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Hostinger is a wildly popular and affordable website hosting platform. It was launched in 2004 in Lithuania under the name Hosting Media. By 2010, the company earned its first million users.

By 2014, the number had leapt to ten million. Now, just four years later, the company boasts a whopping twenty-nine million users.

Hostinger-webhosting-history

According to its website, Hostinger proudly operates under a “no-limits” policy, providing “complete freedom to express yourself online.” That’s an awful large reputation for one website hosting platform. Does Hostinger live up to it?

Reliability

For our first category, we’ll start with the make-or-break factor – reliability.

Hostinger ranks well in terms of performance across the board, with high speed during low upkeep, near-perfect uptime, and strong anti-theft security.

Here is the Uptime history of December month: (99.96%)

Hostinger-Uptime-history

The platform is easy-to-use, boasting fast activation and simple navigation.

Often, website owners fear that web hosting will be complicated. After some of the reviews I’ve written, I can’t blame them. But Hostinger has none of the bloat.

Features

Hostinger offers four main web hosting services: Shared Web Hosting, VPS Hosting, Domain Registration, and SSL Certificates.

Shared Web Hosting is intended for users who aren’t interested in emptying their pockets for hosting solutions.

Hostinger offers a unique cloud infrastructure that makes it possible to offer web hosting for a low price without destroying performance.

VPS Hosting promises a virtual server at high speed. Hostinger has six VPS Hosting options starting at $4.95 a month and topping out at $75.95 a month.

SSL Certificates provide HTTPS (Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secure) websites with added security for passwords, usernames, and credit card numbers. HTTPS is a secure version of standard HTTP.

We’re going to zero-in on Shared Web Hosting.

Hostinger boasts dozens of useful hosting features, including PHP Support, FTP Access, Curl and Curl SSL, Audio and Video Streaming, a 99 Percent Uptime Guarantee, a 30-Day Money Back Guarantee, and Weekly Backups on all plans.

Features
Details
Disk StorageUnlimited
Domain HostingUnlimited
SSL CertificatesFree
Free Domain NameYes
Free CloudFlare CDNYes
Site TransferUnlimited GB
Add-on DomainsUnlimited
Parked DomainsUnlimited
SubdomainsUnlimited
Email AccountsUnlimited
MySQL DatabasesUnlimited
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I’m particularly impressed by the 99 Percent Uptime Guarantee – a rare thing for affordable web hosts like Hostinger.

While there are other useful features Hostinger could offer, it does a solid job of providing an even playing field to all users, regardless of their chosen plan.

Support

In my opinion, there’s nothing more frustrating than a web host with horrible customer support. If I can’t get my questions answered or my problems solved in a timely manner, I’m going to take my business somewhere else.

Fortunately, Hostinger has a competitive customer support system. Its website boasts ongoing live support – and it isn’t lying.

Hostinger-chat

If you have a question, you’ll start by searching through a guiding tool with informative articles about your service. If you still can’t find the answers you need, you can open a chat window and speak with a customer service agent.

Hostinger-Knowledgebase

Some support panels can be frustrating, but I was able to find most of the answers I needed with little issue.

Plans & Pricing

Let’s face it. The most important factor when choosing a web host, after reliability, is price. Hostinger offers three main packages: Single, Premium, and Business.

Shared Hosting Plans

Features
Single
Premium
Business
Disk Space10 GBUnlimitedUnlimited
Bandwidth100 GBUnlimitedUnlimited
Number of Websites1UnlimitedUnlimited
cPanelPowerful cPanelPowerful cPanelPowerful cPanel
Price$2.15/mo$3.49/mo$7.95/mo
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Single Web Hosting is advertised at $2.15 a month. This is what Hostinger calls a “cheap survival plan.” It includes one email account, one website, and one MySQL database – in addition to 100 GB of bandwidth and 10 GB of disk space.

Premium Web Hosting is currently $3.49 a month. This plan includes an unlimited number of websites and email accounts, in addition to limitless bandwidth and disk space. For such a drastic increase in features, the premium plan hardly breaks the bank.

Finally, for higher optimization speeds, live support, and increased processing power, you can upgrade to Business Web Hosting for $7.95 a month.

However, there’s a catch. (Isn’t there always?) In order to take advantage of the advertised price, you must purchase a forty-eight-month subscription, boosting your checkout price to $103.20 for Single Web Hosting, $167.52 for Premium Web Hosting, and $381.80 for Business Web Hosting.

This is a common practice for web hosting companies. The further you pay in advance, the more you save. For a minimum subscription period of three months, Single Web Hosting is $11.97, Premium Web Hosting is $26.52, and Business Web Hosting is $35.97.

See Hostinger’s plans here…

VPS Hosting Plans

Plan Name
Space
RAM
Bandwidth
Price
Plan 120 GB1 GB1000 GB$4.95/mo.
Plan 240 GB2 GB2000 GB$15.95/mo.
Plan 360 GB3 GB3000 GB$25.95/mo.
Plan 480 GB4 GB4000 GB$35.95/mo.
Plan 5120 GB6 GB5000 GB$55.95/mo.
Plan 6160 GB8 GB6000 GB$75.95/mo

See Hostinger’s VPS plans here…

Free Domain is included when purchasing any hosting service from Hostinger

Server Locations:

  • Manchester

 

  • Sao Paulo

 

  • Asheville

Regardless of the catch, when compared to the competition, Hostinger is undeniably affordable.

User-Friendly

Few platforms are as simple as Hostinger. The account management panels are visually appealing and responsive. Users aren’t bombarded by advertisements and upselling. Even more useful are the custom-made, step-by-step tutorials provided for website development.

Hostinger-cpanel

Hostinger is clearly in the business of beating the competition. This became evident when, as I scrolled through payment methods, I noticed BitPay was listed.

That’s right. Hostinger accepts BitCoin in addition to PayPal and all major credit cards. Talk about being ahead of the times.

Hostinger Pros and Cons

Hostinger: Pros

  • Easy-To-Navigate
  • Guaranteed Uptime
  • Highly Affordable
  • Great Customer Service

Hostinger: Cons

  • Required Service Length of 3 Months or More
  • No Phone Support

Summary

After taking a closer look at the website and its features, I would highly recommend Hostinger for web hosting services.

The platform is easy-to-navigate, customer service is helpful and efficient, uptime is unbeatable, and the price is perhaps the most affordable in the industry.

There’s always room for improvement. The platform could use phone support for more complex questions. And we’d all like to see a web host with real month-to-month plans, rather than misleading quotes that make for a nasty surprise at the checkout counter.

Still, Hostinger is playing by the rules of the field – and it does a fine job.


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Chris Wagner

Chris Wagner has 7 years of experience as Network Administrator. His areas of interest includes Servers, Network Management and Cloud Computing.