1. Plans and Pricing
Hostwinds Offers Cheaper Fully Managed VPS Plans than HostPapaHostwinds sells a broad spectrum of hosting services from shared and reseller to VPS, cloud, dedicated servers, and White Label hosting. In contrast, HostPapa only provides shared, VPS, reseller, and WordPress hosting. Which host gives you your money’s worth for VPS hosting? Hostwinds has fully managed and unmanaged VPS hosting packages for Linux and Windows operating systems. The Linux-based VPS solutions come at ten managed and ten unmanaged levels.
Hostwinds Has More Resource Allocations with its VPS PackagesBoth Hostwinds and HostPapa provide highly efficient and scalable VPS hosting. However, Hostwinds has more allocated resources with its large selection of VPS plans. With Hostwinds for VPS, you can get from 30 GB to 750 GB SSD storage, 1 to 16 CPU cores, 1 GB to 96 GB RAM, and 1 TB to 9 TB bandwidth. All VPS plans come with 1Gbps ports, nightly backups, and server monitoring. With HostPapa for VPS, you can get from 60 GB to 1 TB SSD storage, 4 to 12 CPU cores, 2 GB to 32 GB RAM, and from 1 TB to 8 TB bandwidth. All plans come with SSH/full root access and SolusVM VPS Panel. See more differences between HostPapa and Hostwinds in the following side-by-side table:
|Hosting Types||Shared (managed and unmanaged), WordPress hosting, VPS, reseller||Shared, reseller, White Label hosting, managed VPS (Linux and Windows), unmanaged VPS (Linux and Windows), cloud, dedicated servers|
|Free SSL Certificate||✔||✔|
|Disk Space||50 GB – Unlimited (depending on the plan)||30 GB – Unlimited|
|Bandwidth||500 GB – Unlimited (depending on the plan)||1 TB – Unmetered|
|Automatic Backups||Daily with certain plans||Daily|
|Email Accounts||100 – Unlimited (depending on the plan)||Unlimited|
|Free Site Migration||✔||✔|
|Money-Back Guarantee||30 days||48-hour, 14-day, or 30-day (depending on contract length and if it is at first billing cycle or renewal)|
Hostwinds Showed Faster Global Page Loading SpeedsHostPapa and Hostwinds only have two server locations each. HostPapa has servers in the U.S.A. and Canada, while Hostwinds has servers in the U.S.A. and the Netherlands. The Hostwinds server locations are more globally dispersed. HostPapa and Hostwinds both use SSD storage with all plans. SSD storage is preferred over regular HDD storage as it performs faster and is more stable. This reflects directly on your website’s uptime, loading speeds, and overall performance. You’ll get Cloudflare CDN for free with all plans from both hosts. A CDN, or Content Delivery Network, boosts your website’s loading speeds from anywhere in the world, among other benefits, by placing it on a global network of cloud servers. Hostwinds promises a 99.9999% uptime guarantee, and HostPapa promises 99.9%. While HostPapa exceeded that number in actual uptime, Hostwinds’ users reported some minor downtimes throughout the testing month. When using Sucuri to test HostPapa’s loading speeds from different locations, most locations gave excellent timings. However, there were a few locations that showed slightly slower loading speeds. This resulted in an overall good (not perfect) global score of A. See more results in this in-depth HostPapa review. When performing the same test on Hostwinds, all locations showed impressive loading speeds which resulted in a perfect overall global score of A+. See more details in this Hostwinds review. Both hosts performed admirably and provide a decent range of performance-boosting features. However, Hostwinds’ faster loading speeds are what put it in the lead in this round.
HostPapa Provides More Inclusive Security FeaturesHostPapa’s plans come with a range of standard security features, including; server firewall, monitoring, intrusion detection, DDoS/Brute-Force protection, secured entrance/exit, network monitoring, and ModSecurity. Unfortunately, most of Hostwinds’ security features are only available through an optional paid add-on called WindSheild. This package includes DDoS protection, firewall setups, and security audits. HostPapa uses Cloudlinux OS by default on its servers, but Hostwinds only provides it as optional. CloudLinux OS securely isolates your account from other accounts on the same server to protect it from any unwanted threats targeting those accounts. It also ensures the fair allocation of the server resources. Hostwinds plans come with free automatic daily backups, while HostPapa only provides automatic backups with its higher-value plans.
Both hosts provide free SSL certificates with all plans. HostPapa includes a broader range of security features and measures as standard with all its plans, meaning it’s the more secure option in this battle.