InMotion vs Siteground

Founded in 2001, InMotion is an online company that offers shared/VPS/dedicated hosting services. Siteground was founded in 2004 and is considered one of the most reliable and fastest hosting companies.

If you have shortlisted SG and IM but can’t decide which company to go for, go through the following paragraphs, where we’ve compared the various services and features of these two firms.

Siteground vs InMotion hosting

Siteground has introduced four cloud and three shared servers. InMotion offers four shared, four managed, four unmanaged, and three dedicated plans. Like Bluehost and Hostgator, this company’s shared subscription offers a free domain. Let’s have a look at the shared/dedicated servers of Siteground and Hostgator first.


InMotion has launched four shared hosting packages – Core, Launch, Power, and Pro. Priced at 2.9/month, the Core plan ships with a free SSL certificate, and you can host two sites if you have bought it. With this machine, you get 100GB of storage memory on the server, and you can create ten email addresses. SG StartUp is priced in the same range as Core and supports the hosting of 1 site only. The site hosted on this server must have up to 10K users. The StartUp pack offers 90GB less storage memory than that offered by Core and lets you create email addresses.

Launch and Power plans are a bit costlier than the firm’s Core plan. According to the company, sites hosted on the Launch and Power machines are powered by UltraStack caching solution. In addition to UltraStack caching, Power servers are enabled with the Advanced Caching function. InMotion offers unlimited storage memory and unlimited bandwidth and lets you host unlimited sites if you buy one of these two subscriptions. Launch, Power, and Pro servers enable users to create unlimited email IDs, and they cost 13.9, 5.99, and 5.99 dollars.

GrowBig, compared to InMotion’s Power and Launch packages, offers just 20GB of storage memory. Although SG lets you host unlimited sites on GrowBig servers, the maximum traffic the company allows is 100K visitors per month. SG also offers a staging environment to the buyers of this package.

GoGeek shared hosting plan lets the account owners give access to Siteground tools they use to other users with the help of the white label feature. It also allows users to create Git repositories. Sites hosted on/created with the GoGeek plan can have up to 400k visitors.

Sites that users host on InMotion Pro machines are powered by a highly optimized caching solution. Furthermore, the company guarantees an uptime of 99.9% to the sites hosted on their Pro servers.

The SuperCacher module powers websites hosted on the SG servers. The company has also enabled dynamic/static Nginx caching on its servers to boost the performance of the hosted sites.

InMotion and Siteground will automatically create a backup of your site, no matter which shared hosting pack you use.

When users buy a shared plan from InMotion, they get a free domain. You also have the option of transferring a domain at no additional cost while purchasing a subscription and getting a year’s extension. Siteground subscriptions don’t come with a free domain.

Cloud and dedicated

The two firms have launched four cloud hosting plans each. The IM cloud VPS servers with 8GB RAM, 6GB RAM, 4GB RAM, and 2GB RAM are priced at 89.9, 59.9, 59.9, and 29.9 dollars, respectively and have 140GB, 105GB, 75GB, and 45GB SSD. They ship with WHM and cPanel, three dedicated IP addresses, and come with unlimited bandwidth.

Siteground, on the other hand, has four cloud VPS hosting packages. The SG cloud VPS server with 20GB RAM and a 16-core processor costs 400 dollars per month and offers a 160GB SSD. The VPS with 16GB RAM, 12-core processor, and 120GB SSD is priced at 300 dollars. Siteground’s VPS with an 8-core processor, 80GB SSD, and 12GB RAM costs users 200 dollars/month. The cheapest cloud VPS is priced at 100 USD/month. This server has a 4-core processor, 8GB RAM, and a 40GB SSD.

InMotion has introduced four dedicated hosting plans – Essential, Advanced, and Elite. Elite is the costliest pack, whereas Essential is the cheapest dedicated hosting plan of the firm. The Essential servers cost 139.9/month and offer 16GB DDR3 RAM, 1TB SSD, and additional 50GB storage for backups. The Advanced and Elite dedicated machines of IM have 64GB and 32GB DDR4 RAM, 2TB SSD, and 64GB DDR4 RAM. The dedicated servers come with 5 to 15 dedicated IP addresses.

VPS/dedicated hosting features:

Site migrations: The two companies provide a free site migration service. SG provides a Migrator plugin that users must use to initiate and end the site transfer. IM users must make website transfer requests from their cPanel if they want an expert to transfer their sites for free.

Backups: InMotion lets its users create or schedule snapshots. Siteground, on the other hand, creates a backup of the site daily. The firm stores up to 7 backups at a time.

Data transfer: Sites hosted on a VPS can have massive traffic. SG allocates a bandwidth of 5TB to each VPS. Sites hosted on IM can transfer unlimited data.

Moneyback guarantee: InMotion plans ship with three months money-back guarantee. Siteground, its competitor, has a 30-day money-back guarantee policy.

DDoS protection: IM employs the Corero DDoS protection system to protect its servers from DDoS attacks. SG uses WAF to offer DDoS protection.

Staging and GIT: IM doesn’t support staging/GIT, whereas SG supports them.

Caching: Nginx caching, Brotli compression, and optimized PHP is set up on the cloud servers of the two companies.


InMotion and Siteground users can contact the company’s technical support staff with a phone or the live chat tool they find on the website. Users can also write an email to the support staff. According to SG, the customer gets in touch with the experts within 15 minutes, and 90% of the issues are resolved in the first contact itself.

Closing words: InMotion has cheaper shared hosting plans than SG. Their cloud/dedicated servers are cheap as well. Both firms offer excellent after-sales service and great uptime.


Pramod is the founder of wptls. He has been using WordPress for more than nine years. He builds web applications, and writes about his experiences with various WP products on this site.

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