At the onset, x10Hosting’s free hosting and Hostinger’s almost free single shared hosting plan may look similar. However, there are certain differences that you should know about. Even as web-hosting providers, their range of services differs from one another. I evaluated Hostinger and x10Hosting on features, performance, pricing, security, and support. I found Hostinger to be the undisputed winner in this Hostinger vs. x10Hosting competition.
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1. Plans and Pricing
Hostinger delivers better value for money
Hostinger offers shared, WordPress, and email hosting along with cloud hosting and VPS. With x10Hosting, you’ll get free and premium hosting plans along with semi-dedicated hosting (Infinity+ packages), self-managed VPS, and dedicated server.
Hostinger’s shared hosting plans are available with 3-tiered pricing. The starting plan is almost free (cost-wise) but lags behind x10Hosting’s free plan in terms of resource allocation.
x10Hosting premium plan (Infinity) costs more than Hostinger’s two higher shared plans. Both providers offer the best rates for their paid shared hosting plans with the longest commitment (quadrennial for Hostinger and triennial for x10Hosting). If you aren’t ready to make a long-term commitment, the monthly term of x10Hosting’s starting plan would cost lower than Hostinger’s.
However, Hostinger delivers better value for money with its user-friendly and performance-enhancing features. Hostinger’s VPS plans are cheaper than x10Hosting’s. In general, Hostinger’s TLD prices are more than x10Hosting’s but since it offers heavy discounts, you can save up to 70% or even more on your signup.
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Hostinger offers a 30-day money-back guarantee. In contrast, all prepaid fees charged by x10Hosting are non-refundable.
By offering better value for money, Hostinger wins this round.
It’s a tie
Hostinger’s shared hosting plans let you host 1-unlimited websites and come with CloudLinux operating system, free SSL certificate, LiteSpeed-powered caching, free domain (with annual billing of 2 higher plans), weekly/daily backups, Cloudflare protected nameservers, 1-click installer to easily install over a 100 applications, website builder, free website transfer, paid/free CDN, Github integration, SSH access (with the 2 higher plans), and DNS management.
With x10Hosting’s free hosting, you’ll get cloud SSD servers, an auto-installer with 200 scripts, and a free website builder. As you outgrow the free plan, you would need x10Hosting alternative, where its premium (Infinity) plan could help. With it, you’ll get unlimited domains, disk space, and bandwidth along with cPanel 11.44 control panel, automated R1Soft daily backups, Softaculous auto-installer (300 scripts), a website builder (161 templates), free Attracta SEO tools, and free site migration (provided you’re coming from x10Hosting’s free service). If you choose the biennial/triennial term, you’ll also get freebies for life including a domain, SSL certificate, and dedicated IP address.
To compare these two providers, you can check this comparison table.
|Hosting Types||Shared hosting, WordPress hosting, email hosting, cloud hosting, and VPS||Free and premium hosting plus semi-dedicated hosting (Infinity+ packages), self-managed VPS, and dedicated server|
|Free Domain||✔||✔(biennial/triennial term)|
|Free SSL Certificate||✔||✔(biennial/triennial term)|
|Disk Space||10GB SSD-100GB SSD||Unlimited|
|Automatic Backups||Daily/Weekly (plan-dependent)||Daily|
|Control Panel||hPanel||cPanel 11.44 control panel|
|Free CDN||✔(with business plan)||✘|
|Free Site Migration||✔||✓(only if you’re coming from x10Hosting’s free service)|
|Money-Back Guarantee||30 days||✘|
While x10Hosting has better resource allocations and offers freebies with a long-term commitment, Hostinger scores with its value-added features. This makes it difficult to pick a clear winner in this round.
Hostinger outshines x10Hosting with its superb performance
Tier-3 datacenters positioned across 7 regions all over the world play home to Hostinger’s servers. x10Hosting’s servers are deployed in a Chicago-based datacenter. To deliver enhanced performance, Hostinger uses LSCache plugins, SSDs, Cloudflare CDN, and GZIP compression. x10Hosting uses an HTTP stack with Varnish Cache, SSDs, and has the PHP LiteSpeed SAPI running on OnApp-powered private hardware cloud.
Both these providers offer a credit-backed 99.9% uptime guarantee.
In case of downtime, Hostinger gives you back 5% of your monthly fee. x10Hosting gives you 10%-100% SLA credits of your monthly fee.
In our performance tests, Hostinger did extremely well with great uptime and excellent loading speeds. You can get details at our expert Hostinger review.
Despite performing reliably well in the U.S. and Europe, x10Hosting’s performance plummeted a bit in Asia. Get details of what went wrong at our expert x10Hosting review.
x10Hosting fails to match up to Hostinger in this round.
Hostinger outshines its competitor once again with robust security
Hostinger is extremely serious when it comes to ensuring your website’s security. This means you’ll get something as basic as SSL certificate and weekly/daily backups to advanced features like HTTP/2, RAID-10, LVE containers, optional CDN, Wanguard anti-DDoS protection on switch level, prognostic server monitoring, Bitninja/Imunify360 (WAF), and custom web server rules, to name a few.
x10Hosting, as well, uses multiple security measures including SSL certificate, dedicated IP address, SSDs, automated R1Soft backup, and RAID-10 (on its VPS hardware nodes). But it still isn’t a match for Hostinger’s comprehensive and robust security.
Despite giving a good fight, x10Hosting loses out to Hostinger in this round.
Hostinger’s lightning-fast support is leagues ahead of x10Hosting
Hostinger provides you with 24/7 live chat, ticket (for logged-in users) and email support plus “Priority Support” (paid option). I used Hostinger’s live chat and received lightning-fast replies from its courteous and knowledgeable support staff. A knowledgebase together with tutorials and a blog offer self-support.
With x10Hosting’s free plan, only support via its community forum is available. Its premium plan offers 24/7 support via tickets (for logged in users) and an online form. However, my pre-sales questions submitted via the online form failed to elicit a response. Except for a VPS FAQ, there’s no self-help on offer.
Hostinger beats x10Hosting hands down, thanks to its superb support.
Hostinger Beats x10Hosting in Almost All Categories
Except for a close competition in the features category, Hostinger outshines x10Hosting in all other categories namely performance, pricing, security, and support. Even though x10Hosting offers free hosting, I recommend you choose Hostinger to meet your hosting needs at pocket-friendly prices, which are complemented by its superb support. If you still need a reason to say “Yes” to Hostinger, knowing that it made it into our list of the best web hosting services would help.
|Plans and Pricing||Budget-friendly shared hosting and WordPress hosting plus email hosting, cloud hosting, and VPS||Free hosting, pricier (long-term) premium hosting, semi-dedicated hosting (Infinity+ packages), self-managed VPS, and dedicated server|
|Key Features||LiteSpeed-powered caching, free domain, free SSL certificate, weekly/daily backups, Cloudflare protected nameservers, 1-click installer, website builder, free website transfer, paid CDN, Github integration, SSH access, and DNS management||Automated R1Soft daily backups, Softaculous auto-installer, a website builder, free Attracta SEO tools, free site migration; free domain, SSL certificate, and dedicated IP address for a lifetime with biennial/triennial term|
|Performance||99.9% uptime guarantee with 5% SLA credits; uses LSCache plugins, SSDs, optional Cloudflare CDN, and GZIP compression||99.9% uptime guarantee with 10-100% SLA credits; uses SSDs, an HTTP stack with Varnish Cache, and has the PHP LiteSpeed SAPI running on OnApp-powered private hardware cloud|
|Security||SSL certificate, weekly/daily backups, HTTP/2, RAID-10, LVE containers, optional CDN, Wanguard anti-DDoS protection on switch level, prognostic server monitoring, Bitninja/Imunify360 (WAF), and custom web server rules||SSL certificate, dedicated IP address, SSDs, automated R1Soft backup, and RAID-10 (on its VPS hardware nodes)|
|Support||Priority Support (paid option), 24/7 live chat, ticket, and email support; knowledgebase plus tutorials and blog for self-support||24/7 ticket support and an online contact form; VPS FAQ for self-help|