BLUEHOST vs SITEGROUND: WHICH HOSTING COMPANY WINS MY VOTE?
I started building websites a decade ago, and Siteground was not even on my radar. My original thought was that Siteground probably didn’t even exist back then. I had to do some research to find out that Siteground was actually established in 2004, just one year after Bluehost. Bluehost was just all the rage back then.
WHY I SWITCHED MY SITE FROM BLUEHOST TO SITEGROUND FOR HOSTING
First, I would like to start by saying that I am still a BlueHost user, and I have been for a decade (or more, my mom brain cannot remember that far back). I have several sites hosted on BlueHost. For the most part I am pretty happy and I will leave them there.
However, as this site was growing and became my main focus, I really wanted to make every single improvement I possibly could. If you run a website, you should know about Page Speed Insights. This awesome tool from Google gives you a report on your site’s speed, and even details what you can do to improve it. It also breaks out the report into Desktop and Mobile versions which is really important.
Before moving to Siteground, I was at a loss as to why I could not improve my Page Speed. Listen folks, I have been building websites for a decade, I still learn new things all the time, but I am also not a newbie when it comes to knowing how to build and optimize a site. I was very stumped and frustrated.
With a faster page speed you will have a lower bounce rate and a higher ad income, so this was essential to the growth of my site.
These are my Page Speed Results before switching to Siteground:
After I did every possible thing I knew to do, I resorted to switching hosts. This was a big deal for me, guys, because I don’t typically change things. I get comfortable with something, and I stay there forever. Change is not my best friend, I resist stubbornly. But, a girl’s got to do what a girl’s got to do when it comes to her website, so I took the plunge and switched to Siteground.
WHAT THE PROCESS OF SWITCHING HOSTS WAS LIKE
I was actually very pleasantly surprised to find that switching to Siteground did not make me age 5 years, in fact it was quite easy.
Actually, Siteground offers 1 FREE site migration (additional sites can be migrated for $35 per site, which is still awesome). You can imagine I was elated by this news, because I have migrated countless sites and point blank: it’s a pain. So you’re going to do it for me for FREE? Sign me up.
Even better? There is NO DOWN TIME. It’s a website miracle, ya’ll.
Basically the only thing I had to do was to point my nameservers for my domain to Siteground. If you haven’t done this before and it sounds overwhelming, it’s basically just a copy and paste and Siteground support will walk you through it.
Overall, the process was quick, easy and well worth it for the results.
WHAT HAPPENED AFTER I SWITCHED MY HOSTING TO SITEGROUND
Immediately after the transfer was complete, and I mean immediately, I ran a new Page Speed report. I made zero other changes to my site.
These are my Page Speed results right after switching to Siteground:
Hallelujah! Literally, I think I said that out loud.
Getting a “perfect” score on Page Speed is almost impossible, so I consider anything in the “Good” range to be great. Green is good. We like green.
THE COST DIFFERENCE BETWEEN BLUEHOST AND SITEGROUND
Bluehost advertises a price of $3.95 per month, but to get that price you actually have to pay for 36 months of hosting upfront.
I pay for 12 months at a time, so my cost at Bluehost for one year of hosting is $107.40 or $8.95 per month.
When I originally switched to Siteground, I purchased the Start Up Plan, for $47.40 which is truly $3.95 per month. The Start Up Plan is good for one website.
I recently upgraded to the Grow Big Plan after purchasing a new domain and setting up hosting for it for another project. Even with the Grow Big Plan, the cost for one year is still just $5.95 per month.
LET’S TALK COMMISSIONS
If you click any of the links in this post and purchase hosting, I will receive a commission for referring you to the hosting company. If you are a blogger you are familiar with this, it’s called an affiliate link.
Unfortunately, the commission that BlueHost pays for referrals is higher than the SiteGround commission. If you run a website and use affiliate marketing to make an income, this will matter to you. However, affiliate marketing means to me that I refer products and services that I believe in and support.
So, while I am still a Bluehost user for now, if I were to give my recommendation on which hosting company to use, I will tell you Siteground regardless of commission rate. I would never give you all a dishonest review or recommend something just to get a higher commission. The whole point of referring someone to something, in my opinion, is basically that you are vouching for it’s worth.
In the battle of Bluehost vs Siteground, I have to give the win to Siteground.
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Hi, I’m Jessica! I am wife to Chris, and mom to Kaiper, Alana and our silver lab pup, Maui. We are expecting baby #3 right now, and excited to become a family of 5! I am a freelance website & blog developer, Co-Founder of Moxie Girl Fit Club, and aspiring author. I share about everything from parenting, how to make money from home, tutorials for my fellow bloggers, fitness and being a new homeschool family. Learn more about me here.