Want to host a website but don’t know which host to turn to in 2021? To help you with your choice, we have been testing the famous Hostinger for many months.
What accommodations does the latter offer? Does it have a simple-to-use administration interface? Can it be considered one of the best hostings in India? These are some of the questions we will try to answer as part of our opinion on Hostinger. It was updated in 2021 with the latest features; you’re guaranteed to find everything there.
Who is Hostinger? What you need to know
If you’ve never heard of Hostinger, know that it’s one of the cheapest web hosts on the market right now. The company was founded in 2004 under the name Hosting Media and began to become seriously known in 2007 thanks to its offer of free hosting called 000webhost.
It was only in 2011 that the name Hostinger appeared. And since then, the ascent has been simply meteoric. In 2014, the company had 10 million users, and in 2017, 29 million.
This rapid expansion inevitably leads us to ask ourselves several questions. Does this host really deserve all this attention? Does he respond to the quality and reliability of his services? We checked all of that in extensive testing.
With this in mind, we have subscribed to a hosting offer (Premium Shared Accommodation), created a website from A to Z, and observed the performance offered for several months. Want to know what we think about Hostinger as a result of all this? Let’s see together what you need to know about this highly reputable web host.
- Unbeatable prices
- A multitude of offers and types of accommodation
- Customer service responsiveness
- Perfect Uptime
- LiteSpeed server available for free with most plans
- The domain name and SSL certificate offered
- Excellent speeds
- Promo code pressescitron 10% off
- Some translation errors at the administration interface
- No customer support via phone
Performance: availability, loading and speed
The most important aspect of this Hostinger review is the performance test offered. This involves checking service availability, loading time for our site, and overall browsing speed.
During these months of testing, we found an uptime of about 99.99%. This clearly makes Hostinger one or even the most reliable host on the market in 2021. Such availability represents a discontinuity of service of only a few hours over a year to give you an idea.
Having a website available at all times is good, but if it doesn’t load quickly when it opens, you risk scaring away your readers. That’s why you really need to pay close attention to loading time.
Hostinger has data centres in Europe (including the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Lithuania), the United States, Brazil and Asia. This will allow you to host your site in the best possible place, depending on your target audience. And thus minimize access and loading time.
In our tests, we were able to get perfect scores on GTMetrix and Pingdom:
To give you some context, it is worth noting that the site tested and hosted by us at Hostinger has no less than 18 plugins, a cache system (LiteSpeed), and all the images made available are optimized (to reduce their size). We reproduce these conditions for all the opinions and tests that we are required to carry out.
In conclusion, our opinion on Hostinger is very good for everything related to performance. You’re really dealing with a fast and reliable host, proof with the loading times on GTMetrix and Pingdom (as well as the ratings). All at an extremely competitive price.
Testing Hostinger’s administration interface
Whether you are a novice or an expert in the web field, it is always nice to find a simple and, above all, clear administration interface. Hostinger ticks these two conditions without the slightest problem.
Indeed, Hostinger offers an interface based on hPanel (which is a host-specific cPanel enhancement) from which it’s easy to navigate.
With just a few clicks, you’ll be able to manage your various accommodations, find statistics about their use, monitor logins on your account, check your invoices, or get help from customer service.
If you want our opinion, because of its simplicity, there is no doubt that the board of administration proposed by Hostinger will appeal to as many people as possible. We want to point out that thanks to an assistant, you can create your site on WordPress, Zyro or WooCommerce in a few minutes:
However, we found a small shadow on the board. Parts of Hostinger’s admin interface are not or poorly translated. It is hoped that this will be corrected shortly by the host.
Safety and protection
When you want to host a website, you really have to worry about the security and the available protection systems. It would be foolish to see its site degraded or completely unusable overnight. That’s why we’ll talk to you in this section about our review on Hostinger, the tools offered by the host.
We were able to note the presence of:
- Bitninja or Imunify360 (optional to protect you from any attack/hack)
- Smart firewall rules
- Anti-DDoS traffic analyzer
- Cloudflare protection (depending on the hosting plan you’re going to take)
With all this, you’ll be sure that your site will withstand the slightest attack or threat.
And in terms of the security of your administration account, we were able to test the implementation of a dual authentication system (A2F):
As you can see from the screenshot above, you will have the choice between authentication by application (Authy, LastPass) or by email (at each connection, you will receive a confirmation code by email). By opting for dual authentication, you will guarantee your peace of mind and prevent your account from falling into the hands of questionable people.
Our opinion on Hostinger’s customer support
Even if we opt for the best web host, we are never immune to failure. Thus, before committing to a host, it is necessary to ensure the quality and, above all, the customer support’s responsiveness.
Because yes, a problem that makes your site inaccessible for several minutes/hours can quickly be expensive! As part of the implementation of this hostinger review and test, we were able to ensure that the site’s promises were being met.
Unsurprisingly, the support offered by Hostinger turns out to be very fast and, above all… effective. Within seconds, you will be put in touch with a qualified agent.
So you won’t have to bother conversing in English. As far as the means of contact are limited, you will have the choice between:
- A contact form
- A live chat
If you want our opinion, I really prefer the live chat function made available by Hostinger. This will guarantee you a better response time. Even if in both cases, you can expect assistance that can be reached 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
It’s also worth noting that a detailed FAQ is available from the “Help” part of your customer space. Inside, you’ll find answers to common questions about configuration, installation, billing, privacy, security, or domain names.
Our only regret about Hostinger’s customer support is that, unlike other competitors, it is not possible to reach him by phone. But this negative aspect is more than compensated by the agents’ responsiveness and competence with whom we were able to exchange during our full test.
Types of accommodation and pricing
Now that we have been able to address this Hostinger review the topic of performance, administration, security and customer support, we will be able to present to you all the accommodation offers offered.
And as you can see just below, there’s no shortage of choices as you’ll have no less than 6 different categories:
We suggest you find the details of each of these types of accommodations as a result. We will take the opportunity to specify to each to whom they address.
More and more people are looking to create an online store. It’s a fact. By opting for Hostinger and its site creator, Zyro, you’ll find the task great.
With this in mind, two plans will be proposed:
The difference is in the number of products that can be displayed on your E-Commerce site (100 products against an unlimited number). And unlike other competitors, no fees will be levied by the platform on each transaction made. The entire profit you make is yours.
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If you don’t want to go through Zyro to create and manage your online store, you can always fall back on plans specific to CMS PrestaShop, Magento or WooCommerce.
For more details about these offers, we recommend you visit the Hostinger website by clicking HERE.
This plan is for: anyone who wants to start or continue their adventure in the world of e-Commerce. Whether you are a beginner or a confirmed one, you will inevitably find your account among the different formulas offered.
Shared web hosting
We continue this “price” part of our review of Hostinger by telling you about the various mutualized hosting offers available. As you can see from the screenshot below, there are 3 shots:
- Accommodation per unit: €0.99/month
- Premium: €2.89/month
- Business: €3.99/month
Each of them meets a particular need. The unit plan is the most suitable to start a small personal blog. While the Premium Plan (the plan with which we carried out this hostinger review and test) and Business already give access to more possibilities such as hosting multiple sites, access to unlimited bandwidth, a free SSL certificate, an unlimited number of SQL databases, etc.
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To compare the 3 web hosting plans in more detail, you can click the button above. This will take you directly to the dedicated page of Hostinger’s website.
Who is this plan for creating a personal blog or a small/medium-sized site? This is the perfect type of plan for anyone who wants to start in web hosting.
Hostinger has decided to further expand its hosting portfolio by making available cPanel offers. Unlike shared hosting based on hPanel (a fork specific to Hostinger but based on cPanel), with cPanel accommodations, you will have access to the cPanel administration interface.
Two different plans are proposed:
- Silver: €1.75/month (then €3.59/month at renewal).
- Gold: €2.95/month for the first commitment period.
As you can see in the image above, in both cases, you will be able to benefit from 1TB of bandwidth/month, 30GB of SSD storage space, automatic backups, offered SSL certificates, and the possibility of obtaining a free domain name (provided you commit for at least 1 year).
About the domain name offered, you will have the choice between a lot of extensions, including .fr, .com, .net, etc.
The only difference between Hostinger’s two cPanel accommodations is that through the Silver offer, you will only be able to host one site, while with the Gold plan, you will be able to manage up to 50 different sites. It is difficult for us to give you our opinion because the choice will depend exclusively on your needs.
This plan is addressed: to those who want to take advantage of the cPanel administration panel while enjoying quality shared accommodation.
As the name suggests, this type of hosting relies on cloud computing, coupled with the simplicity of shared hosting. Hosting guarantees that this type of accommodation is up to 3 times faster than traditional shared accommodation. Also, all backend management will be the responsibility of the host, not you or your teams.
The huge advantage of this type of offer is that everything is flexible. If your site grows, you’ll be able to grow your hosting with just a few clicks. This applies to the allocated memory, disk space (SSD), or the number of CPU cores.
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Like shared accommodation, 3 options are available:
- Startup: €9.99/month
- Professional: €19.99/month
- Cloud Global (powered by Google Cloud): €69.99/month
What will vary from formula to formula is the storage space, RAM, or the number of CPUs allocated. Once again, we recommend that you check the Hostinger website to see for yourself each plan’s specifics.
This plan aims to Hostinger’s Cloud Hosting primarily targets companies that need to carry out large-scale projects.
Once again, Hostinger offers 3 different plans for WordPress hosting. You will have understood by its name, this type of accommodation will only suit those who want to use this CMS. For others, turn to the cloud or shared hosting instead.
To determine which plan is best for your needs, try to determine your needs and your business’s future evolution.
Who’s talking to this plan: for those who only want to do WordPress and need servers especially optimized for this CMS.
The hosting part of Hostinger is the most provided. You will have the choice between 6 different formulas. To view the details of each offer, you can click on the image below.
These 6 shots share, in any case, a lot of similarities since you will have the right each time to a dedicated IP, a network of 100 MB/s, as well as an IPv4 and IPv6 support. On the operating system side, Hostinger gives you the ability to install and configure the following Linux distributions:
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To whom this plan is addressed: as the name suggests, a VPS (Virtual Private Server) will allow you to benefit from a private but virtual server (based on cloud technology). This type of accommodation is especially aimed at those with special needs and looking for above-average stability.
In any case, you will be entitled to DDoS protection, external automatic backups, and 99.9% availability. And of course, you will be able to take advantage of the 30-day satisfied or refunded guarantee offered by the host (we provide you with more detail about it a little further down in our Hostinger review). This will allow you to get a full refund in case of non-satisfaction.
Additional information about Hostinger
Before concluding our test and full opinion on Hostinger, we still wanted to talk to you about a few points about the host.
Free domain name
As we suggested in our presentation of the different accommodations and rates charged by Hostinger, you will be able to enjoy a free domain name in many cases.
You will be able to register a domain name by:
The choice is substantial, even if one cannot help noticing the impossibility of registering a domain for free in .fr. We will console ourselves with domain names in .com, .net or .info that remains widely used in the web field.
You will also be able to add protection for your personal domain data. This will prevent anyone from seeing your name, first name, or address with a simple WHOIS. This option is charged €5.00 per year.
Free hosting Hostinger: our review
Quality hosts offering free accommodation are counting on the fingers of one hand in 2021. And Hostinger is one of them.
However, you must know that this type of offer remains very limited. Its main objective is to allow you to discover the host and then switch to a paid offer.
With Hostinger’s free web hosting, you’ll be entitled to 300MB of disk space, 3GB of bandwidth per month, setting up 2 SQL databases, or hosting a single site. That is the end of it.
You won’t be allowed a free domain name in .com or unlimited performance and speeds. But this free hosting offer will at least allow you to get a foothold in the web and create/manage a website.
When making this Hostinger notice, we discovered that you would be able to set up backups for all hosting offers. The frequency of these will still depend on your choice of accommodation.
With the unit hosting offer or Premium (first-price offers), you can only make weekly backups. However, from Enterprise hosting, you will be entitled to daily backups of your website.
In any case, after being able to test the backup process, we can confirm that the process is straightforward. In just a few minutes, you will be able to set up your backups. You can also force manual backups if the need arises.
Buying domain names
Like any self-respecting web host, Hostinger offers the ability to register and purchase one or more domain names. You will find the main extensions in fashion, from .fr to .com.
On the pricing side, we were pleasantly surprised by the prices on offer. They happen to be more interesting than many other hosts. For example, a .fr domain name will cost you only €7.99/year at Hostinger:
30-day repayment period (tested by us)
Before we (already) moved to our Hostinger review and test conclusion, we had to tell you about the 30-day satisfied or refunded warranty offered. It is valid for all services/products/accommodations offered on the site, except:
- Renewing a domain name
- Protecting your personal data for a domain name
- The “SEO Toolkit” tool
- G Suite
To claim your warranty satisfied or refunded, you will only have to show up within 30 days of any subscription to an Hostinger service. The date that counts to calculate this 30-day period is the billing date (available in your personal space).
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You can go through the contact form or the online chat to let the customer support know you want to get a full refund. The latter will accede to your request without even asking you for any justification. Suffice to say that you don’t have to worry about that.
Conclusion: our opinion on Hostinger
Following our full testing of Hostinger, we can confirm that this is probably the best web host currently available on the market.
Apart from the few errors/failures of translation on the administration interface, the lack of dedicated hosting and a phone number to reach the customer support, we do not have much to blame him.
No matter what type of accommodation you choose, you’ll be sure to get performance well above the norm. So your success in the world of the web will depend on you!
And to top it all off, you won’t even have to ruin yourself to get accommodation. As specified in the “Tarification” section of our review, as well as in our Hostinger vs HostGator comparison, Hostinger offers low rates and unbeatable value for money.
Are you already a customer at Hostinger and would like to share your opinion? Or do you have some additional questions to ask us? In this case, feel free to share this with us.