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Plans and Pricing
OVHcloud’s Cheap Long-Term Pricing Offers Better ValueIt’s worth noting that OVHcloud offers a far greater variety of hosting types than SiteGround, including VPS, cloud hosting, and dedicated servers, but both offer budget shared hosting, and this is where I focused my comparison. SiteGround’s shared hosting is available on monthly, yearly, biennial, or triennial billing cycles. The yearly entry-level plan starts at just $1.99. This is thanks to a special customer discount. On the other hand, you can only purchase OVHcloud shared hosting on an annual billing cycle and there are no discounts for new customers.
Because of this, SiteGround is slightly cheaper than OVHcloud – at first. After your first year of hosting, your plan at SiteGround will renew at the normal price, which is significantly more expensive. Although OVHcloud does not offer an initial discount, you can expect a consistently competitive price – OVHcloud is cheaper in the long-term.
SiteGround Web Hosting
A free domain name is included with some hosting plans from SiteGround
But what about the plans themselves? OVHcloud offers more storage with its entry-level plan than SiteGround does with its most expensive plan. In addition, OVHcloud allows you to host five websites with its cheapest plan, whereas SiteGround only supports a single one with its equivalent plan. I’d have to say OVHcloud wins this round – it offers better long-term value, and it’s not nearly as tight on resources as SiteGround.
OVHcloud Web Hosting
Plan NameStorageBandwidthFree SSLNumber of SitesPricePlan NameStorageBandwidthFree SSLNumber of SitesPricePersonal100 GBunlimited+5$4.39More detailsProfessional250 GBunlimited+10$7.69More detailsPerformance500 GBunlimited+unlimited$13.19More detailsMore details
A free domain name is included with some hosting plans from OVHcloud
SiteGround Offers an Efficient and Convenient Platform for Web HostingBoth of these hosts use their own proprietary control panels. SiteGround’s is called Site Tools, and it’s an absolute joy to use. I’m not exaggerating when I say it’s one of most responsive and easy-to-navigate control panels I’ve ever worked with. Unfortunately, I cannot say the same for the OVHcloud control panel. Just trying to perform basic tasks through this panel was difficult – there were constant loading screens, the UI was a mess of unintuitive menus, and I even ran into a few bugs. SiteGround is a much friendlier option for beginners simply because of its control panel. SiteGround is also particularly good if you’re running WordPress. Beyond the one-click installation process, you’ll also have access to the WP Starter Wizard. This builds a basic framework for your site based on your responses to a few simple questions – such as whether you’d like to sell products or run a blog. It might save you a lot of time. It also offers a WP Migrator plugin, which lets you easily transfer any existing WordPress site to SiteGround’s platform with just a few clicks. On the other hand, OVHcloud doesn’t offer a migration service. You’d have to manually migrate everything over yourself using a third-party FTP client, which is going to be a huge headache if you’re new to the process. Overall, I’d say this is an easy victory for SiteGround. It’s not just more beginner-friendly – it’s easier to work with overall.
|Hosting types||Shared, WordPress, WooCommerce, cloud, and reseller||Shared, VPS, cloud, and dedicated servers|
|Free domain name?||✔||✔|
|Number of websites||1 to unlimited||5 to 10|
|Storage||10GB to 40GB SSD||100GB to 250GB SSD|
|Bandwidth||Unmetered traffic, supports 10,000 to 400,000 visitors||Unlimited traffic|
|Control panel||Site Tools||OVHcloud Control Panel|
|Free CDN?||✔||✘ (paid option)|
|Email accounts||Unlimited||10 to 100|
|Money-back guarantee||30 days||30 days|
SiteGround Takes Uptime Seriously – OVHcloud Is Much Less ReliableWe created a basic site with both hosts, complete with hi-res images, graphics, and text – what you’d typically see on most websites. We then performed speed and uptime tests. It’s worth mentioning that SiteGround offers you a choice of seven data centers spread across the US, Europe, Asia, and Australia. This gives you good coverage on most major continents, letting you serve your target audience with a nearby data center for improved site loading speeds. On the other hand, OVHcloud’s shared hosting plans are served by a single data center in eastern Canada. If your target audience is in Europe, they’re likely to experience slower loading speeds. You can activate a Content Delivery Network (CDN), or upgrade to a VPS so that you can choose your data center, but both of these services will cost you more. First, we tested our site’s loading speed with each host. Here are the results below: SiteGround, despite a heavy layer of caching and WordPress optimization straight out of the box, only offered mediocre speed (though still just within Google’s recommendation of less than 2 seconds). It performed slightly better with Sucuri Load Time Tester, which you can read about in our SiteGround review. OVHcloud was the faster of the two, beating SiteGround’s time by a whole second. It also performed well in our global speed tests, which you can check out in our OVHcloud review. Next, we tested uptime. We first looked at SiteGround, which offers a 99.9% uptime guarantee. If this uptime quota isn’t met, you’ll get an entire month of free hosting – with additional free months for particularly poor uptime. This is much more generous than most other providers. After a couple of months of uptime monitoring, we were very happy with SiteGround. Apart from a single short instance of downtime, the website was always up. However, it wasn’t such a good story for OVHcloud. It had much more significant periods of downtime – and to make matters worse, OVHcloud has no uptime guarantee for shared hosting. The same amount of downtime with SiteGround would give you an entire free month of hosting, whereas you’d get zero compensation with OVHcloud. So, which is better? OVHcloud is fast, but its poor uptime makes it a risky option. SiteGround only offers decent loading speed, but it’s far more reliable – which is why I think it’s the safer pick in terms of performance.
SiteGround’s Advanced Security Keeps Sites Safe – OVHcloud Only Provides Basic ProtectionSiteGround uses a custom web application firewall (WAF) which is constantly updated to keep on top of new threats. SiteGround also uses an AI-driven anti-bot system which effectively blocks millions of web attacks per day. WordPress sites also get a specialized security plugin which blocks common vulnerabilities and backdoors, hides revealing information from public view, and lets you keep track of login attempts. You can also take recovery actions if you are compromised, such as logging out all users and forcing a password reset. So, how does OVHcloud compete with all of this? Well, it has a ModSecurity WAF, some DDoS protection, and… that’s about it. Don’t get me wrong – this might be enough. But it doesn’t go the extra mile like SiteGround does. Nor does it offer any specialized protection for WordPress sites, which often need it. SiteGround is the easy winner for this section, because your websites are kept secure without any effort on your part.
SiteGround Provided Detailed Help, While OVHcloud Failed To Resolve My IssueSiteGround offers 24/7 live chat, tickets, and phone support, along with an extensive knowledge base consisting of guides and tutorials aimed at all skill levels. This is available regardless of your choice of plan. As for OVHcloud, there are multiple support levels available. OVHcloud’s free support tier is limited to 08:00 to 18:00 Monday to Friday (the exact time zone will vary depending on your location). You can contact support via live chat, tickets, and phone support. There is also a knowledge base, but it isn’t quite as comprehensive as SiteGround’s. You can get 24/7 support with OVHcloud if it’s an emergency – such as your website being down for a long time – but in most cases, you’ll have to adhere to the schedule above. Plus, the target response time is a staggering 8 hours, which presumably will often take you past the end of business hours. For more available and responsive support, you’ll be expected to pay an expensive ongoing fee. I know what you’re thinking: it’s not looking too good for OVHcloud. Well, we tested the support services for both hosts, beginning with a request for help from SiteGround’s support team with connecting a domain to our test site. The first issue we ran into was response time – we had to wait over 20 minutes to connect to a SiteGround agent via live chat. While the wait was long, it was worth it. The SiteGround support agent was a pleasure to work with, patiently describing how to connect my domain in a clear and polite manner. Later on, I asked for help with installing WordPress and the agent actually went ahead and did it for me. It’s rare to get this level of service, especially with a budget host. Thankfully, the wait times for SiteGround’s phone support tend to be shorter, so you do have the option to get a quicker response in an emergency. Then, we tested OVHcloud. As this was outside the usual support hours, we submitted a support ticket, hoping it’d be dealt with early the next morning. We asked for help installing a WordPress theme – a task that should require only a brief explanation, and maybe a link to a guide. Then, we waited. And waited. And waited some more. Just as we were about to give up hope, we received a response from OVHcloud’s support team eight days later. As you can see, the OVHcloud agent didn’t even understand my question. Instead, they just confirmed I had WordPress installed. Eight days of waiting and I was still at square one! This is why SiteGround wins this section, easily – not only is its support 24/7, but it’s more responsive and far more helpful.
SiteGround Earns an Easy VictoryWith much better uptime, support, and features (especially for WordPress), SiteGround is easily the winning provider in this comparison. Its responsive Site Tools control panel will save you a ton of time over the clunky OVHcloud Control Panel, and you’ll have plenty of WordPress features at your disposal to maintain your sites, and to keep them secure and optimized. While OVHcloud does have many benefits, like its cheaper long-term pricing and faster page loading speed, it’s difficult to recommend with its shaky uptime and poor support service. SiteGround also made our list of the top web hosting services for 2023, while OVHcloud did not make the cut. For a clear side-by-side comparison of these two hosts, check out the table below:
Plans and pricing
Big discounts for new customers, but high renewal fees and tight resources in the basic plan
Cheaper in the long term, no renewal fees and generous resources
Beginner-friendly and responsive control panel, useful WordPress tools like WP Migrator and WP Starter Wizard
Unresponsive and messy control panel, and a lack of useful features, especially for WordPress sites
Slower site loading speed, but much more reliable uptime that’s protected by a guarantee
Faster site loading speed, but patches of significant downtime with no guaranteed compensation
Custom security suite featuring an AI anti-bot system and specialized WordPress security
Basic firewall and DDoS protection, no added security for WordPress sites
Slow response times for live chat, but agents provide detailed and patient support
Painfully slow response times for support that may not even address your issues