Dreamhost vs Siteground for WordPress Hosting

Dreamhost and Siteground are considered two worthy WordPress hosting options. We look at the key points of the WordPress hosting offering made by Dreamhost and Siteground. The idea is to help you taking an informed decision about your next WordPress host. We would also like to reiterate that we do not have any affiliate relationship with either host. So, the point of our study is to bring into fact the merits of each WordPress host. Both hosts are recommended by WordPress for the WordPress hosting.

Datacenter – Dreamhost vs Siteground

Siteground hosts on the Google Cloud Platform. It makes use of GCP in four different continents. As of writing this, Siteground hosts in Google Cloud datacenters in the locations mentioned below:

  • Iowa, USA
  • London, UK
  • Madrid, ES
  • Eemshaven, Netherlands
  • Frankfurt, DE
  • Sydney, AU
  • Singapore, Singapore

Siteground allows hosting customers to change the datacenter location through the control panel. The underlying infrastructure of Siteground uses one of the best cloud based infrastructures of Google.

If you have a global audience, Siteground’s trans-continental offering for WordPress hosting may be more useful. In terms of datacenter, Siteground would have to be rated higher for its reliance on the Google Cloud Platform.

Dreamhost works through its own datacenters at Ashburn Virginia and Hillsboro Oregon. Dreamhost Cloud compute is offered through Ashburn Virginia. DreamObjects is an offering that is offered through Irvine datacenter. Dreamhost, therefore, operates through 3 datacenters. All these datacenters are based in the US.

CDN Locations – Dreamhost vs Siteground

Dreamhost allows you to integrate CDN of your choice alongside your WordPress hosting plan. It does not have a CDN offering of its own. The advanced managed WordPress hosting plans under Dreampress Pro and Dreampress Plus come bundled with Jetpack CDN integration. There is no additional charge for availing the Jetpack CDN.

Siteground has launched its own CDN offering. It goes under the name of Siteground CDN.

The Siteground CDN is available in the following locations:

  • Tokyo (Japan)
  • Singapore
  • Sydney (Australia)
  • Warsaw (Poland)
  • Hamina (Finland)
  • London (UK)
  • Frankfurt (Germany)
  • Eemshaven (Netherlands)
  • Council Bluffs (Iowa, US)
  • Moncks Corner (South Carolina, US)
  • The Dalles (Oregon, US)
  • Los Angeles (California, US)
  • Madrid (Spain)
  • Sao Paulo (Brazil, South America)

There are a few points that you need to be aware of. Siteground CDN can be used only if your domain is using Siteground’s DNS services. The service can be enabled through the Siteground Control Panel. Siteground CDN comes in two different offerings:

  • Free version of Siteground CDN has a limitation of 10 GB data transfer a month. For any website that has a decent traffic, 10 GB CDN traffic limit is trivial and would get surpassed easily.
  • The Premium CDN offering of Siteground comes for a charge. It has unlimited data transfer limit through the CDN.

At this point, we would like to mention that a specialized CDN offering of Cloudflare would make for a better CDN and content delivery performance. The number of edge locations of a professional CDN service provider cannot be matched by the 12 edge locations offered by Siteground CDN service offering. We suggest using Cloudflare, Rocket CDN or Bunny CDN service providers.

Caching – Dreamhost vs Siteground

Caching offers the ability to store pages for static delivery to website visitors. It helps in improving speed of your website’s content delivery. Caches are maintained at two levels. We have a server side cache and a cache at the level of WordPress site. WordPress cache come in the form of plugins. We look at the server cache and plugins that are used for WordPress caching.

  • Dreamhost uses Memcache on the server side to improve speed of delivery of content.
  • Dreamhost’s WordPress installations come preloaded with Proxy Cache plugin. The plugin can be configured to serve static content and improve overall speed of content delivery.

Similar to Dreamhost, Siteground also comes with Cache offering for WordPress sites.

  • On the server side, Siteground makes use of Memcache cache system.
  • Siteground has its own cache that is called the SuperCacher. SuperCacher can be enabled through Siteground control panel. It allows you to serve static assets through NGINX direct delivery. SuperCacher also allows you to build and manage dynamic cache. SuperCacher can be used to manage the Memcache configuration and settings as well.

Backups – Dreamhost vs Siteground

Both, Dreamhost and Siteground offer backups through respective control panels. Dreamhost takes a daily backup automatically. You can configure backup settings through the Dreamhost control panel. On a similar basis, you can use Siteground control panel to configure backups on the managed WordPress offering of Siteground.

Dreamhost and Siteground take automated backups on a daily basis. These backups can be used to restore the site at any point of time.

SSL – Dreamhost vs Siteground

Both, Dreamhost and Siteground come with SSL offering through Let’s Encrypt. You can manage the SSL through control panel of Siteground and Dreamhost. If you wish to make use of a signed SSL or the one issued by other Certification Authorities, you can do so and install the signed SSL certificates from different providers on either host.

WordPress Auto Updates – Dreamhost vs Siteground

WordPress core receives major and minor updates throughout the year. On a similar basis, WordPress plugins get updates at regular intervals. Both, Dreamhost and Siteground offer auto-updates for WordPress core and plugins. However, Siteground auto-update feature is more robust and active. Here is why the Siteground auto-update feature is more robust in comparison with Dreamhost’s auto-update feature:

  • Siteground allows you to push auto-updates within 24 hours of a major update release for the WordPress core. Dreamhost will auto-update your WordPress between one to three weeks after the release of the core update. Core updates should be configured to be rolled out to the WordPress site on a priority basis. Dreamhost’s timeline of pushing updates after at least a week of the release may not be to the liking of some administrators.
  • If you prefer Dreamhost over Siteground, it may be a good idea to patch the WordPress core and plugins manually to avoid the wait times for the auto-update feature to kick in.

Customer Support – Dreamhost vs Siteground

  • You can avail support on Siteground through phone, chat and a ticket-based system.
  • Dreamhost offers customer support through email and chat. Phone support is unavailable on Dreamhost.

Solid State Drives – Dreamhost vs Siteground

Both, Dreamhost and Siteground offer SSD or Solid State drives to power WordPress hosting. SSD drives help in improved disk reliability and much better read and write operations.

Costs – Dreamhost vs Siteground

Let us take a look at the costs associated with Dreamhost and Siteground WordPress hosting.

  • For 100,000 visits a month, Siteground has a subscription cost of $24.99 a month. The first year discounts make it $6.69 a month. Dreamhost will cost $12 a month for a WordPress plan for 100,000 visits a month. Dreamhost costs are lower than Siteground.
  • For 400,000 visits a month, Siteground costs $39.99 a month. First year discounts reduce this cost to $10.69 a month for the first year on an annual term. Dreamhost has a Dreampress Plus plan that can handle 300,000 visits a month for $24 a month subscription cost.

There is a noticeable difference between the costs of Dreamhost and Siteground. Siteground is more expensive. However, the incremental costs of Siteground are understandable because of the underlying Google Cloud infrastructure.

Control Panel – Dreamhost vs Siteground

Dreamhost and Siteground run the WordPress hosting through proprietary control panels. These control panels have been designed by each hosting company to offer a customized experience to the users. There is no CPanel, Plesk or Direct Admin availability on Dreamhost and Siteground.

Summary – Dreamhost vs Siteground

Dreamhost and Siteground are established web hosts that bring WordPress managed hosting for your business. Both are good hosts. Dreamhost allows you to grow beyond managed WordPress hosting limits and get a VPS or Virtual Private Server as well. Siteground has managed WordPress hosting plans that can help you plan for up to 400,000 visits a month. Once you site grows beyond the critical number threshold, your options at Siteground would be very limited. At the same time, Siteground’s underlying infrastructure is more robust and truly continental.

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