Siteground vs A2 Hosting for WordPress hosting

Siteground and A2 Hosting are two well established web hosting companies that do offer the managed WordPress hosting. We look at the managed WordPress hosting features of A2 hosting and Siteground. The intent is to help you in making an inform choice about your next web host for your WordPress website.

Datacenter – Siteground vs A2 Hosting

Siteground makes use of the Google Cloud Platform or GCP to host your website. It allows you to host at one of the seven Google Cloud Datacenter locations all over the globe. Out of the seven datacenter locations, one datacenter is in Iowa, US. There are four datacenters in Europe and one each in Australia and Asia. Google Cloud is one of the best cloud based networks that is available across the globe. . The infrastructure is resilient and robust to offer a stable web hosting experience.

A2 Hosting offers you to pick any of the datacenter locations for hosting your website. Out of these four datacenters, two are located in the United States and one each in Europe and Asia.

In term of datacenter diversity and underlying infrastructure, we find that Siteground’s datacenter on Google Cloud Platform can be counted as one of the best in the world. Between Siteground and A2 Hosting, the datacenter winner has got to be Siteground.

Caching – Siteground Vs A2 Hosting

Caching is storing temporary copies of rendered web pages for your website visitors. The cache contains static rendered pages of your website that are displayed to a website visitor. Caching improved page load times. At the same time, caching reduces load on the server. We look at the key points about caching for Siteground and A2 Hosting.

Siteground gives you a server level Memcache, dynamic cache for dynamic elements of the website and a page level cache through NGINX Direct Delivery of content. You can manage all the three types of cache on Siteground through the SiteCacher plugin. The SiteCacher plugin is integrated within the Siteground’s custom control panel. It may be pertinent to mention that Siteground uses Memcache on the server level. Memcache settings can also be managed through the Siteground control panel.

A2 Hosting uses OPCache for caching PHP compiled code. It ensures that the code is not compiled repeatedly, thus saving server resources and improving performance. At the server level, A2 Hosting makes use of Litespeed Server Caching. Litespeed server level caching has one of the best performances. However, for the WordPress websites, there is no in-built plugin or solution for caching. You would need to use one of the cache plugins like W3 Total Cache for boosting speed on your WordPress site. At the end of the day, this is additional configuration on part of the user.

In terms of caching, Siteground has evolved and offers a more structured approach to configuring and managing the cache at the server level, or page level. A2 Hosting does make use of a standard Litespeed Server configuration and OPCache. But, it leaves the performance tweaks and management at the end user level.

CDN – Siteground vs A2 Hosting

Content Delivery Network is a network of multiple datacenter locations that are geographically dispersed. These strategically located datacenter locations are also called as the edge locations. The edge locations are located near to potential website visitors. Siteground has carved out its own Content Delivery Network or CDN of 14 different edge locations that are dispersed around the world.

Siteground offers CDN integration through its custom control panel. You can use the free tier to try the CDN services. It comes with a monthly allocation of 10 GB CDN bandwidth. The premium CDN tier costs $7.49 a month. The first year entry price for Premium CDN of Siteground is discounted by 50 percent.

A2 Hosting does not seem to have its own CDN. You will have to use a third-party CDN provider like Cloudflare to propagate static copies of your website content across the global edge locations.

In respect of Content Delivery Network (CDN), we still feel that Cloudflare with over 275 edge locations is the best edge network in the world. Therefore, we suggest integrating Cloudflare CDN with your hosting package at Siteground of A2 Hosting.

Price – Siteground vs A2 Hosting

For managed WordPress hosting, Siteground has 3 plans.

  • The StartUP plan costs $14.99 for 1 website and up to 10,000 visits a month.
  • The GrowBig plan costs $24.99 a month for up to 100,000 visits a month
  • GoGeek plan costs $39.99 a month for up to 400,000 visits a month.

The first year entry price for all these hosting plans is discounted by 73% for an annual term of payment.

For Managed WordPress hosting, A2 Hosting has the following plans:

  • Turbo Run plan costs $23.99 a month for one website.
  • Turbo Jump is $28.99 a month for five websites.
  • Turbo Fly costs $39.99 a month for unlimited websites.
  • Turbo Sell costs $49.99 a month for unlimited websites.

The first year entry price for A2 Hosting is discounted by 25% for annual payments.

From a price perspective, Siteground has an unmatchable price offer if you were to prepay the first year annual payment. If you are starting up or have a site that does not get much traffic, Siteground should come out as a very decent proposition. We would definitely prefer it over A2 Hosting if price were to be a factor.

Email Hosting – Siteground vs A2 Hosting

Siteground allows you to create unlimited email accounts for the sites hosted on its network. There are no additional charges for hosting your emails on the Siteground network. The email services offered by Siteground are pretty decent for small business and startups.

A2 Hosting also offers free email hosting with Managed WordPress hosting.

In terms of email hosting, therefore, both hosts offer unlimited email addresses without any incremental costs.

Backups – Siteground vs A2 Hosting

Siteground takes automated backups everyday. You can restore your site from one of the 30 restore points that are made available as part of automated backups. If you choose to host on Siteground Cloud Hosting offering, you get up to 7 days free backup and restore points. For the ‘GrowBig’ and ‘GoGeek’ plans, Siteground allows you to take up to 5 manual backups. There are no charges for taking manual backups on Siteground network.

A2 Hosting allows you to configure manual and automated backups. For this, you will need to use the command line. From our experience, not may hosting customers are adept in using the command prompt. You can take manual backups on A2 Hosting through the CPanel control panel as well.

In terms of backups, if you are comfortable in handling the command prompt, A2 Hosting offers more flexibility in taking manual or automated backups. Otherwise, Siteground would make a better choice for backups.

CPanel – Siteground vs A2 Hosting

Siteground does not offer Cpanel. It works through its own custom control panel or dashboard. You can manage all aspects of your web hosting plan through the custom dashboard of Siteground. A2 Hosting offers Cpanel as part of its web hosting. If you are comfortable in working with Cpanel, you can choose A2 Hosting. However, it is clear that most business and enterprise class hosts are moving away from Cpanel. Cpanel requires higher processing and memory resources. Plus, you need to be on top of securing Cpanel installations.

If you have been looking for Cpanel based WordPress hosting, A2 Hosting should work well. Siteground does not work on Cpanel.

Summary

Siteground, in our opinion, is preferable over A2 Hosting for the following reasons:

  • Google Cloud Platform based infrastructure
  • In-built CDN and Premium CDN offering
  • Better structure of caching on Siteground
  • 73% discount on first year’s entry point on annual payments

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