Siteground vs Bluehost?
Siteground vs Bluehost? I am new to WordPress and looking for advice on a good Webhost that specializes in WordPress. I am looking at the two recommended by WordPress.org – Siteground and Bluehost.
I’ve read some not very good things about Bluehost, yet they seem to be very popular (in spite of being owned by EIG). They also offer unlimited storage and unlimited site visits – two big pluses. Siteground, on the other hand, gets better reviews, especially for speed and customer service/support. But they limit both storage and site visits.
It is my understanding they both offer staging sites/areas. I am leaning towards Siteground but I’m very concerned about the traffic and storage limits. But I’m not experienced enough to know if that will be an issue for me. I plan on developing at least three WordPress sites.
The first will be a WooCommerce site to sell prints of my artwork, and 3D models, Photoshop brushes/textures, and video tutorials. It will be graphics-heavy. The second is a blog site for my son, who is looking to eventually gain some income from it. The third is a family website whose main focus will be tons of old family photos and audio clips of interviews I’ve done with several elder members of the family since passed away. The photo galleries will be low res for display on the web, but I plan on also having a downloadable archive of hi-res (300 dpi) photos for printing. Hundreds, maybe thousands, of photos by the time I’m done. The family website will be the most storage-intensive.
My questions are,
- What is a realistic guess at how many sites visits a new eCommerce site and blog will get the first few years (I plan on aggressively marketing both to drive up site visits/purchases).
- Does anyone have a negative experience with Siteground taking their site offline if exceeding the site visit limit? That would be a deal breaker right there. And
- Has anyone run out of storage space when using Siteground? Is this likely (the storage amount seems very low to me).
Any other advice to help steer me in the right direction is appreciated. Or alternate suggestions for web hosts that specialize in WordPress, specifically WooCommerce. The two plans I am looking at are Siteground: WooCommerce Growbig plan (20 GB storage, 25,000 site visits/month), and Bluehost: WooCommerce Plus plan (everything unlimited).