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Hostinger Web Hosting Review

Web hosting isn’t something that many people think about until they need it, but the technology is one of the internet’s pillars. Without web hosting services, your favorite sites, podcasts, and videos would live on in a radically different, and likely inconvenient, fashion. If you’re planning to open a business or expand an existing one, you’ll need a good web host. Hostinger is one option, offering solid and dependable plans that can get your company online in no time. That said, Hostinger’s plans lack some of the features you’d expect in a top-tier web host, such as dedicated hosting and telephone support.Hostinger's pricing information

Shared Hosting

Hostinger, like many other web hosting services, offers shared web hosting. With this most basic hosting tier, your website lives on a server with other websites. In other words, the sites literally share a single server’s resources. The benefit of this cohabitation? You split the hosting costs, resulting in cheap web hosting. The downside? Shared hosting isn’t very powerful hosting, so your site may slow, or become unavailable, if your content (or that of one of your cohabitants) receives, say, a big social media hit.

Hostinger has three Linux-powered shared web hosting plans: Single, Premium, and Business. The Single plan (starting at $9.99 per month, or $2.99 per month with a one-year commitment) lets you host just one website and offers one email account (just one!), 100GB of monthly data transfers, and 10GB of solid-state storage. The Premium plan (starting at $10.95 per month, or $5.99 per month with a one-year commitment) boasts unlimited site hosting, email, monthly data transfers, and 20GB of storage. It also comes with a free domain name, and boasts double the processing power. The Business plan (starting at $15.99 per month, or $6.99 per month with a one-year commitment) has all of the Premium plan’s offerings and adds a free SSL certificate, daily backups, and quadruple the processing power. Hostinger also offers two-year and four-year plans that have significant discounts.

Those are decent plans for, say, a mom-and-pop shop that just wants to list its inventory, but the Editors’ Choice award-winning HostGator offers superior shared web hosting packages for a wider range of users. Not only does HostGator offer Linux and Windows servers, but it has unlimited storage, email, and monthly data transfers at each shared hosting tier. That’s impressive.

 

VPS Hosting

Virtual private server (VPS) hosting is the minimum web hosting tier you want if you’re serious about creating an online presence for your business. Compared with shared hosting, VPS hosting gives your website additional server resources to work with, as there are fewer websites on the server.

Hostinger has a whopping six Linux-based VPS plans and four Windows-based VPS plans. The entry-level Linux tier has 1GB of RAM, 20GB of storage, and 1,000GB of monthly data transfers for $8.95 per month (with a three-month minimum sign up). The top-tier Linux VPS plan includes 8GB of RAM, 160GB of storage, and 8,000GB of monthly data transfers for $61.95 per month (with a three-month minimum signup).

Hostinger’s Windows-based VPS plans have slightly different specs. The entry-level option includes 2GB of RAM, 50GB of storage, and 4000GB of monthly data transfers for $26 per month. The high-end Windows VPS plan boasts 16GB of RAM, 400GB of storage, and 7000GB of monthly data transfers for $250 per month.

Those are good plans that would serve your business well, but Hostwinds. remains the PCMag Editors’ Choice for VPS hosting. Hostwinds has wallet-friendly, well-rounded VPS offerings that start at $16.99 per month for 1GB of RAM, 30GB of disk space, and 1TB of monthly data transfers. Plans scale up to $574 per month for 96GB of RAM, 750GB of disk space, and 9TB of monthly data transfers.

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No to Dedicated Hosting, Yes to Minecraft Hosting

Dedicated hosting is one of the most powerful forms of hosting you’ll encounter. A dedicated hosting plan places your website on a server all by itself, letting you leverage the server’s full power. If you expect high traffic volume, a dedicated server is an excellent choice. Hostinger doesn’t offer dedicated hosting, however.

You know who does? AccuWeb. In fact, it’s the Editors’ Choice for web hosting services. Please read that review to learn about AccuWeb’s excellent dedicated hosting offerings.

Hostinger may lack dedicated hosting, but it offers gamer-centric Minecraft hosting. With Minecraft hosting (starting at $11.95 per month, or $10.95 per month with a one-year commitment), you can install your own game mods, establish rules, and even enable in-game advertising.

WordPress Hosting

WordPress is the world’s most popular content management system. Thanks to its simplicity and robust plug-in and theme ecosystems, WordPress is extremely easy to customize as you see fit—one of its key attractions.

Hostinger has multiple WordPress plans; three of them, in fact. They are Starter, Premium, and Business. Hostinger’s WordPress and Shared hosting plans share the same names, but they offer different specs. The Starter plan ($11.95 per month, or $3.95 per month with an annual plan) includes 20GB of storage, weekly automated backups, Jetpack Free, and unlimited monthly data and site hosting. Premium ($29 per month, or $12.95 per month with an annual plan) ups things with 40GB of storage, Jetpack Personal, and daily backups. Business ($58 per month, or $22.95 per month with an annual plan) tops them all with 80GB of storage and Jetpack Premium. The WordPress accounts come with zero email,

On the upside, Hostinger offers a super-easy onboarding flow that gets your site up and running in just a few minutes time. There’s also an option to migrate existing sites either manually or using a Hostinger agent.

Yet, A2, our Editors’ Choice for WordPress hosting, just edges Hostinger and the competition by offering three excellent WordPress hosting tiers—Lite, Swift, Turbo. They all feature unlimited storage, monthly data transfers, and email.

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Cloud Hosting

Cloud hosting is a form of web hosting in which your website is powered by several different servers. You can scale resources in real time, as your site isn’t limited to physical server constraints.

Hostinger has three cloud hosting tiers: Cloud Startup, Cloud Professional, and the Google-powered Cloud Global. The entry-level tier (starting at $29 per month, or $12.95 per month with a one-year commitment) comes with 3GB of RAM, 40GB of storage, and unlimited monthly data transfers. The middle-of-the-road tier (starting at $58 per month, or $22.95 per month with a one-year commitment) ups the RAM to 6GB and the storage to 80GB. The high-end tier (starting at $100 per month, or $60 per month with a one-year commitment) boasts 16GB of RAM and 200GB of storage. All the plans come with a dedicated IP address, a free SSL certificate, and unlimited site hosting. Two-year and four-year plans are available for these plans, too.

That’s a good offering, but if you want truly powerful cloud hosting, 11 Ionos is the way to go. The co-Editors’ Choice has plans that start at $0.014 per hour (with a maximum $10 per month charge) for a single-core CPU, 1GB of RAM, 50GB of storage, and unlimited monthly transfers. The offerings max out at $0.486 per hour for a 16-core CPU, 48GB of RAM, 500GB of storage, and unlimited monthly data transfers. There are managed and unmanaged options, as well as customizable plans.

DreamHost is our co-Editors’ Choice for smaller-scale sites that need a less-demanding cloud hosting service. Its plans start at $4.50 per month (for 512MB of RAM, 100GB of storage, and unlimited monthly data transfers) and top out at $48 per month (for four CPU cores, 8GB of RAM, 100GB of storage, and unlimited monthly data transfers). Though DreamHost’s RAM and storage totals aren’t as high as those of 11 Ionos, you can select either Linux- or Windows-based servers.

Reseller Hosting on Hostinger

If you’re looking to get into the web hosting business yourself, but you don’t want to deal with infrastructure matters, check out Hostinger’s two reseller hosting packages: cPanel Reseller Starter and cPanel Reseller Business.

The Starter plan ($35.99 per month, with a three-month commitment) comes with 50 cPanel accounts, 50GB of storage, 500GB of month data transfers, and free SSL certificates. The Business plan ($33.99 per month, with a three-month commitment) ups the specs with 150 cPanel accounts, unlimited storage, and unlimited monthly data transfers.

As with other reseller hosting plans, Hostinger’s reseller plans let you apply your own company branding, for a personal touch. All plans come with automatic backups, too. However, Hostwinds remains the Editors’ Choice for reseller web hosting, as it offers unlimited storage and data transfers with every tier.

Setting Up a Site

Hostinger has several options for building a website, including the company’s own website builder: Zyro. The free tool has many cool features, such as a logo builder, slogan builder, and business name generator. Its coolest features, however, are its AI-powered ones: AI Writer (generates unique copy based on a topic you select) and AI Heatmap (provides insights on what website visitors will focus on when they visit). In my tests, Zyro produced truly solid starter text. I could see a company using AI Writer and tweaking the copy to suit its needs.

E-Commerce and Security

Making money online requires e-commerce tools, and Hostinger has them in abundance. By dipping into the Hostinger store, you can download popular and useful tools like OpenCart, PrestaShop, Simple Invoices, and ZenCart.

If you’re looking to secure your website, Hostinger has many tools that let you do just that. For example, you get a free Secure Socket Layer (SSL) certificate with some plans hosting plan or buy one separately. The technology secures the connection between your website and a visitor’s computer, which is vital for security (especially if you wish to sell products). You can also sign up for $19.99 Cloudflare protection, tech that safeguards your site against DDoS attacks and other threats.

Customer Service

If you encounter a problem or just have a question you’d like to ask Hostinger’s customer service squad, you can hit up the crew via web chat on a 24/7 basis. I found the staff to be incredibly friendly and informative, and they answered my test questions with the appropriate links. Hostinger’s customer support team is the best I’ve encountered in the web hosting game, surpassing even GoDaddy’s excellent team.

The one big caveat is that Hostinger lacks phone support. If you want to contact a human being, it’s web chat or bust. On the upside, Hostinger has a sizable knowledge database that answers common (and uncommon) web hosting questions. The company also has a wiki, https://hostingwiki.org/, that contains answers for many questions. Hostinger’s plans come with a 30-day money-back guarantee.

Quality Uptime

Uptime is an extremely important web hosting element, as it’s a measure of your website’s availability. Sites with good uptime are considered dependable; sites with bad uptime are inaccessible and unreliable.

In our testing over a two-week period, Hostinger proved itself a reliable web hosting service. In fact, our test site didn’t go down once during the 14-day observation period. So, you should be able to count on Hostinger for dependable uptime.

A Very Good Host

Hostinger is a versatile web host that offers excellent uptime and customer service, as well as a mix of traditional and cloud-based hosting. It’s also easy to use, and it has Minecraft servers for people who want to explore the sandbox video game in a new way. However, its lack of dedicated servers and phone support dulls the experience a bit. If you’re looking for higher-powered dedicated web hosting, check out the Editors’ Choice award-winning AccuWeb, which has excellent dedicated hosting plans and Windows servers, as well as telephone-based support.

The Bottom Line

Hostinger is a well-rounded web host that boasts excellent customer service and uptime. It doesn’t offer phone support or dedicated hosting plans, however.

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