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HostMonster VS SiteGround

HostMonster VS SiteGround

Fast, reliable and great customer service – all standard options we expect when looking for a web hosting company. Both HostMonster and SiteGround offer these options and more. Determining which to go with all boils down to pricing and service.

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Pricing

HostMonster offers their professional web hosting account for just $5.95 a month. For your low monthly fee you receive many of the standard features expected within a web hosting account as well as a free domain name or transfer, instant setup and free site promotion.

SiteGround is currently offering its premium web hosting for only $1.95 for the first 30 days (currently set to expire on 10/30/09). Thereafter you’ll pay $9.95 per month for an account full of fantastic extras, a free domain name, and many unlimited features. Comparing the total yearly cost, while the initial output is less, it costs almost twice as much to host with SiteGround.

Products and Services

When it comes to services beyond web hosting, SiteGround gives you several additional options. The company offers reseller hosting and dedicated server options. With its dedicated hosting options, SiteGround delivers a choice of either VPS (Virtual Private Servers) or Managed Dedicated Servers. Both choices incorporate lightening speed servers and high reliability. Reseller accounts with SiteGround are only $42 per year and include many great options to offer to resold customers.

At this time, HostMonster only offers web hosting accounts but does have an affiliate program in place. For each customer you bring to HostMonster, they will pay you $65.00. The company offers an easy to use affiliate control panel to utilize in setting up and tracking your affiliate account.

Web Hosting Features

Each HostMonster web hosting account comes with a large number of unlimited features including email accounts, bandwidth, forwarding email accounts, hosting space and more. Bonus features are also incorporated into each account – you can choose from Moodle, Drupal, Joomla, a bulletin board, social networking and many more. E-Commerce is built in to allow for shopping cart setups and SSL secure server access. All the basic scripting needs are covered as well to allow for PHP, Python and even Ruby on Rails.

SiteGround packs its hosting accounts with many unlimited features as well. This includes traffic, hosting space and email accounts. Their extras include SEO tools, Google Webmaster tools, search engine submissions and free e-commerce packages. If you need to add a few extras to your site to make it sing, SiteGround has you covered there as well with Joomla, several CMS applications, blogging tools and much more.

Customer Service

HostMonster’s help desk is crammed full of tools to use when it comes time for a bit of support. From an extensive knowledge base to a quick and easy to use ticket support service, the company has gone the extra mile to ensure you get the best and quickest assistance possible. You can also receive support by phone or even utilize their online wizards or user forums. Whether you like to help yourself or you like having someone technical help you through your issue, HostMonster delivers in the area of support.

If you want premium support, SiteGround delivers. They have support staff trained and waiting to assist you 24×7, offer a toll-free number to call and even offer a live chat option for support. The company also sports over 3000 articles and tutorials guaranteeing your question can be answered quickly and efficiently.

Recommendations

If you’re looking to save money at the start of your hosting and would like the available options of upgrading in the future to a dedicated server option, SiteGround is the hosting company to go with. However, if a good on-going low cost and excellent support area are more to your liking, HostMonster will take care of all your hosting needs.

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