To begin with a website, the very first requirement is to choose a web hosting plan that’s going to meet all the requirements a website might specifically have. Depending on the website type, uptime and traffic size would vary and so should the size of bandwidth and data storage provided by the website hosting. The hosting plans are usually of different types, from starter plans to high performance and highly paid premium subscriptions. Even though web hosting services are quite pricey, there are discounts and special deals on these website almost all year round where a new customer can avail their desired pricing.
Shared Hosting: SiteGround vs. Bluehost
Shared web hosting is the most popular type of hosting, because of their pricing and nature. In a shared web server, many different websites are usually hosted on one single computing platform. Files are fetched from the storage and shown on user’s computer whenever a request is made, and if a shared web server gets to many requests then eventually the websites might start becoming slow on the website visitor’s end. On the other hand, shared web hosting plans usually come for much lower price tag thus everyone happily agrees to this sacrifice.
SiteGround has three shared web hosting plans, each suited for different individuals. The StartUp plan is intended to give a user the smooth kick start in their business they deserve, $3.95/month is price for this plan. GrowBig and GoGeek are two other shared plans from SiteGround, each priced at $7.95/month and $14.95/month respectively. On SiteGround, all the price tags are same for annual to tri-yearly contracts.
On the other hand, Bluehost has slightly cheaper plans for their shared hosting plans. The initial plan is called basic which is available at $3.49/month. The most popular Bluehost plan with the shared website hosting subscribers is Plus, which comes for $5.95/month and the Business Pro is the highest tier shared web hosting platform priced at $13.95/month.
Both these companies offer dedicated web hosting services as well. The pricing is much higher than shared as expected, yet people with different level of requirement do subscribe for the dedicated hosting plans.
SiteGround’s initial dedicated server is called Entry Server, which is available at a competitive price tag of $229/month. The other two plans are Power Server and Enterprise Server, available at pricing of $329/month and $429/month. All these servers are based on Intel Xeon CPU computers.
Bluehost’s approach towards dedicated website hosting is way inexpensive than SiteGround’s. If infrastructural advancement isn’t something you really care about, then Bluehost could be your starting ground for dedicated web hosting. The Standard dedicated plan is available at $74.99/month, Enhanced plan for $99.99/month and the Premium dedicated hosting plan comes for $124.99/month.
Both companies guarantee 99.9% of server uptime in their brochures and promotions. However, in practical usage the actual server output was seen to be above 98.5%, which we would still like to consider truthful of the company.
Speaking of server response time, SiteGround’s latency test results are more satisfactory. In our tests, SiteGround scored 669.9 milliseconds while Bluehost’s score is 915.53 milliseconds, the lower the better.
Both the companies have 24/7 all the year round customer care services like live chat, ticketing system, email support and toll free hotline number. Depending on the issue, the representatives on either company might rise the concern from lower levels to higher to provide utmost support to their customers.
Speaking of the comparison, both website hosting companies strike to us as much reliable and very well priced. The response time is better with SiteGround, on the other hand Bluehost offers a service that’s still very competitive when the lower price of Bluehost services is taken into concern. Read full review of SiteGround on SelectedHosting website.