NameHero Vs SiteGround: Introduction
Established in 2015, NameHero is a web hosting company that offers blazing fast web hosting. Besides, NameHero has the best web hosting solutions for all types of customers and offers a super simple setup.
SiteGround has been around since 2004. SiteGround comes with easy website management, and over 2,000,000 domains trust the platform. Most importantly, the service is powered by the Google Cloud Platform and comes with many advanced features.
NameHero Vs. SiteGround: Pricing
NameHero comes with 4 different plans based on the number of websites, RAM, and storage type. Even though all 4 plans come with unlimited storage, the storage type differs from plan to plan, either SSD or NVMe.
Here are the plan details:
- Starter Cloud: $2.86 per month, 1 Website, 1GB RAM, and Unlimited SSD Storage
- Plus Cloud: $5.18 per month, 7 Websites, 2GB RAM, Unlimited SSD Storage
- Turbo Cloud: $7.98 per month, Unlimited Websites, 3GB RAM, Unlimited NVMe Storage
- Business Cloud: $11.98 per month, Unlimited Websites, Unlimited NVMe Storage
All the plans include the following features in common:
- FREE & Auto SSL
- FREE Website Migrations
- FREE LiteSpeed
SiteGround has 3 shared hosting plans based on the number of sites, webspace, and monthly visits. Here are the plan details:
- StartUp: $4.99 per month, 1 Website, 10 GB Web Space, 10,000 Visits Monthly
- GrowBig: $7.99 per month, Unlimited Websites, 20 GB Web Space, 25,000 Visits Monthly
- GoGeek: $14.99 per month, Unlimited Websites, 40 GB Web Space, 100,000 Visits Monthly
The plans have the following features in common:
- Unmetered Traffic
- Free SSL
- Daily Backup
- Free CDN
- Free Email
- Managed WordPress
- Out-of-the-box Caching
- Unlimited Databases
- 100% renewable energy match
- 30-Days Money-Back
The GrowBig and the GoGeek plan come with several additional advanced features that include:
- On-demand Backup Copies
- Ultrafast PHP
- Add Collaborators
In addition to these, the GoGeek comes with:
- White-label Clients
- Highest Tier of Resources
- Priority Support
NameHero Vs. SiteGround: Performance
Performance has many aspects, and some of these aspects are server response time, uptime, load handling capacity, Global TTFB, and Core Web Vitals. For good clarity, I hosted demo sites on both platforms and performed several advanced tests.
Server Response Time
I tested the server response time of the two services, my NameHero site using Pingdom tool, and the site recorded an average server response time of 383 ms. In contrast, my SiteGround site had an average server response time of 660 ms. Thus, if we compare, NameHero has a comparatively better server response time than SiteGround. In other words, NameHero is faster than SiteGround.
Uptime is another extremely crucial aspect of performance, and no site can succeed without a good uptime. As per my recent uptime test, my NameHero site recorded an uptime of 99.99% with 1 outage of 1 minute, while my SiteGround site scored 100% without any outage. However, NameHero also has a very reliable uptime.
Sites that deal with high traffic and may experience unexpected traffic spikes need a platform with a robust architecture that can withstand any traffic spikes and keep the sites up and running. To determine this, I performed load testing on my NameHero and SiteGround sites.
NameHero scored 48 ms in Clients Per Test (1000 Clients in 1 Minute), and 59 ms in Maintain Client Load (500 Clients in 1 Minute), while SiteGround scored 45 ms in Clients Per Test (1000 Clients in 1 Minute), and 201 ms in Maintain Client Load (500 Clients in 1 Minute). Therefore, based on the results, I can say that NameHero has a better loading handling capacity than SiteGround.
Testing the Global TTFB is important to find out how well the service is doing across the different global locations since many sites depend on multiple global locations for traffic these days. I recently tested the Global TTFB of the two services by pinging my demo sites from ten global locations.
My NameHero site recorded an average TTFB of 433.24 ms with a decent TTFB across all the global locations. The site recorded the lowest TTFB in 100.57 ms in New York and the highest TTFB in Bangalore with 721.32 ms.
My SiteGround site, on the other hand, recorded an average TTFB of 861.03 ms. However, the site had a TTFB of more than 1 second in as many as 4 places. The lowest TTFB was in New York with 287.97 ms, and the highest TTFB was in Frankfurt with 1.66 seconds. Hence, SiteGround's Global TTFB was not impressive, while NameHero has excellent TTFB across all the global locations.
Core Web Vitals
It's time to talk about the Core Web Vitals of the two services, and this is an essential aspect to determine how much help sites hosted on these platforms can get while trying to deliver the best user experience to the visitors.
As I tested the Core Web Vitals of the two services recently, my NameHero site recorded a ‘Largest Contentful Paint' of 0.653s, a ‘Total Blocking Time' of 0.000s, and a ‘Cumulative Layout Shift' of 0. On the other hand, my SiteGround site recorded a ‘Largest Contentful Paint' of 0.876s, a ‘Total Blocking Time' of 0.006s, and a ‘Cumulative Layout Shift' of 0. Hence, NameHero has better Core Web Vitals than SiteGround.
NameHero Vs. SiteGround: Features
Data Center Locations
Datacenter locations have a very important role in hosting, and hosting a site from the closest server location to the audience is considered the best practice in hosting. NameHero comes with 2 data center locations; the USA and the EU.
On the other hand, SiteGround comes with its 6 self-hosted server locations across the globe. Hence, customers have more options with SiteGround, and this gives SiteGround a leading edge over NameHero.
Content Delivery Networks or CDNs are extensively used by websites and hosting services these days. It has proved to be very effective in boosting the site’s speed and enhancing user experience. For example, both NameHero and SiteGround use Cloudflare CDN and offer it for FREE on all plans.
Cloudflare helps sites load faster to their target audience backed by the combination of many advanced technologies such as auto minification, image optimization, over 155 global locations, and gzip compression. Most importantly, Cloudflare largely reduces the server load and bandwidth usage.
Staging is a very handy feature to test several changes before deploying them to the live site. NameHero offers Staging for FREE on all plans, and users can create staging sites using the Softaculous App Installer in the cPanel.
The process is exceptionally simple, and after testing, it takes just one click to deploy the changes to the live site. SiteGround has a comparatively advanced Staging feature with GIT integration. However, SiteGround doesn’t have the feature on the StartUp plan.
For worry-free hosting, you need a great backup system in place to ensure that you don’t lose your website files to unexpected server issues. Both NameHero and SiteGround come with FREE automated daily Backups on all plans. Besides, users can easily restore a backup copy anytime. I closely studied the backup system of both NameHero and SiteGround and found both very reliable.
Security does matter a lot in web hosting since sites are surrounded by many online threats, including Bruteforce, DDoS, Malware, etc. Before you go ahead with a hosting service, you must always ensure that the hosting service has exceptionally solid security in place. I have looked into the security system of the two services and was quite impressed.
NameHero comes with unmatched Security and protects sites using artificial intelligence. NameHero uses artificial intelligence to identify and mitigate threats before they can cause any damage. Further, the host uses real-time malware scanning and automated removal.
As far as SiteGround security goes, it is exceptionally reliable and backed by a custom web application firewall, AI Anti-Bot System, Let’s Encrypt SSL and Linux containers alongside Google’s high security.
A reliable support system is the biggest relief when you try to manage sites on your own and encounter technical difficulties. NameHero has a dependable and dedicated support system in place, and the support team has experienced executives to assist the customers 24/7 through Live Chat, Phone, and Ticket.
The SiteGround support team has done an exceptional job over the years, and it continues to help customers exceptionally well through 24/7 live chat, phone, and tickets. In addition, the SiteGround support system is pretty fast and reliable.
NameHero and SiteGround: Summary
- NameHero lowest tier starts at $2.86 per month, while SiteGround lowest tier starts at $4.99 per month.
- NameHero has better server response time and Global TTFB than SiteGround.
- NameHero has just 2 server locations while SiteGround has 6.
- Both come with FREE Cloudflare CDN and FREE automated daily backups.
- SiteGround does have the Staging feature on the Startup plan.
- Both come with reliable security & support.