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You’ve probably already heard, somewhere, that Hostinger is one of the absolute hosting choices available.
In this review, we’ll help you work out if they are right for your small business.
This well-known host has over:
- 29 million users
- 15,000 sign-ups daily
For beginner businesses, they are often considered an top-notch choice, with a superb support team, for when your site needs extra attention.
Features-wise, more and more features are being added daily. As for their intro price webmail, Hosting happens to be the cheapest in the market.
We think well of them here. But no one is perfect - we will fill in all the key pros and cons.
Europe, Asia, & America Headquarters 🌎
How did they get here? 🤔
In 2004, in the city of Kaunas, Lithuania, a company called “Hosting Media” was established, with the mission to rule the web hosting industry one day.
7 years and a million users later, in 2011, the company started gaining popularity. They formally changed their brand name, to what we know today as “Hostinger.”
A decade’s later of offering hosting & webmail, Hostinger is still growing and has established 6 data centers across the world and set up shop in 39 regions.
By the looks of it, they aren’t slowing down anytime soon.
Hostinger aims to help people learn, build, and grow.
As with many medium-age hosts, they earned a reputation for offering new businesses crazily affordable price tiers and excellent customer service.
We have your attention now! 👀
So, without further ado, let’s jump right into the review and show you what makes it one of, if not, the best in the world.
Hostinger Review TL;DR
The bottom-line, for your business’s bottom-line 🌫️
Offering excellent VPS & shared host plans, with very interesting features, they are a great option for novice-to-intermediate businesses.
…Here at HData, we adore all levels of hosting.
Without a spot-on dedicated hosting package, we cannot champion this for large businesses - with especially high traffic & data demands.
(If you’re not selling a couple thousand pounds in product each month, you probably won’t need to worry.)
Hostinger UK 🇬🇧 Review
Top-of-the-Line Budget Host 💷
Hostinger has successfully cemented its roots into the retail hosting sector.
The entire company ethos revolves around providing users a functional & affordable solutions. So far, they continue this tradition. And we continue to think of them as the best UK host for small business needs.
Hostinger offers a variety of packages, plans, and hosting types.
In today’s Hostinger review, we’re going to explore their:
- along with bonus features
Let’s see how it holds up against the competition.
The Full, Microscopic Break-Down 🔬
When it comes to value, expect great price-to-performance ratio, with industry-standard plans.
Plans are split into the three typical categories:
- & VPS
Each offers slightly different features & functionalities. None are free, which is typical for plans that can meet business needs.
The closest a small business could get to a free plan while performing otherwise, might be by finding a high-quality free VPS host.
Here, we’ve covered what you get on shared hosting. Upgrading to the other levels will offer continued performance gains.
On with our Hostinger UK review…
Single Shared Hosting Plan 🗺️
This one is the cheapest plan available. Pay only 80 pennies/month for 48 months. It renews at £2.45/month after that period.
With this hosting plan, you’ll obtain:
- 1 Website
- 1 Email Account
- 1 FTP User
- 100 GB Bandwidth
- 10 GB Disk Space
- Auto Installer
- Easy Website Builder
Premium Shared Hosting 💂
The one-size-fits-all plan. You’ll be paying £2.15/month for 48 months.
This plan gives you:
- Unlimited Bandwidth
- Unlimited SSD Space
- Unlimited Amount of Websites
- Unlimited FTP Users
- Unlimited MySQL Databases
- Unlimited Email Accounts
- 3X WordPress Optimized Speed
- Easy Site Builder (more details below)
- Free Domain Name (more details below)
Business Web Hosting 👔
If you want to go full premium, this plan is the best of the bunch. You’ll be paying only £3.45/month for 48 months.
The Business Web Hosting plan provides all the bells and whistles of Premium Shared Hosting - as well as:
- Deluxe Live Support
- Daily Backups
- Free SSL Certificate to protect customer information and boost SEO rankings
- 2X Processing Power and Memory
Free Trial? 😮
Search for a “Hostinger Free Hosting” plan, and a lot seems to pop up online, rather than crickets.
Their lowest plans are so very cheap - as opposed to the industry average - and they all come with a 30-day free trial, hence the Hostinger free hosting reputation.
This actually regards the money-back trial. Still, it’s damn-near so.
Not only that; Hostinger also provides free SSL certificates on all plans, except for the Single Shared Hosting plan.
As you know, SSL certificates play a vital role in building customer trust.
If you don’t have an SSL certificate, browsers may mark your website “unsafe.” And unlike Hostinger, most hosting services charge extra money for SSL certificates.
Money-Back Guarantee ↩️
You have various payment options, such as Paypal, Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover, Maestro, Bitcoin, and JCB.
They also offer a lovely 30-day money return guarantee. Feel free to try them out and see if they meet your needs.
Keep in mind that not all products are refundable!
In fact, some of the items have special refund terms. Read the Return Policy to learn more about it.
Dependability Under Pressure 😤
We’ve now reached the performance section - what we think of as the best part of our Hostinger review.
Because no unique feature or modern user interface could change the most critical factor in getting value for money out of your host: Uptime.
Uptime is usually measured in percentage, with a 100 percent rating indicating the website was accessible 24/7.
Sites run on complex servers. Pretty much nothing is sure-fire, but most web hosts aim for 99 percent uptime.
A good host will aim for more, whereas great hosts basically guarantee it… Introducing Hostinger’s 99.9% uptime guarantee.
Hostinger’s SLA declares that if they cannot provide you with 99.9% uptime, you’ll get back 5 percent of your monthly fee!
Let’s see if actual test results meet the said claims.
Hostinger performs good in the uptime sector, no doubts there. However, it does drop every few months.
In the worst month of tracking, websites can experience 99.04% uptime. This is about 7 hours of downtime for that month— not that impressive.
However, if we looked on average at a typical year, we’d be looking at around 99.95% uptime, plus or minus.
As you can see below, even though Hostinger’s overall uptime seems average, their month-to-month stats shows an entirely different story.
2019’s uptime results:
- Average Uptime November: 99.99%
- Average Uptime October: 99.65%
- Average Uptime September: 100%
- Average Uptime August: 100%
- Average Uptime July: 100%
- Average Uptime June: 99.83%
- Average Uptime May: 99.89%
- Average Uptime April: 100%
- Average Uptime March: 99.94%
- Average Uptime February: 100%
- Average Uptime January: 99.99%
Uptime is a crucial web hosting element because it's a measure of the availability of your website. Sites with great uptime are typically considered dependable; whereas sites with poor uptime are unreliable and inaccessible.
As shown in the results above, small businesses do not need to worry when it comes to uptime, should they decide to go with Hostinger.
Another Key Customer-Experience Metric 🚄
If you’re familiar with our reviews, you already know that we take our web hosting speed tests very seriously.
Today’s Hostinger UK review is no exception!
Inadequate speeds remain a key reason that small businesses fail to last in today’s highly competitive, online market.
Unlike big-name companies, if you’re a small entrepreneur, each sale counts and you know it! You simply cannot afford to lose potential customers due to easily-avoidable problems like poor web hosting.
Customers nowadays expect your website to load in less than a second!
If the page-load time goes anything beyond that, it increases your bounce rate by a whopping 32% - and everything starts to fall apart once wait times exceed 5 seconds.
Luckily, Hostinger is surprisingly fast. 🚀
Have a look at a recent site-speed stress test that benchmarked Hostinger next to Google’s 200 ms-average recommendation (US-based Hostinger site).
Don’t worry, we’re heading over to UK-based test results shortly. So far, so good - speeds between the US and UK are fast.
Let’s look at tests with Hostinger UK websites.
The test results showed an average of 54ms in London, which is REALLY fast. If that doesn’t surprise you, nothing else will.
For small businesses, Hostinger can be a great option for those targeting the European, US, & Canada markets.
Hostinger Europe is also speedy just like their American and Singapore counterparts, and they provided 165ms average speeds.
Their costs are in pennies per month, putting them (almost) in the category of the absolute best free web host.
Server Distances 🕊️
As you can see in the test results, in some cases, locations that are far away from the designated data centers did not perform that well.
Now, if this seems concerning to you, then don’t worry. It’s actually pretty common as the data travels further to reach their target location.
However, this shouldn’t be an issue as Hostinger offers 6 data centers around the world, namely in the US, EU, Netherlands, Singapore, Indonesia, and Brazil.
Just make sure to choose a data center that’s closest to your main customer-bases, and they will enjoy your website’s fast loading speeds.
Boost Speeds Even Further
(mini-nerd… er, tech section) 🤓
Hostinger uses advanced technologies to increase site load speeds.
Premium Shared accounts offer a complete list of benefits to improve speeds significantly. Here are some of our favorites:
HTTP/2 and HTTP/3 🔌
This network protocol boosts your website speed.
Solid-state Drives are remarkably faster than hard-disk drives (HDDs).
GZIP compression 🗂️
This file compression technique is used to boost site speed.
LiteSpeed is known for its speed. It’s the fourth most popular web server in the world, estimated to be used by 4.7 percent of sites as of August 2019.
Click Installer 🖲️
This nifty feature made installing apps super convenient. Before we used to do everything manually, which was kind of a hassle.
With Click Installer, however, one click is all you need to install your favorite applications.
PHP7 Support 💺
Are you a developer? If so, then you will be very pleased to hear that Hostinger offers PHP7 support, which is one of the most successful PHP releases in the last decade.
It functions MUCH FASTER and smoother than its predecessor, PHP5.
PHP7 Tests 📝
In our benchmarks tests run with WordPress and Drupal, PHP7 performed significantly faster than PHP5.
Git Support 📇
Everyone knows how powerful a tool Git is, but not many people know what it truly does.
Simply put, git is an open-source version control system, designed to allow developers to work together on various projects in a faster, efficient manner.
Git’s popularity really shows when you look at large corporations like Microsoft, Google, Netflix, and Facebook, all of which use it.
While it may seem useless to you, if you’re going to hire developers to create something for your business, they will be happy knowing your web host supports Git effectively.
It simply makes the whole problem-solving process easier.
Optimized for WordPress 💻
All Shared Hosting Plans offer the latest versions of WordPress. Hostinger is specifically optimized to provide the fastest page-load speeds in the industry.
FYI, WordPress powers over 30 percent of the internet, and for good reason. So, we recommend using it for your business.
NGINX Caching 💿
Our Hostinger UK review-specialists recommend this company as a top-shelf WordPress host because of its NGINX caching.
This significantly increases WordPress performance by turbocharging the page-load speed & the speed of static content, through the streamlining of data.
Hostinger Website Builder 👷
The website builder is free-to-use.
It’s user-friendly and can be used to create an eCommerce store, blog, or portfolio. You don’t need to be a tech guru to use it.
Their site builder can have your website up and running in no time, with many, all-device responsive templates to choose from:
Once you select a template, the site builder will let you customize everything on your web pages, making it a convenient solution for newbies.
The drag-and-drop feature allows you to quickly create an eye-catching site with slideshows, social media links, contact forms, and other usual site elements.
So, if your small business requires an affordable web hosting solution but you don’t want to use WordPress, a website builder will create your site in a matter of seconds.
This can also come in handy if you want to create landing pages. However, if you do plan on blogging, this website builder isn’t going to help a lot.
Our recommendation would be to opt for WordPress instead of creating blog posts, one-by-one in the site builder editor.
Free Domain 📁
In order to start a website, you’ll need a domain and a host.
Little expenses like buying a domain can add up and snowball, which can hurt small businesses, especially ones that are only starting out.
This is where getting a free domain from your host can help. Luckily, entrepreneurs can opt for Hostinger’s free domain name option - which is new.
The two criteria of a robust online presence: a memorable domain name and fast, reliable web hosting. With Hostinger you’re getting both.
You can choose from .com; .net; .xyz; .website;. online; .space and many other TLDs.
Hostinger Webmail ✉️
So, now you have your very own Hostinger free domain to build your website on (LegendaryBizPerson.Com)
For the next step, Webmail Hostinger allows you to make your brand stand out with professional domain-based email, making it a great email host as well.
That’s it - you’ve linked your free domain with your email.
(awesome (at) LegendaryBizPerson.com)
You can access your Email accounts through your browser with the help of Webmail.
If you want to access Webmail Hostinger for each account separately, find the Webmail menu in your site’s control panel and click on it.
A new screen will pop up with a complete list of your Email accounts. Click “Email” next to the account that you want to access.
If you’re accessing Webmail from your cPanel Hostinger, it won’t ask you for a password.
As for email hosting, you have two options to choose from:
Business Email ☑️
This gives you a 5GB account, spam protection, task management and calendar, and an email migration tool.
Enterprise Email ☑️
For Business Plan deals, as well as 25GB more storage, file and folder sharing, HTML email templates, docs management, and reminders/alerts functionality.
Hostinger Hosting Alternatives
A few rounds against other small biz hosting tools...🥊
How could we call this an unbiased Hostinger review without pitting it against two top-notch web hosts?
Once again, our focus is on top-notch shared web plans rather than the upper-leagues, like cloud hosting services.
Let’s see how Hostinger performs...
Hostinger vs. Bluehost 🌊
Both Hostinger and Bluehost go under the cheap hosting category.
They even offer almost similar features at an affordable price. However, Hostinger is by far the cheapest hosting service out there, period.
Monitoring Hostinger & Bluehost uptimes over the 7-day period, Bluehost provided 100% uptime, whereas Hostinger was slightly behind at 99.99%.
As for page-load times, Pingdom tests showed the following results:
|Washington D.C.: 0.829 s||Washington D.C.: 2.75 s|
|San Francisco: 1.06 s||San Francisco: 2.86 s|
|London: 0.484 s||London: 3.43 s|
|Sydney: 2.26 s||Sydney: 3.73 s|
|Tokyo: 1.92 s||Tokyo: 2.87 s|
As you can see, Hostinger provided a faster service compared to Bluehost... If you want a personal or basic site, none surpasses Hostinger.
However, for unlimited resources (storage, bandwidth, and websites), or top-tier support, then Bluehost could be a good option for you.
Hostinger vs. SiteGround ⛱️
Before we discuss the results, we must say that both of these web hosts performed extremely well, scoring worldwide averages of below 200ms.
Speed-wise, both did great with Hostinger providing a 176ms worldwide average vs 160ms that of SiteGround.
They performed remarkably well in Asian regions, both scoring below 100 ms in Singapore, Japan, and Bangalore.
They did not perform that well in the:
- US East/US West
- & Sao Paulo
As mentioned earlier, this is due to the data center location. However, the speeds remained respectable.
Personally, we feel that both of these web hosting services are exceptionally quick and responsive.
But, we cannot judge the two competitors based on their speeds alone...
SiteGround is an all-inclusive, premium web hosting company, offering excellent features. It’s perfect for businesses of all shapes and sizes.
Thing is, this level of excellence does not come free of charge. You’ll have to pay a premium for SiteGround’s renewals.
On the other hand, Hostinger is a basic, easy-to-use web hosting solution, best fitted to beginners, small entrepreneurs and businesses.
What we love about Hostinger is that it lets you upgrade to obtain premium features, hence the low introductory price.
All things considered, these are both great web hosting services with a great many benefits.
Hostinger Review: FAQs
Let’s figure out if it’s value for money - for you
This company made its name and fame by providing value for money. But that isn’t to say they are right for you.
Their plans are cheap but powerful, and they come with all the resources you’ll need to run your site.
If you made it this far, it’s safe to say that you’re all caught up with our comprehensive Hostinger review and have come to a decision.
Before you seal the deal, here are some frequently asked questions that will help enhance your decision-making.
Is Hostinger Good for WordPress? 🧐
Hostinger is a great choice for WordPress since it enables one-click installation.
Using Hostinger for WordPress is a solid choice for those looking at shared hosting as a viable option for their website, which is exactly what most users are doing.
Hostinger offers fast speeds and decent customer support. However, while the speeds are solid, you may experience some performance issues here and there on heavy-traffic websites.
Overall, it’s a strong option for both experienced WordPress developers and newbies. If you’re considering a shared plan to get your WordPress site started, Hostinger has you covered.
Here are some of its special features:
- 24/7 WordPress support
- Hostinger: Free domain
- 1-click WordPress installation
- Enhanced security features (e.g., free
- SSL certificate, daily backups)
- Practically unlimited bandwidth
Is Hostinger Secure? 🔐
Hostinger is a very reliable Hosting you can trust.
With Hostinger, you can get all the essential features and resources needed to protect your website.
Not only do they provide different types of hosting services, but you also get them all for a price much cheaper than what everyone else is offering.
Hostinger servers have advanced security modules (e.g., Apache mod_security, PHP open_basedir protection, Suhosin PHP hardening, and others).
These guarantee the highest security level possible.
That said, in order to keep your website and account safe and secure, our Hostinger review experts recommend taking all the basic measures at your end.
Here are some common issues that cause frequent security breaches...
Old Scripts 🎥
All popular web applications (e.g., WordPress, Joomla, PhpBB) faced security issues in the past, and therefore, you should always keep your scripts up-to-date with the latest version.
Outdated Script Plugins 📦
Using third-party extensions is a very common practice, which is why you need to ensure sure to keep them updated just like your script.
Oftentimes, people use old versions of their Plugins which later on become easily exploited by hackers.
A Weak Admin Password 📃
You need to make sure that all your Admin users have unique and strong passwords. Remember, no security measure can help you with a weak password.
Avoid dictionary words. Use a mix of letters, numbers, and characters. It is as simple as that.
Virus-Infected Local PC 👾
Some computer viruses are notorious for stealing FTP and Control Panel logins so they can later be utilized to upload malicious code to your site.
Because it's easy to get your computer infected with such viruses, we highly recommended using a good, trusted anti-virus on your PC. You won’t regret it.
And, please, avoid “free” antivirus programs. Nothing in this world is free. There’s always a catch, and you don’t want to be “that guy.”
Does Hostinger Use cPanel? 🎛️
Hostinger has its own custom control centre called cPanel Hostinger, which is available with all of Hostinger’s web hosting plans. However, if you're accustomed to using standard cPanel, we have to mention that it's not the same thing.
It shares some similarities with traditional cPanel and allows Hostinger to be more flexible when it comes to adjusting to user requirements.
Hostinger offers an easy-to-use, modern interface where you’ll find everything you need in one place.
This way, you can update billing information, track logins, manage domains, monitor emails, among many other things from your dashboard.
cPanel Hostinger is not your traditional model, but large icons do make it look intuitive and easier to find whatever it is you’re looking for.
Nothing is perfect. Hostinger has its fair share of flaws, too.
But considering the price-to-performance ratio, our Hostinger review experts cannot help but recommend this web hosting solution to everyone.
Incredible speeds, excellent uptime, prices are also very attractive— overall, it’s easily one of the best hosting providers in the market right now.
Although it lacks phone support and dedicated plans, Hostinger is still a reliable, affordable web hosting company that helps you get your business online quickly and easily. Even if you're a larger company, they offer excellent VPS hosting deals.
So, you didn’t quite discover the Hostinger free hosting option, rumoured online?
Never mind. In our opinion, it’s offerings are plenty cheap and top-shelf enough for small business.
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