Hostinger VPS Review: While Hostinger’s shared hosting platform has long been a favorite of ours, they also offer a number of low-priced VPS plans, with a wide variety of operating systems and control panels to choose from.
But does the high quality of Hostinger ‘s shared plans translate into good value VPS options for your larger projects?
With the plethora of options available, there should be a hosting package that works for you at the price you’re looking to pay. Well, that’s the theory, anyway.
I ran a test WordPress-based website on one of Hostinger’s VPS plans to see how good the service really is.
I can tell you it’s good, but it’s not particularly beginner-friendly. Hostinger’s VPS plans are unmanaged, so you’ll have to handle everything yourself.
That said, I did manage to squeeze pretty solid performance out of some very cheap servers. If your main goal is to get your VPS hosting for less, Hostinger is pretty good value for money.
Hostinger VPS has most of the features you’d expect, at low prices
In testing VPS hosts, I’ve found that some of them “oversell” servers, like airlines do planes, and often with the same results: the server is saturated.
According to their marketing, Hostinger provides guaranteed and dedicated resources, and the support representative I spoke with confirmed this.
Hostinger has six different VPS plans, suitable for everything from a basic website to a power-hungry eCommerce store. A word of caution, though: the cheapest plan only has 1 CPU core and 1GB of RAM.
That’s enough to run a basic site I suppose, but I wouldn’t use it for anything resource intensive, especially if you expect high traffic.
I went with the appropriately named VPS 2 plan, which comes with 2 CPU cores, 2GB of RAM, 40GB of SSD storage space, and 2TB of bandwidth. In theory, that’s about enough hardware to run a basic business site and handle quite a bit of traffic if you get hit by a small-scale version of the Reddit effect or something like that.
All plans come with a dedicated IP address, which helps reduce the likelihood of emails from your server being marked as spam, and full root access to your server.
All plans also come with full 24/7 support, but Hostinger does not offer managed VPS plans. Marketing lists them as “semi-managed,” which means you have to set up your server, update software, set up your security, and all of those things.
You can ask for help, and above all the support team will tell you how to do things yourself… or you can just link to a tutorial.
If things go really bad, support will help you get your server back up and running, but that’s about it. This is the first mark against Hostinger’s VPS service: it’s not very beginner friendly.
That said, if you’re looking into unmanaged VPS hosting, you should already have some technical knowledge, or at least a desire to learn on your own.
Choose your operating system and control panel VPS Hostinger
You can choose which operating system the server runs on. You have several options: CentOS, Ubuntu, Fedora, Debian, Suse, and of course Windows. Windows servers are, unsurprisingly, more expensive because Windows actually charges for its software license, and it’s not cheap.
If you want my advice, go with CentOS, as that’s the one I’ve had the best experience with (things tend to work with a minimum of fuss). Then choose the control panel you want.
Update: As CentOS has recently announced its intentions to switch to a rolling version instead of releases, I can’t recommend it more highly, as this means less stability. I would recommend Ubuntu instead.
Many server administrators are switching to Debian, while those with larger budgets may go to Red Hat Enterprise Linux, which CentOS was based on.
Others are choosing to wait, as one of the original creators of CentOS has started a new project called Rocky Linux, which aims to be and do what CentOS used to do. When Rocky Linux is released, the migration should be a cinch (in theory).
Hostinger VPS Control Panel
When it comes to control panels, there are endless options, more than you’d get elsewhere. First of all, you have the usual cPanel and WHM, powered by Apache server software.
It’s a familiar combination, but it costs more, and the Apache software is a bit slow and dated at this point.
From there, you have Plesk, Webmin, Vesta Control Panel, Webuzo, and CyberPanel available for free. I chose a CentOS server with CyberPanel because I am familiar with both.
CyberPanel is powered by LiteSpeed server software, which is newer and faster than Apache, and great for WordPress. It’s compatible with LetsEncrypt free SSL certificates and includes email servers and just about everything else you’ll need.
There are VPS tutorials and a huge knowledge base
Hostinger has amassed a fair collection of tutorials that introduce the basics of running a VPS. These tutorials are not for absolute beginners. You are expected to know a few things, such as how to use the command line.
If you’re a power user who likes to dive into your computer to see what it can do, these tutorials will come in handy. I found myself referring to them on more than one occasion.
Backups and Snapshots Hostinger VPS
Okay, this is certainly a mixed bag. You can create a snapshot of your server anytime you want and restore your server at any time. You only get one snapshot at a time, but as long as you keep it up to date, you should be fine.
You can get daily backups, but like so much else on Hostinger, this costs extra. It’s not expensive, but you’d think at least a few backups would be included in the price. They are not.
Ease of use VPS Hostinger
This is a service that expects you to know what you are doing
Unfortunately, Hostinger’s beginner-friendly tools for shared hosting are not included with VPS hosting. While registering and setting up your VPS is fairly easy, real server management tools are more technical.
Hostinger’s server management UI is useful, but not particularly beginner-friendly
That said, the tools you’ll need are there. If you think you have chosen the wrong operating system or the wrong control panel, you can reinstall the server using any of the predefined server templates.
And then of course you can use those dashboards that I mentioned before, and that will also greatly define your user experience. I’m not going to lie, I’m a bit in love with CyberPanel.
It should be noted that it is possible that you will encounter some errors. When I went to cancel my service at the end of this review, I clicked Manage (like I always did) and couldn’t even get to the server management screen. I got an error message instead and had to contact tech support to fix it.
Install Applications Easily, VPS Hostinger
This, again, will depend on the control panel you have chosen. cPanel comes with Softaculous, which allows you to install WordPress and hundreds of other CMSes anytime you want. CPanel comes with Auto Installer, which does almost the same thing.
CyberPanel only allows you to install a few things, including WordPress, Magento, Prestashop, and Joomla.
You can easily upgrade your plan
There is good news, and good news, here. The good news? You can update the server at any time. It takes a click or two, no fuss, and certainly no fuss.
The only news is that you cannot update your server bits individually. Like, you can’t just pay a little more for a little extra RAM – you have to upgrade your entire server plan. It’s not ideal, but it’s not a deal breaker for me, personally.
Hostinger VPS Performance
The servers are fast enough if a bit inconsistent
When we tested Hostinger’s shared hosting, we were excited to see some of the fastest loading speeds we’ve seen for a shared hosting service. I wanted to see if the VPS performance was just as good.
Hostinger’s servers are located in the US, UK, Brazil, the Netherlands, Singapore, Indonesia, and Lithuania, giving you a good amount of international coverage. To give the servers a real test, I uploaded a small one-page WordPress site to my VPS.
Please note that I specifically chose CyberPanel with my VPS package, which runs with the LiteSpeed web server. This means that my WordPress site probably ran a bit faster than it would on different server software.
The results? Full page load time averaged 1.72 seconds, and the servers maintained a nice and consistent 100% uptime. However, page load speeds were prone to slow spikes.
I’ve run several tests here to get an average page load time (that’s the whole page, not just the first few bits of it). Ideally, you want to keep load times below 2 seconds so people don’t run off and live their lives on some other website, so the average speed of 1.72 seconds isn’t too bad.
However, while the best page load time was a quick one second, the slowest was 2.7 seconds. This means that even with minimal traffic, my VPS-based site was prone to performance issues from time to time. They’re not huge performance issues, but this is something to keep in mind.
The best fully loaded time I got was one second on the Hostinger VPS
Uptime Hostinger VPS
So yes, 100% uptime. It was a fairly short testing period, but still a good result. However, the graph below will show you that there were, in fact, occasional spikes in slow response time.
The occasional hiccup like this won’t kill an online business, but if server stability is really important to you, Liquid Web offers a 100% uptime guarantee with 1000% compensation for any downtime.
Hostinger VPS delivered a mostly very good performance
Hostinger VPS Support
Support is helpful with questions, but not much else
So this is a matter of policy: it is clearly stated (as I mentioned before) that Hostinger’s VPS servers are only “semi-managed”, meaning that the support team will largely not do things for you.
In my first interaction with live chat support (other than the knowledge base, all support is live chat), I asked how to connect a domain name to my VPS. I already knew how, but I wanted to see what they said.
Well, they said to go see a tutorial. The tutorial was helpful to me… but, as mentioned above, it’s not terribly beginner-friendly.
Next, I asked if the Softaculous application installer was included with the cPanel plans. It does, which is great.
Prices and Plans Hostinger VPS Hosting
And here we come to Hostinger’s main selling point: it’s cheap…very cheap. Well, the starting prices are cheap, anyway. You will have to pay a little more when you renew your VPS plan. But a VPS that starts at $3.95 per month? That’s not bad at all.
Hostinger VPS Hosting
Plan 1 Linux20 GB SSD1000 GB1 vCPU1 GB$3.95
Plan 2 Linux40 GB SSD2000 GB2 vCPU2 GB$8.95
Plan 3 Linux60 GB SSD3000 GB3 vCPU3 GB$12.95
Plan 4 Linux80 GB SSD4000 GB4 vCPU4 GB$15.95
Plan 5 Linux120 GB SSD6000 GB6 vCPU6 GB$23.95
Plan 6 Linux160 GB SSD8000 GB8 vCPU8 GB$38.99
Plan 1 Windows50 GB SSD4000 GB4 CORES2 GB$26.00
Plan 2 Windows100 GB SSD5000 GB4 CORES4 GB$62.00
Plan 3 Windows200 GB SSD6000 GB4 CORES8 GB$120
Plan 4 Windows400 GB SSD7000 GB4 CORES16 GB$250
You can pay through all major credit cards and PayPal. I’ve said this in every VPS review so far, but I’ll say it again. Use PayPal if you can. Many of these hosting companies use a fraud detection system that can be… overzealous.
Many people end up spending time trying to get the service, even after they’ve paid for it, because they have to prove who they are.
If the low prices aren’t enough to keep you around, there’s a 30-day money-back guarantee to give you time to decide if Hostinger is right for you. The best news is that the cancellation process is quite simple.
You have to talk to support anyway. They do cancellations and refunds and all that good stuff. And if you paid through PayPal, you may want to turn off automatic payments.
But once my cancellation process had started, it was smooth sailing. Refunds to the original payment method are processed within 7 business days, and you receive the full amount back.
Hostinger vps is good, but could be better. A lot of semi-standard features will cost extra, and that’s why the starting prices are so low. The lack of a managed server option means that it will be more difficult for beginners to use.
If you don’t mind paying a bit more, you might want to check out InterServer’s VPS plans. It offers excellent reliability, more included features and managed options.
FAQ Hostinger VPS
Is it easy to set up a Hostinger VPS account?
Well, easy is relative, isn’t it? The actual registration process is quite simple if you know what you’re looking for. If you know exactly what control panel you want to use and what kind of server you want to run, then yes; everything is simple.
If you want someone to set up your entire server for you, to the point where you just load your site and walk away, then no. Hostinger’s semi-managed VPS is not the best option for that.
How is VPS hosting better than shared hosting?
There are two main benefits. First of all, VPS servers usually come with guaranteed, dedicated hardware resources. If someone else’s VPS site is on the same computer (the actual server hardware) as yours, and running on a ton of traffic, that’s your problem and yours alone.
Your site won’t be slowed down by anyone else’s site, which makes VPS hosting generally more stable and reliable. Also, the security of your site is independent of the security of other sites on the same hardware.
As long as your VPS is kept up to date and generally secure, what happens to another VPS doesn’t affect yours. That separation of concerns is really the point of a VPS.
Does Hostinger offer cheap VPS?
Hostinger’s VPS service is definitely on the cheap end of the spectrum. However, this is offset by the lack of managed vps plans, so you’ll have to do a lot of server management on your own.
Can I manage a VPS if I have no experience in technology?
Unfortunately, I have yet to find a host that provides easy VPS hosting that is good as well. The simplest solutions usually come with cPanel, but that can be extra expensive and a bit slow, especially when those VPS packages use the Apache web server.
Better VPS hosting is generally more complex and depends on knowing what you want. The only VPS service that keeps things simple is Kinsta, and that’s because it offers the exact same technology to everyone: WordPress on good server technology. However, it is a bit expensive.
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