When choosing a web hosting company, the most important thing is to select a reliable one that offers the best performance and value for money. There are countless web hosting companies, so which one to choose?
In the current battle between hosting companies, we have two of the most popular hosting companies in the world: Cloudways and SiteGround. Both companies are great and provide top-notch performance and speed, but which option is better for you and your business?
I have certainly read more than one Cloudways review. I also checked dozens of SiteGround reviews to find out which of these two hosting giants will be the ultimate solution for you. We will compare SiteGround and Cloudways across many categories to help you better distinguish the differences between them. Knowing the differences and advantages of both hosting companies will help you choose the most suitable one for you.
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Cloudways is a web hosting company that started business in 2011. The company is based in Malta and its main goal is to offer amazing user features, website performance and excellent support. The unique thing about this web hosting company is that they offer different cloud hosting providers such as Vultr, Linode, Google Cloyd, AWS, and DigitaOCean. Cloudways supports many apps that have many account levels and their plans are pay-as-you-go.
SiteGround is a web hosting company based in Bulgaria that has been on the market since 2004. The company offers five different hosting plans: WordPress hosting, web hosting, WooCommerce hosting, reseller hosting, and cloud hosting. This web hosting company is famous because it has the highest happiness rate of 99.7%.
Now, let’s compare the two hosting companies in various categories to determine which one is the best option.
Since Cloudways is a cloud hosting provider, it requires more technical knowledge. Cloudways internal panel is a gateway to a simple virtual server that you can customize to perfectly suit your needs. Depending on your monthly needs, you can quickly upgrade or downgrade your hosting plan right from your dashboard. If you are a beginner, it will take some time to learn everything, but if you need help, you can use the Cloudways knowledge base which contains all the vital information.
SiteGround is easier to use than Cloudways and is more accessible to beginners. The reality is that most shared hosting services are easier to use than cloud hosting services, so navigating the platform would be a breeze. SiteGround has a regular cPanel, with a dashboard that contains all of your services’ information, such as disk usage and nameservers and IPs.
Cloudways has PHP8, preconfigured PHP-FPM which increases load time, HTTP/2 which provides faster communication between client and server, and countless optimization techniques. All of these great features make Cloudways stand out from the crowd. Cloudways has a guaranteed uptime of 99.9% and a website speed of 769.66ms, which is amazing.
SiteGround servers employ SSD drives and are optimized for speed. They also have a free CDN to make your website load faster. SiteGround has a guaranteed 99.9% uptime and above average loading speed. Since SiteGround uses cPanel, its performance is slower than Cloudways.
Both Cloudways and SiteGround have top-notch security tools such as anti-bot systems, SSL certificates, firewalls, automatic backups, two-factor authentication, and real-time monitoring systems. Cloudways also offers IP whitelisting and auto-repair for free. On the other hand, SiteGround has many restore options, anti-spam and anti-hacking system, and backups are kept in different remote locations. Cloudways allows you to purchase CDNs for additional money, while SiteGroung offers domain privacy.
Cloudways has 24/7 live chat support and ticket support. Also, if you purchase an advanced support add-on, you can get access to phone support and 24/7 support through Slack.
SiteGround also offers 24/7 live chat support and phone and ticketing support. However, to get phone support, SiteGround does not require you to purchase a premium plan; you’ll get phone support even with the cheapest plan. Both hosting companies have excellent knowledge bases that contain useful information.
When it comes to pricing, SiteGround is the most affordable option. Since Cloudways is a cloud provider, their lowest rates are much higher than SiteGround’s. This comparison is not fair because we are not comparing the same services. For example, if you buy cloud hosting from SiteGround, it can cost you hundreds of dollars, a much higher premium than what Cloudways offers.
Another difference is that Cloudways doesn’t increase renewal fees and you won’t have any long-term commitments, so you can pay as you go. On the other hand, SiteGround has renewal fees, which are slightly higher than purchase fees.
Lastly, Cloudways offers a 14-day free trial, where you can test their services without giving any credit card information. SiteGround has a 30 day money back guarantee.
Deciding between Cloudways and SiteGround is quite difficult because both hosting providers are excellent. SiteGround is more affordable, but Cloudways offers more advanced hosting. However, if you are a beginner on a tight budget, SiteGround is the best option for you.
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