In many cases, popular doesn’t mean better, but in this SiteGround vs VentraIP challenge, it does. VentraIP is one of Australia’s leading web hosts, but that wasn’t enough to beat a powerful host like SiteGround.
This was clearly shown when I tested both hosting services thoroughly across multiple different areas. While VentraIP seems to be a little bit cheaper than SiteGround, you get your money’s worth with SiteGround, thanks to its feature-rich shared hosting packages, better security, and higher performance.
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1. Plans and Pricing
VentraIP Is Slightly Cheaper, but SiteGround Offers a Better Value for Money
With SiteGround, you can choose from shared, WordPress hosting, WooCommerce, cloud hosting, reseller, and dedicated servers. On the other hand, VentraIP offers shared, reseller, and VPS hosting only.
Both services offer three plans for shared hosting. With SiteGround, you can choose to be billed monthly, annually, biennially, or triennially. With VentraIP, you can only sign up for a monthly or an annual subscription.
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Price-wise, VentraIP offers slightly cheaper package renewal rates than SiteGround. However, SiteGround comes packed with a boatload of valuable features (see the Features section), making it a better value for money.
Neither SiteGround nor VentraIP offers a free domain name with its plans. SiteGround offers free website migration except for its smallest plans for shared and WordPress hosting. VentraIP also offers free website migration.
With Siteground, you get a 30-day money-back guarantee, whereas VentraIP offers a 45-day money-back guarantee.
The winner? SiteGround. Even though VentraIP sells hosting subscriptions at a tad cheaper cost than SiteGround, SiteGround offers a more diverse range of hosting options and more value-added features.
VentraIP Can’t Beat SiteGround’s Feature-Packed Shared Hosting Plans
SiteGround for shared hosting allows you to host from 1 to unlimited websites. It also gives you from 10 GB to 40 GB SSD storage, 10,000 to 100,000 monthly visitors, unlimited emails accounts, unlimited databases, and managed WordPress.
All SiteGround’s shared hosting plans come with free daily backups, free SSL certificate, free Weebly site builder, and free CDN.
If you sign up for the GrowBig or GoGeek plans, you’ll additionally get speed-boosting caching, site staging, and you can add collaborators to your website (they get their own SiteGround accounts).
The GoGeek plan also provides you with free White-Label Clients, access to more server resources, pre-installed Git, and you get priority support.
On the other hand, VentraIP for cPanel hosting offers from 5 GB to 25 GB SSD cloud storage, unlimited bandwidth, unlimited databases, and unlimited email accounts.
VentraIP also offers a few extras for free like Comodo SSL certificate and Acronis Cloud hourly backups to safeguard your data.
Discover more differences between SiteGround and VentraIP in the following comparison table:
|Hosting Types||Shared, WordPress hosting, WooCommerce, cloud, reseller, dedicated servers.||Shared, reseller, VPS|
|Free SSL Certificate||✔||✔|
|Disk Space||10 GB to 120 GB||5 GB – 200 GB (depending on the plan)|
|Bandwidth||Unmetered||2 TB – Unlimited|
|Control Panel||Site Tools||cPanel|
|Free Site Migration||Yes, but not on the cheapest shared or WordPress plans||✔|
|Money-Back Guarantee||30 days||45 days|
The winner? SiteGround. Compared to VetraIP, SiteGround offers much more value-added features with its shared hosting packages.
SiteGound Delivers Faster Page Loading Speeds Than VentraIP
SiteGround delivers its services through its server locations in U.S.A., U.K., the Netherlands, and Singapore, but VentraIP only has two server locations and both are in Australia.
Speaking of servers, both hosts use SSD storage in all their servers. The difference between SSD storage and regular HDD storage is that SSD performs much faster, in terms of website data processing. This in return, reflects positively on the website’s loading speed and overall performance.
While SiteGround includes a free CDN with all its plans, VentraIP doesn’t with any plan. CDN, or Content Delivery Network, is a performance boosting feature. How it works is that when you activate it, it places your website on a global network of cloud servers hence improving the website’s loading speed from different locations around the world.
Both SiteGround and VentraIP promise a 99.9% uptime guarantee and, when tested, both exceed that promise with a perfect actual uptime on the long run.
When testing SiteGround’s loading speed from different locations around the world, using Sucuri, it showed promising speeds across North America and some locations in Europe, but the rest of the locations showed much slower load times. This resulted in a, not so great, global score of B. You can see more results in this detailed SiteGround review.
On the other hand, when performing the same test on VentraIP, the majority of locations showed disappointing load times and what’s even more upsetting is that the Australia server failed to connect. VentraIP scored an F in the loading speed test. Read this VentraIP review for more results.
Not only does SiteGround offer more performance features, it also actually performs better than VentraIP making this round an easy win for SiteGround.
SiteGround Is More Proactive About Your Website’s Security
All of SiteGround’s plans come with a standard set of security features including Web Application Firewall (WAF), it’s own artificial intelligence (AI) anti-bot system (protects against malicious attacks including DDoS and Brute-Force attacks), 24/7 server monitoring, and access to the Sucuri-developed SG Scanner (antimalware).
Like SiteGround, VentraIP also has its own set of security features and measures that come with all its plans. These include Corero DDoS protection, Fortinet Hardware Firewall, CageFS, Immunity360, CSF/LFD, and dynamic mod_security rulesets.
WIth VentraIP, CloudLinux OS is only available as an option with its unmanaged VPS plans. However SiteGround applies a similar system, called Unique Account Isolation, but with all its Linux-based shared hosting plans. The main purpose of these systems is to securely isolate your account from other accounts on the same server to protect it against any threats targeting these accounts. They also ensure the fair allocation of the server’s resources among all accounts.
Free automatic daily backups is included with all of SiteGround’s plans, but VentraIP includes free automatic hourly backups with its shared hosting plans and backups every six hours with its VPS plans.
Both hosts also include free SSL certificates with all their plans.
The security round is quite tough as both hosts have a wide range of advanced security features, but SiteGround offers slightly more features, making it the winner by a very thin margin.
It’s a Tie! Both Offer Very Good Support and Plenty of Resources
Both SiteGround and VentraIP have Knowledgebase sections, but SiteGround’s Knowledgebase is more comprehensive and organized than that of VentraIP.
SiteGround’s support is available 24/7 through live chat and phone. I went for the live chat and was instantly connected to an agent. All my questions were answered promptly and the agent was very knowledgeable and helpful. The only thing missing from the support would be to include more channels (email and support tickets).
Contacting VentraIP’s support can be done through live chat, phone, email, and support ticket. Like with SiteGround, I went for the live chat and was instantly connected to an agent. The agent was polite, professional, and well-trained answering all my questions fast with no pauses between questions and answers.
Both hosts have quite reliable support, and while SiteGround has a better Knowledgebase, VentraIP has more support channels available. In other words, both hosts are tied in the support round.
It’s a Sweeping Victory for SiteGround
Although SiteGround and VentraIP tied in the support round, SiteGround knocked down VentraIP in every other category. It’s no surprise that Siteground is one of the top 10 best website builders.
VentraIP may be slightly less expensive than SiteGround, but SiteGround offers more hosting options, feature-loaded plans, and is armed with more advanced security features. SiteGround also delivers a better performance than VentraIP.
|Plans and Pricing||More hosting plans. Slightly more expensive. Offers a 30-day money-back guarantee.||Fewer plans than SiteGround. Cheaper package renewal rates. Offers a 45-day money-back guarantee.|
|Key Features||Free website migration, free SSL, SSD storage, free website builder.||Free website migration, free Comodo SSL, SSD cloud storage.|
|Performance||More server locations, free CDN with all plans, 99.9% uptime guarantee, no downtimes, faster loading speeds||Fewer server locations, SSD storage with all plans, 99.9% uptime guarantee, no downtimes, slower loading speeds|
|Security||WAF, AI anti-bot system (protects against malicious attacks including DDoS and Brute-Force attacks), 24/7 server monitoring, SG Scanner (antimalware), Unique Account Isolation, free daily backups||Corero DDoS protection, Fortinet Hardware Firewall, CageFS, Immunity360, CSF/LFD, dynamic mod_security rulesets, CloudLinux OS (optional with VPS only), free hourly backups/backups every 6 hours (depending on the plan)|
|Support||Comprehensive and organized Knowledgebase, 24/7, live chat, phone, highly responsive, staff is very helpful||Less comprehensive Knowledgebase, 24/7, live chat, phone, email, support ticket, highly responsive, staff is very helpful|