Thanks to their wide range of hosting services and products, Hostinger and Germany-based STRATO may appear quite similar. However, there’re differences between these two hosting providers that you should know about. Since choosing one out of these two may be difficult, I decided to offer some help. I tested both thoroughly on multiple parameters like features, performance, pricing, security, and support. Though STRATO gave Hostinger a good fight, the ultimate winner that offered more value for money was Hostinger.
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1. Plans and Pricing
Hostinger has cheaper overall prices and offers more flexibility with its billing cycles
With Hostinger, you’ll get shared and WordPress hosting along with email hosting, VPS (Linux, Windows, and Minecraft servers), and cloud servers. STRATO offers shared, WordPress, and email hosting together with VPS (Linux/Windows), managed web servers, dedicated servers (Linux/Windows), and cloud storage. Hostinger’s shared hosting plans are cheaper than STRATO’s provided you opt for the longest (quadrennial) term.
Though STRATO’s shared hosting plans are payable yearly, you’ll get a one-month freetrial with three of them. In case you opt for the monthly term of Hostinger, your total payable would still be lower as except for STRATO Hosting basic, all other shared plans charge a set-up fee. Hostinger’s WordPress plans are cheaper (with the 48-month term) than STRATO’s. The minimum contract period with Hostinger is a month while STRATO needs an annual commitment. However, Hostinger’s monthly WordPress plans are pricier than STRATO’s monthly costs (with the annual term).
Both these providers offer a 30-day money-back guarantee.
Features that offer more value for money help Hostinger edge past STRATO
STRATO Hosting plus and Hosting pro are ideal for club/company websites and memory-intensive web projects respectively. You may even use Hostinger’s Premium/Business plans for such websites/web projects. With Hostinger’s shared hosting plans, you’ll get CloudLinux OS, LSCache for WordPress, 1X-4X allocated resources, custom-developed hPanel, SSDs, access manager, DNS management, free domain (with the annual term of premium/business plans), lifetime free SSL, daily/weekly data backups, SSH access (with 2 higher plans), support for multiple PHP versions (5.2-7.4), free/paid (plan-dependent) Cloudflare CDN, a website builder (free for 1 month), 1-click auto-installer with over a hundred apps, and Github integration, among others.
STRATO’s shared hosting plans come with free/paid SSL certificates, Plesk control panel, free domains, DynDNS, PHP 7.4 support, SSDs, SSH and SFTP, 1-click popular CMS installation via AppWizard, WP-CLI, Git, and optional (paid) add-ons like Sitelock (for website security) and rankingCoach (for SEO). It also offers 3 website builder plans.
You can check this comparison table to compare these two providers.
Shared, WordPress, email, and cloud hosting plus VPS
Shared, WordPress, and email hosting plus VPS (Linux/Windows), managed web servers, dedicated servers (Linux/Windows), and cloud storage
✓(plan- and term-dependent)
Free SSL Certificate
30GB SSD-300GB SSD
Up to 2,000 to up to 15,000
Free Site Migration
Though STRATO offers better resource allocations (disk space/bandwidth), it can’t match Hostinger’s overall features that offer more value for money.
Hostinger’s datacenters are located across 7 different global regions. If your website visitors are scattered across the world, hosting your site with Hostinger would give you more flexibility in terms of getting your servers in a Tier-3 datacenter closest to your target audience.
But with STRATO’s 2 German datacenters (that use 100% green electricity), your choices are pretty limited. When it comes to performance-enhancing features, Hostinger outperforms STRATO again, thanks to using SSDs, Cloudflare CDN, dual uplinks with multiple ISPs, LSCache plugins, and GZIP compression. STRATO gives you a GDPR-compliant hosting environment and uses the latest PHP version, SSDs, caching, and coordinated RAM to deliver high-availability and high-performance.
Hostinger offers you a 99.9% uptime guarantee (backed by a 5% credit of your monthly fee for downtime). When I tested, its performance was excellent, the details of which are available at our expert Hostinger review. Depending on your plan, STRATO offers a 99 to 99.99% network availability SLA. However, its performance lagged behind Hostinger’s. Get details at our expert STRATO review.
If securing your website matters to you (and it should!), Hostinger offers multiple tools to ensure it – from SSL certificate, weekly/daily automatic backups, and CDN toLVE containers, RAID-10, proactive server monitoring, Wanguard anti-DDoS protection, and Imunify360/Bitninja (web application firewall).
STRATO does a good job with its 3-tiered security. It has multiple redundancies within its datacenters and offers SSL, multi-level spam and virus protection, STRATO Sitelock, SiteGuard, and Backup Control, and online store security via its partner janolaw. Its GDPR-compliant hosting environment and TÜV certification (ISO 27001) also instill confidence.
With both providers using robust security measures, it’s difficult to pick a clear winner.
Thanks to its superfast support, Hostinger races ahead of STRATO
Say goodbye to poor or average support with Hostinger. It offers 24/7 live chat, ticket, and email support (available only for logged-in users). There’s a faster paid “Priority Support” option on offer too. Hostinger’s live chat was superfast and the support agent was courteous and efficient.
STRATO offers support via phone (including a 24/7 hotline number) and email (through contact form). However, its email support was sluggish and I got a reply after more than 48 hours. I noted several STRATO hosting reviews complaining about its sluggish (and often non-responsive) support.
Self-help enthusiasts can use Hostinger’s tutorials, blog, and an extensive knowledgebase. With STRATO, their choices would include a blog, YouTube tutorials, and an extensive FAQ section (styled like a knowledgebase).
Its superfast support helps Hostinger win this round.
Hostinger Emerges Triumphant
Except for the security round where STRATO matches Hostinger to secure a tie, Hostinger easily wins all the other rounds pretty convincingly – right from features and performance to pricing and support. So, I can confidently recommend Hostinger. If you’re still in doubt, knowing that Hostinger is included in our list of the best web hosting services could help.
Plans and Pricing
Cheaper (long-term) shared hosting and pricier WordPress hosting along with VPS, email hosting, and cloud hosting
Slightly costlier shared hosting and cheaper WordPress hosting with email hosting, VPS (Linux/Windows), managed web servers, dedicated servers (Linux/Windows), and cloud storage
CloudLinux OS, LSCache for WordPress, 1X-4X allocated resources, custom-developed hPanel, SSDs, access manager, DNS management, free domain (term/plan-dependent), lifetime free SSL, daily/weekly data backups, SSH access (with 2 higher plans), support for multiple PHP versions (5.2-7.4), free/paid (plan-dependent) Cloudflare CDN, a website builder (free for 1 month), 1-click auto-installer, and Github integration
Free/paid SSL certificates, Plesk control panel, free domains, DynDNS, PHP 7.4 support, SSDs, SSH and SFTP, 1-click popular CMS installation via AppWizard, WP-CLI, Git, and optional (paid) add-ons like Sitelock (for website security) and rankingCoach (for SEO); also offers 3 website builder plans
Credit-backed 99.9% uptime guarantee; uses SSDs, Cloudflare CDN, dual uplinks with multiple ISPs, LSCache plugins, and GZIP compression
99 to 99.99% network availability SLA; uses the latest PHP version, SSDs, caching, and coordinated RAM
SSL certificate, weekly/daily automatic backups, CDN, LVE containers, RAID-10, proactive server monitoring, Wanguard anti-DDoS protection, and Imunify360/Bitninja
3-tiered security with multiple redundancies in datacenters, GDPR-compliant hosting environment, TÜV certification (ISO 27001) , SSL, multi-level spam and virus protection, STRATO Sitelock, SiteGuard, and Backup Control, and online store security via its partner janolaw
24/7 live chat, ticket, and email support along with Priority Support (paid); tutorials, blog, and knowledgebase for self-help
Phone (including 24/7 hotline number) and email (via contact form) support; FAQ (similar to a knowledgebase) for self-support