Hostinger vs. NameCheap

Thanks to their cheap hosting plans, especially shared and WordPress, Hostinger and NameCheap may appear quite similar. However, these web hosting providers have quite a few differences that you should be aware of. I tested both on multiple parameters and found NameCheap hosting lagging a bit behind Hostinger.

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1. Plans and Pricing

Hostinger lets you save considerably while NameCheap isn’t that “cheap”

Both these providers offer shared, WordPress and email hosting along with VPS.

Additionally, NameCheap offers reseller hosting and dedicated servers while Hostinger offers cloud VPS.

Shared and WordPress hosting plans of both these providers are available in 3-tiered pricing. Hostinger’s WordPress plans are cheaper (with the 48-month term) than NameCheap’s managed WordPress plans. However, the monthly term is more expensive with Hostinger’s prices being 3–5x of NameCheap hosting renewal prices.

Hostinger’s VPS prices are lower than NameCheap’s though you’ll have to make a long-term commitment (quadrennial) to get the cheapest rates.

NameCheap offers domains at cheaper rates (especially TLDs like .com, net, etc.) than Hostinger.

Both providers offer a 30-day money-back guarantee to let you try their plans risk-free.

2. Features

Hostinger edges past NameCheap due to its slightly better features

Hostinger’s shared plans offer CloudLinux OS, 1X-4X memory and processing power, hPanel (custom-developed control panel), LSCache, SSD disk space, Cloudflare protected nameservers, DNS management, WordPress acceleration (LSCWP), free SSL, free domain (for the first year with annual or longer-term of premium and business plans), 1-click installer with 100+ apps, and a website builder (free for 1 month).

With NameCheap’s shared hosting, you’ll get one free domain (with the annual term), free automatic SSL installation (for the first year), auto-backup (for the 2 higher plans), free Softaculous app installer with 100+ apps, free website builder, free migration, and jailed SSH. With its 2 higher WordPress plans, NameCheap offers free CDN while all 3 WordPress plans of Hostinger offer free CDN.

To answer the question- “Is Hostinger good for WordPress?” I’d say yes, it is. But if you need hand-holding, NameCheap’s managed plans would be better.

3. Performance

NameCheap turns the tables on Hostinger in this round

NameCheap storage uses SSDs as does Hostinger. While NameCheap lets you choose from 2 datacenters (in the U.K. and the U.S.), Hostinger has Tier-3 redundant datacenters across 7 different regions (including the U.K. and the U.S).

To deliver enhanced performance, Hostinger uses LSCache plugins, Cloudflare CDN, dual uplinks with multiple ISPs for high availability, and GZIP compression.

NameCheap uses fully redundant datacenters along with eAccelerator and xCache (to speed up the performance of PHP), CDN, and cloud storage (with U.S. datacenter and zero downtime).

Hostinger gives you a credit-backed 99.9% uptime guarantee and performed extremely well in our performance tests.

.NameCheap offers 100% and 99.9% uptime guarantees for its shared/business/dedicated servers and VPS/reseller hosting respectively. It offered blazing-fast page loading speeds in our tests.

NameCheap has a slight edge over Hostinger due to its slightly better performance.

4. Security

Hostinger outshines its competitor easily

With Hostinger, you don’t need to worry about your website’s security as it employs comprehensive and robust security measures. It uses SSL certificate, CDN, RAID-10 for data redundancy, weekly/daily backups, LVE containers for account isolation, prognostic and proactive monitoring of server, Wanguard anti-DDoS protection, and Bitninja/Imunify360 (web application firewall).

NameCheap’s basic security measures include account security measures (like custom security notifications, custom password recovery options, and dynamic support pin numbers), two-factor authentication, and DDoS protection. It also offers paid CDN and VPN but still falls short of Hostinger’s all-inclusive security.

Hostinger’s robust security wins this round.

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5. Support

Hostinger’s lightning-fast support scores over NameCheap’s slow support

Getting help from Hostinger is easy, thanks to its 24/7 live chat, ticket, and email support (available for logged-in users). There’s a faster paid “Priority Support” too.

NameCheap offers support through tickets and 24/7 live chat but they could be slow. I found its live chat to be somewhat better than its ticket support. However, not having a direct phone number to contact support is disappointing.

For those seeking self-help, Hostinger offers multiple tutorials together with a blog and well-stocked knowledgebase. With NameCheap, you’ll get an extensive knowledgebase along with a status update page (which has information about software upgrade, policy changes, scheduled maintenance, etc).

With its lightning-fast support complemented by its adequate self-support options, Hostinger scores an easy win in this round.

Hostinger Takes the Winner’s Crown

Despite close competition in the performance round where NameCheap edges past it, Hostinger wins the overall competition, thanks to its better performance in all the other rounds namely features, pricing, security, and support. So, my vote goes to Hostinger.

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