Hostinger Review

Reviewed by: Jerry Low . .
  • Review Updated: Jul 05, 2021
Hostinger
Plan in review: Premium Shared Hosting
Reviewed by: Jerry Low
Rating:
Review Updated: July 05, 2021
Summary
Bottom line, Hostinger is a good choice for those who are looking one-stop hosting solution. They are extremely cheap on signup - which makes them especially right if you're a beginner on a tight budget.

Hostinger offers a wide variety of hosting services, ranging from the advanced with VPS cloud hosting plans to beginners who just want to get started with a (very) cheap shared hosting.

But how does this company from Kaunas, Lithuania stack against other hosting services?

My Experience with Hostinger

To find out, I setup an account with Hostinger and added a test site (visit here) to their platform. Because the web host is so easy to use, I have added more sites from my other projects to my Hostinger account and became a real user of their service.

In this review, I will take you behind the scenes and show you features through my Hostinger account. I will share some results I gathered from my speed tests and uptime monitor to showcase the performance of Hostinger servers.

I also spoke to different managers at Hostinger and discussed about their service throughout the years I have been working with them. You'll see one of their responses below.

About Hostinger, the Company

Hostinger started out as a personal company named “Hosting Media” back in 2004. They changed their name later on and launched 000webhost.com — a popular web hosting service that’s offered for free.

With the rampant growth and expansion, Hostinger went on to achieve a huge milestone of having 1 million users, just 6 years from the day that they started. Today, Hostinger Web Hosting manages over 29 million users and has established worldwide localized offices with 150 people working across 39 countries worldwide.

In this Hostinger Review

Video Summary

 

Hostinger Hosting Plans & Performance

Verdict

 


 

Hostinger Pros: What Makes Hostinger Tick?

1. Value Pack: Cheap Shared Hosting with Great Features

Hostinger isn’t just one of the cheapest hosting providers around but it offers excellent bang-for-buck. You’ll find what you pay for to be more than competitive; integrated caching even on shared plans and support for over 10k visits even on most entry-level. Top that up a little more and you get SSH and GIT access for higher tier shared plans.

This value-packed goodness is what makes it one of the most worthwhile platforms for newbie website owners. It’s simply the best launch point.

Hostinger shared plans (screenshot 2021 July)
Hostinger Single Shared Hosting plan costs slightly more than a dollar a month. At $1.39/mo, you'll get 30GB SSD storage, 100GB data transfer, and a built-in website builder. For higher tiers – users get to host more websites plus a free domain, Google Adwords credit, GIT and SSH access, and unlimited databases.

Notable Features in All Hostinger Shared Plans ($1.39/mo & Up)

  • Support PHP 8, HTTP/3, IPv6, LiteSpeed Caching by default – Great feature for better website speed, available in all shared plans
  • Zyro Website Builder – Website builder that helps design a website with built-in templates, available in all shared plans
  • WordPress Acceleration – Optimization for best WordPress performance, available in all shared plans
  • Free SSL – For better branding and HTTPS connection, available in all shared plans

Features in Hostinger Premium & Business Shared  Plans ($2.59/mo & Up)

  • Github Integration – Convenient for web development and versioning
  • Free domain – Save cost (not much, but everyone loves freebies)
  • Unlimited Databases – Do more with your shared hosting account
  • Unlimited Cronjobs – For website automation and easy management
  • SSH access – For better security and easy website management
  • Free CDN – Faster page load time for visitors from different geographical locations

 

2. Solid Performance: Excellent Website Uptime + Reasonable Speed

Part of my Hostinger rating is based on proven data. In case you are unaware – my team and I have launched a new system named HostScore to track hosting performance in 2019. We now have a system that constantly tracks server uptime every 5 minutes and runs speed tests from 10 locations worldwide every 4 hours. The massive data collected by the system enables me to understand a web host's performance better and make a more accurate judgement.

Hostinger Hosting Uptime (2021)

From my observation, Hosting servers have been really stable at near 100% reliability over time. Our Hostinger test site's uptime and speed test results show that Hostinger is not fooling around when it comes to service reliability.

June 2021

Hostinger Uptime 2021/06
Hostinger Uptime for June 2021: 100%

January 2021

Hostinger Shared Hosting Uptime (Dec 2020 - Jan 2021)
Hostinger Uptime for December 2020 and January 2021: 99.98% and 100%. There was a short downtime with our Hostinger server on 2/12/2020 where site went down for 10 minutes. Test site was always up and running for the rest of the time. For more and latest uptime Hostinger uptime data, visit our HostScore Hostinger review page.

Hostinger Hosting Speed Tests

Hostinger isn't the fastest around but response times are reasonable for what you pay. Overall I’d say that performance is actually above par for the price range it falls under.

Hostinger Speed Performance June 2021

Hostinger Speed
We track hosting speed regularly to understand its consistency and overall speed performance. Screenshot shows Hostinger speed test results for June 2021. Test site is hosted in Singapore data center – speed tests show our site loads slowest in Brazil – averaging 330ms.

Hostinger Speed Test at WebPageTest (July 2021)

Hostinger Webpagetest Results
We also run Hostinger speed tests with third party tools to confirm our findings in our in-house system. WebPageTest.org rated our test site TTFB (891ms) “A” recently (July 2021). See actual test results here.

Hostinger Speed Test at Bitcatcha (July 2021)

Hostinger Bitcatcha Speed Performance
Using Bitcatcha Speed Test – we checked Hostinger speed from 9 countries and got a “B” rating. Test site performed poorly for United States West Coast (1,203ms response time) and Germany (1,280ms response time) but did okay with other locations. You can see the actual result here.

 

3. Flexible Hosting Options

Plenty of Room to Grow Your Site

With Hostinger there are different types of hosting you can opt for – depending on the needs of your website.

There's the shared hosting plan which breaks down into three separate packages: Single, Premium, and Business. Single offers the basic features you'll need to run a single website. Premium, on the other hand, offers more features and performance while Business offers features and performances for those that focus on eCommerce websites. A bigger website can choose to go for VPS or Cloud hosting, which gives the best performance in terms of speed and resources. All the different hosting plan gives your website plenty of flexibility to grow and expand once your business becomes bigger.  ranging from $3.95/mo to $38.99/mo on signup, for users who require higher hosting capacity.

Hostinger offers wide range of web hosting solutions
Hostinger hosting packages span the gamut from shared to WordPress, VPS, and even niche plans such as Minecraft servers, ranging from $1.39/mo (shared) to $38.99/mo (VPS) on signup.

Host with cPanel, hPanel or CyberPanel

Unlike many competitors, Hostinger has always marched to the beat of its own drum. While in the past that may have caused some frowns it is actually an advantage given how the hosting landscape has changed.

One clear example has been the increasing cost of cPanel licensing. Since Hostinger uses its own hPanel, they’re able to offer much more competitive deals than those who have traditionally relied on cPanel.

For VPS plans, Hostinger makes use of CyberPanel, a web hosting control panel that’s powered by LiteSpeed. That helps keep VPS pricing competitive as well while allowing good levels of performance and flexibility.

 

4. Choices of Data Centers in Three Continents

Part of Hostinger's vision is to have as much presence around the globe as possible – that's why have over 150 offices across the globe. The same can be said for their data centers.

As of today, Hostinger has seven data centers spread across the US, Asia, and Europe – all of which you can choose to host your website. All of the data center servers are connected to 1,000 Mbps connection lines which ensure maximum performance and stability. That means that you'll get maximum speed for your website.

Having multiple is definitely helpful in keeping your website loading fast, partly because it helps reduces latency for users when they try to access your website's data that's nearer to their physical location.

Hostinger Latest Server Locations Info
Latest Hostinger server location info (source) – For Hostinger Shared, Cloud and WordPress, and Linux VPS plans – users can choose to be hosted in Europe, Asia, or North America while cPanel Hosting plans are available in Europe and North America data centers.

 

5. Free and Cheap Domain (.XYZ at $0.99/year)

Hostinger Domain Reg
You can type your desired domain name into Hostinger domain checker search bar and find out if it's available instantly.

For domain name registrations, Hostinger offers some of the more affordable pricing when it comes to domain extensions.

Compared to popular domain registrars such GoDaddy, Hostinger's prices for popular extensions, such .com and .net are, much cheaper.

For less popular domain extensions like .xyz or .tech, you can get it for as low as $0.99, compared to GoDaddy which offers it at $1.17 and $10.17 respectively.

Domain ExtensionsHostingerGoDaddy *
.com$8.99$12.17
.net$12.99$15.17
.xyz$0.99$1.17
.tech$0.99$10.17
.online$0.99$1.17
.store$0.99$3.17

* Note: For best accuracy in pricing, please refer to official site: https://www.godaddy.com/

 

6. User-Friendly Control Panel

Hostinger uses their in-house developed control panel,named as hPanel, for their shared hosting platform. It functions similarly to cPanel but it comes with a posh design and some modern usability tweak – which makes it better than cPanel in my opinion.

The entire layout of hPanel dashboard makes it easy for users to access important system functions such as managing web files using drag-and-drop uploader in File Manager, setting up email accounts or changing your password, as well as switching PHP version and tracking web host resources usage (refer to images below).

Hostinger hPanel Demo

hostinger dashboard
Hostinger hPanel demo: This is where you configure your website – install a CMS (ie. WordPress), add new subdomain, access your MySQL database, and explore your web files. Note that if you are hosting multiple domains with Hostinger, you need to select your domain (green pointer in screenshot) before making any changes in your configurations.
Hostinger Advanced Config
Hostinger hPanel demo: To edit DNS Zone, add Cron Jobs, setup SSH access, enable server side caching, or configure PHP version – go to Advanced. Note that Hostinger supports up till PHP 8.0 at this point of writing.
Hostinger Billing Section
Hostinger hPanel demo: The “Billing” tab is where you setup payment method and access to your payment history.
Hostinger Upgrade Plan
Hostinger hPanel demo: The “Servers” tab is where you upgrade your Hostinger plan or order new hosting plans.
Hostinger Hosting Tab.
Hostinger hPanel demo: The “Hosting” tab (top navigation) is where you can see all the domains hosted on your Hostinger account. As you can see right now I am hosting four domains at Hostinger.
Hostinger one click
Hostinger's customized one-click application installer (similar to Softaculous) dashboard is intuitive and easy to use even for beginners. To access, login to Hostinger user dashboard > Website > Auto Installer.

 

7. Accept a wide range of payment options

Hostinger makes the payment process for their services easy to its users by allowing a wide variety of payment methods. You can make your payment using either PayPal, credit card (Visa, Master, Discover, American Express), Google Pay, and various crypto currencies including BTC and ETH.

hostinger payment options
Hostinger allows for a wide variety of payment method including major credit cards, PayPal, crypto payments, as well as Google Pay.

 

 

Cons: What Hostinger is Lacking?

1. Lack of site migration support

To win new customers, many hosting companies will help new users to migrate their websites. Unfortunately that's not the case with Hostinger. For users who are switching web host, you will have to move your sites to Hostinger manually by yourself.

For guidance in transferring your site to Hostinger, check out this official tutorial. To find a different hosting provider that come with free site migration assistance, check out this list.

 

2. Price increase during the renewal

For the most part, Hostinger plans are quite affordable when you first sign up. When you renew, however, Hostinger will increase the prices quite significantly. While they have changed their renewal pricing to lower the hikes recently, the price increase is still an unpleasant surprise for many.

hostinger latest renewal pricing
Hostinger offers great discounts on signup (up to 85%!) but prices increase after first term. If you signup for Hostinger Single Shared Plan today, it costs $1.99/month for 24 months subscription but $3.99/month when you renew.

 

3. SSL Headaches

SSL is mandatory nowadays and if you aren’t running HTTPS you will find your site getting penalized in many ways. Sadly, despite free SSL being common, Hostinger doesn’t make installing one easy.

They provide a free dedicated SSL certificate for a single website that’s valued at $11.95 per year but if you want to run more on the same plan, there will be problems setting those up with Free Let’s Encrypt certificates. Not the end of world since you can use a third-party installer, but an unnecessary hump to overcome nonetheless.

Learn more – How to get a free SSL certificate.

Installing SSL to your Hostinger
To access your SSL installation page, login to Hostinger dashboard > Advanced > SSL.

 

Hostinger Web Hosting Plans

Shared Hosting Plans & Pricing

Hostinger offers 3 shared hosting plans that you can choose from, which are Single Web Hosting, Premium Web Hosting and Business Web Hosting. Since all of them come with a 30-Day Free trial, you can test out their services risk-free.

Single Web Hosting offers the basic in terms of features and performance. For those who need more, premium and business includes a number of features such as more SSD disk space and unlimited bandwidth. Business hosting, in particular, gives you 4x enhanced processing power and a free CDN which is great for eCommerce stores.

Shared Hosting FeaturesSingle PlanPremium PlanBusiness Plan
Number of Websites1100100
Disk Space (SSD)30 GB100 GB200 GB
Bandwidth100 GBUnlimitedUnlimited
MySQL Database2UnlimitedUnlimited
Email Accounts1100100
Free DomainNoYesYes
Domain Parking2100100
BackupsWeeklyWeeklyDaily
CDNNoNoFree
Signup Price (24-mo)$1.99/mo$3.99/mo$4.99/mo
Signup Price (48-mo)$1.39/mo$2.59/mo$3.99/mo

* Note #1: Hostinger's Premium Shared Hosting plan ($3.99/mo) is ~30% below market average price according to our 2021 hosting market studies

** Note #2: Hostinger does not offer dedicated IP for shared hosting users. 

More about Hostinger Shared Plans here.

 

VPS Hosting Plans & Pricing

There are 6 tiers of VPS hosting on Hostinger, starting from Plan 1 to Plan 6. If you're looking for blazing-fast loading speed, the Hostinger Cloud VPS is 30x faster than other normal shared hosting services.

In addition to that, all of the Cloud VPS come with 100 MB/s Network, IPv6 Support, and SSD drives. Their Plan 6 can get you up to 8 CPUs, 8 GB Ram, 160GB disk space and 8000GB bandwidth, which can handle any kind of website. Plus, if you need help, they have dedicated in-house Live Chat supports ready to help 24/7/365.

FeaturesVPS 1VPS 2VPS 3
vCPU1 Core2 Cores3 Cores
Memory1 GB2 GB3 GB
Bandwidth1,000 GB2,000 GB3,000 GB
Burst RAM2 GB4 GB6 GB
Disk Space (SSD)20 GB40 GB60 GB
Signup Price$3.95/mo$8.95/mo$12.95/mo

* Note: Hostinger offers six pre-set VPS hosting plans – please check out plan #4 – #6 at their official website. All Hostinger VPS hosting comes with free dedicated IP address and full server root access.

More about Hostinger VPS Plans here

 

Verdict: What I Really Think About Hostinger

To recap, here are Hostinger's pros and cons:

In Conclusion…

Hostinger brings a lot to the table, from fantastic pricing to a wide range of server locations and the depth of plan types to grow into. These advantages do come at some sacrifice though – such as the lack of migration assistance and some minor SSL headaches. Of course, you’ll also have to content with plan renewal price hikes, but that’s quite typical with low cost hosting providers.

Bottom line, Hostinger is a good choice for those who are looking one-stop cheap hosting solution – in particular newbies who are just starting out.

Hostinger Alternatives

Hostinger is often compared with other budget hosting solutions such as A2 Hosting ($1.99/mo), BlueHost ($2.95/mo),  InMotion Hosting ($2.49/mo) and TMD Hosting ($2.95/mo).

In terms of pricing, Hostinger has the cheapest plan in all three shared hosting categories (basic one-domain, intermediate, and business plan). Some (such as A2 and InMotion) come with more advanced features and other benefits – please make use of our hosting comparison tool if you are undecided.

Compare Hosting Plans & Pricing

DurationsHostingerA2 HostingDreamHostBlueHostSiteGroundTMD Hosting
1 month$9.49/mo$8.99/mo$4.95/moN/A$14.99/mo$18.90/mo
12 months$2.99/mo$5.99/mo$3.95/mo$4.95/mo$6.99/mo$4.95/mo
24 months$1.99/mo$2.99/mo$3.95/mo$3.95/mo$9.99/mo$3.95/mo
36 months$1.99/mo$1.99/mo$2.59/mo$2.95/mo$10.99/mo$2.95/mo
48 months$1.39/mo$1.99/mo$2.59/mo$2.95/mo-$2.95/mo

 

Message from Hostinger: Why Us?

I spoke to marketing managers and support staffs a number of times in the past. Naturally, the question “What makes Hostinger better than the others” come up and this is what they wish to say to WHSR readers:

Message from Hostinger

Giving the opportunity for people to learn led Hostinger to become an industry’s price leader with a strong community of more than 30  million happy clients all over the world who choose to continue their journey with Hostinger and unlock all the unlimited web hosting features for the BEST price & quality balance.

Starting from  $1.39/mo webmasters can experience powerful SSD based shared web hosting services & for more demanding ones – only $3.95/mo to take absolutely full control over their personal cloud VPS servers.

— Sarune, Hostinger

 

Hostinger FAQs

How good is Hostinger?

Like I mentioned in the review – Hostinger is in particular good in term of cheap pricing, wide range of server locations, and the depth of hosting types to grow into. However these advantages do come at some sacrifice though – such as the lack of migration assistance and some minor SSL headaches.

Why is Hostinger so cheap?

To some companies, hosting business is a cut-troat competition and many of them will do whatever it takes to win marketshares. Such is the case with Hostinger where their shared hosting prices are 30% – 50% cheaper than usual market rates. Lucky for consumers like us – this means we get ultra cheap prices during signup.

Is Hostinger safe to use?

Yes. Our Hostinger-hosted test site is safe and sound so far. Hostinger servers come with advanced security modules such as Apache mod_security, Suhosin PHP hardening, PHP open_basedir protection – these features meet current hosting safety standard requirements.

Is Hostinger good for beginners?

Absolutely. Great feautres, cheap shared hosting prices, and responsive support team – Hostinger is a reat choice for beginners who are looking one-stop hosting solution.

Which Hostinger Shared Plan is the best?

Premium Shared Hosting Plan offers the biggest savings and capacity to host 100 websites. We think this is the best plan to start with if you are new.

Click here to learn more about Hostinger.

About Jerry Low

Founder of WebHostingSecretRevealed.net (WHSR) - a hosting review trusted and used by 100,000's users. More than 15 years experience in web hosting, affiliate marketing, and SEO. Contributor to ProBlogger.net, Business.com, SocialMediaToday.com, and more.