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Hostinger vs. Byte – Which One Is Actually Better? [2020]

Mark Holden
August 04, 2020

Hostinger offers a wide bouquet of hosting services while Netherlands-based Byte offers managed cloud hosting services for e-commerce. This is just a small example of how different these two providers are. But there’s more to know about. I tested both on multiple parameters like features, performance, pricing, support, etc. to find out which would be an overall better choice. I found the answer in Hostinger.

Check Hostinger’s latest deals here or read on to know how Hostinger beats its competitor to win this Hostinger vs. Byte competition.

1. Pricing

Hostinger is easy on your pocket but Byte isn’t

Hostinger offers shared, WordPress, and email hosting along with cloud hosting and VPS. With Byte, you’ll get Magento, Shopware, and Akeneo cloud hosting plans on its Hypernode platform. All plans of Bytes are available in 2 nodes – development and production.

As expected from a managed cloud hosting provider, Byte’s plans are extremely steep compared to Hostinger’s cloud hosting plans. Even its cheapest Magneto development node plan costs more than 7X of Hostinger’s cheapest cloud hosting plan. However, Bytes doesn’t need you to make a long-term commitment as its plans are payable monthly. Though Hostinger’s cloud plans let you pay monthly, annually, biennially, and quadrennially, its cheapest rates are available with the longest term.

Hostinger Web Hosting

Hostinger gives you a 30-day money-back guarantee. In contrast, Byte offers a 14-day money-back guarantee, which is pretty unusual for a managed service. You’ll also get a 14-day free trial for Byte’s Magento cloud hosting plans and a 30-day free trial for its Shopware and Akeneo cloud hosting plans.

A wider range of hosting services and pocket-friendly cloud hosting plans help Hostinger win this round.

2. Features

A wider range of choices plus user-friendly features give Hostinger the edge

If you need almost free shared hosting, Hostinger’s starting shared plan can be a good choice. However, there’s no Byte free hosting on offer. With the cloud plans of Hostinger , you’ll get free SSL, a free domain (for the first year), CloudLinux operating system, SSD storage, 1-click auto-installer with over a 100 apps, 1X-4X speed boost, free content delivery network (CDN), innovative hPanel (custom-made), automated daily backups (free), multiple PHP version (5.2-7.4) support, and free migration, among others.

With Byte’s Magneto development node plans, you’ll get managed (paid) SSL, PHP 5.6-7.3, multi-store compatibility, Magento-optimized PHP and NGINX configuration, Magento development tools, daily/instant backups, and free automated migration, to name a few.

You can compare these two providers using this comparison table.

HostingerByte
Hosting TypesShared, WordPress, and email hosting plus cloud hosting and VPSMagento, Shopware, and Akeneo cloud hosting plans on its Hypernode platform
Free Domain ×
Free SSL Certificate×
Disk Space100GB SSD-200GB SSD35GB SSD-1TB SSD
BandwidthUnlimited2TB-5PB
Automatic BackupsDailyDaily/Instant (SLA-dependent)
Control PanelhPanelBrowser-based GUI control panel
Email accounts1-unlimitedNot mentioned
Free CDN×
Free Site Migration
Money-Back Guarantee30 days14 days

More variety in hosting plans and multiple user-friendly features help Hostinger win again.

3. Performance

Both the providers take performance quite seriously but Hostinger outperforms Byte

Both these providers have their datacenters spread across the world to offer low latency and help you avoid slow download speeds and lag. While Hostinger’s Tier-3 datacenters are positioned across 7 different global regions, Byte has multiple datacenters in the U.S. and Europe along with 2 each in China, Japan, and India, and 1 each in Canada, Singapore, and Australia. Hostinger’s cloud hosting architecture uses 100% isolated VMs/containers for each customer, SSD drives with RAID-10, and Cloudflare CDN. Byte uses SSD-based hardware, auto-healing servers, in-built advanced caches (Redis, Varnish, and FPC), HTTP/2, latest technologies like NGINX, RabbitMQ, etc. and is PHP 7.2-ready and CDN-compatible.

With Hostinger, you’ll get a 99.9% uptime guarantee (credit-backed). Our performance tests found its loading speeds and uptime to be great. For details, read our in-depth Hostinger review.

Byte offers a 99.5% and 99.9% uptime guarantee with its Basic and Standard SLA (for Magento plans). Its performance lagged a bit behind Hostinger’s though. You can know more about it at our expert Byte hosting review.

With its slightly better performance, Hostinger wins this round by a close margin.

4. Security

Byte goes all the way with its extensive security while Hostinger lags behind

Hostinger uses automated daily backups, SSL certificate, RAID-10, isolated resources, LVE containers, CDN, Bitninja/Imunify360 (WAF), Wanguard anti-DDoS protection, and prognostic server monitoring and maintenance.

With Byte, you’ll get MageReport Premium (to recognize vulnerabilities for your Magento webshop), HTTP/2 support, built-in TLS (SSL) encryption, Magento malware scanner, PCI-compliance service, brute-force protection, NeoPI Python script (for malicious code detection), proactive threat identification, and regular security patching, among others.

Despite comparable security measures to some extent, Byte has an edge over Hostinger with its comprehensive security and managed services.

5. Support

Awesome support from Hostinger that Byte just can’t match

If you’re tired of unresponsive or sluggish customer support, Hostinger offers a welcome relief with its superfast 24/7 live chat, ticket, and email support (logged-in users only). There’s a quicker “Priority Support” too but it’s a paid option. Hostinger’s live chat support was outstanding as I got instantaneous replies.

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

Byte offers phone and email (via an online form) support during its office hours (8 am-6 pm, Monday- Friday). There’s a paid 24/7 emergency phone support too.  When I contacted Byte via email on a Sunday evening, I got a reply as soon as its office opened on Monday morning.

Byte-support
I received a fast response from the Byte customer support team

For those who prefer self-help, Hostinger has several tutorials plus a blog and an extensive knowledge base. With Byte, you’ll get support documentation, Hypernode roadmap (for newly added/upcoming features), open source documentation for different Hypernode community projects, and a Hypernode essential starter kit.

Hostinger’s blazing-fast support is simply unmatched. As a result, it emerges as this round’s winner.

And…The Winner’s Prize Goes to Hostinger

Byte gives Hostinger a tough fight in the security round and even edges past it. However, Hostinger salvages its pride well to outperform it in all the other rounds (features, performance, pricing, and security) to come up as the overall winner. So, I won’t hesitate to recommend Hostinger, which also sits on this list of​ the best web hosting services. But if you need managed cloud hosting for your e-commerce stores and don’t mind the steep price, Byte could be worth a try.

Comparison Table

HostingerByte
Plans and PricingShared, WordPress, and email hosting together with VPS and cheaper cloud hostingPricier Magento, Shopware, and Akeneo cloud hosting plans on the Hypernode platform
Key FeaturesFree SSL, free domain for 1 year, CloudLinux OS, SSD storage, 1X-4X speed boost, free CDN, 1-click app installer, hPanel, free automated daily backups, multiple PHP version (5.2-7.4) support, and free migrationManaged (paid) SSL, PHP 5.6-7.3, multi-store compatibility, Magento-optimized PHP and NGINX configuration, Magento development tools, daily/instant backups, and free automated migration
PerformanceCredit-backed 99.9% uptime guarantee; uses 100% isolated VMs/containers for each customer, SSD drives with RAID-10, and Cloudflare CDN99.5% and 99.9% uptime guarantee SLA; uses SSD-based hardware, auto-healing servers, in-built advanced caches (Redis, Varnish, and FPC), HTTP/2, latest technologies like NGINX, RabbitMQ, etc.; it’s PHP 7.2-ready and CDN-compatible
Security Automated daily backups, SSL certificate, RAID-10, isolated resources, LVE containers, CDN, Bitninja/Imunify360 (WAF), Wanguard anti-DDoS protection, and prognostic server monitoring and maintenanceMageReport Premium, HTTP/2 support, built-in TLS (SSL) encryption, Magento malware scanner, PCI-compliance service, brute-force protection, NeoPI Python script, proactive threat identification, and regular security patching
Support 24/7 live chat, ticket, and email  support plus Priority Support (paid); tutorials, blog, and knowledgebase for self-helpPhone and email (via an online form) support (8 am-6 pm, Monday- Friday) plus a 24/7 emergency phone support; support documentation, Hypernode roadmap, open source documentation for different Hypernode community projects, and a Hypernode essential starter kit for self-support

FAQ

Is ​Hostinger better than Byte?
Yes, Hostinger is the better choice between the two. It offers more features than Byte 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 ​ Byte offer WordPress hosting?
No, Byte ​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 Byte offer VPS hosting?
No, Byte 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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