SiteGround vs. Bluehost vs. Hostinger
Compare top web hosting providers and choose the best one.
Quality web hosting is often overlooked by developers, with aspects like design and content often being prioritized ahead of it. Yet, analysis of real-world web applications indicates that reliable web hosting is just as important as any other part of the web development process. It ensures that your website is accessible to users on-demand, anytime and anywhere. But, with an excess of web hosting providers to choose from, the decision is often more complicated than it needs to be, particularly in light of fabricated data and fake reviews.
Here, we conduct a head-to-head comparison of SiteGround vs. Bluehost vs. Hostinger. We have compared Hostinger's Premium, Siteground's GrowBig and Bluehost's Plus plans and can ensure you that the comparison is rooted in hard evidence, by providing real-world data in each step. You won’t have to rely on mere hearsay and opinions when taking such a major step for your website - choosing the best web hosting provider.
|Price per Month||$3.49*||$5.95*||$5.95*|
|Free Site Migration|
|Website Speed||70 ms||308 ms||578 ms|
|Unlimited SSD Space|
|Free Domain Name Registration|
|PHP 7.1 Support|
|Instant Account Activation|
|Optimized for WordPress|
|Unlimited Email Accounts|
*Lowest possible price per month
Prices displayed without VAT
One’s budget is often the primary constraint when choosing between various web hosting providers. Usually, you’re looking for the best compromise between price and performance/features. Striking the perfect balance can be elusive, though not impossible. We’ve laid out each subscription pack by these three providers to aid your decision.
The table above shows the pricing on a monthly basis. It is easy to see that Hostinger is not only the most affordable option of the bunch, but also gives users the most amount of options. Both Bluehost and SiteGround start with a 12-month package, while Hostinger offers 3 and 6-month packages as well. To give an even better idea of total savings you could achieve with Hostinger, check out the same table, this time with the total cost of each package.
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As you can tell, Hostinger scales remarkably well when the lenght of the payment period is increased. Its 24-month and 36-month plans offer exceptional savings compared to SiteGround and Bluehost. SiteGround is particularly expensive, while Bluehost is more in line with the rest of the market. Still, Hostinger’s pricing is the best.
Uptime is crucial for any modern website to remain relevant in today’s brutal economy. Even a single instance of downtime can hamper your websites growth, both immediately and in the long run. Users will not only stop visiting your site themselves, but will also recommend others to look past it. This is a situation you would certainly want to avoid.
Fortunately, web hosting providers understand the importance of uptime, with some even going so far as to provide 100% uptime. Both Hostinger and SiteGround fall into this category of web hosting services, as they don’t have any recorded downtime as of yet. Bluehost, however, has had instances of downtime. In the figures below, you can see uptime statistics of each hosting provider (note that these numbers are updated every 6 hours).
Think about this: which aspect of your site is responsible for giving the user a good first impression of your website? Styling/design may come to mind. And that might be true, if only your site could load in time for the user to actually see your site’s design. Website speed is what the user first notices about your site. It might be the most feature-rich, elegant website on the web, but if it loads slower than the user’s expectations, it might be looking at a short-lived existence.
This is why you should pay extra attention to which web hosting provider can provide you with the best loading times. Below, you can find response times of websites hosted by SiteGround, Bluehost and Hostinger. Websites hosted by Bluehost have a response times 3x that of Hostinger, while SiteGround is further 3x slower than Bluehost:
The response time is 70 ms. Fastest website page loading speed.
Response time is 308 ms on average.
Response time is 578 ms on average.
It is easy to initially win over customers by outsmarting the competition on pricing, marketing strategy, etc. But many companies, even some of the major ones, have a hard time retaining those customers. At least one of the web hosting provider on our list is also guilty of the same.
Hostinger has a fairly well-rounded customer support service. Live chat is available 24/7, accessible through every page of Hostinger’s site. The response time for live chat is negligible, so users don’t have to wait too long for their queries to be answered. The provision of detailed tutorials also enhances Hostinger’s customer support.
Bluehost has one of the worst ratings of any web hosting providers available. Reviewers are seen venting about the horrible technical support offered by the service. Lack of effort is often cited as a major cause for Bluehost’s low ratings, and users also complain that they get bounced around from one support rep to another without their issues getting addressed. Not a great look for the company.
While SiteGround doesn’t suffer from the same shortcomings as Bluehost (SiteGround’s technical support is actually one of the best in the business), they do have deficiencies nonetheless.