InMotion vs SiteGround

If you've whittled down your choice to InMotion vs SiteGround, we know you've very much got the interest of your website at heart. We get it. We've been there. We've seen it all. And we have sites hosted with both these hosts...so this our real, genuine experience of working with these two companies. We have no bias towards any of these companies. 

We host this website on InMotion hosting but we also have other sites hosted on SiteGround. So we've just revisited this hosting review in to make sure all new details have been added and the article is kept fully updated.

If you're short on time, you can check our InMotion vs SiteGround summary below.

Before we start our hosting comparison, let's start with some essential background information. 

Who are these two companies? In the next two sections we will introduce these two hosting providers and what are their niches.

InMotion vs SiteGround

InMotion and SiteGround both have hosting plans starting at around $4 with a 99.9% uptime guarantee. SiteGround uses cutting edge technology for performance. InMotion are better equipped to serve the needs of small businesses in the US, both from an infrastructure and support point. 

  inmotion hosting logo siteground
Price $4.19/month (CollectiveRay exclusive 47% OFF) $9.95/month ($3.95/month for the first year)
Free Trial No No
Money-back guarantee 30-days (no question asked) 30-days (conditions apply)
Datacenter location US (East coast / West Coast) US, London, Amsterdam, Singapore
Uptime guarantee 99.9% 99.9+%
VPS WHM including Root Access Cloud hosting (no ROOT)
Support Great - resolutions on the spot most times Good
Channels Phone / Email / Live Chat / Knowledge base Phone / Email / Live Chat / Knowledge base
HTTPS Let's Encrypt Let's Encrypt
Backups Full VM (VPS) Limited by number of files (inodes)
Unique Features Max Speed Zone Aggressive caching (GoGeek accounts only)
Performance  Winner in our speed tests  Good
What we liked  Performance + MaxSpeedZone  Advanced Technical Setup
   Superior support  CDN Built-in
   VPS ROOT access  Staging setup (GoGeek)
What we didn't like    No ROOT access
     Lots of upselling
    Support avoids some tough questions
Overall
Winner 🏆  
Website Visit IM Visit SG

 

Let's start digging into the details of this comparison between SiteGround and InMotion hosting

Why is your hosting provider choice important?

We've been in the online space for more than 18 years now.

Our sites have been attacked ferociously, gone viral, suffered floods of traffic from botnets. We also see steady streams of visitors (more than 60,000 page views each month). In these circumstances, making the right choice is very important.

The choice makes a real difference to the success of your website.

The perception and feeling of having a fast snappy experience is critical to your website.

The 100% reliability and reassurance that your web hosting won't mess up is something which you need to be assured of.

The knowledge that your site won't go down under heavy load is essential. 

The full protection offered against prolific hacking attempts is something which cannot be taken for granted.

That's why, having narrowed down your choice to the SiteGround vs InMotion hosting is already your best decision so far.

But, who would we fully recommend? 

First things first: network, uptime, and reliability

inmotion hosting logo

InMotion hosting, founded in 2001 has been rated as one of the leading hosting companies for the last 14 years with an A+ rating on BBB.org. They offer fast performance for 300+ pieces of software including WordPress hosting, Joomla, Drupal, Magento, by providing platform optimized stacks and SSD drives.

They are fully US-based including their support center. They also include JetPack Personal in their plans, a free domain name and a whole host of other popular software to power your websites.

InMotion has been around for 18 years, a VERY long time for a web hosting company, where companies bloom and fade away in a matter of months.

Only the greatest web hosting companies stay around for such a long time. Since its inception, this company has always been a leading service provider.

They've got a 3/3 star CNET rating since 2003, and an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureaucnet three starsbbb

Over the years they’ve made massive strides in their infrastructure, hardware and networking capabilities. They may not be the cheapest hosting plan around, but it's no surprise that they have one of the fastest and most reliable networks in the world.

The difference with their service is this - they do not overwhelm their accounts - that's why they perform so well. With around 300,000 satisfied customers, and a variety of web hosting services it's no wonder that they have carved a niche with regards to performance.

Watch this short video about InMotion's office culture:

InMotion's data centers are primarily based in the US, they have two main data centers, one in the West Coast and one in the East Coast. 

The West Coast one in Los Angeles is connected through One Wilshire, also known as the "most connected building" in the world according to Wired magazine. This company is also connected to four tier-1 ISP's via BGP and also have a BGP route optimizer to ensure only the fastest routes are used for their connectivity.  

The East Coast data center in Virginia includes two tier-1 ISP's via BGP, route optimization, and a carrier-grade network core. 

Besides this, their Max Speed Zones on business hosting plan and VPS, allows you to choose which data center best serves your website. This is because the closer your visitors are to the data center, the faster the loading times of your website.

This is logical - your website's data has to travel less distance between the server and the user.

MaxSpeedZone

 

Besides their multiple data centers, they have agreements with a few of the world's largest ISPs and peering exchanges to create direct data connections. The end result is a clearly faster connection.

Hosting review: If you're not looking for a comparison between these two companies, but are looking to see how the service racks up, we've created a full InMotion hosting review here - you might want to have a look at this too. We also have an exclusive offer of 47% OFF for CollectiveRay readers ONLY until the end of - just click below.

Visit IM website Now

siteground 

SiteGround was founded in 2004 by a group of university friends in Bulgaria. They use cutting edge technology and their constant innovation has enabled them to grow steadily over the years to become one of the most established names in the web industry.

SiteGround has expanded significantly and now has data-centers in locations in Chicago in the United States, Amsterdam, and London in Europe and Singapore in the APAC region. They also have offices in the US, UK, and Spain. Since the very beginning, they have shown themselves to be a differentiator when it comes to WordPress websites and other technology platforms. 

SG has shown tremendous growth over the last few years, mostly thanks to sponsoring of events around WP and Joomla and thanks to their base of more than 500,000 domains. Their satisfied customers are all very keen to praise their services.

This company uses technology to the advantage of their customers. They roll-out many features which few companies roll-out ever. That's why their servers perform so beautifully.

Speaking of technology, check out this 1-minute video is a great way to showcase what the company does to make your site fast:

When it comes to reputation and history comparing SiteGround versus InMotion, they are mostly head-to-head, with the latter taking a slight advantage. 

SiteGround's data centers are in Chicago (US), London, Amsterdam (Europe) and Singapore (APAC). Both SiteGround and InMotion hosting have a 99.9% uptime guarantee, though SiteGround state they have a 99.99% uptime and quotes a 99.996% to 99.999% uptime.

The choice of where to host your site is up to you such that the servers are as close as possible to your website's visitors.

Unfortunately, not much technical specs are available on their networks, but we're sure that they are fully specced!

In terms of server technology, SG has always prided themselves to be at the forefront of technology.

They are the first to implement software which gives any type of advantage to your website. Memcache(d), HTTP/2, PHP7, HHVM, SSD drives, Nginx, free CDNs and their own custom SuperCacher technology means they are always pushing the envelope when it comes to website performance. Always edging out that little bit of extra boost for websites hosted on their accounts.

uptime

Visit SG website Now

See the following graphs which show close to 100% uptime for both companies. We believe that when it comes to uptime for SiteGround vs InMotion hosting there is not much to debate. They are both absolutely reliable hosts. 

Inmotion uptime

The above shows a site hosted on IM, where you can see that the downtime lasted for 3 minutes, giving an uptime of more than 99.99% over a month.

SiteGround uptime

The above shows a graph of uptime for SG, with downtime of 9 minutes in a month which is also a great record. 

You'll probably know that many times, the uptime is outside of the control of the company and usually has to do with an extraordinary circumstance which is beyond the control of the hosting company.

In these circumstances, what separates the men from the boys is how quickly the web host can switch to their secondary and backup infrastructures.

Clearly, both InMotion and SiteGround do an excellent job of this. 

Performance: Who offers the fastest load times?

One of the next things which are critical to your website is how it performs when users are accessing it (particularly under load). Websites should load with lightning fast speeds.

When a website takes more than 3 seconds to load, you will start losing visitors.

Your site must feel snappy and fast. This is actually quite a subtle thing.

If your site feels snappy, your visitors will be happy to come back. If your site feels clunky and slow, your visitors will psychologically get turned off by your site.

You WILL lose business if your site is not fast.

Now both of these companies are known to perform excellently with websites hosted on them. Both offer free SSD drives as part of the default plan, which is particularly important if you plan to use local file caching to improve the performance of your site.

This is because SSD disk drives are much faster when it comes to retrieving information (up to 20x faster than regular drives).

Another notable good thing about both of these web hosting providers is their policies of not putting too many websites on the same server. In reality, other hosting companies are able to keep their pricing cheap, because they overwhelm their accounts with sites. The consequence of this is that ALL websites suffer.

Not on either of these! Their servers will never be pushed to the extent that they will not perform well. 

Our speed tests

For our tests, we wanted to perform our own group of tests rather than rely on the testing of any other 3rd party available online. There is nothing quite as good as running your own tests.

The testing environment - core WP + core Joomla installations with default content

To run the test, we created a core installation of WordPress (4.6) and Joomla (3.6.2) on both InMotion and SiteGround's servers. We then performed tests using the main speed testing services available, namely GTMetrix and Pingdom Tools.

This is not a scientific test where we try to eliminate all possible fluctuations. In fact, we wanted the opposite of that, we wanted to perform a real-world test, under real-world circumstances. 

Our tests have not been tweaked or re-touched. They are pure real-world testing results, so you can compare and reach your own conclusions.

(Unfortunately, we have discovered that GTMetrix only keeps these reports are for 30 days, so we have taken down the links to them, yet our conclusions and data still hold).

WP Tests on Amsterdam SG server testing using GTMetrix, Vancouver, Canada

https://gtmetrix.com/reports/joomlawire.com/PC6bQZSE : 1.6s

https://gtmetrix.com/reports/joomlawire.com/1q6mkAlZ : 1.3s

https://gtmetrix.com/reports/joomlawire.com/pUMJ9vwd : 1.6s

https://gtmetrix.com/reports/joomlawire.com/rVQ2ejeU : 1.5s

https://gtmetrix.com/reports/joomlawire.com/bVeEzBzn : 1.6

Average Performance: 1.5s - we can see that default WordPress is solid and pretty fast when loading on these servers. One should note that there is quite some distance between Vancouver and Amsterdam so an average of 1.5 seconds is pretty good.

WordPress SiteGround Test Waterfall Graph

J! Tests on Amsterdam SG server testing using  GTMetrix, Vancouver, Canada

https://gtmetrix.com/reports/www.joomlawire.com/peAH7bNU : 1.3s

https://gtmetrix.com/reports/www.joomlawire.com/xrCLuwLY : 1.3s

https://gtmetrix.com/reports/www.joomlawire.com/vCpXchuF : 1.3s

https://gtmetrix.com/reports/www.joomlawire.com/ow5xxQxf : 1.3s

https://gtmetrix.com/reports/www.joomlawire.com/j4uXR0n2 : 1.2s

Average Performance: 1.3s - Joomla seems to perform a bit faster than WordPress out of the box. It seems like that there is less load on an empty Joomla installation and it is lightning fast even though the testing server and the server location are significantly far away from each other.

The Waterfall graph below shows us Joomla has a great initial response time of 472ms!

Joomla SiteGround GTMetrix

WP Tests on Amsterdam SG server testing using Pingdom Tools, Stockholm, Sweden

https://tools.pingdom.com/#!/bSdlKn/http://joomlawire.com/WPSpeedTest/ : 1.29s

https://tools.pingdom.com/#!/dZ1GRd/http://joomlawire.com/WPSpeedTest/ : 1.69s

https://tools.pingdom.com/#!/UF5au/http://joomlawire.com/WPSpeedTest/ : 1.37s

https://tools.pingdom.com/#!/dkuVaf/http://joomlawire.com/WPSpeedTest/ : 1.34s

https://tools.pingdom.com/#!/bDor3n/http://joomlawire.com/WPSpeedTest/ : 1.37s

Average performance: 1.41s - As we can see, with the testing server being closer to the test location, the loading of the WordPress website is slightly better. However, it is clear that the actual hit is coming from the core software as opposed to the location of the server.

WordPress Test SiteGround Pingdom

J! Tests on Amsterdam SG server testing using Pingdom Tools, Stockholm, Sweden

https://tools.pingdom.com/#!/dWESEj/http://joomlawire.com/speedtest : 680ms

https://tools.pingdom.com/#!/dWob1y/http://joomlawire.com/speedtest : 2.06s

https://tools.pingdom.com/#!/dDw8y/http://joomlawire.com/speedtest : 457ms

https://tools.pingdom.com/#!/bhJ1nE/http://joomlawire.com/speedtest : 452ms

https://tools.pingdom.com/#!/cznbWw/http://joomlawire.com/speedtest : 637ms

Average performance: 0.857s - As expected, Joomla performs lightning fast when the server and testing location are close to each other. Note that since we are using a real-world situation, we see a significant fluctuation of 2.06 seconds.

This is probably due to the fact that we are using a shared hosting server and this might have come under a bit of load during that specific test.

But again, we see a lightning fast initial response time for Joomla.

Joomla speed tests IM

WP Tests installed on West Cost IM servers using GTMetrix, Vancouver, Canada

https://gtmetrix.com/reports/dart-creations.com/abzV8Jst : 0.8s

https://gtmetrix.com/reports/dart-creations.com/bWKq5C3F : 0.9s

https://gtmetrix.com/reports/dart-creations.com/Mpzzp1GC : 0.9s

https://gtmetrix.com/reports/dart-creations.com/P1NOB7Kb : 0.8s

https://gtmetrix.com/reports/dart-creations.com/zH4TUQZc : 1.2s

Average Performance: 0.92s - we can instantly see that WordPress is able to perform much faster on IM servers. The fact that we are using a West Coast server, which is closer to the Vancouver testing location of GTMetrix clearly makes a difference.

Comparing InMotion vs SiteGround we can see that there is an improvement of a significant 200ms in the initial response times. That's quite a significant number.

WordPress test IM servers

WP Tests installed on West Cost IM servers using Pingdom Tools, Stockholm, Sweden

https://tools.pingdom.com/#!/dE00uU/https://dart-creations.com/wordpress/ : 1.97s

https://tools.pingdom.com/#!/c7b3Th/https://dart-creations.com/wordpress/ : 1.78s

https://tools.pingdom.com/#!/cJqfmE/https://dart-creations.com/wordpress/ : 1.90s

https://tools.pingdom.com/#!/9N7VS/https://dart-creations.com/wordpress/ : 1.83s

https://tools.pingdom.com/#!/9N7VS/https://dart-creations.com/wordpress/ : 1.8s

Average Performance: 1.85s - clearly we can see the effect that the Max Speed Zones have on the loading time of the website. Since in the GTMetrix tests we can see that when the testing server is closer, the website performs much faster.

WordPress speed tests In Motion hosting

J! Tests installed on West Cost IM server testing using GTMetrix, Vancouver, Canada

https://gtmetrix.com/reports/www.dart-creations.com/myH6duOP : 0.7s

https://gtmetrix.com/reports/www.dart-creations.com/Z1RGgZD8 : 0.7s

https://gtmetrix.com/reports/www.dart-creations.com/oGelCXy2 : 0.6s

https://gtmetrix.com/reports/www.dart-creations.com/eifRpj99 : 0.7s

https://gtmetrix.com/reports/www.dart-creations.com/iUqRsQIQ : 0.6s

Average performance: 0.66s - Once again we can see two things. Joomla is faster than WordPress natively. Max Speed Zone makes a huge difference in loading times and clearly, IM is a fantastically performing and very fast hosting service.

Joomla Speed Test

J! Tests installed on West Cost IM server testing using Pingdom, Stockholm, Sweden

https://tools.pingdom.com/#!/bIPNkY/https://www.collectiveray.com/joomlaspeedtest/ : 1.46s

https://tools.pingdom.com/#!/rc3vX/https://www.collectiveray.com/joomlaspeedtest/ : 1.39s

https://tools.pingdom.com/#!/hakPP/https://www.collectiveray.com/joomlaspeedtest/ : 1.38s

https://tools.pingdom.com/#!/clAxup/https://www.collectiveray.com/joomlaspeedtest/ : 1.38s

https://tools.pingdom.com/#!/WuMmd/https://www.collectiveray.com/joomlaspeedtest/ : 1.56s

Average performance: 1.44 seconds - Once again, we can see how what a clear difference MaxSpeedZone makes on load time of a website. Given the fact that Stockholm is a bit far away from our server located in the US West Coast, we can see the impact this has on the loading times.

However, if you look at the Waterfall graph below, you can see that the delayed times come from the actual round trip. The server is still lightning fast.

InMotion Speed tests Joomla

 

Analysis of tests

It is quite clear from the results that both providers have a great infrastructure.

We can clearly see that in terms of actual performance InMotion servers outperform SiteGround's. This can be seen from the initial response time of the various tests we ran.

We can also see that the location of the server and the testing location also has a significant role in the loading of the site. The closer your website server is to the actual location of the website visitor, the faster the website's content will load.

Although in terms of performance we believe IM is actually faster, you might want to perform your own tests and see what would work best for the visitors of your website, especially considering the location of the servers available.

Remember, the closer your website visitors are to the server where your website is hosted, the better. If you are a mainly US company, go for a US-based server. If you are a European based company, we would suggest you go for a Europe based server.

Try InMotion Hosting NOW

(47% OFF for CollectiveRay visitors until the end of )

 

Try SiteGround Now

Technical Support: who is able to help when there is trouble?

When all is well and good, customer support response times and knowledge of agents doesn't really make a difference. However, in those few days when something is wrong with your website, a good experience can be the difference between a great experience or a very frustrating situation.

SiteGround: responsive and technical

SiteGround support

SiteGround offers support response times that are one of the best we have ever experienced. Waiting time is so low, that you can say it is almost zero.

You will surely get a response within a few seconds of trying their customer chat. They have various channels to get in touch, you have the option to get support via email, chat and opening support tickets via their portal.

This is first line support, so if your problem is a complex one, you might not solve the issue immediately. You will then have to escalate to 2nd line support, where response time is a bit longer.

Typically, you'll get a response time (in my experience) within 15 minutes to an hour of creating a ticket with customer service.

This doesn't mean you will have a resolution because sometimes the issues take a few back and forth responses. 

One thing which is quite nice about this support team is the ability to ask for Technical Services and Advanced Technical services. These include things like website being down, mail or domain assistance, WordPress or Joomla assistance, Password changes etc.

Advanced Technical services including the website response time is slow, creating of website backups and performing of restores, transfer of websites and others.

Overall, the levels of help at SG are great. There have not been many times where I was not satisfied with the response times I got, although they tend to pitch upgrades quite often.

For example, ROOT access is not available with their Cloud plans, and they will pitch you a dedicated server any chance they get. It's a bit annoying to get pitched for an upgrade, for something which should be a given. 

Availability is 24/7 and based out of their Bulgaria offices.

SiteGround Support chat

 

Visit Siteground Hosting Now 

InMotion: US-based and fast resolutions 

Support here is based out of their US offices. They are also 24/7 and can be accessed via various channels. We typically get in touch with them via chat and we've experienced different response times, typically less than 5 minutes.

Recently, the Customer Support center has been rebuilt from scratch, for improvement performance, better searching capabilities and stability.

We've also spoken to some of the management, and for the last few months, they have been investing heavily in their support center, to provide even better support than usual and shorter than ever waiting times.

IM support

IM Support reviews

However, when you are actually connected to a support agent, they know what they're doing. Even if it is the case that they need to escalate to 2nd line support, they will not disconnect without giving you a resolution. 

They will ask you to wait a few minutes and in the meantime, they get in touch with their 2nd line technical support agents. Rather than having to open a new ticket and wait for a resolution, you will get a response time (even a technical one) there and then.

This is something which is quite attractive about IM. Once you're on the call, you know that before you get disconnected, you will have an answer to your query.

 IM Support Chat transcript

 

We do believe that both companies have excellent support. We have always had an overall great experience working with both companies.

Try Inmotion NOW

(47% OFF for CollectiveRay visitors until the end of )

SiteGround - where are they better?

We've been saying for quite a while that SG is cutting edge and offer some things which IM don't. So let's get down to it and discuss what these actually are. Otherwise, how can we really say it's an InMotion hosting vs SiteGround review if we don't discuss the strengths of each.

1. WordPress and Joomla Core AutoUpdates

As you might know, one of the most common ways what a website gets hacked is through known security vulnerabilities, for which there is a patch but which hasn't been applied. This is not because people want their site to get hacked, but sometimes we are just too busy to remember or keep up to date with the latest CMS update.

SG knows all of this and has thus developed a system where when enabled, as soon as WordPress or Joomla core update is available, it is automatically installed on your site.

This is a great feature which we implement on all of our sites - it's really worth it.

2. Security + Let's Encrypt

SiteGround are proactive when it comes to newer technologies but they're also very proactive when it comes to security. One of the things we really like about SG is how they actually use their technology to make sure that unmitigated hack attacks are stopped by custom rules on their firewalls.

When there is a risk which is actively being exploited, they apply new rules to reduce the risk.

They've also been one of the first companies to embrace and implement free SSL certificates through Let's Encrypt - this is a group of companies who are striving to ensure that HTTPS is implemented across as many websites as possible, making the whole web implicitly more secure.

3. WordPress + Joomla custom tools for faster and better maintenance

This company uses technology and pushes it to create advanced solutions for their customers.

They have developed their own technologies for making websites fast, including, SuperCacher, custom caching modules for Joomla and WordPress hosting, WP and Joomla admin toolkits, GIT repositories and staging sites for testing of any updates before applying them to live sites.

Besides this, they are quick to embrace newer technologies like HTTP/2, Nginx, HHVM, and PHP7. Rather than taking months to deploy these cutting-edge solutions, these are deployed within weeks, so that people who like to be at the absolute forefront of technology can do so.

4. Staging Sites

Staging is one of those gems from SiteGround which makes life so much easier when you are testing things out and want to make sure things work well before trying them out on your site. As you are probably aware, updating plugins, installing new stuff, changing a theme, can result in unexpected results sometimes. 

Updating your site is necessary though, otherwise you leave your site open to hack attacks. So how do you test what will happen on your live site? This is where the concept of staging can help.

A staging site is a true copy of your existing site. Not a development copy you created ages ago, which may or may not be up to date. A staging site should be a replica of your website's current state.

create staging copy

Wite SiteGround Staging, you can create a copy of your live website so that you can test out things on your "Test" website, or staging server - before you apply the changes on your live website. This ensures that if there are any issues with the new function or change you are testing, you can make sure this is ironed out before applying it on your live server.

 

Read more about their technology

InMotion - where do they have the edge?

IM has also got a number of advantages as compared to SiteGround.

1. Fast servers + MaxSpeedZone

We've seen from the tests above that IM seems to be quite faster than that of SG. For us, this alone is the clincher. When you're chasing the absolute minimum page load times, you'll count every millisecond.

InMotion servers are fast. Period.

2. Affordable VPS hosting

With prices starting at $29.99/mo, the InMotion VPS solutions are extremely affordable. If you are a freelancer or a small digital agency, this is a very attractive package which you can use to host your clients' websites. Click here to see our specific InMotion VPS review.

Their machines are highly specced and fast, with good amounts of RAM, starting at 4GB burstable RAM with 60GB of storage, much more than the cheapest Cloud Hosting solution offered by SG.

There is also NO CPU lockdown.

This means that your site doesn't get constrained by a lack of raw CPU power. Again, this is the reason why we've seen such good speeds on their platform.

3. Up to $250 in free advertising credit + Free domain

Everybody loves a freebie. Who wouldn't? A free domain is great and we love that, because if you are just starting out, you can just go for a casual domain. More than that, however, is the $250 you get in free advertising credit for use with any Business package or above. 

4. Let's Encrypt

Recently, IM has also implemented Let's Encrypt functionality on their services. Free SSL certificates are now implemented and available very nicely via AutoSSL providers. As soon as the certificate is about to expire, it is automatically renewed. We've implemented this on several of our sites and have found it to be very reliable.

You can also see below what a difference there is between InMotion and other leading web hosting providers. You can see comparisons with BlueHost, GoDaddy, HostGator and Arvixe.

Comparison of different VPS providers

 

Try InMotion NOW

(47% OFF for CollectiveRay visitors until the end of )

Pricing - who is worth the money?  

Let's start with a little bit of a premise. You are looking at two leading hosting companies. We are not looking at cheap web host services here. 

Update 2019: SiteGround have drastically increased their renewal prices and quite a lot of users have been complaining about this and have been looking for alternative hosts. Even our own plan went up by a significant amount, such that we decided to scale it back

So buyer beware, either go for multi-year deals, or be prepared for a significant bump when the renewal comes. Always get a quote of what it will cost you on subsequent years.

But - you get what you pay for. Premium service demands premium pricing. But even at premium pricing, you'll find that neither of the services we are comparing come close to managed services such as Kinsta or WP Engine.

If you are looking for the cheapest hosting services - you might as well go elsewhere. However, given all of the premium services being offered by both companies, you are really getting a fantastic deal out of both companies.

They also both provide such features as unlimited space, bandwidth, domains, data backups, security, email accounts, CPanel, SSD drives, etc. 

From mid-summer 2019, SiteGround are moving away from CPanel due to a stratospheric increase in the price of the license of this software. So far, InMotion hosting have not announced any intent to move away, but we will keep you updated if we get any new information about this.

InMotion Hosting Pricing

InMotion just like us, have the mantra, "You get what you pay for". So with that in mind, you may find that they are also not the cheapest host around. It's not who they want to be.

Now - you're actually in luck, because CollectiveRay has partnered up with IM to give you an exclusive offer of 47% OFF regular prices. 

If you apply for an account through CollectiveRay, your pricing for launch will $4.19/mo instead of the regular price of $7.99/mo. For the Power package which is the recommended package for shared hosting you'll be paying $5.39/mo instead of the regular $9.99/month and for the PRO package, it's $8.99/mo instead of the regular $15.99/month.

We like to think that this a great bargain, for a great hosting package. At least that's what the many users who have taken advantage already of this offer tell us.

CollectiveRay Business Hosting Pricing Offer

VPS Pricing

If you want to really give top-notch speeds on your site, we'd recommend going for a VPS - our site is in fact hosted on an InMotion VPS. You'll be able to take advantage of the same offer, with an even better discount of up to 51% OFF. You can get your VPS at $29.99/mo instead of the regular $44.99/mo.

Visit InMotion NOW

(47% OFF and up to 51% OFF for CollectiveRay visitors until the end of )

VPS Pricing

 

Testimonials

Now that we've been with this company for more than 4 years, we can truly be a good testimonial of their service. But, what do other people say of the service?

The below is a 5-star rating by none other than Syed Balkhi of influential site WPBeginner. Does it get any better than that?

syed balkhi testimonial

Here's another review from HostingManual, where they get a 4.5 star rating out of 5. This is a website which runs hundreds of reviews, so they really are able to compare good companies to bad ones.

hosting manual testimonial

As for the crowd-sourcing reviews site G2Crowd, they get a 4 out of 5 star rating and the Leader Award for the summer of 2019 as can be seen below.

g2crowd reviews

Check out more customer testimonials

SiteGround Pricing

With typical offers, prices start at €3.95/month for the first year, which is 50% off the regular price of €7.95/month. We always recommend that you go for the GoGeek plans, which are the servers which have got all of the juicy, boosted hardware, that have been really pimped. These are €11.95/month for the first year which is also 50% off the regular price for subsequent years.

Unfortunately, we don't have a discount with SG - we like to think that they are already a good deal.

It may not be the cheapest service, but rest assured that you will see a significant improvement between the Startup and GoGeek plans. As your site grows in traffic you can always scale up to their Cloud Hosting or Dedicated servers. Transfers between all of these are completely free.

Check current offers

SiteGround pricing

 

Testimonials 

Just like they've given IM a good rating, WP Beginner also gave SG a good rating of 5 stars out of 5, because like we said, both of these companies are at the top of their game.

siteground testimonials

And here are what 73 people on G2Crowd think, for an average rating of 4 out 5 stars.

g2crowd reviews

Other features available

There are other features which are available with WordPress websites, but we tried to focus mostly on the differences here.

Both InMotion and SiteGround are powered mainly by CPanel, have backup and restore mechanisms in place, have full email feature sets, allow setting up of multiple MySQL databases and subdomains, raw access to logs, SSL/TLS managers, DNS and MX management and all the standard functions you would expect.

The two companies use "unlimited" pretty often in their sales pitches, such as unlimited disk space. However, there are always actual limits, such as on the number of backups you can store, the number of files you can have in your account, the amount of bandwidth you are allowed to use. Online companies need to ensure that all users have a fair share of resources so you'll find some realistic limits in place. In all likelihood though, you're not likely to hit any of these limits. 

If you not do want to use a CMS, both of these hosts offer a website builder. InMotion offers BoldGrid website builder preinstalled on every plan, while SiteGround provide this through Weebly.

You also get access to Cloudflare CDN with both services, for even better performance. 

Conclusion: Who should get your money?

Really and truly, both companies have got a good thing going on. We've worked with both and found it to be a pleasant experience to work with both them. Yet, so far, we feel that InMotion has got that slight edge. We can't help feel that SG is growing too fast and what once felt like special attention, no longer feels the same.

It feels that like the bigger companies, for SG you are now a number rather than a customer.

InMotionHosting, as we have seen still, has the edge in terms of performance and that is obviously one of the main things for us.

Want to go with SiteGround? We won't stop you - you are not making the worst of choices. However, if we had to choose which company to put our site online, we would go for InMotion. Even though they are not as cutting edge as SiteGround, things just work. They work fast.

That's why when going for an InMotion vs SiteGround choice, we'd take InMotion.

Try InMotion hosting NOW

(47% OFF for CollectiveRay visitors until end of )

 

One more thing... Did you know that people who share useful stuff like this post look AWESOME too? ;-)
Please leave a useful comment with your thoughts, then share this on your Facebook group(s) who would find this useful and let's reap the benefits together. Thank you for sharing and being nice!

Featured On

Inc Magazine Logo  

Sitepoint logo  

CSS Tricks logo   

webdesignerdepot logo   WPMU DEV logo   

and many more!

 

Get Started Now With ShutterstockShutterstock

Best Rated Caching Plugin

Make your website faster 

Monstrous B-Day Party

CLICK HERE for discounts!

Monstrous bday party

How to make your website FAST!

Step-by-step - free email course, how to make your website load in less than 1 second 

 

The Outstanding HungryJPEG Bundles

AWESOMENESS! Bundles of premium font + graphic packs at more than 96% OFF!  Get a bundle for just $9 - ONLY!

The Hungry JPEG Awesome font bundles

 

Work with CollectiveRay.com

CollectiveRay (formerly known as DART Creations) is interested in developing partnerships with mutual benefit. If you like the stuff we publish and would like to develop a relationship, we'd be happy to hear from you. Go on - drop us a line - we'd love to hear from you :-)

 

Disclosure: CollectiveRay is funded personally out of pure passion for helping people working with websites. We do however generate some income through recommendations of products. This means if you click on a link and purchase an item we link to, we will receive a small sum out of that sale. We usually partner with vendors to make your purchase cheaper than buying direct.

 

InMotion Hosting CollectiveRay Deal

who are we?

CollectiveRay is run by David Attard - working in and around the web design niche for more than 12 years, we provide actionable tips for people who work with and on websites. We also run DronesBuy.net - a website for drone hobbyists.

David attard

Follow us on Social

Follow us on Facebook   Subscribe to our RSS Feed   Follow us on Twitter

 

Where are we hosted?

This site is proudly powered by FAST VPS InMotion Servers and given an insane speed thanks to StackPath CDN!

Web Hosting stackpath