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Hostinger vs GreenGeeks – Close Match, but Only One Winner [2021]

Mark Holden Mark Holden September 03, 2021
September 03, 2021

When comparing two popular hosting titans like Hostinger and GreenGeeks, you won’t discover any nasty surprises, making this comparison challenging. Both services offer a wide range of affordable and feature-packed hosting plans.

To make a fair comparison between Hostinger and GreenGeeks, I evaluated them across multiple categories, including pricing, features, and performance. Despite many similarities, Hostinger defeated GreenGeeks in three out of five rounds, making it the champion of this neck-and-neck combat.

Click here to see Hostinger’s latest deals or keep reading to find out what makes Hostinger the winner of this comparison.

1. Plans and Pricing

Hostinger Is More Cost-Effective and Has Cheaper Renewal Rates Than GreenGeeks

With Hostinger, you can choose from shared, cloud, VPS, WordPress, email, CMS, e-commerce, and MineCraft server hosting. GreenGeeks provides slightly fewer hosting solutions; shared, reseller, VPS, WordPress, and application hosting; and dedicated servers.

Hostinger not only offers ridiculously good discounts, but its shared hosting packages renew at a cheaper price than the GreenGeeks plans. Hostinger’s most expensive plan is about the same price as GreenGeeks medium plan (without discount).

A Free Domain is included when purchasing any hosting service from GreenGeeks

While both hosts provide a free domain name for the first year, this feature is only available on some Hostinger plans. Both hosts also offer free website migration and a 30-day money-back guarantee.

The winner here is Hostinger. Compared to GreenGeeks, Hostinger has more budget-friendly plans and better discounts.

2. Features

GreenGeeks’ Shared Hosting Plans Come with Higher Resource Allocations

With Hostinger’s three shared hosting plans, you can host from 1 to unlimited websites, get from 30 GB to 200 GB SSD storage, from 100 GB to unlimited bandwidth, and from 1 to unlimited email accounts.

All three packages include weekly backups, Git, a free SSL certificate, a custom control panel, an application installer (100+ CMS apps), and the latest WordPress versions. Hostinger only includes SSH access and daily backups with its Premium and Business plans.

GreenGeeks also has three shared hosting plans. Unlike Hostinger, all GreenGeeks’ packages include unlimited SSD storage, unlimited bandwidth, and unlimited email accounts.

You can host from 1 to unlimited websites, and all plans come with a free SSL certificate, nightly backups, free CDN, SSH access, Git, WP-CLI, Drush, cPanel, and Softaculous one-click app installer.

Check out the following comparison table to further compare Hostinger and GreenGeeks:

Hostinger GreenGeeks
Hosting Types Shared, VPS (Linux and Windows), cloud, WordPress, email, CMS, and e-commerce hosting, MineCraft server hosting Shared, VPS, reseller, WordPress, and application hosting, dedicated servers
Free Domain (Depending on the plan)
Free SSL Certificate
Disk Space 20 GB – unlimited 50 GB – unlimited
Bandwidth 100 – unlimited 10 TB – unmetered
Automatic Backups
Control Panel hPanel cPanel
Email Accounts 1 – unlimited Unlimited
Free CDN (Depending on the plan)
Free Site Migration
Money-Back Guarantee 30 days 30 days (except for dedicated servers)

The winner? GreenGeeks. Even though both services provide high-quality shared hosting packages, GreenGeeks outshines Hostinger in this round by offering more features and freebies across all plans.

3. Performance

Hostinger Has Slightly Faster Global Loading Speeds

Hostinger has servers in the U.K., Brazil, the U.S.A., Indonesia, Singapore, the Netherlands, and Lithuania. Alternatively, GreenGeeks only has servers in the U.S.A., Canada, and the Netherlands – giving Hostinger an advantage in global presence.

Both Hostinger and GreenGeeks use SSD storage with all plans, which boosts your website’s loading speed and overall performance compared to traditional HDD storage.

You’ll get free Cloudflare CDN on all plans from both hosts. A CDN, or Content Delivery Network, is a feature that boosts your website’s loading speed from different locations worldwide by placing it on a network of cloud servers.

Both hosts promise an uptime guarantee of 99.9%. When we tested this promise, both hosts exceeded expectations and maintained a perfect uptime.

When testing the loading speed of Hostinger from different locations (without using CDN), almost all locations showed fast speeds, resulting in a perfect global score. Check out the numbers for yourself in Hostinger’s full review.

When performing the same test on GreenGeeks, all locations showed promising numbers except for one. However, this wasn’t enough to bring GreenGeeks down below a perfect global score. You can find the test results in this GreenGeeks detailed review.

Both hosts have flawless performance and offer a wide range of performance-boosting features. However, Hostinger wins this round due to its additional server locations and slightly better loading speeds.

4. Security

Hostinger has More Advanced Security Features

Hostinger’s security consists of DDoS protection on multiple levels – Wanguard anti-DDoS traffic analyzer and intelligent firewall rules on switch level, BitNinja or Immunity360 (Web Application Firewall) on each server, and custom web server rules.

GreenGeeks’ security features, on the other hand, include 24/7 server monitoring, DDoS protection, spam protection, antivirus, antimalware, strong firewalls, and hack protection with all its plans.

Hostinger uses CloudLinux OS with all its Linux-based shared hosting plans, and GreenGeeks uses a similar system called Hosting Account Isolation. Both of these systems securely isolate your account from other users on the same server to protect it against threats targeting others. They also ensure that all the server’s resources are allocated fairly among accounts.

Both hosts include free SSL certificates and free automatic regular backups with all plans. However, while GreenGeeks’ backups are daily, Hostinger only takes daily backups with specific plans and weekly backups for the rest.

Even though both hosts offer a wide range of security features, Hostinger’s security is more advanced than GreenGeeks, making it the winner of this round.

5. Support

GreenGeeks’ Support Has Additional Channels and is More Responsive

Both Hostinger and GreenGeeks have comprehensive and organized knowledgebase sections, including articles and tutorials covering essential topics.

Hostinger’s customer support is available 24/7 via live chat and support ticket. However, it can be slow to get connected to a representative. Even though I got the help I needed, it was very time-consuming.

[Hostingers] - [support chat]

GreenGeeks has 24/7 customer support via live chat and email. It also has phone support available during working hours (Mon-Sun: 9 AM – 12 AM). I tried the live chat more than once – every time I connected instantly, and the representative answered all my questions promptly.

[GreenGeeks] - [support chat]

GreenGeeks has extra support channels and is more responsive than Hostinger – making it more reliable for customer support.

Hostinger Wins by a Slim Margin

As you can see, this wasn’t a one-horse race. Hostinger and GreenGeeks are two powerful hosts that offer a broad spectrum of hosting plans at highly affordable prices for individuals and small to medium businesses. They’re both featured in our expert list of the best web hosting services.

Nevertheless, Hostinger defeated GreenGeeks in the pricing, performance, and security rounds, earning it the winning title of this battle.

Hostinger
GreenGeeks
Plans and Pricing
More plans. Cheaper prices. 30-day money-back guarantee
More expensive package renewal rates. 30-day money-back guarantee
Key Features
Free domain (with specific plans), free website migration (with specific plans), limited SSD storage, free SSL, custom control panel, and up to unlimited email accounts
Free domain, free website migration, unlimited SSD storage, free SSL, cPanel, and unlimited email accounts
Performance
More server locations, free CDN, 99.9% uptime guarantee, no downtimes, slightly faster loading speeds
Fewer server locations, free CDN, 99.9% uptime guarantee, no downtimes, slightly slower loading speeds
Security
Wanguard anti-DDoS traffic analyzer and intelligent firewall rules on switch level, BitNinja or Immunity360 on each server,  custom web server rules, CloudLinux OS, weekly/daily backups (depending on the plan)
24/7 server monitoring, DDoS protection, spam protection, antivirus, antimalware, strong firewalls, hack protection, Hosting Account Isolation, daily backups
Support
Comprehensive knowledgebase, 24/7 live chat and support ticket, low responsiveness
Comprehensive knowledgebase, 24/7 live chat and email, phone support available during working hours, high responsiveness

FAQ

Which is better, Hostinger or GreenGeeks?Both Hostinger and GreenGeeks are among the top 10 web hosting services in the market today. Hostinger has an edge over GreenGeeks as it provides more budget-friendly prices, higher performance, and better security.Does GreenGeeks offer cloud hosting?Although GreenGeeks doesn’t sell cloud hosting plans, it sells three managed VPS plans with SSD storage, free SSL, free site transfer, and a free Softaculous license. Need cloud hosting for your business? Explore the best cloud hosting services.Does GreenGeeks offer a free domain?Yes, but only with specific packages. You can get a free domain with any shared or application hosting packages for the first year and with annual subscription terms. Not sure which domain name is right for you? Don’t miss this ultimate guide to choosing and buying a domain name.Is Hostinger good for e-commerce?Hostinger is listed by our experts as one of the best e-commerce hosting services. Hostinger for e-commerce offers blazing fast loading speeds, affordable plans, a free website builder, and SEO tools (for Magento, PrestaShop, and WooCommerce). It also has servers worldwide.

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