7 SiteGround Alternatives Since They Went Downhill In 2020

Looking for the best SiteGround alternative?

The top SiteGround alternatives are Cloudways, A2 Hosting, WPX, NameHero, and Kinsta. These are who most people are recommending in the WordPress Hosting Facebook Group.

I think we can agree that SiteGround has gone downhill:

  • Support isn’t what it used to be
  • They’re always trying to push upgrades
  • They enforce (often unfixable) strict CPU limits
  • Site Tools is hit or miss whether you like it or not
  • Prices have gone through the roof and not worth it anymore
  • They moved to Site Tools and Google Cloud without options to stay
  • They’re simply not the “good at everything” host they were years ago
  • There are constant complaints about their hosting in Facebook Groups
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1. Cloudways

Most people who leave SiteGround go to Cloudways.

They’re much faster with monthly pricing, and support is just as good as SiteGround’s (if not better). They don’t blame CPU issues or slow TTFBs on the servers because they don’t need to. You should see a significant improvement when migrating to Cloudways, as I did in 2019. I also cut my hosting costs in half¬†since Cloudways is much cheaper than SiteGround’s renewal prices.

Their most popular plans are DigitalOcean ($10/month) and Vultr High Frequency ($13/month) which were the fastest WordPress hosts in multiple speed speed tests when I setup the same Astra Starter Site on 16 hosts and measured TTFB + load times in tools like Pingdom/KeyCDN.

I Use Cloudways Because:

  • Even posts with a 2.70MB page size can load in 1-2s
  • Monthly pricing with no yearly contacts and a free migration
  • No mysterious CPU issues like many people get on SiteGround
  • Varnish, Redis, and memcached are built-in for faster load times
  • SSL, staging, and backups are all very easy in the Cloudways dashboard
  • You get to pick from DigitalOcean, Vultr HF, Linode, AWS, Google Cloud
  • 4.7/5 star TrustPilot rating + highly recommended in Facebook Groups
  • Support is better than SiteGround’s current support as reflected on TrustPilot
  • You get all their features no matter which plan you choose, even the cheapest

Cloudways Cons

  • Their Breeze plugin isn’t great
  • Backups are pay-per-usage ($0.033/GB)
  • No email hosting (use SMTP or Rackspace account for $1/email per month)
  • Support used to be poor, but they have been working very hard to improve this

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2. A2 Hosting

The other popular SiteGround alternative is A2 Hosting.

I would mainly use A2 if you like cPanel which some people will find more comfortable than SiteGround’s Site Tools or the Cloudways custom dashboard. You know what you’re getting.

A2 uses LiteSpeed servers which are very fast and performed well in speed tests. The downfall is that you have to pay for their TurboBoost plan if you really want a faster website, which is $9.99/month (and at that price you’re probably better off on a Cloudways DigitalOcean plan). TurboBoost comes with more advanced caching, NVMe storage, HTTP/3, and better specs. The cheaper plans are fast for the price, but you’re probably not going to get amazing load times.

Why I Use A2 For My Girlfriend’s Restaurant Website

  • It’s cheap!
  • It’s easy (cPanel)
  • LiteSpeed servers are fast
  • The website doesn’t get a ton of traffic
  • Great for sites not running lots of high CPU plugins
  • They scan your site and make security patches automatically

A2 Hosting Cons

  • It’s not as fast as Cloudways
  • Their A2 Optimized plugin isn’t great
  • Complaints about support on TrustPilot profile
  • You have to pay for pricier plans to get better features, including speed

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3. WPX Hosting

WPX is a good SiteGround alternative if you can afford $20.83/month.

They’re very fast, dashboard is very user-friendly, and support is better than anyone in this list (they promise 39 second support and this is true). A big benefit is they use LiteSpeed servers and have their own WPX Cloud CDN which is free on all accounts. Their security is so good that they offer to remove malware for free if you get it.

WPX is also recommended by Matthew Woodward, however WPX was only #1 in his “WordPress hosting speed test” because WPX has caching + CDN installed while other hosts did not. But don’t get me wrong, they are faster than A2 Hosting, just not as fast as Cloudways.

WPX Hosting Pros

  • Consistent fast
  • Built-in WPX Cloud CDN
  • Security features are strong
  • Litespeed servers – can’t go wrong!
  • Support is truly 39s or less and very helpful
  • All their supported domains include WHOis privacy

WPX Hosting Cons

  • Expensive
  • No phone support
  • Uses W3 Total Cache for caching
  • Their staging can sometimes be fiddly



4. NameHero

NameHero looks good on paper (and they are), but they didn’t perform well in speed tests.

They use LiteSpeed servers, cPanel, great support, and a 4.8/5 star TrustPilot rating. They don’t have high renewal prices, you can host unlimited sites, and they have free backups, staging, and email hosting. Everything about NameHero is good, but they didn’t perform well in speed tests.

NameHero Pros

  • LiteSpeed servers
  • User-friendly cPanel
  • Free backups, SSL, staging, email hosting
  • Great support with 4.8/5 star TrustPilot reviews
  • Cheaper options available like Plus Cloud for $7.18/year

NameHero Cons

  • Didn’t perform well in speed tests
  • A few complaints about support on TrustPilot, but not many



5. Kinsta

Kinsta jumps all the way up to $30/month.

They’re mainly used by higher-traffic bloggers and websites that have lots of simultaneous visitors. So if you need hosting that can handle traffic spikes like a pro, Kinsta is a great choice.

There’s a reason Kinsta has such good TrustPilot reviews. They’re interface is clean and easy, support is outstanding, and you get 200GB free with KeyCDN. Staging, backups, SSL, and more features are also easy. They’re just a little expensive, so if you’re looking for something cheaper than SiteGround’s renewal prices, this might not be suitable. But their hosting is damn good.

Kinsta Pros

  • Speeds are consistently fast
  • Dashboard is super user-friendly
  • Includes 200GB worth of KeyCDN
  • Can handle traffic spikes like a pro
  • Staging, backups, SSL are free and easy
  • Uses Google Cloud C2 platform which is fast
  • Premium DNS is included on all Kinsta plans
  • Very innovative (also uses latest technologies)
  • Support is incredible and goes beyond “just hosting”

Kinsta Cons

  • Expensive
  • No phone support
  • PHP workers limits (similar to CPU limits, but not as bad)

Kinsta Pricing


6. Closte

Closte is a pay-as-you-go service on Google’s Cloud platform and LiteSpeed.

The main downfall of Closte is their lack of support (it’s not great at all). I would only suggest this for developers who actually know what they’re doing and don’t need a lot of hand holding.

It’s cheap for small sites not running high CPU plugins or resource-intensive tasks. Gijo (admin of the WP Speed Matters Facebook Group) swears by it. It uses Google Cloud CDN with no email hosting. Closte is a relatively new service and doesn’t even have any TrustPilot ratings, but they’re not a bad choice especially if you’re a developer looking for a fast architecture.

Closte Pros

  • Monthly pricing with no high renewals
  • Staging, backups, SSL are all free and easy
  • Google Cloud servers, LiteSpeed, Google Cloud CDN

Closte Cons

  • Support isn’t great at all
  • Very new with no TrustPilot ratings
  • Pay-as-you-go means no fixed pricing
  • Backups consumes usage meaning more $



7. Bluehost

Bluehost is the worst SiteGround alternative on this list.

Their servers aren’t faster, you’ll get worse support, more frequency downtimes, and they’re only promoted by affiliates who want commissions. Do yourself a favor – don’t sink to this level.

Bluehost is also owned by EIG and has price traps that make you sign up for 3 years to get their advertised pricing. They have terrible TrustPilot reviews, CPU limits just like SiteGround, and a slow TTFB in speed tests. They may be recommended on the WordPress hosting page, but DigitalOcean is recommended in the WordPress optimization guide! And Bluehost pays a pretty penny to be on top (they spend more on marketing/affiliates than their actual hosting).

Bluehost Pros

  • Cheap
  • User-friendly cPanel
  • Recommended by WordPress

Bluehost Cons

  • CPU limits
  • Owned by EIG
  • Terrible TrustPilot reviews
  • Overcrowded shared servers = slow TTFB
  • You have to pay 3 years upfront for cheapest price
  • Spends more on marketing than taking care of customers

Bluehost Pricing


Conclusion: These SiteGround Alternatives Are Better Options

After referring nearly 3,000 people to SiteGround, I gave up on them especially after their latest price increase. They are getting money hungry and obviously pushing away their “cheap” hosting by replacing it with cloud hosting that isn’t even faster or good. If you look through my tutorials, you can see I changed all my hosting recommendations to Cloudways which is the WordPress host I currently use and a very popular SiteGround alternative in Facebook Groups.


Cloudways Response Times


SiteGround vs Cloudways Migration

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SiteGround to Cloudways Migration

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WPEngine To Cloudways

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New Cloudways Server

Cloudways PageSpeed Scores

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WP Engine To Cloudways

Cloudways Love

Cloudways vs SiteGround Post

Godaddy DigitalOcean Migration

Cloudways Facebook Review


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About Tom Dupuis

Tom Dupuis 2017Tom Dupuis writes WordPress speed and SEO tutorials out of his apartment in Denver, Colorado. In his spare time, he plays Rocket League and watches murder documentaries. Read his bio to learn 50 random and disturbing things about him.

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