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When it comes to choosing the right hosting company for your websites, many people look at Siteground vs Bluehost. Not only are these two a couple of the biggest hosting companies in America, they tend to have loyal customers that like their services very much.
Before you choose either Siteground or Bluehost for your websites, however, here are a few things you should consider.
Bluehost is recommended by WordPress — If you are running a WordPress site, you may want to first look at Bluehost. Not only is it the hosting company WordPress itself recommends, it has been around for so many years it must be doing something right.
The best support? — If having support available 24 hours a day, and support that responds to your messages quickly, then Siteground is probably the one you should be looking at more closely.
This is because, yes, Bluehost does have support available 24 hours a day, but it can sometimes take half a day or more before they reply to a message. Siteground, on the other hand, is fast and efficient.
A fast website — If making sure you have a server that is fast and, thus, a very fast website is important to you, then Siteground may be the right choice for you. In many cases, sites hosted at Siteground are up to twice as fast as they would be if they were hosted by Bluehost.
Bluehost is owned by EIG — EIG is a mega-corporation that owns more than 60 hosting companies. They are also known as a company that cuts costs where they can. This can mean they put far too many websites on one server, thus slowing down every website hosted on it.
Siteground only asks for one year upfront payment — In order to get an affordable monthly rate on your hosting services, you have to pay three years payment up front with Bluehost. Siteground, on the other hand, only asks for a one year upfront payment and, in some cases, their prices are still cheaper as well.
The problem with paying for three years is, if you find out Bluehost is a hosting company you do not like, you are either stuck with them or you have to walk away leaving much of your three-year payment behind.
Expensive migration costs — The biggest drawback to choosing Bluehost as your hosting company, however, are the expensive migration costs.
This means, while Siteground will move or migrate your site from your current host to them for free, Bluehost charges you $149.99 to do the exact same thing.
This final reason is why so many people avoid Bluehost, and go with Siteground instead.