SiteGround vs Cloudways

Cloudways is the SiteGround alternative for people who can’t rely on shared hosting

Cloudways always hosts your sites and applications on dedicated servers. Pick the hosting company that consistently outperforms SiteGround on speed and performance.

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Cloudways users know exactly what they want and how they want it

“Cloudways speed optimizations are good and you will see a visible faster loading time of websites when compared with traditional shared hosting.”

Neel Kamal Kalita

Freelance Web Designer

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Ease of Use

SiteGround score: 8.3
Web hosting average: 8.6

Quality of Support

SiteGround score: 8.4
Web hosting average: 8.3

Ease of Setup

SiteGround score: 7.9
Web hosting average: 8.5

SiteGround’s focus is not high-performance hosting

SiteGround offers different plans and some of them include dedicated servers. But their bread and butter are hobby websites that don’t require exceptional performance. That’s the reason users look for SiteGround alternatives.


  • SiteGround excels at shared hosting, which doesn’t require cutting-edge servers
  • Their lowest cloud hosting plan is 10X pricier than Cloudways’ lowest plan
  • They don’t let users pick a server provider

Users look for SiteGround alternatives that can handle bigger sites

“Their servers are slow and if you upgrade your web hosting plan, like we did, they lock you in and hold your data hostage.”

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“SiteGround servers are not very effective if you have a big ecommerce website.”

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“If you have a site with high traffic, SiteGround might not be the best for speed purposes.”

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“I kept getting email alerts to say I had used my maximum usage despite continuously upgrading.”

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“I encounter 503 service unavailable errors constantly. These errors pop up so much now that it is affecting my sites’ SEO.”

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“The only time my site has ever worked properly was the day I moved it to another host.”

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Businesses who want control and flexibility choose Cloudways

Cloudways is a SiteGround alternative for businesses that need high-performing sites

No compromise on speed

We only offer cloud server solutions, unlike SiteGround’s main offer: shared hosting.

Scaling is easy

Get started at a very low rate today and easily upgrade your servers’ performance as you grow.

Pick your cloud provider

Choose a server that guarantees fast load times: DigitalOcean, AWS, and Google Cloud.

Even more reasons to choose Cloudways

Get a dedicated server for as low as $11/mo

Cloudways’ lowest-priced plan gets you 2.5x more storage and dedicated RAM/CPU, compared to SiteGround’s cheapest shared hosting. The price is barely different but we won’t limit your site’s resources.

“Cloudways not only cost less than what I was paying, but it’s also so much faster. We went from our website taking over 10-seconds to load to under 2-seconds.”
Chris Arndt

Cloud hosting that’s 10x cheaper

Cloudways’ starter cloud hosting plan costs $11/mo vs. $100/mo with SiteGround. You can scale resources immensely before you hit the same monthly bill at SiteGround.

“Cloudways pricing is really good, they give you so many cheap options that can handle anybody’s budget.”
Darell Neal

Transparent pricing, every year

With Cloudways you pay what you use and have total control of your billing. No hidden costs or 3X price hikes after your “sweet” initial deal is over.

“I have yet to be confused about what is included, what I have access to, or how much it will cost. Really excellent service.”
Beth Seitzberg

Host unlimited sites on a single account

Launch as many websites as you want without conceding speed — even on our lowest plans. As long as you have resources available, we won’t limit how many sites you can host on your server.

“You get *unlimited* applications, even with the most basic plan, which is a w e s o m e !”
Yanay Reingewertz

Everything your site needs, out-of-the-box

Free SSL, Firewalls, Monitoring, Backups, Staging, and more. Businesses that don’t want to complicate their server maintenance love how simple it is to launch a new site with Cloudways.

“Cloudways provides me access to the server without me having to manage every detail.”
Craig Booker
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At Cloudways, there’s always someone ready to help when it matters the most

Feel like SiteGround’s customer service has been lagging lately? We put our best agents and engineers on live chat, Slack and phone support, 24/7/365.

Cloudways customer support performance
Q3 2020 – Q1 2021

  • 2.1 minutes

    Initial response time

  • 30 minutes

    Average time to solve and close a support inquiry

  • 90%

    Percentage of support inquiries closed with a happy and satisfied customer

Dedicated Account Manager
Private Slack channel
Phone Support
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With Cloudways, you can choose your preferred cloud network

Cloud Hosting Providers

Pick a provider based on your performance needs

Cloud Hosting Providers

Pick a provider based on your performance needs

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Cloudways gives you over 10x more data centers to choose from

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Cloudways takes half the time to load your pages

Results based on, comparing similar sites and plans for speed optimizations

Plan Startup 1GB DigitalOcean
Average speed 1.24 s
439 ms
Response time for a 1.5 MB page. That’s 50% faster performance on Cloudways. Results based on a 3rd party review site.
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Cloudways gives you 3 days of free access, with all features included

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Boost your sites’ performance while reducing admin time — on any plan

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Speed & performance features
Applications WordPress, WooCommerce WordPress, Joomla, Magento, Drupal, PHP
Optimized caching
Not available on lower plans
Available on all plans
CDN available
Auto healing servers
Security features
Free SSL certificates
Dedicated firewalls
24/7 real-time monitoring
Regular security patching
DDoS protection
Automated backups Daily Hourly
Admin & collaboration features
Unlimited website installations
Staging areas
Not available on lower plans
Available on all plans
Team management
24/7/365 Support
Free site migration

Migrating to Cloudways is free and easy

That’s right, our experts handle your 1st site migration absolutely free. Move your site over to your new server quickly and with minimal downtime.

We guarantee absolutely no bugs, errors, or lost data. Our migration pros will work with you to ensure that everything gets done smoothly and efficiently

“We gave Cloudways a try and we saw our client sites have page load time decreased from an average of 5.4 seconds to just over 1 second.”
Jeff Weese – Founder, Joslex Studios
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Frequently Asked Questions

At Cloudways, we take security seriously. In fact, it’s our top priority. Rest assured that our staff takes a proactive approach to keeping our servers safe and secure from malicious traffic, malware and attacks.

Keep in mind that the following security measures are available on ALL plans:

  • Dedicated Firewalls
  • 1-Click Free SSL Certificate
  • IP Whitelisting
  • Regular Security Patching
  • Two-Factor Authentication
  • Bot Protection

If you have any additional questions or concerns about securing your sites, don’t hesitate to contact Cloudways support, we’ll be happy to help.

Yes, CDN is included on all plans. You can easily set it up via the server dashboard. It’s so easy even total newbies can do it. Note that we also offer CloudwaysCDN service which delivers more performance and even better user experience. Rates are highly-competitive starting at just $1 per 25GB. Check out our CDN page for more details!

As an alternative to SiteGround, Cloudways offers a premium out-of-the-box caching stack which includes: Memcached, Varnish, Nginx, and Redis. Utilize any of them to deliver faster response times and better site efficiency. SiteGround offers a basic out-of-the-box caching that delivers minimal performance boost.

NOTE: For better caching of specialized site apps, you may need to upgrade to a higher plan or install a premium caching app. Contact support if you need assistance; we’ll be glad to help!

Sure thing! Check out our own articles comparing overall performance and various speed tests you can also view several third party reviews and ratings on sites like, Trustpilot and HostAdvice.

Among the best SiteGround alternatives, Cloudways is committed to removing all of the stress from website management. That’s why we’ve invested heavily in resources, support staff, and other tools to ensure our customers always have support when they need it.

Our support process break down like this:

Standard Support: 24/7/365 access via Live Chat and support ticket system. Fully trained Support Team members are always available.

Advanced Support add-on: For more customized support, proactive monitoring of various systems and other services, we offer this level at a nominal cost. Simply tell us what you need, and we’ll give you a quote.

Premium Support add-on: This support level is for businesses that run intensive and mission-critical sites where every minute of uptime matters. We’ll provide even quicker response times, phone support, a dedicated Account Manager and a private Slack channel that can be utilized by your staff to communicate directly with us in a real-time group setting.

Managed cloud hosting is the kind of hosting service where your web hosting provider (like Cloudways) handles every aspect of your server platform including: administration, management, security, and maintenance.

What that means to you is that all you need to do is select the plan you want, the data center you want to base your server at, and the operating system you prefer. We handle the rest. Our team of administrators, developers and security experts will ensure that your server is properly managed along with proper CDN to ensure maximum uptime as well as data security and upkeep.

Note that Cloudways’ platform offers managed WordPress hosting and supports most other major CMS and Ecommerce platforms such as: Joomla, Magento, Drupal, and many other PHP-based apps.