Altervista is Italy’s number one free hosting provider while Hostinger is a popular web host whose shared hosting plans start dirt cheap, which you can say are almost free. I tested both these hosting providers on important parameters like features, pricing, performance, support, and security to help you decide which one is a better choice. I found Hostinger edging past Altervista.
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1. Plans and Pricing
Free isn’t always better and Hostinger proves it
If you’re looking for free web hosting in Italy, Altervista could be just what you need. However, when I tried signing up for its free hosting, I couldn’t as an error kept showing. With Hostinger, your options are much varied though – right from shared and WordPress hosting to email and cloud hosting as well as VPS (including Windows VPS and Minecraft server) hosting.
Pricing-wise, Altervista hosting is available for free and even lets you make money (it’s not compulsory though) by hosting ads (with certain restrictions) and monetizing your web traffic. Hostinger’s shared plans are available at budget-friendly rates, with its starting plan being almost free if you opt for the longest (48-month) term. However, its plans renew at higher prices and the monthly term is pricey (with the starting plan costing almost 10X the signup price). However, you’ll get better value for money with Hostinger and a lot more flexibility and features for superb performance.
Hostinger Web Hosting
altervista WordPress Hosting
Despite not being free, Hostinger still scores over Altervista by giving you better value for money.
Hostinger’s user-friendly features outshine Altervista
With Hostinger’s 3 shared hosting plans, you’ll get CloudLinux OS, FTP over SSL, free domain (for the first year with annual or longer-term of premium and business plans), free SSL, 1X-4X memory and processing power, custom-developed hPanel, SSDs, LSCache, SSH access (with the 2 higher plans), Cloudflare protected nameservers, 1-unlimited FTP accounts, FTP over SSL, remote MySQL, DNS management, WordPress acceleration (LSCWP), 1-click installer with 100+ apps, and a website builder (free for a month).
For website hosting, Altervista offers you PHP 5 and 7, free SSL certificate, MySQL database with unlimited queries, mod_rewrite and .htaccess management, Cron Jobs, FTP, free Cloudflare CDN, and easy installation of popular CMSes like WordPress, Drupal, Joomla!, phpBB, etc. With its WordPress blog hosting, you’ll get exclusive mobile design themes, support for accelerated Google pages, million-pages cache, HTTPs protocol, free and paid domain, and free backup. Hostinger’s WordPress plans come with weekly/daily automated backups, Jetpack plugin (free to premium versions), customizable themes, multiple plugins, SSH access, free CDN (with the 2 higher plans), Git, and WP-CLI.
You can compare these two providers using this comparison table.
|Hosting Types||Shared, WordPress, and email hosting plus cloud hosting and VPS||Free website and WordPress blog hosting|
|Free Domain||✓(with annual term of 2 higher plans)||✓|
|Free SSL Certificate||✓||✓|
|Disk Space||10GB SSD-100GB SSD||Unlimited|
|Automatic Backups||Daily/weekly (2 higher plans)||×|
|Control Panel||hPanel||Not mentioned|
|Email accounts||1-unlimited||Not mentioned|
|Free CDN||✓(with WordPress)||✓|
|Free Site Migration||✓||×|
|Money-Back Guarantee||30 days||×|
Despite its better disk space and bandwidth, Altervista loses out to Hostinger due to the latter’s high-end and user-friendly features like SSDs, LiteSpeed Web Server and LSCache, Jetpack plugin, website builder, etc.
Altervista is no match for Hostinger
Hostinger’s servers are housed in Tier-3 redundant datacenters, which are located across 7 different regions all over the world. In contrast, Altervista doesn’t tell anything about its datacenters. When it comes to using performance-enhancing features, Hostinger races ahead with its SSDs, LSCache plugins, GZIP compression, dual uplinks with multiple ISPs, and Cloudflare CDN. Altervista just uses a million-pages cache and CDN.
With Hostinger, you’ll get a 5% credit-backed 99.9% uptime guarantee but Altervista offers no such guarantees. Hostinger’s performance was exemplary, as our expert Hostinger review found.
Altervista’s performance wasn’t a match for Hostinger though. You can check the details of this web host at our expert Altervista review.
Thanks to its great uptime and excellent loading speeds, Hostinger scores an easy win in this round.
Hostinger is miles ahead of its competitor
Hostinger all-inclusive security measures include SSL certificate, weekly/daily backups, RAID-10, CDN, LVE containers, Wanguard anti-DDoS protection, prognostic and proactive monitoring of server, and Bitninja/Imunify360 (web application firewall). Except for the HTTPS protocol and Cloudflare CDN,
Altervista doesn’t have any other security measures, which makes someone like me (who’s a security-conscious person) extremely suspicious. Though they’ll fix a bug or security loophole quickly if you let the Altervista team know about it, the sheer chance of its security being so vulnerable makes me ready to give its free hosting services a miss.
Hostinger’s robust security wins this round hands down.
Superfast customer support and multiple self-help options help Hostinger score over Altervista
Getting help from Hostinger is easy and quick as it offers 24/7 live chat, ticket, and email support (available for logged-in users). Though Hostinger is pretty quick with its support, those who still hate waiting for a few minutes can opt for its paid “Priority Support”. When I used Hostinger’s live chat, I received super-quick replies, which was extremely impressive.
Altervista offers support only through its forum and you’ll have to log into your Altervista account to post on the forum. Since I couldn’t even create an account, there was no way for me to test its forum support.
For self-support, Hostinger offers multiple options in the form of tutorials, a blog, and a knowledgebase. In contrast, Altervista has a FAQ and a Wiki with FAQ sections on hosting, FTP connection, MySQL database, etc.
Superfast support plus multiple self-help options make Hostinger this round’s winner.
Hostinger Beats Altervista
Free isn’t always the best and this competition proves that being skeptical of anything labeled “free” is justified. Though Altervista may entice you with its “free” hosting, it loses out to Hostinger on every single parameter that I evaluated both these hosts upon including features, pricing, performance, security, and support.
As a result, I’ve no doubt in declaring Hostinger the clear winner. I would suggest it highly to meet your hosting needs (except for when you need dedicated servers, which it doesn’t offer). If you still have doubts before saying “yes” to Hostinger, you may feel a bit motivated knowing that it has made its way to our list of the best web hosting services.
|Plans and Pricing||Budget-friendly shared, WordPress, and VPS hosting along with email hosting and cloud hosting||Free website and WordPress blog hosting|
|Key Features||CloudLinux OS, FTP over SSL, free domain (conditional), free SSL, 1X-4X memory and processing power, custom-developed hPanel, SSDs, LSCache, SSH access (plan-dependent), Cloudflare protected nameservers, 1-unlimited FTP accounts, FTP over SSL, remote MySQL, DNS management, WordPress acceleration (LSCWP), 1-click installer, and a website builder (free for a month); weekly/daily automated backups, Jetpack plugin, customizable themes, multiple plugins, SSH access, free CDN (conditional), Git, and WP-CLI with WordPress||PHP 5 and 7, free SSL certificate, MySQL database with unlimited queries, mod_rewrite and .htaccess management, Cron Jobs, FTP, free Cloudflare CDN, and easy installation of popular CMSes; exclusive mobile design themes, support for accelerated Google pages, million-pages cache, HTTPs protocol, free and paid domain, and free backup with WordPress blogs|
|Performance||Credit-backed 99.9% uptime guarantee; uses SSDs, LSCache plugins, GZIP compression, dual uplinks with multiple ISPs, and Cloudflare CDN||No uptime guarantee; uses million-pages cache and CDN|
|Security||SSL certificate, weekly/daily backups, RAID-10, CDN, LVE containers, Wanguard anti-DDoS protection, prognostic and proactive monitoring of server, and Bitninja/Imunify360||HTTPS protocol and Cloudflare CDN|
|Support||24/7 live chat, ticket, and email support plus paid Priority Support; tutorials, blog, and knowledgebase for self-help||Forum support; FAQ and a Wiki for self-support|