cloudways vs siteground

SiteGround vs. Cloudways? This is the comparison to see which is the web’s most powerful VPS host.

Both web hosts will be tested for speed, Uptime, pricing, and features and only one will come out on top. It is not an overstatement to say that SiteGround is regarded as one of the best providers when it comes to web hosting. And many people will agree. They have an amazing speed, arguably the best uptime, and security multiplex. Will SiteGround worm its way to the top with its impeccable customer service and reasonable pricing? Or will Cloudways win the day with its much specific approach to VPS hosting?

SiteGround offers shared, WordPress and most hosting types. Cloudways is concerned with providing that best cloud services. They equip PHP developers and novices with the best-managed services for app development. They are in collaboration with many other hosting companies like DigitalOcean, a sister company. At the end of this comparison is the answer to the question lingering on your mind; which web host will be perfect for me? But we won’t only tell you which is suitable for your needs. As is our duty, we will let you know which web host is better. Without further ado, let’s get down to it.

Siteground vs. Cloudways: A Complete Overview

Cloudways was established in 2009, with the intention of providing great hosting services for app developers. SiteGround, founded in 2004, provides all-round services, at great plans, for beginners and creatives alike. SiteGround is based in Sofia, Bulgaria, while Cloudways operates from the island of Malta in Europe. Cloudways was established by Uzair Gadit, Pere Hospital, and Aaqib Gadit. They also have offices in Spain and Dubai. They have 30+ staff members who manage 25,000+ web apps hosted on 12,000+ servers used by 8,000 users from 43 countries.

SiteGround’s army of skilled personnel caters to around 1.5 million domains used by hundreds of thousands of customers worldwide. SiteGround is WordPress’ official website, Cloudways makes the dreams of beginner-level developers everywhere come true.  They do this without sacrificing convenience for control through their managed cloud hosting. When a lot of web hosts were going through an evolution in 2011, Cloudways also re-branded to Cloudways 2.0. A more advanced and more lean company determined to please people more. While some web hosts like DigitalOcean focus on assisting developers and programmers, others like SiteGround treat their customers with baby gloves. Cloudways, in the style of the dialectics, decided to build a middle ground. By catering to professional and advanced developers, and also grooming and simplifying hosting for beginners.

SiteGround made a big impression on the web hosting industry by providing unmatched all-round services out of the gate.  You want speed? SiteGround has it. Uptime, security and unlimited features?  Check. They also have their extra advantage of placing the convenience of their customers above all else. Cloudways’ operation is in two separate phases. First is their futuristic platform for PHP developers. It provides all the needed features for PHP developers to develop, build and deploy their containerized applications.  Second is their ability to create an integral web of cloud services while simultaneously allowing you to manage and control them with ease, from a single console. SiteGround has datacenters in 3 states while Cloudways has in 6.

SiteGround vs. Cloudways comparison. Which deserves to sit with the league of extraordinary web hosts? Let’s find out.

Popularity Comparison

Cloudways is popular among developers, but, perhaps not generally popular enough. Since it was only searched on Google a total of 1,256 times last month.  To put this in perspective, SiteGround is searched on Google on an average of 24,000 times. Someone is either recommending SiteGround to people or their publicity team is not slacking off. Either way, they are way more popular.  Riding on the back of the WordPress stamp is also an additional advantage.  SiteGround is the official website of WordPress, a website script used by over 60,000 site owners.  At this rate, we will wake up one morning, and SiteGround would have become a household name. Being a household name does not equal being the best web host in the market though. The best of the best web host is determined by another test.  The test of performance.

Verdict: When popularity is the contest, I don’t think Cloudways should be in the same ring as SiteGround. SiteGround firmly plants its flag undoubtedly in the hosting ground.

Performance

Ladies, gentlemen, let’s get started. Shall we?

Speed

You probably know how fast Sonic is, but do you know how fast your website host is? Fast websites help developers get their works done in a blink of an eye.

We set up speed tests for Both SiteGround and Cloudways and the results are in. Let’s see which of the two web hosts is slow, and would, in turn, make your website or app deployment slow and of course, which one is faster. Slow sites and customers are like sieve and water. No matter how many times your website shows up in the search result, the traffic will not be converted optimally for revenue.

Pingdom

SiteGround and Cloudways were tested for speed three times and the average was taken. It should excite you to know that both performed optimally in the speed and response tests. SiteGround had an average response time of 348 seconds while Cloudways had an average of 228. The good news is; this will make your site SEO-optimized by making it show up on the first page during searches. This won’t necessarily make that million-dollar customer shop with you though. What will do that? Thanks for asking. It’s the load speed. SiteGround is, by no means, slow.  We thought it could have a chance of winning in load speed even if it had a slightly slower response time.  We thought wrong.  A site hosted by SiteGround, on average, loaded in 1.5 seconds. The same site loaded on Cloudways had a load speed of 745ms. This means SiteGround is fast (definitely one of the fastest), but Cloudways is faster. Aaaand furious!

Bitcacha

Since both web hosts have different servers in various datacenter locations all over the world, we decided to test the speed of each from different locations. Will Cloudways take its flash speed to London? Or will what happened in Los Angeles stay in Los Angeles?

LOCATION           SITEGROUND RESULT                    DIGITALOCEAN RESULT

New York.                           1.7S                                                    1.1S

Sydney                                 2.2S                                            1.3S

Los Angeles                        1.5S                                            745ms

London                                 1.7S                                                     1.5S

Singapore                            6.3S                                                     4.8S

Amsterdam                        3.2S                                                     2.2S

Vancouver                 2.4S                                              1.9S

New Delhi                           2.0S                                                     1.8S

San Francisco           1.6S                                               1.7S

Frankfurt.                   4.5S                                                         1.6S.

As evident in the table above, Cloudways soars high up into the cloud (pun intended) in terms of speed. It is easily faster than 95% of the sites we have reviewed. SiteGround has been the champion of web hosts in terms of speed. That is, until today. It posed great speed especially in 5 states where it performed below 2 seconds for a full-speed load. Cloudways performed better in the other 5 test sites, especially in locations where SiteGround does not have servers. It would be a tie, if not that Cloudways performed excellently in the cities it won. Both SiteGround and Cloudways may be in the 98th percentile in terms of speed, but there are kind of even among kings. Today, Cloudways is the speed king we appoint.

Load Impact

You know that feeling when you and your friends test your new website, and it works pretty fast?  Well, wait until it handles load almost as fast before you get excited. Because it just might not. We tested both web hosts, to see how they would perform under heavy workload and pressure, and now we know which performs best. We sent increasing packets of traffic to sites hosted on both, and this is what we noticed.

When we sent the first ten users to open at once, SiteGround, of course, remained stable.  We continued to increase the packet until it got to 100. SiteGround’s loading speed may have spiked at 50 users and 80 users, but it quickly adjusted and accommodated the increasing traffic. Even up till 100. Cloudways, on the other hand, remained consistent in speed load throughout.

Both web hosts performed well in terms of heavy load handling but one is slightly better.

Cloudways vs. SiteGround: Datacenters and Locations

SiteGround has 5 servers in datacenter locations spread across 3 continents: Chicago, London, Amsterdam, Milan, and Singapore. They also have access to all of CloudFlare’s datacenters.

Both web hosts have the world covered in datacenters. Cloudways has datacenters located in London, San Francisco, Singapore, New York, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Toronto, Seattle, Los Angeles, Chicago. But, the thing is, they didn’t need to set up these servers. Why? Cloudways currently supports five cloud providers; Amazon Web Services (AWS), DigitalOcean, Google Compute Engine (GCE), Linode, and Vultr. Depending on the cloud provider of your choice, you can host your website in datacenters owned by these cloud service providers located in the U.S., Europe, Asia, or South America. In addition, Cloudways uses the StackPath CDN, a global network of 45 datacenters worldwide. Now, we don’t know why, but you may still want more.  In that case, you can install CloudFlare CDN. Yes, the same CDN project adopted by SiteGround. CloudFlare CDN has a far-reaching tentacle of 152 datacenters all over the world. If you have ever heard of the phrase “there is strength in number”, CloudFlare validates this with its lighting fast speed. But, you may need to install it yourself.

Speed Optimization Accesories

Cloudways customers should be happy because they can install Let’s Encrypt SSL certificates through the user interface for free. Of course, SiteGround also gives out free SSL certificates for added speed.  Cloudways also allows you to better protect yourself by getting and installing your own certificates on your sites.

Cloudways also has ThunderStack. A speed mechanism that serves as the foundation of Cloudways platform and all its inclusive web services.  ThunderStack allows software infrastructure to be rooted in Nginx and Apache web servers, MySQL, MariaDB, PHP 7, and several kinds of caching. All applications, therefore, utilize the hyper-fast ThunderStack. They also use Debian Linux 8, optimized for Linux-based hosting, as their operating system. You can be sure of it, Cloudways generates lightning and thunder speed.

Content Delivery Network

SiteGround has covered a lot of ground by partnering with CloudFlare to provide CDN for its customers but Cloudways is not lagging behind in CDN acquisition. Cloudways has its own in-house Cloudways CDN to speed up its customer’s works. This is an amazing achievement, in and of its own,  because creating a CDN system is like getting fire from the gods. Both hosts provide a boost in services with their SSD storage technology.  Saving and retrieving of data has never been faster.

WordPress sites hosted on Cloudways load faster, thanks to Cloudways’ proprietary VMAN technology, which utilizes Varnish, Memcached, Apache, and Nginx to increase site speed. SiteGround also has optimization for WordPress sites using Nginx and caching technology.

Verdict: “Slow and steady wins the race” is a popular saying, but it’s not a phrase you would want associated with your website. There is a web host that stands apart in the cloud of web hosting service providers. It’s called Cloudways.

Uptime

24/7/7 2018 Uptime for Each Month:

MONTH.   SITEGROUND UPTIME         CLOUDWAYS UPTIME

August –                100%                                    100%

September –         100%                                     99.98%

October –               100%                                    100%

November –          99.98%                                  99.98%

December –          100%                                      100%

24/7/7 2019 Uptime for Each Month:

January –               99.98%                                 99.98%

February —             100%                                    100%

March —                  99.99%                                99.99%

April —                    100%                                    100%

May —                     99.99%                                 100%

June —                   100%                                     100%

July —                     100%                                     100%

SiteGround has an average uptime of 99.995% and that slightly (quickly negligently) edges out Cloudways’ 99.994%. Most of the web hosts we test are usually at least 0.05% less than SiteGround in uptime.  That Cloudways keeps your website awake, for virtually the same time as SiteGround, is something that we find surprising. And exciting!

From the results, one thing is clear.  Both web hosts are like a law student before a bar exam. They will keep your website awake without blinking.

Cloudways’ and SiteGround’s 99.9% uptime guarantee compensates users if annual uptime drops from 99.9%. But you won’t be needing it.

Verdict: your website having an extended downtime is a dangerous thing.  In the blink of an eye, you could lose your biggest customer. Luckily, with SiteGround and Cloudways, you won’t need to blink to find out. However, our winner for this round of the contest is SiteGround.

Uptime Winner SiteGround: Your website having an extended downtime is a dangerous thing.  In the blink of an eye, you could lose your biggest customer. Luckily, with SiteGround and Cloudways, you won’t need to blink to find out. However, our winner for this round of the contest is SiteGround.

Security

Both web hosts provide SSD for maximum security. SiteGround has Bot protection that crawls your site for threats, and Cloudways has platform-level firewalls on every server as well as continuous monitoring. We also strongly recommend Cloudways’ two-factor authentication as an alternative. API keys based on OAuth restricts access to the Cloudways’ API.

Get ready for SiteGround’s signature multiple layers defense system that lets you sleep like a baby in his mother’s arms.

Unlike the walls of Troy, if you use SiteGround, even the greatest Trojan horse cannot penetrate your impregnable defense. SiteGround isolates corrupted websites completely, keeping you safe. Both web hosts have optimized WAF (Web Application Firewall) for all your CMSs like Magento, WordPress, and Joomla. WAF protects your website from 99% of all unauthorized login attempts. SiteGround also uses cPanel, which has login security features like IP blacklisting, SpamAssassin, firewall and more. It’s said that you can never be too safe, and you are better safe than sorry.  Well,  SiteGround will never give you a reason to be sorry.  SiteGround, in a proactive attempt, also protects you using SG Site Scanner. Offered by Sucuri.net extension, SiteGround Site Scanner scans the publicly available link of your website to detect malicious activities. That’s right, keep calm. You are safe, even on the outside.

Siteground vs. Cloudways: Backups and Restores

SiteGround’s hosting has automated backups and so does Cloudways. SiteGround’s backups are kept for no more than 30 days. They do not keep your files beyond that, so we advise you to backup somewhere else. Website owners can demand for backup five times on higher plans like GoGeek. This attempt to improve their backup and restore features is limited by a single caveat; you have to pay an extra fee on low-level plans like Startup and GrowBig hosting plans to request for on-demand backup.

Cloudways gives you the chance to set up automatic backups of your cloud server images. You can preset this so that the server backs itself up at intervals.  The interval can be every day, two days, three days or more. The maximum backup frequency though is for a week. For instant backup, unlike in SiteGround, you don’t have to request.  You can easily back up your site or project anytime.

Verdict: With SiteGround, you will be safe from hackers too, assuming you don’t reveal your password to an irresistible lady at the bar. If you, however, prefer backup and restore, Cloudways is better for you. So pure security or advanced backup options?  To be or not to be. It’s a tie.

Ease of Use for Siteground compared to Cloudways

We want to clearly state that both web hosts are great examples of web hosts with beginner-friendly features and set up. SiteGround caters to everyone with its ridiculously low price and cPanel. Cloudways was created to fill the void left by DigitalOcean, a hosting provider that could care less about beginners.

Is it easy to set up an account and get started?

SiteGround can get you started on any hosting plan.  Cloudways makes use of DigitalOcean services through their partnership. Unlike DigitalOcean though, Cloudways is fully managed for you. This is why they handle the server setup and maintenance on your selected provider (I.e. DigitalOcean, AWS, Google, Amazon, etc.) for a very small pay-per-use extra fees.  They also walk you through their console setup and application deployment very fast. We have noticed that their console set up is even faster than DigitalOcean’s droplets setup.

Do they offer a free domain to make life easier when registering to launch a website?

On Cloudways, you have to purchase domain before they help you link it to your web applications. You can subsequently add domains and subdomains.  SiteGround offers affordable domain registrations for both the most popular TLDs and ccTLDs! Domain prices for SiteGround starts from $15.95. Both web hosts provide free DNS management, but SiteGround offers free ID protection options, free domain theft protection, etc.

Do they have a website builder that assists you in easily launching your website?

In the website building department, Cloudways assist, but not as much as SiteGround.  SiteGround comes with Weebly, which is just perfect for web building.  SiteGround’s cPanel allows you to quickly build websites with its dozen or so 1-click installers and drag-and-drop tools. Installers website scripts like WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal will probably get easier with the advancement in techniques. For now, it doesn’t get more convenient than this. The resident Cloudways custom server management application is Click&Go Cloud console and it lives up to its name. With its cutting-edge tools, it allows you to configure basic settings, monitor server resources, etc. Click&Go supports and assists in managing web applications e.g. WordPress, Joomla, Drupal Magento, Prestashop, and WooCommerce, etc. It also allows you to adjust server resources to fit traffic requirements at any time.

Do they offer channel? Do they offer 1 click WordPress installs?

Once again, cPanel comes to SiteGround’s rescue. This time with the Softaculous 1-click installer. SiteGround has advanced and easy to use one-click installers of its own. Applications that come with SiteGround’s cPanelz like Magento, can also be installed on Cloudways with a single click. You can even install DigitalOcean WordPress with a single click. With Cloudways, you can deploy a new site for your server through one click. Server backup? One-click. With one click to create them all, they really are determined to make your life a whole lot easier.

Migrations

For first-timers, Cloudways allows a free site migration to its cloud platform for the first time. Any additional migrations will attract a fee depending on the website app type. SiteGround isn’t much better in this case. You have one free site migration for their two higher plans. Any additional migration on these two plans or on the basic StartUp plan incurs a fee of $30.

Website Staging

Do you like to preview your works before live production?  Well, you are in luck because both web hosts have just the right things for that. Cloudways grants you staging feature for all websites to be tested. Benevolent, yes, we know. SiteGround’s staging feature is available for WordPress websites. Both websites allow you to create a copy of your live site on a separate, staging environment with a single click. You can test new codes, designs and create website love copies with a single click. SiteGround even creates a backup of your site just before pushing your changes to live production. In the real world, there are no do-overs. But now, you can correct WordPress mistakes with SiteGround.

Exclusive Convenience Features

Both web hosts have Git-support for a more hands-on approach. If you need additional infrastructure from one of Cloudways’ third-party services, it’s a features buffet.  You can use as many as you can afford from one account.

Verdict: Cloudways may be for beginners, but it’s for beginner-level developers.  SiteGround is for everyone, even those hearing about web hosting for the first time. SiteGround wins.

Cloudways vs. Siteground: Customer Support and Reliability

Both SiteGround and Cloudways allow phone, email, and chat, as a means to contact customer service. SiteGround also offers the ticket support system. Getting much-needed help has never been easier. This is only normal since SiteGround is reported to have a more rigorous recruitment and training process which enables their customer care to solve your problems faster than you can scream help!

Proactive Support

I have personally experienced situations where SiteGround goes out of the way to comment on the complaints of clients even without even being tagged. This proactive attitude to support makes them unmatched in customer satisfaction, and brand protection support, in the global hosting ground. And this proactive nature even extends to problems that were caused by no fault of theirs, or those covered in their terms and conditions.

Knowledgebase

Answers to billing, sales, or technical queries are available on both hosts’ support pages. knowledgebase also includes hundreds of tutorials, articles and answered FAQs that will make your hosting experience way walk in the park. SiteGround also seems to pay more attention to details, like making tutorials easier to find, and arranging their knowledgebase, so that it becomes extremely easy to navigate for beginners.

Verdict: Both web hosts offer solid support. If web hosts are judged by how supportive they are, SiteGround is easily the best.

Plans & Pricing

Cloudways does not offer shared or reseller hosting.

Shared Hosting

SiteGround shared hosting prices:

The StartUp plan: $3.95 per month, can host one website. It can handle up to 10,000 unique visits per month, and it comes with Essential database and Email offers.

Essential database:

DB Size: 500 MB || DB Table Size: 250 MB || DB Queries: Up to 10% of Server Resources.

Essential Email offers:

Mailbox Size: 2000 MB || Email Sends per Hour: 400 || Recipients per Email: 40 || Attachment Size: 50 MB || Emails Received per Minute: 20 || Undelivered Mail Retry Time: 11 Hrs.

The GrowBig plan: $5.95 per month and can host multiple websites. It also comes with a free SSL Wildcard for 1 year, all 3-levels of the SuperCacher, and staging environments for both WordPress and Joomla. It comes with premium database and Email offers.

Premium database:

DB Size: 750 MB || DB Table Size: 250 MB || DB Queries: Up to 10% of Server Resources.

Premium Email offers:

Mailbox Size: 4000 MB || Email Sends per Hour: 400 || Recipients per Email: 40 || Attachment Size: 50 MB || Emails Received per Minute: 20 || Undelivered Mail Retry Time: 11 Hrs.

Their GoGeek plan: $11.95 per month and can host unlimited websites. It has 30GB of space for up to 100,000 visits per month. Enjoy priority support, PCI compliance, and one-click Git repo creation. It comes with geeky database and Email offers.

Geeky database:

DB Size: 1000 MB || DB Table Size: 500 MB || DB Queries: Up to 30% of Server Resources. ||

Geeky Email offers:

Mailbox Size: 6000 MB || Email Sends per Hour: 800 || Recipients per Email: 80 || Attachment Size: 50 MB || Emails Received per Minute: 20 || Undelivered Mail Retry Time: 11 Hrs.

It should be noted that all SiteGround shared hosting plans have 24/7 client support, free CloudFlare CDN, free Let’s Encrypt SSL, free daily backups and restore.

PHP Users

SiteGround offers multiple PHP versions at a cheap cost of $1. Their unique server setup that allows each customer to choose among multiple versions of PHP to use for their account. This allows customers to use multiple applications on a single account, even if they require different PHP versions. Multiple gallery and PHP libraries, PHP encoders are supported e.g. GD library, ImageMagick, CURL, Zlib, Zend Optimizer, ionCube, SourceGuardian, Mod_rewrite, .htaccess, Smarty Templates, php.ini.

Cloudways is a whole ball game on its own in PHP services, seeing as its one of its primary purposes. It supports all forms of PHP and provides all the necessary features needed to develop PHP apps. They have PHP-7 ready servers and allow the containerized deployment of PHP and PHP CMS apps.

WordPress Hosting.

Both web hosts support WordPress hosting. Honestly, who doesn’t?  SiteGround helps you install WordPress, and automatically updates it, together with all its plugins regularly. You can get WordPress on Cloudways console, through the DigitalOcean WordPress one-click installer.

Cloud/VPS Hosting

Apart from PHP, cloud/VPS hosting is another of Cloudways’ areas of expertise. Affordable, pay-as-you-go pricing: the pricing is also cheap barely above what SiteGround charges. Cloudways uses a post billing system. The money you pay in the first week of every month is for services you used in the month before. Talk about an unusual and appreciated money-back-guarantee policy.  You can pay via Paypal, MasterCard, Visa, and American Express.

Below are the most popular Cloudways hosting plans:

DO1GB             DO2GB                 DO4GB

Disk Space               25GB          50GB                    80GB

Bandwidth.         1TB                      2TB                    4TB

Price                  $10 / mo  $22 / mo              $42 / mo

In the control panel on your console, you can check your resource usage and bill anytime. It also provides an estimate of how much you’ll need to pay on your next invoice.

This table compares Cloudways’ pricing to other popular cloud hosts.

Cloudways.  LiquidWeb    Hostwinds DigitalOcean Vultr

vCPU Cores                       2.                             2.                            2.                            2.            2

RAM.                                     4 GB.                     2 GB.                     4 GB.     4 GB.    4 GB

Storage                                    80 GB                         40GB.           75GB        80GB                  80GB

Bandwidth.                         1 TB                  10 TB                   2 TB                    4 GB       3 GB

Price.                         $42.00                      $59.00.           $18.99   $20.00   $20.00

Before server configuration on Cloudways, you will be asked to choose from 5(majorly) service cloud/web service providers on the Cloudways console. A cloud provider basically offers access to datacenters and cloud-based servers for hosting websites. Imagine your PlayStation, that’s Cloudways. These other providers are the games you play on it. We don’t think it’ll be as fun as “Last of Us” though.

Since Cloudways is a console-based platform that integrates other web service providers. We felt we should tell you about these other cloud providers since you will be paying them, if you use their services too.

  • Amazon Web Services, Google Compute Engine, Kyup, Linode.
  • HostWinds: Pretty much like Cloudways, but they accept bitcoins.
  • DigitalOcean:  in partnership with Cloudways for years now, they share a lot of similarities, although it is geared towards advanced developers more.  It’s also cheaper.
  • Vultr: offers root access, which Cloudways does not.

SiteGround has four cloud hosting plans with increasing price and sophistication: Entry, Business, Business Plus, and Super power. All of them provide 5 TB of monthly data transfer, and even the basic Entry plan is very powerful, as seen below:

  • The Entry plan comes with 24GB CPU Cores, 40GB RAM at $80.00 disk price.
  • The business plan comes with 36GB CPU Cores, 60GB RAM at $120.00 disk price.
  • The Business Plus plan comes with 48GB CPU Cores, 80GB RAM at $1600.00 disk price.
  • The Super Power plan comes with 810GB CPU Cores, 120GB RAM at $240.00 disk price.

Reseller Hosting

There is a complicated credit and discount reseller hosting system on SiteGround. Cloudways has an affiliate program that allows you to earn by partially replacing reseller. With either of their two warning structures: “Slab” or “Hybrid,” you can earn more than $5,000 a month. Cloudways will provide you with banners for your website, affiliate links, exclusive deals for promotion, and seasonal campaigns. They even help you learn about this program through resource guides and handlers.

As a tech or website design freelancer, blogger or design agent, you should make use of the affiliate program which comes in two structures:

THE “HYBRID” COMMISSION STRUCTURE

For 1- 5 customers, you earn an initial fee of $30 with a 7% recurring rate and you eat $164 month. This, of course, increases, as your customers increase:

6 –  20   $30         7%          $642

21 – 45  $30            7%       $1,445

46 – 80  $30            7%       $2,568

Dedicated Server Hosting

SiteGround can accommodate two types of website owners that demand high-end hosting: dedicated and custom-built server users. They have three plans for them: Entry, Power, Super Power and enterprise hosting (where you basically contact them and tell them all that you need). Entry, Power and Super Power all have 10TB of bandwidth per month and run on Xeon processors. Cloudways does not offer shared hosting but you can use DigitalOcean’s dedicated hosting plans from your console.

eCommerce Hosting

Cloudways supports e-commerce and Magento. SiteGroubd supports woo-commerce and other CMS.

Scalability

With Cloudways’ pay-as-you-go system, the sky is the starting point for small businesses with the potential to grow.

Hidden Fees

Cloudways may ask you to pay for every feature you point to, but at least they are transparent about this. SiteGround has no such virtue.

SiteGround’s Domain prices start from $15.95 but you can try their shared hosting plan for just a month. When you choose to sign up for a month, SiteGround will require you to pay a setup fee of $14.95. They also charge $30 for subsequent site migrations after the first.

Extra Features

Cloudways offers the following as extras:

  • Vertical scaling of servers.
  • Staging area for testing websites.
  • Support for Multiple PHP versions.
  • Free Cloud CDN and HTTPS support.
  • Git integration for instant deployment.
  • One-click stop for applications and servers.
  • Folder-like structure for managing multiple projects.
  • It allows you to start, share and work on projects with individuals and teams.
  • Limited applications supported: Cloudways dream come true if you’re hosting a common CMS (like a WordPress site), but if you’re creating a custom app in Python, JavaScript, Ruby, etc., you won’t enjoy Cloudways at all.

SitGround offers:

  • Free Cloudflare CDN.
  • Free FTP, and SFTP.
  • Unlimited sub and packed domains.
  • Av free WordPress Migration Plugin.
  • SiteGround has the Weebly Site builder.
  • SiteGround has HTTP2 /enabled servers.
  • SiteGround is optimized for WordPress and Joomla.
  • Unlimited number of MySQL & PostgreSQL databases.
  • Transfer of site to other SiteGround clients.
  • White-Label hosting and client management for higher plans.

SiteGround supports Mod_perl, Plexum, HTMLDoc, PDFLib, MS SQL or ColdFusion.

SiteGround’s 99.9% uptime guarantee compensates users with one free month of hosting if annual uptime drops from 99.9%. But you won’t need it.

It offers free and easy installation of a shopping cart of your choice, such as Magento, osCommerce, PrestaShop and more.

On your account, you can also use multiple galleries and PHP libraries, PHP encoders and other technologies like GD library, ImageMagick, CURL, Zlib, Zend Optimizer, ionCube, SourceGuardian, Mod_rewrite, .htaccess, Smarty Templates, php.ini.

Many more technologies supported.

They sponsor and send employees to hosting events like Word Camp.

Cloudways offer:

  • A 30-day free trial is available.
  • Host unlimited sites.
  • Automatic site backups.
  • Pay-as-you-go pricing system.
  • WordPress is easy to get started with.
  • You get a 10-in1 deal with the various other cloud hosting providers in Cloudways’ console.
  • You can pay via Paypal, MasterCard, Visa, and American Express.

Recap:

Monthly Price:

Cloudways starts from $10.00 per month, SiteGround starts from $3.95 per month.

Unlimited Data Transfer:

Cloudways: No (From 1TB). SiteGround: Yes.

Unlimited Data Storage:

Cloudways: No (From 20GB). SiteGround: No (10GB – 30GB).

Unlimited Emails:

Cloudways: No. SiteGround: Yes.

Host Multiple Domains:

Cloudways: Yes. SiteGround: Yes (Except on StartUp plan).

Hosting Controlpanel / Interface:

Cloudways: Interface. SiteGround: cPanel.

Server Uptime Guarantee:

Cloudways: 99.994%. SiteGround: 99.995%

Money-Back Guarantee:

Cloudways: 3 Days Free Trial. SiteGround: 30 Days.

Dedicated Hosting Available:

Cloudways: No (only Cloud available). SiteGround: Yes.

Siteground vs. Cloudways: Our Pick

This obviously seems like an unfair fight.  With SiteGround being an all-rounder and Cloudways burying its head in the VPS cloud, it may be hard to find a clear winner. Not to mention, both of them aggressively compete in every category. Cloudways has superior speed, SiteGround edges out in Uptime. Cloudways has better VPS, but SiteGround has a host of other plans. Cloudways has multilayered security, Cloudways has the ultimate backup and restore feature. While SiteGround is more expensive in the VPS hosting category that both web hosts share, customers have the chance of going for cheaper plans like those of shared hosting.

SiteGround’s customer support and reliability, as well as their ease of use for beginners, end up winning them this contest. We can only hope that their support keeps it up. SiteGround vs. Cloudways? The ground remains more solid.

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As a programmer and a geek, Scott always had a passion for servers. This passion has eventually led him to a deep dive into the hosting world for the past few years. Now he shares all the accumulated knowledge with all of our readers through detailed reviews, comparisons, and guides. His only purpose is to help users make the right choice for their websites, with no exceptions.
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