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Hostinger vs. AWS – Popular Doesn’t Mean Better [2020]

Mark Holden
August 03, 2020

Hostinger is a hosting service provider that’s suitable for almost all – from novices and start-ups to big companies and enterprises. In contrast, AWS (Amazon Web Services) is a popular IaaS (Infrastructure-as-a-Service) solution. Though it’s easy to begin with, it could soon get quite confusing and messy.

I used multiple key parameters to evaluate both Hostinger and AWS. I found that popular doesn’t mean better since Hostinger emerged a winner.

Click here to check Hostinger’s most recent deals or continue reading to know how Hostinger emerges triumphant in this Hostinger vs. AWS competition.

1. Plans and Pricing

Hostinger’s flat monthly fee is better than AWS’s flexible but confusing pricing

With Hostinger, you’ll get shared WordPress, and email hosting along with VPS and cloud hosting. AWS offers cloud services like Compute, Storage, Containers, Databases, and Networking, among others. For this comparison, I’ll focus on its cloud services.

Its Lightsail (pre-configured virtual servers that live on the AWS cloud) are the easiest to begin with. You can use them for free for a month. Available in 7-tiered pricing, they start cheaper (monthly cost) than Hostinger’s 3-tiered cloud hosting plans (provided you opt for the cheapest quadrennial term). Lightsail plans give you a lot of flexibility as they are billed on an on-demand hourly rate. This means you’ll pay only for the resources you use. You’ll be charged the fixed hourly price, up to the maximum monthly plan cost. However, such variable costs could be hard to estimate and budget for.

Hostinger Web Hosting

Hostinger lets you try its plans risk-free with a 30-day money-back guarantee.

Despite better pricing and more flexibility, AWS loses out to Hostinger for not being as beginner-friendly as its competitor is.

2. Features

Hostinger supports beginners; AWS focuses on tech-savvy people and professionals

You can run your websites or WordPress blogs with AWS as several AWS WordPress hosting reviews have mentioned. But it’s a tougher choice than Hostinger, especially if you’re not tech-savvy or need a lot of hand-holding. In AWS vs. web hosting (traditional) battle, I would suggest beginners choose Hostinger due to its beginner-friendly features.

When you need enterprise-grade web hosting, AWS wins hands down in AWS vs. traditional server competition. Though you can set up cPanel on AWS, beginners are likely to prefer cPanel hosting when they compare AWS vs. cPanel.

When it comes to cloud hosting plans, Hostinger gives you a free domain for a year, free SSL, CloudLinux OS, free CDN, SSD storage, 1-click app installer with 100+apps, custom-made and innovative hPanel, 1X-4X speed boost, free automated daily backups, and multiple PHP version (5.2-7.4) support, to name a few. When you create your VM instance with AWS, you’ll have to set up your OS and applications.

With AWS Lightsail plans, you’ll get multiple OS (6 Unix/Linux and 2 Windows), load balancers, SSD-based storage, managed databases, free SSL/TLS certificates (which you’ll need to provision and add to a load balancer), pre-configured application/development stack (like Windows, Plesk, WordPress, etc.), SSH/RDP access, and DNS management. You can also enable automatic snapshots (which are point-in-time backups for your VMs).

You can use this comparison table to compare Hostinger and AWS.

HostingerAWS
Hosting TypesShared, WordPress, and email hosting together with VPS and cloud hostingCloud services like Compute, Storage, Containers, Databases, Networking, etc.
Free Domain ✓ (plan/term-dependent)×
Free SSL Certificate
Disk Space100GB SSD-200GB SSD20GB SSD-640GB SSD (with Linux/Unix)
BandwidthUnlimited1TB-7TB
Automatic BackupsDailyDaily (you’ll need to enable them)
Control PanelhPanelcPanel/Plesk (need to be set up)
Email accountsUnlimited×
Free CDN✓(during free trial)
Free Site Migration×
Money-Back Guarantee30 days×

Though AWS has better resource allocations, it loses out to Hostinger’s user-friendly features.

3. Performance

AWS rocks but Hostinger isn’t far behind

Hostinger’s Tier-3 data centers are located across 7 different global regions. AWS has a much larger and more dynamic ecosystem with 76 availability zones in 24 regions with 216 points of presence. Thus, AWS maximizes redundancy by positioning its servers across a wide array of geographical environments. Both these providers use multiple performance-enhancing features. Hostinger’s cloud hosting architecture includes SSD drives with RAID-10, fully isolated VMs/containers for each customer, and Cloudflare CDN. AWS Lightsail uses SSDs, load balancers, resource monitoring and alerting, Amazon CloudFront CDN (free during the free trial) and Lightsail API to help extend your applications.

With Hostinger, you’ll get a 99.9% uptime guarantee (credit-backed). Its loading speeds and uptime were excellent in our performance tests. You can get details at our in-depth Hostinger review.
AWS offers a 99.99% uptime SLA backed by 10% to 100% compensation, depending on the precise amount of downtime. AWS’s performance rocked globally when it was put it to test. For details, visit our expert AWS review.

With its much better global availability and better performance, AWS wins this round.

4. Security

Your website security is in safe hands with both Hostinger and AWS

Hostinger’s extensive security measures for its cloud hosting include SSL certificate, automated daily backups, RAID-10, LVE containers, isolated resources, CDN, and prognostic server monitoring and maintenance.

AWS gives the highest priority to its cloud and uses the most comprehensive security and compliance controls. It lets you automate security tasks and offers SSL, automatic data encryption at the datacenter’s physical layer, and fine-grain identity and access controls with constant monitoring for almost real-time security information of your resources and their access, among others.

With comparable and robust security measures, it’s a tie between Hostinger and AWS.

5. Support

Hostinger’s free support rocks; AWS’s free support keeps you waiting

With its blazing-fast 24/7 live chat, ticket, and email support (logged-in users only), Hostinger impresses a lot. You could even use its quicker “Priority Support” though it’s a paid option. Hostinger’s live chat support was remarkably fast and efficient when I used it.

Hostinger's customer support
Quick responses from Hostinger’s customer support

AWS has a 4-tiered support system. The Basic plan is free and offers support for service quota increases plus billing and account questions. The other plans (Developer/Business/Enterprise) are paid and offer an unlimited number of technical support cases with 24/7 email, phone, and chat (except for the Developer plan that has email support only). When I tried its free support, I got a reply within 24 hours.

aws-support
AWS free support

Hostinger offers several tutorials plus a blog and an extensive knowledgebase for self-help. With AWS, you’ll get documentation, best practice guides, whitepapers, and support forums for self-support.

Hostinger wins this round easily with its blazing-fast support.

Hostinger Is the Top Choice

AWS wins the performance round and scores a tie in the security round. However, Hostinger wins the feature, pricing, and support rounds to emerge the overall champion. Thus, despite being more popular than Hostinger, AWS loses out to it. So, I would recommend Hostinger, which also features on our list of​ the best web hosting services. But if you can handle certain tech aspects on your own without hand-holding or support, and need enterprise-grade web hosting that blends scalability and flexibility, AWS could be a better option.

Comparison Table

HostingerAWS
Plans and PricingShared, WordPress, and email hosting together with VPS and costlier cloud hostingCheaper hourly/monthly cloud services like Compute, Storage, Containers, Databases, Networking, etc.
Key FeaturesFree domain for a year, free SSL, CloudLinux OS, free CDN, SSD storage, 1-click app installer with 100+apps, custom-made and innovative hPanel, 1X-4X speed boost, free automated daily backups, and multiple PHP version (5.2-7.4) supportMultiple OS (6 Unix/Linux and 2 Windows), load balancers, SSD-based storage, managed databases, free SSL/TLS certificates (which need to be provisioned and added to a load balancer), pre-configured application/development stack, SSH/RDP access, DNS management, and automatic snapshots (need to be enabled)
PerformanceCredit-backed 99.9% uptime guarantee; uses SSD drives with RAID-10, fully isolated VMs/containers for each customer, and Cloudflare CDN99.99% uptime SLA backed by 10% to 100% compensation; uses SSDs, load balancers, resource monitoring and alerting, Amazon CloudFront CDN (free during the free trial) and Lightsail API
Security SSL certificate, automated daily backups, RAID-10, LVE containers, isolated resources, CDN, and prognostic server monitoring and maintenanceAutomated security tasks, SSL/TLS, automatic data encryption at the datacenter’s physical layer, and fine-grain identity and access controls with constant monitoring
Support 24/7 live chat, ticket, and email  support along with Priority Support (paid); tutorials, blog, and knowledgebase for self-help4-tiered support with free Basic plan and 3 paid plans (with 24/7 email, phone, and chat though these are plan-dependent); documentation, best practice guides, whitepapers, and support forums for self-support

FAQ

Is ​Hostinger better than AWS?
Yes, Hostinger is the better choice between the two. It offers more features than AWS and strong performance, which means you get better value for your money. If you’re not sure which host is right for you, don’t miss our list of ​the best web hosting services.
Does ​AWS offer WordPress hosting?
No, ​AWS​ doesn’t offer any special hosting plans for WordPress, but you can still install WordPress and host your site on its servers. If you don’t want to go to all the trouble and you’d rather have a web host that takes care of the technical side of things for you, I recommend you go with one of the best managed WordPress hosting providers.
Does AWS offer VPS hosting?
No, AWS​ does not offer VPS hosting. But no worries – it’s not the only web host out there. If you feel that VPS is the best hosting solution for you, you should check out our list of ​the best cheap VPS hosting services​​ to find a reliable host for a great price.
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