SiteGround has gained a lot of popularity and is the recommended go-to hosting company by WordPress.org and WPbeginner. While there are better hosting solutions on the market, using Siteground for WordPress hosting is ideal if you’re looking for an inexpensive shared hosting solution that is easy to use.
I won’t cover every feature and service offered by SiteGround; rather, I will point out a few reasons why you might want to use SiteGround. I’ll also add a quick Siteground vs Bluehost comparison at the end since these two services get compared for some reason.
SiteGround for WordPress Hosting
Easy WordPress Install
Recently, SiteGround switched from the traditional CPanel backend to a more streamlined administration panel that makes installing software, handling databases, setting up FTP accounts, and configuring email accounts, and accessing the file system much more simple. This isn’t to say that CPanel and other control panels aren’t simple to use, but SiteGround makes it very easy to install WordPress and Woocommerce, especially for those who are launching a website for the first time.
In addition to the streamlined backend, the Siteground for WordPress installation process will also guide you through selecting a theme and any recommended plugins. These are all plugins and themes that you would normally find in the WordPress.org repository but some of the recommendations are useful such as Google Analytics from MonsterInsights, Yoast Seo suite, and WordPress’s Jetpack.
What sets SiteGround apart from many other hosting companies is their attention to detail and tweaks that make shared hosting useful. Ordinarily, when it comes to WordPress installations, I don’t encourage the use of shared hosting due to the lack of resources and tweaks that you’re unable to take advantage of because of limited access. To be clear, I recommend a VPS server for WordPress sites, especially if you’re setting up an e-commerce site.
However, using SiteGround for WordPress has it’s advantages. First, it’s clear that SiteGround focuses and specializes in WordPress hosting. It’s always better to use a hosting company that does something well instead of one that offers all types of services at low prices. SiteGround allows you to turn on useful services such as Memcached and Object “Dynamic Caching”. These are services that you wouldn’t normally have access to unless you own a VPS server, and they greatly increase page loading times according to GTMetrix, Pingdom, and Pagespeed Insights.
In addition, SiteGround makes it very easy to connect your website to the Cloudflare CDN which also increases page loading speeds, security, and provides a free SSL certification if you don’t have one. You will still need to register for a Cloudflare account but the SiteGround for WordPress setup process makes it very quick and easy.
Over the last few years, more webmasters have moved away from Apache and have started to use NGINX as a replacement or a reverse proxy/load balancer. Without going into much detail on the topic, NGINX can handle more traffic and deliver CSS, JS, HTML, and Images much faster and efficiently. It also does a much better job than Apache of handling DDOS attacks.
This service is activated when you’re using SiteGround for WordPress hosting. There isn’t anything additional that you need to do. Most shared hosting services use Apache as a web server, and the only way you can install NGINX is to upgrade to a VPS server. Even then, you would need to manually install it or use a WHM/CPanel plugin like Engintron.
The result of having SiteGround’s “SuperCacher” (Memcached, Object Cache) and NGINX delivery means that you get a pretty fast WordPress site out of the box. Below, is my GTmetrix score is on a new WordPress setup with the basic theme and recommended plugins.
The reason for the YSlow score being 82% is because GTMETRIX is asking me to use a CDN since I haven’t connected to Cloudflare. Ideally, it would be best if you used a proper CDN such as KeyCDN with Cloudflare for better security and faster delivery. KeyCDN isn’t free, but the cost is minimal. Adding $50 to the account should last most people a whole year. Also, the only score that is important here is the fully loaded time of 2.2 seconds, which is very good.
SiteGround for WordPress
If I had to recommend a particular package, I would recommend their GrowBig package as it offers the SuperCacher, free site migration, staging, unlimited sites, and cost only $5.95 with a renewal price of $19.95 per mo. The StartUP package doesn’t offer the SuperCacher, and the GoGEEK is too expensive, in my view. For a renewal price of $34.95, you really should have a VPS server instead. Lastly, SiteGround offers a 30-day money-back guarantee if you’re not happy with the service.
SiteGround vs BlueHost
In this SiteGround vs Bluehost comparison, we see that SiteGround beats Bluehost in terms of performance tweaks, free automated backups, and has free site migration depending on the package your buy. SiteGround has simply taken the time to make regular shared hosting worth using by utilizing NGINX delivery and allow you to turn on server level caching solutions. However, using BlueHost for WordPress hosting also has its advantages. It is inexpensive, also easy to use, and offer plenty of professional services to help you grow an online business.