These were taken by the official WordPress Hosting Facebook Group which has 10,000+ members. SiteGround was rated #1 in both polls while iPage wasn’t even mentioned in either.
Why do people like SiteGround better?
SiteGround‘s speed technology makes your site load super fast. I’m on their semi-dedicated GoGeek plan and my site loads in .2s in Pingdom and .5s in GTmetrix. That’s because they use NGINX servers, PHP 7, HTTP/2, 1-click Cloudflare activation, and stay current with the latest/fastest technologies. Same thing with their uptimes… I almost always get 100% uptimes with no random errors. Their support is great – I rarely have to call them but when I do, they answer tickets/calls immediately and are super knowledgeable about WordPress, plugins, etc. They also have tons of features on their StartUp vs. GrowBig vs. GoGeek comparison chart.
iPage is for novice website users looking for 1 thing – cheap. There is no room to grow (their most expensive plan is $6.95/month) and they’re owned by a horrible company called EIG who puts profits over people. They do this by acquiring hosting companies then cuttings costs by downgrading hardware at the expense of customer’s load times/uptimes, and firing top employees. For examples, iPage still uses PHP 5 when PHP 7 has been out for years and makes your website load much faster. If you want your site load fast with high uptimes, avoid iPage.
Do your research in Google/Facebook Groups and you will see SiteGround is the clear winner. I have included plenty of solid evidence in my SiteGround vs. iPage review to show you why…
1. SiteGround vs. iPage (Facebook Poll)
iPage is literally nowhere to be found, while SiteGround is always #1…
2. Why iPage Isn’t A Good Choice
- They’re owned by EIG
- They use PHP 5 (not PHP 7) which makes your site slower
- They don’t clearly list what server/speed technology they use
- They rarely update their technology to keep your site fast/secure
- Many customers report bad uptimes (below 99%)
- They don’t have features many other hosts have: email, free Let’s Encrypt SSL, staging, automatic WordPress updates, daily backups, and 1-click Cloudflare activation
3. Why I Use SiteGround
4. Stay Clear Of Hosting Companies Owned By EIG
The growing list of hosting companies owned by the same terrible corporation (Endurance International Group) is ridiculous: iPage, Bluehost, HostGator, Unified Layer, and HostMonster are all owned by EIG. They are notorious for skimping on their hardware, technology, customer support, and put profits over people. That’s why many of these hosting companies used to be legit, but crash to the ground once EIG takes over. Stay clear of them.
Read this about EIG…
5. iPage Is Cheap (And Not Scalable)
iPage only has 2 shared hosting plans, one for $3.75/month and one for $6.95/month. But if you start getting more visitors and need to keep your site running at optimal performance, there is no plan that keeps up with this – you will inevitability need to move away from iPage. There is no semi-dedicated, dedicated, or cloud hosting that allows you to grow your website.
6. iPage Servers Are Slower Than A Turtle
On iPage’s WordPress hosting page they say the $6.95/month plan comes with “super speed.” What does this even mean? SiteGround’s speed technology page clearly lists the specs: solid state drives (SSDs), NGINX servers, Supercacher (their SG Optimizer plugin), built-in Cloudflare CDN in the cPanel, HTTP/2, and the latest version of PHP (PHP 7). SiteGround’s cloud hosting also comes with HHVM which is even faster than PHP 7. This is all clearly listed.
iPage doesn’t use the fastest technology so they don’t list the specs on their website. There have been many other iPage reviews where speed tests have been done – and it’s not great.
They use an outdated version of PHP in the server information section of their cPanel…
7. iPage Control Panel (Inside Look)
iPage’s control panel has some basic options, but not many. There’s no free Let’s Encrypt SSL like SiteGround – many things iPage tries to get you to purchase when they’re free on other hosts. They don’t have staging and other features many intermediate to advanced websites user would want – it’s literally bare bones. Here’s an inside look at what you can expect…
8. SiteGround Servers Are Super Fast
The average load time on SiteGround is 1.3 seconds…
People who migrated to SiteGround and posted results on Twitter…
My Pingdom report on SiteGround’s semi-dedicated GoGeek plan…
My GTmetrix report…
9. Uptimes Are Usually 100% For Me
100% uptimes are typical for me on SiteGround. I monitor these in their cPanel and Uptime Robot. You can read about SiteGround’s uptime technology but they take a LOT of measures to keep your website up… they use Linux containers, server monitoring, in-house backup systems, and secure account isolation (which SiteGround was the first company to create).
10. Support Is Fast (And Actually Helpful)
SiteGround’s support is recognized as being the top in the industry. They’re fast and knowledgable about WordPress, plugins, and potential issues that may arise with your site. I rarely have to call them or fill out a ticket, but when I do they give me direct, details answers.
11. SiteGround Has Tons Of WordPress Features
If you’re using WordPress, Joomla, or Drupal, SiteGround has tons of features to help you optimize your site with CMS installs, Cloudflare, their SG Optimizer WordPress plugin, staging, and automatic software updates. You can also see this on SiteGround’s features page.
12. SiteGround cPanel (Inside Look)
Here’s SiteGround’s cPanel demo if you want to take a ride. Way more options than iPage…
13. SiteGround Plans: StartUp vs. GrowBig vs. GoGeek
StartUp – can only host 1 website, doesn’t come with priority support, and isn’t as fast (doesn’t come with a lot ofserver resources) which makes your site load faster. If you are just starting and looking to host a single website, StartUp is good, but I would at least recommend GrowBig.
GrowBig – host unlimited sites and comes with more server resources + priority support. The best value since it’s only $2/month more than StartUp plus you get quite a few extra features.
GoGeek – semi-dedicated hosting which means you get even more server resources which makes your site faster. Comes with staging (so you can create a demo site to test new things before launching (eg. designs or plugins) and comes with more disk space, and a 1-click backup and restoration service where SiteGround will restore your site from an earlier time if needed.
Here’s the full comparison chart…
14. SiteGround Will Migrate You For Free
Fill out a ticket then select “request a website transfer” in the dropdown menu. Provide your details and submit your ticket, then SiteGround will migrate you for free (usually within a day). I have done this with plenty of clients and there has been zero downtime. Makes it quite easy.
15. What People Say About SiteGround (Facebook Threads)
I use SiteGround because:
- They use the latest and fastest speed technology
- People usually see significant load time improvements
- They use PHP 7 (checks yours using Display PHP Version)
- They use HTTP/2 servers (checks yours using HTTP/2 Test)
- They have fast server response times (check yours using PageSpeed Insights)
- They have 1-click Cloudflare activation in their cPanel (view demo)
- SG Optimizer plugin keeps your site updated with latest PHP version
- Average load time is 1.3 but I have 320ms in Pingdom + .5s in GTmetrix with 100% scores (my posts with tons of videos/comments are longer, but still load super fast)
- Ivica runs the WordPress Speed Up Facebook Group and ranks them #1
- They’re the only hosted listed on all 3 WordPress, Joomla, Drupal hosting pages
- Support for WordPress sites/plugins is great (tickets usually answered in <10 min)
- They will migrate you for free
- Automatic daily backups
- Automatic WordPress updates
- Weekly security email notifications
- All plans come with free Let’s Encrypt SSL
- They constantly release new security updates
- I usually get 100% uptimes but 99.99% is guaranteed
- They are super helpful in WordPress-related Facebook Groups
- SiteGround is NOT an EIG company (EIG has a horrible reputation)
- Out of the 50 people I referred to SiteGround in July, not 1 person has cancelled
- Their GrowBig plan is $5.95/month and comes with more server resources, unlimited hosted websites, and even faster support (definitely the best bang for your buck)
- Their semi-dedicated plan comes with 4x more server resources (#1 factor in WP optimization guide) than regular shared hosting and makes your site even faster
- They are consistently #1 in Facebook polls (#1, #2, #3, #4, #5)
- They are consistently #1 in Facebook threads (#1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, #8, #9, #10)
Just to give you an idea of what other people are saying in Facebook Groups, I have included some conversations below. There are plenty of groups if you would like to ask questions yourself: WordPress Hosting, WordPress Help For Beginners, Intermediate WordPress, etc.
Here’s another one…
Conclusion: SiteGround Is The Clear Winner
Just like people say in the Facebook polls, SiteGround is definitely better than iPage. They’re servers are much faster and they clearly listed what type of speed and uptime technology they use, support is better, they have WAY more features in their cPanel, and they put customers over profits. If you have questions or need help choosing a hosting plan, comment and I’ll help.