Where have I been?! Well… MY ENTIRE SITE WAS DOWN FOR A MONTH AND A HALF. On top of this host site fiasco, I started a new job in Austin. But I’m back and I’m better. I switched from Bluehost to Siteground thanks to IAmAileen’s blog post. The hosting fiasco led me to writing about the two different hosting sites as my comeback…
Why does this matter?
If you create a blog for any reason and decide to take it a little bit seriously, you’re gonna need to self-host your site (please see link to Aileen’s post for more information). Picking your hosting site is really important because if not, you could f*ck up a whole lot of stuff e.g. my blog being down for almost two months.
When it comes to the blogger’s sphere, you will see a ton of articles by top travel bloggers boasting about Bluehost. That’s exactly why I chose them too. I didn’t really do as much research on hosting sites, just saw what the top travel bloggers were doing. WRONG. DO YOUR RESEARCH. I am a fool.
Simply put: this is what’s gonna keep your website up and running so people can read it.
Siteground vs. Bluehost
Go with Siteground.
- They’re cheaper. It was 60 bucks for a year of hosting and Malware monitoring. Their prices are cheaper than Bluehost’s hosting plans. I saved a lot of money by not renewing with them for a second year.
- Their customer service KILLS IT. Not only are they super timely, but everyone knows exactly what’s going on, even when you talk to different people. I’ve never waited long to talk to someone. I’ve had to wait up to 30 minutes for a support tech with Bluehost.
- They’re fast and easy to use. Website loading times are as fast. I’ve experienced a lot of delays on my old site, especially on mobile devices. They made transferring my website really easy and it took one day. They did everything for me and updated me immediately when they the transfer was done.
No competition here. Siteground is BETTER than Bluehost. Period. Siteground is cheaper, quick to respond with help, and fast to use. I’m not a tech savvy person when it comes to this kind of stuff, so the less I have to do the better. My entire experience with Bluehost made me feel like they aren’t paying attention to detail. It took me 10 support techs to figure out what was wrong. I couldn’t download any backups or access my cPanel.
I completely understand miscommunication, but it wasn’t in one department, it was in billing and support. Ever since I signed up with Siteground and I had to keep communicating between the two hosting sites, it was clear Siteground was more organized.
What have been your experiences with both Siteground vs. Bluehost?