Can’t make up your mind on the Siteground StartUp vs GrowBig plan for your website?
I think I’ve got a fair bit of experience to help you make the right decision on that.
This blog you’re reading has gone from Hostgator to Siteground’s startup plan to now on their GoGeek plan.
Here’s what you will learn from this post:
- Key differences between both plans
- Main common features
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
To be honest, I can do pretty well with the Startup and Growbig plan for this website because it’s not receiving that much traffic, yet.
Plus this one is a targeted niche website so it might take me 8 months or more to even reach 10 000+ visits per month.
However, my second blog has the potential to reach 100k+ monthly traffic within the next 2-3 months so that’s why I switched from the Startup plan to GoGeek instead of GrowBig.
5 Key Differences between Siteground Startup vs GrowBig Plan
1 . What is the price difference between the Startup and Growbig plan?
The price for the first year (60% discount):
That will be 3.95p/m for the Startup plan and 5.95p/m for Growbig.
So the Startup plan’s total fee for the first year will be $47.40 and $71.40 for Growbig plan.
The startup will be 9.95 monthly and $119.40 for the whole year.
Growbig will be 14.95 monthly and 179.40 for the whole year.
The tricky part: If you happen to change your mind after few months and want to upgrade to the Growbig plan, you will be paying the full upgrade fee without the 60% discount.
For instance, let’s say you bought the startup plan in January at the 60% discounted price, and wanted to upgrade in March, you will be paying $134.55 (14.95 p/m) for the remaining 9 months of the year.
Or you could simply renew for an entire year again with the full price of the Growbig plan.
I have experienced this as I started off with the startup plan and now I’m on GoGeek.
But if I were to go back, I would have definitely started off with the Growbig or GoGeek.
2 . What is the traffic and web space difference between both plans?
Startup is suitable for 10 000+ monthly visits and comes with 10GB space.
Growbig is suitable for 25 000+ monthly visits and comes with 20GB space.
Does that mean your site will go down if it goes above the limit?
I have verified this with a SG’s staff and he said no it won’t.
However, the servers and resources are limited. He said multiple clients are sharing the servers which is why it’s called shared hosting.
Although your site won’t go down out of nowhere, it’s best to upgrade when you know you need to.
3 . How many websites can you host with Siteground’s startup and Growbig plans?
You can host 1 website on the Startup plan and unlimited websites on Growbig.
4 .Which one has Siteground’s Supercacher to rock your website’s loading speed?
Both plans have the SuperCacher to speed up your website.
However, startup plan only has the static cache available.
Growbig and GoGeek have all 3 levels of the Supercacher. These 2 also have the special cache feature for ultra speed performance.
My opinion: Having used Hostgator for the last 3+ years, even the startup plan’s static cache was like a breath of fresh air for me.
This site was loading pretty fast with the static cache and now on GoGeek, it’s 10 times faster.
5 . GrowBig has Premium support!
This one had me chuckle a little.
Before I became a customer and at the time when I was using the startup plan, Siteground customer reps have always responded to me within 1 minute of me opening the live chat.
And you’re telling me that’s not premium support? 😀
6 . GrowBig has the Premium Wildcard SSL Certificate feature.
This is only necessary if you’re planning to host subdomains under your main domain.
A subdomain is a domain that’s a part of another main domain.
For example, let’s say your main website is me(dot)com and you’re planning to create reviews(dot)me(dot)com, the reviews one will be your subdomain.
And if you’re on Siteground’s Growbig plan, you don’t need to buy a separate SSL certificate for each subdomain.
Main Common Features of Siteground’s startup and Growbig plan
- Unmetered data transfer
- Quick 1 click WordPress install
- Free email accounts
- Control Panel
- Free migration of existing site
- Free SSL certificate
- 30 days money back guarantee
- WordPress auto-update
- WordPress advanced security
- Drag and drop builder
- Free shopping cart install
Common features to speed up your website:
- 5 data center locations from 3 continents for a super fast website.
- Free CDN (CloudFlare) with each account for more speed.
- HTTP/2 enabled servers
- SSD Storage
- Customized server setup
Growbig and Startup plan’s common features to prevent downtime, Spam and hacks:
- Power redundancy
- Hardware redundancy
- LXC-based stability
- Fastest server monitoring
- Anti-hack systems/help
- Proactive updates and patches
- SPAM Experts
- Daily back up (1 copy for Startup and 30 copies for Growbig)
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
1 . What is the bandwidth of Siteground Startup plan and Growbig?
The Startup plan comes with 10 GB and Growbig comes with 20 GB space.
2 . Is there a free migration service for existing site transfers to Siteground?
Yes, the first site migration is free.
If you want to move another site to Siteground, the fee will be somewhere between $40-50.
If you want to do it manually, one of their Customer representatives will patiently guide you through each step.
I paid for my second site transfer simply because I had a lot of other things to deal with and didn’t have the patience to do it myself.
And also because of the fear of messing things up!
3 . Does Siteground offer a money back guarantee?
Yes, all Siteground plans come with a 30-day money back guarantee so you’ve got nothing to lose.
4 . Does Siteground offer free domain?
They stopped it in March 2017. However, they started offering 60% discount for all 3 plans.
Your key takeaway:
- You can upgrade from the startup plan to Growbig any time.
- Unlimited websites, 20GB bandwidth and 3 levels of Supercacher is available in the Growbig plan.
- If you can afford the first year’s fee of $71.40, it’s worth starting off with the Growbig plan.
Have you made up your mind between the Siteground Startup vs Growbig plan now?
Which one have you decided to go for?