A wide range of plans, coupled with attractive prices make Hostinger cost-effective for novices and intermediate users. However, it is not suitable for large enterprises as it doesn’t provide dedicated hosting. Even Hostinger’s cheapest shared hosting plan lets you create a professional email address, and you can create multiple email addresses with the more expensive plans. This simple offering makes Hostinger stand out, and is quite useful.
Hostinger offers a range of services including shared hosting, VPS hosting, cloud hosting and even specialised hosting solutions such as WordPress hosting, cPanel hosting, etc. When choosing your hosting solution, you must carefully weigh the price of the package and features with your current needs. This is so that you don’t end up shelling money out on a plan that supports 25,000 monthly visitors and lets you deploy multiple websites, when you only need to set up a single website, which attracts around 8,000 monthly visitors.
You can get started with the Single Shared hosting plan for as little as $1.39 per month, if you opt for a four-year subscription. The plan is an absolute steal when you consider that it includes weekly backups, 30GB storage space.
The convention with hosting providers is to offer a cheaper on-boarding price for longer durations. For instance, the same plan costs you $1.99 per month if you choose a 24-month subscription. You should also keep in mind that this is only the introductory offer, renewal prices are higher, and vary depending on the duration you choose.
Hostinger doesn’t provide dedicated hosting, which is aimed at large enterprises that require vast resources to accommodate their thousands of visitors. Your next best option is to pick from one of the eight VPS plans on offer. The cheapest plan is priced at $3.95 per month for a four-year subscription and includes a single CPU core, backed by 1GB RAM, 20GB SSD storage, 1TB Bandwidth, full root-access and assorted features. The prices get steeper if you want more resources added.
For TechRadar readers only, Hostinger’s Cloud Lite Hosting plan is $1.79 per month for the first three months and its Premium Shared Hosting plan is just $1.79 per month for the first 12 months.
Hostinger’s usual price for cloud hosting starts at $9.99 per month for a four-year subscription and go up to $18.99 per month.
The choice of plan will depend on your use case. For instance, if you wish to host a podcast on your website, your only option is to opt for one of the VPS plans as Hostinger doesn’t allow the same on its shared or cloud hosting plans.
As with most hosting providers, Hostinger supports payment through Google Pay and most Credit Cards. Payment through debit cards and regional payment gateways or wallets are not supported. Although the hosting provider resisted cryptocurrencies initially, it has now partnered with CoinGate, another Lithuania-based company, and accepts cryptocurrency as payment. However, Hostinger’s refund policy states that purchases made using cryptocurrencies are not refundable, which might defeat the 30-day money back policy.
Hostinger’s cheapest shared hosting plans boasts of a single CPU core with 768MB RAM. While this might seem low, at $1.39 per month, the plan is aimed at small businesses or professionals who only need a single email account, and expect less than 10,000 monthly visitors. At the same time, 100GB bandwidth means that you can utilize the 30GB SSD storage space to showcase your portfolio and range of services, whether you’re a business or a professional.
Hostinger consistently provides features in its shared plans that many competitors don’t, such as free email account, weekly backups, two sub-domains, and more. You can use the sub-domains to deploy a blog, or otherwise create a sister website which makes your website look more professional.
All shared plans are hosted on the Cloud Linux 7 distribution, but unlike HostGator that provides a complete list of all installed software and underlying operating system on its knowledge base, Hostinger doesn’t publicly disclose this information. Your only recourse is to turn to the help staff for software and version information.
ostinger’s WordPress hosting improves on the shared plans in several important ways. Even the cheapest Starter plan provides a single WordPress site, one email account, 30GB SSD, free SSL, WordPress Acceleration, managed auto-updates, and all for $1.99 (4 year period) and $3.99 after renewal.
Upgrading gets you more storage space, support for more sites, and Jetpack Free on the WordPress Starter and Business WordPress plans. 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, $5.99, or $11.59 a month, so it looks to us like the Starter plan is the highlight of the range. Additional features with more expensive plans includes the ability to manage multiple WordPress sites from one dashboard, automatic plugin updates, daily backups, and a Google Ads credit.
Managed WordPress plans from other providers can be more powerful. IONOS’ WordPress Pro(opens in new tab) includes advanced features such as staging support (make major changes to 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, and you’ll pay $7.99.) If you’re new to WordPress or working on a small site, start with a simple product, like Hostinger’s shared plans. Upgrade to full managed WordPress later, if you feel you need it.