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Hostinger vs. NameCheap – Close Match, but Only One Winner [2020]

Mark Holden
June 04, 2020

Thanks to their cheap hosting plans, especially shared and WordPress, Hostinger and NameCheap may appear quite similar. However, these web hosting providers have quite a few differences that you should be aware of. I tested both on multiple parameters and found NameCheap hosting lagging a bit behind Hostinger.

Click here to see Hostinger’s latest deals or read on to know why Hostinger wins this close competition with NameCheap.

1. Plans and Pricing

Hostinger lets you save considerably while NameCheap isn’t that “cheap”

Both these providers offer shared, WordPress and email hosting along with VPS.

Additionally, NameCheap offers reseller hosting and dedicated servers while Hostinger offers cloud VPS.

Shared and WordPress hosting plans of both these providers are available in 3-tiered pricing. Hostinger’s WordPress plans are cheaper (with the 48-month term) than NameCheap’s managed WordPress plans. However, the monthly term is more expensive with Hostinger’s prices being 3-5x of NameCheap hosting renewal prices.

Hostinger’s VPS prices are lower than NameCheap’s though you’ll have to make a long-term commitment (quadrennial) to get the cheapest rates.

NameCheap offers domains at cheaper rates (especially TLDs like .com, net, etc.) than Hostinger.

Both providers offer a 30-day money-back guarantee to let you try their plans risk-free.

Hostinger Web Hosting

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

With its overall lower prices, Hostinger wins this round.

2. Features

Hostinger edges past NameCheap due to its slightly better features

Hostinger’s shared plans offer CloudLinux OS, 1X-4X memory and processing power, hPanel (custom-developed control panel), LSCache, SSD disk space, Cloudflare protected nameservers, DNS management, WordPress acceleration (LSCWP), free SSL, free domain (for the first year with annual or longer-term of premium and business plans), 1-click installer with 100+ apps, and a website builder (free for 1 month).

With NameCheap’s shared hosting, you’ll get one free domain (with the annual term), free automatic SSL installation (for the first year), auto-backup (for the 2 higher plans), free Softaculous app installer with 100+ apps, free website builder, free migration, and jailed SSH. With its 2 higher WordPress plans, NameCheap offers free CDN while all 3 WordPress plans of Hostinger offer free CDN.

To answer the question- “Is Hostinger good for WordPress?” I’d say yes, it is. But if you need hand-holding, NameCheap’s managed plans would be better.

For a quick side-by-side evaluation of Hostinger vs. NameCheap, compare them using this comparison table.

Hostinger NameCheap
Hosting TypesShared hosting, WordPress hosting, email hosting, cloud hosting, and VPSShared, WordPress, email, and reseller hosting plus VPS and dedicated servers
Free Domain ✓(conditional)✓(conditional)
Free SSL Certificate✓ (for the first year)
Disk Space10GB SSD-100GB SSD20GB SSD-50GB SSD
Bandwidth100GB-unlimitedUnmetered
Automatic BackupsDaily/Weekly (plan-dependent)Daily/Weekly/Monthly (plan-dependent)
Control PanelhPanelcPanel
Email accounts1-unlimited30-unlimited
Free CDN✓(all WordPress plans)✓(2 higher WordPress plans)
Free Site Migration
Money-Back Guarantee30 days30 days

Thanks to its slightly better features, Hostinger wins this round.

3. Performance

NameCheap turns the tables on Hostinger in this round

NameCheap storage uses SSDs as does Hostinger. While NameCheap lets you choose from 2 datacenters (in the U.K. and the U.S.), Hostinger has Tier-3 redundant datacenters across 7 different regions (including the U.K. and the U.S).

To deliver enhanced performance, Hostinger uses LSCache plugins, Cloudflare CDN, dual uplinks with multiple ISPs for high availability, and GZIP compression.

NameCheap uses fully redundant datacenters along with eAccelerator and xCache (to speed up the performance of PHP), CDN, and cloud storage (with U.S. datacenter and zero downtime).

Hostinger gives you a credit-backed 99.9% uptime guarantee and performed extremely well in our performance tests. Check details at our expert Hostinger review.
NameCheap offers 100% and 99.9% uptime guarantees for its shared/business/dedicated servers and VPS/reseller hosting respectively. It offered blazing-fast page loading speeds in our tests, the details of which are available at our expert NameCheap review.

NameCheap has a slight edge over Hostinger due to its slightly better performance.

4. Security

Hostinger outshines its competitor easily

With Hostinger, you don’t need to worry about your website’s security as it employs comprehensive and robust security measures. It uses SSL certificate, CDN, RAID-10 for data redundancy, weekly/daily backups, LVE containers for account isolation, prognostic and proactive monitoring of server, Wanguard anti-DDoS protection, and Bitninja/Imunify360 (web application firewall).

NameCheap’s basic security measures include account security measures (like custom security notifications, custom password recovery options, and dynamic support pin numbers), two-factor authentication, and DDoS protection. It also offers paid CDN and VPN but still falls short of Hostinger’s all-inclusive security.

Hostinger’s robust security wins this round.

5. Support

Hostinger’s lightning-fast support scores over NameCheap’s slow support

Getting help from Hostinger is easy, thanks to its 24/7 live chat, ticket, and email support (available for logged-in users). There’s a faster paid “Priority Support” too. My experience of using Hostinger’s live chat was impressive with lightning-fast replies.

Hostinger Live Chat Support
Hostinger Live Chat Support

NameCheap offers support through tickets and 24/7 live chat but they could be slow. I found its live chat to be somewhat better than its ticket support. However, not having a direct phone number to contact support is disappointing.

NameCheap Live Chat Support
NameCheap Live Chat Support

For those seeking self-help, Hostinger offers multiple tutorials together with a blog and well-stocked knowledgebase. With NameCheap, you’ll get an extensive knowledgebase along with a status update page (which has information about software upgrade, policy changes, scheduled maintenance, etc).

With its lightning-fast support complemented by its adequate self-support options, Hostinger scores an easy win in this round.

Hostinger Takes the Winner’s Crown

Despite close competition in the performance round where NameCheap edges past it, Hostinger wins the overall competition, thanks to its better performance in all the other rounds namely features, pricing, security, and support. So, my vote goes to Hostinger. If you are still not sure why Hostinger is a good choice, know that it also sits at the top of our list of​ the best web hosting services​.

Comparison Table

HostingerNameCheap
Plans and PricingBudget-friendly and cheaper shared, WordPress, and VPS hosting along with email hosting and cloud hostingShared, WordPress, and VPS that cost slightly more (long-term) along with email and reseller hosting plus dedicated servers
Key Features1X-4X memory and processing power, hPanel, LSCache, SSD, Cloudflare protected nameservers, DNS management, WordPress acceleration (LSCWP), free SSL, free domain (conditional), 1-click installer, website builder (free for a month), and free CDN (with WordPress)Free domain (with the annual term), free automatic SSL installation (for the first year), auto-backup (plan-dependent), free Softaculous auto-installer, free website builder, free migration, jailed SSH, and free CDN (with 2 higher WordPress plans)
PerformanceCredit-backed 99.9% uptime guarantee; uses SSDs, redundant datacenters, LSCache plugins, Cloudflare CDN, dual uplinks with multiple ISPs, and GZIP compression100% and 99.9% uptime guarantee for its shared/business/dedicated servers and VPS/reseller hosting respectively; uses fully redundant datacenters, eAccelerator and xCache, CDN, and cloud storage
Security SSL certificate, CDN, RAID-10, weekly/daily backups, LVE containers, prognostic and proactive monitoring of server, Wanguard anti-DDoS protection, and Bitninja/Imunify360Basic account security measures, two-factor authentication, and DDoS protection plus paid CDN and VPN
Support 24/7 live chat, ticket, and email  support plus paid Priority Support; tutorials, blog, and knowledgebase for self-helpTicket and 24/7 live chat support; knowledgebase and a status update page for self-support

FAQ

Is ​Hostinger better than ​NameCheap?
Yes, it offers better value for money with its better features, pricing, security, and support. Additionally, it’s included in our list of ​​the best web hosting services.
Does Hostinger offer WordPress hosting?

Yes, Hostinger offers 3 unmanaged WordPress hosting plans. If handling the technical aspects of WordPress seem like a difficult task and you prefer your hosting provider to handle these, you can check our list of the best managed WordPress hosting providers.

Does NameCheap offer VPS hosting?
Yes, it offers 2 VPS plans but they’re pricey. For budget-friendly and dependable VPS, you can take a look at our list of the best cheap VPS hosting services​.
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