Hostinger and Namecheap are quite similar especially when it comes to the cheap WordPress and shared hosting plans. However, there are some differences between each of these web host providers that you need to be aware of as a user. There is a very close competition between these two web host providers but we will help you to identify the winner. We will analyze these two platforms with respect to their plans and pricing, features, performance, security, and support.
1. Plans and Pricing
Namecheap is not all that cheap while Hostinger allows you to save considerably. The two web host providers offer WordPress, Shared, and email hosting alongside VPS. Besides, Hostinger offers cloud VPS while Namecheap provides dedicated servers and reseller hosting.
The WordPress and Shared hosting plans of both Namecheap and Hostinger come in 3-tiered pricing. The WordPress plans of Hostinger and cheaper than the Managed WordPress plans of Namecheap. However, Hostinger has a more expensive monthly plan than Namecheap.
Namecheap VPS prices are more expensive than Hostinger even though you have to commit yourself for the long term to access the cheapest rates. The domains that Namecheap offers are cheaper than Hostinger. Both plans allow you to try out their plans risk-free and offer a 30-day money-back guarantee. You will get a free domain when you purchase any hosting service from Namecheap and given the overall low prices, Hostinger wins at this point.
The features that Hostinger offers are slightly better than what you get from Namecheap. The shared plans of Hostinger offer hPanel, 1X-4X processing, and memory power, and Cloud Linux. You will also get a one-month free website builder, one-click installation with more than 100 apps, free domain, free SSL, WordPress acceleration, DNS management, Cloud flare protected nameservers, SSD disk space, and LSCache.
The shared plan of NameCheap comes with a jailed SSH, free migration, free website builder, free software installer with over 100 apps, auto-backups, and free automation SSL installation. Hostinger is also good for WordPress. However, if you want hand-holding, the managed plans from Namecheap are the best. Hostinger also wins when it comes to product features.
When it comes to performance, Namecheap turns the tables. Both Namecheap and Hostinger storage utilizes SSDs. NameCheap has two data centres (in the U.S.A and in the UK) and you can choose any of them. Hostinger, on the other hand, has Tier-three redundant data canters across seven regions in the U.S. and U.K.
Hostinger utilizes GZIP compression, dual uplinks with multiple ISPS for increased availability, Cloudflare CDN, and LSCache plugins for improved performance. NameCheap makes full use of redundant data centers alongside xCache and accelerator (to improve PHP performance), CDN, and cloud storage with zero downtime and U.S. datacentre.
Hostinger performs extremely well and has a 99.9% credit-backed uptime guarantee. Namecheap also offers 99.9 and 100 percent uptime guarantee for its dedicated/business/shared and reseller/VPS hosting respectively. It has fast page-loading speeds for the users. However, NameCheap scores slightly higher than Hostinger because of its performance that is slightly better.
Hostinger shines in this area quite well because it employs robust and comprehensive security measures and hence you will not have to worry about the security of your website. It utilizes RAID-10, CDN, and SSL certificate for data redundancy, Imunify360/Bit ninja (web application firewall), Wanguard anti-DDoS protection, proactive and prognostic monitoring of server, LVE containers for isolation of account, daily/weekly backups, RAID-10 for the data redundancy, CDN, and SSL certificate.
The basic security measures of Namecheap include the account security measures such as dynamic support pin numbers, custom password recovery options, and custom security notification. You will also get DDoS protection and two-factor authentication. It offers VPN and CDN but still falls short of the all-inclusive security of Hostinger. The robust security of Hostinger wins this time around.
You cannot determine the best web host provider without looking at the element of security. Hostinger outshines Namecheap in this element. It is easy to get assistance from Hostinger because of the email support that is available for logged in users, ticket, and 24/7 live chat. The live chat feature of Hostinger is quite impressive and has very fast replies.
The support of Namecheap is through 24/7 live chat and tickets but they tend to be a bit slow. Its live chat is slightly better than the ticket support. However, it is disappointing that Namecheap does not have a direct phone number that you can use to reach out to the support team.
If you are looking for self-help, Hostinger has multiple tutorials alongside a well-stocked knowledge base and a blog. Namecheap, on the other hand, gives users an extensive knowledge base together with a status update page. The status update page has information about the scheduled maintenance, policy changes, and software upgrade among others. Hostinger has lightning-fast support that is complimented with the adequate self-support options making it to score an easy win over Namecheap.
It comes out clearly that Hostinger is the best web host provider between the two. However, there is a close competition in performance where Namecheap emerges as the winner. Hostinger emerges top in support, security, pricing, and features. However, both products sit at the top of the best host providers in the market.