We’ve said it once (actually, more like a million times!) and we’ll say it again. Finding a good web Host is just about as easy as loving Cersei Lannister. There are so many options out there that you’re sure to be overwhelmed and your head is sure to spin! It’s so important to find the right web host because, today, so much rests on your website alone. Your website creates first impressions, lets you sell your products and services, and is the most effective way of keeping in touch with your customers. One small mistake anywhere due to an inefficient web host could cost you big time not just monetarily but also in terms of your reputation. Are we needlessly building up the pressure? We don’t think so!
Just to put things into perspective, here’s why a good web host is important:
- Not using a good web host can result in your website being down most of the time, which means lesser windows of accessibility and, therefore, lesser reach and lesser revenue.
- A good web host should be able to provide you with fast loading, both for the pages as well as the website on the whole. A slow website is honestly just a huge turn-off and countless are the times we’ve quickly lost interest in sites that take forever to load!
- Let’s face it, very few of us are experts at running our own websites. In order to let more technologically-challenged people run their websites, web hosts provide many facilities and all the support needed to get sites up and running, especially for amateurs.
- Did you know that Google ranks sites based on their loading time and speed? The faster the site, the greater the chances of your site ranking higher in their rankings. The right web host can take care of this for you by maintaining your site’s performance and speed.
- Like we said, a lot of hosts are available in the market. However, unreliable hosts are like James Franco’s successful Hollywood career: here today, gone tomorrow. A lot of unreliable hosts may just disappear with all your data and files, leaving you at a huge loss! Thus, it’s always better to pick out a well-established host.
Now that we know why a good web host is important, the next step is understanding what to look for in a good web host! Here are a few questions to keep in mind when choosing a good web host:
- What are your hosting needs and what type of hosting do you require?
- What’s the down time like?
- Does the hosting include email?
- Does the web host provide good customer support?
- Does the host provide the facility of backing up your data?
- How expensive is it and are the features worth the price?
- Does the company have a good reputation?
Luckily, there do exist some pretty great web hosts out there, such as Siteground and iPage. However, even between these two great web hosts, one is sure to be better than the other, which is what we’re here to determine. So read on to know who wins this web hosting battle!
A Little Bit about SiteGround and iPage
Two of the most commonly compared web hosts are SiteGround iPage, which is why we let you know which one is a better option to go with!
Founded in 2004 by a bunch of university friends, Bulgaria-based SiteGround is one of the most popular web hosts out there, growing each day in size and popularity. Hosting over 800,000 domains since inception, SiteGround provides different types of hosting such as shared, cloud, dedicated server hosting and also, is one of the best options when it comes to managed WordPress hosting. The best part? Extremely affordable pricing, with their basic shared hosting plans starting at just $3.95, with some pretty awesome uptime, speed and amazing customer support. The company processes over 1,500 tickets, 1,000 phone calls and 3,000 chat requests per day! Additionally, SiteGround is so easy to use that it’s a great option for beginners but is also impressive enough to be an option to experts as well.
SiteGround offers certain features, such as:
- Free WordPress migrations
- One-click WordPress setup
- In-house caching tool built and developed by SiteGround that is free-of-cost (SuperCacher)
- Allows Git for WordPress installation, increasing its popularity among web developers
iPage, on the other hand, was founded in 1998 and has provided both web-hosting and domain registration services ever since. Known for being one of the cheapest shared web hosts out there, iPage is perfect for beginners and small sites that are still yet to reach their full potential. Their standard of performance doesn’t really come as a surprise when you consider the fact that iPage is owned by the same parent company that owns both BlueHost and HostGator.
iPage offers some of the following features:
- A drag-and-drop website builder
- Shared web hosting plans that enable the hosting of unlimited domains
- Unlimited disk storage, data transfers, email addresses, FTP accounts and “MySQL” databases
- WordPress hosting solutions
SiteGround vs iPage: Price
It’s all well and good to say that price doesn’t really matter, except that we all know it does. Which is why the first feature we’re comparing is the pricing of the plans offered by both web hosts.
Generally, SiteGround has some of the best prices that are really competitive and hard to beat; how much lesser than $3.95 per month can it go? Well, turns out it can go as low as $1.99 per month, which is the amount that iPage’s plans start at! Also, it doesn’t help that you can avail SiteGround’s great pricing only when you purchase plans for a 3-year period by paying a lump sum; monthly prices are similar to other web hosts. Having said that, though, SiteGround currently offers the StartUp plans at $3.95 per month, the GrowBig plan at $5.95 per month, and the GoGeek plan at $11.95 per month, whereas iPage offers plans at $1.99 per month for shared hosting (for 36 months), a plan at $2.48 (for 24 months) and a plan at $2.99 (for 12 months); therefore, availing iPage’s rates also requires a payment for 3 years! Also, renewing your plan can cost as much as $9.99 per month.
Therefore, when it comes to cheap prices, iPage is the winner; however, SiteGround has more plan options.
SiteGround vs iPage: Customer Support
Customer support plays a huge role, especially in a field as technical as web hosting. Many people own websites and e-commerce businesses but very few can actually operate and manage their own sites. Therefore, good customer support becomes really essential so that any problems or issues can be quickly resolved instead of waiting for ages to solve even super simple problems.
Luckily, though, both SiteGround and iPage provide excellent customer support. Both companies provide 24/7 customer support the whole year around through many modes such as phone support, live chat, email and a ticketing system. The live chat has almost immediate responses, and both sites also offer easy-to-follow tutorials, guides and blogs that answer a lot of basic questions.
In fact, both companies offer such great customer service that this category results in a tie!
SiteGround vs iPage: Performance
Like we said, speed is one of the key factors that defines the success of a website. No one’s going to wait for a slow website to take its own sweet time and load. Thus, speed is an important factor when it comes to a website’s performance and not just because Google thinks so too!
Uptime is one of the factors that also plays an important role in the speed of a website. Uptime is the amount of time that your website is accessible for and SiteGround guarantees an uptime of 99.99%, whereas iPage only offers an uptime of 99.98% which is known to dip occasionally to 99.94%. SiteGround even does one better and displays graphs of their monthly uptime to customers and we’ve got to tip our hats to their transparency!
Additionally, SiteGround has servers in 3 different locations which means more speed, whereas iPage only has 2 data centers. This results in an average load time of 483 ms and 881 ms, respectively. No prizes for guessing which one’s faster and, thereby, the winner in this category – SiteGround!
SiteGround vs iPage: cPanel
An important factor to consider while choosing web hosts is how user-friendly their cPanel is. SiteGround is known for its easy-to-use cPanel that offers added features for smooth operations, whereas users of iPage have to use vDeck instead. We feel that SiteGround’s cPanel is the winner in this case!
SiteGround vs iPage: Features
Of course, the features offered by each web host in their plans are pretty important things to consider. SiteGround offers the following features:
- Automatic daily data backups
- Integrated cPanel
- Free website migration
- WordPress special cache (SuperCacher)
- Free domain name on signing up
- Free CDN with each of the accounts with the web host
- Expert security and spam protection
iPage offers the following features:
- Free cloud storage of 1 GB
- Site builders for easy site setup
- Network monitoring that is performed 24/7
- Data backups (NetApp Snapshot)
- Pre-installed scripts such as Rails, Curl, CGI and Perl
- Efficient security
- High-speed SAN storage
Though both web hosts offer some pretty great features, SiteGround’s features are more consistent, wholesome, and cover a wider range of functions.
SiteGround vs iPage: Website Setup
Setting up websites is generally viewed as a long and tough practice. However, both these web hosts offer a pretty great experience when it comes to setting up a website, ensuring that you don’t take over 10 minutes to setup your website. Both hosts offer in-house website builders that are easy to use, but SiteGround also offers a huge amount of additional free features and add-ons, letting you easily set up your website using WordPress, Drupal, Joomla or Magento.
SiteGround vs iPage: Pros and Cons
To round things off, we’re giving you a list of the pros and cons that come with using each web host.
- 30-day money back guarantee
- Extremely high uptime at 99.99% (which never goes below 99.98% on average)
- A load time of only 500 ms, one of the fastest in the industry
- Well-trained, efficient and knowledgeable customer support team
- Consistently high-performing WordPress hosting, regardless of the plan you choose
- Free security add-ons such as Spam Assassin and Spam Experts
- Easy installation of e-commerce applications
- Free transfer of existing websites from previous hosts
- Extremely affordable pricing
- SiteGround charges an additional monthly “setup” fee if you don’t pay a lump sum amount or pay annually; that is, setup fee is charged for monthly billing.
- Limited storage space offered (10 GB with the StartUp plan, 20 GB with the GrowBig plan, and 30 GB with the GoGeek plan).
- One of the cheapest hosting options available
- Great customer support
- Enhanced security options, such as SiteLock security suite
- Supports third-party applications
- Transparent pricing (no hidden charges)
- 30-day money-back guarantee
- We love that iPage is an EPA Green Power Partner, meaning that the company uses wind energy as part of its power supply
- An uptime of 99.94%, which is quite below average
- Below average page loading time at 881 ms
- Renewing your plan can turn out to be quite expensive
- iPage deducts $15 for your domain name if you choose to withdraw your account within their 30-day money-back guarantee, which is more expensive than the industry standard of $10
- No cPanel; users need to use vDeck instead
- Not unlimited as each account is allocated a certain amount of CPU resources that can’t be exceeded; doing so may result in the suspension of the account
The Bottom Line
Well, there you have it. You probably don’t even need us to tell you who emerges the victor here; the results are pretty obvious if you’ve been paying attention so far! So let’s give it up for SiteGround! With its pros far outweighing its few cons, great pricing, excellent customer support, SiteGround is a much better hosting option than iPage. It’s not only extremely fast but also extremely reliable, making it worth the few extra dollars. SiteGround also has an easier cPanel, more features and better customer reviews.
However, this isn’t to say that iPage is to be shunned. In fact, iPage is a great option if you’re looking to save some money and don’t mind a slow website (kudos to your patience, in that case!). They’re good but let’s face it, SiteGround is great! Additionally, there have been reports of iPage being prone to hacking, which quite frankly loses some major points for the web host.
So, ladies and gentlemen, we think the choice here is pretty clear. SiteGround, for the win!
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