How to Choose a Web Hosting Plan at Hostinger? Factors to Consider When Choosing a Plan

How to Choose a Web Hosting Plan at Hostinger? Factors to Consider When Choosing a Plan

Hostinger offers a wide variety of web hosting plans to help you succeed online. However, it may be challenging to choose between the many options available.

This article will provide an in-depth overview of our web hosting services, their notable features, and their use cases. We will also discuss five factors to consider when choosing a hosting plan.

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Hostinger Web Hosting

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Hostinger’s managed hosting lets you host multiple websites on the same server and share resources with other users. This hosting type is the most affordable option, making it very popular for small and medium-sized websites. At Hostinger, we offer two types of web hosting:

  • Premium
  • Business

Each plan has a different set of features, and its pricing reflects the number of included benefits. For instance, the Business plan offers higher specifications than the Premium plan.

That being said, all plans come with Hostinger’s control panel, hPanel, and an Auto Installer tool.

Expert Tip

As your website grows, you might need more features. Fortunately, our web hosting is easily upgradable.

When you upgrade your hosting plan, all your websites, files, emails, and such will be automatically transferred to the new plan, which means you won’t need to move anything manually, as your account will be automatically upgraded shortly.

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Let’s learn more about each of our web hosting packages.

Premium

The Premium plan allows you to create and manage up to 100 websites simultaneously. It’s a cost-effective option for those who want to use one plan to host multiple sites. The Premium plan starts at $2.99/month.

While you can host several websites, remember that this is still a traditional web hosting plan. You might need a more powerful package, such as cloud hosting, to host many resource-intensive sites. Still, our Premium plan should be enough for small websites.

Although it’s our cheapest web hosting plan, the Premium plan already includes 100 GB SSD storage, unlimited bandwidth, a free SSL certificate, unlimited FTP accounts, up to 100 email accounts, up to 100 subdomains, and a free custom domain for one year.

Like the rest of our hosting plans, we also offer 24/7 live chat and email support.

Who is this plan suitable for:

  • Users with many blogs or small online stores that don’t use resource-intensive themes and plugins
  • Users with a few medium-sized websites
  • Web development beginners
  • WordPress and other CMS users

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Business

Business is our more powerful web hosting plan, starting at $3.99/month. The large storage space and additional resources allow users to host more resource-intensive websites. You can even host up to 300 websites.

You’ll get to enjoy all features from the Premium plan with several major upgrades. This plan offers 200 GB SSD storage, a WordPress staging tool, and daily backups.

Who is this plan suitable for:

  • Users with a few small or medium-sized eCommerce sites
  • Users with many blogs or several medium-sized websites
  • WordPress and other CMS users

Expert Tip

There are certain situations where you may need extra resources on your hosting account, such as an expected temporary increase in website traffic, importing large amounts of data, full website update, or trying out a higher hosting plan without any commitment.

For these cases, you can use our Plan Boost feature. This will provide you with the capacity of a higher hosting plan for 24 hours, increasing the performance, so you can accomplish these tasks in less time and reducing the possibility of errors due to having reached your plan’s limits.

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Hostinger Cloud Hosting

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Cloud-based hosting has more resources from a network of servers to ensure maximum performance and uptime. With this package, you won’t be sharing resources with other users’ websites and risk downtime.

The resources you get with cloud hosting are comparable to a virtual private server (VPS). But unlike VPS, you don’t need technical expertise to manage cloud hosting. Setting up and managing cloud hosting is as easy as traditional web hosting.

Hostinger uses CloudLinux with LVE containers. Each user gets a dedicated container with resource boundaries to maintain smooth operation.

Account migration to a different host happens seamlessly when a host is unreachable, avoiding downtime.

At Hostinger, we offer three different Cloud Hosting plans:

  • Cloud Startup
  • Cloud Professional
  • Cloud Enterprise

If you previously used traditional web hosting, you may want to upgrade to cloud hosting once your website needs more resources. With Hostinger, you can always upgrade directly from hPanel.

Cloud Startup

Cloud Startup, starting at $7.99/month, is our entry-level cloud hosting plan. It offers substantial upgrades from our traditional web hosting packages.

Although it’s our most basic cloud hosting plan, you will get numerous features, including the ability to host up to 300 websites, 200 GB SSD storage, 2 CPU cores, 3 GB RAM, unlimited bandwidth, and 24/7 support.

The plan also comes with a free domain name for one year, a free SSL certificate, and daily backups.

Who is this plan suitable for:

  • Users who own many small online stores or a few large ones
  • Users with several resource-intensive projects and websites
  • WordPress and other CMS users

We recommend checking our upgraded cloud hosting plans if you want even more power.

Cloud Professional

Cloud Professional is our mid-tier cloud hosting plan. It has the resources to power large eCommerce websites and complex projects. It’s nearly the best we can offer when it comes to cloud hosting, with a starting price of $14.99/month.

With Cloud Professional, you will get all the features in Cloud Startup plus several upgrades. Thanks to our custom-built infrastructure, it includes 250 GB SSD storage, 4 CPU cores, and 6 GB RAM.

Who is the plan suitable for:

  • Large online stores
  • Many resource-intensive websites
  • WordPress and other CMS users

Cloud Enterprise

Cloud Enterprise is our most powerful cloud hosting plan, priced at $29.99.

Cloud Enterprise offers an extensive lineup of specifications, including 300 GB SSD storage, 6 CPU cores, 12 GB RAM, and all the features from Cloud Professional.

Who is this plan suitable for:

  • Many resource-heavy applications or eCommerce sites
  • WordPress and other CMS users
  • Users with a business that requires streaming media files daily

Hostinger Pro

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Hostinger Pro provides a customized back-end infrastructure designed specifically for managing multiple websites.

With the Hostinger’s hPanel, you can use one dashboard to manage all your client accounts and their website configuration settings. You can also apply bulk updates for multiple WordPress websites and update themes and plugins in one go.

If you work with a team, you’ll be able to collaborate with other members in real time. Sharing the dashboard’s access with your clients and receiving their feedback on your work is also easy.

This hosting type works similarly to our web and cloud hosting plans, so you don’t need advanced technical knowledge to operate it. That said, expert web developers will enjoy its advanced features, such as LiteSpeed Cache for WordPress (LSCWP), a staging tool, and command line management.

At Hostinger, we offer three different Hostinger Pro plans starting at $7.99/month. Every plan also comes with 24/7 email and live chat support, so you don’t need to worry when encountering issues with client websites.

Expert Tip

Use Account Sharing to give clients access to their website’s hosting account, domain names, and email services. The feature is accessible through the Profile icon on the hPanel.

While your client can now make changes, they won’t be able to add payment methods, invite other people to the account, or modify your profile information.

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Technical Content Writer

Hostinger Managed WordPress Hosting

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Managed WordPress hosting caters specifically to websites built on WordPress. The features included in the plan ensure top-notch performance and optimization for any WordPress site.

Hostinger offers some of the best managed WordPress hosting plans on the market:

  • Premium
  • Business
  • Cloud Startup

The difference between web hosting vs WordPress hosting lies in the preconfigured settings.

Unlike other hosting plans, WordPress hosting comes with a built-in object cache, WordPress staging tool, and AI content generator. You’ll also get 24/7 support from our Customer Success specialists.

Furthermore, this package includes built-in WordPress features on the hPanel. For example, you can disable or enable plugins from hPanel without opening the WordPress admin dashboard.

Premium

Premium managed WordPress hosting plan can host up to 100 WordPress sites. This plan starts at $2.99/month and is a great option if you’re looking to host multiple websites with a single plan.

This plan also provides advanced WordPress tools to optimize and secure your sites, such as LiteSpeed Web Server utilization, WordPress auto-updates, and a vulnerability scanner. Furthermore, it allows you to run multiple websites using WordPress multisite and unlimited database features.

Who is this plan suitable for:

  • Users that own many small personal websites or medium-sized ones
  • Small WordPress agencies and freelancers who host clients’ websites in their account
  • Users with small online stores that don’t use resource-intensive themes and plugins

Business

Business WordPress is a suitable choice for small to medium-sized businesses. Starting at $3.99/month, you’ll get twice as much storage space as the Premium plan and other powerful features that let you maintain more websites.

With Business WordPress, you will get 200 GB NVMe storage, daily backups, and a WordPress staging tool.

Additionally, this plan offers WordPress AI tools in two different ways. First, we have an onboarding AI content generator that’s available when you set up your hosting and website, giving you a ready-to-use website with prebuilt content.

Secondly, you get Hostinger’s WordPress AI Assistant plugin that lets you generate blog posts from your WordPress admin dashboard.

Who is this plan suitable for:

  • Users with many small or medium-sized online stores
  • Users with many blogs
  • Advanced WordPress users

Cloud Startup

Cloud Startup is our top-tier managed WordPress hosting plan. It starts at $7.99 and lets you host three times as many websites compared to the Premium and Business plans.

Other than that, you’ll get the same features as the Business plan, including the WordPress AI tools. Additionally, you’ll get a dedicated IP address and priority support.

It’s an excellent choice for businesses and agencies who aim to scale up their operation. If you’re looking for the most powerful WordPress hosting we offer, the Cloud Startup plan is the best pick.

Who is this plan suitable for:

  • Users with many small online stores or a few large ones
  • Agencies who want to provide a dedicated account for clients
  • Users who own resource-intensive projects and websites
  • Advanced WordPress users

Expert Tip

One way to prevent any changes from affecting your live WordPress website is to have a copy of it for testing. This is where a staging environment comes in handy.

At Hostinger, if you have a Business plan or above, you can easily create and manage a staging site in one click right from the hPanel.

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Ixanar U.

Training Content Specialist

Hostinger Managed WooCommerce Hosting

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Managed WooCommerce hosting caters specifically to online stores built on the WordPress eCommerce plugin WooCommerce. This hosting type comes with many useful features for online stores.

At Hostinger, we offer four different Managed WooCommerce hosting packages:

  • Business
  • Cloud Startup
  • Cloud Professional
  • Cloud Enterprise

With WooCommerce hosting, you’ll get a one-click auto-installer for both WordPress and WooCommerce, helping you quickly launch an online store.

Furthermore, WooCommerce hosting includes a built-in control panel, access manager, unlimited FTP accounts, and 24/7 support.

Business

The Business plan is created for those just opening their first businesses. Starting at $3.99/month, it has everything you need to launch your online store.

Opt for a yearly deal, and you will get a free email, free SSL, and a free domain name for the first year – a cost-effective solution for those on a budget.

With its basic WooCommerce support, the Business plan enables you to install the plugin with one click and allows you to sell up to 100 products. However, this plan has limited support for third-party integrations.

Who is this plan suitable for:

Cloud Startup

Cloud Startup is a more advanced WooCommerce Hosting plan that starts at $7.99/month. This is a good pick if you’re looking for an affordable option with basic features that can power up your online store.

Cloud Startup comes with Standard WooCommerce, which supports up to 500 products, special product types including bookings, subscriptions, and memberships, multilanguage selling, multiple payment gateways, advanced shipping calculation logic, and a number of free plugins.

To ease your online store transfer process to Hostinger, we offer free website migration services to assist you through the entire procedure.

Who is this plan suitable for:

  • Users with small eCommerce sites that don’t use resource-intensive themes and plugins
  • WordPress users
  • Users with a few medium-sized online stores

Cloud Professional

Cloud Professional is our mid-tier WooCommerce hosting plan, starting at $14.99/month. It is a cost-effective option if you want to host a medium-sized online store.

Cloud Professional offers all the features you would get with a Cloud Startup plan, with several additional ones. You will get upgraded SSD storage, RAM, CPU cores, and Advanced WooCommerce, which allows you to sell up to 1,000 products.

Who is this plan suitable for:

  • Users with medium-sized eCommerce sites
  • Users with many small online stores
  • WordPress users

Cloud Enterprise

Cloud Enterprise is our most robust WooCommerce hosting plan that starts at $29.99/month. This is the best option if you want to host complex online stores on a solid infrastructure.

With Cloud Enterprise, you will get all the features from Cloud Professional plus some upgrades. You will get the highest allocation of SSD storage, RAM, and CPU cores, along with Advanced WooCommerce. This top-tier version lets you sell over 1,000 products and gives you access to custom-developed plugins and third-party integrations for free.

Who is this plan suitable for:

  • Users with several medium and small eCommerce sites
  • Users with many small online stores
  • WordPress users

Hostinger VPS Hosting

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A Virtual Private Server (VPS) grants users complete access to dedicated resources within a server’s virtual partition. When combined with Kernel-based virtualization, it offers improved performance, stability, and additional functionality, including:

  • Using the latest Linux kernels.
  • Employing application containers like Docker and Kubernetes.
  • Installing VPNs like PPTP or OpenVPN.
  • Modifying network interface parameters (IPv4/IPv6)

You will be able to work on resource-intensive projects and gain root access, ensuring total control over your hosting. This level of freedom is not available with managed products like web and cloud hosting.

We’ve also covered the difference between shared hosting vs VPS in an in-depth manner.

While VPS is the preferred hosting type for many technical experts, we don’t recommend it for complete beginners. Prior technical knowledge is required to utilize virtual private servers fully. 

Due to its semi-managed nature, you will only get partial support with our VPS servers. Our support team can only help with virtual machine management-related inquiries and several other back-end issues.

We have four different VM hosting plans starting from $5.99/month, each with a different set of specifications. The higher the plan, the more resources you’ll get.

VPS is scalable, so you can upgrade to a higher plan whenever you want. Check out our tutorial to migrate your website from shared hosting to VPS.

Additionally, our VPS servers are distributed globally across Europe, Asia, North America, and South America.

Keep in mind that our VPS plans don’t include a domain name. Therefore, you’ll need to buy one separately.

Who is this plan suitable for:

  • Advanced web developers
  • People with Linux operating system knowledge
  • Programmers
  • Advanced WordPress users looking to optimize site speed with KVM

Hostinger Game Hosting

Hostinger’s Game Hosting is one of the best game server hosting options for any passionate gamer. Whether you’re hosting a small private server or a large multiplayer world, we have you covered with support for over 100 popular video games, including Palworld, Minecraft, Counter-Strike 2, and Valheim.

With the feature-rich yet intuitive Game Panel, setting up and managing your own game server is simple. Users get full root access to install mods and plugins. Some pre-installed mods are also included, which you can enable or disable anytime.

Built on VPS with KVM virtualization, our Game Hosting gives you dedicated resources with every plan. If you need more resources in the future, upgrading to a higher-tier plan is quick and easy.

Our Game Hosting servers are located in the United States, the Netherlands, and Lithuania to ensure smooth performance with minimal latency. You can also switch your server location effortlessly with the help of our Customer Success team.

Who is this plan suitable for:

  • Gamers

Did You Know?

All Hostinger hosting packages come with 30-day money-back and 99.9% uptime guarantees, giving you peace of mind before committing to a long-term plan.

What Factors Should You Consider When Choosing a Hosting Plan?

This section will discuss five crucial factors to consider when choosing a hosting package.

Understand Your Website’s Requirements

Before deciding on a plan, consider what kind of website you want to build and its requirements. This will help you prioritize the hosting plan that will satisfy your needs.

For example, to build an eCommerce website, you must check the storage and bandwidth capacity offered by the hosting service.

Many web hosts offer web hosting for small to medium-sized businesses and cloud hosting for larger stores. In addition, Hostinger also provides CMS hosting with advanced tools to make building websites easier.

But if you want to create a project using Python and Composer, VPS is a better choice. It lets you fully control the system, allowing you to build anything that fits your needs. At Hostinger, we offer KVM VPS and Game Hosting.

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Think About Your Website-Building and Options

When building a website, consider which content management system (CMS) you’d like to use. With a CMS, you can easily create and manage a site without coding it from scratch.

Many web hosts offer various CMSs or integrated website builders. Others offer packages specifically designed for specific CMSs.

Hostinger includes popular CMS installers with our web and cloud hosting, such as WordPress, Joomla, PrestaShop, and Drupal.

In addition, we provide specialized plans such as WordPress, WooCommerce, Drupal, or Joomla hosting plans. They all come with additional features to achieve maximum website performance.

Keep in mind that the best hosting plan for you must support the platforms or building tools you want to use.

Check the Available Server Locations

Your server location must be near your target audience to ensure high site performance. The closer your web host’s servers are to your audience, the faster your web pages will load for them.

Therefore, having the option to choose between multiple data center locations is essential when selecting a web hosting provider.

Hostinger has servers in seven regions of the world – the United States, the United Kingdom, Brazil, the Netherlands, Singapore, India, and Lithuania.

Consider the Level of Support

You may lose visitors and sales when your site is down or experiencing a cyber attack. Therefore, you want to be able to talk to a representative who can help you as soon as possible. Responsive support is one of the most crucial things your web hosting plan can offer.

Checking what support channels a hosting company provides is essential. Many web hosts offer live chat, email, or ticket support, while some only have a knowledge base.

Hostinger offers 24/7 email and live chat support. However, since we offer managed hosting and self-managed VPS plans, the available support level may be slightly different.

With managed hosting, you will receive full support regarding hosting issues. Meanwhile, our Customer Success team can only offer partial help for self-managed VPS since the user has complete access to their server.

To learn more about VPS, check out our VPS tutorials.

Examine the Backup Options

The increasing number of cyber attacks puts all websites at risk. You must always be alert to prevent one from occurring on your site.

Therefore, you should choose a web hosting company that offers quality backup services. A backup feature lets you recover website data if it runs into trouble.

Depending on what kind of hosting plan you purchase, you may have access to weekly or daily backups of your site. We also recommend finding out how long the backups will be stored on the server.

Hostinger offers weekly backups of the last seven weeks and daily backups of the previous seven days. With hPanel, you can back up your website files and databases.

How to Choose a Web Hosting Plan – Video Guide

Now that you’ve learned about Hostinger hosting plans and the key factors to consider when selecting a web hosting plan, take a look at our video tutorial, which covers all of our hosting plans:

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Conclusion

As a web host, Hostinger offers plans for all kinds of needs. Here’s a summary of your options:

  • Web hosting. Affordable and beginner-friendly, but you will share resources with other users’ websites. Suitable for newbies and small to medium-sized websites.
  • Cloud hosting. Powerful and easy to use. Great for large online stores or other resource-intensive projects.
  • Hostinger Pro. Packed with plenty of resources to power multiple client websites. The perfect choice for web agencies.
  • WordPress hosting. Tailor-made to ensure maximum performance and optimization for WordPress sites. The perfect fit for anyone who uses WordPress.
  • WooCommerce hosting. Custom server setup to achieve fast and responsive eCommerce sites. Great for small to medium online stores.
  • VPS hosting. Flexible and reliable but requires some technical knowledge. The best choice for technical experts with big projects that require complete management freedom.
  • Game Hosting. Easy to set up and manage, it’s the best choice for gamers who need reliable servers for a smooth and scalable experience. 

We have also discussed five factors to consider when choosing a web hosting package. You must:

  • List your site needs.
  • Consider which CMS or site builder to use.
  • Check the available server locations.
  • Consider the level of support you need.
  • Examine the backup options.

We hope this article has helped you find the best hosting plan for you. If you have any questions or suggestions, please leave them in the comments section below.

How to Choose Web Hosting Plans FAQs

How Do I Know Which Web Hosting Plan Is Right for My Website?

To determine the right web hosting plan for your website, consider factors such as the size of your website, traffic volume, required storage and bandwidth, type of content, and budget. Look for plans that meet your needs, offer scalability, and provide reliable performance and security features.

Where Can I Find More Information About Web Hosting Plans?

You can find more information about web hosting plans on the websites of web hosting providers, as well as on technology review websites and online forums. One of the popular hosting providers is Hostinger. Be sure to compare plans and read reviews before making a decision.

What Are Some Common Mistakes to Avoid When Choosing a Web Hosting Plan?

Some common mistakes to avoid when choosing a web hosting plan include choosing the cheapest plan without considering your needs, overlooking customer support and uptime guarantees, not researching the provider’s reputation, not considering scalability, and ignoring security features. It’s important to assess your needs and compare plans before making a decision.

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