In this Hostinger review, I am going to introduce you to one of the most affordable hosting services of 2019 which is also popular for its speed and performance. I have heard a lot of hype about this company. But does Hostinger truly deliver? Is the cheap pricing going to cost you dearly in the end? Let’s find out.
As you may have already noticed Hostinger is primarily a web hosting company. But what most people don’t know is that they are also very good in providing cutting-edge tools for a successful and sustainable online presence at very reasonable prices.
Hostinger was born in 2004. In the initial years, they were happy helping customers create their websites and grow online projects. In fact, 000webhost.com is a brand they own. If you don’t know what 000webhost.com is, its a free web hosting solution. And it has a lot of limits on its usage due to the obvious fact that it is FREE.
In recent years, Hostinger has grown impressively. They right now have more than 30 million users in 178 countries worldwide. In fact, after 2017 they have shown nearly 70% growth.
Does that mean something? Let’s find out now.
Let’s begin our Hostinger review by having a look at their hosting plans first.
Hostinger Hosting Plans and Features
Although Hostinger provides a range of services it is primarily known for its web hosting services. I am sure you already know that if you want to share any type of content online you need web hosting. No matter whether it is a portfolio, or a website, or a blog, on an eCommerce store, you need a place on the web to host it.
The process of getting the perfect web hosting for your website/blog is similar to renting a place for your project. A place where your website is hosted in a place where your visitors can come and consume your content 24 hours a day and seven days a week.
I went through all the plans Hostinger had while writing this Hostinger review and I found out that their hosting services are protected by the latest security technologies. That’s a relief because it ensures data protection for their customers.
Please remember that the pricing given for the hosting or any other services offered by Hostinger below may vary depending on the length of the subscription, and/or the presence or absence of an ongoing sale.
Hostinger mainly provides three types of hosting plans. Shared hosting, cloud hosting, and VPS hosting. Let’s review each of Hostinger’s plans, one by one.
Hostinger Shared Hosting Plan
If you are on a tight budget, there is no better plan than the shared hosting plan, to host your website. This is perfect for a smaller website. If you are a beginner who is looking for web hosting, I suggest you choose the shared hosting plan, if your finances are limited.
Shared hosting is like renting a room which needs to be shared with others. In a shared hosting plan, you need to share a single server with multiple websites. You will also be sharing server resources like bandwidth.
This is not a recommended hosting plan for you if you have larger websites with a lot of traffic. Because if there’s a high-traffic inflow to your website it may slow down your website along with other websites. That’s because resources are shared.
Here are some of the features of Hostinger shared hosting plan.
- Easy to use and powerful control panel.
- Secure servers
- Unlimited number of emails with premium plans
- Unlimited bandwidth with premium plans
- Unlimited number of websites with premium plans
- Regular Backups
Single Shared Hosting Plan
This plan is enough to host a small website with limited traffic. This plan will be perfect for you if you have a start-up blog or a portfolio site.
This is the cheapest hosting plan I came across when doing this Hostinger review.
With this plan, you get access to the following.
- 100GB of bandwidth
- 1 email account
- 10 GB Disc Space
- 1 website
- 1 MySQL database
- Easy-to-use website builder
As I already mentioned, if you don’t have a lot of money to invest, this is the best hosting option for you.
The Single shared Hosting Plan on Hostinger starts at $1.45/mo, although prices may vary depending on ongoing sales.
Premium Shared Hosting Plan
This is by far the most popular shared hosting plan on Hostinger. This plan may be perfect for you if you have a medium-sized website with moderate to high traffic.
Websites belonging to the following categories may be hosted on this shared hosting plan.
- Business websites
- Medium to high traffic blogs and websites
Unique features of the Hostinger premium shared hosting plan
- Unlimited websites
- 20 GB Disc space
- Unlimited bandwidth
- Unlimited MySQL databases
- Unlimited email accounts
- Easy-to-use website builder
- Free domain registration with an annual subscription
The premium shared hosting plan on Hostinger can cost you around $2.95/month if you sign up for a longer duration.
This is a good web hosting plan for beginners who can invest $2.95/month or more.
This plan also has 2X the processing power & memory than the Single Shared Hosting plan.
Business Shared Hosting Plans
This is the highest plan you can get your hands on in the shared hosting plans category. This is perfect for business users. With this hosting plan, you get all the features of the single shared hosting plan and the premium plan along with the following.
- 30 GB Disc Space
- Free domain registration with an annual subscription
- Free SSL certificate
- Daily backups
- 4X the processing power & memory than the Single Shared Hosting plan
The business plan is great for those who want top-notch security features and awesome speed along with more resources at an affordable price. With the ‘daily backups’ feature, you can restore your website to a previous restore point in case your website crashes due to an error.
Hostinger Cloud Hosting Plans
Cloud hosting is the latest technology in the web hosting arena where the power of cloud computing is used. This power is then combined with the simplicity of a shared hosting plan and is presented to you in the form of cloud hosting packages.
This technology is very reliable where the website files are hosted on multiple physical servers, arranged into a virtual cloud server. With this comes the extra speed and power of up to 3x faster than the regular shared hosting.
The cloud hosting plans also come with a dedicated IP address and SSL certificate.
As I mentioned above, cloud hosting is considered very secure because files are spread across multiple servers. In fact, the speed, size, feature, and resource capabilities of cloud hosting match that of a dedicated server.
Unique Features of Hostinger Cloud Hosting
- The user interface is powered by the control panel
- The back end is completely taken care of. You need to only concentrate on the content creation and design part of your website.
- Seamless Upgrade from shared hosting
- Dedicated IP address
- Live Upgrade between cloud packages (for example, from Startup to Enterprise)
- Free Lifetime SSL included
- Daily Backup/Snapshot of all data on the account
- Embedded CloudFlare protection (with DDoS protection mode selection)
- Fully Managed and Monitored Services (24/7 monitoring by our SysAd teams)
- hPanel included for free
- All the other benefits that you would receive with the standard hosting packages
There are three different hosting packages available in Hostinger cloud hosting. Startup, professional, and enterprise.
All cloud hosting plans receive:
- Unlimited bandwidth Unlimited websites Isolated resources
- Free domain registration Dedicated IP
- Free SSL certificate CloudFlare integration Cache manager
- and More powerful features
Startup Cloud Hosting
Startup cloud hosting plans are great if you have small to medium-sized projects. If you need stability, and isolated resources, this is for you.
Besides the features mentioned above, Startup cloud hosting gets you access to:
- 3GB of RAM
- 40GB SSD storage
- 2 CPU cores
- 1X speed boost
The startup cloud hosting plan may cost you starting from $7.45/month. Price may vary depending on ongoing sales.
Professional cloud hosting
Professional cloud hosting plans are for those who want to have the same benefits as a startup plan, but with more resources.
You get the following features too.
- 6GB of RAM
- 80GB SSD storage
- 4CPU Cores
- 2X speed boost
The professional cloud hosting plan starts from $14.95/mo. Price may vary depending on ongoing sales.
Enterprise cloud hosting
Enterprise cloud hosting is the highest package you can get in the cloud plans. This cloud hosting is very powerful and comes with easy-to-use control panel
With this plan, you receive the following benefits along with the features mentioned above.
- 12GB of RAM
- 160GB of SSD storage 6 CPU cores
- 3X speed boost
The enterprise cloud hosting plan starts from $27.45/month. Price may vary depending on ongoing sales.
Hostinger VPS Hosting Plans
VPS hosting is useful for those people who know how to handle it. If you are a beginner with less or no technical skills, VPS hosting may not be for you.
Hostinger VPS services are divided into 6 different plans targeting specific types of projects.
The pricing for the cheap cloud hosting VPS starts from $ 3.95 /month. If you want Windows VPS servers the prices may start from $26.00/month.
Unique Features of Hostinger VPS
- Top-notch dedicated servers, loaded with the latest Intel Xeon processors, terabytes of SSD disk space and 128 GB of RAM per server.
- 100 MB/S Network
- Full Root Access
- Dedicated IP
- IPv6 Support
Hostinger Features Review
Hostinger has data centers spread across the globe. It has servers in seven different regions. They are the UK, US, Brazil, Netherlands, Singapore, Indonesia, and Lithuania.
Auto Installers and Website Builders
With this Hostinger feature, even a technical noob can get started with building websites in minutes. The auto-installer and the Zyro website builders are two tools built for this purpose, which require very minimal skills to build beautiful looking websites.
With Auto Installer you can get started with one click. Once you have finished with the purchase and have set up your Hostinger hosting account you can install CMS with a single click using the auto-installer feature. You can install WordPress and Zyro Builder with this. You can also import the files of an existing website with this tool.
This feature is also available in the Hostinger VPS hosting package as well. Installing scripts is easier than ever with this tool.
Zyro Website Builders
Zyro website builder is easy to master, drag and drop styled website builder which even my grandmother may be able to use.
To build a website with the Zyro website builder all you need to do is pick up a designer-made template, fill in the content and add or remove elements according to your requirements.
You can also easily rearrange layouts, change fonts, images, and other features.
With this website builder, you can create various kinds of websites, blogs, portfolio sites, online stores and more.
Oh, and one more thing! All the websites built with the Zyro website builder are responsive. So they will look great on any device and platform.
This is a tool developed in house. The hPanel performs tasks more or less the same as the traditional cPanel interface that we have been used to seeing in our hosting dashboards.
This custom made tool is pretty fast and easy to use. What I found about hPanel while doing this Hostinger review is that it can perform the following tasks.
With the hPanel you can control your
- Hosting accounts
- VPS services
- File manager services
- DNS options
You can also use hPanel to perform Git auto-deployment, static content caching, cron jobs, and for SSH access.
Since this tool is built in house, the updates are regular.
Hostinger Domain Registrations
Hostinger is an ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) certified registrar. So you can use them for registering your domains without any hesitation.
With an SSL certificate, you can encrypt all the data that travels between your website and your visitor. By using an SSL certificate you ensure that your visitors and the website’s data are safe from attacks that try to hijack, steal, or change the information in transit.
The SSL certificates on Hostinger cost a one time fee of $11.95. But you can get it absolutely free of cost with the annual subscription of business shared hosting plan. Also, cloud hosting users get free SSL with every purchase.
Content Delivery Networks or the CDNs play a vital role in speeding up our website. And Cloudflare is one such CDN, a popular one. It will cost a single payment of $9.95 for one website to get Cloudflare. It is free with the annual subscription. BTW Cloudflare also protects our websites from DDoS attacks, provides analytics about requests made, and works as a network gateway between protocols.
BitNinja DDoS protection
BitNinja is very efficient in protecting against DDoS style attacks. It constantly monitors the number of incoming and outgoing connections blocking Denial of Service attacks with its powerful defenses.
This technology boosts the uptime of your website significantly.
Although Hostinger has a fantastic customer support team, you can avail their priority support by paying $1.99 per month.
This package will put you at the top of the queue for support requests. It will also reduce wait times.
By paying $9.99/month you can get a hold of the SEO Toolkit that gives you the detailed website reports with useful insights and guidance.
You can also view a detailed analysis of your competitor’s websites and can generate a comprehensive task-list. The SEO Toolkit can greatly help in boosting your SEO rankings. You can visit their website for more details.
Multiple Payment Options
There are plenty of payment options to choose from if you decide to buy the Hostinger hosting.
Following payment methods are accepted.
- Credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, Maestro, Discover, and American Express)
- Coin Payments
They also take payments in multiple cryptocurrencies like BitCoin, LiteCoin, DogeCoin, Etherium, BDG, and many others.
Hostinger Pricing: How Can It Be So Cheap?
Hostinger is able to offer its hosting plans at such a low cost because of the following reason. The reason for low cost and higher efficiency hosting by Hostinger is its hPanel.
Yes, hPanel, the advanced and intuitive control panel consumes up to four times less RAM than the other web hosting providers in the market. Because of this reason, the expenses remain low, resulting in a cheaper price for the customer.
And also because Hostinger is not using the traditional cPanel it saves a lot of money in licensing expenses which in turn lower the burden on the end-user.
Hostinger Review: The Negatives
Frankly speaking, I didn’t come across any evident drawback when going through Hostinger’s hosting accounts and the tools.
However, here are a few things which may be causes of concern for a few at least.
Hostinger has great pricing structure. It’s one of the cheapest in the web hosting industry. But there is one problem.
You can get the cheapest price only if you sign up for a longer period. What I mean is that if you sign up for a shorter billing cycle your costs may be considerably higher.
For example, their most basic hosting plan the SINGLE SHARED HOSTING costs as low as $0.80 per month. But that is only if you order the hosting for 48 months at once.
The same hosting plan may cost you $7.99 per month if you decide to pay monthly. Have a look at the snapshot below.
The hpanel is a great tool to have. It is easy to use, lightweight and fast. But people who have got used to seeing the traditional cPanel interface may need time to adapt to the use of hPanel. As I told you earlier this isn’t such a big drawback but can be a cause of headache for a few.
Hostinger Review Verdict
Before concluding this Hostinger review let me give you my final opinion about the service. According to me, Hostinger is the best hosting for beginners and intermediates. If you are limited on budget Hostinger can give you premium features at an affordable cost with equally amazing hosting packages.
They are fast and reliable. They have good uptime and server speeds. Their support is top-notch. Their interface is user-friendly.
Its a GREEN SIGNAL from me. Go for it.