Hostinger Review Summary
Don’t be fooled by the low sign-up prices that Hostinger is boasting, this is far from your average budget host. They excel in both speed and uptime performance which is hard to come by at this entry point price tag. Be aware though that renewal prices can hit your bottom line.https://www.hostinger.com/
- Highly competitive pricing
- Seven different data centers available
- Good spread of hosting plans
- Free domain name on Premium and Business shared hosting
- User-friendly control panel (hPanel)
- Wide range of payment options accepted
- Git environment available on shared hosting
- Free website builder
- Full root access and live chat with VPS plans
- No site migration assistance
- High renewal pricing
- No auto-setup support for free SSL
Editor's Review & Recommendation
With excellent statistics in both performance and uptime (updates: Hostinger uptime dropped to 0 in our chart due to an SSL error at our test site), Hostinger is already a great candidate as a web hosting choice. It also has a wide range of services which adds good value as well. For product line, they offer everything from domain names to any kind of hosting you might need so there’s no worry about having to shift host when your site grows. In ancillary services, users can also benefit from a free website builder.
I feel that Hostinger may sometimes get the short end of the stick since many people who assess them are likely be surprised at the prices. With shared hosting plans starting from as little as $0.99 per month, it can be easy to mistake them for an inferior hosting company with lesser product quality.
The reality is sadly a double-edged sword. Hosting offers extremely competitive value at those prices because it is certainly no slouch in performance or features. The sad part is that once the sign-up honeymoon period is over, their prices renew at significantly higher rates.
Still, think of it as having a good honeymoon with a great partner rather than think of the pain of renewal.
In terms of cost, some would consider Hostinger a little high up on the scale but considering what they offer I think it is a fair price, especially combined with sign-on discounts and the anytime money-back guarantee.
For Newbies and Individual Bloggers
The much higher hosting renewal prices at Hostinger may impact bloggers more significantly than others simply because the long-term cost is so much higher. The only way I can see this working is if you were to sign up to take advantage of that ridiculously low initial price and then move once renewal is due.
For Freelancers and Small Businesses Owners
Similarly, freelancers and small business site owners may have challenges accepting the long-term cost of Hostinger plans. Despite the high renewal price, Hostinger still remains a top choice for freelancers. The bright spot though is that there is a very useful website builder tool available and an easy to use control panel.
The Zyro website builder harnesses the power of AI to help users build websites quickly. AI writer and AI HeatMap are two groundbreaking features that help with this. With Zyro, small businesses and freelancers can launch professional websites in minutes even without knowing how to code.
For Online Shops
Strangely enough, Hostinger doesn’t seem to have moved to capitalize on the eCommerce hosting trend. The only indication that it might be able to support online stores is the fact that it has a 1-Click installer, which you can likely use to add any application you might need such as PrestaShop.
For Agencies and Developers
The unique needs of agencies and developers are only partially met with Hostinger shared plans. In terms of tools, they’re only offering Git which is useful, but far from what a complete developer environment needs. Staging is also possible but much of it must be manual as there doesn’t seem to be automated staging facilities available.
Onboarding with Hosting can be quite reassuring as they seem to have country-specific sites. This means that when you start the buy-in process you’ll be looking at familiar local currencies instead of facing only the US dollar everywhere.
You can choose a contract period of a month, annual, bi-annual or every four years, and this is where you realize that the massive discount promised is only valid on their longest-term contract. Once payment is made, just hang on a little while and you’ll start receiving your account details from their automated system.
Hostinger uses hPanel as its client management system. You can manage all Hostinger products and account details within the same dashboard. It servers as a simple alternative to cPanel.
You can also manage your web hosting functions such as domain, DNS zone editor, configure hotlink protection, file and database manager, set up passwords, and more using Hostinger's hPanel.
One of the biggest pain-points I find with Hostinger isn’t the price, but what comes after you’ve decided to move to them. The lack of free site migration services may impact a lot of less experienced website owners.
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