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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.

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Speed is a critical factor in the success of a website. The faster your website is, the more satisfied your visitors will be, which will lead to higher customer retention rates. Moreover, speed is one the most important metrics for your website’s ranking in Google’s SERPs. All in all, you can’t avoid the fact that speed plays a crucial role in the development and success of your website.

In my early days, I was having a lot of trouble improving my page speed. I wasn’t a pro and I didn’t trust a freelancer with all the hard work I put in. Plus, there were also financial issues, because I wasn’t really in the position to hire a really high-quality developer to optimize the speed of my website.

So, I understand how it is and I know all the difficulties you’re facing with your website speed, which is why I decided to write this guide. I spent a lot of time figuring out how to speed up my site and I want to provide you with all the information you need to save you time and money.

This is a simple but very effective tutorial to increase your WordPress website’s speed. And the best part is that you don’t need to have any serious technical knowledge to understand this tutorial.

Step 1: Test your website speed using any third-party online tool like pingdom.com or Gemtrix.

As you can see from the results, most of the delay in your webpage is caused by large images, a large number of requests from unsorted JavaScript files, and so on. But don’t worry because we will help you sort all these issues out in this tutorial.

Wordpress speed test

Step 2: You should always start with your web hosting company.

This is the single most important factor that affects your website speed. Your website files are hosted on the hosting company’s server, and if their hardware is outdated or of low quality, it can affect the speed of your website.

How can a web hosting company increase your site speed?

  1. They can use SSDs (Solid State Drive) instead of traditional HDDs (Hard Disk Drive) to store your data. SDDs are faster and far more reliable than HDDs.
  2. More server locations. High quality hosting companies have data centers in more than one location to reduce latency for your visitors coming from different parts of the world.
  3. They provide server-level caching solutions to increase site speed.
  4. Web hosting companies nowadays tend to be more flexible on resource usage. Resource usage can be changed according to demand at different times.

Now, you know what role a web hosting company plays in determining your site’s speed and what they can do to improve it.

But, which hosting company should you choose?

After years of reviewing hosting providers, I’ve come to the conclusion that the best option is SiteGround. It’s also the company I use, which just goes to show how great I think they are. Not only do they provide excellent performance, reliability, and speed, but they also have great support. In terms of pricing, they are relatively cheap for the first billing cycle, but the renewal price is pretty expensive. That’s why you should consider the 3-year billing term to get the best deal. 

Having SiteGround as your web hosting company is a very important component of this tutorial as it’s the only way to achieve maximum speed for your website.

Why having SiteGround as your hosting provider is important for better speed?

  1. They have a high uptime (the amount of time your website will be available) of 99.99% guaranteed.
  2. They offer proprietary server-level caching called SiteGround Supercacher to increase site speed.
  3. They offer Cloudflare CDN (I’ll explain what a CDN is and its importance in a little while) for free.
  4. They use the latest server-level software. For example, their servers are equipped with the latest version of PHP. Having the latest version of any software helps to increase speed and security.

SiteGround also provides free website transfer from your old hosting account and it’s a very fast service. So, you don’t have to worry about the transfer process.

SiteGround also has an inbuilt WordPress plugin called SG Optimizer, which is very important for the process of increasing your website’s speed.

However, if you already have a hosting account with another company and are hesitant to transfer your existing site, don’t worry because I’ve provided an alternative below.

Alternative Step 1: Install the WP Rocket plugin on your existing WordPress site.

It’s a premium plugin which costs $30 for a lifetime license. It’s a one-time investment that you won’t regret.

Here’s what you should do after installing this plugin.

Create a backup of your site as there is a slight chance it might break down during this process. Though the risk is minimal, it’s always good to be on the safe side.

1. Go to the WP Rocket Plugin settings page and click on the File Optimization setting. Now, make the following changes:

  • Combine Google Fonts Files

Why?

Your theme might be using a number of Google fonts. Each font will send a single request, but they’ll add up. However, you can combine all your font CSS files into one single file to reduce the number of requests.

Minify means removing white spaces and comments in your CSS file to reduce the file size.

  • Combine CSS Files

You can combine multiple CSS files into one CSS file to reduce the number of requests.

  • Minify JavaScript Files

Minify means removing white spaces and comments in your JavaScript file to reduce the file size.

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Plugin setting to increase website speed

2. Go to Go to the media section and select the following options.

  • Lazy Load > Enable for Images > Enable for iframes and videos

This will load the images only as they enter the view point. This will reduce the initial load time of your webpage because the images only load when someone scrolls down and they need to appear on the screen. It still provides a smooth experience, but with a far faster initial load time.

  • Emoji > Disable Emoji
  • Embeds > Disable WordPress Embeds.

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3. Activate all the options in the Database section.

These are the recommended WP Rocket settings to achieve maximum speed.

If you don’t use SiteGround, skip to Step 3. Otherwise, continue with Step 2.

Step 2: Install a plugin called SiteGround Optimizer.

Go to the SiteGround Optimizer plugin settings and click on the Super Cacher setting. Enable the following options:

  • Static Cache
  • Database Cache
  • Memcached

SiteGround supercacher setting to increase website speed

Next, go to Environment Optimization and enable the following options:

  • Switch to Recommended PHP Version
  • GZIP Compression
  • Browser Caching

SiteGround supercacher environment optimisation setting

Once done, go to Frontend Optimization settings and enable all the options you can see on the screen:

Front end optimisation to increase site speed

Next, go to Image Optimization and activate all the options you can see on the screen.

Image optimisation to increase wordpress website speed

Step 4: Activate the Asset Cleanup Pro (2019) plugin.

This is a very important step as it will have a great impact on your site speed.

What Is the Functionality of This Plugin?

Having lots of WordPress plugin will slow down your site. Each plugin has its own files, which will be loaded every time a web page is loaded. This can increase the number of requests your web page makes, further increasing the load time.

A plugin might be only used for one page, however, due to bad coding, those plugins will often appear on every page, even if it’s not being used. This leads to additional and unnecessary requests that slow your site down.

The Asset Cleanup Pro plugin compiles a list of unused plugin files that are being loaded on each of your site’s pages. You can then disable the plugin files in those areas where they aren’t needed. This is a very important step because when I did it, it led to a significant increase in speed.

How to Clean Your Webpage Of Unwanted Plugins?

  1. Download the plugin Asset Cleanup Pro (2019) and activate it.
  2. Once you activate the plugin, go to the post editor of any post on your website. Scroll down until you find a section called Asset Cleanup Pro and click on it.

Using ASSET Clean Up pro plugin to increase site speed

You will now see all the unused CSS files and JavaScript files on the page.

Make the following changes:

  1. Click on Remove Rule and save the changes.
  2. Try accessing your web page and see if everything is working properly. If you notice something isn’t working right, just go back and click on Keep Rule and save the changes.
  3. If everything works fine after clicking Remove Rule, then save the changes.
  4. Now do the same thing for all the unused files Asset Cleanup Pro shows you in its list.

How to use asset cleanup pro to increase wordpress website speed

From my experience you can use the Remove rule on 75% of the unused files on a webpage without breaking the site. Of course, this varies from one site to another, which is why you need to test every file.

Once you Remove rules for all unused files, you should probably check the speed of your website using the same tool from step one. You might be surprised to see that the number of requests dropped drastically and your site is now loading faster than before.

Step 5: Use a CDN.

What Is a CDN?

Each time you access your website, you send a request to the server where your website files are hosted. If you are accessing your website from the UK and your hosting server is located in the US, this means your website files have to travel all that distance physically to reach your browser.

This increases latency and that further increases the load time of your website. This problem can be solved using a CDN, or a Content Distribution Network.

A CDN stores a copy of your website on different servers around the world. Each time a visitor accesses your website, they will be served with a copy of your website copy from the nearest server, resulting in reduced latency and increased speed.

Increasing website speed using cloudflare

Is It Hard to Setup a CDN for Your Website?

Not really. In fact, it’s very easy and only takes 5-10 minutes to setup a CDN for your website. Moreover, you don’t need to have any technical knowledge to set up a CDN for your website.

Having a hosting account with SiteGround gives you free access to a third-party CDN network called Cloudflare. Cloudflare is a quality CDN provider, however you need to subscribe to their Plus plan to see a major difference in speed. The free plan that you get with SiteGround has a limited number of data center networks. The Plus plan will cost you an additional $10 per month.

If you are looking for a more personalized CDN solution, I would recommend using MAX CDN (now known as Stackpath) over cloudflare for an extra cost of $10 per month. They offer a great service and have a great support team.

Once you purchase their plan, their support team will set up the CDN for your website in less than 10 minutes. You don’t need to do anything other than sit back and watch your site’s speed go up.

Contact their support once you purchase their subscription and they will set it up for you in no time. However, you can do it yourself if you are hesitant to share your website credentials with people you don’t know. They have a great tutorial on how to set up CDN for WordPress websites.

If you follow the steps in this tutorial, you will also see an increase in your Google Page Speed Score.

Moreover, if you hire a freelancer to do this job, it can cost you between $700 to $1,000, depending on the size of your website. However, if you follow this tutorial, you won’t have to spend more than $100 total.

How-to-start-a-wordpress-blog-with-SiteGroundStarting a blog or switching to a new host can be confusing, especially if you’re not that much of a technical person. So, if your goal is to start a blog or switch hosts, you’ve come to the right place. I will explain everything you need to know, from why to choose SiteGround to how to successfully set up a WordPress blog with SiteGround.

This guide has been written in plain English and everyone can follow it easily, whether you don’t know how web hosting works, or you’re a more advanced developer. And even if you’re a complete beginner, don’t worry because this process is going to be as easy as visiting a supermarket to buy groceries.

ARE YOU STILL CONFUSED ABOUT YOUR MISSION TO START BLOGGING? Don’t BE. Blogging changed my life. I am earning more than $200,000/year with this blog alone. Blogging changed my life because it gave me peace of mind. It helped me spend more time with family because I can work any time I want to, and my schedule is flexible. Many people quit blogging after just a few months.

Why do people quit blogging?

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More than 54% of people lose interest in blogging, which is one of the reasons that they quit.

Why do they lose interest?

Because they didn’t make enough money to run the blog. Only 2% of bloggers make more than $100k/year blogging. If you want to be in that 2%, you need to work really hard. You need to formulate a SOLID plan with deadlines, set timely goals and be patient. Patience is the most important thing you need while blogging.

The first step in building a successful blog is to have reliable and fast web hosting for your blog.

What is free hosting and why you should never use free hosting?

Many web hosts provide free subdomains to anyone who wants to start a website for free. WordPress and Blogger are two of the most popular free web hosts. If you choose to host your site with one of these providers, your website address will look something like yourwebsitename.wordpress.com or yourwebsitename.blogger.com. In other words, you don’t own your own domain and you can’t have an address like yourwebsitename.com (or with any other extension) when you rely on free web hosting.

Why you shouldn’t use free hosting?

  1. You don’t own your site, which means a free host can take down your website anytime they want. Example: Yahoo shut down their free hosting service in October 2009, asking everyone to back up their data.
  2. Google doesn’t like free hosting. Do you actually see many free hosting sites rank high in Google? Of course not. This is because Google doesn’t trust sites using free hosting.
  3. You lose credibility. Free hosting sites are less secure and pose a threat to visitors’ browsers. So, your visitors won’t trust your site if you’re using free hosting.
  4. Free hosting is for learning and not for earning money.

So, if you want to stand a chance to earn money with your blog or website, you clearly need to choose paid web hosting.

Read: How to choose a web hosting company for your blog?

Why Choose SiteGround to Start Your Blog or Website?

I have reviewed SiteGround extensively in this Bluehost and SiteGround comparison review. However, here are three of the most important facts about SiteGround that makes them one of the best choices for hosting a blog or website.

  1. Uptime
  2. Speed
  3. Support 

SiteGround Uptime = 99.99%

What Is Uptime?

Uptime is the amount of time your website is running and accessible to anyone visiting your website. Your website can be down for many reasons, but 90% of the time, it’s related to your web hosting provider.

We track uptime for around 10-15 hosts and SiteGround has been number one in uptime over the last 2-3 years.

Websites hosted with SiteGround are UP most of the time. Generally, SiteGround achieves an uptime of 99.99%, and they are very reliable. While outages do occur unexpectedly, they act quickly and solve the problem as soon as it happens so the downtime is minimal and barely noticeable. 

This is an uptime report for a test website hosted on SiteGround. As you can see, SiteGround experienced downtime of just 5 minutes over the whole month of testing we conducted.

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Very fast websites guaranteed with SiteGround

Your website speed mostly depends on your web hosting company. The quality of hardware and server-level optimization done by your web hosting provider ensure fast load times for anyone accessing your website.

Why Is Speed Important?

  1. 50% of visitors will never return to a slow website.
  2. Speed is a ranking factor in Google’s search engine results pages. The slower the website, the lower your ranking will be.
  3. Website speed is the first impression for your visitors. If it’s fast, it lends your website a greater level of credibility, so they’ll trust you more.
  4. 40% will leave your site if it takes more than 3 second to load.

Also Read: How to improve the loading speed of your website?

Now that you understand how important speed is for your website, let’s talk about the website speed SiteGround offers. How fast are they compared to other top hosting companies in the industry?

My current website is hosted on SiteGround. I tested my website using a speed test tool called Pingdom and here are the results.

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My website with a page size of 1MB was loaded under a second. That’s exceptionally fast. It generally takes more than 1 second with any other shared hosting provider.

Support

Support plays a huge role in choosing a web hosting company. You will inevitably have some problem with your web hosting at some point, and you’ll need their support to resolve it. If you can’t solve the problem quickly, your site will suffer for it, which is why the quality of a host’s customer support team is vital.

A very fast and efficient support team ensures our website runs smoothly without any issue.

Why Do You Need Support?

  1. To transfer your site from your old hosting account to your new one.
  2. To help if your website breaks down, regardless of whether you caused the issue or the problem is on their end.
  3. To help with potential billing issues.
  4. To help solve any technical problems related to your website.

Is SiteGround Support Good?

Check out this conversation that I found on Twitter, which speaks about the quality of support from SiteGround compared to other hosting companies.

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I have also tested the speed of their support team and here’s the result.

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SiteGround support was very fast. We connected with their customer support team in less than a minute. Other hosting companies will keep you waiting for a long time before they answer.

SiteGround scored very high in the top 3 factors in choosing a web host, which means they’ll likely be a good fit for your website.

Set up your web hosting with SiteGround now.

How to Setup a Web Hosting Account with SiteGround?

Now, let’s take a look at how you can start a blog with SiteGround.

Step 1: Visit SiteGround

Click on this link and claim a special discount of 60% provided only to Inlinehostblogger visitors.

Get 60%  discount coupon code for SiteGround.

Now you will see a page like this. Click on claim discount.

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After that, you will be redirected to another page where you will be asked to choose the plan you want for your website.

Step 2: Choose the most appropriate plan for your website.

We have reviewed 3 of SiteGround’s most important shared hosting plans in this Start Up Vs GrowBig Vs Gogeek Comparison review. If you’re confused, this review will help you choose the best plan for your needs so make sure to check it out.

SiteGround-pricing

The plan you choose will depend on your website and what your plans are for the future. For example, if you are building your own website for the first time and aren’t expecting to receive more than 10,000 visitors per month, then their basic plan, namely SiteGround StartUp, will do the job for you.

The SiteGround Grow Big plan allows for up to 25,000 visitors per month, while the SiteGround GoGeek plan allows for 100,000 visitors per month.

The Grow Big plan will provide better performance with more features like daily free backups of your site, priority support, free site transfer from your old hosting account, and more.

However, the most advanced features like Backup on Demand and Staging Site (you will be given a separate staging site where you can test your content and design before uploading it live) are only available with the GoGeek plan. The GoGeek plan is faster and the servers have fewer websites hosted on each one. The fewer websites there are on a server, the more resources will be allocated to each website. The more resources a website has, the better it’s performance and speed will be.

Choose a plan based on what your needs are, but also your budget. As I said before, for a beginner, the Start Up plan’s performance and features are more than sufficient for a new and relatively basic website. 

Also, WordPress blog on SiteGround is possible with all these above plans.

Once you choose a plan, click on Order Now.

Step 3: Setting up a domain name for your website.

If you own a domain name, just click on “I already have a domain name”, type in your domain name and click proceed.

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If you don’t, read on for more information on domains.

What Is a Domain Name?

A domain name represents the name of your website, but also its address. For example, this website’s domain name is inlinehostblogger.com

You need to buy a domain name separately and it usually doesn’t come with your web hosting package. Your web host’s job is to host your domain name and its associated content.

SiteGround will register the domain name for you if you are ready to spend an additional $15.95/year. Unlike some other hosting, SiteGround recently stopped offering free domain with their hosting.

I have a better option for you which will cost you only $1 for the first year.

Go to GoDaddy.com, choose any domain name you want and is available, and use this coupon code at the checkout to get your domain name for just $1/year, plus taxes in certain areas.

Once you register the domain name with GoDaddy, come back to the SiteGround purchase page and select “I already have a domain”.

Type in your domain name and click proceed.

Step 4: Fill in your account information and billing information.

Fill in all your account information. Make sure to purchase using a card that is in your name. If the name on the card is different to the name on the account, they will require further authentication to make sure that you aren’t committing fraud. 

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Step 5: Fill in your purchase information carefully.

This is an important section and I will be providing you with some important tips to make the most out of your web hosting.

After you choose the plan you want, you will have to choose a data center, which is where your website’s data will be stored.

Why Choosing the Right Data Center Is Important?

The speed of your website is dependent on a lot of factors, including the distance your data has to travel to reach the user’s browser. If your website’s files are located in Chicago and all your visitors are from London, the data has to travel a greater physical distance to get to London.

However, if your website data is hosted on SiteGround’s London data center, then your data doesn’t have to travel as far to get to the user’s computer. This means your website will load faster than if it were hosted at a data center in Chicago. So, you should choose a data center based on where most of your visitors will be coming from.

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An important fact about SiteGround Pricing.

When you choose the hosting period, it’s always advisable to choose the longer cycle of 3 years, instead of 1 year, if you have the budget for it.

The 60% discount I was talking about earlier only applies to your first transaction with SiteGround. Renewals will not enjoy the same discount. So, if you choose the 3-year period, you will get that discount for 3 years. If you opt for the 1-year billing cycle, when you have to renew after the first year, the price will be three times as high. So, you can save quite a lot of money by choosing the longest billing cycle.

Also, don’t be tempted to buy any extra services as its because they aren’t worth the price.

Step 6: Pay now and sign up on SiteGround.

Step 7: Point your domain name to SiteGround.

If you purchased a domain name from SiteGround by paying $15, you can skip this step as SiteGround will point your domain to its hosting automatically.

If you used an external registrar to buy your domain, though, you need to point that domain name to SiteGround’s servers.

How can you do that?

It’s very simple. All you have to do is change the nameserver details from your GoDaddy account with the nameservers provided by SiteGround. The latter will send you a welcome email that includes the nameserver details and account details for your hosting. Copy the nameserver details from that email and paste them into GoDaddy, if you purchased your domain name from GoDaddy.

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Still don’t know how to do it?

Follow this step-by-step tutorial on how to change your nameservers when working with most popular domain registrars.

How to change nameserver details on GoDaddy?

How to change nameserver details on Namecheap?

How to change nameserver details on domain.com?

Once you complete the nameserver changes, you are ready to setup your website with SiteGround.

Step 8: Login to your customer area and install WordPress.

Go to siteground.com , click on login in the upper right-hand corner, and enter your login details to access your customer area.

Why Use WordPress and Not Any Other CMS Like Joomla Drupal? 

  1. WordPress is the most used CMS and powers 30% of the entire web. 
  2. Other systems like Joomla and Drupal are not widely used. Moreover, WordPress has far greater functionality than any other CMS, and there are far more plugins available too. Plugins are additional applications that can be installed on your WordPress that provide you with a wide range of different functions to make your life easier. WordPress plugins function just like apps function on your smartphone, meaning that they help you customize your website with supercool features and functionalities. 
  3. It’s far easier to find web developers for WordPress if you need something special than for any other CMS.

Once you log in to your customer area for the first time, SiteGround website builder will show a popup asking you to install WordPress onto your website.

SiteGround-account-setup-wizard

If you want to create a fresh website, click on “Start a new website”.

If you already own a website and want SiteGround to transfer the files from your old hosting account to your new one, click on “Transfer a website”.

However, if you are still undecided on which CMS to choose or want to start setting up your website some other time, please click on “Don’t need help now”.

We’ll assume that you are starting a fresh website and clicked on “Start a new website”.

In the next section, choose WordPress.

Next, fill out the log in credentials you want for WordPress. Click confirm and, in the next section, click Complete Setup.

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Now, wait for the popup to show your hosting account is ready to use. 

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In the next few sections, I will explain how to build your website with Siteground.

Step 9: Log in to your WordPress account and start editing your website.

Where Can I Log In to WordPress?

You can access the WordPress dashboard of your account by typing in your domain name followed by /wp-login.php

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This will take you to the login page of your website’s WordPress account.

Type in the login credentials you created in step 8 and log in.

Here’s your WordPress dashboard, where you can edit your website’s design, add new posts and articles, view your site stats, and a lot more.

Step 10: Choose any theme for your website by clicking on Appearance > Themes >Add new themes.

Choose from thousands of free themes from WordPress, or buy a premium theme if you have the budget.

Once you choose the theme, you need to activate it. Then, you can start editing your theme by clicking Appearance > Theme > Customize

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Step 11: Here are some important things to do after logging into your WordPress account for the first time.

1. Customize your SG Optimizer plugin.

SiteGround will automatically add a plugin called SG Optimizer to your WordPress installation. This plugin can be used to speed up your website. It’s quite essential, especially since we have already discussed the importance of speed in the above section.

But to get the most out of this plugin, you need to customize the SG Optimizer plugin like below.

1)Click on SG Optimizer from the menu on the left of your WordPress dashboard.

  • Then select Supercacher Settings and enable the Dynamic Caching and Memchached options. These are two levels of caching that will speed up your website by providing your website with a high degree of server-level and browser-level caching.

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2) Now click on Environment Optimization and make the following changes.

  • Click on Enable https, which will ensure your site run on HTTPS instead of HTTP.
  • An HTTPS site is more secure than an HTTP site. HTTPS sites are ranked higher in Google due to the far better security, which is why it’s important to activate HTTPS for your website.
  • Next, enable GZIP Compression and Browser caching.
  • If these options break your site design in anyway, don’t worry. Test which of the two is causing problems and leave it unselected.

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3) Activate all the options from the Frontend Optimization section.

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4) Now, go to the section Image Optimization and activate the New Images Optimization and Lazy Load Images options.

  • This will optimize your images by reducing their size without affecting their quality in any way, which means they’ll look just as great, but load much faster. The smaller the image, the less resources have to be loaded, which means far better performance for your website. 

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2. Install and activate a plugin called Jetpack.

Jetpack is an essential plugin that will let you add many cool features to your website such as:

  • Tracking site stats – a visitor count for your website.
  • Blocking malicious hacking attempts against your website.
  • Monitoring your website for downtime and notifying you when your website is down.

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Once you’ve installed this plugin, you’re pretty much ready to go.

Don’t forget that you will need to work consistently and put it a lot of effort if you want your website to succeed.

From now on, it’s all up to you, because with this guide’s help, you’ve chosen a host that will ensure great performance, and you’ve set up your hosting account and website.

Now, it’s time to get to the real work of building your blog into a successful business.

Set up your web hosting with SiteGround now.

Choosing a good web host can be difficult, especially if you’re not technically inclined and find it difficult to understand all the jargon.

This GoDaddy vs Bluehost comparison review will make life easier because it’s written in plain English so that anyone can understand.

We’ll be looking at the most important aspects of a web host and our conclusions are based on concrete data and facts. We’ve conducted all the tests personally.

GoDaddy Vs Bluehost tests

Here’s the end result of this entire comparison on which hosting is better among GoDaddy and Bluehost.

Is Bluehost better than GoDaddy?

Yes, as Bluehost wins: 7/8 tests.

Whereas, GoDaddy only wins: 3/9 test.

GoDaddy vs Bluehost: Performance

Bluehost has implemented various features in an attempt to provide their clients with good performance. Thus, their servers are equipped with SSDs, they have instituted CPU throttling, and they also provide free Cloudflare CDN. They also offer free SSL certificates.

A CDN or content distribution network helps improve performance by making your site available across a number of servers all over the world. Thus, the physical distance between your site and the user’s computer is reduced, offering improved performance.

Bluehost servers support PHP 5.4, PHP 5.6, and PHP 7.0. Unfortunately, support for the latter three versions of PHP ended in December 2018, which makes it problematic. It should be noted, though, that Bluehost has recently started offering PHP 7.2, but only for accounts that use their new Bluerock account management interface.

GoDaddy also provides a number of features and services to support good performance, including load-balanced servers, servers that are equipped with SSDs, and more. They do offer free SSL certificates, but only for their higher-end plans.

They recently updated their servers to PHP 7.2, though they still offer PHP 7.1, 7.0, 5.4, and 5.6. However, this update was only done after they received a lot of complaints from their users.

Currently, GoDaddy is in the midst of a transition, as they are migrating most of their infrastructure to Amazon Web Services. This transition is expected to take a few years, but even so, performance has gradually been improving thanks to AWS.

Speed Test: Bluehost vs GoDaddy

We conducted load impact tests to determine the response times of a website hosted by both providers.

The test throws an ever-increasing number of concurrent visitors at the site to see how well the server responds and loads your website.

In the charts below, you can see how well each provider performed.

The green line represents the number of concurrent users, while the blue line represents the response time.

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-GoDaddy website speed test results.

As you can see, on average, Bluehost’s response time was twice as good as GoDaddy’s until about 50 visitors.

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– Bluehost website speed test result

At 32 concurrent visitors, Bluehost had response time of 567 ms, and was quite stable up to this point.

Conversely, GoDaddy’s response time, though just as stable, was 1.15 seconds at 36 visitors.

Once we had 50 visitors, though, the response time became ridiculous for both providers until both servers stopped responding completely soon after. Clearly, neither Bluehost nor GoDaddy servers are capable of handling more than 50 visitors at a time.

If you’re expecting more than 50 concurrent visitors, it’s likely you will need to sign up for more expensive plan.

★ Winner Bluehost. Bluehost is a better choice in terms of speed as their servers have a much faster response time.

GoDaddy vs Bluehost: Uptime

Uptime is important because it represents the amount of time your site is available to people who want to visit it. This is a critical factor in determining the success of your site, because if it’s down too much, people will just stop visiting.

Unfortunately, you have very little control over your site’s uptime, as your web host is usually the one who bears the majority of the responsibility for any downtime your site experiences. The only real control you have is to choose a web host that delivers on the promise of excellent uptime.

We conducted two tests for uptime. Over a period of 30 days, Bluehost had an average uptime of 100%, with a response time of 692 milliseconds. GoDaddy’s uptime, on the other hand, was 99.75%, and they had a downtime of 1 hour 50 minutes. Furthermore, the response time was 742 ms.

Godaddy-Vs-Bluehost-Uptime

★ Winner Bluehost. Thus, for both uptime and server response time, Bluehost clearly performs better than GoDaddy.

Security: GoDaddy vs Bluehost

Bluehost has limited in-house security features, such as password protected directories, spam protection, and the ability to blacklist certain IP’s. This is pretty much the least they should be offering, and it’s certainly nothing special. One would expect far more from a host of this caliber.

Instead, they rely on an outside company, namely Cloudflare, to protect their clients against DDoS attacks. While Cloudflare is definitely one of the best website security companies on the market, we feel that Bluehost should be doing much more than just relying on another company.

GoDaddy, on the other hand, uses its own in-house security system. While this is definitely a positive, the downside is that GoDaddy has been subject to a lot of DDoS attacks over the past few years, and some of them have been so major that they managed to shut down millions of websites.

★ Winner Bluehost. While Bluehost doesn’t offer much in-house, it’s still better from a security point of view simply because they use Cloudflare, which is obviously far more capable of stopping DDoS attacks than GoDaddy.

Support: Bluehost vs GoDaddy

It’s absolutely mandatory for any web host to have a great customer support service. If you ever experience any problems, with something as important as web hosting, you need to be able to get in touch with someone to help you. For this reason, we also tested the customer support teams of Bluehost and GoDaddy.

GoDaddy offers a toll-free call in product support line, which one would consider a good thing. The problem is that there is a long wait time, to the point where many customers might just give up unless it’s a very pressing matter. The real issue is that they don’t offer email or even a ticketing system.

Godaddy-Support

A ticketing system is something extremely basic, which the majority of top web hosts offer. In the event that they don’t have a ticketing system, they have a live chat support.

While GoDaddy does have a live chat feature, it seems to be more about paying lip service because it only works some of the time, and it’s limited to only a few countries and between certain hours. In other words, for the majority of their customers, they might as well not have it.

So, if GoDaddy doesn’t want to work on upgrading their live chat feature, they should definitely consider, at the very least, implementing a ticketing system.

Bluehost offers highly detailed video tutorials, as well as a support forum. However, it seems that many of Bluehost’s clients have experienced technical problems, and even though they’ve contacted support and apparently resolved the issue, it only seems to be a temporary fix as the problem recurs.

Clearly, this is the result of a customer service team that lacks the expertise necessary to resolve their client’s problems. We suspect that this has a lot to do with the fact that Bluehost went from 750 employees to 310 in 2017, which has clearly affected the quality of the services this company provides.

They also have a live chat feature, which is actually available to everyone. The good news is that they have an extremely fast response time. It took less than a minute for me to get in touch with a live agent via their chat system.

Bluehost-Support

So, the question becomes: what’s more important? Getting in touch with a customer support agent quickly, or an agent who can actually help you with your problem because they have the necessary expertise?

Normally, I would say that both fail and leave it at that. But since this is a comparison review and we have to determine which is better. So, I will say that if you need technical help, GoDaddy is probably a better option, even if it takes longer to get through to someone, while for other issues, such as administrative problems, you’re better off with Bluehost because you can get in touch with someone faster.

It’s also worth keeping an eye on Bluehost’s evolution because, hopefully, after all the poor reviews they’ve been receiving regarding customer service, they might decide to do something about it.

★ Winner Bluehost.

Price, Plans and Features: Bluehost vs GoDaddy

Bluehost offers a variety of shared hosting plans, with the cheapest being $2.95 per month. It comes with features such as one free domain registration when you sign up for year, unmetered bandwidth, a free SSL certificate, and a free weekly site backup.

GoDaddy also offers a number of shared hosting plans, with the cheapest being the Economy plan, which starts out at $2.79 a month, and then renews at $7.99 per month. For this you get 100 GB of storage and unmetered bandwidth.

For a more in-depth comparison of the plans the two companies provide, please see the chart below.

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If you’re having trouble choosing between Bluehost and FastComet because you’re not exactly sure what factors should influence your decision, then this Bluehost vs FastComet comparison will make things a lot easier on you.

Choosing the right web hosting company is essential because a host can make or break your website. If your site is down all the time or takes a really long time to load because your hosts servers offer poor performance, you’ll find that you lose more and more traffic until it stops completely.

In this BlueHost versus FastComet review, I’ll be analyzing the most important factors involved in choosing a host and comparing the two companies. I’ve also made sure to use plain English and to provide explanations where I couldn’t so that you can make a completely informed decision.

All the information presented in this comparison is the result of tests my team and I have conducted, which means that it’s accurate and not sourced from a third party.

Furthermore, you can be sure that this review is impartial and objective, because my only goal is to make sure that you find a web hosting company that suits your needs.

After you read the review, if you’re not certain which host you choose, make sure to check out some of my other hosting comparisons and reviews, such as SiteGround Vs FastComet, HostGator versus SiteGround, and SiteGround versus Bluehost.

Bluehost was founded in 2003, whereas FastComet was founded in 2010 but they only started offering hosting in 2013.

Fastcomet Vs Bluehost tests

Here’s the end result of this entire comparison on which hosting is better among Fastcomet and Bluehost.

Is Fastcomet better than Bluehost?

Yes, as Fastcomet wins: 6/8 tests.

Whereas, Bluehost only wins: 4/8 test.

Bluehost vs FastComet: Performance

Though Bluehost isn’t the fastest in terms of providing their customers with innovative hosting solutions and outstanding performance, they do try their best. This is evidenced by the fact that their servers are equipped with SSD’s, they offer CPU throttling, a free CDN from Cloudflare, and free SSL certificates.

The importance of a content distribution network, or CDN, cannot be discounted because it significantly improves the load time of your website by reducing the physical distance between your site and the visitor’s computer. When you’re using a CDN, it makes a copy of your website and stores it across multiple servers all over the world.

Bluehost servers support PHP 7.0, as well as the older PHP 5.4 and 5.6. The company is also started offering PHP 7.2, but this is only for those accounts that are using the new account management interface dubbed Bluerock.

FastComet does a much better job in terms of performance. Like Bluehost, all their servers are equipped with SSD’s, they offer free Cloudeflare CDN, and free SSL certificates. However, they also offer HTTP/2 – a significant improvement over the standard HTTP – and HSTS.

First of all, SSL certificates are mandatory because they encrypt any sensitive information that visitors provide you with, from their email addresses, usernames and passwords to their addresses and credit card information. So, while in SSL certificate doesn’t necessarily improve performance, it will improve credibility and trust.

The HSTS that FastComet offers is a browser security feature that will let you force the visitor’s browser to only communicate via encrypted channels. This ensures that unencrypted communications are not possible, which not only adds an additional layer of protection for your visitors, but also helps to mitigate attacks on your website.

Bluehost versus FastComet: Speed Test

Speed is a vital factor when it comes to choosing the right web host, which is why we never rely on what the hosting company says and instead conduct our own tests.

Thus, we hosted two identical websites with each of these providers and then conducted a load impact test. The latter involves sending more and more concurrent visitors to the website to see how quickly the server responds.

In the charts below, the green line represents the number of concurrent users, the blue line represents the load time, while the purple line represents the number of requests made per second.

As you can see from the charts, FastComet had a response time twice as good as Bluehost.

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– Fastcomet response time at 52 active visitor = 43ms, 100 active visitor=45ms.

Thus, at 50 concurrent users, Bluehost had a response time of 89 ms, and at 100 users, it was 79 ms.

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– Bluehost response time at 50 active visitor = 89ms, 100 active visitor=79ms.

FastComet, on the other hand, had a response time of 43 ms at 52 concurrent users, and 45 ms at 100 concurrent users.

So, if we had to choose solely based on speed, we would definitely pick FastComet.

★ Winner Fastcomet.

Bluehost Vs FastComet: Uptime

Uptime is an essential factor to consider when choosing a Web hosting company because it represents the amount of time that your site is online and available to people who want to visit it. If it’s unavailable for too long, or if its availability drops out frequently, your site will invariably fail as people get frustrated.

The problem is that there’s not a lot you can do about uptime because it’s all in the hands of your web hosting company. The only thing you can do is to choose a web host that has a proven track record in terms of uptime.

Bluehost and FastComet both state that users have a guaranteed uptime of 99.99%. Marketing messages aren’t always in line with reality, though, which is why we tested both companies.

According to our live uptime tracking tool, over a period of three months, Bluehost generated an uptime of 100%, with no downtimes.

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-Bluehost Uptime

By comparison, FastComet had an uptime of 99.98%, with 10 outages.

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– Fastcomet Uptime

Thus, based on uptime, we would have to go with Bluehost for their better uptime.

★ Winner Bluehost.

Bluehost Vs FastComet: Security

In terms of security, both companies aren’t all that impressive. They both offer a few basic features, like spam protection, the ability to blacklist IPAs, password protected directories, and so on.

Likewise, both companies rely on 1/3 party for more extensive security features, namely Cloudflare. Cloudflare is one of the best companies on the market in terms of website security, and their protection against DDoS attacks is unparalleled.

So, we don’t have a problem at all with the company Bluehost and FastComet choose to use for security. What we do have a problem with is that two big companies like FastComet and Bluehost should be offering far more to their clients in terms of security. They should be doing much more themselves instead of relying so much on a third party.

★ Winner Tie.

Bluehost vs FastComet: Support

When it comes to something as technical as website hosting, if something goes wrong, you need to be able to get in touch quickly with the customer support team. Plus, they need to be knowledgeable enough to actually help sort out your problem, or to provide you with the guidance you need.

So, we went ahead and tested both FastComet and Bluehost to see how effective their support team is.

Bluehost provides customers with highly detailed video tutorials on the website, along with a forum. They also have a live chat feature, getting through to an agent took less than a minute, which was quite impressive.

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Bluehost live chat support.

The problem, though, is that their team doesn’t seem to be quite that efficient and knowledgeable. Many customers have experienced problems repeatedly that they thought they’d managed to resolve with the customer support team’s help, only to find the same problems creeping up again.

FastComet offers 24/7 support via live chat and a ticketing system. They respond quickly via live chat, and the live agents I’ve spoken to are knowledgeable, experienced, and extremely eager to help. It took them only three minutes to solve an issue I had.

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-Fastcomet support.
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Fastcomet live chat responsiveness.

The ticketing system was surprisingly fast, as it only took nine minutes for me to get an answer to my question, which is extremely impressive for this type of system.

★ Winner Fastcomet. We have to choose FastComet because of their fast response times and highly knowledgeable team.

Bluehost vs FastComet: Prices, Plans and Features

Both companies have quite a few shared hosting plans available, ranging from very cheap to quite expensive.

Features Fastcomet

StartSmart

Fastcomet

SpeedUp

Bluehost Basic Basic Choice Plus
Disk Space 15 GB 35GB 50 GB Unlimited
Bandwidth Unmetered Unmetered Unmetered Unmetered
Email Accounts Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
Domains Allowed 1 Unlimited 1 Unlimited
Free Domain Yes ( For life) Yes ( For life) Yes Yes
Control Panel cPanel or Plesk cPanel or Plesk cPanel cPanel
For 1 Month $25.90 $32.90 Not Available Not Available
12 month Plan $4.95 $11.95/mo $4.95/mo. (Click on signup for this price) $7.45/mo
2 Year Term $3.95 $10.95 $3.95/mo $6.45/mo
3 Year Term $2.95 $9.95 $2.95/mo $5.45/mo
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Thus, Bluehost’s cheapest plan starts at $2.95 per month and includes things like one free domain registration when signing up for year, the free SSL certificate, one free backup of your website per week, and unmetered bandwidth.

FastComet’s cheapest plan is the same price as Bluehost, at $.295, for which you can get 15GB of SSD space, unmetered traffic, and a free domain for life.

In terms of plans, we have to go with FastComet because the renewal price they charge is the same as the initial price, whereas Bluehost charges almost double when you renew.

★ Winner Fastcomet.

Bluehost vs FastComet: Control Panel

Both companies use cPanel, which is not surprising since it is the most popular control panel available. FastComet does offer a few additional features, but nothing to write home about.

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– Fastcomet control panel.
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– Bluehost control panel.
★ Winner Tie.

Bluehost Vs FastComet: Backup Features

Unfortunately, Bluehost is rather stingy when it comes to backup features. They use an external tool called code guard to backup and restore your website. This would necessarily be a problem, if they didn’t charge you an additional $8 per month to use the service.

FastComet on the other hand includes a backup and restore feature as part of their normal shared hosting plans. You can quickly and easily backup your website straight from the control panel.

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– Fastcomet automatically creates backup every day, which you can instantly restore with just a click.

Furthermore, FastComet has implemented a seven independent snapshot policy, which means that they keep seven separate copies of your account in a completely secure and remote location.

To restore your website, however, you will have to submit a support ticket. The team usually takes only about 10 minutes to respond to a ticket, which means is not that big of a problem. Plus, many customers will appreciate the fact that they don’t have to restore the website themselves.

★ Winner Fastcomet. In terms of backup features, we definitely have to vote for FastComet because they are incredibly professional and very fast. Plus, they don’t charge extra.

Bluehost vs FastComet: Popularity

Bluehost claimed that they had a total of 1,248,507 on their servers as of November 2018.

Unfortunately, there isn’t a lot of information on FastComet in terms of number of sites hosted. However, considering that they are relatively new by comparison to Bluehost, it’s understandable that the latter is more popular.

However, due to their great services and their professionalism, they are growing quickly.

★ Winner Bluehost.

Bluehost vs FastComet: Final Verdict

Bluehost and FastComet are two of the best hosting companies on the market. Bluehost has been offering their services for a long time, so they’re definitely experienced, and they have a great reputation.

FastComet might be new on the market, but they do offer quite a number of innovative features, and they are doing everything in their power to prove that they deserve to be among the top hosting providers. This is clearly evidenced by their superior speed and much better customer support.

Unfortunately, ever since the Endurance International Group purchased Bluehost, the quality of their services has declined, which is clear from all the negative reviews they’ve received.

Endurance International Group is a large conglomerate that has been buying up a lot of web hosting providers and now have over 70 brands under their umbrella. The problem is that they have a reputation for taking a web host over and then pretty much ruining the services they offer with personnel cuts and more.

Thus, due to the decline in the quality of services Bluehost offers, and the fact that FastComet has lots of new innovative features, I have to recommend FastComet as the best option.

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Updated: March 32019

siteground vs wp engine comparisonAre you in the market for a web hosting company? Confused by the myriad of options out there on the Internet? It’s understandable because your website is your connection to the online and off-line world. It connects you to your community, company, clients, and customers.

This comparison of WP Engine vs SiteGround, two popular web hosts, will help you make the best choice.

WP Engine will be a good fit if you are a WordPress user. That is because WP Engine only hosts WordPress sites. Because of this focus, they offer a unique value proposition in combination with aggressive customer support. SiteGround is a web hosting company that began operations in 2003. They have been known for their progressive approach to Internet security. When they recognize that an attack is in progress, their custom security team works quickly to create patches to ensure the security of their client sites.

Also Read:  Bluehost Vs HostGator – Which Hosting To Buy?

Let’s take a closer look at these two firms.

SiteGround vs WP Engine: Performance

One of SiteGround’s promises is that they will always bring the latest technology to their customers as quickly as is feasibly possible, and to that end, they have already released PHP 7.2 RC.

Using the latest release of PHP is vitally important because it brings a series of improvements in terms of speed, security, and efficiency.

To understand the difference, consider that PHP 7 is three times faster than PHP 5.6.

We mention this older version of PHP because, according to statistics courtesy of WordPress, a lot of people still use it. In fact, only 4% of WordPress sites run on PHP 7.2, and it’s likely they are all SiteGround customers.

WP Engine offers a mix of servers with some running on PHP 5.6 and some on PHP 7. However, despite this, they still offer excellent performance.

WP Engine has some innovative and high-quality features to improve performance such as Amazon Web Services, Global data centers in the United States, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and in the Asia-Pacific region, Proprietary EverCache®.

Moreover, SiteGround is not far behind with their WP SuperCacher, SG Optimizer and global data centers.

Conclusion: Despite SiteGround having the leg up in terms of the PHP version they are running, our tests have found that both web hosting companies offer comparable performance, so we have to say this one is a tie between SiteGround and WP Engine.

WP Engine Vs SiteGround – Uptime Report

Uptime refers to the percentage of time that a web hosting company is able to keep their servers online and serving websites properly. If a server is down, either all or some of the client websites are down as well. This is not good, because many people rely on their websites to generate sales and leads. Any amount of downtime is lost revenue.

WP Engine has a fanatical desire to try to achieve a perfect uptime record. While this would be almost impossible, they come very close at 99.9%. This is partly due to their No Overselling Policy which makes sure they have enough server space to properly service their customer base.

SiteGround has a 99.9% uptime guarantee which applies to all of their plans, even the more inexpensive ones. They have real-time detection technology which alerts them to any downtime and quickly works to find a solution. They have customized software that automatically repairs any errors that would usually cause downtimes.

Here are the statistics:

  • 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 six months of service.
  • Average last 6-month uptime for Siteground (tested for 10 sites based in different parts of the world): 99.99%. Like a WP Engine, this level of service means that your website could potentially be off-line for just over four hours over six months of service.

It is clear both WP Engine and SiteGround have strong uptime performance numbers. They both clock in at 99.9% uptime.

Below is an interactive graph that will allow you to plug-in different sets of data to see various outcomes for each company.

We wanted to verify our findings, so we conducted a second test using Pingdom. As you can see below, both hosting companies performed admirably, with WP Engine registering a highly impressive 100% uptime, while SiteGround registered an uptime of 99.98%.

Wp Engine Vs SiteGround Uptime

★ Winner

We consider both SiteGround and WP Engine to be equal in terms of uptime as both companies performed admirably.

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WP Engine Vs SiteGround –Speed Test

In the past, website surfers were more patient with slow loading sites. Those days are in the rearview mirror, however, and fast loading sites have become a common expectation. Site speed is becoming so important that Google has incorporated how fast your site delivers web pages as a contributing factor to how well they rank your pages.

WP Engine has servers in the United States, Great Britain, and Japan. Customers can choose which server they want to keep their data on. More importantly, the international network of servers ensures that there are strong redundancies and stability.

SiteGround also has fairly fast-loading websites. This is partially due to their Supercacher which uses custom computations to cache items like images and theme elements that are used repeatedly.

Here are some specifics:

  • The average speed of website running with WP Engine (Optimized 10 sites): 1.3 seconds.
  • The average speed of website running with Siteground (Optimized 10 sites): 1.3 seconds. This number was 1 second just six months ago when we last tested it. They have slowed slightly due to an influx of new customers.

Time to first byte (TTFB) is the metric we prefer to use in determining the quality of a web hosting company’s servers. This is because it eliminates any impact other variables have on the loading speed of a website, such as the size of the site, the type of content, the structure and so on.

It also provides a more accurate comparison between hosting companies because the time it takes a server to deliver the first byte is dependent solely on the quality of the server.

SiteGround Vs WP Engine speed test

SiteGround’s TTFB was 308 ms, while WP Engine features a TTFB of 466 ms.

While WP Engine’s speed is not bad, SiteGround is better by a  small margin, proving they have excellent quality servers.

It should be noted that they also have 5 major data centers across the planet, which also contributes to this great speed because TTFB is also affected by the physical distance that the information has to travel.

★ Winner Tie.

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Server Response Time

Server response time refers to the speed it takes for a web hosting company to deliver all of the various elements of a webpage and present them in your browser. Several factors influence server response time and quality of servers is a primary one.

WP Engine has enterprise-quality servers and, unlike some competitors, they also have enterprise-quality system administrators managing their servers. That means you get high-level technology and support no matter which package you purchase.

SiteGround makes a point to keep the load on their servers below industry standards, so there is plenty of power and space to accommodate both temporary bandwidth spikes as well as long-term growth. Because they support a number of open-source software packages, they provide server optimization tutorials for a number of content management systems including Drupal, Joomla, and vBulletin.

A critical aspect for any site is how well the server it’s being hosted on can handle a large amount of concurrent traffic. When lots of people visit a website at the same time, the server has to respond to a larger number of requests. Some servers can handle it and some can’t.

We ran a Load Impact test, which means we sent up to 100 visitors to a test website at the same time. We start with one visitor and slowly grow the number up to 100, measuring response time throughout the test.

WP Engine’s load time remained steady from one visitor to 100 visitors and registered an average of 278.4 ms, which is an excellent load time. You can see the results in the graph below, where the blue line represents the number of visitors, and the green line is the server’s response time.WP Engine load test

SiteGround had a few initial spikes and then stabilized, leading to an average of 513.39 ms. What we found surprising was that the spikes were near the beginning of the test, when we only sent a few extra visitors, as you can see in the graph below, where the blue line is the number of visitors, and the green is response time.

siteground vs wp engine load test

★ Winner WP Engine.

Clearly, WP Engine offers better load times, and this is because they are customized for WordPress and also offer an inbuild max CDN. The latter ensures that your website is loaded from the closest server possible, which is why they have a lower response time.

The drawback is that you get this higher speed at $29 per month. Conversely, a SiteGround plan costs just $3.95 per month, and if you really want to, you can purchase the max CDN separately to achieve similar load speeds to WP Engine. The additional cost is $20 per month, making it a total of $23.95 per month, which is still less than the cost of WP Engine.

SiteGround vs WP Engine: Security

SiteGround recently rolled out a proprietary anti-bot AI to protect their customers against brute-force attacks.

The new system has been able to block as many as 2 million attacks across all SiteGround servers, making it a resounding success.

It works by monitoring all the servers at the same time and analyzing the data it is gathering. It then takes action automatically to prevent malicious bots from doing harm. Some of the things the system watches for include:

  • Number of simultaneous connections to different URLs
  • Repeated failed logins
  • Known weaknesses to DDoS attacks in different apps
  • Request types are known to be connected to DDoS attacks
  • Blacklisted user agents – a list that is continuously updated.

What makes the AI incredible is not only that it can act on its own, but that it also learns. So, if the AI thinks an IP is malicious, it will use a Captcha page to determine whether or not it was right in its assumption. If the Captcha is resolved, meaning that a human is on the other end and the system wasn’t being attacked by a malicious bot, the AI whitelists the address and learns from the events to avoid future errors.

Thus, SiteGround now has a “smart” security system that has taken the protection of their customers to a whole new level.

WP Engine also takes good care of their customers in terms of security as their platform monitors traffic in an attempt to identify new types of attacks, as well as checking for certain request patterns from specific locations that could indicate problematic activity. Those attacks are blocked automatically.

They rely on rules, which are constantly evolving. The company claims that they block more than 200 million bad requests per day and they are constantly improving their rule set to stop attacks.

Though WP Engine’s security system isn’t nearly as impressive as SiteGround’s, it’s still a far cry better than the third-party solutions some other web hosting companies rely on.

Winner: SiteGround, their anti-bot AI take the cake without a doubt. No matter how great WP Engine’s rules are, a machine that has the capacity to learn is not only impressive but also much more efficient.

It doesn’t have to eat, sleep, or take toilet breaks, and can spot and learn new patterns faster than any human.

It’s like comparing the Terminator to John Reece – who would you rather have as a bodyguard? We’d pick the Terminator every time, which is why we pick SiteGround.

WP Engine Vs SiteGround – Hosting Plans

WP Engine has a number of hosting plans that range from $29 a month for a Personal plan to enterprise-level plans that accommodate large corporations and organizations. While the entry-level plan is higher in cost than some competitor’s beginning plans, WP Engine offers tremendous value due to their level of service, customer response time and quality of server uptime and speed.

SiteGround has Linux-based hosting offers for shared, VPS, cloud and dedicated servers. They have very basic introductory shared plans starting at only a few dollars per month, making them one of the more affordable web hosting companies at this level. Cloud hosting is available in the United States, Asia, and Europe and begins around $70 per month. Their GrowBig feature allows you to restore a website from a backup quickly and easily.

The following table outlines the relevant features, prices, and plans available from both services.

Features SiteGround Start Up SiteGround Grow Big Wpengine Personal Plan Wpengine Professional Plan
Disk Space 10 GB 20 GB  10 GB 20 GB
Bandwidth Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
Email Accounts Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
Domains Allowed 1 Unlimited 1 10
Free Domain Yes Yes No No
Control Panel cPanel cPanel Its own panel Its Own Panel
For 1 Month $3.95 $7.95 $29.99/mo $99.99/mo
12 month Plan $3.95 $7.95 $29/mo + 2 month free hosting. $99/mo + 2 month free hosting
2 Year Term $3.95 $7.95 Nil Nil
3 Year Term $3.95 $7.95 Nil Nil
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If you want your website to rank well, then it needs to have an SSL certificate. This means that instead of seeing https://inlinehostblogger.com, you’ll be seeing https://inlinehostblogger.com, indicating that your website is encrypted and secure for users to browse.

SSL certificates are essential because not only do they keep your audience safe, but Google has started to penalize non-HTTPS sites. First of all, the search engine assigns them a lower rank, but they’ve also started issuing warnings that these sites aren’t safe, essentially scaring people away from visiting them.

Now, both SiteGround and WP Engine offer free SSL certificates, which is great.

However, if you have a website with multiple subdomains, you need to set up and maintain a different certificate for each subdomain.

So, for example, if your primary domain is yoursite.com and you have subdomains like blog.inlinehostblogger.com, store.inlinehostblogger.com, and forum.inlinehostblogger.com, you’ll need a certificate for each. Managing all these certificates can be a pain, but there is a more effective option.

Wildcard SSL certificates allow you to use one certificate to encrypt a primary domain along with all its subdomains, regardless of how many you have. This makes life much easier.

SiteGround offers a Let’s Encrypt Wildcard SSL certificate with all of their hosting plans. By comparison, WP Engine charges $199 for their RapidSSL Wildcard SSL certificates.

★ Winner SiteGround, It has more affordable plans with choice of CMS other than WordPress.

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Steps to High Performance

Enterprise-level companies are finding that with WP Engine they are able to lower their overall spend on technology while increasing their company’s website speed and uptime. WP Engine, while focusing on customer service, has also developed solid, stable technology. For example, during a recent Country Music Association Awards television show in the United States, WP Engine delivered over 71 million page views in less than a day easily and effortlessly.

They have a good customer satisfaction level, although their overall performance lags behind SiteGround.

SiteGround has a good performance record in the open-source CMS and bulletin board worlds. They have quality server response load times as well as an easy-to-use control panel.

Customer Support

WP Engine has established a rapid reputation for customer service. They are able to do this based on a singular focus on the WordPress content management system. By focusing on one CMS, and not spreading their attention to Drupal, Joomla and other products, they have become experts in WordPress hosting and troubleshooting. That concentration helps them answer questions quickly and accurately. Customers can contact them via an online knowledge base, e-mail support, and a toll-free telephone service. In addition, clients can access a chat box that is available on every page of their site.

WP Engine’s customer service goes well beyond their customer support options. For example, their security systems include disk write protection, disk write limitations, script protection and “disallowed plug-in” monitoring. Backups are separate from databases and are stored as tarballs on the Amazon S3 platform. This level of care and secure handling of data shows the level of customer support the WP Engine provides their clients.

We tested the response time of Wp engine and here are the results.

WP Engine support speed and response time

SiteGround has a quality support staff that can be reached by telephone, chat or through the ticket system via e-mail. Customer support is adept at handling redirects, security questions, database installs and other common technical questions related to open source software programs.

We tested the response time of SiteGround here are the results.

Customer support of both SiteGround and Wp engine responded quickly and efficiently. Because of their singular focus on WordPress, and their unparalleled concentration on security, WP Engine ties with SiteGround for the title of best customer support.

★ Winner Tie.

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Last Two Years

WP Engine has enjoyed remarkable growth since they exploded on the market four years ago. Just last year, they hired their 80th employee, a sign of rapid maturity and development. They have a stellar reputation of customer service based on the speedy response, helpful personnel and attention to detail.

Other web hosts may charge less, but for entrepreneurs that want a service that is reliable and fast, and backed up by a highly trained support team, WP Engine is the way to go.

WP Engine has continued to innovate since they splashed on the scene in 2010. In only a short period of time, they expanded their employee count to accommodate over 80,000 customers hosting over 500,000 domains.

Recently, WP Engine announced a new WordPress hosting platform called Mercury. It uses a new technology called HHVM which is an open source project developed mainly by the gearheads at Facebook. In terms of speed, it is like comparing a regular family sedan to a NASCAR race car. While this technology has yet to be implemented, it shows WP Engine’s continuing commitment to pushing the boundaries of their value proposition for their clients.

SiteGround enjoys a strong reputation for quality they have developed slowly since they began in 2003. With a focus on Drupal, Joomla and similar content management systems, they are well-known as a quality host for those platforms. They have created their own custom-made programs for accounts isolation, speed optimization, and server monitoring, all of which indicates an ongoing focus on innovation. SiteGround grew rapidly in last 2 years now hosting over 1.8 million websites.

Control Panel

WP Engine elected to make their control panel very simple and plain. It allows clients to manage their own websites with a minimum of technical knowledge. WP Engine is unique in that they have created a staging area so that customers can plan and test their website changes before going “live.” They have taken a professional web developers technique and made it available for everyday clients.

Compared to well-known control panels, WP Engine’s custom-made Control Panel is simple and direct. You do not need to be a web technologist to do fairly involved manipulations of your WordPress database and file structure. For example, you can set up and test new plug-ins and themes without affecting your live website. This “pre-staging” is a high-level function of web developers and WP Engine has made it available to normal users.

WP Engine custom control panel
This is how WP Engine control panel looks.

SiteGround, on the other hand, is more suited to open-source aficionados who know the ins and outs of their particular software packages fairly well. Whether they are Drupal fans or Joomla followers, they will find SiteGround is a good home for their particular software needs. 

Also, SiteGround comes with their own staging feature just like WP Engine.

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★ Winner SiteGround.

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WP Engine Vs SiteGround – My Recommendation

This review has covered the extensive details of WP Engine vs SiteGround in the areas of server times, page load speed, site speed, customer support, control panels, and overall performance. Looking at all the data, I recommend WP Engine for WordPress users at WordPress level who can afford their high prices. SiteGround along with HostGator can be an ideal choice for other types of hosting with reasonable price.

It was actually very difficult to pick a clear-cut winner since they are both so close to each other in everything, including performance.

In the end, it all came down to price. SiteGround is a far better choice because, for $4 per month, you get the same level of performance but at a more attractive price than the $29 per month WP Engine charges. There’s also the fact that with WP Engine, you are constrained to WordPress, whereas with SiteGround you can shift to a different CMS or plan at any time.

I would recommend you to have a look at this SiteGround Vs Bluehost review if you are planning for Multiple CMS hosting.

WP engine has dedicated their entire organization to optimizing WordPress hosting. This is particularly apparent when you look at the development of the WP Engine Mercury platform. This high-speed WordPress hosting environment is the result of WP Engine’s innovative approach to web hosting services.

If you have plans on creating your own site, SiteGround is the complete choice for web hosting.

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