In this post, Rocket.net Vs SiteGround is compared in terms of performance, support, pricing and use case. At the end, you will find the best of Rocket and SiteGround.
Rocket.net Vs SiteGround
Rocket.net is a Cloudflare-powered WordPress hosting service that offers agencies and customers optimized and reliable WordPress hosting solutions. The service is straightforward to use with no configurations required by the users.
SiteGround is one of the most popular hosting services, and the service has been around since 2004. SiteGround hosting runs on Google Cloud and comes with easy website management.
I have spent some time testing the two services and closely studying their features. I will share my findings in this post, and after you read this post till the end, you will have a clear picture of both the services in front of you.
Rocket Vs. SiteGround: Performance
1. Server Response Time
Server Response Time test is an excellent way to test the performance of a hosting service. I tested the server response time of my Rocket site and my SiteGround site. While my Rocket site had an average server response time of 268 ms, my SiteGround site had an average server response time of 660 ms. Hence, you can see a big difference between the two services in terms of server response time with Rocket, the obvious winner.
Uptime is another crucial factor in determining the performance of a hosting service. Without a reliable uptime, a site can never taste success for sure. As I tested the uptime of the two services, both Rocket and SiteGround had an uptime of 100%, which is a sign of great reliability for sure.
3. Load Testing
My next performance check was Load Testing, and my Rocket site reflected 16 ms in Clients Per Test (1000 Clients in 1 Minute), 60 ms in Maintain Client Load (500 Clients in 1 Minute), and 14 ms in Maintain Client Load (1000 Clients in 1 Minute).
My SiteGround site recorded 45 ms in the Clients Per Test (1000 Clients in 1 minute), 201 ms in the Maintain Client Load (500 Clients in 1 Minute), and 2929 ms in the Maintain Client Load (1000 Clients in 1 Minute). Hence, you can see that Rocket has scored comparatively a lot better than SiteGround in load testing.
4. Global TTFB
Global TTFB is pinging the sites from as many as ten global locations and checking the TTFB. The test is pretty useful for sites that are counting on multiple global locations for traffic.
As I tested the global TTFB of the two services, Rocket had an incredibly fascinating TTFB across all the global locations, and it wasn't more than 358.91 ms for Bangalore. The host had an average global TTFB of 158.28 ms.
Honestly, I wasn't much impressed by SiteGround's performance since the host recorded a TTFB of more than a second for 4 locations. The TTFB was somehow good for New York and Dallas. SiteGround had an average TTFB of 861.03 ms.
5. Core Web Vitals
Sites need better Core Web Vitals for delivering a better user experience. This is why search engines like Google have been putting a lot of emphasis on Core Web Vitals metrics like Largest Contentful Paint for quite some time now.
As I tested the Core Web Vitals of my Rocket site and my SiteGround site, my Rocket site had a ‘Largest Contentful Paint' of 0.775 s, a ‘Total Blocking Time' of 0 s, and a ‘Cumulative Layout Shift' of 0.
My SiteGround website reflected a ‘Largest Content Paint' of 0.876 s, a ‘Total Blocking Time' of 0 ms, and a ‘Cumulative Layout Shift' of 0. If we compare, Rocket seems to have better Core Web Vitals than SiteGround.
Rocket Vs. SiteGround: Features
1. Data Center Locations
Knowing the Datacenter locations of a hosting service is crucial since hosting a site from the closest data center locations to your target audience can drastically improve your site's performance. Rocket has as many as 20 data center locations worldwide, which offers customers an excellent choice.
SiteGround, on the other hand, has 6 self-owned data center locations across Europe, the USA, and Asia, which should not be a problem as long as you find your desired data center among these 6 locations. However, going by the number of data center locations, Rocket has a leading edge over SiteGround for sure.
2. Control Panel
Rocket comes with a custom WordPress control panel that offers the convenience of managing everything from a single place. This may include development, launching, staging, and optimization. The control panel allows you to access data center locations, SSO to WP-Admin, powerful reporting, and collaboration tools.
SiteGround also has a custom control panel which is created out of modifying the cPanel. The control panel comes with a much cleaner interface than the traditional cPanel and has all the features you would find in a cPanel. However, the tools and options are presented in a much organized manner.
CDNs are extensively used these days and can drastically improve the delivery speed of content. Rocket provides customers with Enterprise Cloudflare CDN for free on all plans. With that, sites have the benefit of a blazing fast speed backed by advanced features such as Brotli file compression, Image Optimization, Tiered Caching, and Agro Smart Routing, and the closest server.
SiteGround offers free Cloudflare CDN on all plans. However, unlike Rocket, the host offers only free-tier Cloudflare on its plans. Sites can benefit from the reverse proxy network, auto scripts minification, image compression, and over 152 global locations. However, it misses the advanced features that are available in the Cloudflare Enterprise version. This gives Rocket another advantage over SiteGround.
Running a site without a proper backup is extremely risky, and that's why you have to make sure that the service you choose has the best backup system in place. Rocket comes with the automated daily backup feature wherein backup sites are taken every night and saved in the Rocket server. This is done as a part of disaster recovery. However, users can also restore a backup at any point as per their requirements.
Another cool thing about Rocket's backup system is that the host allows on-demand backup on all plans. SiteGround also offers automated daily backups on all plans for free, and the host saves 30 recent backups. Users can restore any of the 30 backups at any point without any hassle.
Rocket has the Staging free on all plans, and creating a staging site in Rocket is a pretty simple process. After you finish experimenting with the changes, you can easily deploy the final changes to your live site.
In SiteGound, the feature, Staging, is not available for free on the StartUp plan and is only available on the next higher plans. However, SiteGroud keeps the process pretty convenient for the users. Apart from that, the host also offers Git integration with staging.
Rocket comes with excellent security features, and the features comprise WordPress Website Firewall, Hack & Malware Removal, Automated WP Core, Plugin, and Theme Updates.
SiteGround security system is characterized by a custom web application firewall, AI Anti-Bot System, Let’s Encrypt SSL Certificate, and Linux containers.
Hence, it wouldn't wrong to say that both Rocket and SiteGround have an extremely reliable security system in place.
Rocket has a decent support team consisting of highly proficient WordPress experts from the USA. The support team does a remarkable job assisting the customers through 24×7 live chat, phone, and email.
SiteGround support has maintained a good track record over the years, backed by experienced WordPress experts, helping the customers with their technical difficulties through 24×7 live chat, tickets, and phone.
I am sure you have thoroughly enjoyed reading this post, and I have put my best efforts to present you with the most transparent picture of the two services. Now, you should have no difficulty in understanding the way the two services work. As per my testing and review, I found Rocket to have a leading edge over SiteGround at many places.
However, SiteGround is also a reliable hosting service, and it has largely proved it over the years. Choosing between the two services should not be difficult as long as you know your exact requirements.