Plans and Pricing
Namecheap Is More Budget-Friendly, but SiteGround Is Better for WordPressBoth Namecheap and SiteGround offer three shared hosting packages. Namecheap’s basic plan (Stellar) comes with 20 GB SSD disk space, unlimited bandwidth, and the option to host three websites. SiteGround’s basic plan (StartUp) gives you 10 GB SSD web space, unlimited bandwidth, and one website. Even though Namecheap charges extra if you choose a shared hosting package on a UK datacenter over the US, it’s still cheaper than SiteGround. Namecheap also provides more storage space than SiteGround with its WordPress hosting plans. However, SiteGround is known for its WordPress hosting and all its plans are optimized for WordPress and include automatic WordPress installation and updates. Namecheap’s managed WordPress hosting plans will install WordPress for you, but you’re on your own for updates. Both hosts offer 30-day money-back guarantees. However, SiteGround charges setup fees for its monthly subscriptions as well as renewal fees for all other subscription periods – Namecheap doesn’t. Namecheap unsurprisingly wins the pricing round. Even though SiteGround offers more options, it simply can’t beat Namecheap’s competitive prices.
SiteGround Has More Value-Added Features Than NamecheapSiteGround has ditched cPanel, improved its Client Area, and developed a user-friendly and highly intuitive control panel called Site Tools that makes it even easier to manage your website. SiteGround plans include a free CDN (content delivery network) on all shared hosting and WordPress plans. You’ll have to upgrade to one of the two highest-level WordPress plans with Namecheap to get a free CDN. See the main differences in features between Namecheap and SiteGround in this side-by-side comparison table:
|Hosting Types||Shared, WordPress hosting, VPS (virtual private server), reseller, dedicated servers||Shared, WordPress hosting, WooCommerce, cloud, reseller, enterprise|
|Free Domain||Yes, for one year, but only .website domain names (.com, .net, etc., are paid)||No|
|Free SSL Certificate||Yes||Yes|
|Disk Space||20 GB to unlimited||10 GB to 120 GB|
|Bandwidth||1000 GB to unmetered||Unmetered|
|Automatic Backups||Twice a week (for all shared hosting plans)||Daily|
|Control Panel||cPanel||Site Tools|
|Email Accounts||30 to unlimited||Unlimited|
|Free Site Migration||Yes||Yes, but not on the cheapest shared or WordPress plans|
|Money-Back Guarantee||30 days||30 days|
Namecheap Delivers Decent Performance, but SiteGround Is More ReliableWhen it comes to performance, there are two main points to look for in a good host – network uptime and website loading speed. Both Namecheap and SiteGround offer SSD drives, which perform much faster than the standard HDD storage. While all of SiteGround’s plans are based on Google Cloud, only some of Namecheap’s plans are cloud-based. This should enhance your website’s overall performance since Google is known for maintaining one of the fastest and most powerful networks. SiteGround has servers in the UK, the US, the Netherlands, and Singapore, while Namecheap has servers in the UK and the US. As for network uptime guarantee, Namecheap promises 99.9%, while SiteGround promises a higher uptime of 99.99%.
SiteGround Is Ahead of the Curve on SecurityThis is where the competition gets tough. Both SiteGround and Namecheap take your website’s security very seriously. They both offer free SSL certificates and secure emails with anti-spam and antivirus. Unfortunately, Namecheap’s free Positive SSL certificate is only free for the first year, then it’s 50% off the second year, and full price after that. Namecheap tries to keep up by supporting DDoS (distributed denial of service) protection and two-factor authentication. However, SiteGround races ahead by adding a web application firewall (WAF) and its own artificial intelligence anti-bot system (equivalent to DDoS protection) to protect you from external threats. SiteGround solidifies its security win by giving its customers access to its Sucuri-developed application, SG Scanner, to be able to detect malware or any other cyber threats. With Hive technology, all of SiteGround’s shared hosting servers are also isolated from each other.
It’s Faster to Get Help with SiteGroundBoth Namecheap and SiteGround maintain informative and resourceful websites. On both sites, you will find a user-friendly experience while navigating through a comprehensive knowledge base and a helpful FAQ section. SiteGround offers detailed video tutorials on both the website and YouTube. It’s also faster to get help from SiteGround’s 24/7 live chat support or you can contact support by phone and ticket, but you need to log into the user area first to submit a ticket. In comparison, Namecheap offers 24/7 live chat and a ticket system, as well as video tutorials, but those are only available on YouTube. SiteGround takes this round thanks to its more efficient support channels.
SiteGround Is the WinnerNamecheap or SiteGround? Let’s be honest, cheap prices are always appealing, but if you’re serious about top-quality web hosting, then the cheapest option may not be the best idea. SiteGround wins this contest overall thanks to its abundant features, reliability, excellent support, and robust security, which is also why it made it into our list of the best web hosting services. However, if SiteGround’s prices are too high for your budget, Namecheap is still a good option. Alternatively, you could take a look at our #1 rated web host, Hostinger, which performed fantastically in our tests and is the cheapest host around!
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