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Sail vs SiteGround

In this article you will learn about the key similarities and differences between Sail and SiteGround, and how Sail can be a great alternative to SiteGround.


SiteGround offers managed WordPress hosting services and is recommended by well-known WordPress brands like WooCommerce, and Yoast.

SiteGround offers a unique hosting dashboard, custom built and fine-tuned for WordPress. While many of SiteGround's products and technologies are open source, the majority of the platform itself is still closed and proprietary.

Sail is a great alternative to SiteGround at a fraction of the cost. It is completely open source and transparent, giving you the flexibility and freedom to host WordPress on your own terms. Visit Sail on GitHub to learn more.




Sail CLI

+ Premium

Easy-to-use dashboard
WP-CLI and SSH access Non-root
Integrated page caching
Free e-mail, webmail client
Unlimited installs/domains $30+
Unlimited visits/pageviews
Custom configs for PHP, Nginx, MariaDB
Custom PHP modules support
Git push-to-deploy $45+
Built-in performance profiling
Health & uptime monitoring
Image compression, WebP
Automatic daily backups
On-demand backups $30+
Multisite support


SiteGround pricing starts at $20/mo for 1 WordPress site, 10 GB of storage, unmetered bandwidth and up to about 10,000 visits per month. This also has a limit on hourly, daily and monthly CPU seconds, per-process memory of 786 MB, and 200k inodes (file limit).

For $20/mo, with Sail on DigitalOcean you could run a server with a dual-core CPU, 4 GB of RAM, 80 GB of storage and 4 TB of pooled bandwidth. Unlimited number of visits and sites/domains. CPU usage is not limited, but could be throttled by DigitalOcean, if usage is at a constant 100% for a long period. Per-process memory and file limit (inodes) are not limited.

Sail Premium pricing starts at $9/mo per server (unlimited sites/domains).



Sail + DigitalOcean

1 site, 10,000 visits, 10 GB storage, 50 GB bandwidth $20 $5
3 sites, 100,000 visits, 20 GB storage, 200 GB bandwidth $30 $5
5 sites, 400,000 visits, 50 GB storage, 500 GB bandwidth $45 $10
Additional storage, per GB Unavailable $0.10

Bandwidth Pooling

DigitalOcean allows bandwidth pooling, which means if you provisioned two servers with 1TB of bandwidth each, your total allowed monthly bandwidth is 2TB, regardless of which server is actually consuming it. Excess data transfer is billed at $0.01 per GB.

With SiteGround you may incurr additional overage fees for excess monthly visitors, CPU usage and/or bandwidth.

Free Trial

SiteGround provides a 30 day money-back guarantee on all shared hosting plans.

Sail Premium offers a 60-day money back guarantee. DigitalOcean provides a 60-day trial with up to $100 in credits. This is the equivalent of running a 4-core premium AMD/Intel CPUs with 8GB of RAM, 160 GB NVMe SSD and 5 TB of bandwidth for two months.

Backup retention

SiteGround's backup retention policy is 30 days for all shared hosting plans. On-demand backups are only available starting from the $30/mo plan.

Sail Premium has a 60-day retention policy, regardless of the server size or disk usage. On-demand backups are available both with the free version of Sail (full local backups) and Sail Premium (remote backups).


SiteGround provides chat, ticket and phone support on all plans. Priority support is available on their $45/mo plans.

Sail provides product support via our Slack community. Paid WordPress support options are available through vetted Sail partners starting from $49/mo.

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