Siteground vs Bluehost?

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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,

  1. 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).
  2. 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
  3. 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).

Siteground vs Bluehost
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Bhanu Prakash 2 years 8 Answers 0

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  1. Siteground, Flywheel, etc. are expensive for the resources you get and will require upgrades. WPX Hosting seems good at first glance but has minimal server specs. My recommendations: A2 Hosting is great for shared hosting, could start there. But most people end up using a VPS host, and the easiest to use for that is Cloudways. With Cloudways you can start small on a $10-$12 a month plan and scale your server up on your own if needed.
    Cloudways is just a fancy control panel in front of the cloud providers I mentioned earlier. The only disadvantage of Cloudways is they double the price of the original provider. But for many people, this is a price worth paying, for ease of use and 1-click setup.
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  2. Any hosting that offers unlimited anything has small letters and should be avoided in my opinion. It’s also my opinion that Bluehost is terrible and SiteGround is becoming terrible.
    Although to start off with SiteGround would be a decent choice, and don’t be afraid by their limits, normally you won’t reach them that fast. But keep in mind, when you pay peanuts you will get monkeys.
    2 years ago I would definitely advise SiteGround. Mainly because your new to the scene and their support was fabulous. But nowadays it’s better to spend some more money going to parties like WPXHosting or Kinsta mainly because you are going to need friendly support.
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  3. Stay away from EIG, there’s lots of proof online that you can search about. As for SiteGround, they seem pretty decent. But if you’re going to do a WooCommerce store, you should consider Nexcess or another WooCommerce specific platform. It’s a beast at times. 
    if you’re just starting out any decision is better than no decision. I’d go with SiteGround, WPXHosting, or FlyWheel. It’s what I usually tell people, they’re pretty good overall. But things always change and it’s hard to keep on top. When you’re looking to switch, it’s pretty easy and most companies will do the switch for you.
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  4. All are the good platform which you mentioned but all platform have single issues that are poor support and if you go with personal managed support then there very expensive in this case you have to go with Google Cloud digitalocean Amzon AWS and have to connect with any third-party WordPress server admin who can create good WordPress architecture for your website find someone who can manage it also you can connect with me for same I can set up good WordPress architecture with load balancing in $100 only for a single website and you can pay after when your all requirement has been done.

  5. Since you’re just starting, to keep things simple, go with Sitegeound. In time, when your websites grow, hire a more technical person for a few hours to help you move in the cloud where you get as much power as you need at a very decent price.
    When I say cloud, I’m talking about one of the big providers: Digital Ocean, Vultr, Linode, UpCloud, Amazon AWS, or Google Compute Engine. They are very easy to manage with a control panel like ServerPilot or Runcloud.
    For now, pick the path with the least resistance (meaning SiteGround) and when the time comes, join the big boys. There are many professionals on this site and I’m sure if you ask for help you won’t have to wait long to find someone willing to help you move to the cloud.

  6. I would recommend you stay far away from Bluehost as possible. It won’t end well.
    Additionally, SiteGround will work fine for the websites you listed above. Though my recommendation is to store files/images that you want available for download or safe keeping on Amazon cloud storage. Much cheaper and you can know they are safe there. Also if you change hosting or the website goes down in the future you won’t lose all your photos.

  7. Welcome to the world of WordPress Hosting. To say a company is bad or good is certainly relative. One thing to consider is time and price. How much are you willing to pay for peace of mind that when something happens (it will) who is going to act as your partner to fix it. Or have it addressed before you even know that it was resolved!
    Also, the cost of issues when they do arise. Are you going to be billed for these? Are they covered by the host? Is the host a “managed” one and what does this mean? These are important factors to consider before you “jump” in and commit.

    One thing to remember… there is no such thing as “unlimited”. It’s a computer. Just as your home computer will eventually run out of drive space if you keep adding stuff and not deleting anything and just as if you keep doing more and more things at the same time, it’s eventually going to slow down to a crawl.

    Hope this helps and if you have any further questions please let me know.

  8. I would look at using BlueHost Web Hosting, they have a great onboarding system that helps beginners set up WordPress fast and efficient, they have server-level caching and free SSL.
    Blogging can be hard to get going, definitely spend some time researching your niche, do some keyword research and create 50+ headlines and write your content for those headlines and learn how to do good SEO, and then schedule those 50 posts over time, quality content regular posts is king.
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