Web hosting

Unlimited hosting with loads of features for a very fair price

ByMike Williams, Nate Drake08 September 2020


Our Verdict

Offering good value shared and VPS hosting with some interesting features, Hostinger is worth a look for novice and intermediate users.

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ForGood value shared & VPS hostingDecent performance for the priceQuality cPanel-lượt thích site managerNo restrictions on trang web builder
AgainstBaseline shared accounts are very limitedMostly covers shared hosting, no dedicated plansSlower than average response times in testingPoorly presented support site

WordPress hosting isn"t the most powerful we"ve sầu seen but the price is right (Image credit: Hostinger)

WordPress Hosting

Hostinger"s WordPress hosting improves on the shared plans in several important ways. Even the cheapest Starter plan provides a single Wordpress site, one email tài khoản, 30GB SSD, miễn phí SSL, WordPress Acceleration, managed auto-updates, và all for $1.99 (4 year period) & $3.99 after renewal.

Upgrading gets you more storage space, tư vấn for more sites, and Jetpachồng Free on the Business Wordpress plan. You"re still restricted in various ways, though the WordPress Pro plan allows for 300 Websites.

The higher plans are notably more expensive, too, at an initial $2.99, $7.99, or $11.59 a month, so it looks khổng lồ us lượt thích the Starter plan is the highlight of the range. Additional features with more expensive plans includes the ability lớn manage multiple WordPress sites from one dashboard, automatic plugin updates, daily backups, & a Google Ads credit.

Managed WordPress plans from other providers can be more powerful. IONOS" WordPress Pro includes advanced features such as staging support (make major changes lớn your WordPress project without affecting the live site).

All this power comes at a price, though. IONOS has very low prices, but even its most basic single-site plan costs $18 billed monthly, around six times the cost of Hostinger"s Starter WordPress plan (though keep in mind that"s over four years; opt for monthly billing with Hostinger, too, và you"ll pay $7.99.) If you"re new to WordPress or working on a small site, start with a simple hàng hóa, lượt thích Hostinger"s shared plans. Upgrade khổng lồ full managed WordPress later, if you feel you need it.

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More demanding users could try one of Hostinger"s semi-managed VPS plans. These start with a basic 1 vCPU, 1GB RAM, 20GB storage and 1TB bandwidth thiết lập for an initial $4.95 a month on the annual plan, rising to $9.05 on renewal. Or a very capable 4 vVi xử lý Core, 4GB RAM, 80GB storage and 4TB bandwidth plan for $23.95 for the first year, $36.35 on renewal.

This is good value, & notably better than we see from most providers. Hostwinds" equivalent 4 vbộ vi xử lý Core 4TB VPS starts at $44.99, for instance, và renews at around $50, significantly more expensive.

But Hostinger hasn"t finished yet. It also has a small Windows hosting range, starting with a 4 vVi xử lý Core, 2GB RAM, 50GB storage and 4TB bandwidth plan for $30 a month on the annual plan, $26 over two years (there"s no introductory discount, so prices don"t increase on renewal.)

If even the most powerful VPS isn"t enough for you, we would normally recommend you turn lớn the dedicated hosting plans. But in this case, bad news: Hostinger doesn"t have sầu any.

Detailed comparison tables help you understand what you"re getting (Image credit: Hostinger)

Account setup

While many hosts are annoyingly vague about the low-cấp độ details of their packages, Hostinger spells out almost everything in a lengthy comparison table. If you care that the baseline Single Shared Hosting plan only allows one cron job và doesn"t support SSH access, for instance, you"ll discover that here.

Choose a plan, click Buy và you"re presented with various subscription options (usually that"s monthly billing along with one, two- & four-year plans).

Mostly these work as you"d expect: the headline price quoted on the site is for the longest term, and you"ll pay a little more for shorter subscriptions.

The only significant issue is the monthly plan, which is often so expensive sầu that it"s really not worth considering. The annual Single Shared Hosting plan costs a total $35.88, for instance; the monthly plan is $9.99 plus an initial $4.99 thiết đặt fee, $14.98 in total, or a total of $34.96 after just three months.

Cloudflare integration is also available on all accounts.

There are plenty of payment options available, including PayPal, credit card và Bitcoin. We chose PayPal and handed over our virtual cash in the usual way. A website liên kết took us lớn a simple startup wizard and a welcome tin nhắn quickly arrived with more details.

Tutorials walk you through some comtháng tasks (Image credit: Hostinger)

Creating a site

Hostinger"s thiết lập wizard opened by asking us whether we wanted khổng lồ register a new domain, transfer a domain from another company, or use an existing tên miền but leave it with the current registrar.

You"re also able to lớn choose where to host your site, conveniently: North America, the UK or Europe.

We chose the "existing domain" option và were given Hostinger"s four name servers, & told khổng lồ update our tên miền DNS settings.

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The final "Start website" step offered five options khổng lồ help us create our trang web.

Hostinger can automatically install WordPress & many other apps (Image credit: Hostinger)

Install WordPress took us to a straightforward WordPress installer. All the mặc định settings were sensibly assigned, & after choosing an admin password we could phối the system up with a cliông chồng.

Auto lớn Installer uses the same automated approach lớn install more than 100 popular apps, including Joomla, PrestaShop, OpenCart, phpBB & Drupal. We prefer Softaculous, the installer often provided by other hosts, but this one is perfectly adequate & will get your chosen apps installed at speed.

Zyro Builder is Hostinger"s trang web builder. This covers all the basics, with around 200 responsive templates, easy drag-and-drop customizations, and options lớn embed videos, maps, social truyền thông media widgets and simple e-commerce features.

It"s not for advanced users – there"s no blogging platkhung, for instance – và design is more about mild tweaking of a template than building something new from scratch. But it"s capable of creating some unique sites, and there are no annoying restrictions on page numbers or site kích cỡ to lớn get in your way. (That"s very unusual for a không tính tiền trang web builder in budget shared hosting.)

File Manager opens a browser-based tệp tin manager where you can upload your site. This is most useful for small static sites, but you could also use it lớn manually install more sophisticated apps, perhaps setting up custom databases and editing configuration files.

The Zone Editor is just one of the advanced tools in Hostinger"s control panel (Image credit: Hostinger)

Access Manager is an unusual extra tool which allows you to lớn give sầu others access to your Hostinger account, enabling them khổng lồ work on creating or managing the site with you. You could bởi vì something similar by sharing your credentials with others, but this is much safer. Everyone gets their own login, & the people you invite don"t get full access lớn your account. They"re able lớn create or edit a trang web page, for instance, but by mặc định they can"t buy a new sản phẩm with your stored payment details, or change trương mục details such as your registered tin nhắn address.

If you don"t want to lớn commit lớn this right now, you can skip it all and head straight for Hostinger"s well-designed cPanel-lượt thích site manager, where you"ll find tools for organizing domains, subdomains, databases, SSH access, emails, FTPhường accounts and more. There"s a lot of power here, and hosting first-timers might be a little intimidated, but start to lớn explore và it quickly begins to make sense. Even novice users will be finding their way around the key features within a few minutes.

The tư vấn site is a little basic but it does have some useful guides (Image credit: Hostinger)


Everyone needs a helping hvà sometimes, even experts, so it"s important for web hosts lớn have sầu a good tư vấn system.

Clicking "Help" on Hostinger"s Control Panel opens the service knowledgebase. This groups nội dung by well-chosen topics (Setup & Install, Account và Billing, Hosting và Website, Privacy & Security, Domains, Emails) & has a search box khổng lồ help you find whatever you need.

There"s not a lot of content displayed up-front, unfortunately. The various knowledgebase sections have only four or five sầu articles listed, & even these don"t always cover the most comtháng topics. (The highlighted Emails articles have sầu nothing khổng lồ do with creating or managing gmail accounts, for instance, & mostly cover setting up gmail accounts on various device platforms.)

Using Search gets you access to more articles, though, and they proved lớn be more useful. Searching for "permissions" gave sầu us advice on setting tệp tin and thư mục permissions, as well as referring to lớn specific error messages ("403 forbidden"). Entering "change PHPhường version" immediately highlighted the correct cPanel module. The content of these articles is basic, but enough khổng lồ point users in the right direction.

Hostinger has a big tutorials section with far more detailed articles: "How lớn Make a Website – the all-in-one Guide", "How lớn Launch a WordPress website", "How lớn back up your emails", & more. These seem well-written & genuinely helpful, but, bizarrely, they can"t be located from the knowledgebase tìm kiếm box. Hostinger has a lengthy tutorial titled "30 WordPress SEO Tips", for example, but if you type "30 WordPress SEO Tips" in the Search box on the Help page, it won"t appear. You must go baông xã khổng lồ the control panel, clichồng the Tutorials link and tìm kiếm again there.

Even when we reached the tutorials, some very basic searches returned disappointing results. As Hostinger sells Windows VPS hosting you"d expect one or two tutorials on configuring this, right? But when we searched for Windows VPS, the first articles were "Securing Ubuntu VPS with Linux Firewall" và "How to lớn List Users on Ubuntu Linux VPS."

We used Uptime.com and Domain-tools" trang web tốc độ thử nghiệm to measure the performance of our Hostinger site (Image credit: Uptime.com)


We rounded off the Reviews by using Uptime.com to monitor our test trang web from multiple locations around the world, logging response times và any downtime.

Our test site was hosted on Hostinger"s most basic shared hosting plan, but still managed a solid 100% uptime record over 10 weeks of monitoring.

Uptime.com recorded a response time range of 171ms to lớn 1.73s, with an average of 382ms, over the last seven days of testing. Starter shared hosting plans typically manage 200-400ms with an average peak of 700-800ms, so Hostinger is clearly on the slow side when it comes to response times.

Page load times matter too, though, so we used Dotcom Tools" Website Speed Test to measure our site performance from 16 locations around the US & Europe. This time the results were much better at 878ms, putting it in the top 25% of providers.

A mixed story, then, but keep in mind these are comparisons based on the cheapest shared hosting plan from each thử nghiệm provider. Some of those plans cost 5x to 10x the $0.99 you could pay with Hostinger, so on balance we think the company did reasonably well.

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Final verdict

Hostinger"s starter accounts have some significant limits, but they"ll still work for some, and otherwise its products offer plenty of features và powerful cPanel-lượt thích site management for a very fair price.

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