Siteground vs DigitalOcean 2019

SiteGround vs. DigitalOcean, you asked for it, and you got it—granted, we wanted to make them go head to head anyway. With the way new web hosting service providers pop up every day, we felt obligated to help you select the one that best suits you. Both web hosts have been known to cater for developers and their hosting needs. DigitalOcean is a leading host in unmanaged SSD servers and VPS hosting. They grant their customers total freedom and complete control of their hosting services. SiteGround, the web most that came out of nowhere and took the world by surprise with their world-class customer support and reliability. Can DigitalOceans’s developers-oriented services outmatch SiteGround’s all-round web hosting service delivery? There is only one way to find out. We tested both web hosts for performance, ease of use and pricing in relation to value for your money. One web host impressed us, the other, not so much.

Siteground vs. DigitalOcean: A Complete Overview

DigitalOcean is a pretty decent web host for developers. Its first server, launched in 2011, put it on the map in a big way. As an American hosting company, DigitalOcean does not market itself as a beginner-friendly web host, rather it promises and delivers to boost the work processes of developers and creatives in the most convenient way possible. SiteGround, on the other hand, is a web host that has plans for beginners and developers alike. Founded in 2004, by three friends in Bulgaria where they have a head office. The hosting world has been forever changed by the performance splash that SiteGround continues to make. SiteGround is WordPress’ official web host. DigitalOcean has its head office in New York City, where it has three servers and over 500,000 customers worldwide. DigitalOcean is funded by Andreessen Horowitz, IA Ventures, Techstars, and Crunchfund.

It is usually tricky to make two web hosts that have their strengths in different areas go head-to-head like this, but we have found a way.

Popularity Comparison

Which host is more popular?

DigitalOcean was stated by Netcraft to be one of the fastest-growing web hosts in the world.  In the following year, they also considered DigitalOcean to be the third-largest web hosting service provider in the world. SiteGround is goggled by roughly 30,000 people every month. That number beats DigitalOcean’s 5,000 Google Searches. SiteGround’s a million-plus customers also beats the half a million posed by DigitalOcean. This makes sense since SiteGround is beginner-friendly and it accommodates amateurs. DigitalOcean, on the other hand, is for coders, developers, and programmers. It also does not offer any feature like domain or even the ability to choose a domain name, both of which will be needed by beginners. Finally, although DigitalOcean allows you to upgrade and downgrade depending on your hosting type, they are still more expensive than many VPS web hosts.

Verdict: SiteGround is obviously the winner of the popularity contest. This is further influenced by WordPress certifying it as their golden boy and flag-bearer.

Performance

Done properly, a web host should be capable of making your website load at breath-taking speed as well as keeping your website active 24/7/365, done properly. Your website should not blink, sleep or slowdown when users try to access it. This is why we compare web hosts to see which has great speed and even greater uptime.

Speed

‘Good” and “quick” seldom meet, but in terms of web hosting, they must. SiteGround or DigitalOcean, which of these two web hosts is the flash and which is a slug? Hint: check what our speed test shows. We set up a speed test of three parts to test the response time and site speed or load time of the two web hosts. Pingdom test, Bitcacha test, and Load impact test.

For the Pingdom speed test, we set up dummy websites with no load to figure out the pure speed of each web host. We tested the websites from the same location. The websites hosted on both web hosts were created the same way and they had the same content.

Here are the results:

Pingdom Speed Test Result:

SiteGround has an average speed of 321 while DigitalOcean has 345. Very good numbers, if you ask me. This number comfortably puts both web hosts in the 95th percentile in terms of speed. SiteGround is ahead, but not so much that it is significant.

One thing is for sure when it comes to SiteGround and DigitalOcean, speed can not be the reason that people will change from one to the other.

Bitcacha Response Time Test

This is the most precise way to calculate the exact difference in the speed of both web hosts. Two web hosts, same website, same geographical area as hosting companies’ servers.

Which hosting is faster around the world? We made them go head to head in this table.

LOCATION           SITEGROUND RESULT                    DIGITALOCEAN RESULT

New York.                           94ms                                                 102ms

Sydney                                 241ms                                            542ms

Karnataka                            1.5S                                                 247ms

London                                 74ms                                                  86ms

Singapore                            684ms                                            630ms

Amsterdam                        409ms                                            662ms

Vancouver                    537ms                                                  695ms

New Delhi                           290ms                                            607ms

Ottawa                                 644ms                                            240ms

Berlin                                    705ms                                            357ms.

We analyzed the test results below:

SiteGround outperformed DigitalOcean mostly except in Singapore. SiteGround and DigitalOcean performed quite well in the speed test. SiteGround has average speed of 501 and was faster in 6 of our test sites. DigitalOcean also has great raw speed and it obviously performed better than SiteGround in places like Germany, India, and Canada. With an average speed of 533, and beating SiteGround in 4 test sites out of 10, DigitalOcean is a big contender of the speed award.

The datacenters advantage really shows here as DigitalOcean has more servers than SiteGround around the world. From the average speed calculated, DigitalOcean’s speed is not to be trifled with and it falls conveniently in the 90th percentile of the speeds we have tested. Thanks to their numerous datacenters.  SiteGround’s speed also falls in the 90th percentile and it clearly performed better in places where both web hosts have a server.

Bitcacha rates SiteGround C+ and DigitalOcean D.

Load Impact High Traffic Test

It is good to know the pure speed of your web host as well as speed from various servers across the world. But what happens when there is peak traffic? This is why the Load Impact test is important. We tested the site with 100 different visitors at a time to see how they would hold under heavy traffic and now we know.

[Here insert a chart showing both we hosts spiked a bit but remained mostly consistent with 100 users.]

The green line represents page load time and the blue line represents the number of users on the site. As you can see, the SiteGround test site performed really well up to 100 users, it spiked a bit, but we are OK with that. This is also the same with DigitalOcean This shows that if you plan to do flash sales on your website,  you can use any of the two web hosts.

Siteground vs DigitalOcean: Datacenters and Locations

DigitalOcean has the highest number of datacenters out of all the web hosts we have tested. They have 12 datacenters in various places around the world. Sometimes, three in a single city,  depending on how many customers they have in that city.

AMS2    Amsterdam, Netherlands.

AMS3    Amsterdam, Netherlands.

BLR1      Bangalore, India.

FRA1      Frankfurt, Germany.

LON1     London, UK.

NYC1     New York, USA.

NYC2     New York, USA

NYC3     New York, USA

SFO1      San Francisco, USA

SFO2      San Francisco, USA

SGP1     Singapore

TOR1     Toronto, Canada.

SiteGround has 5 servers in four cities across three continents. They allow you to choose any of the following locations as your server: Singapore, Chicago (USA), Milan (Italy), Amsterdam (the Netherlands) and London (UK).

Speed Optimization Accesories

Since March, SiteGround has incorporated Quic on their servers, the newest protocol that makes it possible for websites to load fast even with a slow internet connection. Both web hosts use fast SSD disks, but DigitalOcean has further polished its SSD for even greater speed. They are SSD-service focused after all.

In addition, SiteGround has the following speed optimized that is noticeably absent in DigitalOcean: Nginx web server, SuperCacher, CloudFlare CDN and HHVM.

Verdict: SiteGround is slightly faster overall, but for those living in countries like India, DigitalOcean will be their best bet. Not to mention DigitalOcean has a better SSD implementation as one of its primary focus. Your need for speed will be met by both web hosts. It’s a tie.

Uptime

All the speed and popularity in the world won’t count for much if your website is in downtime. With our basic plan, we tested both SiteGround and DigitalOcean for speed and you need to see what we discovered.

24/7/7 2018 Uptime for Each Month:

MONTH.   SITEGROUND UPTIME          DIGITALOCEAN UPTIME

August –                100%                                    100%

September –         100%                                     99.4%

October –               100%                                    100%

November –          99.98%                                  100%

December –          100%                                      100%

24/7/7 2019 Uptime for Each Month:

January –               99.98%                                 99.98%

February —             100%                                    100%

March —                  99.99%                                100%

April —                    100%                                    100%

May —                     99.99%                                100%

June —                   100%                                    99.96%

July —                     100%                                    99.99%

As you can see from the reading, both web hosts maintain very consistent and great uptime. January seemed to be a tough time for both web hosts. SiteGround started very well while DigitalOcean fumbled a little in September, but apart from that, they both performed very well. SiteGround only had less than 100% on 4 occasions, same with DigitalOcean.

On average, SiteGround has 99.995% for the 12 months while DigitalOcean had 99.989. This is good enough, and they didn’t have to refund, us since they didn’t perform below 99%. Sadly, this means that,  although DigitalOcean is not bad, they need to stay awake more to find ways of increasing their uptime percentage.

Extra Features for Uptime

Most of the time,  the uptime generated by a particular web hosting provider is due to a host of reasons. From the way their servers are built to the level of monitoring they allocate to servers, as well as the proactive plans they put in place to rectify issues immediately they occur to arrest any downtime. SiteGround’s servers are made from special Linux containers by professionals, and it is equally monitored and managed by an array of skilled personnel. We don’t know how DigitalOcean’s servers are built but we do know they are monitored 24/7.

Verdict: DigitalOcean does not have a bad uptime, by web host standards. SiteGround is just not a typical web host.  SiteGround wins this round.  Up, up and away.

Security

You may take risks in life,  but when it comes to choosing web hosts,  it is better to be safe than sorry. DigitalOcean makes use of end-to-end encryption to secure your database. Both your stored and transferred data are encrypted so they are not corrupted or hacked. Since they cater to big companies and developers,  they are experts in preventing cooperate espionage through hacking. They protect your account’s private network which contains your databases by isolating communication at the account or team level. You may even need to white list some information sources if you want them to allow data into your account through these specific sources. Fortunately, SiteGround brings it’s best to the security challenge. It is perhaps the single web host with the highest number of security features. With layers and layers of security and hack defenses, their customers will not lack protection. It can be argued that DigitalOcean does not need layers of security since they take their security seriously to the point of being aggressive.

Stricter Security

A lot of customers have complained about being locked out of their own accounts for days. Some even believe that what DigitalOcean provides is security for their own servers and not necessarily customer security. We believe the two go hand in hand. But, when customers complain that their accounts are blocked because DigitalOcean supposedly noticed suspicious activities, we have to wonder where the line should be drawn. If you want added security for your account,  you have to do some coding by yourself,  not to mention DigitalOcean does not come with pre-installed cPanel and all the protection that comes with it.  In fact,  you have to pay a third party if you want the cPanel. SiteGround differs,  in that they come have cPanel pre-installed, and they have the SG site scanner. In collaboration surgery SUCURI.NET, SiteGround uses the SG site scanner to thoroughly analyze your account, and detect threats.

There is more…

It gets better,  SiteGround also has a web redundancy system and web Application Firewall (WAF) which are dedicated to protecting you, your websites and your business. Just when you think you are secure,  they go the extra mile by partnering with 1H to bring you the powerful Guardian. Guardian adds to the multiple layers of defense by working authority advanced isolation mechanisms and proactive monitoring tools to arrest threats in 0.5seconds. With that threat apprehension speed, your cPanel security will never even be tested. As part of their security policy, when a hacker activity is detected on a client’s account, they suspend access to the compromised files to stop it from spreading and affecting other users. The icing on the cake is the extra security provided by CloudFlare, the project that also grants them CDN access.  They also provide Let’s Encrypt SSL certificates, DDoS and malware protection in every plan. The SSL that comes authority their GoGeek is also PCI-compliant, to allow you to sell online and incorporate credit card payment.

Money-Back Guarantee Policy

Siteground offers 30 days money-back guarantee but DigitalOcean does not need this. With DigitalOcean, you only pay for the services, machines and hours you use. So if are ever uncomfortable with their services, you can stop. Anytime.

Both SiteGround and DigitalOcean make use of the SSD. DigitalOcean maintains multiple security and compliance certifications including those for the EU-U.S. and Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield and PCI-DSS.

Backup and Restores for SiteGroudn and DigitalOcean

For SiteGround customers, Christmas came early when SiteGround provided backup and staging features to their lower shared hosting plans and improved the support for GoGeek and higher plans for their 15th anniversary.

DigitalOcean’s automatic backup is provided at 20% of the droplet plan.

Verdict: DigitalOcean maintains great security with in-house tools and SSD. SiteGround has tons of measures to secure your account, and the real win here is that they provide this invulnerable fortress without slowing down their speed. Not bad for a company that started in a dorm room.

Ease of Use for Siteground compared to DigitalOcean

Let’s make this clear now.  DigitalOcean is not for beginners.  If you are looking for a web host that will treat you with baby gloves, go for SiteGround or any other web host with beginner-friendly dashboard and features.

DigitalOcean does not have cPanel, so website building is a chore. If you do want to install cPanel,  you have to know how to code and pay third parties ($15 – $20). Monthly! SiteGround, in contrast, comes with a superb cPanel that has been polished so it meets the needs of beginners and developers alike. DigitalOcean’s alternative to cPanel is many of the third-party dashboards like a Centos droplet along with the Centos Web Panel which is free, convenient and informative. You just have to set it up first and to do that, you need a developer.

To our disappointment, we noticed DigitalOcean does not even have CDN that comes with most web hosts,  if you want some extra boost,  you have to take matters into your hands.  In DigitalOcean’s defense, they never masqueraded as a beginner-friendly web hosting service provider. We just wish they would make their decent service available to everyday site owners.

Migration and Staging

If you think SiteGround is stingy by only providing free migration for their higher plans, wait till you see what DigitalOcean does. They do not give free migration at all no matter what plan you start with. The only type of migration they provide is that of your project into the cloud.  We deduce that they are not in the business of appealing to the majority. SiteGround provides free and easy staging for WordPress site owners. It allows you to create a copy of your live site on a separate, staging environment with a single click. You can test any new code and designs on the staging copy before you push those changes to the production site. The live production of staging is done with a single click, and a backup of your site is immediately created. Just in case you made a mistake. For a developer, DigitalOcean’s staging area is heaven, for beginners, it’s hell.

Verdict: we pity beginners that find themselves at the mercy of DigitalOcean. We can’t even imagine the frustration. SiteGround owns beginners and that should not even be argued.

DigitalOcean vs. Siteground: Customer Support and Reliability

It’s no secret that SiteGround has the best customer support in the business. Their customer is fast,  reliable,  proactive and eager to help. With DigitalOcean, the reverse is the case.  We have scoured the internet and we saw many comments about DigitalOcean’s prolific bad customer support, but we didn’t believe it so we tested them ourselves.

They do not have a phone option,  so you can only contact them through email or ticketing. We tried both and the response is not good. We filled their customer support form and it’s buggy,  we haven’t gotten a response till today and we don’t know if we ever will. It also takes them days to respond to emails.  Thank God our account wasn’t blocked or hacked or worse,  mistakenly deleted without backup.

When you get a customer support message like this: “We have reviewed your account and have declined to activate it. No further information or action is required from you.” you wonder if it’s a human on the other end or a robot.

Knowledgebase

DigitalOcean has a decent knowledge base with tutorials that explain how to run and customize your cloud. SiteGround makes its knowledgebase more accessible and self-explanatory though.

Verdict: with the attitude that DigitalOcean handles support,  you will be convinced that they are more focused on making their services suit the developers that know what they are doing. But you also wonder if their customer service can be called a “support” at all.

Plans & Pricing

We compare their offers and prices.

Cloud/VPS Hosting

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.

DigitalOcean.

DigitalOcean offers tailor-made plans for specific purposes and needs. DigitalOcean refers to servers as Droplets (touche). In addition, they also have Kubernetes, load balancer, spaces, and storage.

DigitalOcean’s Droplets

The most popular defaults have already been chosen. Scroll to the end and configure your Droplet by selecting a server image from popular OS (Ubuntu, Fedora, etc.), or available one-click apps.

You create and customize your droplets yourself. If you want to customize your Droplet, you can follow the DigitalOcean interface instructions. After the creation comes allocation of resources. Our advice is to start small, you can upgrade later. After droplet deployment, you can use SSH to access it (typical) or open a terminal through the console of your DigitalOcean account.

They have two major Droplets from which you can select:

First is the Standard Droplet for very small websites, a blog or small testing tasks. Their Standard Droplet category has subcategories.

The second, CPU Optimized Droplet will cater to users who will require heavy CPU usage e.g batch processing.

SPACES: DigitalOcean has Droplets for app deployment, but they need something to handle storage and that’s where Spaces comes in. It’s simply a security system that lets you store and send your data to applications and end-users. Spaces utilize drag and drop UI or API system to create a solid storage. Spaces can save backup files, weblogs, data analysis, etc. The service is also scalable, so your Spaces can grow with your company. Spaces can be used as standalone or together with other DigitalOcean features.

Digital Storage

When you spin up and delete your droplets, you will require a storage mechanism to save its data and that’s where the following two types of storage come in: block storage and object storage.

Block storage is similar to your computer hard drive. Block storage is fast and has a size range of 1 GB to 16 TB. They can also be used together just like A2 Hosting’s RAID system. You can change the scale of the blocks and transfer them to different droplets. All blocks have SSD’s for added speed but you can also burst them for extra speed boost if you suddenly have a heavy workload.

Second, DigitalOcean also offers object storage, which it calls Spaces. Spaces are best suited for storing large amounts of unstructured data like video. Object storage works differently from block storage. The data is unstructured, with no specific format, unlike the file structures on block storage.

Kubernetes: Kubernetes allows developers to deploy and scale up a containerized app in clusters.

They also have Load Balancers which share your traffic among droplets.

All plans come with solid-state drives (SSD) as standard. For the latest and up to date prices visit DigitalOcean’s website (it keeps changing.)

PLAN NAME       MONTHLY PRICE

Cloud 1 5.00

Cloud 2 10.00

Cloud 3 20.00

Cloud 4 40.00

Cloud 5 80.00

Cloud 6 160.00

Cloud 7 320.00

Cloud 8 480.00

Cloud 9 640.00

Standard plans offer a range of 1 to 4 servers and memory of 512 MB to 8 GB. The TB transfer rate starts at 1 with a maximum of 5 with respect to the plan you are going for, while the SSD Disk space starts at 20 GB and ends at 80GB.

The most popular plan (Cloud 1) offers:

  • 1 GB memory
  • 1 core processor
  • 30 GB SSD disk
  • 2 TB transfer.

One thing you need to know about DigitalOcean’s plans generally is that it is flexible, complicated and unclear, but if you know how to navigate the complexities, it is very cheap. Customers are billed for their actual usage alone and this makes sure that you do not spend on features you do not need or periods you are inactive. They also have a monthly cap that prevents you from spending or using more than you planned or requested. DigitalOcean adopts a credit card payment method. The payment is on the first day of every month.

WordPress Hosting Comparison

WordPress is used by over 60 million people across the globe for content management. DigitalOcean provides one-click installation of WordPress hosting solutions and so does SiteGround.  SiteGround achieves this with its Weebly and Softaculous. They also ensure automatic WordPress upgrade (and Joomla) and plugin updates.

DigitalOcean can get your WordPress up and running in less than a minute. They also provide a plethora of storage capacities and memory capacities depending on your company’s individual needs.

SSD Storage

One of the important advantages of using SiteGround web host is the fact that the company uses SSD storage on all of their servers and so does DigitalOcean.

Shared Hosting

Shared hosting is popular,  cheap and comes with limited resources, performance, and custom priority.  After all, various websites share a single server and compete with each other for resources. Maybe this is why DigitalOcean does not provide shares web of VPS 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.

Reseller Hosting

SiteGround offers two types of reseller hosting types. DigitalOcean did not make plans for reselling.

E-commerce

SiteGround has WooCommerce WordPress plugin which works with their free Let’s Encrypt SSL to boost your e-commerce activities. Users have noted that it could do with improvement though. DigitalOcean offers traditional CMS e-commerce, and you guessed it,  you have to do it yourself.

Dedicated Servers Pricing

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.

DigitalOcean dedicated plans consist of the DigitalOcean managed databases.

DigitalOcean provides a powerful and scalable database that ensures stress-free setup and maintenance. Managed Databases run on high-class hardware and SSD storage, to give you hyper-fast performance. With the managed database you can easily spin up a high-performance database cluster very fast, launch a database cluster with just a few clicks and then access it via our simplified UI or an API. They also maintain, provide free updates and free daily backups which you can restore to any point within the previous seven days. All of this is done so you can focus on your apps, not databases.

In the event of a failure, Managed Databases will automatically switch hand over your data to a standby node to minimize downtime. They also have end to end encryption.It comes with MySQL(allows you to spin read only replicas easily, the world’s most popular open source relational database, and  PostgreSQL, arguably the most advanced open source relational database.It also comes with Redis, the popular open source, in-memory database and cache.

Managed shared databases plan starts at at $15/month.

Domain Names

DigitalOcean does not provide domain or domain name.  Nothing, nada, zip. SiteGround’s Domain prices start from $15.95, and they have unlimited sub or parked domains. Sweet, right?

Scalability

DigitalOcean must be the most scalable VPS hosting provider. SiteGround is also quite scalable.

Upsells

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. DigitalOcean’s plans are transparent.

Although unlike SiteGround uses of the strawman technique to draw you in with low prices, only to shoot up the price on renewal. DigitalOcean has transparent plans.

Verdict: DigitalOceans’s plan and price flexibility is one of the few reasons why they are unique, and globally used by hundreds of thousands of customers. SiteGround has great plans, but nothing beats DigitalOcean’s serve-yourself buffet.

Extra Features

SiteGround has the following exclusive extra features:

  • 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.
  • Transfer of site to other SiteGround clients.
  • SiteGround is optimized for WordPress and Joomla.
  • Unlimited number of MySQL & PostgreSQL databases.
  • White-Label hosting and client management for higher plans.
  • SiteGround’s 99.9% uptime guarantee compensates users with one free month of hosting if annual uptime drops from 99.9%.
  • 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.

DIGITALOCEAN

  • IPv6 support.
  • Don’t expect much exclusive extras from DigitalOcean.
  • You only pay for the machines you use, this saves cost and makes them popular with startups.
  • DigitalOcean offers “Floating IPs,” where IP addresses can be quickly redefined.
  • If a droplet fails, its IP can be reassigned to a standby droplet to keep the app running.
  • Both offer SSH access with all their plans.
  • One-click staging and installers (on select plans only). DigitalOcean offers one-click apps for droplets which include: MySQL, Docker, LAMP stack, MongoDB, Node.js, WordPress, PhpMyAdmin, Ruby On Rails, Ghost, Machine Learning. SiteGround supports Mod_perl, Plexum, HTMLDoc, PDFLib, MS SQL or ColdFusion.
  • Both allow easy collaboration, although DigitalOcean does it better by making it easy for teams to collaborate in building DigitalOcean-enabled apps. To ensure security, DigitalOcean allows collaborators  to work together without sharing credentials. They will also be billed on a single invoice.

Verdict: DigitalOcean actually has a bunch of extra features. You just have to play hide-and-seek to find them. We prefer SiteGround’s easy-to-find and easy-to-use extras though.

Major Differences between DigitalOcean and Siteground

  • They both have great uptime.
  • Websites hosted on both are fast.
  • DigitalOcean has a developer-friendly dashboard while that of SiteGround is easier for beginners.
  • First of its kind customizable pricing in DigitalOcean.
  • SiteGround offers daily backup for free but you have to pay for it in DigitalOcean.
  • DigitalOcean has in-house security while SiteGround has multiple layers of security.
  • SiteGround has tons of basic features and even extras, but this is not the same with DigitalOcean.
  • DigitalOcean has sub-par support compared to SiteGround’s amazing support.
  • DigitOcean’s dashboard is complicated.  SiteGround has the easy-to-use cPanel.

Verdict: In the words of Shao Khan In Extras, SiteGround wins. Flawless victory.

Siteground vs. DigitalOcean: Our Pick

If you want a reason why SiteGround is better than DigitalOcean, we’ll give you three; Ease of use, customer support and tons of features. Both web hosts have their strengths in different areas. Developers should stick to DigitalOcean while anyone can use SiteGround.  SiteGround vs. DigitalOcean? Because SiteGround also accommodates developers and professionals without alienating beginners, we consider SiteGround to be the better web host.