Bluehost vs. Google Cloud Platform

Bluehost is one of the most popular hosting platforms worldwide thanks to their affordable pricing and an affiliate program that is enticingly generous. Google Cloud Platform (GCP) on the other hand is quite well-known for cloud hosting on an enterprise level. Bluehost currently powers more than 2 million websites. This is a quite impressive number. However, as it will become evident soon enough, popularity doesn’t necessarily mean overall better performance. We are going to compare these two platforms in depth below according to such facets as pricing, features, performance, support, security and storage.

  1. Pricing

Bluehost plans and pricing

Bluehost has 3 plans. These plans are priced as shown below:

  • Basic- Starts at $5.95 per month. This plan includes 1 website, 50 GB storage and unmetered bandwidth.
  • Plus- Starts at $7.95 per month. Plus has among its many features unlimited bandwidth, SSD storage and websites.
  • Choice Plus- This is the plan that is recommended by Bluehost and starts at $8.95 per month. It has everything that Plus has and an additional CodeGuard Basic for site backup.
  • Pro- starts at a monthly price of $16.95. It has everything that Choice Plus has and an addition of 2 spam experts and Dedicated IP.

NB: This pricing is on a 12 months basis.

Google Cloud Platform pricing

Google Cloud Platform starts you off with a $0 upfront fee and then you pay as you go. This means that you can sign up and get a free trial period that includes a $300 credit that you get to spend on their services for a period of 12 months.  After the free trial period, you can opt for any of their two plans. These plans are:

  • Silver- This is priced at $150 and includes unlimited storage. The Ram, however, is 0B.
  • Gold- Gold is priced at $400 and also comes with unlimited storage and 0B RAM.

GCP also offers you with interesting price innovations. With their VM instances (preemptible), you are likely to get up to 79% off workloads that are susceptible to interruptions. These workloads include data processing and data mining. And just as a cloud is supposed to work, you can get per second billing which means your payment will be based per second of usage. On top of this, you are likely to get an automated 30% discount on any of your workloads that run for a significant part of the billing month. This billing month is determined on Cloud SQL and Compute Engine.

Last but not least,  on GCP you will be able to get a fast estimate of your likely expenditure on usage. This is easily done using the GCP pricing calculator which is shown in the screenshot below.

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You can contact the Google Cloud Platform sales team for more info on the pricing of Google Cloud Platform services by using this link https://cloud.google.com/contact

Conclusion

Based on the pricing models of both Bluehost and Google Cloud Platform, Bluehost is undeniably the cheaper option. For instance, Google Cloud Platform WordPress will cost you approximately 4 times the monthly charges from Bluehost. And with Bluehost triennial billing, you are more likely to get amazing features at a much lower price.

Features

Bluehost offers a wide array of features that are worth their pricing plans. Top among these features are:

  • 99.99% uptime
  • User friendly and customizable cPanel
  • Free domain for starters (First year)
  • Fast loading speed supported by up-to-date technology
  • SSL certificate at no cost
  • Free website builder

On top of these features you get unlimited website plans on all of Bluehost shared plans except Basic. The paid plans also include a paid add-on for backup known as CodeGuard and their managed WordPress includes Cloudflare CDN.

Google Cloud Platform also includes a variety of interesting features. Top among these features are:

  • Virtual machines
  • Daily Automatic backups
  • Local SSD that is resizable and equipped with faster speeds
  • Rapid instance networking
  • Virtual machines
  • Incorporated Containers 
  • Google Cloud Platform Console that is based on browser

Conclusion

Although Bluehost offers features that may seem user-friendly to most beginners, the features offered by Google Cloud Platform are far more superior and most suitable for enterprises and developers.

Performance

As we have already mentioned before, Bluehost is well known for bragging a decent uptime of 99.99%. They, however, do not guarantee this and evidently from complaints they’ve received time and again, the loading speeds tend to be slow in some parts of the world. For much better performance with Bluehost, you can integrate with Cloudflare.

Google Cloud Platform also offers some pretty decent uptime to match at 99.9% with uptime guarantee. And in case I experience any downtime from Google Cloud Platform, you ask? Well, here is something to soothe your nerves: Google Cloud Platform offers you 10-50% credits for downtime. Sweet.

Google Cloud Platform tops the guaranteed uptime with redundancy, a connectivity with high bandwidth, 130 presence points and a 61-zone footprint.

Conclusion

Bluehost has a pretty decent uptime percentage but one thing that makes us not trust this kind of performance from them is how adamant they are not to guarantee this. One thing that we love about Google Cloud Platform is that they can “put their money where their mouth is. On top of this, you also get redundancy and wide coverage. So, based on performance, Google Cloud Platform is the best option.

Support

Bluehost offers 24/7 expert customer support service. This might be true from their point of view but from some users’ comments, Bluehost customer support is far from satisfactory and a bit slow in responding.

Below is a snippet of Ben Sarid’s thoughts on Bluehost customer support.

Google Cloud Platform on the other hand offers a diverse array of support options. These options include a free trial support, community support of developers and a no-charge basic billing support. You can also opt for paid support which you may find falls between expensive and exorbitantly priced. Again, Google Cloud Platform is not that great if you’re working from a tight budget.

Below is a screenshot of the paid tiers on GCP support.

Conclusion

In spite of the exorbitant prices on the support tiers, Google Cloud Platform tops the support category without a shadow of doubt.

Security

Bluehost is quite impressive when it comes to security. You using this platform means that you’ll get Apache Spam Assassin, Spam Experts and Spam Hammer. That is a three layer anti-spam protection system. You also get an access known as secure shell (SSH) and Cloudflare (paid). Plus, hey, free SSL!

Google Cloud Platform on the other hand offers you security that is top-notch and compliant with international standards. From encryption to multi-layered security, GCP is trusted worldwide to offer protection 24/7/365.

Conclusion

Google Cloud Platform once more bags the security category.

Storage

 Bluehost web hosting servers use SSD (Solid State Drive) for storage. As a matter of fact, you’ll get an inclusive and free SSD with their lowest tier – the Basic plan, which comes with a  50GB SSD. The other higher tiers include an unlimited SSD allowance for storage.

Google Cloud Platform also offers storage allowance though on a more complicated and diverse scale. The GCP free tier conditions stipulate that you,as a client, will get an inclusion of 30GB-months HDD with a “f1-micro VM instance”. However you should note that this is only possible if you sign-up for a Free trial using the $300 credit offered by GCP for new sign ups. This $300 credit is available for your use on any of GCP’s resources until it is consumed and then you’ll have to make a subscription to continue using GCP.

You should also note that when using GCP’s instance creation, you will be prompted to choose “standard persistent disk” or ” SSD persistent disk”. The standard persistent disks are backed by standard hard disk drives(HDD) whereas SSD persistent disks are backed by SSD (Solid State Drives). You can only use SSD persistent disks if you are using the Free trial account with $300 credit to spend.

Conclusion

Bluehost takes this category. The unlimited storage capacity offered in all their plans except basic is a definite winner.

Evidently from the performance of these two platforms in the categories we have provided above, Google Cloud Platform is an obvious choice if you have the bucks to spend. However, if you are a beginner who is currently budget-restricted and lacking in technical know-how it would be much better and easier for you if you started off with Bluehost.

Best Photography Web Hosting

Photography as a Hobby and How to Set Up a Photography Business 

In most cases, photographers start off without knowing that they were performing an act that would later become their career. There is always a certain excitement that associates having a camera around or constantly being behind one. Being a shutter bug has for some time been seen as an artistic persuasion and men, hey, ladies love it. But that is neither here nor there.

 Trust me, the art of photography is a wide and lucrative business if traded with caution.

 In every business or any job, it doesn’t matter if it is your hobby or a job you just picked up, you must have passion for what you are doing.  Photography is quite a demanding one; you have to present to the viewer an image that will impress. And, this goes without saying, it has to impress you too. You have to make photography your hobby whether you are in it for the paycheck or just for fun.

Most mistakes photographers do is venturing into the photography business without researching and enquiring about ways to start and grow their business. You can grow your photography hobby into a business that will pay your monthly bills and other expenses or even grow to a multi-million dollar company. 

Here are some of the tips that might help you make your photography hobby into a profitable business. 

Find your niche: A Jack of all trade is usually a master of none.  In photography it is always advisable to be clear on what you are offering, whether it is wedding photography, landscape photography, portrait specialist, or newborn photography. Having a specialty gives the clients the confidentiality they need from you. It is always advisable to even include your photography niche into your brand name such as Antonio Newborn Photographs. 

Build a portfolio: Your portfolio will be your selling point. Display the best images, the ones that you really love or ask for second opinions if you are not sure.  Without the best in your portfolio, there will be nothing to show to your potential clients. 

Set out your prices: Price listing is very important for your business, it’s where clients first land after getting impressed by your portfolio. While trying to set up your prices, try and be at par with other photographers in your niche or locality. 

Brand and market yourself: Marketing yourself is very vital in the growth of your business. There are many ways that you can market yourself from advertising to referrals. While branding you need a name and marketing materials like business cards and a logo.  It is always advisable that you set up your own website to make it easier for clients to access your portfolio and services. 

Best Web Host for Photography Websites and Services to Look Out For 

If you need to create a website for your photography business, it is always wise to first seek information that will help you choose efficiently. The web hosting service provider you choose is very essential in the running of your business.  As of late, websites are making more money than actual physical offices.  The website is your bridge to the rest of the world, this is the place you will showcase your photographs, meet new clients, and even transact on it. While setting up your website you will have to choose from different web hosting companies and various forms of web hosting. The various forms of web hosting are managed word press hosting, VPS, dedicated, and shared hosting.

Managed word press hosting: Although it may be expensive, it is one of the most renowned web hosts in the world and it caters to more than 32% of all the websites. In this option, you are only left with the work of site administration, as the web host has experts who take care of the technicality issues. You do not need to know the HTML coding to set up your website on these platforms.

Dedicated hosting: In Dedicated hosting, you pay the whole server for yourself. In this option, you will be left to do all that is required of the site by yourself. It is somehow good for you since you’ll have all the themes of your choice and space. 

VPS: The virtual private server hosting is where you control your website from a  shared server.  It is cheaper compared to others. 

Shared hosting: This is the most suitable option for beginners. This option is usually easy to use and affordable. And, as the name suggests, you will be using a shared server with other websites.

Photography Market and How to Generate Money through Online Photography

The internet is a wide global market with access to anything from any place in the world. When you go online, be sure that you are in the right market for your photography business. The internet as it is, is one of the easiest and ultimate ways to sell your photos. It gives you the required flexibility you require compared to an office layout. You can trade your photos while in Asia to a client who is in North America for instance. Therefore, an online transaction is a thing to adopt if you venture into website photography.

You may be wondering just how possible it is to sell photography online and cash in. Yes, there are many ways to earn through your photography website. Here are some of the examples:

Stock Photography Website:

This is ideal for any photographer whether you are a beginner or an expert. All you need to have is a collection of great images that you have taken and post them on your web site. Let the pictures do the work, the client who will be impressed will surely get back to you, then you earn. Stock photography works better if you have a good portfolio on your website, it speaks volumes about your work.

Blogging: 

Blogging is one of the safest and easiest ways of making money through website photography. All you need to create is a website with great blog posts, mostly your photos or articles about photography. The more traffic you have on your website the more you will earn with the advertisement. Google ads are always there at around $ 300 per month if they advertise on your site.

Photo contests:

These might not be familiar with many people, but there are many photography competitions online. Participating in them should be a priority, they give you the exposure needed as to what your fellow photographers are into. Winning a contest or just being in the runners up is a giver you’re the right avenue to create the reputation of a skilled photographer. The most commonly known competition is International photography awards, National Geographic photo contest and the Format picks monthly art contest.

7 Best Web Hosting For Photographers.

Bluehost: Overall Best Hosting for Photographers

Bluehost is an all-round best hosting site for photographers. Its basic account category provides you with a 50 GB storage for your site and photos. For a very reasonable price, you can automatically set up your website with less hustle. If you want to get your portfolio quickly on the internet and you do not want the WordPress services, Bluehost offers you a browser-based website that is easy for you and you can build faster. They also give you the opportunity for an upgrade in your account, you can upgrade to a plus plan which comes with extra special features. In the plus plan account, they call you to set up a business email using your domain name, and manage them through Microsoft office 365.

Features: 

* Beginner friendly.

* An automatic WordPress set up.

* Reasonable pricing per plan.

HostGator Hosting for Photographers

HostGator is one of the hosting servers that offers you a great deal and the most reliable basic plan in the market called the ‘ Hatchling plan’. It is the second best hosting provider for photographers in this 2020 list.

This plan is very good for you as a starter. There is an instant WordPress installation, unlimited storage, comes with a free domain name for one year, and unmetered bandwidth. They also include e-commerce tools that will help you in selling. Although HostGator prices rise after the introductory period has expired, they offer you a 45-day money refund if you are not impressed by their services.

Features:

* Unlimited storage.

* Unmetered bandwidth.

* The ‘Hatchling’ plan.

* Ecommerce tools.

Inmotion Hosting 

Inmotion is one of the most security-conscious web hoster in the market for photographers and third on our list. The company does not only boost its reliable servers but also incorporates an advanced security system, which includes malware protection and backups. These tools are very essential in keeping your website safe. However, its launch account plan does not offer you unlimited bandwidth unless you upgrade to a power plan. But all in all Inmotion hosting gives you the privilege of knowing how many visitors it can handle thus giving you the responsibility of choosing a plan that suits you. Inmotion also comes with a Bald Grid, which is a WYSIWYG editor that helps one in creating his own themes. And guess what, you get a 90-day money refund if you are not impressed by their services.

Feature: 

* Advanced security tools.

* Comes with a BaldGrid editor.

* A metered bandwidth.

GoDaddy

GoDaddy is one of the best and easiest web hosts to use if you are a beginner for photographers and photo gallery web hosting. It has its own browser-based website building tools that will help you set up easily. There is also the one-click button for WordPress set up if you need their services. 

GoDaddy Economy plan provides you with a 100GB storage, which can be increased if upgraded to their deluxe plan. Although they still give you the alternative of buying an extra drive space through their control panel. Its features also contain Microsoft Office 365 email and free domain name, which is free for the first year.

Features: 

* One-click WordPress hosting.

* 100GB for starters.

* Customized plans.

* Free Microsoft 365 email.

Wix web hosting

Wix web hosting is one of the most straight forward platforms in the market designed specifically for photographers in mind. The company has many features customized to help you operate your site easily. Do you know that with only an email or a Facebook account, you can freely sign up for Wix? Thank me later.

Wix has made sure that your operations in your website are run from a  hassle free environment. They offer you with thousands of templates which are broken down into categories, so as to fit every one of your  desires. They also help you in choosing a domain name, at the same time helping you with SEO reporting. You also get to access Google ads which have a monthly payment of $ 300 if you let them advertise on your site.

Features

  • Availability of marketing tools.
  • Over a thousand templates.
  • Great speed.

Siteground Hosting for Photographers

Siteground is one of the few platforms that offer multiple hosting plans and you’ll find among the most appropriate for photography hosting. They include WordPress hosting, cloud hosting and dedicated servers. The company is said to host over two million domains. And, they even give clients their domain names and emails.

Features

  • Free email and a domain name.
  • Cloud hosting.
  • 10GB storage.
  • Unmetered bandwidth.

Squarespace for Photography

Squarespace is the most ideal site for photographers. It is trusted by most photographers due to its graphics and customer service. Squarespace comes with plenty of customization options; more than any in the market. Unlike most platforms, Squarespace needs you to purchase a domain name and its storage and bandwidth are always determined by whatever plan you are in. They also require one to start and set up their website with them before hosting begins.

Features

  • Cool graphics
  • Customized options

Examples of successful photography sites

The internet holds a wide selection of photography sites. If you are a starter or an expert you need to visit different platforms so as to learn and improve your skills. But for the beginners you have to be careful on what you see and learn. Too much uncontrolled information can cause confusion. We will be taking a look at some of the best performing photography websites.

Cambridge in color

Cambridge in color is a platform that offers learning lessons and tools to photographers online. They usually run online tutorials that give people the privilege of asking questions.

Digital camera world

Digital camera world helps photographers find the best photography gear and gives tutorials on how to use them. They are also renowned for covering many aspects of image making ranging from photo editing to DSLRs.

British journal of photography

Started in the 1854s this is definitely one of the oldest photography businesses. It is one of the sites that everyone should visit, there is much to learn from them.

Image Size to Upload On a Photography Websites 

The size of an image determines the loading speed of your website. While selecting the image you want to post for your viewers, always put in mind your fan base. In recent days, most of the traffic for most websites is brought about by mobile phone users. This is the class of viewers that you should be really considering, they amount to over 70% of internet users. The recommended size of an image is between 1500 and 2500 pixels.

Free Image Hosting Websites

There are numerous sites that offer free image hosting. With an internet space that is growing daily, free image hosting is a must have for most people. If you are an aspiring upcoming photographer with no money or any income these free image hosts will help you in growing and getting exposure. These free image hosting sites are designed with special features that help you in photo editing or stock-piling  to uploading  your images. Here is a list of well-known free image hosting sites:

 ImageShack (https://imageshack.com/login). 

Flickr (https://www.flickr.com). 

TinyPic (https://tinypic.com). 

Photo Bucket (https://photobucket.com). 

Postimage (https://postimages.org). 

ImageVenue  (https://www.imagevenue.com). 

Best WordPress Themes for Photography Websites

There are two types of WordPress platforms, there is the WordPress.org and WordPress.com. While WordPress.com is a hosted platform with very limited options, WordPress.org is a hosting server with limitless customization features, with thousands of themes to offer. Some of the best themes are:

Photography Theme

This theme allows you to set up a professional photography site using its special features. You do not need a developer for your site if you have this theme. Its special features include 9 thumbnail hover effects, over 70 designed galleries and portfolio templates and a 2 light box plugins.

DIVI Theme 

DIVI is the most widely used Word press theme in the world. With it, you can create any type of website, it has a DIVI builder -features that allow one to create anything you can imagine off, by a simple drag and drop interface. It also offers you limitless customization, with other features such as custom CSS control, True visual Editing, Inline Text Editing, and Design options.     

InMotion Hosting

About InMotion Hosting

Established in 2001, InMotion Hosting is a reputable industry name with consistent performance for business category web hosting. The company has become the user’s favorite with its 99.9% uptime and award-winning tech support, plus their exclusive 57% off.

More than just its outstanding features and support, InMotion is also known for offering free domain and SSL certificates to its users, as well as lightning-fast loading speed that users take pleasure in. InMotion is an excellent choice for any growing business.

While InMotion hosting cannot be compared with some in its reputation class, it ranks amongst the most reliable on the web hosting market.

InMotion Hosting Servers and Headquarters

InMotion has offices in California and Virginia, with its servers housed in data centers co-located in the US entirely. On March 30, 2012, InMotion Hosting opened new headquarters in Los Angeles, which marked the fourth office expansion for California. Later, on February 14, 2018, their Colorado office moved to Lakewood, near 6th Ave. and Union Blvd.

InMotion Hosting Leadership and Staff

The web hosting company has branches on the West Coast, Central Coast, and the East Coast. Jeremy Smith is the president and CEO of InMotion, with a staff of 150 employees, and the company is ranked fifth among its top ten (10) competitors.

InMotion Hosting Company is an employee-operated and employee-owned domain name and web hosting firm that bases its web hosting network on Unix and Linux OS (operating systems). It may not be at the same level as Bluehost, overall, but InMotion has plenty to offer, depending on your hosting needs. 

InMotion Features

InMotion comprises of five different classes of web hosting services, including WordPress hosting, VPS (virtual private server) hosting, basic shared business hosting, reseller hosting, and dedicated hosting. 

These hosting services are designed for different needs, hence have separate features. The most economical choice for personal and small business web hosting is shared hosting and can handle that level of traffic.

InMotion Hosting Basic Features

  • Unlimited bandwidth and disk space
  • Free SSL certificate
  • Two websites
  • Free backups and hack protection
  • DDoS protection
  • Drag-and-drop feature
  • cPanel control
  • user-friendly dashboard

InMotion Hosting Advanced Features

The advanced level includes all the features mentioned above, plus:

  • Automated security updates
  • Server management
  • Dedicated hosting
  • Multilayer security
  • Free SSD
  • Personal launch assistant
  • Enhanced loading speeds

InMotion Hosting Pricing

Shared or Business Hosting comes with three pricing plans:

  • Launch Plan, which starts at $3.99/m, supports two sites, two MySQL databases, six parked domains, and twenty-five subdomains.
  • Power Plan, which starts at $5.99/m, supports six sites, fifty MySQL databases, twenty-six parked domains, and one hundred subdomains.
  • Pro Plan, which starts at $13.99/m, supports unlimited sites, MySQL databases, parked domains, and subdomains.

All these plans include unlimited bandwidth and storage and a 90-day money-back guarantee.

InMotion’s WordPress Hosting pricing plan takes the form of the Shared Hosting pricing plan in each aspect, but with more benefits.

So, what will you get in these pricing plans?

  • Free domain
  • Easy sign-up process
  • Payment methods via check, Credit Cards, and Purchase Order
  • A few upsells
  • Installation of CMSs and Apps
  • Account activation

InMotion Hosting Video Tutorial

The InMotion Hosting cPanel includes robust in-built features that provide video tutorials to offer guidance or step-by-step instructions on various operations. You must make sure you are logged into cPanel for you to access the video tutorials, and click on one of the available options.

Note: the cPanel videos are similar for all accounts, but some will only work on Dedicated or VPS servers. Are you wondering why? It is because the cPanel software is a third-party software that includes the videos.

Once you click the video tutorial button, the selected video loads automatically. The buttons on the video’s bottom are useful in controlling the actual video. All InMotion Hosting server packages include these tutorials since cPanel hosting is free.

InMotion Hosting WordPress (How to Install WordPress)

WordPress is an open CMS (content management system) that is accessible to install for free using the cPanel Softaculous Apps Installer. If you wish to, you can also install WordPress manually, but it is a time-consuming and challenging process.

To install WordPress via your cPanel, use this guide:

  1. Login to your cPanel Account.
  2. Locate the Softaculous Apps Installer on the Dashboard.
  3. Select a protocol, then a domain name.
  4. Enter WordPress site settings credentials.
  5.  Select plugins and a theme, and there you go!

After that, you can log in to your WP site and test it. Check out this video for a quick installation.

Green Web Hosting by InMotion

InMotion has, since 2010, made a strenuous effort to rally its carbon hoofmarks in its data centers. They have also reduced office waste by both cutting paper product usage and increasing the recycling process.

Data centers use plenty of energy, especially in air conditioning and cooling purposes. As such, InMotion has opened the first-ever Air Cooling tech that reduces its cooling prices by almost 70%. Carbon emission has also been cut by nearly 2k tons annually. While traditional data centers run CRACs continuously to cool the air, outside Air Cooling technology vents hot air out of the building and bring in fresh air.

InMotion

Pros:

  • Above-average 99.95% uptime
  • Excellent customer support
  • A 90-day money-back guarantee
  • Apps and integrations, including WordPress
  • WP users have a premium Sucuri Plugin
  • A free site migration
  • Outstanding eCommerce support
  • Google Apps integrations
  • Super-secure Smartwall TDS (threat defense system)  

Cons:

  • Low ad pricing (only for 24-month sign-up)
  • Average server speeds
  • Delayed account confirmation process
  • A few limitations (auto data backups cost $2/m, $1/m for each extra 10GB)

InMotion SSL (from HTTP to HTTPS)

InMotion includes a free SSL certificate for the entire Business Class Hosting Plans. SSL (secure sockets layer) refers to a standard tech that establishes a host (webserver) and client (web browser). The connection between the two ensures a secure and intrinsic data passage. SSL is an industry-standard that millions of websites use to protect their online activities using the https://.

You can force HTTP to HTTPS using the .htaccess file to redirect all web traffic on your site. It is straightforward to activate this SSL in your AMP (Account Management Panel) by clicking My Account > Manage Free SSL.

To force your entire web traffic to utilize HTTPS, copy the following code in the .htaccess file in your site’s root folder.

InMotion: How to Cancel

If you want to disable automatic renewals, you use a similar process to cancel. Before you start the cancellation procedure, make sure you have the following information to make the process simple:

  • Your Account Username
  • Your credit card’s last four digits on file
  • Your email address
  • Daytime phone number

To begin your account cancellation process or turn off automatic renewal with InMotion, you will require the help of their reliable customer support team. Yet, depending on the plan you chose, you will either qualify for a 30-day or 90-day (managed WP hosting) money-back guarantee.

If you have passed the guarantee period, your only option is to visit your billing tab and deactivate auto-renewal. InMotion hosting is trustworthy when it comes to refunds after cancellation, and in case of any discrepancies in the amounts, they will explain why.

InMotion Hosting vs Bluehost Hosting

Both InMotion and Bluehost are prominent web hosting providers on the market, which makes it harder to discern which to choose over the other. But as we always tell you, there must be that one thing that distinguishes them, regardless of their close similarities.

We shall begin with their pros and cons so you can have a comprehensive understanding of their strengths and weaknesses. We shall then look at their features, pricing, customer support, and WP (WordPress) integration.

InMotion and Bluehost both offer a variety of pricing plans, from shared to dedicated and VPS hosting options. Overall, Bluehost is excellent for WP and pricing, while InMotion has the upper hand in terms of customer support. While Bluehost pricing plans are great for personal sites, InMotion plans are excellent for businesses.

In our review, we found InMotion prevailing in terms of disk space and features. Bluehost, on the other hand, beats InMotion in money value and uptime. InMotion hosting offers unlimited SSD storage and disk space, striking perks, plus a highly-trained support team. It is also focused on the customer experience.

Bluehost hosting works well with WordPress, has a higher uptime (99.98%), it is user-friendly, and also has free domains. Both hosting plans use cPanel control and have a slight difference in uptime (99.97% and 99.98%). Overall, both InMotion and Bluehost features match up significantly, such as free domains and free SSL.

When it comes to integration, WP is a popular presence online. Bluehost works seamlessly with WordPress as compared to InMotion, but Bluehost tends to offer more impressive features.

In terms of customer support, both hosting options are great, though InMotion does not offer 24/7 live chat or phone, and tickets. While Bluehost as well does not offer 24/7 live chat or phone, tickets are available. Yet, overall, InMotion prevails with excellent customer support.

InMotion Hosting vs. SiteGround Hosting

Are you stuck in choosing between InMotion and SiteGround? Having come that far, to two hosting providers, shows your interest in your web hosting.

Both InMotion and SiteGround boast a vast client base and excellent support system. The same goes for their servers (lightning-fast), outstanding features, and a 100% money-back guarantee. While SiteGround offers a 30-days, InMotion guarantees a 90-day refund policy.

When it comes to pricing plans, SiteGround has the upper hand with slightly cheaper plans at first. Yet, InMotion is top overall in terms of the best web hosting company. Are you concerned about backups for your site? Well, both SiteGround and InMotion include free daily backups, as well as exceptional customer support.

However, InMotion hosting has ROOT access on WHM that gives it the upper hand in terms of performance. Founded in 2001, InMotion hosting ranks amongst the leading hosting companies in the field and offers swift performance for over 300 pieces of software. InMotion hosting services are entirely US-based, plus customer support.

InMotion offers Freebies such as a free domain name, $100 in free Microsoft Ads Credits, $50 in free Amazon ads, JetPack Personal, and a free YP.com business listing. That, on top of 19 years of experience and 300k satisfied customers, makes InMotion a valuable option.

Founded in 2004 in Bulgaria, SiteGround currently has its headquarters in Washington DC, with ongoing operations in Bulgaria. The hosting company applies state-of-the-art tech and facilitates constant innovation for company growth.

SiteGround hosting currently expanded data centers in Chicago and Iowa, Asia Pacific, Singapore, London, and Europe. Their offices are spread across the UK, Spain, and the US, and are exceptional when it comes to WordPress hosting.

InMotion Hosting vs. GoDaddy Hosting

GoDaddy makes strong claims of being pocket-friendly and affordable for everyone. Yet, pleasing all is not possible, especially in web hosting, and might make you a laughing stock. In this review, InMotion hosting will prevail against GoDaddy greatly, given its lightning-fast speeds, excellent features, and inclusive value.

In terms of performance, the TTFB (first time to the first byte) speed for sites under InMotion hosting was 57ms, in comparison to GoDaddy’s 800ms. The same difference applied in contentful paint speed (time taken to display content on a visitor’s site). When it comes to uptime, both InMotion Hosting and GoDaddy hosting offer a matching 99.9% guarantee. As such, both hosting services are reliable.

When it comes to pricing plans, GoDaddy prevails from the first glance. But when it comes to the overall value, InMotion has the upper hand. How so? GoDaddy hosting plans are low-priced, but only for longer subscriptions, three years upfront, to be precise. If you are only capable of paying quarterly, the amount (monthly cost) is double what they advertise.

InMotion hosting offers two pricing plans, including the one-year or two-year option, and pricing differs depending on your preferred plan’s length. InMotion’s two-years pricing plan seemed slightly cheaper compared to GoDaddy’s.

GoDaddy includes four shared hosting plans, that is Economy, Deluxe, Ultimate, and Maximum. With the Economy pricing plan, you get a single site and 100GB storage. InMotion offers three plans (shared hosting), including Launch, Power, and Pro, with the Launch plan giving you two sites and unlimited storage.

While GoDaddy charges you extra for features, InMotion gives free features (as seen above), and so is with security. GoDaddy’s customer support is unreliable (depending on your location), but InMotion has supportive and reliable customer support.

Simply put, GoDaddy cannot compete with InMotion in terms of features, customer support, value for your money, and speed.

InMotion Hosting vs. HostGator Hosting

InMotion Hosting is a web hosting firm that provides shared hosting, VPS hosting, and reseller hosting. EIG-owned HostGator, on the other hand, is amongst the oldest hosting provider that offer low-priced hosting plans.

Both hosting providers have close pricing plans, with InMotion Hosting costing $2.95 while HostGator costs $3.95. That’s pretty close, right? Yet, there is a substantial difference when you dig deeper into both the quality of customer support and service. 

When it comes to overall performance, InMotion Hosting has the upper hand by a mile. Talk about their modern and secure infrastructure, free SSL certificates with each pricing plan, and 24/7 phone support; there is a minimal comparison here. 

Both hosting companies offer fast web hosting with free SSDs, a free domain to get you started, and free cPanel control for easy server management. But while InMotion offers a free one-click installer alone, HostGator adds more than 400 apps on that. That’s something too, right?

InMotion has WordPress-customized plans and includes an exceptional combination of industry-leading hardware and huge scalability for all your hosting needs. That translates to faster speeds, and if the extra dollars are worth the speed, then you would consider it.

Both hosting providers offer unlimited disk space and free site templates. HostGator has flexibility as its strong suit with VPS, Windows, and dedicated hosting. All HostGator’s plans include languages such as Python, Ruby, and Perl; plus, ROOT access and SSH.

HostGator includes nearly limitless options and control for their servers, plus beginner-friendly tools that will entice a variety of clients. InMotion Hosting has a 90-days money-back guarantee compared to HostGator’s 45-days refund policy.

InMotion Hosting vs Wix Hosting

InMotion Hosting is a big name when it comes to web builder games, especially in WordPress integration. BoldGrid, InMotion Hosting’s development tool leads in the WP world with its drag-and-drop functionality in building sites.

Founded in 2006, Wix kicked the market to help wannabe web entrepreneurs build an online presence. The host’s WYSIWYG web builder has helped over 110,000 customers make an online presence.

On the one hand, InMotion Hosting offers unlimited disk space, multiple data centers, little or no downtime, and automated backups with each plan. Wix, on the other hand, provides a 500MB to 20GB disk space, user-friendly interface, and Wix SEO Wizard for keywords.

While carrying a higher price tag, InMotion Hosting offers an outstanding business-class shared hosting plan, with an impressive list of features. From faster speeds to auto-backups to SSH access, PHP, Python (for IT geeks), and more, the host has got you covered.

Wix offers cheaper pricing plans compared to InMotion hosting, but not the cheapest on the hosting market. Premium plan subscribers enjoy the $300-worth of ad-vouchers, free apps for creating forms, and increasing your website’s SEO status.

Both Wix and InMotion Hosting offer tremendous customer support with 24/7 phone support, 99.99% uptime for both, and reliable page load speeds. However, Wix does not offer WordPress hosting and dedicated hosting. While InMotion Hosting guarantees a 90-day money-back, Wix offers a 30-day refund policy. 

InMotion Hosting vs. NameCheap Hosting

Both InMotion and NameCheap hosting are a reputable brand on the web hosting market. While they may seem to have close similarities, there must be something distinct about each that makes it better than the other. Let us begin their comparison and find out what it is.

InMotion Hosting and NameCheap both have reliable uptime (99.9% and 99.99%), responsive 24/7 customer support, and a wide variety of hosting options. While a little expensive ($3.49/m), InMotion Hosting prevails with its BoldGrid feature, substantially faster speeds, and excellent customer support.

NameCheap costs $9.88/year ($0.82/m), but renewal costs are highly-priced. Overall, it’s a reliable hosting option with a variety of plans and affordable plans, and offer both Windows and Linux-based hosting. The host’s primary service is domain registration. 

InMotion Hosting offers better features with fewer limitations and has the upper hand in page-loading speeds and bigger tech support. They also offer a 90-day money-back guarantee, compared to NameCheap’s 30-day money-back refund policy. 

InMotion Hosting vs. Amazon Web Services (AWS)

InMotion Hosting and Amazon Web Services (AWS) are both reputable brands in web hosting services globally. We have seen much about InMotion Hosting, so let us understand AWS. AWS has a sheer dominance in several fields and ranks as the largest IaaS (Infrastructure-as-a-Service) offering for SMBs.

When it comes to web hosting, InMotion Hosting rams AWS in almost everything. InMotion Hosting offers a wide range of hosting plans, including shared hosting, VPS hosting, WP hosting and dedicated hosting. AWS, on the other hand, offers cloud services just like Amazon.

In terms of pricing, InMotion Hosting prevails with $3.99/m plus a free domain, compared to AWS $5.83/m. InMotion Hosting is more user-friendly and offers reliable services, as well as an incredible list of useful features and excellent customer support.

AWS can boast of many server locations, including North America, Asia, Oceania, South America, and Europe, compared to InMotion Hostings only in North America. But as you can see, InMotion Hosting has the upper hand in terms of speed and uptime.

Other distinctive features between the two hosting companies include bandwidth, where InMotion Hosting offers unlimited bandwidth in comparison to AWS custom. InMotion Hosting also offers unlimited disk space, allows two domains, cPanel control, and 24/7customer support & tickets. 

Best Web Hosting for Consulting Business

It is essential for every modern consulting business to get the best web hosting services for its business. There is a horde of web hosting services for your consulting business out there. The most typical web hosting service for one website is shared web hosting. With multiple sites, there are other more lucrative options to consider such as freelancer website hosting for your consulting business, which allows you to manage all your websites on the same hosting platform.

Though there is no shortage of good web hosting services available in the market, it is best to invest in a trustworthy and efficient service if your website is more than just a hobby. While this is true, web hosting does not necessarily have to be expensive. There is a horde of inexpensive web hosting deals out there. This is especially true for clients who have tougher websites to build since there are plenty of cheap VPS deals in the market.

About Consulting Business: Why creating an Online consulting business is important in 2020

Every consulting firm should already have a website or a blog. From our vast experience in the web hosting business, we have found that it is essential for consulting businesses. While web hosting services provide numerous features to their users, there are merits that all consulting businesses stand to gain with web hosting services. Among them are:

What to look out for 

When choosing the most appropriate web hosting service for your consulting business, there are a few important factors that you should keep in mind. This is essential because businesses are at different stages of growth and the factors affecting their demand are different. However, whether your business is a startup or a large firm, you should put all the factors below into perspective before moving to invest your resources in one service. They are:

Pricing

After analyzing different hosting services in the market, we realized that while most hosting sellers offer cheap deals at the beginning of their contract, they however jack up the pricing at the end of the introductory period. The introductory period in most web hosting firms last from 2 months to up to 3 years after signing up. It is wise to carry out research on the entire value of ownership before signing up for any web hosting service.

The trustworthiness of the provider

Any group of individuals can set up a fake web server and resell another firm’s products. It is therefore essential to look into how long the hosting provider has existed, whether or not they have true contacts on their online platform and the dependability of the promises they make on their website among other essential features. Google will help you with your research.

Customer Service

This is a huge aspect when it comes to web hosting. Even experienced web developers have technical questions every once in website building projects. Novice users almost always need to get fast answers to get their websites up and running. To be successful in your consulting business, it is absolutely essential that the hosting provider answers your queries clearly and as fast as possible.

Ease of Use

Especially with inexperienced individuals and firms, it is essential that the provider offers an easy to use admin panel. It should also be pretty straight forward for you to make essential changes to your website and manage your hosting deals. 

Reliability

It is very frustrating to own a blog or website that often experiences downtime and is inaccessible for your users. The ideal web hosting service should make surfing on your website smooth and fast. That way, you almost always get what you paid for. 

Reviews (include pricing, pros and cons)

Bluehost. Best for: Overall Small Business Hosting.

Comfortably among the best web hosting services for consulting businesses, Bluehost is one of the most lucrative options for small business hosting. Subsequently, their services take high honors on our web hosting for consulting business review.

Bluehost is based in Utah and is owned and run by web giant Endurance International Group (EIG). Bluehost offers basic shared hosting at $2.95 per month on their three-year contract. They also offer plans that use WordPress starting at $20 per month, although it is at an introductory rate. 

Small consulting businesses are advised begin at basic shared hosting, which is excellent on Bluehost. For the price, they get automatic WordPress installation with other popular apps through a mojo marketplace-powered system. In addition, a region-based control panel that allows users to tweak matters manually. What’s more, Bluehost also provides their customers with a Weebly-based web builder. This fundamental browser-based platform allows you to create websites with up to six pages. There are, however, no extras such as site templates included. 

Nonetheless, there is more functionality in the pipeline, and it is much better than nothing. Bluehost also features great customer service and fast response to queries. Bluehost has the best mix of user-friendly features coupled with exceptional tweaking potential and great power for more advanced users.

Pricing

Bluehost offer a large catalog of hosting solutions to their customers including:

Domain names: While it is not the cheapest domain name registrar, Bluehost offers direct domain names registration to their large base of customers. Domain name registration starts at $17.99 per year. 

Shared hosting: Unless you are working on a really large website project, shared hosting is the first option you ought to ponder. While it is the cheaper option, it is also the noisier one. At Bluehost, shared hosting goes for prices ranging from $8.99 to $25 per month. 

WordPress hosting: Bluehost features a hosting service that is optimized for WordPress sites. The hosting service comes with several perks, peak among them being a staging area. Bluehost’s WordPress hosting is a bit pricey, starting at $29.99 per month. 

VPS: Virtual Private Servers, as discussed below, allow you to share a server, but unlike in shared hosting, there is a virtual wall between your website and others on the same server. At Bluehost, VPS hosting plans range from $29.99 to $59.99 per month. 

Surprisingly, Bluehost does not offer cloud hosting services. Below are some of the pros and cons of Bluehost;

Pros and Cons

ProsCons
Bluehost is very cheap on the first term. Be advised, renewal rates are considerably higher. Poor customer support: Bluehost is among the poorest when it comes to customer support along with iPage.
Solid Uptime: Bluehost has always performed exceptionally in my uptime tests Poor Speeds: According to our tests, Bluehost comes out as one of the slower providers.
Loads of Storage: Their shared hosting plans offer generous storageOnly US Servers: Unlike her competitors, Bluehost only provides the option to host your website in the US. Users that do not live in the US could experience an extremely slow site.
Unmetered Bandwidth: Bluehost does not limit the traffic that gets into your website.Limited Backup options:  In a bid to push their customers to use paid products, Bluehost has fairly limited backup solutions. 

InMotion. Best for: Shared and VPS Hosting.

When selecting the ideal hosting provider for your consulting business website, shared server and VPS are the most affordable, especially for startup businesses. While these are some of the most common features among hosting providers, InMotion offers far better stability and security. It is therefore the best option for a professionally run business site. 

Since some of us do not understand what these hosting services essentially mean, we’ll provide a short definition of the same. After signing up with your hosting provider, the company will put your website on their servers so that your clients can access it when they get online. On a shared server, your website will share resources with dozens of other websites on the same server. 

A Virtual Private Server (VPS) subscription will also put your website on a shared server. However, you will be allowed access to a partitioned server so that your consulting business will have its own a virtual computer on the server. That means that you do not share your resources with any other websites that are on the same server. 

Inmotion is hands down the best provider for shared and VPS hosting. This is due to their fast and reliable service. While it may not look flashy, Inmotion features excellent technology in its VPS and shared hosting system. Furthermore, their pricing for shared and VPS hosting is fair even for startup consulting businesses.

Pros and Cons

ProsCons
It is really fast: Everything runs faster on SSD drives.You need to subscribe for three years from signing up to access the $4.99 pricing plan.
Comes with a WordPress pre-installation: You are set from the get-go.
Free no-downtime website transfer: Comes in handy, especially when moving from a different hosting provider. 

HostGator: Best for Dedicated Hosting.

Preferred for dedicated hosting for bloggers and small business websites, HostGator is among the 

best hosting providers for the consulting business around the globe. Its unmetered bandwidth allows its users to operate their online businesses for a while before requiring an update. Their free migration also makes migrating and set up a breeze since you do not need to get your hands wet. 

Being one of the oldest and biggest web hosting providers in the industry, they have consistently made improvements posting average uptime of 99.98% over the past 24 months. The basic shared hosting plans on Hostgator offers unlimited storage and bandwidth, a free domain, and a free SSL certificate. HostGator is also popular for their great customer service offered via live chat. 

Regrettably, their average page loading times let them down. Averaging at 1191ms, most extra services, such as security and backups are tacked on as additional charges.

HostGator offers three tiers in their shared hosting plan option for their users to choose from. 

Hatchling Plan: This plan is priced at $2.75 per month. It features one domain name, a free SSL certificate, unlimited storage, and unlimited subdomains.

Baby Plan: The baby plan is priced at $3.95 per month. It features unlimited storage and bandwidth, and unlimited domain names.

Business Plan: The Business Plan starts at $5.95 per month. It features unlimited storage and bandwidth, unlimited domain names, a free dedicated IP, a toll-free number, and a free SSL certificate. 

Pros and Cons of using HostGator

ProsCons
Strong and stable uptime: HostGator has posted a 99.98% uptime in the last 24 months. Slow page speed: Their servers are consistently slow. They have only managed a 1191ms average page loading time over the last 24 months
Good Customer support: They offer a large knowledge base, live chat, email and phone support. Live chat is superfast with replies taking as little as 15 seconds.Lots of extra fees for malware, Gmail, and Backups: While HostGator’s hosting plans are generally cheap, all extra features such as SiteLock Monitoring, Gmail access, site backups, and SEO tools will cost you extra when checking out. 
They have site security features available: You can add SiteLock monitoring on your website, which can run daily to prevent hacks or breaches. 
Free website and cPanel migrations: They offer up to 30 days after signup to get in touch with their customer support and get any or all your site files moved. 
Very User Friendly to Beginners: Their website is rigged with tutorials to guide beginners through the interface and the murky world of data centers and DNS.

A2 Hosting: Best for Cloud Hosting.

A2 Hosting is a hosting company with its headquarters in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA and established in 2001. A2 Hosting features solid speed, great customer support and a horde of hosting features. They are a bit down on price point and product onboarding.

Like InMotion Hosting and SiteGround, A2 Hosting is among the fastest-growing hosting providers. It is also not only owned by a large corporate holding, but also boast an expansive and dedicated fan base and some high-profile bloggers as some of their customers. 

A2 Hosting offers a wide range of hosting solutions including shared Linux hosting, cloud, WordPress, VPS, and dedicated server services for both large and growing websites. They are by far the best providers of cloud hosting on the market. Small consulting businesses are advised begin at basic shared hosting, which is excellent on A2hosting. For the price, they get automatic WordPress installation with other popular apps through a mojo marketplace-powered system. In addition, a region-based control panel that allows users to tweak matters manually. 

What’s more, A2hosting also provides their customers with a web builder. This fundamental browser-based platform allows you to create websites with up to six pages. There are, however, no extras such as site templates included.

While a hosting account could mean a wide range of solutions for your consulting business, the core function of hosting servers is to avail the files on your website to clients whenever they request them. In this age of multi-device connections and global audiences, speed and performance are critical to the success of any website. While your website’s speed can be determined by a host of variables, your hosting server primarily determines at what speed the requested files are availed to the visitor’s browser.  

A2 Hosting is known for its high speed and efficiency. It is essentially why they lead in cloud hosting.  Their Time To First Byte (TTFB) –ie, how long it takes a server to respond to the first byte of the file requested, is much better than that of large competitors like Bluehost and GoDaddy. A2 Hosting features solid speed, great customer support, and a horde of hosting features. They are a bit down on price point and product onboarding. This factor is especially critical in cloud hosting. While hosting providers like Siteground might be a bit faster than A2 Hosting, it does live up to their claims.

Pricing:

 A2Hosting offers three pricing tiers for its shared hosting:

Lite Plan: The lite plan starts at $2.96 per month. It offers five databases, one website, unlimited storage and bandwidth, cPanel control access, and a free SSL

Swift Plan: This tier is priced at $3.70 per month. It features unlimited websites, bandwidth and storage, a free SSL certificate, transfers, cPanel access, and single-site migration. 

Turbo plan: This tier is priced at $7.03 per month. It offers everything from the former tier and adds turbo (20X speeds) and an A2 site accelerator.

Pros and Cons

ProsCons
Fastest provider of cloud hosting: All the features are designed to give your users a super smooth experience. High renewal rates: When your introductory term comes to an end, automated renewal kicks in at regular pricing, which is more than double the amount you paid initially.
Friendly and responsive customer support: They offer everything from live chat sessions to phone. They also have hundreds of articles on their site if you prefer to get acquainted with a large topic.Restrictions on its cheapest plan: The price for an introductory term at A2Hosting at the time of editing is $2.96 per month but it only gets you one website, a free SSL, unlimited storage and an Anytime Money-Back Guarantee. You don’t get the features that make A2Hosting great such as Turbo Servers or offsite backups. 
Free site migrations
Developer-friendly tools, web builders and content management systems
Outstanding uptime

GoDaddy: Best for Extra Features

Founded in 1997, GoDaddy is currently the world’s largest domain registrar with more than 13 million customers on their database. You’ve most likely heard of GoDaddy on one of their NASCAR or SuperBowl commercials. 

Remarkably, GoDaddy has also committed to supporting a range of philanthropic causes. In Phoenix, the firm has made significant donations to the Arizona Humane Society, Phoenix Children’s Hospital, and the Phoenix Zoo.

The largest portion of GoDaddy’s revenues come from domain name registrations and domain name renewals. The second-largest portion comes from hosting and presence services. The company offers three tiers in their hosting plans for both firms and individuals.

GoDaddy is most popular for its wide variety of products. Being the world’s largest name registrar, GoDaddy offers almost every kind of hosting option. Offering managed and unmanaged VPS and Dedicated Servers too, they boast the widest selection of options for their hosting plans. Users can easily purchase upgrades and buy SSL Certificates on GoDaddy. They also have a huge variety of add-ons. There is also a tight synchronization of all their products. 

Economy: Starting at $4.99 per month, the Economy plan is GoDaddy’s cheapest plan. The plan features one website, 100 GB of storage, unlimited bandwidth, and a maximum of 100 email addresses. 

Deluxe: Starting at $5.99 per month, GoDaddy’s Deluxe Plan offers unlimited websites, unlimited bandwidth and storage, and up to 500 email addresses. 

Ultimate: Starting at $7.99 per month, GoDaddy’s ultimate plan is their most pricey plan. It features unlimited websites, unlimited bandwidth and storage, and a maximum of 1000 email addresses.

All GoDaddy’s plans feature a free domain with 24/7 security monitoring, a user-friendly control panel, and DDoS protection. Also, the unlimited storage in both Deluxe and Ultimate hosting plans is not technically unlimited. GoDaddy notifies users whenever their use of storage and bandwidth compromises the provider’s uptime, in which case a user is required to upgrade to a Dedicated Private Server or a Virtual Private Server. 

Pros and Cons

ProsCons
Affordable: With under $3 per month, you get unlimited bandwidth, 512 MB RAM (on their shared hosting plan) and 30 GB storage.  Issues with WordPress: There is no caching involved. This leads to random errors. While it is annoying, repairing the errors is however easy.
99.9% Uptime: While uptime is determined by various factors, GoDaddy seems to be delivering on their 99.9% uptime promises on their website. Aggressive marketing: Every time you try make a domain name or hosting renewal, they always try to sell you additional updates. 
Extra Features: GoDaddy offers almost every kind of hosting optionGoDaddy is most popular for their wide variety of products, they boast the widest selection of options for their hosting plans. Users can easily purchase upgrades and buy SSL Certificates on GoDaddy. They also have a huge variety of add-ons. There is also a tight synchronization of all their products.The unlimited storage in both Deluxe and Ultimate hosting plans is not technically unlimited. The user is required to upgrade to a Dedicated Private Server or a Virtual Private Server if his bandwidth and storage id compromising the provider’s uptime. 

SiteGround: Best for Customer Service

SiteGround is one of the world’s most popular hosting providers. It is also one of the highest-rated provider when it comes to the WordPress community. They are most revered for the best customer support in the industry. It is essentially why they are an official WordPress recommended hosting provider. 

Founded back on 2004, the provider has since grown into one of the most popular hosting companies on the globe. It is based in Sofia, Bulgaria, and has six offices and data centers in three contents. Today, the firm boasts more than 500 employees and more than 500,000 domains. SiteGround features automated upgrades, CDN, one-click staging, built-in WP caching, and GIT version control. To top it all off, they offer a special 63% off deal for WPBeginner readers.

Our research found SiteGround to be significantly faster and reliable hosting provider than most of her competitors. You will find high praise for its exquisite customer support on every online review. Their hosting plans are also flexible and they boast the best customer service in the industry. 

SiteGround offers WordPress Hosting, shared, hosting, cloud hosting, and dedicated hosting plans. For users that only just starting off, their shared hosting plan provides just what you need. However, as your site grows, you will need to make sure you explore the extra features other plans can offer. 

SiteGround Shared Hosting Plan Pricing

Arguably the best way to start your new consulting business website, SiteGround’s shared hosting features three tiers with different budgets and features. SiteGround features automated upgrades, CDN, one-click staging, built-in WP caching, and GIT version control.

Startup:  

Pros and Cons

ProsCons
Lightning-fast servers: SiteGround has highly optimized all its servers for speed with SSD drives and custom features.Limited Storage: SiteGrounds plans come with fixed storage. Nonetheless, the storage is quite large and if you are only starting out, you will almost never need any extra storage. 
Top-Notch Customer Support: Their customer support is exquisite, to say the least. They offer 24/7 ticket-based support via live chat and phone. Monthly Billing Setup fee: If you choose monthly billing, you will have to pay a $14.95 setup fee. However, if you sign up for longer billing periods, you will get a bigger discount with no setup charges.  
Multiple Servers: Their data centers are located in three contents. Users have a wide range of servers and locations to choose from during signup. 
Free CDN and SSL: Featuring instant setup of a free CDN and SSL certificate from Let’s Encrypt. 

Bluehost PHP Versions

About BlueHost

Bluehost is a popular Orem-based (Utah) web hosting solutions firm that hosts more than two million sites, thus ranks among the world’s largest hosting companies. It was founded by Danny Ashworth and Matt Heaton in 2003 and is recommended by WordPress.org (WordPress providers).

It offers comprehensive tools that are useful to tech-savvy individuals, beginners, and experts alike. From shared hosting to dedicated servers, Bluehost pricing packages have got you covered with useful features such as domain manager, resource protection, SSL certificates, and more.

What is PHP and Version?

PHP or Hypertext Preprocessor (previously known as Personal Home Pages) is a server-side scripting language, embedded in HTML, that is used to develop Web Apps, Dynamic sites, or Static sites. A server must include PHP installation for it to interpret PHP scripts.

Currently produced by the PHP Group, the PHP reference implementation was originally created in 1994, by Rasmus Lerdorf, a Danish-Canadian programmer. PHP primarily uses C implementation language, but some elements use C++.

PHP is also used to manage databases, build eCommerce sites, manage dynamic content, and session tracking. Unlike other coding languages, PHP is popular due to its simplicity in use, making it fit for backend data output. It includes an impressive toolkit of classes and functions.

The main difference between PHP and HTML is that while PHP is a backend language that runs on the server, HTML is a frontend language that runs on the browser. Over 80% of websites are developed using PHP tech, including Wikipedia, Tumblr, Facebook, Yahoo, and more.

Typically, PHP code is managed on a web server by a PHP interpreter executed as a daemon, Common Gateway Interface (CGI), or a module executable. The outcome of the interpreted and implemented PHP code would form the entire or part of a HTML response.

Besides, PHP is useful in several other programming errands beyond web context, like separate graphical apps and robotic drone control. You can interpret and execute arbitrary PHP code using CLI or command-line interface.

In coding, software versioning denotes a form of categorizing the unique states of a software as it is developed and released. Its identifier can either be a word, or a number, or both. For instance, Version 1.0 is commonly used to refer to the program’s initial release.

Importance of Upgrading to Current PHP Version

Before we look at the benefits of upgrading your current PHP version, let us begin by a brief review on the number of PHP versions that are there. There have been over five main versions of PHP, including PHP version 1.0, PHP version 2.0, PHP version 3.0, PHP version 4.0, PHP version 5.0, and PHP version 6.0. The current version is PHP version 7.0.

The original version (1.0) and the second (2.0) were developed in 1994 and 1995 by the original creator, Rasmus Lerdorf. By this time, its popularity had grown enough to attract a formal developer team and was selected to upgrade it.

Version 3.0 to 5.0 have been developed and updated under the management of Zend Technologies by Andi Gutmans and Zeev Suraski from 1997 through 2015. The current version 7.0 was released between 2016 and 2017 and is based on PHP next Generation (phpng).

The current version includes new bug fixes and language features that can enhance the performance of your applications, and decrease server user-facing errors. This boosted user experience and cut resource usage aids to cut server costs and make the apps more useful.

Other than improving performance, upgrading to the current PHP version will protect your website against security susceptibilities found in PHP older versions. 

Bluehost PHP 7.4: Steps to Upgrade or Update

Currently, Bluehost does not offer anything above PHP 7.0, but they plan to launch between August 10- 14th, 2020 as per the email below:

Before you upgrade your site, ensure you check PHP compatibility with the new version and run a backup. If your site is created with WordPress can use the PHP Compatibility Checker plugin.

Below is more info on Bluehost’s upcoming Php upgrade to the 7.4 version:

Bluehost system enables you to run PHP scripts in a few various ways, with options available on the selection page of the version you choose. When you log in to your cPanel, follow these steps:

  1. Find the Software section and click on the MultiPHP Manager icon.
  2. Choose the version of PHP you wish to use, including 7.0, 7.1, 7.2, or 7.3.
  3. Click Apply or Save Changes to finish the upgrade or update.

Earlier PHP Versions

From its initial stable release, each PHP branch release is fully supported for two years, during a period which reported security and bugs issues are fixed and issued in consistent point releases.

After two years of active support, every branch is supported for an extra year for critical security issues. During this period, releases are made on an as-needed basis and depending on the number of reports, there might be multiple or no releases at all.

After the three years’ support, the branch lifespan ends and becomes unsupported.

  1. PHP 7.3

This version of PHP was released on December 6, 2018 and will be supported until December 6, 2021. The release of version 7.3 marked the third feature upgrade to the PHP 7 series, and includes several improvements and new features such as LDAP control support, Windows file deletion, among others.

  1. PHP 7.2

Version 7.2 was released on November 30, 2017 and will be supported until November 30, 2020. It marked the second feature upgrade to the PHP 7 series, and comes with new features such as object typehint, Mcrypt extension removed, and more.

  1. PHP 7.1

Version 7.1 was released on December 1, 2016 and was supported until December 1, 2019. The version marked the first point release in the 7.x series, and enhancements and features such as nullable types, catching multiple exceptions types, and more.

Bluehost How to Check PHP Version

The most suitable method to check your PHP version is by using the phpinfo() function that prints various info about the PHP server, plus its version. Upload this the following PHP file via a SFTP or FTP client in your site document root directory.

phpinfo.php

<?php

phpinfo();

Launch your browser, visit yourdomain.com/phpinfo.php, and you will see your PHP version on your screen. When you find the info, either restrict its access or remove it completely as it can pose vulnerabilities to your app if exposed.

Alternatively, you can this function to print your PHP version on your screen phpversion().

You can also check your PHP version using the Command Line. How? Use the PHP CLI binary, if you have SSH access to the server, to establish your PHP version. Use the binary php using the -v or –version option: $ php –version and the command will display this info.

If the server has multiple PHP versions installed, the above command will display the default PHP CLI version, which might not be the one on the website.

Bluehost How to Change PHP Version

Bluehost system lets you run PHP scripts in different ways which are accessible when you log into your Bluehost cPanel. To change the PHP version, use the updating or upgrading steps above.

Bluehost VPS to Change PHP Version

If you are using Dedicated and VPS Hosting, changing the PHP versions, other PHP/Apache customizations, and loading custom Apache mods is done in the Web Host Manager (WHM). Follow these guidelines to upgrade your PHP version:

  1. Log in to WHM.
  2. Search for EasyApache in the search field.
  3. Scroll down and click on Start customizing based on profile.
  4. Click Next Step on the next page (don’t change the Apache version).
  5. Go to the next page and click on Next Step.
  6. Examine the options lists to enable any essential PHP extensions or Apache mods (if necessary), scroll down and click on Save and Build.
  7. Confirm the choice you have made.

Bluehost PHP Version not Changing

This is a similar concern among many users when they try to change the PHP version for upgrade, sometimes phrased as unable to change. So, we are going to look into how to fix it or troubleshooting.

The majority of the cPanel hosting providers offer several features such as the capacity to run multiple PHP versions on similar shared hosting. At times you are unable to change PHP version but it just can’t work no matter what you do.

Sometimes, this occurs when you change the .htaccess file authorizations to be read-only for all clients. As such, the system has no permission to write into the .htaccess file.

To fix it, you can try changing the file authorizations of .htaccess file to 644, then change the PHP version. I hope this solution helps you fix the PHP version issues.

Bluehost Change PHP Version .htaccess

In this section, we will enlighten you on how to add a PHP handler to your .htaccess files which is useful if you look to customize your PHP version by editing your .htaccess file. If you do not intend to edit the .htaccess file, you can utilize the cPanel to change your PHP version.

The .htaccess file is a concealed file that is read by the webserver which follows any commands included in the file. It can be accessed in numerous ways, but I will guide you through to open it via the File Manager on your hosting accounts’ cPanel.

Use the following steps:

  1. Launch the File Manager on the cPanel.
  2. Select Web Root on the directory selection popup and choose Show Hidden Files. Click Go.
  3. A filed called .htaccess will show in the Table of Files, right click on it and click on Code Edit. If an encoding popup appears, click on the edit button.
  4. Insert the PHP handler for your preferred version at the top of the file. If one already exists, it will be replaced or removed by the new version.
  5. Click Save.

You can close the file once saved, and your account will the PHP version you have selected.

Bluehost PHP MyAdmin

PHP MyAdmin is an open source and free admin tool for MariaDB and MySQL. It is a portable web app primarily written in PHP and has turned out to be one of web hosting services’ most common MySQL admin tool.

Since working with databases can be a sophisticated and clouding procedure, Bluehost cPanel enables you to manage your database using phpMyAdmin. phpMyAdmin implements a user-friendly and intuitive interface to run your DB (database).

phpMyAdmin is accessible through your cPanel and is unified with your Bluehost hosting account. Its basic functions include creating a DB and DB user, accessing the home screen, browsing the DB, and more. Click here for more info.

Bluehost PHP ini

The php.ini file stands out as the default configuration for running apps that need PHP, and it is useful in controlling variables such as resource limits, upload sizes, and file timeouts. typically, ini is located in /etc/php/7.2/apache/php.ini, where you can replace 7.2 with your version, for instance, php5.

If you want to generate a new php.ini file, follow these instructions:

  1. Sign in to your Bluehost cPanel account.
  2. Select the MultiPHP Manager icon which is found under Software.
  3. Select the PHP version you wish to use, such as 7.0, 7.1, 7.2, or 7.3.
  4. Click on the Apply or Save Changes button.

If you wish to edit the .ini file, follow these steps:

  1. Select the MultiPHP ini Editor icon from the Software section.
  2. Choose the ini file you want to edit from the existing directory.
  3. Make the changes you want and click on the Apply button.

Bluehost PHP Mailer or Mail

PHPMailer refers to a code library that sends emails through PHP code from a web server easily and securely. Using PHP code directly to send emails needs good SMTP standard protocol knowledge and related issues, as well as email injection vulnerabilities for spamming.

Using PHPMailer is the best mail method to use while sending emails to your clients. While there are several freemium mailer scripts, the tactic is both robust and quick. PHPMailer is compatible with Bluehost hosting using the PHP mail() function that triggers a Sendmail that is configured by the system admin.

Bluehost PHP Handler

Natively, Apache does not support PHP scripts without a specific module that instructs Apache how to handle PHP scripts. If a module is not configured properly, Apache will only send you a downloadable version of the PHP file as it does not recognize anything else to do.

You can copy and paste the following handlers directly into your Bluehost .htaccess file – PHP 7.0, PHP 7.0 single php.ini, PHP 7.0 FastCGI.  

Bluehost PHP bb

phpBB is an abbreviation of PHP Bulletin Board that refers to an Internet forum bundle within the PHP scripting language. phpBB is free and open source, and is accessible under the GNU General Public License.

phpBB features comprise of support for multiple DB engines (MySQL, Oracle Database, and more), flat message structure, topic merger/lock/split, full-text search, and hierarchical subforums. Others include various notification options, user groups, plugins, multiple attachments per post, and more.

When you install phpBB in Bluehost hosting, you access the sign in area using the administrative link offered in SimpleScripts via these steps:

  1. Key in the Admin Username you choose when installing phpBB.
  2. Enter your Admin Password.
  3. Trigger the Login button.

When you access phpBB, you can create a new topic, change the theme of your forum and more.

Bluehost PHP Time Limit and Increasing It

The max implementation time for PHP scripts is set to 30 seconds by default. If the script runs longer than the default time, PHP halts it and reports an error. You can regulate the amount of time PHP lets scripts run by adjusting the max_execution_time command in your php.ini file. 

Bluehost Increase PHP Memory Limit

You can increase the memory via two methods.

First, by using the File Manager:

  1. Find the Files section.
  2. Select the File Manager icon.
  3. Choose Web Root if prompted, if not, navigate to the public_html file.
  4. Locate the php.ini file and right click on it.
  5. Select either Code Edit or Edit and click on the Edit button.
  6. Look for memory_limit without quotation marks.
  7. Key in the new desired memory limit for your php apps (increase past 128 MB limit is not recommended).
  8. Click Save Pages.

Alternatively, you can use an FTP Client:

  1. Connect to the server using your FTP client.
  2. Go to the public_html file and download the php.ini file.
  3. Use any text editor to open the file.
  4. Look for memory_limit without the quotation marks.
  5. Key in the new preferred memory limit for your PHP apps.
  6. Save the file.
  7. Use your FTP client to upload the file.

Siteground Review 2020

About SiteGround

SiteGround is a web hosting company that provides hosting services to millions of customers across the globe. SiteGround was founded in 2004 by Ivo Tzenov in Bulgaria. Ever since, the company’s headquarters remain in Sofia, Bulgaria. Even so, SiteGround has many offices in different locations in the world such as Stara Zagora, Madrid, and Plovdiv.

As a privately-owned company, SiteGround has employed over five hundred staff members distributed across its different offices. Tenko Nikolov is the current CEO of SiteGround leading the company into greater heights. This is evident from the fact that it boasts to have hosted over two million domains for different clients across the world.

Further, SiteGround has many data centers around the world and distributed over three continents. These data centers include: Sofia (Bulgaria), Madrid (Spain), London (UK), Eemshaven (NL), Frankfurt (Denmark), Alexandria VA (USA), Council Bluffs, IOWA
(USA), Singapore (SG), and Sidney (Australia).

SiteGround Features

SiteGround has distinct features that make it stand out among other web hosting providers. To best understand how SiteGround works, I will analyze some of its most interesting features.

Google Cloud Infrastructure

Google Cloud infrastructure helps play a vital role in how your hosted website performs when in a different geo-location. As Google has been accredited as one of the fastest networks, Google cloud infrastructure typically makes your website run faster while on SiteGround.

Further, google cloud technology applies a standard state of the art network which enables distributed storage in SSDs. This deals with high data redundancy of your website, thus running faster. Even more, the cloud infrastructure accommodates easier scaling and resource management of your website.

SiteGround’s Response Time

To understand how fast SiteGround compares to other web hosting services, checking the response time is one way to answer your query. I tested SiteGround and BlueHost’s response time and found SiteGround to have an impressively low response time. in some places in the US, the response time dropped to as low as 1ms.

Uptime Record

The response time alone is not sufficient to acquire the relevant metrics with regard to the site speeds. SiteGround boasts to have a 99.9% uptime. While it is impossible to have a 100% uptime record, SiteGround cuts in very close to this number as it has almost no recorded downtime in the past year and a half (16-10-2018).

SiteGround is able to maintain reliable uptime records because it applies a server isolation technology on its shared hosting service. 

SG Optimizer Plugin: (Game Changer)

Moreover, SiteGround has further invested in increasing website loading speeds by developing and applying a Supercache plugin. This plugin is an in-house developed plugin that essentially adds various layers of caching for faster loading. It is prudent to say that at the moment; no other shared hosting platforms offer anything remotely close to the SG plugin. In fact, with only $7.95 per month, you will be able to acquire the plugin on SiteGround.

Free SSL Certificate

SiteGround is one of the few web hosting providers that do not charge their users for providing extra security to their websites. SiteGround offers a free SSL certificate to any user via its ‘Lets Encrypt’ feature which is automatically activated for new and novice users. Using Word
Press hosting will especially require this extra layer of security which makes it ideal for WordPress compatibility.

PHP 7.3 enabled

Even more interesting is SiteGround’s innovative capability and keeping up to date with new technologies. As of this moment, SiteGround offers the latest version of PHP, PHP 7.3. The closest other web hosting providers have been able to offer is PHP version 5.6.

Reliable Customer Support

SiteGround has an incredible 24/7 customer support system that is highly responsive. While other web hosting providers also credit a 24/7 support, I find SiteGround to be the only reliable customer support system that gets back at you as soon as possible and with a valiant solution to your specific problem.

Free Website Migration

Yet another attractive feature created by SiteGround is that you can be able to migrate from one host provider to SiteGround hosting completely charge-free. Typically, many other web hosting providers charge an approximate $49 to $149 for a complete hosting migration service.

SiteGround has even simplified the website migration hosting such that you will be prompted to migrate your site for free as soon as you login to your account. Thereafter, you will only need to change the domain name server.

There are countless more features that SiteGround offers the clients such as unlimited hosting, a one-click WordPress installation. Not only is the WordPress installation over-simplified, but also includes WordPress experts who are ready to help you resolve any WordPress hosting problems that you may encounter.

SiteGround Pricing Plan

SiteGround offers a diversified Pricing Plan that takes into consideration the different needs of clients depending on the chosen site functionality. The pricing plan is categorized into five major sections:

  • Shared hosting services
  • Cloud hosting services
  • Dedicated servers
  • Reseller hosting services
  • WordPress hosting service
  • Enterprise hosting service

Shared Hosting Service

Among these options, the most popular service is the shared hosting service and has three subscription plans:

  • StartUp Plan
  • GrowBig Plan
  • GoGeek Plan

All of SiteGround’s shared hosting services have access to these same features:

  • Unlimited data transfer
  • Free Website migrations and transfers
  • Free website backups
  • Access to cPanel
  • WordPress-CLI service that is suitable for web developers and expert users

While any of the shared hosting services incorporates all of the above features, the shared hosting plans differ in various details as I will indicate in the table below. 

StartUpPlanGrowBig PlanGoGeek Plan
starts with a regular pricing of $11.95/monthcan only host a single websiteprovides a 10GB disk spaceallows up to 10,000 monthly visits from your clientsincludes essential WordPress featurescrafted for novice WordPress usersStarts at a regular pricing of $19.95 per monthoffers an unlimited number of websitesincludes a 20GB disk space availabilityallows up to 25,000 visits in a monthoffers both the essential WordPress features as well as the premium WordPress featuresdesigned for growing WordPress sitesstarts at a regular price of $34.95 per monthcan host an unlimited number of websitesallows up to 30GB disk space availabilitycan accommodate up to a maximum of 100,000 visits every monthincludes all of the WordPress features such as essential WordPress, premium WordPress, and Geeky WordPress featuresit is specifically crafted for expert WordPress users

It is also worth mentioning that from time to time, SiteGround offers promotional coupons aimed at marketing their products to a wider market. For instance, the StartUp Plan could be offered at $3.95 per month, the GrowBig Plan at $5.95/month and the GoGeek Plan at just $11.95. Nonetheless, this pricing applies only to your first subscription term after which you will have to pay the normal ratings.

Irrespective of the subscription plan chosen, you always have the option to upgrade to a much-advanced subscription service or vice versa. Further, SiteGround has a 30-day money-back guarantee in the event that you are unsatisfied with the services offered and you choose to terminate the service instead.

Cloud Hosting Services

SiteGround’s cloud hosting services offer a dynamic duo of ability and affordability. Cloud hosting services are very powerful in that Google Cloud Hosting does not focus on one server only. Instead, google cloud hosting pulls resources from lots of different sources and then combines this data to create a ‘virtual server’ of sorts.

SiteGround offers the cloud hosting plans starting from $80 per month to $240 per month depending on the specific hosting plan you have selected. More so, SiteGround’s cloud hosting enables you to create a custom plan that is geared to specifically suit your hosting needs. A custom cloud hosting service could cost you up to $2100 per month and is typically used by well-established businesses.

Dedicated Hosting Services

SiteGround dedicated hosting service is quite expensive as compared to most of the other top web hosting providers. This is because dedicated hosting is mostly used by very large businesses that have a very high visitor expectation on their websites. There are three basic dedicated hosting plans offered by SiteGround:

  • Entry Plan – starts at $269 per month
  • Power Plan – starting at $349 per month
  • Super Power Plan – starting at $729 per month

The expensive rates are not without their blissful experience. SiteGround’s powerful dedicated server features are fully managed by SiteGround experts, giving you a VIP treatment. Further, you will also be able to choose the data servers from which you want to be housed.

The servers could either be in the US, in Asia, or Europe, depending on the location of the majority of your site visitors. Finally, dedicated server hosting on SiteGround is ideal for integration with other content management systems such as Joomla, WordPress, and Magento.

Dedicated Hosting Features

The major reason for subscribing to dedicated hosting is to be able to acquire the necessary power needed to seamlessly support websites with heavy user traffic. As such, the three hosting plans are categorized according to the availability of RAM, memory (SSD) space, bandwidth, and the number of cores used in the server processors.

The comparisons between the hosting plans can be clearly contrasted as from the table below:

FeaturesSSD StorageRAMBandwidthCPU cores
Entry Plan480GB16GB10TB4
Power Plan960GB32GB10TB4
Super Power Plan1.9TB64GB10TB12

WordPress Hosting Services

SiteGround WordPress hosting service is designed specifically for websites built on WordPress. WordPress itself recommends using SiteGround to host WordPress built sites. Further, when running an e-commerce store with WordPress, SiteGround can also offer to host for WooCommerce as well.

WordPress hosting plans are similar to SiteGround’s shared hosting plans with respect to the pricing. This pricing is exact, right down to the smallest detailed price. This is so as the shared hosting service includes WordPress provisions.

As such, SiteGround has two additional features for individuals specifically choosing the WordPress hosting option: One-click installs and Automated updates. The one-click installs feature SiteGround’s in-built functions which combine your WordPress website with the respective cPanel in just a tap of a button.

SiteGround will also provide automatic updates for WordPress built site starting with minor changes that might be updated every two weeks. Major updates are also bound to happen every couple of months, keeping you always up to date with the current system.

Reseller Hosting Services

SiteGround also offers reseller hosting services which are ideal for web design companies or web developers who are looking to make money for the valiant services they provide. In essence, subscribing to the reseller hosting plan means that you act as the middle man between SiteGround and the actual customer who wants to use the website for a specified purpose.

Under the reseller hosting plan, you will be able to buy a year’s worth of hosting, then sell it to other users at a monthly fee. In order to use the reseller hosting plan, you have to be conversant with the necessary hosting skills required to run a web hosting service of your own.

Reseller hosting does not work like typical web hosting services and as such have a different method of subscription. You will use a credit system where each credit represents an entire year’s worth of hosting. You will also need at least five credits to get started on this plan.

There are three typical pricing tiers that are associated with reseller hosting:

  • 1 – 4 credits cost $49
  • 5 – 10 credits cost $45
  • 11+ credits cost $42

Enterprise Hosting Services

SiteGround also offers an enterprise hosting plan, which is different from any other type of hosting services offered by web providers. There are no specific criteria or pricing tier for the enterprise hosting plan.

This is because the enterprise hosting plan involves a plan created entirely by yourself. It is you who will decide what resources you need to be used as well as how the site will be hosted. The only service that SiteGround provides, in this case, is managing the hosting plan.

It is worth noting that whatever they will host depends entirely upon you and your chosen dimensions. Furthermore, there is no specific pricing tier attached to the enterprise hosting plan as SiteGround charges this service on a quote to quote basis.

SiteGround Pros and Cons

ProsCons
SiteGround offers a 30-day money-back guarantee to all of their usersSiteGround has an automatic daily backup service that backs up and restores your data to your most recent settingsFurthermore, SiteGround includes an automatic WordPress InstallationSiteGround also offers increased security through their ‘Lets Encrypt’ option which offers free SSL certificates for youIn addition, SiteGround includes innovative technologies such as SSD, HTTP/2, PHP 7, NGINX, among others. This increases site speeds significantlyMoreover, SiteGround offers Cloudflare CDN which enables users to access information at exceptional speedsFinally, SiteGround offers managed WordPress hosting to all their hosted plans, which is an advantage for text additions and editingSiteGround is expensive with regards to some of their hosted plans like the dedicated server hostingSiteGround is a great web hosting provider with regards to the functionality and site loading speeds, but faults in the extreme limitation of their data storageThe web hosting provider has a very strict data over-usage policyHow to add SiteGround txt recordhow to backup SiteGround with WordPressHow to install WordPress with SiteGround

SiteGround support

SiteGround has a well-advanced customer support system that solves your queries within the appropriate time. The web hosting provider offers 24/7 customer support via email, live chats, or via phone. The support team will then get in contact with you as soon as possible.

It is also worth mentioning that while the customer support is available to every SiteGround user, members who have subscribed to the dedicated server hosting, reseller hosting and enterprise hosting, receive a VIP customer support where they are in direct contact with the support team.

This is also because these packages are highly delicate, handling heavy traffic, and also because you would have paid for the special attention that you seek for your hosted services.

SiteGround domains and domain transfer

Until last year, SiteGround had been offering free domains to its users. Nonetheless, as of this year, SiteGround began charging for the registration of domains and at relative pricing of $15.95. That having been said, SiteGround has a simple domain registration process.

Even so you can still register unlimited domains under your SiteGround account. First off, visit the ‘User Area,’ then proceed to ‘Add Services,’ and finally, click on ‘Register A Domain.’ you will be prompted to fill out the necessary details to complete the process.

Registering a domain with SiteGround does not require any additional setups as SiteGround automatically configures it for you. Even so, you can control various aspects ‘of your SiteGround domain by simply going to the ‘User Area,’ ‘My Accounts,’ then ‘Manage Domain.’ Here, you will find access to changing the DNS settings and contact information.

However, if you already have an existing domain under another web hosting provider, all you need to do is transfer the site to SiteGround. This will involve you pointing your already existing domain to the SiteGround hosting server. You will also be required to change your domain’s nameservers (NS) to the appropriate values as from the control panel of your domain registrar.

In other cases, you might find that you only need to change the hosting of the website while leaving everything else hosted on the prior platform. In such cases, it may be that you want your emails to be hosted remotely while all other parameters regarding the website to be redirected.

It is easier to first change your DNS, you will need to direct your MX records to your current email host. Otherwise, you can also choose to direct your A record while keeping other details related to the DNS and MX intact.

To locate the right SiteGround nameserver records, go to your ‘User Area,’ then proceed to ‘My Accounts,’ where you will find ‘Information & Settings.’ You will then find the details of your nameserver under ‘Account DNS’

Siteground cPanel

Siteground’s cPanel is one of the best web hosting software in the industry that uses cPanel to manage your hosting account via a web interface other than through the console. SiteGround’s cPanel can be accessed from the ‘User Area’ then to ‘My Accounts’ on to ‘Information and Settings’ then finally to ‘Access cPanel.’

You can also use a URL direct link to accesscPanel: http://yourdomainn.com/cpanel. This is taking into consideration that your domain name has been pointed to the domain nameservers. You can run this connection securely through http://yourdomain.com:2082.

cPanel works perfectly well in SiteGround as it also allows you to be able to complete tasks much faster. SiteGround’s cPanel Crystal theme is able to offer the same visual changes while incorporating much more functionalities than other cPanel’s for other web hosting softwares. More so, even non-professionals can find it easy to use cPanel.

SiteGround Cloudflare CDN

SiteGround hosts more than 500,000 domains in five data centers across the globe. As site loading speeds, customer support and security are key factors to the web hosting provider, Content Network Delivery (CDN) would be a good option to improve speeds.

SiteGround uses cloudflare CDN to expand the speed capability of the sites. Cloudflare CDN caches the site’s static data and re-distributes this data to over 100+ servers. Therefore, this means that the content requested by the customer is delivered from the closest network. This makes teh website loading speeds to almost twice as fast, improving the performance.

Cloudflare CDN also has prudent contingencies regarding the security of a website. The CDN analyzes the traffic that is directed towards your SiteGround hosted site to determine which requests are legitimate and which ones of them are malicious. These could include such people as spammers, DDos attacks, SQL Injections and much bot crawling.

SiteGround Alternatives

SiteGround vs Bluehost

SiteGround and BlueHost both have valiant features that make them ideal for web-hosting. If you are like me, you are probably thinking of the storage limits, hosting features, server locations as well as the relative prices associated with either of them. In all honesty, it was hard to make the best decision for me as I found that they are both with amazing perks for hosting.

Naturally, if you are considering web hosting platforms for business purposes, you will automatically consider the costs associated with either one of the hosting platforms. SiteGround is definitely more expensive than BlueHost; starting at a pricing of $14.99. BlueHost hosting software begins its pricing at $8.99.

When looking at the cost only, you might prefer BlueHost. Nonetheless, I find SiteGround to be a much better hosting solution with a highly responsive support system and a better performance in the speed and uptime records. More so, SiteGround has much more advanced features than BlueHost.

Even when considering the cPanel version used by either platform, I would still go with SiteGround. While BlueHost offers common features with respect to the FTP accounts, file manager, email accounts and PHPMyAdmin, SiteGround’s custom cPanel is more intuitive and much powerful.

Even further, BlueHost’s cPanel is crowded with unnecessary pitches and paid promotions that do not add value to your working portfolio. Instead, it is just a slippery road of distractions that interfere with your working area.

Both SiteGround and BlueHost have the perfect bandwidth specifications, that is; unmetered bandwidth provision. Many web hosting providers try to limit the amount of data that can be passed between the website and the servers. However, for BlueHost and SiteGround, there are no limitations as to the data content that you want to share across the websites.

When hosting a website, you probably want to backup all your data such that important client data cannot be lost. Both SiteGround and BlueHost have regular backup services that upload your website data onto the backup servers. Nonetheless, I would prefer SiteGround as it provides daily backup services for up to 30 days. Further, you can be able to restore your data in just a matter of seconds.

SiteGround vs GoDaddy

SiteGround and GoDaddy offer almost exactly the same features with respect to web hosting. While GoDaddy is much pricier that SiteGround, GoDaddy does not have exceptional features that would make them really stand out.

I cannot also say that SiteGround is cheap as its prices are relatively close to those offered by GoDaddy web hosting software. SiteGround has a starting price of $3.95 for the first month and a consequent $11.95 for the other months while GoDaddy has a starting price of
$5.95 and a subsequent $19.95 monthly.

Even so, the higher prices offered by SiteGround are definitely worth the excellent uptime record that they have set. SiteGround even has additional features such as the ‘Lets Encrypt,’ Cloudflare CDN, daily backups, staging, and newer application of technologies (such as the newest PHP version 7) and four data centers.

Further, SiteGround has a highly responsive customer support system. It might be because GoDaddy has a lot of customers under their wing such that they are imminently slow. With GoDaddy, you cannot tell the number of websites using the same resources or even the bandwidth in which you are using, resulting in slower site loading speeds.

As if this is not enough, GoDaddy has a couple of blacklisted plugins that restrict you from having increased functionality in your website. While this restriction is within their rights as web hosting providers, they mainly do so just to mitigate the amount of resources that your website would use. However, with SiteGround, you can use plugins like WP Rocket, Swift and WordPress fastest cache.

SiteGround offers a free migration service to any clients who are looking to change their hosting to SiteGround. Most of the customers have recorded an improved site loading time by up to 10seconds. GoDaddy on the other hand charges to have your websites migrated into their servers, and does not improve any website hosting functions.

SiteGround vs Hostgator

Both SiteGround and Hostgator have gained popularity as the best web hosting providers in the world. Hostgator boasts of hosting over nine million domains and serving over 400,000 customers. SiteGround was started much later than Hostgator yet serves approximately 250,000 active customers around the world.

With respect to the uptime records, Hostgator boasts of having a 99.99% uptime record, which means that you can be sure that Hostgator will be reliable almost all the time. This uptime record is also not dependent on the subscription plan that you have chosen. For SiteGround, a 99.99% uptime record is excellent and especially with the help of their custom programming which enables you to troubleshoot any problems that may cause changes in this uptime.

When considering a reliable hosting provider, the web hosting speed is probably one of the most important factors that you will be looking at in order to increase the efficiency of your site. Hostgator and SiteGround both take different approaches to hosting speeds.

SiteGround uses a software based approach to increase their speeds while Hostgator uses hardware based solutions to increase the site loading speeds. SiteGround focuses on the cache, using a supercacher to keep increasing speeds. Hostgator on the other hand has invested in various VPS servers, increasing more equipment and service layers to gain a competitive advantage in the provision of faster site services.

The server response time is also important to you as a customer as it determines the overall site loading speeds. Just as Hostgator and SiteGround use different approaches to increasing the site loading speeds, both hosting providers also have different approaches to improving the server response time.

Hostgator utilizes a large array of servers which work hand in hand to maintain the harmony and balance in the stability of the server response times. SiteGround uses a special skill in maintaining the server response time by allowing surges in server loads, maintaining lower server loads on purpose. This is a strategic approach especially considering the increase in server loads during peak times.

SiteGround vs Hostinger

Again, SiteGround and Hostinger are at loggerheads with respect to the best web hosting softwares in the industry. Both web hosting providers offer three low cost options on shared hosting services. SiteGround’s plans are StartUp, GrowBig and GoGeek and Hostinger’s plans are the Single, Premium and Business plans.

It is prudent to mention that when considering all plans, Hostinger has much more attractive values for their options than SiteGround. For instance, Hostinger’s business plan is a bit higher than SiteGround’s middle-level plan but also offers a lot more features. This is evident in that, when Hostinger provides unlimited disk space, SiteGround provides a limited disk space of up to 30GB.

In addition,while Hostinger has a diversified payment plan, SiteGround has less payment options on the same. With Hostinger, you can pay monthly, or in one, two pr four year plans. SiteGround on the other hand has a pricing option of monthly payments, one, two and three year plans. Suffice to say that it is much cheaper to subscribe for much longer subscription plans.

Even further, after the initial payment of the subscription plan, you will pay up to double the price for the standard pricing in Hostinger subscription plans. SiteGround on te other hand charges up to triple the charge of the introductory rate, which makes it a tard more expensive for the standard rating.

I would also mention that while both Hostinger and SiteGround offer managed WordPress hosting and cloud hosting. Through their shared hosting platforms, Hostinger is more focused on minecraft hosting while SiteGround focuses on WooCommerce. Further, Hostinger has additional windows VPS Hosting whereas SiteGround runs under a linux operating system.

Finally, I would analyze the backup services associated with either SiteGround or Hostinger. With Hostinger, you will be able to get weekly backups but only on the premium plan. Nonetheless, SiteGround cuts across all subscription plans with their daily backup service.

Overall, I would go with Hostinger over SiteGround when considering the cost effectiveness and provision of valiant features suitable for web hosting. SiteGround is also great for small and medium business because of the exemplary speeds and reliable customer support. You will be able to get more value for your money’s worth than with Hostinger.

SiteGround vs WP Engine

SiteGroung and WordPress Engine are both ideal platforms for your web hosting solutions. Even so, I would argue that while SiteGround is a great web hosting service for your website needs, WP Engine focuses more on WordPress hosted websites.

SiteGround is a much better choice for those individuals searching for more disk space as well as the number of sites hosted on the platform. Further, with regards to the performance, SiteGround guarantees the provision of more technologies than the WP Engine, which only utilizes the necessary tools needed for hosting WordPress hosted sites.

SiteGround’s PHP 7 increases the speed, security and efficiency of the SiteGround hosted sites. To make sure that this is the case, you will find that PHP 7 is three times faster than PHP 5.6. I am focusing on the PHP version used because only approximately four percent of WP Engine use PHP 7. The rest of the WP Engine customers still use PHP version 5.6.

WP Engine includes some innovative & high quality features that improve the site performance. It has various data centers distributed across Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Africa. Even so, SiteGround also has valiant features that improve the site loading speeds. SiteGround also has the SG Optimizer Plugin, a WP SuperCacher and several data centers distributed across various platforms across the globe.

With regards to the uptime record, WPEngine beats SiteGround by a greater extent. This is because the WP Engine has a strict ‘No Overselling Policy’ which ensures that they have enough space to accommodate and properly service their customer base.

SiteGround also competes closely with WP Engine as they also have a 99.9% uptime record applicable to all their subscription plans. Further, SiteGround has a real – time detection technology that alerts the support system of any downtime within the system. Not only does SiteGround detect downtime, but also has custom softwares that fix the errors that cause this downtime.