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Siteground vs WPX vs BionicWP

I used Siteground for several years and it was good. But a few months ago I switched to WPX.net hosting and it’s much better. This post will compare WPX.net to Siteground and BionicWP (+ a third local shared hosting provider to have a different price point in the mix). In the end, you will be sure which hosting company is the best for you and why.

Siteground vs WPX.net comparison

I’ve used both companies for various websites, dealt with their customer service and tested their speed. Here’s my personal experience.

Siteground is not a bad choice – their customer service was good, their UI is much better now after it’s migrated to it’s latest version (the old one was dated), although you still have to do some fiddling about in an old cPanel – not for the average user.

4.7/5 rating on Trustpilot is a very good result (especially for a hosting company, check out Bluehost’s measly score…).

In terms of what you get for the monthly price of $27.34 – it’s pretty good (and they seem to have updated their offer since I left them… it looks a bit better than I remember). It’s very similar to what you get from WPX hosting, although the price is slightly higher – but then you get unlimited domains (vs WPX 5 domains in a similar price range).

What you don’t get (strangely) is WebP image support (which Google really likes and recommends). Imagine my surprise at the time, when I installed a WebP converter plugin just to be told that my premiium hosting provider doesn’t support it. I’m sure they will allow it to all websites soon, but it is very late in the game). Siteground still hasn’t switched all their servers to support WebP – onlly the ones migrated to their new Site Tools. WPX hosting offers that out of the box.

Siteground note on a post from February 2020

Real-life hosting test / benchmark – Siteground vs WPX

Take my project nimblecamper.com as an example. I hosted it originally on SiteGround, who were fine for me. Despite the recent exodus of their customers and bad rap in blogging and speed optimisation forums – I found their service just fine, especially after the migration to a new UI. (BTW, quite a few people must be moving away from SiteGround as WPX have a separate option just for them to select as “migrating from” – and it’s the only specific company option…)

how many people does it take to migrate, to secure a separate entry in the migration form?

I kept the website simple – no visual builder, just WordPress Gutenberg + a fast Kadence Theme (read how it compares to other and why I recommend it here). A simple blog with no bells and whistles. Then I optimised it using most of recommended tricks.

The result (Siteground) was about 65/100 on mobile. Not bad and it was enough for a while for me. (I think that chasing the score only is not productive – you should also have good content for the users and optimised for SEO, then even an average speed score will do just fine).

Then I heard about WPX hosting on a speed optimisation forum that I trust, how fast and comparable to premium services out there they are. Checking it out, I discovered that they cost about the same as Siteground (roughly – their plans offer different # of domains and GB per month, Siteground’s GrowBig plan offers more, at about the same price as WPX hosting, but I wasn’t using it anyway).

So I naturally decided to try them out. They migrated the website for me at no cost. Their customer service was even faster than SiteGround’s.

They even optimised the website to fit their server settings for me for free (meaning they applied their tested W3 Total Cache and Autoptimize settings – more about it here).

And the result? My mobile PageSpeed rating went from ~65/100 to 83/100 on mobile (99/100 on desktop) and 90+/100 on posts. Even this website you’re just reading went up by about 20 points to 80/100 on mobile.

…And on top of that, they also run a dog/animal shelter, isn’t that just amazing :).

To gain +20 points on PageSpeed isn’t easy, once you’re above 50/100, so this was definitely one of the best decisions I could make. And that’s why I recommend WPX hosting to you too.

WPX Hosting Review

But wait! There’s more – I’ve tested WPX hosting vs another very fast host – BionicWP. See the analysis below.

WPX vs BionicWP hosting comparison

Can it get any better? Well, I recently tested BionicWP hosting and it performs better than WPX – not by much, but it does. So I decided to test and research it thoroughly to see if I should migrate my websites. The result is not what I expected…

Real-life hosting speed test (benchmark) – WPX.net vs Websupport.sk (shared hosting) vs BionicWP.com

*staging server = I asked WPX whether a staging domain runs on the same server as the root domain and they have confirmed so. Therefore there shouldn’t be a difference between running a test on a staging domain and root domain. But as I am testing mainly WPX vs BionicWP and both are on their staging server, I’ll take that as apples vs apples anyway. (Websupport.sk is there to compare a dedicated WP hosting vs a cheaper shared hosting).

wpx.net chat – staging vs root domain = same server

Google PageSpeed test results

As you can see, Bionicwp.com hosting performed best and was most consistent – above 60/100, without any swings. This would show that their server is the most stable and fasters out of the three.

GTMetrix test results

  • same website tested on GTMetrix London & San Antonio, TX, USA servers
  • we can see nicely here that the shared local hosting doesn’t perform well for visitors from other countries / continents (and that Google PageSpeed probably does account for where the test originates from, as it shows better results for shared hosting)
  • it’s also very clear that WPX.net performs best for EU visitors (choose them if the majority of your visitors comes from the EU) and Bionicwp.com is best for US visitors (i.e. choose them if the majority of your audience comes from the US)

Test results summary

IMPORTANT – websupport.sk shared hosting is based in Slovakia, same as me. Not sure whether Google PageSpeed looks at where is the test requested from, but if they do, that might explain why a shared hosting perfomed so well vs managed hosting (as their servers are not hosted in Slovakia). This seems to be confirmed by the positive results in PageSpeed tests, but not so positive using GTMetrix servers far away from Slovakia.

 WPX.net managed WordPress hostingWebsupport.sk shared hostingBionicwp.com managed WordPress hosting
average PageSpeed (mobile)54.6/10053.6/10062.8/100
GTMetrix avg Performance score (UK, US)69.8%56.5%73.8%
TTFB (seconds)0.6 (UK)
0.75 (US)
0.8 (UK)
1.45 (US)
0.376 (UK)
0.186 (US)
TBT (miliseconds)261.5 (UK)
257 (US)
290.5 (UK)
339 (US)
371 (UK)
277 (US)
LCP (seconds)1.75 (UK)
2.1 (US)
2.1 (UK)
3.2(US)
2.1 (UK)
1.6 (US)
Data centersChicago, London and SydneySlovakia26 Data centers world wide ("access to all the data centers inside of Google's network")
Starting monthly price$20.83 (5 domains, 10GB storage, 100GB bandwidth)$7.32 (5 domains, 100GB shared storage)$112.5 (5 domains, 25GB storage, 250GB bandwidth 100K visits per month)
Trustpilot score4.8/5 (1000+ reviews)not foundnot found = it's very new to the market, see below**
Other benefits that stand outCustom built Cloud CDN focusin on WordPress websites
24/7 super fast chat support
They run an animal shelter too...
Running on Google Cloud
Speed analysis dashboard + WP management integrated in the hosting admin UI
Verdict👌Best all round choice 👍 - comparably fast for a fraction of the price of other managed WP hosting services, incl. BionicWP
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The best choice if your target audience is in Slovakia or neighbouring countries
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Super fast hosting if you're not on a budget - best resuts, good integrated services.
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WPX.net managed WordPress hostingWebsupport.sk shared hostingBionicwp.com managed WordPress hosting
average PageSpeed (mobile)54.6/10053.6/10062.8/100
GTMetrix avg Performance score (UK, US)69.8%56.5%73.8%
TTFB (seconds)0.6 (UK)
0.75 (US)
0.8 (UK)
1.45 (US)
0.376 (UK)
0.186 (US)
TBT (miliseconds)261.5 (UK)
257 (US)
290.5 (UK)
339 (US)
371 (UK)
277 (US)
LCP (seconds)1.75 (UK)
2.1 (US)
2.1 (UK)
3.2(US)
2.1 (UK)
1.6 (US)
Data centersChicago, London and SydneySlovakia26 Data centers world wide (“access to all the data centers inside of Google’s network“)
Starting monthly price$20.83 (5 domains, 10GB storage, 100GB bandwidth)$7.32 (5 domains, 100GB shared storage)$112.5 (5 domains, 25GB storage, 250GB bandwidth 100K visits per month)
Trustpilot score4.8/5 (1000+ reviews)not foundnot found = it’s very new to the market, see below**
Other benefits that stand outCustom built Cloud CDN focusin on WordPress websites
24/7 super fast chat support
They run an animal shelter too…
Running on Google Cloud
Speed analysis dashboard + WP management integrated in the hosting admin UI
Verdict👌Best all round choice 👍 comparably fast for a fraction of the price of other managed WP hosting services, incl. BionicWP
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The best choice if your target audience is in Slovakia or neighbouring countries
GET THIS NOW
Super fast hosting if you’re not on a budget – best resuts, good integrated services.
Use promo code
“nimblediscount” to get $50off!

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TTFB – Time To First Byte = how fast does the server respond, how fast does it serve the first byte of data. LCP measures how long it takes for the largest content element (e.g. a hero image or heading text) on your page to become visible within your visitors’ viewport. TBT tells you how much time is blocked by scripts during your page loading process.

** Bionicwp.com seems to be the winner – very fast hosting. But it’s also very new to the market – Ahrefs.com estimates 40 visits a month and Similarweb.com hasn’t picked them up yet (in comparison, WPX.net Ahrefs estimate is 4000/month and Similarweb.com 230K/month). Meaning they probably don’t have as many customers as WPX.net and therefore their servers are clean and unencumbered. You can get very good results today – but time hasn’t verified the performance yet and there’s a chance it will go down with an increasing number of customers. Therefore the biggest unknown here is how they are going to deal with increasing hardware requirements as it’s always their cost vs results (speed). If they keep investing and keep the speed up, great. But they might make a business decision that will lower their performance to keep costs down.

Verdict

WPX.net is the best hosting when it comes to price, customer service AND speed. A perfect all-rounder that I definitely recommend.

But if you are really after speed and don’t mind a higher price – BionicWP is the hosting for you. Use promo code
“nimblediscount” to get $50off!

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