iPage is a veteran of web hosting business. Having been around for many years, it has plenty of visitors and a lot of devoted fans. Hostinger, on the other hand, is a provider on the rise. Becoming increasingly mainstream, this Lithuanian company is quickly catching up to the usual leaders of the business. In this iPage vs Hostinger showdown, we will compare the two hosts, deciding which one of the two is more worth your hard-earned money.
I will review most of the crucial things. That means price, features, ease of use and naturally - performance. Let's start the test to see which provider finishes on top. Let the Hostinger vs iPage battle begin.
Low iPage prices are a trap!
In this battle, we will review shared web hosting services - the entry option, usually most popular between bloggers and regular website owners.
The prices we will compare won't only be the promotional offers you see in advertisements. Their durations and renewal prices after they expire are just as important.
From the first glance, iPage is off to a great start. Neither provider offers monthly plans but $1.99 for a full web hosting plan is quite brilliant. Hostinger can't quite match that, as the plans go from $2.15 to $7.95.
The things become more clear when the initial offer runs out. Hostinger doesn't increase its renewal prices, iPage does. By around 4-5 times, going way above Hostinger. The prices also won't be monthly, as iPage will charge you for the same period you purchased earlier.
If you plan using hosting for a bit longer, Hostinger will have a better deal for you. Its renewal prices are way better - and it wins the first round of iPage vs Hostinger.
Hostinger is ready for modern times
Good features are very important. Let's see how these hosts compare with theirs:
Hostinger dominates this one. Quicker SSD disks used in servers show that Hostinger is more future-proof. Both hosts have website builders and they're both really not bad - but the one from Hostinger offers more variety and extra templates. Little things, such as website restore and protection from harmful programs are included by both providers.
Both hosts have website builders and they're both really not bad - but the one from Hostinger offers more variety and extra templates. Little things, such as website restore and protection from harmful programs are included with both hosts.
Where iPage really takes a hit, is its website transfer service. Free in many hosts, here it costs $150. That is quite expensive for a thing that could be done for free. Overall, Hostinger does everything either the same or just better. Round two of iPage vs Hostinger goes to...
WINNER: Looking for features? Look no further than Hostinger.
Sometimes less is more
Ease of use is very important. In this part of the iPage vs Hostinger review, I looked into the purchasing process, the simplicity of panels and quality of customer support.
iPage provides phone support - which is great. However, it doesn't provide ticket support which is important, if dealing with serious technical problems. Hostinger goes a slightly different route, not offering any phone services - but offering extensive ticket support instead. This way, even with fewer options,
While I was testing iPage, I had serious issues trying to complete a purchase - no such thing with Hostinger. Add that to Hostinger accepting Bitcoin and it feels like this provider offers an overall better experience during the buying process.
Finally, the panels. iPage uses vDeck - an alternative to cPanel. In many ways, this feels like a waste of resources. There is little to no reason why would anyone choose vDeck over cPanel, which is more functional and easier to use. iPage panel is in no way superior!
WINNER: Hostinger is easier to use!
iPage is no slouch but it's still behind Hostinger
Finally, our Hostinger vs iPage fight has reached its finale. It is time to compare the performance of the hosts. The speed of your website is very important. It affects your Google rankings and may even be the difference between success and failure of your business! In this part of the review, I will check the response times and uptimes of the hosts. In addition to that, I will also look into the BitCatcha speed rankings.
Let's see how it goes:
Hostinger is a speed demon and there's not much surprise iPage loses this battle. Usually, the iPage website went from 400 to 700 ms, which is not bad. Sometimes, there were dips in performance, with response times going over 1 second.
Hostinger, even in its worst times, rarely went over 200 ms.
Now, it is time to check on the downtimes. The system here is simple - the less a host is down, the better:
Both hosts are relatively reliable. iPage only went down for 9 minutes in the last 30 days. On the other hand, Hostinger didn't go down once. That's a result that simply can't be beaten.
Now, let's see how our favourite performance tool, BitCatcha rates both of these hosts. BitCatcha loads the pages on many worldwide servers, seeing how the hosts perform in many locations all over the globe. Finally, these numbers are all put together into one overall grade. Here's what they are:
BitCatcha rating for iPage - B for low upkeep, C+ for high upkeep.
BitCatcha rating for Hostinger - A for low upkeep, B+ for high upkeep.
The results are pretty clear here. Hostinger wins in terms of performance.
WINNER: Hostinger offers better performance!
Hostinger is just very good. iPage is a cheap hosting provider - there is no denying that. However, once the introductory package runs out, you will be hit with huge renewal prices, so even that advantage is gone. Hostinger is quicker, more reliable, and has more features.