|Plan in review||Swift||Premium Shared Hosting|
|Price before discount||$||$|
|Price (12-mo)||$10.99 / month||$10.99 / month|
|Price (24-mo)||$4.90 / month||$3.99 / month|
|Special Discount||Special signup discount, save 51% - 63% on first bill||Signup offer (Save up to 79%)|
|Promo Code||WHSR / SAVE63||Link Activation|
Reliable server, hosting uptime above 99.99%
Well-optimized for best performance
Reasonable renewal rates and signup discount
Anytime money back guarantee
Free websites migration for first time customers
Choice of 4 different server locations
Specialized developer environment (Node.js, python, etc)
Solid hosting performance - Service uptime above 99.98%
Great speed - Hostinger server responded in less than 200ms in some of our test ports
Very cheap - Shared hosting plan starts with $0.99/mo
Choices of 8 data centers available in U.S., Asia and U.K.
Newbie-friendly website builder
Accept a wide range of payment options
Site migration chargeable when you downgrade
Many A2 Hosting speed features cost extra now
A2 Turbo Plan does not support Ruby or Python
Lack of website migration support
Price hike after the first term (during renewal)
Lack of one-click free SSL installation
|Extra Domain Reg.||$14.95/yr for .com domain; prices vary for different TLDs.||$8.99/yr for .com domain|
|Private Domain Reg.||$9.95/year||$5/yr|
|Auto Script Installer||Softaculous||100+ Script|
|Custom Cron Jobs||Yes||Yes|
|Free SSL||Let's Encrypt||Yes|
|Built-in Site Builder||A2 Website Builder||Yes|
Some of you may not recognize the name Hostinger, but rest assured, they’ve been around for quite some time (they changed their name a few times). Yet despite its initial naming hiccups the brand has exploded and today plays host to over 29 million users.
With availability exceeding that of A2 Hosting, users who go with Hostinger will find themselves spoilt for choice since they have as many as eight data centres spread across the world. On these are offered hosting plans for what I personally feel are dirt-cheap prices starting at only $3.49 a month (if you buy-in for 48 months!).
Be warned though that some of the plans undergo significant price hikes once you’re out of the honeymoon stage. For example, their Premium Single Hosting goes from $5.84 to $8.84 a month.
Hostinger also offers a custom cPanel with access to a website builder that is very newbie-friendly. Yet it all boils down again to performance and in the case of A2 Hosting, once again their Turbo servers and customized optimization come well to the fore. In standard WebPage Speed Tests A2 Hosting still manages to eke ahead slightly of the competition.
Yet it is in uptime that Hostinger disappoints as they hold themselves to a standard apparently lower than the industry norm. Today, 99% availability is not exactly something to be proud of, although they do bump this up if you buy in to their better hosting plans.
A2Hosting uptime (September 2018): 100%
One significant plus for Hostinger is that you can get some impressively cheap domain names from them. They offer some domains starting from as low as $0.99, such as .tech and .xyz domains. These might not be top quality extensions but even some of their other TLDs come cheaper than usual.
Where we complain about the availability standards of live chat support for A2 Hosting, sadly Hostinger does even more poorly in this than its competition. Their team is good, no doubt, but getting to them can be a bit of a pain sometimes. It’s likely you will end up figuring things out on your own if you need help.
At the end of the day, almost everything boils down to dollars and cents. In this, Hostinger leads by a mile compared to A2 Hosting. Yet because of the performance difference and other areas such as support, I feel that Hostinger isn’t really for everyone.
For new users, Hostinger can be the ideal playground even you intend to swim in the kiddy pool for as long as four years (to get those rock bottom prices). If you’re a business user, my feeling is that you better be prepared to pony up and go for a solid plan on A2 Hosting with all the bells and whistles.
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