All of our WordPress clients depend on their websites for leads. When their websites get hacked … they lose business. When their websites are slow … they lose business. If their website experiences some sort of problem and they have long wait times on hold for support … you get the picture.
Last year at WordCamp Tampa, I had the pleasure of attending a presentation by Hristo Pandjarov from SiteGround. see – http://pandjarov.com/tampa.pdf Hristo shared the true story about how SiteGround helped a client improve the page load speed of their ecommerce website by over 500% (from over 6 seconds down to 1 second)! After having read the Kissmetrics study about the dramatic affect page load times have on mobile sites and particularly ecommerce revenues, I knew we’d have to check them out when the opportunity arose. see How Loading Time Affects Your Bottom Line
Well last month, we got that opportunity. And we’re not looking back. Here are a few SiteGround web hosting facts that we used to make our decision.
SiteGround Web Hosting Is Safer
Over 80% of the clients we meet have shared hosting. That means their websites are hosted on the same servers as total strangers. Shared hosting in and of itself is not a problem unless the web host hasn’t implemented isolation mechanisms to protect good websites from poorly secured websites on the same server.
SiteGround were pioneers in applying effective account isolation mechanisms to the shared hosting environment. Nowadays, most of the shared hosts apply similar techniques but it is still possible to see an environment that is not properly isolated.
SiteGround Web Hosting Is Faster
SiteGround conducted page speed tests with real accounts on 12 of the most popular web hosts: Bluehost, HostGator, iPage, Fatcow, Justhost, AsmallOrange, InMotion, WebhostingHub, Arvixe, GoDaddy, GreenGeeks and A2Hosting.
Even if your current web host isn’t listed, page load speeds less than 1.5 seconds for pages 1.5Mb and smaller are great. Faster page load speeds translate into fewer visitors abandoning your website.
Pingdom was used to test the loading time of identical WordPress websites hosted on the 12 different hosting companies. The fastest loading times for SiteGround were achieved with the SuperCacher switched on for the website.
All SiteGround accounts come with ‘SuperCacher’ which totally eliminates the need for complicated cache plugins. And, if you have a high-traffic website, it gets even better …
SiteGround Web Hosting Performs Better With More Traffic
SiteGround also conducted load performance tests with real accounts on 12 of the most popular web hosts: Bluehost, HostGator, iPage, Fatcow, Justhost, AsmallOrange, InMotion, WebhostingHub, Arvixe, GoDaddy, GreenGeeks and A2Hosting.
They tested how many hits can be successfully handled in two minutes by each of the 12 accounts with the same test WordPress website. The test was done with the help of the Siege testing and benchmark utility. The higher number of hits handled by SiteGround was achieved with the SuperCacher switched on for the website.