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Hostwinds vs InMotion Hosting – Popular Doesn’t Mean Better [2021]

Mark Holden Mark Holden August 11, 2021
August 11, 2021

As both Hostwinds and InMotion Hosting are popular web hosts and offer a broad range of inexpensive hosting solutions, it’s natural to get overwhelmed when it comes to choosing a particular one of them. Additionally, both offer services that can be used by different types of users – from beginners to established businesses. So, how would you decide whether you should go with Hostwinds or InMotion Hosting?

To help you out, I thoroughly compared both of them based on the key parameters like performance, features, pricing, support, etc. The results revealed that both are equally good, despite slight differences in their offerings. In short, it’d entirely depend on your needs to choose one from them.

Interested in knowing how I compared Hostwinds and InMotion Hosting? Continue reading.

1. Plans and Pricing

Hostwinds offers cheaper packages – InMotion Hosting offers more diversified packages

Both Hostwinds and InMotion Hosting touch almost every category of web hosting – from shared hosting, VPS hosting, dedicated server to cloud hosting and reseller hosting. While packages from Hostwinds are significantly cheaper than those of InMotion Hosting, it doesn’t offer specialized WordPress hosting. On the other hand, InMotion Hosting offers specialized WordPress hosting. Also, with Hostwinds, you get to choose cloud hosting while InMotion Hosting offers cloud VPS packages.

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

If you’re looking for cloud hosting solutions only, Hostwinds with hourly pricing plans would be a good option. But in terms of overall features, InMotion Hosting is what you should go with, it’ll cost you more though.

2. Features

Hostwinds wins – thanks to its versatility

You get a good number of similar features with both these web hosts – use of SSDs, 1-click installer, website transfers, website builder, free domain, among others. However, the biggest advantage of using Hostwinds is you can choose between Linux and Windows when it comes to VPS hosting while InMotion Hosting doesn’t support Windows hosting.

See this table to compare Hostwinds and InMotion Hosting yourself.

Hostwinds InMotion Hosting
Hosting Types Shared hosting (WordPress optimized), VPS hosting, Dedicated server, cloud hosting, reseller hosting Shared hosting, WordPress hosting, VPS hosting, reseller hosting, dedicated servers, cloud VPS, bare metal
Free Domain (on all plans except Lite)
Free SSL Certificate
Disk Space Unlimited 10GB – Unlimited
Bandwidth Unlimited Unlimited
Automatic Backups Daily (paid) Backup Manager available
Control Panel cPanel, Cloud Control Portal cPanel
Email accounts Unlimited 1 – Unlimited
Free CDN
Free Site Migration
Money-Back Guarantee 30 days (annual onwards), 48 hours (monthly to semi-annual) 90 days (annual onwards), 30 days (monthly)

3. Performance

Hostwinds with a rare 99.9999% uptime guarantee wins

While both these providers use performance-enhancing features like SSDs, CDNs, etc, the biggest difference lies in their uptime guarantees.

With InMotion Hosting, you get a 99.99% uptime guarantee while Hostwinds offers an unbelievable 99.9999% uptime guarantee so you can rest assured of getting an excellent network redundancy.

However, when I conducted a performance test, Hostwinds came out with reasonable results while InMotion Hosting stood out with impressive figures.

In terms of data centers, Hostwinds has three of them and all are Tier IV which means they’ve got the most redundant components. On the contrary, InMotion Hosting has two Tier I data centers , both of which sit directly on internet exchange points. Hostwinds offers a paid service namely Windspeed to improve your server’s speed and performance while InMotion Hosting lets you choose a data center based on your needs.

4. Security

Both take good care of the security aspects

InMotion Hosting’s complete security suite comes with lots of security features, both standard and advanced, including free SSL certificates, DDoS protection, malware protection, Web Application Firewalls, SSH access, access to HIDS security, etc. On the other hand, in addition to standard security features, Hostwinds lets you deploy a paid security service namely Windshield to improve server security. You can also maximize your site’s security by purchasing a paid SSL certificate from them.

5. Support

Both offer a good range of support options, but may not be useful

You get 24/7 support from both Hostwinds and InMotion Hosting through a number of channels – from phone and email to live chat and support ticket. We tested their support services by trying different options including live chat, email, etc. As you can see in our Hostwinds review, we got an instant response on live chat, the agent failed to provide an appropriate answer though.

HostWinds Live Chat Support
HostWinds Live Chat Support

In the case of InMotion Hosting, we experienced a better than average response time but they also didn’t seem to be highly knowledgeable.

InMotion Hosting Live Chat Support
InMotion Hosting Live Chat Support

However, in terms of knowledgebase, InMotion Hosting with a massive collection of guides and articles is much more useful than Hostwinds.

Choose the One That Caters To Your Needs in the Best Possible Way

As it’s clear from the above Hostwinds vs InMotion Hosting battle, Hostwinds would be an ideal option if you’re looking to get a more affordable range of packages and the freedom of choosing the OS along with more reliability.

On the other hand, InMotion Hosting comes with a more diversified range of packages including specialized WordPress hosting, they cost more though. Both these providers offer the flexibility of scaling as your business needs grow. Therefore, choosing a particular one comes down to your specific requirements.

You may also note that while InMotion Hosting has made it into our list of top 10 web hosting services, it’s important to check that list out to see your other available options before signing up with a particular one.

Comparison Table

Hostwinds
InMotion Hosting
Plans and Pricing
Prices are more affordable
Significantly more expensive than Hostwinds, but offers specialized packages
Features
Unlimited storage space and bandwidth along with flexibility to choose OS
Available unlimited storage space and bandwidth, good number of industry-standard and advanced features
Performance
Offers an excellent 99.9999% uptime guarantee
Offers a 99.99% uptime guarantee together with some performance-enhancing features
Security
Offers industry-standard and advanced security features
Offers industry-standard and advanced security features
Support
Offers 24/7 support via phone, email, live chat, and support ticket, and a good knowledgebase
Provides 24/7/365 U.S.-based support through phone, email, live chat, and support ticket, and an excellent support center together with access to community support

FAQ

Is Hostwinds better than InMotion Hosting?
Both can help you meet your goals in their own way. So, you need to chalk out your specific needs before taking your pick. If you want to check out some more options, be sure to take a look at our list of the best web hosting services.Does Hostwinds offer WordPress hosting?
Hostwinds offers shared hosting solutions that are optimized for WordPress. If you’re searching for specialized WordPress hosting solutions, you can check out our list of the best managed WordPress hosting providers to make an informed decision.Does InMotion Hosting offer VPS hosting?
Yes, InMotion Hosting offers both managed and unmanaged (cloud) VPS hosting solutions. If you want to see some more options before signing up with them, take a look at our list of the best cheap VPS hosting services.

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