Hostinger Review 2021: Is This Affordable Hosting Any Good?

This Hostinger Review is about Hostinger Shared Hosting. This review will explain aspects such as pricing, performance, and features of this service.

Hosting Review Summary

Hostinger has been around since 2004 as a flexible and scalable web hosting service for mission-critical websites from micro to large-scale. The service is characterized by a simple and intuitive setup, fast speed, and a great WordPress experience. 

Pricing

Hostinger has 3 shared plans for customers to choose from, and the plans are classified based on the number of sites, SSD Storage, Monthly Visits, and the number of Email Accounts. Here are the plan details: 

  • Singe Shared Hosting: $1.39 per month, 1 Website, 30 GB SSD Storage, 1000 Visits Monthly, 1 email account.
  • Premium Shared Hosting: $2.59 per month, 100 Websites, 100 GB SSD Storage, 25000 Visits Monthly, 100 Domain-based Free email accounts.
  • Business Shared Hosting: $4.99 per month, 100 Websites, 200 GB SSD Storage, 10000 Visits Monthly, 100 Domain-based Free email accounts.

All the 3 plans have the following features in common: 

  • Managed WordPress
  • WordPress Acceleration
  • 30 Days Money Back Guarantee
  • GIT Access
  • Free SSL for one site
  • Cloudflare Protected Nameservers
  • Access Manager

Performance

Server Response Time

Performance is an extremely important factor in hosting, and that’s why the performance of a hosting service has to be checked carefully before choosing the service. However, performance has many aspects, such as server response time, uptime, load handling, global TTFB, and user experience. I understand you can't check each one of them, which is why I do the hard work for you using some advanced performance tests.

I began with the server response time test. I had to host a site on the Hostinger platform, and since then, I have constantly been monitoring it. As per the data collected recently, my Hostinger site recorded an average server response time of 659 ms, and even though it may not be the best in the industry, it is still a decent server response time.  

Uptime

Another important aspect of performance that needs out close attention is the uptime, and I have been continually testing the uptime of my Hostinger site. According to the recent data, my Hostinger site recorded an uptime of 99.68%. 

Load Testing

I couldn’t verify how well the host can handle high traffic since I couldn’t perform the load testing on my Hostinger site. It could be because of low server resources. However, I am on it and would soon update you once I succeed in performing loading testing on my Hostinger site.

Global TTFB

One effective strategy that has helped many websites in growing really fast is targeting multiple global locations. However, it may not be as simple as it seems to be, and you can never succeed in doing it unless you have your site hosted with a hosting service with the best Global TTFB. 

I tested the Global TTFB of my Hostinger site by pinging the site from as many as ten global locations, and my site responded pretty well in all the locations with an average Global TTFB of 430.23 ms. The site had the lowest TTFB of 87.78 ms in New York and the highest TTFB of 778.69 ms in Bangalore.

Core Web Vitals

User experience is another essential factor of performance, and these days, it is one of the essential ranking factors. Sites must work on user experience to rank better across the search engines. However, for a site to work on user experience, it is also essential for one to be hosted on a reliable hosting platform with the best Core Web Vitals. 

I tested the Core Web Vitals of my Hostinger site recently, and it recorded a ‘Largest Contentful Paint' 0.701s, a ‘Total Blocking Time' of 0.000s, a ‘Cumulative Layout Shift' of 0. You can see that the service has brilliant Core Web Vitals, and any site hosted on this platform can certainly deliver the best user experience to its visitors. 

Hostinger Pros

Affordable Pricing

Hostinger is comparatively the most affordable hosting service in the industry for sure, and it allows customers to start for as low as $ 1.39 per month. Besides, the plans come with a good amount of resources. For example, the lowest tier plan comes with 30 GB SSD storage. Hostinger offers a Free domain for 1 year on the next higher plans, which cuts down the site maintenance cost to some extent. 

Easy to Use Control Panel

Hostinger comes with a very straightforward control panel called the hPanel, and the control panel is easy to navigate and use. If you had used a cPanel before, you would have a much better experience with the hPanel with a better interface and usability. 

Most importantly, the hPanel gives you access to all the important options from a single point of managing your account. 

7 Data Center Locations

Datacenter locations play a huge role in hosting since hosting a site from the closest server to your target audience gives your site the benefit of faster load time. However, this is not possible with a hosting service with limited data center locations unless you are extremely lucky. 

In the case of Hostinger, customers have as many as 7 data center locations to choose from, and you have a greater chance of finding your desired data center location to host your site. 

Hostinger Cons

Average Performance

Customers can expect reliable performance from Hostinger. I have carefully tested the performance of the service by conducting as many as 4 advanced tests, and the service performed brilliantly in all the tests. Hostinger has a decent server response time as well as uptime. 

When it comes to Global TTFB, the service has excellent Global TTFB, and you can definitely count on this service if you are planning to host a site with multiple global locations to target. Further, Hostinger also has good Core Web Vitals, and sites using this service can deliver an excellent user experience if they try well.

Automated Daily Backup Only on the Business plan 

We all know how important it is to have a reliable backup system in hosting, and these days, you can’t afford to host a site without automated daily backup. However, while most of the leading hosting companies offer automated daily, Hostinger offers this feature on the Business Web Hosting plan and has only weekly on the lower plans.   

Features

CDN

Hostinger uses Cloudflare on all its plans. With that, sites benefit from reverse proxy caching, Cloudflare DNS, auto minification, image optimization, gzip compression, and static content delivery using over 155 global locations. This largely reduces the bandwidth and server’s CPU usage resulting in blazing fast page loading. 

Staging

Staging is a handy feature, and most of the hosting services offer the most straightforward staging feature. However, Hostinger doesn’t have a dedicated and well-defined staging feature yet, and the only way Hostinger customers can create a staging site is by using WordPress plugins like WP Staging.  

Security

Customers need to look for a hosting service with a reliable security system in place, considering the increasing number of DDoS and Bruteforce. Hostinger uses server-based security, characterized by Apache mod_security, Suhosin PHP hardening, PHP open_basedir protection, etc. Further, the service has been around for many years now, and all this while, the host has maintained a good track record in terms of security. 

Support

While hosting and maintaining a site on your own, it is normal to encounter many technical complexities. However, every time you run into some technical issue, it is important to break out of it really fast, and that’s where a good support service plays a huge role. As far as Hostinger support service goes, it is very reliable and offers good assistance through 24/7 live chat and email. 

Hostinger Review – Do I Recommend?

I have tried to make this post as comprehensive as possible and share everything that I found about this service. I am sure you have good clarity on how Hostinger works. According to my analysis of this service, I must say it offers an excellent value for money, and it is reflected in its performance, security, and features. 

Of course, there is no denying that Hostinger could have addressed things like backup and staging in a better way; however, there are good free WordPress plugins that customers can use for reliable backup and staging.

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