IONOS vs Hostinger: Discover The Best Choice

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Good service
Jacob Hslon,
As someone who has used Ionos web hosting for the past 2 years, I can confidently say that I had a great experience with their service. I was impressed with the reliability of Ionos web hosting. My website was always up and r... More unning smoothly, without any downtime. Less
This is a best hosting provider
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highly recommended to others use this hosting provider it is excellent. Customer service is very quick and grateful. This one is exceeded our expectations.They have great communications and fast actions and lot of benifits.Thank you!!
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Core Functionality is Gone - It's a Garage Sale Now
Zachary Grissom,
Even after 1and1 sold to Ionos the site was still functional.
Yesterday, I went to create a new Wordpress installation and they are trying so desperately to sell you things that they have actually hidden a simple Wordpress i... More nstallation. Now they have people cold calling me that are extremely pushy. When I told them I was frustrated with the service I was told "I wasn't fun and that I have a negative attitude" because I didn't want to try their website builder for free. Do not use this service! It's Yahoo before Google came along. Less
Worst service and un-ethical service
Anshu Gupta,
Don't purchase from hostinger, They will block your domain. If its gone popular.
Totally Worst service and un-ethical service. After contacting support they will reply:
We can't unsuspend.
Forwarded to team.
Team available after x time.
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South America No Yes
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Email Support Yes Yes
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Video guides Yes No
Knowledgebase Yes Yes
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WordPress Yes Yes
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Winner: Hostinger

Yusuf Kareem Hosting Expert

IONOS and Hostinger are two options for budget-friendly website hosting, but when compared head to head there is one winner as I see it – Hostinger. Read on to learn more about the pros and cons of each service and how they line up when compared head to head!


Overall Comparison: IONOS vs Hostinger

FeaturesCustom control panel, unlimited bandwidth, daily backups for a maximum duration of 6 days.Simple cPanel interface, free migrations to other sites, unlimited email addresses.
PricingPricing starts at $0.50 per month, free trial available for 30 days.Pricing starts at $1.99 per month, no free trial option. 30 days full refund guarantee.
Performance99.97% uptime, 2 seconds speed index.99.99% uptime, 329 milliseconds speed index.
Support24/7 support, phone support, email support, forum support, video guides, knowledgebase, ticket support, live chat.24/7 support, email support, video guides, knowledgebase, ticket support, live chat.
Ease of useCustom control panel best for advanced users, 1-click WordPress installation.Modern native dashboard with classic cPanel integration, 1-click WordPress installation.
SecurityData protection, advanced security modules, Two-factor authentication.Antivirus scans, advanced security modules, two-factor authentication.
Free MigrationYesYes
Server locationEurope and the United States.Europe, Asia, South America, United States.


Winner: IONOS vs Hostinger

With an easy-to-use panel, quick speed, and several server locations, along with plenty of features, Hostinger stands out between these two hosting options as the winner. If you want to learn more about these two services, keep reading the rest of the article as I compare the two in terms of features, pricing, performance, and more!

About IONOS vs Hostinger

Final: IONOS vs HostingerIONOS is a web hosting provider which also offers cloud services for companies operating within the small and medium sized business niche. The company uses laaS to create solutions for companies operating within the scope of the digital landscape.

IONOS is one of the largest hosting providers within Europe, and hosts over 12 million domains within both the United States and Europe. IONOS started out in 1988 within Europe.

Final: IONOS vs HostingerHostinger is an employee-owned company that provides hosting services to individuals and companies. The company operates a number of additional services such as the Zyro website builder. Hostinger focuses on high speeds, seamless web management, and the availability of dedicated support.

Hostinger came into being in 2004, within Lithuania. In 2011, the company rebranded to the name Hostinger.


Round 1: Hosting features – Key Hosting Features and Services

Hosting FeatureIONOSHostinger
Disk space and bandwidth10 GB for essential plan, unlimited space for business and expert plan.100 GB for single plan, unlimited space for business plan.
High-performance SSD storageYesYes
Free daily backups and restoreYes, backups available for a maximum of 6 daysYes, may be weekly depending on the plan
Free WordPress installationYesYes
Free site migrationNoYes, for unlimited sites
Free website builderYesYes
Free SSLYes, 1 free SSL per account Yes, for unlimited sites


Key IONOS Features

IONOS offers a healthy selection of features for users, with unlimited disk space for premium users, and the availability of SSD storage. Additionally, you can access free daily backups as part of your plan, but there is a limitation. The backups can carry on for a maximum of 6 days, or else you will have to opt for manual backups instead. You can restore older versions from your backups at any time.

The web host allows you to install WordPress for free, but there is no option for a free site migration, which is often a standard feature that most web hosts offer. At the same time, you can build a website for free, but keep in mind, you only get 1 free SSL certificate per account.

Key Hostinger Features

Hostinger allows you to start out with 100 GB of space for a single plan, and unlimited space as you scale up the pricing plans available. You can have daily backups for the premium plans, but you may have to resort to weekly backups if you start out on a beginner plan.

Install WordPress for free, along with free migration for an unlimited number of sites, depending on your plan. You can also build websites using their custom website builder, and get free SSL certificates for an unlimited number of sites.

And the winner is… Hostinger!

Despite its shortcomings when it comes to backups and restoration, Hostinger stands far ahead of IONOS in this round. The availability of free SSL certificates and unlimited site migration makes this web host stand out.


Round 2: Prices & Plans

Entry Level plan$0.5 / month (annual), then $10 / month$1.99 / month (48 months) or monthly $9.99 / month
Middle plan$4.0 / month (annual), then $6.0 / month$2.49 / month (48 months) or monthly $12.49 / month
Highest plan$8.0 / month (annual), then $16 / month$3.99 / month (48 months) or monthly $16.99 /month


IONOS Pricing Plans

When you opt for IONOS as a web host, you have the option to try one of three plans:

  • Essential: this plan is best suited for a single project, and comes with 1 website, 10 GB of space, 10 databases, a domain free for a year, one SSL, and email.
  • Business: this plan is a good choice if you have a larger project. It includes unlimited websites, storage, databases, free domain for a year, and email.
  • Expert: this plan is great if you have many large projects. It includes all the features of the Business plan along with malware protection, CDN, and SiteAnalytics.

Hostinger Pricing Plans

If you choose Hostinger, you will be able to choose from the following plan options:

  • Single: this plan includes one website, 100 GB bandwidth, unlimited SSL certificates, 1 email account, support, 2 subdomains, and 2 parked domains.
  • Premium: this plan covers features from the Single plan in addition to 100 websites, unlimited bandwidth,100 email accounts, subdomains, and parked domains.
  • Business: in this plan, you get all of the previous features plus a larger RAM, 200 GB SSD storage, and greater entry and active processes.

And the winner is… Hostinger

The ability to opt for various plan durations at discounted values makes Hostinger stand out between the two, and at the same time, Hostinger’s plans offer far more value for the cost. So, for this round, Hostinger is the clear winner!


Round 3: Website performance (Uptime & Speed)

Uptime is a measure of the time that a website is accessible to users, within a set time period. For excellent web hosting, it is best to be able to work with a service that has a high uptime. The speed that the website loads allows you to rank higher with Google and allows users to have a good experience when using a website.

GT Metrix2.0 seconds329 milliseconds
PageSpeed Insights3.5 seconds1.8 seconds

IONOS Uptime & Speed

IONOS boasts an uptime of 99.97%, along with speed metrics at around 2 seconds. When looking at the website through GTMetrix, the service gets a C grade with performance at 71%. Additionally, it took around 2 seconds for the website to load. PageSpeed Index on the other hand awards the service 3.5 seconds to load fully.

Final: IONOS vs Hostinger

Hostinger Uptime & Speed

Hostinger, on the other hand, has an uptime of 99.99%. The company also has an impressive speed time. For example, GTMetrix graded the service at a B and offered an 84% performance rating. Along with this, the site took just 329 milliseconds to load when the performance was checked through GTMetrix. PageSpeed Insights on the other hand gave the site 1.4 seconds for the loading speed.

Final: IONOS vs Hostinger

And the winner is… Hostinger!

Hostinger wins this round with its impressive performance and quick loading time. With a much slower load time, IONOS was not even close this round!


Round 4: Customer Support – Who Has the Best Support System?

Type of SupportIONOSHostinger
24/7 supportYesYes
Phone SupportYesNo
Live chatYesYes
Email SupportYesYes
Ticket supportYesYes
Forum Support YesYes
Video guidesYesYes


IONOS Customer Support

IONOS offers all kinds of customer support options to users, all the way from phone, emails, live chats, and more. You can also use their forum to ask questions from other users and the community, and follow video guides to understand how to use the platform. The service also comes with its own knowledge base, that you can use to learn more about the services available.

Generally, the customer support team at IONOS is helpful and easy to access, and most users report that they have had a positive experience with the customer support team.

Hostinger Customer Support

When it comes to Hostinger, they stand head to head with IONOS on most customer support options. Like the former, they offer a ticketing system, email support, a forum, video guides and tutorials, and even a knowledge base that users can utilize to get the most out of their use of the Hostinger service.

However, Hostinger does not come with phone support, as they believe live chats are a more efficient method to solve issues.

Hostinger’s customer support has excellent offerings, and most of its users are very happy with the service. The team is available at all times and works hard to solve issues quickly.

And the winner is… IONOS!

Despite the standout reviews for Hostinger’s customer support team, the availability of phone support gives IONOS the edge here, as not all customers can work with a live chat/ticketing system. So this round is all for IONOS!


Round 5: Ease of use – Which Platform Is Easier to Use?

Account management dashboardMedium Easy
Control panelMedium Easy
Setup process (Install OS)Medium Easy
Transfer an existing websiteMedium Medium
Easy creation of backupsEasy Medium
EmailsEasy Easy
Enable CloudFlareMedium Easy


IONOS Ease Of Use

When it comes to using IONOS, while the features are all there, they are best suited to a more advanced user with knowledge of the backend of website management. The systems may offer moderate difficulty for beginner users who are not familiar with more complicated navigation systems.

Additionally, while some systems are automatic, such as the creation of backups, and the setup and use of email accounts, there still lies some difficulty for users who are not familiar with the system.

Hostinger Ease Of Use

The core ethos behind the web host Hostinger is to make website creation easy, and it certainly delivers on the promise. The account dashboard is extremely intuitive and easy to navigate, especially because of the custom control panel that allows you to manage your website with just a few clicks.

That being said, some tasks, such as transferring a website can take some time and be confusing, but the Hostinger customer support team is available for your questions. Aside from this and creating backups, you are likely to have an easy time using Hostinger.

And the winner is… Hostinger!

There is absolutely no doubt about it – Hostinger is the more easy platform to use, and it is built to be intuitive and understandable for users regardless of their level of knowledge regarding website management.


Round 6: Security – Which Platform is More Secure?

Free SSL certificateYes, 1 certificate per accountYes, unlimited SSL certificates available
DDoS protectionYesYes
Daily backupsYesYes, on some plans
Malware scansYesYes
SiteLock SecurityYesYes
WAF (Web Application Firewall)YesNo
Security FeaturesMalware Removal, Firewall, and Two Factor AuthenticationDomain privacy, along with SSL encryption, and sFTP


IONOS Security

IONOS has a robust security framework, which includes complete SSL, WAF, and protection from DDoS attacks. Aside from this, the host can also be integrated with CloudFlare and SiteLock for additional security measures.

IONOS also runs its own malware scans to prevent viruses from entering the system, and uses a two-factor authentication system for all accounts to protect data from attacks.

Hostinger Security

Hostinger has the ability to provide unlimited SSL certificates for all of your websites, so you can prioritize encryption. At the same time, it offers protection from DDoS attacks, while also incorporating features like SiteLock and CloudFlare. Additionally, you can backup your data on a daily or weekly basis depending on the plan you are on.

Finally, the company prioritizes domain privacy and provides an sFTP system to keep your data safe and secure from external threats.

And the winner is… IONOS!

Because of its all-round superior security services, IONOS is the clear winner of this round. The ability to incorporate WAFand have access to daily backups on all plans gives this host an edge in this round.


Round 7: Server locations

Most web hosts will have a variety of servers or data centers spread across the regions where they have a majority of their clients. Having servers close by allows you to access faster loading times, and be able to withstand high website traffic. Let’s compare the server locations for IONOS and Hostinger in this round.

IONOS Server Location

IONOS has a total of 6 data centers or servers spread across the United States and Europe. Their locations are in Las Vegas and Newark within the United States, and in London, Frankfurt, Berlin, and Logroño in Europe.

Hostinger Server Location

Hostinger has a number of servers spread across the United States, South America, Europe, and Asia. In Europe, Hostinger has data centers in Lithuania, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. When it comes to Asia, the company has data centers in Singapore, Indonesia, and in India. In the Americas, there are data centers within both Brazil and of course, the data center in the United States.

Final: IONOS vs Hostinger

And the winner is… Hostinger

Data centers across Asia and in South America allow Hostinger to expand its services on the global scale, which is why it is the clear winner of this round.


IONOS vs Hostinger: Final Recommendations

When To Choose IONOS:

If you are considering going for IONOS, you will be best suited for this host if:

  • You are well-versed in the complex and advanced world of website building.
  • You don’t mind paying extra for features not included in the pricing plans.
  • You focus on security features and want to make sure your site is protected.
  • You will need customer support, especially in the form of email and phone.

Go For Hostinger If You:

On the other hand, Hostinger is an excellent choice for you if:

  • You are looking for an easy to use an intuitive framework to publish multiple sites.
  • You want a website that can load quickly and a host that has excellent uptime.
  • The pricing plans you are opting for should be all-inclusive.
  • You want a website host that you would like to use for a long time (48 months).
  • You are on the lookout for robust features on a budget.


The Bottom Line

All in all, after looking at all of the features offered by both these platforms, the answer is clear – in my opinion, you will do far better with Hostinger as your web host. The plans offered by this host are packed with features, and it is the most effective budget-friendly option.


What server is best for Hostinger?

There is no complete answer to this question, as the right server location for you depends on where you are, the kind of services you are signing up for, and the kind of features you are looking for. For a detailed run-through of what each server brings to the table, you can contact the Hostinger customer support team for a complete walkthrough.

What was IONOS called before?

IONOS was previously called 1&1, and even IONOS 1&1. However, in 2018, the company combined its multiple offerings, such as web hosting, server, and application products to create one company, which since 2020, is now known as IONOS.

Is Hostinger hosting fast?

Yes, in general, Hostinger offers excellent loading times. This is because of the fact that the company has servers located across the world, making it easier for your website to load no matter where you are.

Does IONOS have hidden fees?

Yes, IONOS can have some hidden fees that are not accounted for when you sign up for a plan. This can be a major deterrent for some users, although some of the users of the web hosting service prefer to have a service that gives them the choice to scale up as necessary.