Siteground GoGeek VS WPengine Growth

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SiteGround GoGeek VS WPEngine Growth?

Hi all, I’m new here. Plenty of things I’d like to do to improve my site and I will ask details here in the future….but for now, my big priority is choosing and moving to a new host!! After stacks of research, I’m currently tossing up between.

Does anyone else have their Australian-based WooCommerce site hosted on either the ‘GoGeek’ plan with Siteground or the ‘Growth’ plan with WPEngine. I am also using Elementor Page Builder

If so, would you mind dropping the link below (and who/what plan you’re on)? I’d love to be able to compare similar sites in a similar location for speed/load time to get an idea of how mine might run.

There are some differences in service/what’s provided but they mostly seem very similar to each other…the biggest difference is cost. I’m ok with paying more if it’s worth it, but it’s quite a jump for me so I want to be sure.
Thanks in advance

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Ali Akkas 1 year 10 Answers 333 views 0

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  1. I recommend SiteGround Pricing plan GoGeek as hosting and I love it because:

    • Support is fast and high quality (they also got rewards for their Support) – 24/7/365
    • Infrastructure is modern and they invest in it all the time to improve it more and more (recently they started to move all the sites to Google Cloud in order that sites are even faster) and increase their servers’ CPUs speed for 40%
    • I trust them to stay in the business a long, long time more as they are in this since 2003. – they currently service about 3 mil sites worldwide
    • They are highly secured, one of the most secured ones on the market with their effective anti-bot AI system
    • Their servers are optimized for performance, so you will get the chance to rank better
    • Being not cheap, spammers are kept away from their IPs. That means you will have better rankings and will you avoid mail landing into spam issues. Namely, most of the cheap hosting providers are usually used by spammers and therefore their IPs are usually blacklisted.

    In short, SiteGround WordPress hosting is good, and the support is extra good especially for beginner website owners. But the plan limits are low, and the renewal pricing goes up a lot. That can be worth it for non-technical people who need/use the support.

    PS: After initial discount period you can discuss with them discounts for the further period.

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    Kinsta is expensive but they do they know how to run support! We use them extensively. We also use KnownHost extensively and their uptime, hardware setup, and support are great too!

  2. I used SiteGround for about 2 years and moved out about a year ago. Support was always good for me. The reasons I moved away from SiteGround:

    • Inodes issue:  they have strict limits on the number of Inodes you use. The bigger your site the more Inodes you’ll use per site. So I ended up exhausting the Inodes on my GoGeek plan with just 10 sites. So even when I was far from using up my allocated bandwidth, I had to upgrade because of too many Inodes.
    • Not totally managed hosting:  if you happen to exceed your CPU usage, they’ll first ask you to upgrade without suggesting solutions. This is how I went from plan to plan. Later I discovered my CPU usage was caused by bots. So I had to spend time to reduce these attacks, which brought my CPU usage down significantly. But why don’t they suggest doing this in the first place? I wouldn’t call this managed hosting 100%.

     

    Even with the worst hosts, I’ve never had to deal with either issue.

    I couldn’t imagine having to move to an $80 pm plan simply for having too many inodes. So I switched to Cloudways, then switched to Gridpane with HF Vultr. Pretty satisfied so far! My Web speed has gone up and so have my leads!

  3. I’ve never been on Siteground personally, but worked on a lot of sites hosted with them. The more I work on sites on their hosting the less impressed with them I become, lol.

    With the 100k visitors a month they talk about just be aware that it’s not a guaranteed thing. One site I moved from Siteground was lucky to get 200 visitors a day and Siteground was trying to talk them into a VPS, which was completely unnecessary for a site of that size.

    WPEngine is Managed WordPress Hosting has tons of other benefits including a Global CDN, Real Expert Support.

    Also take a look at Siteground or Bluehost

     

  4. if you have enough clients and are technical enough you should consider running your own dedicated server as you can do what you want with it and it is far cheaper to run. My server is just as good if not better than WP Engine at 100th of the price. It is however not for the faint-hearted.

  5. I use both WPEngine and SiteGround and like them both for different reasons. It took a while to get comfortable with WPEngine since it doesn’t have a cPanel. I think the front line support techs at WPEngine are at a higher level then SiteGround but both will push or escalate the issue if needed. WPE is more “integrated” in terms of their CDN (MaxCDN) then SG is with Free Cloudflare CDN particularly if you prefer a non-www domain and need to make Cloudflare you nameserver. WPE’s built-in backup and recovery system as well as staging implementation is much easier than SG’s. If you have a new or low traffic site and limited funds SG is great. If you have more funds and maybe an eCommerce site go with WPE or start with SG and migrate to WPE later. Https setup is similar on both but more integrated with CDN on WPE as you would expect particularly if Cloudflare is your nameservers for SG.

  6. I like site ground, but I also come from a IT/server management background. I used to do server management from ssh. So I like the same technology stack with greater control over implementation. I also subcontract for an agency that used the dedicated / enterprise WP Engine hosting. It’s nice, but if you do anything beyond core WordPress, which I have, then it’s a gamble whether the WP engine will support it or not. And a core bit of my web business is supporting / hosting/management.

  7. Gotta say I’m a huge WP Engine fan. Their incredibly robust and easy to use WordPress backup and restore system eliminates the fear of crashing your site by adding the wrong plugin. Make a mistake? 15 seconds later your site is good as new. I give 5* for wpengine review.

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    Siteground seems to have great support, going well with it at the moment. Flywheel is another option I ve considered but a bit more expensive.

  8. Hi, Last year I worked remotely in a Australian webdev agency. Most of their clients were smb and they used local hosting companies. WPengine uses Google cloud and aws data centers. So, they have datacentes in Australia. Siteground is a good company. Their support team is great but they don’t have any datacenters in Australia.

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