SiteGround CDN Review: 14 Locations, Lacking Features, Requires You To Use Their DNS Which Was Blocked By Google

Siteground cdn review

Why would you ditch a proven CDN with a massive network (Cloudflare) for SiteGround’s CDN which only has 14 locations and requires you to use their DNS which was blocked from Google?

Dynamic caching? Then use Cloudflare’s APO or FlyingProxy. Or even better, switch to a host that actually offers a performant/reliable CDN like Cloudflare Enterprise or QUIC on LiteSpeed.

One mistake with your CDN/DNS can destroy your website – as we’ve seen when SiteGround customers got their sites completely deindexed from Google and lost SEO rankings. Do you really trust SiteGround over Cloudflare? Judging by their previous incidents, my vote is nope!

Save the $7.49/mo and put it towards an established/performant CDN with more locations.

 

1. You Have To Use SiteGround’s [Unreliable] DNS

You have to use SiteGround’s DNS to use their CDN. Here’s the issue that happened:

  1. SiteGround’s DNS got blocked by Google.
  2. SiteGround originally said “there is no blocking on our end.”
  3. They eventually admitted the problem, but blamed it on Amazon/Google.
  4. Finally, they “implemented a fix” (but never advised people to move their DNS).
  5. Customers lost Google rankings and some got deindexed from Google completely.

The question is, why wouldn’t you just use Cloudflare’s free DNS? It performs great on dnsperf.com. But hey, if you want to trust SiteGround with your Google rankings, go for it.

 

2. Tiny Network Of 14 PoPs

Compare this to Cloudflare (200+), BunnyCDN (110+), and QUIC.cloud (75+).

If you really think a CDN with 14 locations is going to outperform these, it won’t. Plus, SiteGround has little to no data centers in many areas of the world, so make sure you know where your visitors are from – because SiteGround might not even have a PoP close to them.

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3. No Security Features

Other CDNs offer DDoS protection, settings to block bad requests, or even bot protection to prevent spammy bots from hitting your site and increasing CPU usage. Besides configuring HTTPS, SiteGround’s CDN has zero security features. Cloudflare has many settings to reduce CPU usage like crawler hints, rate limiting, and Argo Smart Routing. SiteGround’s CDN doesn’t.

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4. No HTTP/3

QUIC and Cloudflare use HTTP/3, so this is another disadvantage. Enough said.

 

5. SiteGround’s Products Have Compatibility Issues

Remember when SiteGround released Site Tools and basically used their customers as beta testers while they squashed the bugs? Or have you seen the constant compatibility issues with SiteGround Optimizer which they usually blame on other themes/plugins? Between these and their DNS getting blocked, I simply don’t trust SiteGround products, and the CDN is no different.

 

6. Conclusion: Stick To Cloudflare + APO Or FlyingProxy

SiteGround CDN (Paid Plan) Cloudflare FlyingProxy Rocket.net’s Cloudflare Enterprise
Bandwidth Unmetered Unlimited 100GB Depends on hosting plan
PoPs 14 200+ 270+ 270+
Dynamic caching APO
Brotli
HTTP/3 x
Argo Smart Routing x Paid feature x
Load Balancing x Paid feature x
WAF x Paid feature
DDoS protection x
Price $7.49/mo $5/mo with APO $10/mo Included with hosting

 
Rocket. Net cloudflare enterprise vs. Flyingproxy

Cheers,
Tom

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