1. Plans and Pricing
tsoHost Has More Budget-Friendly Prices Than SiteGroundWith SiteGround, you can choose from shared, WordPress hosting, WooCommerce, cloud hosting, reseller, and dedicated servers. tsoHost offers shared, WordPress hosting, reseller, VPS, and dedicated servers. I’ll compare the shared hosting packages from both hosts since shared hosting is the most popular choice among users.
SiteGround Provides More Value-Added Features with its Shared Hosting PlansWith SiteGround, you can get from 10 GB to 40 GB SSD storage, unlimited email accounts, unlimited databases, managed WordPress, and 1 to unlimited websites. SiteGround also throws in a bunch of freebies like an SSL certificate, daily backups, the Weebly site builder, and a CDN with all its shared hosting plans. SiteGround’s GrowBig and GoGeek plans include premium features (free of charge) such as speed-boosting caching, site staging, and adding collaborators to your website. Also, the GoGeek plan includes free White-Label Clients, more server resources, pre-installed Git, and priority support. In contrast, tsoHost gives you from 100 GB to unlimited HDD storage, unlimited bandwidth, 100 to unlimited mailboxes, and 1 to 200 websites. All tsoHost’s packages also include cPanel and a 1-click app installer. With tsoHost’s lower-value plans, you can get 50% off an SSL certificate (paid in full upon renewal), whereas the higher-value plans come with it free. Check out the following side-by-side table to further compare SiteGround and tsoHost:
|Hosting Types||Shared, WordPress hosting, WooCommerce, cloud, reseller, dedicated servers||Shared, reseller, VPS (Linux and Windows), WordPress hosting, dedicated servers (Linux and Windows)|
|Free SSL Certificate||✔||Only with higher-value plans|
|Disk Space||10 GB to 120 GB||20 GB – Unlimited (depending on the plan)|
|Bandwidth||Unmetered||400 GB – Unlimited (depending on the plan)|
|Automatic Backups||Daily||Daily (for VPS and dedicated servers only)|
|Control Panel||Site Tools||cPanel|
|Email Accounts||Unlimited||100 – Unlimited (depending on the plan)|
|Free Site Migration||Yes, but not on the cheapest shared or WordPress plans||✔|
|Money-Back Guarantee||30 days||30 days|
SiteGround Has Better Uptime and Offers More Performance FeaturesSiteGround has servers in the U.S.A., the U.K., the Netherlands, and Singapore, but tsoHost only has servers in the U.K. In other words, SiteGround has a more global presence when it comes to server locations. SiteGround uses SSD storage in all its plans, while tsoHost only uses SSD with specific plans (mostly server plans). SSD hosting is known to perform much faster than regular HDD storage and is more stable. This reflects directly on your website’s stability, loading speeds, and overall performance. SiteGround includes free Cloudflare CDN with all its plans, but tsoHost doesn’t offer CDN at all. A CDN or Content Delivery Network is a feature that boosts your website’s loading speeds, among other benefits, from anywhere in the world by placing your website on a global network of cloud servers. SiteGround and tsoHost offer uptime guarantees of 99.99% and 99.9%, respectively. Even though both hosts exceeded this number with actual uptime, tsoHost showed a few minor downtimes throughout the testing period. With all its performance features, I expected SiteGround to have perfect loading speeds. However, when I tested it using Sucuri, several server locations showed slow loading speeds resulting in a disappointing overall global score of C. Check out the detailed results in this SiteGround review. When performing the same test on tsoHost, it also showed some slow locations, but not as many as SiteGround. This resulted in a slightly better overall global score of B. Read the in-depth review of tsoHost. Even though SiteGround showed slightly slower loading speeds, you can fix them by activating the CDN. On the flip side, you can’t fix tsoHost’s performance issues with the provided features. SiteGround wins this round by a hair.
SiteGround Offers Much More Security FeaturestsoHost’s security includes high-end firewalls to protect websites against external threats such as DDoS and Brute-Force attacks and antivirus/antispam to secure incoming and outgoing mail. SiteGround’s standard security features include a web application firewall (WAF), an artificial intelligence (AI) anti-bot system (for protection against malicious attacks including DDoS and Brute-Force), 24/7 server monitoring, and access to the Sucuri-developed SG Scanner (antimalware). The other benefit of the free Cloudflare CDN included with all of SiteGround’s plans is that it acts as an additional DDoS protection layer. The CDN protects the network (including your website) against DDoS and Brute-Force attacks. You’ll get free SSL certificates with all of SiteGround’s plans but not with tsoHost. tsoHost only includes free SSLs with higher value plans, but you can get them at half price with the lower plans. SiteGround uses a system similar to CloudLinux OS, called Unique Account Isolation. This system is responsible for securely isolating your account from others on the same server to protect it against unintentional threats targeting those accounts. It also ensures the fair allocation of the server resources. tsoHost doesn’t use a system like this. You’ll get free daily backups with SiteGround, but only with specific tsoHost plans.
SiteGround offers more inclusive security features than tsoHost, making this round an easy win.