If you are confused between SiteGround plans of Startup, Growbig and GoGeek, then this post is for you.
Being an existing user and holding an account on all three SiteGround plans, I deployed three demo sites on each hosting plans for more than two months.
I monitored the performance of each sites and thus sharing my insights below.
By the end of the post, you will able to choose a plan based on your need.
Summary: If you are just getting started out, SiteGround Startup plan is enough. If you have plans to host more than one site in the next six months, choose SiteGround Growbig. If you are having a high traffic sites, for ex. sites getting more than 1000 visits per day, choose SiteGround GoGeek.
SiteGround Startup Vs Growbig Vs GoGeek
Here is the insights of three hosting plans categorized based on features, performance and support.
GoGeek offers maximum uptime
SiteGround GoGeek recorded 100% uptime in the last 30 days while Growbig & Startup plan scored 99.99% uptime with minutes of downtime.
It just common the starter plan of any hosting companies will be hosting a large number of sites when compared to higher plans where few sites per servers will be added. Thus it impact uptime of all sites in the server.
If you are on a serious business, GoGeek should be one you should choose. Check out my GoGeek Review to know more about the plans TTFB, Cached visits performance etc.
Growbig and GoGeek comes with similar response time
The average response time of all three plans in the last 30 days is
- Startup: 692ms
- Growbig: 584ms
- GoGeek: 584ms
I was surprised with Growbig and GoGeek offers similar response time. The response time usually differs based on plan as the starter plan will be loaded with lot of sites thus slow loading time will occurs. Below images shows how similar the load time in both the plans
Thus I conclude, apart from the high traffic limits of GoGeek (~100,00) and Agency features, Growbig is good to choose if your site receives around ~25,000 visits.
You can check my Growbig Review for more detailed information that talks about TTFB, cached visits performance.
GoGeek got priority support
If you are in GoGeek plan, your live chat or tickets will skips the queue and handled promptly when compared to Growbig and Startup plan.
In my experinece of using SiteGround for more than five years, I never raised more than five tickets as there are no big reasons as SiteGround is the most reliable host since 2004.
Now, its up to you to choose between any plans.
Startup plan suitable only for starters
The Startup plan (review) is best suited for someone who is just getting started with blogging. SiteGround comes with most user friendly setup and that's the reason, I even wrote “How to Start a Blog” post with SiteGround as base.
Even though there are a lot of cheap hosts available for less than $5 per month, its highly saturated and doesn't offers the premium features of SiteGround.
I conclude this section by saying, SiteGround Startup is the best web hosting for beginners in 2020 to getting started with blogging.
GoGeek is for advanced users
Based on performance reports and hosting more than ten sites on SiteGround plans, I don't usually see any difference between GoGeek and Growbig.
At any time, the GoGeek is an great WordPress hosting for Agencies but a causal blogger don't need it unless one want to use the GoGeek exclusive features like white label clients and high traffic limits.
Growbig is my recommended plan
It's not an surprise I got recommending this Growbig as SiteGround itself admits their Growbig plan is the best seller when compared to GoGeek or Startup.
The Growbig is the ideal package for anyone to get started with a scope of adding new sites in coming months.