When looking for budget-friendly shared hosting plans, Hostinger and WestHost may appear quite similar but they are not. There’re quite a few differences that you need to know about. I tested both these providers on multiple parameters and found Hostinger to be the winner.
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1. Plans and Pricing
Hostinger wins, thanks to its overall lower prices
Both these providers offer shared hosting plans with 3-tier pricing where WestHost has the pricier plans. While Hostinger’s best prices are available for the quadrennial term, WestHost’s are available for annual to triennial term. Renewal prices of both are more, with Hostinger’s being 1.2-2X and WestHost’s being 2.5-4X the lowest prices. WestHost’s WordPress plans are cheaper than Hostinger’s though the renewal prices of both are steeper (up to 2.5X and 2X for WestHost and Hostinger respectively). WestHost’s SSD VPS plans are pricier but have more resource allocations. Since Hostinger offers no dedicated servers, you’ll have to choose the managed or unmanaged dedicated servers of WestHost. WestHost domains cost more than Hostinger but offer free domain privacy (for the first year) and a free (for the first month) 1-page website.
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You’ll get a 30-day money-back guarantee with both these hosts.
Hostinger wins due to its overall lower prices.
More plan variety and better resources win it for WestHost
You can host 1-unlimited websites with the shared plans of both these providers. With Hostinger’s plans, you’ll get CloudLinux OS, 10GB SSD-100GB SSD space, 100GB-unlimited bandwidth, 1-unlimited email accounts, custom-developed hPanel, LiteSpeed powered caching, a free SSL certificate, a free domain (with premium/business plans), daily/weekly data backups (plan-dependent), multiple PHP versions (5.2-7.4), 1-click installer, a website builder (free for 1 month), Cloudflare protected nameservers, and a custom cache manager.
WestHost’s plans come with Linux OS, 50GB-unlimited disk space, 1000GB-unlimited bandwidth, unlimited 10GB emails, free domain (with annual term for 2 higher plans), free SSL certificate (highest plan only), Softaculous auto-installer, a paid website builder, SEO tools, and SSH access. You’ll have to use WestHost Site Manager for your website’s management and maintenance.
To compare both these providers, check the comparison table below.
|Hosting Types||Shared hosting, WordPress hosting, email hosting, cloud hosting, and VPS||Shared hosting, WordPress hosting, email hosting, SSD VPS, and dedicated servers (including managed servers)|
|Free Domain||✓(with premium/business plans)||✓(with annual plans)|
|Free SSL Certificate||✓||✓(highest plan only)|
|Disk Space||10GB SSD-100GB SSD||50GB- unlimited|
|Automatic Backups||Daily/Weekly (depending on your plan)||Can be scheduled|
|Email Accounts||1-unlimited||Unlimited 10GB|
|Free CDN||×||✓(with WordPress hosting)|
|Free Site Migration||✓||✓(only for cPanel hosts within the 60-day introductory period)|
|Money-Back Guarantee||30 days||30 days|
WestHost wins, thanks to its more resource allocations and features as well as better variety in plans on offer.
Hostinger wins with great uptime and loading speeds
Both these providers host their servers in Tier-3 datacenters. WestHost’s solitary, fully redundant datacenter is located 30 minutes south of Salt Lake City, Utah. Hostinger’s datacenters are positioned across 7 different global regions. While WestHost uses Cloudflare CDN with its WordPress plans, Hostinger uses LiteSpeed cache plugins, SSDs, GZIP compression, and optional Cloudflare CDN.
Hostinger aces this round with great uptime and loading speeds.
Hostinger’s extensive security outshines WestHost’s
Hostinger uses multiple security measures. These include SSL certificate, optional CDN, weekly/daily backups, RAID-10 for data redundancy, LVE containers (to enable account isolation), predictive and proactive server monitoring, Wanguard anti-DDoS protection, and Imunify360/Bitninja (WAF). WestHost offers a free and a paid Cloudflare plan along with 3 paid Sitelock malware detector plans. It also offers a paid managed security clean-up plan where its level 3 engineers will clean up your infected/compromised website, applications, or databases and minimize future risks.
Due to its extensive and robust security measures, Hostinger wins this round.
Hostinger wins with its efficient and fast support
Hostinger offers 24/7 live chat support along with email and ticket support (for logged-in users). There’s a paid “Priority Support” too. I used Hostinger’s live chat support, which was quick and competent. For self-help, you can use multiple tutorials plus a knowledgebase and blog.
You can reach WestHost’s support desk via 24/7 chat. Phone, email, online contact form, and support tickets (for logged-in users) are other ways to get support. However, with long wait times (despite being #1 in the queue) and no reply, I found its live chat to be of no help. I found the same complaint in some of the WestHost reviews. A blog, an FAQ, quick-start guides and tutorials, and a knowledgebase do self-support duties.
Thanks to its competent and fast support, Hostinger wins again.
Hostinger Outshines WestHost Convincingly
Except for the features round where Hostinger loses by a whisker, it wins all the other rounds – from pricing and performance to security and support. So, I would recommend Hostinger for its affordable plans that offer value for money. If you’re still in a dilemma, knowing that Hostinger is at the top of our list of the best web hosting services may help.
|Plans and Pricing||Budget-friendly shared hosting and WordPress hosting plus email hosting, cloud hosting, and VPS||Pricier shared hosting and SSD VPS, cheaper WordPress hosting, and managed/unmanaged dedicated servers|
|Key Features||CloudLinux OS, 10GB SSD-100GB SSD space, 100GB-unlimited bandwidth, 1-unlimited email accounts, custom-developed hPanel, LiteSpeed powered caching, a free SSL certificate, a free domain (with premium/business plans), daily/weekly data backups (plan-dependent), multiple PHP versions (5.2-7.4), 1-click installer, a website builder (free for 1 month), Cloudflare protected nameservers, and a custom cache manager||Linux OS, 50GB-unlimited disk space, 1000GB-unlimited bandwidth, unlimited 10GB emails, free domain (with annual term for 2 higher plans), free SSL certificate (highest plan only), a paid website builder, SEO tools, SSH access, and Softaculous auto-installer|
|Performance||Credit-backed 99.9% uptime guarantee; uses LiteSpeed cache plugins, SSDs, GZIP compression, and optional Cloudflare CDN||No uptime guarantee; uses Cloudflare CDN (with WordPress plans)|
|Security||SSL certificate, optional CDN, weekly/daily backups, RAID-10 for data redundancy, LVE containers (to enable account isolation), predictive and proactive server monitoring, Wanguard anti-DDoS protection, and Imunify360/Bitninja (WAF)||Free and a paid Cloudflare plan, 3 paid Sitelock malware detector plans, and a paid managed security clean-up plan|
|Support||24/7 live chat, email, ticket support, and paid Priority Support; knowledgebase, blog, and tutorials for self-help||24/7 chat plus phone, email, an online contact form, and support tickets (for logged-in users); blog, FAQ, quick-start guides and tutorials, and knowledgebase for self-help|