Author: Matthew Rogers
Last Updated: March 2020
Why our reviews are worth reading
As a web agency, we use/test a LOT of hosting providers to scale both our clients and our many many side-projects (we like to experiment).
Having done this for quite a few years now, we've used, analysed, and reviewed a lot of web hosts... these are our findings.
A few of the better-known brands that link to our content
In a hurry? Here’s our quick summary!
In a nutshell, we definitely recommend Hostinger! They offer high-quality hosting at a fraction of the price compared to their competitors. They also have a global network of servers, great support, and the best onboarding process we’ve seen in a host so far!
Here’s a quick overview of their best features:
💵 Very Affordable: Their most affordable hosting plan is really cheap, and it actually comes with enough power and features to let you host your average blog or business site with no issues, it’s quite impressive!
💬 Great Support: It’s there for you 24/7/365, and user reviews of their support are really really good compared to what we normally see… good stuff! Oh, and their support is multilingual (20+ languages!!)
🌎 Global reach: They have data centres all over the world for maximum performance.
🤙 30-day money-back guarantee: Pretty self-explanatory, just in case 🙂
Honestly, we really like them, they’re a no-brainer!
The company’s journey began in 2004 in Kaunas, Lithuania. They started off with the name Hosting Media. By 2011, Hosting Media was renamed as Hostinger. Their ICANN Accreditation was given on 2014.
By January 2017, Hostinger has been serving 29 million customers spanning 178 countries. According to the company, they receive about 15,000 signups per day which is about 1 client every 5 seconds.
They provide various products and services including Web Hosting, Business Hosting, VPS Hosting, and Domain Registration. Their servers are located in the US, Singapore, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Lithuania, Brazil, and Indonesia.
While they offer a lot of hosting types, we’ll be focusing on their shared web hosting plans, as that’s what most people will need.
The pricing above is in USD, but they have localised pricing structures depending on which country you’re in. As you can see, their cheapest plan is insanely affordable and comes with everything you need to get a site up and running. Then if you need to grow, you can just scale up from there and buy the next tier up, which allows for an unlimited number of sites, includes a free domain, more server resources, and weekly backups.
The higher you go in their tiers, the more resources you get, so the more power you can push to your sites. Their Cloud Hosting solution at $7.45 takes the cake though, with 48x allocated resources, a dedicated IP, and powered by the Google Cloud infrastructure! It’s insanely high-powered hosting at an affordable cost.
All plans come with LiteSpeed Cache, WordPress Acceleration (LSCWP), Cloudflare Protected Nameservers, Github Integration, 24/7/365 Support, Easy Website Builder, and of course a 99.9% Uptime Guarantee.
And they offer a 30-day money-back guarantee if you’re not happy for any reason.
Hostinger provides you with various options for customer support. These include the following:
- Knowledge Base
- Live Chat
Their Knowledge Base and Tutorials contain a variety of information you can use to manage their products and/or services. You can also use them to troubleshoot simple problems you might encounter.
Live Chat is available 24/7, and is very well-integrated in their whole platform, it’s a very good user experience and responses come very quickly. The thing we really like about their support is that they offer multilingual support, with over 20 languages!
Reviews of their customer support system were positive. A lot of customers were very pleased with their service. They were quick to reply to questions and they can solve even complex problems. Kudos to Hostinger!
We decided to add this individual section about WP hosting to this review, as most people these days use WordPress to run their sites. When it comes to WordPress hosting, Hostinger has added in quite a few extra features to make sure every WP install runs smoothly as possible. This includes customer support that specialises in WordPress, increased security through their partnership with BitNinja, the latest PHP version of course, and even a custom-built WordPress caching plugin to maximise performance.
For developers, they also included WP–CLI and GIT integration.
In addition to WordPress hosting, Hostinger also has a website builder that they’ve recently launched. It’s called Zyro and it aims to make website building extremely easy and simple. What’s really impressive about Zyro is that it’s a website builder with AI features.
There is the AI Writer that can instantly generate text for your new website. And then there is the AI Heatmap, which predicts where your visitors’ eyes will be drawn to, thus allowing you to optimize your website for conversions right as you’re building it.
We’d say they’ve succeeded in creating a highly intuitive and user-friendly platform, and there are some beautiful templates to choose from too.
Their onboarding process
Another thing we really need to mention is their onboarding process, it’s absolutely seamless and super smooth. And it’s pretty too. Each step flows into the next until, before you know it, you’ve got a site live with WordPress installed, and ready for content and images to be uploaded.
It’s very impressive! We’ve pasted a few screenshots below.
Domain name choice
Personalised setup processes
To re-cap the main benefits of using Hostinger:
- Very affordable
- 30-Day Money-Back Guarantee
- Excellent Customer Support Service
- Fast Servers
- Excellent Uptime
- Super easy setup process
The company is an excellent player in the hosting industry when it comes to speed, support, reliability, and performance… basically everything you want in a hosting provider, they have our stamp of approval!