There are thousands of possible hosting options out there to compare when you’re on the lookout for a reliable home to host your website. SiteGround vs. DreamHost are two of the options that are most often compared – and this is because they share a few characteristics between the two of them that make either an ideal web home for your site.
Both SiteGround and DreamHost offers you plans tailored to personal or business use (starting at $3.95 for SiteGround and $2.95 for DreamHost at the most basic plan per month), ample amounts of hosting space (up to 30GB for both sites) and on-target customer support whenever you need it. But which one is going to be the best when it’s complete reliability and superior speed you’re after?
In this article, we’ll take a closer look at both hosting options and their most essential features including:
- Added Features
So, SiteGround or DreamHost? Let’s see.
When you’re comparing DreamHost and SiteGround by price alone, the first things you’ll notice is that it’s about whether you’re going to use it for personal or business – and how much you’re willing to spend on getting your website out there.
Both websites have introductory specials on offer, with SiteGround starting with $3.95 per month for their lowest point and DreamHost offering their introductory Shared site option for $2.95 per month. The main difference here is that SiteGround will increase to $11.95 per month after you’ve signed up – DreamHost won’t.
If you’re hosting a website for the long-term, the pricing offered on DreamHost is far more competitive than what SiteGround has to offer.
The highest option that’s available on SiteGround (called GoGeek) is going to cost you $11.95 at its introduction price and goes up to $34.95 per month. The only good thing about this is that GoGeek gives you 30GB of space – but you can also find the same amount of storage through DreamHost, and it just happens to be cheaper.
SiteGround’s first option (StartUp – starts at $3.95 per month) offers one website with a 10GB worth of space, while the first option at DreamHost has a little more to offer for cheaper. The lowest option over at DreamHost (Shared – starts and stays at $2.95 per month) offers one website with a free domain and unlimited bandwidth.
If you’re just comparing SiteGround and DreamHost by the price, it looks like DreamHost comes out on top for offering the cheaper, long-term hosting option.
If you still aren’t sure, here they are compared side-by-side when it comes to what they cost.
- Basic, personal and first-website users or people who just want to try out the site should start with the first options SiteGround’s StartUp ($3.95 per month up to $11.95 per month) versus DreamHost’s Starter for $2.95 per month.
- If you’re looking for a middle-ground option, SiteGround’s GrowBig starts at $5.95 per month and goes up to $19.95 after, while DreamHost offers a Virtual Private Server (VPS) for more advanced users at $13.75 per month.
- High-traffic websites and advanced users should look at SiteGround’s GoGeek option beginning at $11.95 per month and peaks at $34.95, or DreamHost offering a deluxe version of the Virtual Private Server (VPS Enterprise) at $110 per month – which seems like much, but is geared towards websites with exceptionally high data needs on their own server.
Both SiteGround and DreamHost have more or less the same basic (but essential) features to offer when it comes to their first options: At least 10GB worth of space, one free domain and hosting space for one website. Essentially, they’re the same, the only difference is that DreamHost won’t charge you as much.
Speed matters when it comes to efficient web hosting and a lack of speed is often what prompts people to migrate from their current website host in the first place. Both DreamHost and SiteGround claim to use top technology to make sure your website runs and loads faster. SiteGround clocks in at 713ms during tests, while DreamHost was measured at 719ms.
Both are fast. Not equally, but that’s only a fraction of a difference between the two, and it doesn’t justify much of a preference when you’re looking at their speed.
Even the biggest websites in the world are subject to a little bit of downtime every now and then, but the moment it becomes a repetitive issue for you and your website visitors, you might want to think of switching over to another hosting company in order to avoid the issue from costing you visitors.
DreamHost and SiteGround are both some of the top hosting companies in the world when it comes to reliability.
Just like speed, you can count on both SiteGround and DreamHost to have minimal issues with downtime when you’re using them to host your site. SiteGround claims a 99.9% uptime guarantee on their website and DreamHost claims they have a 100% guarantee for website uptime.
SiteGround makes you wonder what happened to the other 0.1%. DreamHost seems more confident in what they have to offer when it comes to keeping your website online, and they again seem to come out at the top when you’re comparing the two options next to one another.
The right website domain can build or sink an empire, and it’s one of the most important factors for which hosting company you choose. Both SiteGround and DreamHost offers you the option of one free domain with your website when you choose one of their basic plans, and SiteGround and DreamHost also give you the option of more domains with your plan with their more advanced offerings.
So, why would you need to buy another domain on top of this? Many websites have evolved past being “just” a dot com site, and there are many specialist domains available that both SiteGround or DreamHost can offer you, including ones like .edu, .blog or more.
If you want to register only a domain (or buy an extra one), SiteGround offers basic domain names starting at $15.95 per year for a basic .com domain name. DreamHost gives you a .com website for $11.99.
More advanced options are available from both SiteGround and DreamlHost too if you’re looking for a specialized website domain. SiteGround lets you register a special domain like .blog for $34.95, and DreamHost offers the same .blog domain for $11.99.
While SiteGround and DreamHost are close enough for the most basic domains, DreamHost comes out as the far better (as well as much cheaper) option if you want to register your website with a special domain or register more than one domain to your website.
Hosting a website is about a lot more than just your speed, domain name and hosting capabilities – you’ll also want to know what added features come with the plan. SiteGround and DreamHost are both known for giving basic and advanced users something more to work with, and their added features offer you everything you need to get your website off the ground – or transfer something existing to your own server.
If you register with the bottom-tier plan at either SiteGround or DreamHost, they both offer standard extras that come together with your plan.
Both SiteGround and DreamHost offers one free website and domain with the basic plan, 10GB of storage space and the option of an added e-mail address that comes together with your domain. Of course, as you upgrade your plan, you get more on both platforms.
With this, SiteGround and DreamHost are both capable of hosting WordPress-run websites from their basic plans and up. This is great if you’re familiar with WordPress already and just want to migrate what you have from your existing server. There’s one major difference here: DreamHost actually managed to score endorsement from WordPress as one of their top platforms to use for your website hosting.
DreamHost seems to win again when compared to SiteGround, even just for the WordPress endorsement factor.
Customer support is another factor that makes a lot of people move from one website hosting company to another – and a lack of site support when something goes wrong can be one of the most frustrating things when you’re in charge of a site. SiteGround and DreamHost both boast top customer support on their end, and the ability to get in touch with the team 24/7.
SiteGround claims they’re host to a few million domains – but a lot of their users are known to complain that they aren’t getting back to them fast enough when there’s an issue. If you run a large website with a lot of traffic, this can present its first glaring issue. DreamHost has real, live customer support that’ll tell you how to fix what’s wrong (or do it from their end), and they get back to you a whole lot quicker.
There’s one more feature that DreamHost has that SiteGround doesn’t: You’re welcomed to the site by a Welcome Bot message that asks what you’d like to know. It’s a small touch, but it makes it feel like DreamHost is more in touch with their customers just for adding this.
SiteGround or DreamHost? Again, we’d have to go with DreamHost for their round-the-clock customer support availability and the fact that they’re actually willing to help you out if there’s an issue with your website.
Ease-of-use for any website is one factor that’s going to make a huge difference whether you’re a first-time website builder or a seasoned professional – and nobody wants a hard-to-navigate internal platform that ends in frustration. SiteGround and DreamHost are both easy to use, and they’re both quick to help you migrate your website from your current platform to theirs.
Which is better?
SiteGround is quick to mention that they offer WordPress-friendly website hosting, but so does DreamHost – and they again happen to offer something extra for users that SiteGround doesn’t in the form of DreamPress, a customized platform that functions like WordPress but gives you a few more options when you want to customize your site.
Between DreamHost and SiteGround, it’s going to be likely that you’ll find DreamHost the preferable option between the two when it comes to how easy they are to use and navigate through.
Mobile compatibility matters too, and you stand to lose a lot of website users if it doesn’t work as well from mobile as it does from PC considering the fact that most users across the world access the internet from their phones or mobile devices. Both SiteGround and DreamHost perform pretty well when viewing the same website from mobile devices or Android.
SiteGround vs. DreamHost – Our Pick
SiteGround and DreamHost are two of the most popular website hosting options out there other than WordPress themselves.
When it comes to factors like speed and uptime, both DreamHost and SiteGround are more or less the same at their basic and higher-tier plans.
But when you look a little further and take features like plan price and domain availability into account, between DreamHost and SiteGround, we’d say that DreamHost comes out as the better option between the two, offering more for your money and an overall better hosting experience.
For added features, mobile support and customer support, between SiteGround and DreamHost, we’d also have to say that DreamHost is the one offering more to users – and this means there’s a good reason why DreamHost is endorsed as one of the official WordPress platforms.