SiteGround vs InMotion 2018: It’s Like Apple vs Android

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SiteGround and InMotion are the two most famous hosting providers outside the big EIG and GoDaddy conglomerates. While both of these web hosts provide the same services, the feel is very different. One is basically the Apple of the hosting world, and the other is like Android. I’ll show you why in this SiteGround vs InMotion hosting comparison.

Simple vs Comprehensive Plans

Apple has fewer phone models and Android has a ton of them. SiteGround and InMotion follow the same pattern.

SiteGround – Fewer Plans

SiteGround has a simple package structure for its main hosting services. Namely:

  1. StartUp
  2. GrowBig
  3. GoGeek

SiteGround vs InMotion Plans - Simple vs Complex

These three plans cover the following:

  1. Shared Hosting
  2. WordPress Hosting
  3. VPS Hosting

Here’s a complete list of SiteGround discounts and prices for all their plans.

InMotion – Lots of Packages!

On the other hand, InMotion has:

  1. Three Shared hosting plans
  2. Six WordPress hosting plans
  3. Six VPS Plans

Here are the InMotion coupons and discounts for all packages. They include an exclusive coupon for WP-Tweaks!

InMotion’s most premium WordPress package give you far more than SiteGround’s equivalent. The idea is that the hosting plan keeps growing with your site.

SiteGround vs InMotion Prices

Just like Apple’s phones charge a premium, SiteGround’s basic hosting and WordPress packages are more expensive than those of InMotion. This might not always be apparent. For example, here’s a table comparing the shared hosting plans of the two:

Shared Hosting Price Comparison: SiteGround vs InMotion

(Renewal at Full Price)Basic Hosting Plan
(Yearly Renewal)
Advanced Hosting Plan
(Yearly Renewal)
Premium Hosting Plan
(Yearly Renewal)
SiteGround Logo
SiteGround Shared Hosting

(See all Shared Hosting Deals)
$3.95/month
$11.95
67% off
$5.95/month
$19.95
70% off
$11.95/month
$34.95
66% off
InMotion Logo
InMotion Shared Hosting
$5.39/m
$8.99
40% off
$6.59/m
$10.99
40% off
$8.99/m
$15.99
44% off

At first glance, it may appear that SiteGround is cheaper than InMotion! But appearances are deceiving. Look beyond the discounts and see the full price. For the three hosting plans, SiteGround’s prices are double those of InMotion. Remember that neither of them gives a discount on renewal prices. So if you plan to stick around for the long term, look at the actual costs instead of just the initial discounts.

But InMotion’s Plans Can be Premium Too

However, this doesn’t mean that InMotion is a cheap low-cost web host. Just like there are flagship phones in the Android ecosystem, InMotion has top of the line plans as well. For example, here are the InMotion vs SiteGround WordPress plans compared side by side:

WordPress Hosting Price Comparison: SiteGround vs InMotion

(Renewal at Full Price)Basic Plan
(Yearly Renewal)
Advanced
(Yearly Renewal)
Premium
(Yearly Renewal)
Super Premium
(Yearly Renewal)
Elite
(Yearly Renewal)
Extra Elite!
(Yearly Renewal)
SiteGround Logo
SiteGround WordPress Hosting

(See all WordPress Hosting Deals)
$3.95/m
$11.95
67% off
$5.95/m
$19.95
70% off
$11.95/m
$34.95
66% off
InMotion Logo
InMotion WordPress Hosting
$6.99/m
$9.99
30% off
$12.99/m
$14.99
13% off
$17.99/m
$19.99
10% off
$29.99/m
$36.99
19% off
$59.99/m
$74.99
20% off
$114.99/m
$142.99
20% off

As you can see, while the SiteGround WordPress plans stop at $11.95/month, InMotion’s packages go all the way up to $114.99/month.

So with InMotion, you have the choice of premium vs cost effectiveness.

Many SiteGround Features “Just Work”

SiteGround has a lot of additional features compared to InMotion. For example, they have excellent staging support that allows you to test out features on your site before pushing them to development.

Another feature that SiteGround brought out recently is the WordPress migrator. This allows you to transfer any WordPress site on another host to SiteGround with no effort whatsoever. No downloading or uploading files. It “just works”.

It’s worth remembering though, that several of the advanced features are not available with the SiteGround StartUp plan like staging, free restorations, and on demand backups. The GrowBig plan is where the interesting stuff starts appearing!

But InMotion VPS Plans Have More Power than SiteGround

Like Android, InMotion gives its users the power to tinker with their VPS installations to a far greater extent than SiteGround. SiteGround VPS is basically just the “GoGeek” plan. This means no root access, no ability for advanced VPS stuff.

InMotion on the other hand, has comprehensive VPS offerings including a “self-managed” option that’s far cheaper than SiteGround, and gives you complete root access. Here are the VPS plans compared.

VPS Hosting Price Comparison: SiteGround vs InMotion

(Renewal at Full Price)Basic Plan
(Yearly Renewal)
Advanced
(Yearly Renewal)
Premium
(Yearly Renewal)
SiteGround Logo
SiteGround VPS Hosting (GoGeek)

(See all VPS Hosting Deals)
$10.59/month
$34.95
70% off
InMotion Logo
InMotion VPS Hosting (Self-Managed)
$19.99/m
$34.99
43% off
$39.99/m
$74.99
47% off
$64.99/m
$144.99
55% off
InMotion Logo
InMotion VPS Hosting (Managed)
$29.99/m
$44.99
33% off
$49.99/m
$84.99
41% off
$74.99/m
$154.99
52% off

As you can see, while SiteGround has just the one “semi-dedicated” VPS plan called “GoGeek”. For most VPS users, GoGeek is sufficient. But InMotion goes all the way with two separate tiers of managed vs unmanaged VPS. SiteGround’s GoGeek VPS is nothing but super advanced shared hosting. InMotion VPS is the real deal and easily beats out SiteGround for sheer power.

InMotion Doesn’t Have a “Real” Cloud Hosting Plan

When I think of “Cloud Hosting” I think of autoscaling, geolocation, built in CDNs, and the “pay for what you use” philosophy. In that regard, only SiteGround has cloud hosting even though InMotion calls theirs “Cloud VPS”:

Cloud Hosting Price Comparison: SiteGround vs InMotion

(Renewal at Full Price)Basic Plan
(Yearly Renewal)
Advanced
(Yearly Renewal)
Premium
(Yearly Renewal)
SiteGround Logo
SiteGround Cloud Hosting

(See all Cloud Hosting Deals)
$80/month $120/month $160/month $240/month
InMotion Logo
InMotion Cloud Hosting
$19.99/m
$34.99
43% off
$39.99/m
$74.99
47% off
$64.99/m
$144.99
55% off

SiteGround isn’t fooling around. Their cloud hosting plans beat out InMotion’s by far. While they might not have a real VPS product, they have a real cloud product, whereas the opposite is true for InMotion.

InMotion’s Dedicated Server Plans have a Renewal Discount!

As before, SiteGround’s dedicated server plans are more expensive than InMotion – but they lack the range as shown here:

Dedicated Server Price Comparison: SiteGround vs InMotion

(Renewal at Full Price)Basic Plan
(Yearly Renewal)
Advanced
(Yearly Renewal)
Premium
(Yearly Renewal)
SiteGround Logo
SiteGround Dedicated Hosting
$269/m $349/m $729/m
InMotion Logo
InMotion Dedicated Hosting
$105.69/m
$189.99
44% off
$166.59/m
$219.99
24% off
$238.99/m
$299.99
20% off
$340.99/m
$419.99
19% off
$414.49/m
$489.99
15% off
$519.49/m
$589.99
12% off

Also, InMotion allows you to customize your dedicated server machine, whereas SiteGround doesn’t have that option up front. Once again – Apple vs Android.

One thing that stands out about InMotion’s dedicated servers is that there are renewal discounts for the last three tiers. These “lifetime discounts” are unique to InMotion and SiteGround has nothing similar.

Also, SiteGround’s dedicated servers are managed. Unlike with InMotion, they set up your software and monitor it. Basically just imagine a huge shared hosting interface sitting on one dedicated machined! InMotion on the other hand “gives you the server”, as you would expect. Which one is better? Well, do you prefer iOS or Android? 🙂

SiteGround Has More Locations than InMotion

This is one feature where the SiteGround vs InMotion debate has a clear winner. SiteGround has datacenters in the US, Europe, and Asia in the following locations:

  1. Chicago, US
  2. Amsterdam, NL
  3. London, UK
  4. Singapore

So if your clients are located in Asia, it’s an easy decision. Siteground is the clear winner. InMotion’s datacenters are located on either side of the US – east and west coast:

  1. Los Angeles, CA
  2. Ashburn, VA

Both of these are located extremely close to each coast. So if your clients reside in the US, InMotion’s servers might be a bit faster if you reside on either coast. SiteGround’s Chicago datacenter services the entire country so there’s probably a somewhat higher lag compared to InMotion if you want to service the west coast exclusively.

Bottom Line: Gated vs Open

The differences between SiteGround vs InMotion couldn’t be more glaring. Yes, they provide the same services, but their philosophy is completely different. SiteGround is Apple – pricier, more controlled, “out of the box” features, and fewer choices. InMotion is Android – cheaper, unrestricted, and with a lot more choice of plans.

Which one you choose depends on how much control you want to have over your web hosting infrastructure. Do you just trust SiteGround to make the best decisions for you and for your software, or do you prefer the flexibility and responsibility that comes with InMotion hosting?

About Bhagwad Park

I've been writing about web hosting and WordPress tutorials since 2008. I also create tutorials on Linux server administration, and have a ton of experience with web hosting products. Contact me via e-mail!