Both Hostinger and HostFav offer a bouquet of hosting services, which could make you think they’re similar. But take my word when I say they aren’t. To help you decide which one to choose from to meet your hosting needs, I decided to put both these providers to test. I used key categories like features, pricing, performance, security, and support to evaluate both Hostinger and HostFav and draw conclusive results. I found my winner in Hostinger.
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1. Plans and Pricing
Hostinger rocks with easy buying and clear refund policy; HostFav shocks with unavailable plans and confusing refunds
With Hostinger, you’ll get shared, email, and WordPress hosting along with VPS and cloud hosting.
HostFav offers Linux/Windows shared hosting, Linux/Windows reseller hosting, cloud VPS (including LXC VPS, KVM VPS, and fully managed Linux/Windows VPS), and dedicated servers. HostFav’s starting Linux shared plan costs almost 2.5X of Hostinger’s cheapest shared plan (provided you choose the longest term of 48 months). Since all HostFav plans were “out of stock” when I tried buying them, I’m not sure if any other billing period (except monthly) is on offer.
With Hostinger, you’ll get 1, 12, 24, and 48-month billing cycles though the cheapest rates are available with the longest term. However, its monthly cycle is expensive with the starting plan costing about 4X of HostFav’s cheapest Linux shared plan.
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To try its plans risk-free, Hostinger gives you a 30-day money-back guarantee.
It’s all pretty confusing with HostFav. Its VPS plans come with a 7-day money-back guarantee. However, its “Terms and Conditions” page mentions a 30-day money-back guarantee (without clearly mentioning the plans it’s applicable for).
Hostinger wins, thanks to its cheaper (long-term) pricing, ease of buying, and a clear money-back guarantee.
More freebies, better resources, and advanced features give Hostinger the edge
With CloudLinux OS, Hostinger ensures server stability and efficiency. Its shared plans also come with custom hPanel, a free domain (for the first year with annual or above billing of premium/business plans), LSCache and custom-built sophisticated optimization, LetsEncrypt (SSL) integration, SSD storage, gradually increasing allocated resources (1X-4X), daily/weekly backups (plan-dependent), 1-click auto-installer to install 100+ applications, and SEO-friendly Zyro website builder (free/paid).
HostFav’s two higher shared Linux plans offer a free domain. With the highest plan (Large), you’ll get 1 SSL certificate, a dedicated IP, privacy protection for 1 domain, and SiteBackup Pro for creating and restoring backups. Regular backup is available with the other two plans. All the plans come with a one-click SimpleScripts installer and a drag-and-drop website builder.
For an easy side-by-side comparison of Hostinger and HostFav, you can check the table below:
|Hosting Types||Shared, WordPress, and email hosting together with VPS and cloud hosting||Linux/Windows shared hosting, Linux/Windows reseller hosting, cloud VPS, and dedicated servers|
|Free Domain||✓||✓ (with 2 higher plans)|
|Free SSL Certificate||✓||✓ (with the highest plan)|
|Disk Space||10GB SSD-100GB SSD||10GB-50GB|
|Automatic Backups||Daily/Weekly (plan-dependent)||Frequency not mentioned|
|Free CDN||✓(with business plan)||×|
|Free Site Migration||✓||×|
|Money-Back Guarantee||30 days||7-day/30-day (confusing to decode)|
More free and advanced features plus better resource allocations help Hostinger win.
Phenomenal performance and clarity in its uptime SLA work in favor of Hostinger
To get a critical competitive edge over your competitors, your website needs to be hosted on a server that’s the closest to your target customers. With Hostinger, you’ll have multiple options as it has Tier-3 datacenters scattered all over the world. But HostFav has only two server locations in New York City and Freemont (California). Using Hostinger’s LSCache plugins, you can supercharge popular web applications and even manage traffic spikes easily. For extreme speeds, you’ll have SSDs and Cloudflare integration. HostFav uses no such performance-enhancing features with its shared hosting plans.
Hostinger offers a 99.9% uptime guarantee SLA (with 5% of your monthly fee credited back for monthly performance below the specified level). But there’s no need to worry as it had phenomenal website loading speeds when I tested it. Check our expert Hostinger review for the details.
HostFav guarantees a 100% uptime (5% credit-backed) for VPS and managed dedicated servers. However, its home page mentions a 99.99% uptime for VPS. Its shared hosting performance was average when tested. Know more about HostFav at this expert HostFav review.
A clear uptime guarantee SLA and impressive performance help Hostinger win.
Security is serious business at Hostinger; not so much for HostFav though
Finding fault with Hostinger’s robust security is difficult. From the usual fare like SSL and automatic backups to the more advanced features like Imunify360 or Bitninja (WAF), clever firewall rules on switch level, account isolation with LVE containers, anti-DDoS protection on switches with Wanguard, HTTP/2, and server monitoring in real-time, you’ll get them all.
HostFav uses a fully redundant infrastructure. You’ll get basic features like SpamAssassin, virus scanning, hotlink protection, etc. with its shared hosting plans. For its VPSes, it employs fault-tolerant RAID arrays (to safeguard your data in case of hard drive failure) and offers secure data availability through Distributed Object Store (CEPH).
With its extensive and proactive security measures, Hostinger instills much more confidence than HostFav.
Hostinger’s superfast support is miles ahead of HostFav’s non-responsive support
Though Hostinger doesn’t offer phone support, it makes up for it through its speedy 24/7 live chat (accessible for logged-in users), email (via a general inquiry form), and ticket support (accessible through your account’s Help->Support section). You could also use Priority Support (paid) to get preferential treatment whenever you need support. I tried Hostinger’s live chat a couple of times and got an almost instantaneous reply each time.
HostFav offers support via a 24/7 call center, live chat, support tickets, and email (via a pre-sales contact form). Its live chat was unavailable when I tried but I was able to submit my pre-sales questions. However, they weren’t answered.
Self-help enthusiasts have a lot to cheer up with Hostinger as this provider offers a blog, a detailed knowledgebase, and several tutorials. A limited knowledgebase does self-help duties at HostFav.
Hostinger Is a Solid Web Hosting Service Provider
I played around with my test site hosted with Hostinger to check its features, performance, and security while having an overall feel of what its web hosting services are all about. I even reached out to its support multiple times and got a fast reply every time that solved my wide range of questions almost instantaneously. So, it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that Hostinger is truly a very solid hosting service provider. As a result, I recommend it highly. It even sits pretty amongst the best web hosting services complied by us.
|Plans and Pricing||Cheaper shared hosting (long-term) along with WordPress hosting, email hosting, cloud hosting, and VPS||Slightly pricier Linux/Windows shared hosting along with Linux/Windows reseller hosting, cloud VPS, and dedicated servers|
|Key Features||CloudLinux OS, hPanel, a free domain (conditional), LSCache and custom-built sophisticated optimization, LetsEncrypt (SSL) integration, SSD storage, gradually increasing allocated resources (1X-4X), daily/weekly backups (plan-dependent), 1-click auto installer, and SEO-friendly Zyro website builder (free/paid)||A free domain (plan-dependent), one-click SimpleScripts installer, a drag-and-drop website builder, and regular backup (with two starting plans); SSL certificate, a dedicated IP, privacy protection for 1 domain, and SiteBackup Pro (with the Large plan)|
|Performance||99.9% uptime guarantee SLA backed by 5% credit; uses LSCache plugins, SSDs and Cloudflare integration||Confusing uptime (which is either 100% for VPS and managed dedicated servers that’s 5% credit-backed or 99.99% uptime for VPS)|
|Security||SSL, automatic backups, Imunify360 or Bitninja (WAF), clever firewall rules on switch level, LVE containers, anti-DDoS protection on switches with Wanguard, HTTP/2, and server monitoring in real-time||SpamAssassin, virus scanning, hotlink protection with shared hosting; fault-tolerant RAID arrays and Distributed Object Store (CEPH for VPS|
|Support||24/7 live chat, ticket, and email support plus Priority Support (paid); a blog, knowledgebase, and tutorials for self-help||24/7 call center, live chat, support tickets, and email; a limited knowledgebase for self-help|