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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, For each review, he extensively tests each web hosting company personally, or with his hand-picked team of technicians.

SiteGround Startup vs GrowBig vs GoGeek Review (Dec 2018) – Who wins?

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.


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.


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.

SiteGround-grow-big-vs-startup-vs-gogeek SiteGround-grow-big-vs-startup-vs-gogeek prices and features

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.

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.


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.



  • 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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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WP Engine Vs Bluehost – The Best Webhost Revealed

Updated: November 5 , 2018

It can be a challenge to select the right web hosting company because it seems like they all promise the same benefits: good uptime, fast servers and speedy websites at a low cost. But as we all know, often you make a purchase and find out later that the quality is less than what you expected when you bought the product.

In the case of web hosting, making the wrong decision can impact your life on several fronts – often your website is the core of your entire marketing effort. This article will help you understand the features and benefits of two of the most popular web hosting services on the market: WP Engine vs Bluehost:

  • WP Engine is an Austin-based web hosting company that was founded in 2010. Rather than work with several software packages, they have solely focused on WordPress hosting services. WordPress is the most popular content management system on the Internet, currently making up around 18% of total websites.
  • Bluehost is a popular web hosting company founded in 1996 and currently owned by Endurance International Group, who also own web hosting services like HostMonster and iPage. Based in Provo Utah, they currently have over 1 million hosted domains on their system.

Also read: Bluehost Vs HostGator In-depth Review 

WP Engine Vs Bluehost – Uptime Report

Perhaps the most important part of a web hosting service is that the system is reliable and the website delivers web pages when customers and prospects logon to your site. The term “uptime” refers to the amount of time that a web hosting company keeps their servers online and working for clients. As a customer, you want a service that has a very high uptime percentage.

WP Engine has a highly competitive uptime percentage rate of 99.9%. They are able to achieve this number due to a variety of technical advancements:

  • Closely managed upgrade paths and daily backups.
  • A unique staging area where clients can pretest themes, plug-ins and new webpages without affecting their lives site.
  • A curated list of useful themes, plug-ins and other tools that help clients assemble the best WordPress features for their use case.
  • Snapshots of your entire website that can be restored with one click of a mouse.
  • Unlimited storage and data transfer ability.
  • A powerful caching system called EverCache which greatly speeds up large files like images.

Here are their respective results for a typical six-month uptime period for WP Engine and Bluehost:

  • Average 6-month uptime for WP Engine (tested for 10 sites based in different parts of the world): 99.99%. That means your site would possibly be down almost 4.4 hours over 6 months of service.
  • Average last 6 month uptime for Bluehost (Tested for 10 sites based in different parts of the world): 99.75%. Your website could be down potentially up to 10 hours with this uptime percentage. This is the worst uptime we have tested in our series of web host reviews. It affects you directly because every minute your website is down it costs you money.

It is plain to see that WP Engine has a much better uptime percentage then Bluehost. To see different estimates for uptime percentage, you can plug-in various data points into the following interactive graph, which shows uptime of 150 websites hosted under these hosting ompanies.

Winner :- WP Engine

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WP Engine Vs Bluehost – Speed Test

Along with a good uptime report, your web host should be able to demonstrate that their services are fast and efficient. Site speed is a common quality people look for in a good web hosting firm, and for good reason. The search engine Bing recently finished a study where they determined that an additional 1.5 seconds wait results in up to 4.4% reduction in revenue, clicks and customer satisfaction. Without a doubt, fast site speed is a major factor in the success of your website.

WP Engine is able to deliver speedy websites mainly because they concentrate on optimizing their servers for the WordPress platform. If you’re not familiar with WordPress, it is an open source content management system. Originally only for blogs, it has grown into a robust website manager. However, it does use a lot of resources and a web host that is specifically geared to maximize its speed and effectiveness has lots of value.

On the other hand, Bluehost is not specifically optimized for any content management system. They provide users with their SimpleScript installation system, which installs popular CMSs like Drupal and Joomla with one click. Another obstacle to Bluehost speed is their CPU throttling scheme.

What this means is that if they find that a website on their system is using too many resources, they will throttle that site, severely impacting its speed and service. However, Bluehost says that throttling will only happen when a specific website is using more than 10 percent of the server’s overall capacity. The goal is to prevent all of the websites on that server from going down. Many users say it slows all the sites on the same server, however.

Here are the hard numbers we determined from our research:

  • Average speed of website running with WP Engine (Optimized 10 sites): 1.3 seconds.
  • Average speed of website running with Bluehost (Optimized 10 sites): 1.8 seconds.

It is plain to see that WP Engine beats Bluehost in website speed by .5 seconds. While this may not seem like a long time, when you are talking about serving thousands of pages it adds up fast. Below you’ll find the speed test result of and loaded much faster than even after having a much higher page size.

Wp Engine and Bluehost – Website Speed Test

Winner :- WP Engine

Server Response Time

What is server response time? It is the amount of time it takes for a web host server to deliver all of the elements of a webpage to your browser. WP Engine is able to deliver a fast server response time mainly due to their optimization technology centered on WordPress. WordPress has unique characteristics that need tweaking in order to get the most out of it. WP Engine has learned all of those quirks and tuned their servers to take advantage of them.

Bluehost is positioned as a premium service compared to HostMonster and other services under the Endurance International Group umbrella. However, their server response times are not that different than their sister hosting services. This is a breakdown of the server response times for both Bluehost and WP Engine:

  • Average server response time of WP Engine for last 6 months (10 optimized sites):  200 ms.
  • Average Server response time of Bluehost for last 6 months (Same 10 optimized sites):  290 ms.

Again, WP Engine has a clear lead over Bluehost. WP Engine clocks in at 200 ms for average server response time during our study, while Bluehost came in at 290 ms.

This interactive graph will let you take a look at different date ranges and the relative response times for each company during those time periods.

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Winner :- WP Engine

WP Engine Vs Bluehost – Benchmark Test

For each web hosts, I’ve identified a set of 10 websites all hosted on different web servers. A total of 825 requests were then sent to each host in order to measure the performance of their servers.

Bluehost Wp Engine
Completed Requests 825 825
Failed Requests 77 3
Requests per sec. 7.15 6.46
Time per request 220.89 ms 165.09 ms
Average transfer rate 63.83 Kbytes/sec 55.8 Kbytes/sec
Median connect time 19.8 msec 12.8 msec
Median processing time 200.08 msec msec 144.49 msec
Median waiting time 250.71 msec 145.77 msec

WP Engine is a dominant leader over Bluehost in our benchmark tests. They have a fraction of the failed requests that Bluehost had, and are significantly faster in median connect, processing and waiting times. In processing time alone, WP Engine is almost twice as fast as Bluehost.

Winner:  WP Engine – with international data centers around the world and extreme focus on WordPress optimization, WP Engine is able to deliver processing speeds much faster than Bluehost, making them a clear winner in our benchmark tests.

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 Hosting Plans

WP Engine tries to make it easy for potential clients to sign up for their service by concentrating their hosting plans under for designations: Personal, Professional, Business and Enterprise. If you are an individual service provider or creative worker, the Personal level will fit your needs best. It allows you to have up to 25,000 visitors per month, which should be plenty for a beginning business. If your operation is more mature, you might consider the Professional level in order to get more bandwidth and website space for your files.

Bluehost offers shared, WordPress, VPS and dedicated hosting levels. Their most popular option is the shared hosting which starts at only a few dollars per month. VPS hosting starts at around $30 per month, and dedicated hosting begins at approximately $150 per month. The starter plan for shared hosting includes one domain, 25 subdomains, 100 GB of web space, and 500 MB of e-mail storage. The Plus plan has unlimited webspace, subdomains and bandwidth.

This chart has a detailed look at all of the prices and plans of both WP Engine and Bluehost.
Features Wpengine Personal Plan Wpengine Professional Plan Bluehost Shared Bluehost Plus
Disk Space 10 GB 20 GB 100 GB Unlimited
Bandwidth Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
Email Accounts Unlimited Unlimited 100 100
Domains Allowed 1 10 2 Unlimited
Free Domain No No Yes Yes
Control Panel Its Own Panel Its Own Panel cPanel cPanel
For 1 Month $29.00/mo $99.99/mo No Monthly Plans No Monthly Plans
12 month Plan $29/mo + 2 month free hosting. $99/mo + 2 month free hosting $6.99 $8.95
2 Year Term Nil Nil $6.55 $8.95
3 Year Term Nil Nil $5.55 $8.95
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Winner :- Bluehost

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Steps to High Performance

WP Engine has focused their brand on customer service and reliability. Some may feel that their focus on stability might come at the expense of overall performance. However, WP Engine has powerful stats for both uptime and site speed, indicating their commitment to speedy service for both small customers and enterprise clients alike.

Bluehost seems to be more suited to clients looking for an economical solution. While they have low rates for entry-level services, it comes at the expense of many sites on the same server. This can be a problem ultimately if one of these sites is throttled, or one of the sites goes down for any reason. The technology at Bluehost should accommodate these events without interruption, but their uptime numbers reflect that they have more difficulty with stability and reliability than WP Engine.

Customer Support

WP Engine works with a number of prominent clients in tech, publishing, media and other high-profile fields. These companies include SoundCloud, GeekWire, Constant Contact, Maxcon and AMD. These clients have provided a variety of positive testimonials to WP Engine based on their good experiences in better security, faster websites and better customer support than their previous web hosting service.

Bluehost offers e-mail support, an extensive knowledge base, a user forum, video tutorials, ongoing system status reports, online chat and a ticket support system. However, there are a number of reports on the web about poor or slow customer support from the company.

Winner :- WP Engine

Last Two Years

WP Engine is a company built by lovers of technology. They enjoy pushing the boundaries of the services and products they work with on a daily basis. As evidence, you only need to look at their project Mercury. This is an innovative new platform that will deliver WordPress website server speeds at 10 times the current rate. While still in testing, it shows the commitment WP Engine has to developing the best service possible for their clients.

Bluehost offers a variety of features, and their upper-level hosting packages include the use of open source programs like OpenStack, instant provisioning, RAID storage and the ability to add storage on-the-fly. However, their technological advancements do not match up to the achievements WP Engine has been able to present in the last few years.

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Control Panel

WP Engine has had several comments about their fairly functional control panel. Many customers come from other web hosts that use more elaborate control panels like cPanel. When they come to WP Engine, it takes them a little time to get used to the custom control panel the company uses. However, most customers agree that the unique benefits of the WP Engine systems like pre-staging more than make up for the plain look of the control panel itself.

Bluehost has adapted and modified the cPanel control panel to come up with a unique design. With a single sign-on, clients can access a single location to manage their email, billing, domains and much more.

Winner:- Bluehost, cPanel is the most used control panel and easiest of all.

WP Engine Vs Bluehost – My Recommendation

After extensive testing over several months, and closely evaluating the strengths of WP Engine vs Bluehost, my recommendation is to use WP Engine. While the entry-level cost is a little higher than Bluehost, the gains in speed, stability, reliability, customer support and advances in technology far outweigh the potential savings at a mass web hosting company like Bluehost.

If you are specifically looking for a non WordPress CMS hosting, Bluehost and HostGator is a better choice. This Bluehost Or HostGator review can help you choose a better option w.r.t non wordpress hosting.

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SiteGround Vs Inmotion Hosting (Nov 2018) – Which is Better?

Updated: August 1 , 2018

If you are in the market for a web host for a new site, or are considering moving to a new service, two names you’ll hear mentioned often are SiteGround and InMotion Hosting. Both have been in the hosting space for a long time — SiteGround since 2004 and InMotion since 2001. Let’s take a closer look at these two companies and determine which one is best for you.
I would also recommend to read SiteGround or Bluehost ? comparison review.
SiteGround Vs InMotion Tests

Seven tests were developed to help us examine these web hosts up close to determine where each one shines. The tests are:

  • SiteGround Vs. InMotion Uptime
  • SiteGround Vs. InMotion Website Speed Test
  • Website Server Response Time
  • Benchmark Test
  • Customer Support
  • Control Panel with Demo
  • Credibility Test

SiteGround Vs InMotion Uptime

SiteGround offers the same 99.9% uptime guarantee with each hosting plan it sells. According to our testing, SiteGround backs up its guarantee with a solid performance. We have tested it for as long as six months without significant downtime at all. This is due to its custom built alert system that finds potential bottlenecks and fixes them automatically.

InMotion also has a 99.9% uptime guarantee. It backs up this guarantee with their innovative Max Speed Zone option that is available for Business Class and higher plans. This system lets clients choose which data centre their information will be accessed from.

Uptime Report of SiteGround (June 2015)

Uptime score of SiteGround June 2015 – 99.99%
Uptime Report of SiteGround(December 2014)

Uptime report of SiteGround Hosting(Dec-2014) :99.98%
Uptime Report of SiteGround(March-April 2015)

Uptime report of SiteGround Hosting(March – April 2015) :99.99%, There was only one downtime which lasted for 4 minutes.
 Uptime Report of SiteGround(September 2014)

Uptime report of SiteGround Hosting(September-2014) :100%, There was no downtime during this period.
 Uptime Report of SiteGround(April – May 2014)

Uptime report of SiteGround Hosting(April – May 2014) :99.89%, It’s not a bad uptime number.

Winner: SiteGround – SiteGround relies on its superior engineering staff to create creative in-house solutions.

SiteGround vs InMotion Website Speed Test

Many website owners who utilize open-source software are partial to SiteGround. The reason is SiteGround has designed its hosting service to offer maximum performance to open-source custom management systems like WordPress. For example, SiteGround created the SuperCacher, a powerful cache program that maximizes throughput for popular software programs.

InMotion, based in Los Angeles, utilizes several Tier 1 service providers accessed via BGP. It also has a route optimizer that makes sure that the system employs the quickest routes for data transfer. The firm has 20GB of connectivity using the power of a 10GB Ethernet pipe. This technology creates direct data connections which allow it to create superior server response.

SiteGround Speed test
SiteGround Speed test


Winner: SiteGround – optimized servers and a global footprint provides fast access.

Website Server Response Time

With servers on three continents, located in Amsterdam, Chicago and Singapore, SiteGround has geographical proximity for excellent throughout and reliable website server response. They have partnered with several carriers in each region to minimize the “hops” each data packet must take to arrive at its destination.

In their West Coast data center in Los Angeles, InMotion implements a network core built by Brocade. Their system has several layers of redundancy utilizing multi-homing. In addition, they have LAN redundancy filtered through three layers of protocols like 802.3ad. In their East Coast data center located in Herndon, Virginia, the company has level 3 peering partners, a carrier grade network core and also multiple layers of redundancy.

My Server Location: Dallas, TX
Hosting Server Location: Chicago, IL
Max Response Time: 1.6 seconds
Minimum Response Time: 669.9 milliseconds

Siteground server response time
Siteground server response time

My Server Location: Portland, OR
Hosting Server Location: Washington DC
Max Response Time: 837.78ms
Minimum Response Time: 498.42ms

Inmotion Hosting server response time
Inmotion Hosting server response time

Winner: SiteGround’s large worldwide footprint provides fast server response around the globe.

Benchmark Test

SiteGround performed well in several of the benchmark tests we set up. These are very specific evaluations in areas such as Average Transfer Rate and Time Per Request. InMotion also posted competitive results – each web hosting service was superior to the other in different categories.

Winner – Tie. Depending on the category, each service traded the lead. In the final analysis, they crossed the finish line neck and neck.

Customer Support

With each of their all hosting plans, InMotion provides Premier Support, their branded support level that gives clients access to support channels such as live chat, e-mail ticketing, phone support, online tutorials and an extensive question and answer system supported by the community. InMotion also provides many tutorials online to help clients with questions and technical concerns.

SiteGround has consistently offered a thorough system of online chat, e-mail access, and telephone support. They are set up to answer the majority of e-mail queries within 10 minutes. Their Live chat responds with 10 seconds of reaching them. They have best customer support in the entire web hosting industry.

Winner: Tie. InMotion has a deep reservoir of content online that addresses hundreds of support questions, ensuring customers get fast answers, whether that utilize the company support channels or do-it-yourself options.

Control Panel with Demo

Like many leading hosting services, InMotion utilizes the cPanel control panel. This popular control panel makes it easy to modify page content, create new e-mail addresses, manage passwords and handle the myriad of tasks website owners must deal with on an ongoing basis.

SiteGround also offers clients cPanel. It is a robust system that has grown rapidly and become pervasive in the industry due to its ease of use and technical superiority.

Winner: Tie. Take advantage of the working demos at each web host to see how easy the system is to use.

Credibility Test

Unlike some of the huge web hosting providers, both InMotion and SiteGround have taken a slow growth, customer-focused approach. InMotion has garnered many awards for web hosting going back many years.

Similarly, SiteGround also has garnered a loyal following from their customers by optimizing their infrastructure for maximum performance of popular software programs such as WordPress and Drupal.

Look at the video which explains SiteGrounds Excellent Security System.

Winner: Tie. Both vendors have worked hard on their reputation and have garnered strong credibility points in the marketplace.

SiteGround Vs InMotion – Which Should Be Your Choice?

We have come to a conclusion that SiteGround beats InMotion hosting in the majority of department and we would recommend SiteGround over InMotion.

In summary, SiteGround offers:

  • A global footprint dividing fast access from around the world.
  • Cutting-edge data centers featuring multiple failover and backup systems.
  • Steady, slow growth business model with fanatical attention to customer service.
  • A remarkable uptime performance, easily achieving the 99.9% guarantee.
  • Powerful, custom-made caching program.
  • Friendly, informative tech support with multiple channels.

Arvixe Vs Bluehost (Dec 2018) – Which is Right for You?

Updated: December 1, 2018

Arvixe vs BluehostThis head to head review of Arvixe vs Bluehost puts an up and coming web hosting company against one of the most well known hosting giants in the world. Both offer a lot of value to their customers, especially when it comes to reliability and hosting add-on features. We have also reviewed HostGator vs Bluehost in another post in this blog.

Arvixe Vs. Bluehost Tests

The following tests were performed on each hosting service provider to determine which one came out on top:

  • Arvixe Vs. Bluehost: Uptime
  • Arvixe Vs. Bluehost: Website Speed
  • Server Response Time
  • Benchmark Test
  • Customer Support
  • Control Panel and Demo of Control Panel
  • Credibility

Arvixe Vs. Bluehost: Uptime

Arvixe offers an uptime guarantee of 99.9% with each of their hosting plans. If a customer experiences less uptime than their guarantee, Arvixe will refund them for the entire month of hosting. They’re able to offer such a guarantee because of what they call the “Arvixe Advantage”; their personalized support system that includes a team of server specialists and programmers that work around the clock to ensure everything is running smoothly.

Bluehost offers a similar uptime guarantee, but with an extra feature that most hosting companies have yet to implement. One of their hosting plans, known as “Cloud Sites” stores the actual website in the cloud and on two other separate devices. While Arvixe offers Cloud Hosting as well, Bluehost  doesn’t charge extra for the service, and if something were to happen to the website that caused it to crash, the backup version of the website would automatically take over.

We are currently tracking uptime of several web hosting companies with a help of a popular uptime tracking tool called Host-tracker. Here is the uptime of website hosted under Arvixe and Bluehost for last several month.

Site Hosted On Arvixe

Site Hosted On Bluehost

★ Winner Arvixe is the winner because they use a unique redundant system to ensure its websites are up nearly 100 percent of the time, which places the company just above Bluehost for this test.

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Arvixe Vs. Bluehost: Website Speed

Website speed is essential for any business because slow load times often result in high bounce rates. Both Bluehost and Arvixe offer a variety of specialized hosting packages, including Drupal, Joomla, WordPress and Magento.

We tested hundreds of websites for both hosting companies. For a  typical website of 1 MB page size,  Arvixe load times averages around 1.2 seconds, while Bluehost websites averaged around 1.64 seconds. While the difference in load times is less than a half a second, this gap increased dramatically when website speed was tested on websites with flash graphics and video backgrounds.

Speed Of Website Hosted on Arvixe

Arvixe Website Speed test

Speed Of Website Hosted on Bluehost

Bluehost Website Speed test

★ WinnerArvixe is the winner and outpaced Bluehost by nearly a half second.

Server Response Time

Server response time, similar to website speed, is also an essential factor that must be considered when looking into both Arvixe and Bluehost.

Bluehost guarantees faster speeds for its “Business Pro” hosting customers. This means that customers will likely have to pay more money to guarantee that servers respond to requests from the website in a reasonable timeframe.

Arvixe offers the same server response time regardless of which package is purchased. They can do this because, since the company was founded in 2003, they’ve used superior servers and software within their data centers.

We tested load time and server response time of websites hosted on HostGator and Bluehost using Load Impact App.

Response time of site hosted on Arvixe

200 ms 1000 ms
  • 900 ms
  • 300 ms
  • 500 ms
  • 200 ms
Max Response Time: 2.1 seconds

Minimum Response Time: 900.0 milliseconds

Arvixe Response time

Response time of site hosted on Bluehost

Max Response Time: 2.6 seconds

Minimum Response Time: 915.53 milliseconds

Bluehost server response time
Bluehost server response time

★ Winner Arvixe is the winner of this test. The company has always used exceptional server equipment that allows them to offer faster server response times for their customers.

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Benchmark Test

The Benchmark tests a variety of factors that should be considered when you purchase hosting, including the Average Transfer Rate, Time Per Request and more.

With more years of experience and a solid growth plan under their belt, Bluehost has been able to keep up with the swelling amount of customers that flock to purchase their hosting services. They’ve been able to keep these key metrics at a manageable level, which means websites hosted with them perform well when multiple requests are initiated at once.

★ WinnerBluehost is the clear winner for this test. Arvixe needs to grow with the needs of its customer base and expand their server storage at the same time.

Customer Support

Arvixe vs bluehost customer support

Quality of customer support should be one of the most important factors that goes into choosing a hosting company. Both Arvixe and Bluehost do a great job with customer support.

Bluehost offers live chat, phone support and self-answer feature that lists most of the common questions. Their customer support team is available 24 hours a day however, it seemed to take longer for a support rep to answer a chat request and phone request when we tested the system during nighttime hours.

Arvixe is also very well known for the exceptional level of customer service they provide to their customers. While the company did run into trouble in October of 2015 with long wait times while employees were upgrading servers, Arvixe solved the problem immediately by hiring more customer support employees that were well trained and focused on fixing every problem as efficiently as possible. Arvixe offer a number of different support outlets, including an open forum, 24/7 phone number, live chat feature, and a team of programmers that work around the clock just incase a major hosting problem occurs.

★ WinnerThe “Arvixe Advantage” program that was recently implemented by the company has propelled them way ahead of Bluehost for web hosting support.

Control Panel and Demo

Arvixe uses the WHM cPanel that is pretty standard for nearly every hosting companies. The demo of the control panel is easy to navigate and allows you to access various files, webmail applications, myPHP admin, traffic statistics and more. One-click install applications like WordPress seem to be lacking, and are likely hidden underneath a section within the cPanel.

Bluehost offers what is called the “cPanel test drive” where prospective customers can interact with the control panel and gain access to basic instructions for utilization purposes. The Bluehost cPanel is attractive, easy-to-use, and all One-Click install applications are located on the front page.

 Arvixe cPanel:  Try Demo

Bluehost cPanel: Try Demo

★ WinnerBluehost wins the control panel test. The company has focused on making the cPanel attractive and user friendly, even for those who have never built a website before.

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Both companies are well known for providing exceptional web hosting services. The level of credibility is often a good indicator of your future experience with a particular hosting company, because user feedback is the driving force behind credibility issues.

Bluehost has been around longer than Arvixe however, that does not mean it is any more or less credible as a hosting company. When analyzed separately, Bluehost is currently experiencing issues with customers purchasing web hosting packages without knowing that they had to pay for the entire term of the package upfront. Bluehost only offers one price for each level but never mentions that customers need to purchase the entire year until they reach the payment page, and while the company clearly states that their contracts are month-to-month, customers have complained that paying for the entire term upfront feels like an extended contract anyway.

Arvixe has not been immune to credibility issues either. The company faced upset customers that experienced downtimes in October of 2015 and extended customer support wait times. Since then, the company has rebounded with a larger team of support specialists and updated servers that can support larger customer bases. Arvixe has also improved their redundant server systems to maximize guaranteed uptime  for its customers.

★ Winner Arvixe has consistently been able to prove their credibility, especially when it comes to solving major issues and responding to specific customer requests. According to website developers and business owners, Bluehost continues to deceive customers by not properly stating their pricing rules before someone enters their credit card information.

Arvixe Vs Bluehost: Which Hosting Company is Right for You?

While both Arvixe and Bluehost are widely popular, our recommendation is to go with Arvixe. As one of the “Fastest Growing Companies in America” according to Inc. 500, Arvixe has handled this growth spirt brilliantly by upgrading their servers, expanding their datacenter and increasing their customer support staff.

Whether you’re new to the website building world or have dozens of websites under your belt, Arvixe will be able to handle any needs you have. Arvixe also offers a number of exceptional tools and applications for prospective customers, including:

  • Numerous One-Click Install applications like WordPress and Joomla.
  • Free Domain Name for Life
  • Daily Website and File Backups
  • Spam Protection Software
  • Affordable SSL Certificates

Arvixe Total Score: 5/7

Bluehost Total Score: 2/7

Arvixe is the clear winner in this Arvixe vs Bluehost battle.

Also Read: Bluehost Vs SiteGround

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SiteGround Vs GoDaddy (Dec 18)- Inline Hosting Review

In this SiteGround vs GoDaddy review, we’ll be taking a close look at two different companies who have taken different paths to success in the hosting world. Each offers the customer different value propositions. Who comes out on top in a head-to-head battle?

SiteGround Vs GoDaddy Tests

To figure out who is the best hosting of the two services, I came up these tests:

  • SiteGround Vs. GoDaddy Uptime
  • SiteGround Vs. GoDaddy Website Speed Test
  • Website Server Response Time
  • Benchmark Test
  • Customer Support
  • Control Panel with Demo
  • Credibility Test

Also Read: Bluehost Vs SiteGround

SiteGround Vs GoDaddy Uptime

SiteGround includes 99.9% uptimes with their service. This applies to every plan they offer. How are they able to offer such a strong guarantee? Their programmers have developed an “early warning” system that flags potential problems and corrects them before a technician has to get involved.

GoDaddy also has a strong 99.9% uptime guarantee. It gives customers a certain percentage credit off their month hosting bill if the company does not meet this standard. Called the “Service Uptime Guarantee,” the credit must be applied to company services. However, the company is judge and jury, and only they can say if they met the guarantee.

We were tracking uptime of around 150 website hosted under SiteGround and GoDaddy using an uptime tracking tool called Host-tracker.

Here is the results…

Website hosted under SiteGround seems to be scoring high with an uptime of 99.99%, whereas GoDaddy struggled with high number of downtimes which put their uptime below 99%.

Uptime is the most important part of a web hosting, so we went deep and tracked the uptime of a personal blog hosted under SiteGround using UptimeRobot. As in the case of our previous test, SiteGround scored an amazing uptime of 99.99% throughout the one year testing period.

Uptime Report of SiteGround (July 2015)

Uptime report of SiteGround Hosting(June-2015) :99.99%, Its Excellent uptime.
Uptime Report of SiteGround(December 2014)

Uptime report of SiteGround Hosting(December-2014) :99.98%
Uptime Report of SiteGround(March-April 2015)

Uptime report of SiteGround Hosting(March – April 2015) :99.99%, There was only one downtime which lasted for 4 minutes.
 Uptime Report of SiteGround(September 2014)

Uptime report of SiteGround Hosting(September-2014) :100%, There was no downtime during this period.
 Uptime Report of SiteGround(April – May 2014)

Uptime report of SiteGround Hosting(April – May 2014) :99.89%, It’s not a bad uptime number.

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Winner: SiteGround – SiteGround consistently turns in solid uptime in our testing.

SiteGround vs GoDaddy Website Speed Test

SiteGround has paid special attention to making its system fast for popular website software like WordPress and Drupal. The custom-designed SuperCacher, a cache program built in-house, takes advantage of the unique structure of these website programs to maximize speed. GoDaddy has addressed previous speed issues by better load balancing their larger customer base.

SiteGround is superior to GoDaddy when it comes to Website speed.

Also Read: HostGator Vs GoDaddy

SiteGround Vs GoDaddy speed test
SiteGround Speed test
Godaddy Speed test

A quick look on how SiteGround website speed…

Winner: SiteGround was slightly better on load time speed.

Website Server Response Time

One of SiteGround’s strength is its focus on customer support. With this goal in mind, they make sure servers are not overloaded, and the result is lots of space for any sudden increase in demand on the infrastructure.

GoDaddy has improved over the years, but have a tremendous challenge on server response time due to their huge customer base.

We tested a set of websites hosted on SiteGround and Bluehost using Load Impact App.

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 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 this Hosting companies were located on Ashburn, VA, and Portland, Oregon.

The Green Line indicates the number of visitors and blue line represent the adjacent response time as the traffic increase.

Web Hosting: SiteGround

My Server Location: Dallas, TX
Hosting Server Location: Chicago, IL
Max Response Time: 1.6 seconds
Minimum Response Time: 669.9 milliseconds

SiteGround-Server Response Time

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

Web Hosting: GoDaddy

Testing Server Location: Ashburn, VA
Hosting Server Location: Phoenix, AZ
Max Response Time: 4.1 minutes
Minimum Response Time: 483.08 milliseconds

GoDaddy Server response time

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

Winner: SiteGround’s approach gives them better results than GoDaddy’s stressed system.

SiteGround Vs GoDaddy – Benchmark Test

For each web host, i’ve identified a set of 30 websites all hosted on different web servers. A total of 500 requests were then sent to each host in order to measure the performance of their servers.

GoDaddy also fell behind SiteGround in the Benchmark test. SiteGround had more impressive numbers in Time Per Request, Average Transfer Rate and other key metrics.

Godaddy SiteGround
Completed Requests 500 500
Failed Requests 70 7
Requests per sec. 8.52 6.9
Time per request 210.59 ms 179.09 ms
Average transfer rate 25.73 Kbytes/sec 62.8 Kbytes/sec
Median connect time 19.8 msec 13.8 msec
Median processing time 200.54msec 148.59 msec
Median waiting time 201.58 msec 138.71 msec

Winner – SiteGround. SiteGround’s slow growth strategy allowed it focus on overall performance.

Prices, Plans And Features

Both Siteground and GoDaddy offer affordable pricing plans for the customers. They also offer amazing discounts on selected packages. However, the renewal prices of both these companies are little expensive. You can make the payment in a secure way through your credit card or PayPal account. They also offer a 30 day money back guarantee.

Features SiteGround Start Up SiteGround GrowBig Godaddy Economy Godaddy Deluxe
Disk Space 10 GB 20 GB 100 GB Unlimited
Bandwidth Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
Email Accounts Unlimited Unlimited 100 500
Domains Allowed 1 Unlimited 1 Unlimited
Free Domain Yes Yes Yes Yes
Control Panel  cPanel  cPanel cPanel or Plesk cPanel or Plesk
For 1 Month $3.95/mo $7.95/mo $7/mo $10/mo
12 month Plan $3.95/mo $7.95/mo Best Price:- $12 for one year $6.45
2 Year Term $3.95/mo $7.95/mo $3.55 $6.45
3 Year Term $3.95/mo $7.95/mo $3.55 $6.45
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Customer Support

In the past, GoDaddy suffered some customer support issues due to rapid growth. It has minimized many of those negative issues, and now offers a robust menu of support options; they include telephone support and online knowledge bank. Surprisingly, the firm opted to eliminate chat and email support, both strong support channels for many other high profile companies in the hosting arena.

In contrast, SiteGround has telephone support, a chat system and email ticketing. The company tries for rapid response within ten minutes via email. Phone and chat channels also show good performance.

Winner : SiteGround – They have the fastest customer support in the entire web hosting industry.

Control Panel with Demo

SiteGround offers clients the industry-leading cPanel page. This comprehensive system lets customers change passwords, work on improving database performance and manage email all in place

GoDaddy has gone in an interesting direction as it provides both cPanel and Plesk control panel options. What’s the difference? Actually, they are fairly close in functionality, and each has working demos on their site — it’s a matter of finding which one works better for you.

SiteGround cPanel: Try Demo

GoDaddy Linux cPanel control panel : Have a Demo

Winner: Tie. Each system is robust and powerful.

Credibility Test

GoDaddy earns bonus points for addressing customer service issues and a marginal reputation that followed them for years. Their powerful brand marketing had produced an influx of new clients the infrastructure was not able to handle, resulting in poor reviews and unhappy clients. They have since fixed those issues.

SiteGround takes the lead in credibility, however, based on their slow-growth strategy that puts the customer first. SiteGround’s strategy avoided any customer problems in the first place by ensuring that clients were taken care of as the company grew on a steady basis.

Winner: SiteGround. GoDaddy has come a long way, but SiteGround has the higher ground.

SiteGround Vs GoDaddy – Which Should Be Your Choice?

In the final analysis of SiteGround vs GoDaddy, which company should you go with? I encourage you to investigate each, but my professional recommendation is to choose SiteGround. The firm has a strong, loyal client roster that allows them to spend the proper funds needed to acquire top shelf server hardware such as DDR3 ECC RAM Memory.

In addition, SiteGround has made a clear vote in favor of customer satisfaction over immediate profits. This focus was “baked in” from the company inception – it is not a marketing angle cooked by an advertising agency – it part of the firm’s DNA. The company dedication to customer satisfaction has been well established. This is reflected in their entire operation, and as such I suggest you select them for your web hosting service. SiteGround has:

  • A commitment to popular open source customer management systems like WordPress.
  • Solid server response times.
  • A slow-growth, customer-focused business model.
  • Top-of-the-line software providing speedy throughput and competitive benchmarking.
  • Custom caching which loads pages fast.
  • Strong uptime guarantee and the performance to back it up.
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