SiteGround vs Bluehost — Which is the Best Hosting Platform For WordPress?
Most newbies wonder which hosting service is the best when it comes to hosting a Wordpress website. There are thousands of hosting providers out there, so things do get confusing.
However, if you are confused and unable to decide between SiteGround and Bluehost, then I’m going to show you the way. (meme intended)
Here’s a detailed comparison of SiteGround and Bluehost to see which one is the best hosting platform for Wordpress.
1. Ease of Use
Both SiteGround and Bluehost offer a cPanel based solution to their customers, which means that most of their back-end is quite similar. These similarities include, but not limited to, FTP accounts, emails, PHPMyAdmin, and more. Both hostings also provide you with the option to enable Cloudflare (CDN) with a single click.
However, SiteGround does make the entire approach a bit more user-friendly by keeping the interface clean and clutter-free. Bluehost’s backend is riddled with constant promotions of their paid tools and other upselling techniques, which is great for their business, but quite annoying for users.
However, if we are talking about building a website, or one-click script installations then both hostings offer these, which makes it easier for newbies to install their favourite scripts and services on their new hosting.
Still, we’d give this one to SiteGround for keeping their interface clean, clutter-free, and less confusing for new users.
2. Customer and Technical Support
The most important feature of a web hosting company is the customer support that they offer. If a hosting company doesn’t provide responsive and dedicated customer support, then it doesn’t fare well in reviews.
When a non-tech-savvy person buys hosting and sets up their website. It’s only a matter of time before they run into an issue or some problem. So, having a responsive customer support team helps in such scenarios.
First of all, we look at SiteGround. They offer 24-hour live chat, support tickets, and phone support. The response time for the support ticket is 10 minutes or less, which has to be one of the fastest in the industry. They also have very responsive live chat and phone support teams as well. They feature their best customer support reps on their blog each month, which provides their support reps with an incentive to do better work.
Bluehost also offer live chat and phone support, but they don’t have a ticket system so far. You can use email for your issues as well, but having no ticket system impacts their customer support score. Although, they do have an extensive knowledge base where you can search for specific issues and their solutions. Still, Bluehost is a big company, so having a ticket system is a must.
I think SiteGround is a clear winner here until Bluehost implements a ticket system.
3. Speed and Uptime
When you are hosting a website, you expect the hosting servers to be up at all times. A high uptime means your website is always online which is great for business. You also want your hosting provider to use the latest software and hardware so your website loads faster and is more responsive.
SiteGround displays all their hardware and software combinations that they utilise to provide you with the fastest hosting out there. They offer SSD drives, caching plugin for Wordpress, NGINX servers, one-click CDN with Cloudflare, PHP 7, and HTTP/2. All these features combined give you a fast hosting and they have a 99.99% uptime as well.
Bluehost, on the other hand, doesn’t really tell you or show you what kind of software or hardware they use for their hosting. But, still, they also have a 99.95% uptime, which is the industry standard. So, both companies meet the industry standards in uptime and speed; however, I prefer SiteGround for they are a tad bit better.
So, this is the million-dollar question.
Which hosting company is better for hosting Wordpress websites?
Bluehost or SiteGround?
Let’s take a look at all the Wordpress features.
Most people out there use Wordpress as their Content Management System (CMS). So, opting for a hosting that offers servers optimised for Wordpress is a must. Here are the main features that you get with each hosting for Wordpress.
Automatic system updates
Yes, it’s possible.
Automatic plugin updates
Yes, it’s possible.
Built-in caching system
Need to install a separate plugin for Wordpress
Staging area ( It’s a testing area where you can change the website’s code without affecting the actual site.)
(Only available for GrowBig and GoGeek plans)
As you can see from the table above, SiteGround gets the cake here as well. Bluehost does offer a decent Wordpress hosting, but SiteGround is definitely a step ahead of the competition.
Well, what good is a hosting company if it doesn’t offer an affordable hosting service?
Well, luckily, both of these companies offer a decent pricing scheme for their hosting plans. Let’s check out each hosting service to see what kind of plans do they offer.
I am going to compare the minimum cost that is needed to get a website up and running on each hosting. When it comes to the basic hosting plan for both providers, Bluehost is a clear winner as they offer the cheapest basic plan out there.
Bluehost offers an introductory price of $2.95 per month on their basic plan, which goes up to $7.99 after the introductory period is over. SiteGround, on the other hand, is a bit expensive with $3.95 per month initial rate on their Startup plan, which goes up to $11.95 per month after the introductory period.
However, you should know that the $2.95 per month price on Bluehost only comes in effect when you buy a 36 months plan; otherwise, it would be $5.95 per month for 12 months. This is some shady pricing that I really don’t like.
SiteGround doesn’t bind you to any contract, and you are free to choose, 12 months, 24 months, or whatever you like on the same introductory price.
Still, if you were on a tight budget and needed a cheap hosting for a longer period, then Bluehost does provide excellent value for the money.
SiteGround is a clear winner when it comes to reliable Wordpress hosting. However, Bluehost does cater to people who are on a tight budget and want to host their Wordpress websites without putting a dent in their wallets.
Although, if I were to recommend a hosting platform for Wordpress, then it would definitely be SiteGround.