors impact speed, including on-site ones, your web hosts server is one of the very important variables that will determine how fast your site loads. So, the more resources your site has access to and the better the quality of the server, the quicker your site will be.

Of course, for this SiteGround Startup vs Grow Big vs Go Geek review, we conducted a load impact test to really see what their servers are capable of. And this time, we didn’t stop at 100 visitors. We wanted to see how the servers would perform when placed under serious strain, so we took it all the way up to 500 concurrent visitors. The results are below.

Note that in the charts, the green line represents the number of concurrent users, the purple line is the request rate, while the blue line represents the response time.

SiteGround Startup Review: Speed Test Results

At 100 concurrent visitors and with an average request rate of 604 per second, the average response time was 81 ms. The response time was a little choppy, with a few impressive spikes, but then it settled down.

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SiteGround Startup Plan load impact test results with figures displayed for 100 concurrent visitors showing a response time of 81 ms.

At 175 visitors with a request rate of 613 per second, the average response time was 37 ms. Interestingly enough, despite the response time improving, once we threw more than 175 visitors at the site, the server just stopped responding.

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SiteGround Startup Plan load impact test results for 175 concurrent visitors showing a response time of 37 ms.

As you can see, at 300 visitors, the server simply isn’t responding.

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SiteGround Startup Plan load impact test results for 300 concurrent users showing the server has stopped responding.

SiteGround Grow Big Review: Speed Test Results

At 100 concurrent visitors, with a request rate of 1,360 per second, the server had a response time of 14 ms, and it was far more stable than with the Startup plan.

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SiteGround Grow Big Plan load impact test results at 100 visitors showing a response time of 14 ms.

At 300 visitors, the response time is 13 ms, at 400 visitors, it’s 18 ms, and at 500 visitors, the response time is 156 ms.

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SiteGround Grow Big Plan load impact test results with 300 visitors and a response time of 13 ms.

Thus, the more visitors we sent, the slower the server became, with an impressive decline when we hit 500. From 300 visitors onwards, the response time also became choppier and less stable.

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SiteGround Grow Big Plan load impact test results with 500 visitors and a response time of 156 ms.

SiteGround Go Geek Review: Speed Test Results

At 100 visitors, the Go Geek Plan generated an excellent response time of 11 ms, despite the 1,200 requests per second.

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SiteGround Go Geek Plan load impact test results at 100 concurrent visitors with a response time of 11 ms.

When we increased it to 200 visitors, the response time remained quite good at 16 ms, just like with 300 visitors and a response time of 22 ms

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SiteGround Go Geek Plan load impact test results at 300 concurrent users with a response time of 22 ms.

. At 400 visitors, the response time was 22 ms, and once we got to 500 visitors, the response time increased to 64 ms, which is still highly impressive.

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SiteGround Go Geek Plan load impact test results with 500 concurrent users generated a response time of 64 ms.

SiteGround Startup vs Grow Big vs Go Geek Review: Speed Test Comparison

As you can see, the Grow Big and Go Geek plans generated the best results. With both plans, the response times were decent, even when we threw 500 concurrent visitors at them.

Now, to be fair, if you have a site big enough and so popular that it’s frequently getting 500 visitors at the same time, you aren’t likely to be on a shared hosting plan. Even so, the two plans did deliver, and the response times were impressive.

Conversely, the Startup plan just couldn’t take more than 175 visitors at a time, and though you might not think you’ll ever get that many concurrent visitors, you are still better off going with a higher plan to be safe.

SiteGround shared vs Blue Host shared: Speed Test Comparison

We decided to check SiteGround against Bluehost to see how the competition performs. And, well, there really isn’t much of a comparison.

At 100 visitors, Bluehost had a response time of 139 ms, which is far poorer than the SiteGround Startup plan at 175 visitors.

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Bluehost load impact test results for 100 concurrent visitors with a response time of 139 ms.

At 200 visitors, Bluehost’s response time was 76 ms, while at 300 visitors, the response time was 83 ms. At 400 visitors, the response time was 82 ms, and at 500, it was 76 ms.

 

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Bluehost load impact test results with 300 concurrent users generated a response time of 83 ms.

Thus, the Bluehost plan only outperformed SiteGround’s Startup plan once we went over 175 visitors, and the Grow Big plan when we hit 500 visitors. Compared to the Go Geek plan, though, Bluehost doesn’t stand a chance.

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Bluehost load impact test results at 500 concurrent visitors resulted in a response time of 76 ms.

Support –  Priority and normal support compared.

SiteGround promises priority support for the Grow Big and Go Geek plans and we wanted to see if there really was a difference between their standard support and priority. We discovered that live chat has the same response time, regardless of the plan. So, we decided to test the ticketing system.

With the Grow Big and Go Geek plans, we asked the ticketing team for some FTP details for the account, making it a pretty simple request. The initial reply took 5 minutes and then it took another 25 minutes to get the response. Compared to other web hosting plans, the response time of the ticketing team was practically at light speed.

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Priority support offered by GrowBig

Conversely, with the Startup plan, it took them 17 minutes to reply the first time and then approximately an hour the second time. Take into account that, in this case, we only asked how we could activate Super Cacher and Cloudflare, which shouldn’t have taken more than 2 minutes to answer.

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Normal ticketing support offered by StartUp plan.

So, priority support is twice as fast as the standard support SiteGround provides.

Final Verdict – Which is the right plan for you?

SiteGround’s three shared hosting plans outperform the competition by far. In fact, the Go Geek plan is the most powerful shared hosting plan available on the market at the moment. However, you have to consider your particular circumstances and needs because even though the initial prices are attractive, the renewals can get expensive, especially since they are shared plans. 

If you have on a website, for example, with only a few thousand visitors per month, then the Startup plan is more than sufficient for your needs. If you need outstanding performance and excellent speed on a budget, then Grow Big is definitely the best option.

The only real differences between the Grow Big and Go Geek plans is the staging feature, which simply allows you to test code and design without affecting your site, and a lower number of accounts on the same server, as well as backups on demand. However, you have to ask yourself if you really need those features, because they will cost you an extra $100 per year.

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SiteGround Vs Bluehost

Updated: April 1, 2019

Are you having trouble choosing between SiteGround and Bluehost because you haven’t found any unbiased reviews that you can actually understand?

 Choosing the right hosting service is a nerve-wracking experience because hosting can make or break your website. You have to spend hours upon hours doing research, trying to understand what sounds like gibberish and then comparing all these companies. 

 I’ve done all the legwork for you and you’ll find a comprehensive SiteGround vs Bluehost hosting comparison below, along with many other hosting reviews and comparisons, including HostGator vs Bluehost and SiteGround Vs HostGator. Continue reading

If you don’t know whether to choose SiteGround or FastComet because you contrast the reviews you found and aren’t even sure what to compare them on, then you’ve come to the right place.

A lot of factors go into choosing a web hosting company, and considering the consequences of choosing a poor host, it’s no wonder that many people find the experience less than pleasant.

After all, if you choose the wrong host, you could end up with a website that is nothing more than a fancy digital paperweight. Your traffic will dwindle, and your business will suffer for it.

The good news is that I’m going to fix all that for you. The following is a comprehensive review of SiteGround vs FastComet that uses plain English and analyzes the most important factors.

You can also be sure that this review is completely impartial and objective. I’m not trying to get you to buy anything. I’m only interested in making sure that you work with the best host for your needs. So, I’ve tested both hosting companies and you can find the results below.

Also, be sure to check out my other hosting reviews and comparisons, such as SiteGround versus BlueHost, HostGator vs SiteGround, and HostGator vs BlueHost.

SiteGround was founded in 2004, whereas FastComet was founded in 2010 but only expanded into web hosting in 2013.

SiteGround vs FastComet: Performance, Reliability and Speed Test

Siteground has taken a highly innovative approach to web hosting, and over the years has been at the forefront of offering top-quality services and hardware.

Thus, they have their own SuperCacher, they offer free CDN by Cloudfare, they use SSD drives, and NGINX web server tech, all in an effort to ensure that their customers are provided with outstanding performance. It should be noted that FastComet has similar options, including SSD-only servers.

Not many companies offer SSD-only servers due to the higher costs of these drives. However, they are certainly more reliable and faster than HDDs, which is why your best option is to go with a company that relies on SSDs.

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SiteGround vs FastComet: Uptime Test

Like most web hosting companies, SiteGround and FastComet both offer a guaranteed 99.99% uptime. However, you can’t always rely on guarantees, which is why we went ahead and tested both companies.

SiteGround’s uptime was on par with their guarantee, meaning that they achieved an uptime of 99.99% over the past year. As far as we’ve seen, they have some of the most reliable servers in the industry and rarely disappoint.SiteGround Uptime report

By comparison, FastComet achieved an uptime of 99.98% with only three outages. While this indicates FastComet’s servers are quite reliable, SiteGround still offers slightly better performance.

Fastcomet Uptime report

If you want to get a better idea of how well the two companies performed, you can enter different data points into the following graph to see the uptime of FastComet vs SiteGround in different situations.

★ Winner Tie.

SiteGround vs FastComet: Server Response Time

We test server response time because it will provide us with an indication of how good the servers are, but also to see how quickly your website will load. The latter is an essential metric in choosing a good host.

The test was conducted using identical websites to ensure it was fair. Thus, the sites featured WordPress installations and used the same themes, the same number of images, as well as identical page sizes, content, and requests. All plugins and caching systems were disabled.

In the graphs below, the blue line represents the number of individual users, while the green line represents server response time.

SiteGround definitely impressed us with their average response time of 515 ms, which was relatively stable all the way up to 99 concurrent users.

SiteGround-cloud-speed-test

On the other hand, FastComet’s results were less than impressive. Up to about 25 concurrent users, their servers had an impressive response time of 471 ms.

Fastcomet load impact server response time

Subsequently, though, the response time slowed down until it got to 36 seconds, and that was at only 40 concurrent users. We didn’t bother throwing more users at them because we were worried we’d end up waiting the whole day for a page to load.Fastcomet load impact response time at 40VUS

Clearly, in terms of server response time, SiteGround wins hands down.

In defense of Fastcomet, while having a lot of concurrent connections is good, most customers will likely hit another resource limit even before they can hit those high concurrent users count depending on their website’s structure. If your website will receive only up to 50 visitors at a time, Fastcomet is as fast as SiteGround. 

We also need to consider the fact that Fastcomet is very cheap compared to SiteGround. So Fastcomet is not bad after all if your requirement is not so high.

★ Winner SiteGround.

Prices, Plan, and Features

SiteGround offers a number of plans for every budget. Whether you’re looking to host a single, small website or require space for a larger website with heavy traffic, SiteGround has a plan for you.

The StartUp plan available at $3.95, for example, is designed for a basic website or average-sized blog with less than 10,000 unique visits per month. It includes a free website builder, 24/7 technical support, SSD storage, a free CMS install, free auto daily backups, unlimited emails accounts, free Cloudflare CDN and more.

The GrowBig plan, available at $6.45 per month allows you to host unlimited websites. It’s designed to provide the best performance for either a single website with slightly heavier traffic or multiple sites with average levels of traffic.

The GoGeek plan features separate instances so that customers can share fewer resources on the same server, ensuring better performance. It’s a plan that’s designed for larger websites or average-sized ecommerce sites.

FastComet’s plans appear to be slightly cheaper than SiteGround’s offer but, like the latter, they also offer a range of plans that meet any needs.

The StartSmart plan is the smallest of the bunch and comes with a free domain for life, 15GB of SSD space and unmetered traffic. You can only host one website. Other services and features seem to be on par with SiteGround, except that it’s $2.95 per month.

ScaleRight allows for multiple websites and features 25GB of SSD space, while also including all the features of the StartSmart plan. It also comes with 3 free website transfers, a free private DNS, 1-Click Restore Manager, double the CPU and RAM, unlimited addon domains and more. This is all available at $5.95.

The SpeedUp plan offers 35GB of SSD space plus all the features provided by the other plans. It also comes with 3 times the CPU power and RAM, 3 times fewer clients per server, APC and Opcode cache and much more. This plan is available at $9.95 per month.

For more details on the plans on offer from FastComet and SiteGround, please see the table below:

FeaturesSiteGround StartupSiteGround GrowBigFastcomet StartSmartFastcomet SpeedUp
Disk Space1020 GB15 GB35 GB
Traffic Allowed10000 Visits25000UnmeteredUnmetered
Email AccountsUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
Domains Allowed1Unlimited1Unlimited
Control PanelcPanelcPanelcPanelcPanel
1 Month$3.95$6.45$5.95+$19.95 Setup$12.95+$19.95 Setup
12 Month$3.95$6.45$4.95$11.95
3 Year Term$3.95$5.95$2.95$9.95
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★ Winner Fastcomet.

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SiteGround vs FastComet: Customer Support

Quality customer support is vital so we took the time to test both companies. Thus, the results of our FastComet vs SiteGround customer support test are as follows:

SiteGround clearly cares about their customers because they offer a number of ways for you to get the support that you need.

Thus, they offer a 24/7/365-day live chat, the ticking things system, as well as a toll number.

The wait time for their live chat is less than 5 seconds, whereas you can expect a response within 10 minutes on the ticketing system. As a reference point, I’ve waited as long as 5 minutes on other live chat systems.SiteGround-support-waiting-time-min

They also have a feature that allows you to see the bio of every support rep, which includes user ratings, work experience, and skill set.

FastComet also boasts 24/7 support but they only offer live chat and a ticketing system. Their live chat system is effective and their representatives are knowledgeable and eager to help. It only took three minutes for them to solve a problem for me.

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Fastcomet live chat ended time

The ticketing system also delivered excellent results as it took them only 9 minutes to answer my question. For a ticketing system, that is quite impressive.Fastcomet support ticket reliability

Based on customer support, FastComet wins in terms of response time, but only by a slight margin. 

★ Winner Tie.

SiteGround vs FastComet: User Interface

Both SiteGround and FastComet offer cPanel, but FastComet also includes Softaculous. As cPanel is the most popular user interface around – and the easiest to use – it’s a great option for newbies and veterans alike.

SiteGround cPanel: Try Demo

Fastcomet UA InterfaceFastcomet control panel

Both companies offer a wide range of one-click installers for some of the most popular scripts, including Joomla, WordPress, and Weebly.

★ Winner Tie.

FastComet vs SiteGround: User Reviews

Based on their Tweets, SiteGround users are extremely happy with the company. Not only are they more than pleased with the quality of the service, but people are extremely ecstatic with the customer support team. Users repeatedly call the service fantastic and state that their support is unparalleled.

Of course, there are some displeased customers, but that tends to be the exception rather than the rule. After all, no service can be absolutely perfect and it certainly can’t make everyone happy.

For more opinions, check out the live tweets below:


FastComet also seems to have quite a few positive user reviews, especially in terms of the service they offer. However, there were some disgruntled users in terms of the effectiveness of their customer support.

For more user opinions, please check out the twitter feed below:

Fastcomet user review

FastComet vs SiteGround: Free Website Migration

Both companies offer free website migration, but it’s not enough to offer it as a service. They also have to know what they’re doing. And if it takes them a month to get around to it, it’s pretty much a waste of time.

I tested SiteGround’s migration service. Their team was able to transfer my website with absolutely no issues within 24 hours, despite the fact that it was a weekend. That is truly impressive service.SiteGround-Migration-feature

Well, we thought so until I initiated a transfer request with FastComet. They did it in approximately 45 minutes, despite the fact that I initiated the request at 11 PM on a Friday night. And it only took them two minutes to reply to my request, which is even more impressive.

Fastcomet website transfer

In this situation, FastComet wins hands down because the speed of migration was ridiculously fast.

★ Winner Tie.

SiteGround vs FastComet: Renewal

We all know that some companies practice higher renewal charges, which can often come as a surprise. Unfortuantely, SiteGround is in the habit of charging a higher rate when you renew your plan with them.

SiteGround renewal price

Conversely, FastComet’s prices remain unchanged, so you won’t be paying extra when you renew.

Siteground VS Fastcomet price

 

★ Winner Fastcomet.

SiteGround vs FastComet: Final Analysis

In terms of support, uptime, and the interface on offer, FastComet and SiteGround are on equal footing. However, SiteGround offers better speed and reliability, whereas FastComet’s renewal price and site migration service is better.

Overall, though, SiteGround is a better choice simply because we cannot stress enough the importance of speed and reliability. After all, you could put up with a lot of things, but the one thing you should never put up with is less than stellar reliability and speed because, otherwise, your traffic will suffer, which means your business will suffer too.

However, Fastcomet is still good and offers great performance and features for a better price than SiteGround. If you are on a tight budget, Fastcomet is better and more affordable than SiteGround.

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