Hostinger review: is this european web host any good?

Hostinger is one of the most affordable shared hosting providers on the market today.

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They started in 2007 as 000webhost.com, a free web hosting service with no advertising. Then, in 2011, the Hostinger web hosting brand was born.

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By May of năm trước, Hostinger had already exceeded a user base of ten million people. By January of 2017, the user base had grown to lớn 29 million people.

That’s pretty impressive growth in just over a decade. And the company boasts tons of unlimited & miễn phí features. But are all those extra perks truly unlimited & free?

We checked it out for ourselves so you wouldn’t have sầu lớn, paying for a real, live plan with Hostinger. After that, we set up our own website and began to lớn monitor its performance for more than a year.

Want to lớn know how good (or bad) Hostinger really is? Let’s take a look at the pros và cons of this web host.

General Info & Hosting Overview


Our Rating:

Our Verdict: 5.0

Speed:345 ms (February 20trăng tròn to lớn January 2021)
UPTIME:99.74% (February 20trăng tròn to lớn January 2021)
SUPPORT:24/7 Live sầu Chat, Knowledge Base, Ticketing
APPS:WordPress, Joomla, PrestaShop, OpenCart, and Drupal
FEATURES:100GB Bandwidth, 10GB Storage, Website Builder, 1 Email Account, Free SSL Security, 30-Day Money-Baông xã Guarantee, Backups, 99.9% Uptime Guarantee, Cloudflare, & more.
HOSTING PLANS:Shared, Cloud, and VPS
SITE TRANSFER:Single Free Site Transfer
PRICING:Starting at $0.99/mo (renews at $2.99/mo)

Pros of Using Hostinger

Unlimited or free services don’t mean anything if your site can’t stay online.

Our site with Hostinger had fast speeds, great support, and more.

Let’s see what else bởi vì they excel in.

1. Fast Load Time – 345 ms

Fast page loading times are vital for any trang web user’s experience with a site.

Have you ever tried to lớn open a web page only lớn get stuchồng waiting for the site to load for what seems like ages?

We all have sầu.

Moreover, you probably didn’t stick around for long. If a trang web takes more than three seconds to load, 30%+ of people abandon it.

Hostinger boasts servers in the USA, Asia, and Europe (UK). Each is reportedly connected to lớn a 1000 Mbps connection, which ensures that loading times are stable.

How did they fare in our tests?

Hostinger delivered an average page loading time of 345 ms over the past 12 months. Even though they have sầu shown slower speeds this year, they’re still faster than most of the other hosts we’ve reviewed.

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Hostinger average speed | See stats

2. 30-Day Money-Baông chồng Guarantee

Hostinger offers tons of different payment options like Visa, Paypal, Mastercard, Discover, Bitcoin, Maestro, American Express, & JCB.

They also offer a 30-day money-baông chồng guarantee. So you can try them out and get your money baông chồng if the performance or experience is sub-par.

Be aware that not all products are refundable, & some products have special refund terms, according to Hostinger’s Refund Policy. We’ll save sầu the details for the cons section below.

3. Multilingual Customer Support

Customer support can either make or break a web host.

If your site is down for some reason và you’re unable to lớn get in touch with a customer support person ASAP, you might thua trận out on a ton of sales.

Hostinger doesn’t disappoint. The company offers a multilingual customer tư vấn team, live sầu chat, and they integrated Intercom as their main support system.

Live chat is only accessible if you’re logged inlớn a Hostinger account, though. We’re glad that Hostinger offers live chat, but it would make more sense if they offered it to lớn everyone.

Accessing the live chat is extremely easy. Once you’ve sầu logged in there is instantly an ibé in the bottom right corner of the page.

We asked some technical questions & got knowledgeable replies backed up by link from the customer support rep.

However, it took a while lớn get the replies (they had an approximate 30 minutes waiting time…).

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Hostinger also has a huge knowledge base with articles that are short and comprehensive, and you can find guides, information, & answers khổng lồ questions by yourself. They also have sầu tutorials (everything from website building to lớn SEO) that include gifs & images on how to bởi things.

Users can tìm kiếm for articles or choose between three categories in the knowledge base:

WebsiteDomainsGeneral

4. Free Website Builder và Domain Name

Hostinger includes a free website builder (although the popular trang web builders are better) in their services with any plan you choose. There are tons of different templates to lớn choose from, too.

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Once you’ve sầu chosen a template, you can customize everything on your pages using the Hostinger website builder.

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In addition to the trang web builder, không tính tiền tên miền names are also available with Premium và Business web hosting plans, which will save you a bit of money in the long run.

If you need more than one tên miền, you will have lớn pay extra. More on that later.

5. Easy to Use Interface

Hostinger offers a modern, easy-to-use interface where you can find everything you need in one location.

That way, you can traông chồng logins, update billing information, manage your domains, & monitor emails from your dashboard.

The control panel isn’t a traditional cPanel, but large icons make it simple lớn find exactly what you need và when you need it.

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Some advanced users might miss cPanel, but for beginners who are still finding their way around – this version is great for getting a website up and running.

6. Unlimited Features With Premium & Business Plans

If you sign up for one of the top two Hostinger plans, you’ll gain access to unlimited tin nhắn accounts for miễn phí.

Managing those accounts right from the control panel means that there’s no guesswork about spam filters, usage, & more.

You can mix up autoresponders, enable or disable accounts, and forward emails sent khổng lồ a customer’s domain name.

Bandwidth and databases are unlimited for most plans, the exception being the “Single Web Hosting” plan.

With the latter you’ll be limited lớn 10GB of disk space, 100GB of bandwidth, one MySQL database, and one tin nhắn tài khoản.

7. Industry-Standard Pricing Tricks but Still Affordable

Many web hosting companies promote their prices in a false light. Hostinger is one of them, but they are more transparent about it than many others.

For example, if you want khổng lồ take advantage of the awesome $0.99 per month giảm giá khuyến mãi for Single Shared hosting, you’ll have sầu lớn commit lớn Hostinger for 48 months. After those 4 years, your renewal cost will jump up khổng lồ $2.99/month.

If you’re willing khổng lồ commit lớn the same website host for four years, then it’s an incredibly good giảm giá khuyến mãi for that amount of time. It could save sầu you quite a lot compared to lớn most other hosts.

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A low price usually means some compromises have been made in quality, but in Hostinger’s case, the service they offer is actually quite good compared with most website hosting service providers.

Cons of Using Hostinger

There’s a lot to love sầu about Hostinger’s loading speeds, support quality, and features.

Unfortunately, no perfect web host exists and Hostinger, lượt thích other hosts, has some flaws. The triông chồng is figuring out which flaws you can live sầu with and which ones are the deal-breakers.

Here’s an overview of what’s not so perfect about Hostinger.

1. Inconsistent Uptime 99.74% (They Had Three Poor Months of Uptime)

Uptime is the most important thing khổng lồ check out when considering a website host.

Hostinger delivered an average of 99.74% uptime with almost 23 hours of downtime over the last year. To be honest, then this wasn’t what we expected. In previous years Hostinger has been showing reliable uptime results, so we took a closer look to see what could have caused this below-average uptime.

It seems that Hostinger’s performance has been very reliable for nine months when uptime has been varying between 99.95%-100%. However, in September, November, và December 20trăng tròn, the uptime was respectively 97.89%, 99.89%, và 99.32%, which affected the overall average.

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Hostinger average uptime | See statsLast 12-month average uptime:January 2021:99.99%December 2020: 99.32%November 2020: 99.89%October 2020: 99.94%September 2020: 97.89%August 2020: 99.98%July 2020: 99.99%June 2020: 99.99%May 2020: 99.98%April 2020: 99.99%March 2020: 99.97%February 2020: 100%

2. No Traditional cPanel

Most hosting services use a traditional control panel, like cPanel.

Hostinger has created its own control panel – new users might find this easier lớn use than a traditional control panel. However, if you’re already accustomed to lớn using cPanel, you might not lượt thích their dashboard.

Therefore, advanced users might not love sầu this part.

3. Nonstandard Payment Terms

Hostinger’s Refund Policy reveals a few exceptions lớn their money-bachồng guarantee.

What’s refundable under standard terms:

Hosting (all plans, except first payment after Free Trial)Domain Transfers (.eu transfers are an exception. EURid charges a non-refundable transfer fee. If the transfer fails for any reason, the customer must start over & pay the transfer fee again. .es transfers are also non-refundable.)SSL Certificates

What’s not refundable:

Redemption fees, domain name name renewals, & privacy protection are not refundable. Most new domain name registrations are only refundable if canceled and processed within four days of registration, not 30 days.

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Keep these exceptions in mind before moving forward.

Hostinger Pricing, Hosting Plans & Quiông chồng Facts

Here’s a quiông xã overview of the Hostinger shared hosting plans:


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