Even though NameHero and Hostinger both use LiteSpeed with similar prices and cPanel/hPanel, NameHero is the better choice.
Hostinger is only cheap because they give you less resources like CPU, RAM, 1GB storage for email, and use slow SATA SSDs. Their support is awful and they don’t accurately update their uptime status page (it’s unreliable). Hostinger is a shady host whose CEO admitted to writing fake reviews and they pose as customers to trick people into buying their hosting (they were also banned from Facebook Groups). It’s a shame YouTubers and bloggers still promote this Lithuania-based company when both their speed/ethics aren’t actually good at all. You also have to sign up for 4-years to get the cheapest advertised price. Don’t fall into Hostinger’s trap.
NameHero also uses LiteSpeed but has more CPU/RAM with better uptimes/support and cPanel. Even when you compare similar plans (NameHero Turbo Cloud vs. Hostinger Cloud Startup), you get more CPU cores, NVMe SSDs (faster than SATA SSDs), and a cheaper price. Support is much better than Hostinger’s and the CEO (Ryan) is a genuinely helpful guy if you watch his YouTube videos. The main con of NameHero is their data centers are only in the US and EU. However, this won’t matter as much if you’re using QUIC.cloud CDN which has HTML caching and improves TTFB in multiple global locations which you can test using SpeedVitals. Which means for speed, support, uptimes, and ethics, NameHero beats Hostinger hands down.
|CPU/RAM||1-4 cores, 1-4 GB RAM||1-2 cores, 1-3 GB RAM|
|Object Cache||✓||Only 1GB free|
|Storage||NVMe on higher plans||SATA SSDs|
|Data Centers||4 (US + Netherlands)||7|
|Email Hosting||✓||Only 1GB free|
|Uptimes||Good||Poor (unreported downtimes)|
|Security||No major Incidents||Security breach|
|Support||Excellent||One of the worst|
|Price||Cheap for 1-3 Years||Must sign up for 4 Years|
|TrustPilot Rating||4.6/5||4.5/5 (fake)|
|Pros & Cons||Mostly pros||Mostly cons|
1. Facebook Reviews – Feedback On NameHero vs. Hostinger
I like to include unbiased feedback when doing hosting reviews since everyone’s an affiliate trying to sell you something. Since Hostinger writes fake reviews, it’s hard to know what’s legit and what’s not. The WP Speed Matters Facebook Group is a nice place to get unbiased feedback.
Hostinger was even banned from Facebook Groups for shady marketing practices:
2. CPU/RAM – NameHero Gives You More Resources
Even though NameHero/Hostinger have similar pricing, you get more CPU, RAM, and faster NVMe SSD storage on NameHero. Many people think Hostinger is cheap, but the price per CPU/RAM is actually less on NameHero. You can see this on each one’s specs comparison page.
3. Object Cache – Another Reason Why Hostinger Is Slower
This is what Hostinger says:
Hostinger shared and cloud hosting plans do not offer Memcached or Redis, so the object cache is unavailable. However, good results can be achieved even without it.
NameHero does support object caching (Redis/memcached) which are great for speeding up your site while reducing CPU usage. This can be activated in NameHero’s cPanel under PHP Selector → Extensions. Once activated, go to your LiteSpeed Cache object cache settings and set your object cache method which lets you pass the connection test. Big win for NameHero.
4. Storage – NameHero’s NVMe SSDs vs. Hostinger’s SATA SSDs
NameHero uses NVMe SSDs on their Turbo/Business Cloud plan while all Hostinger plans use slower SATA SSDs. They have faster read/write speeds, data transfer, and lower latency. All NameHero’s managed cloud plans use NVMe, but higher Hostinger plans still use slower SSDs.
5. Server – Both Use LiteSpeed
Even though NameHero and Hostinger use LiteSpeed servers, that doesn’t mean they have the same speeds. While Hostinger cheaps out on technology, NameHero builds state of the art data centers and will soon offer EPYC Zen 3 servers once they’re available at Nexcess. Hostinger’s model is cheap while NameHero is releasing high impact updates to improve their technology.
And of course, you can (and should) be using LiteSpeed Cache with QUIC.cloud’s CDN which is one of the fastest setups on a budget (ideally QUIC’s paid/standard plan which uses all 70 PoPs).
6. Data Centers – NameHero’s Are Only In US + Netherlands
NameHero’s data centers are mostly in the US (as well as one in the Netherlands) while Hostinger has several throughout the world – which is one of the only advantages for them.
But while choosing a data center close to your visitors is usually a big factor of TTFB, it’s not nearly as important if you’re using HTML caching through QUIC.cloud (which integrates with LiteSpeed). And if you really need a closer data center, look into A2 Hosting or Cloudways (as well as ChemiCloud or Scala Hosting) which have different data centers throughout the world.
|NameHero Data Centers||Hostinger Data Centers|
|Lansing, Michigan (USA)||UK|
|Phoenix, Arizona (USA)||US|
|Kansas City, Missouri (USA)||Brazil|
|View NameHero’s data centers||View Hostinger’s data centers|
7. Email Hosting – Hostinger Only Includes 1GB Storage
Another con of Hostinger is that if you want to use them for email, they only include 1GB of storage for free. Otherwise you’ll have to pay $.99/account per month which includes 10GB.
8. Uptimes – Hostinger Doesn’t Always Report Downtimes
There’s been several reports that Hostinger doesn’t always update their status page. Also keep in mind that “scheduled maintenance” and other things that would normally cause downtimes doesn’t actually count as downtimes if you look at their TOS. Plus, you will often see “degraded performance” which is usually the result of overcrowded servers (common with cheap hosting).
At the time of writing this, NameHero had 0 issues in the past week. Hostinger can have 2-5 issues each day (often with expected downtimes of 120 minutes). Do not listen to BS uptime tests. Every website can get a different server, location, node, etc. Hostinger has awful uptimes.
Hostinger’s uptime guarantee (which they copied directly from GoDaddy, as well as pretty much the entire hosting agreement) does not apply to service interruptions caused by scheduled maintenance. And if you do have downtimes, you will only get 5% of your monthly hosting fee.
9. Security – Hostinger Security Breach Impacts 14M Customers
Back in 2019, 14 million Hostinger accounts were compromised.
The server contained customer usernames, email addresses, first names, IP addresses, and hashed passwords. Hostinger claimed no financial data was compromised, but they also lie about everything. There have been zero security breach reports on NameHero – so they win.
10. Support – Hostinger’s Support Is Much Worse
NameHero’s support blows Hostinger out of the water.
Most Hostinger complaints are about their support whether it’s long wait times (sometimes over 2 hours), pushing upgrades, or just incompetent people who can’t resolve your problems.
NameHero’s support is based in the US, responds quickly, and doesn’t push upgrades. I have used their support several times and they’ve always been responsive and solved my issue. Support is obviously something you have to see for yourself, so I suggest getting in touch with them before purchasing a hosting plan. NameHero even posts their support feedback publicly.
11. Dashboard – NameHero cPanel vs. Hostinger hPanel
NameHero uses cPanel while Hostinger uses hPanel (basically a cPanel ripoff since they increased prices).
Hostinger’s hPanel can be slow and buggy while cPanel is smooth and user-friendly. Hostinger has an article on the differences. Most people are familiar with cPanel so I would personally prefer that over hPanel. I would also argue that NameHero’s general dashboard is more user-friendly than Hostinger’s. NameHero has a free 30-day money back guarantee so you can try it.
12. Migrations – Both Hosts Offer Free Migrations
However, NameHero’s team seems more experienced and knowledgeable than Hostinger’s support, and I would personally rather put my blog in the hands of NameHero than Hostinger.
13. Price – Avoid Hostinger’s 4 Year Trap
NameHero and Hostinger have similar pricing models.
NameHero makes you sign up for 3 years to get the fully discounted price while Hostinger makes you sign up for 4 years (3 years is pretty standard in the industry but I’ve never seen 4). Hostinger changes their prices frequently but renewals can be up to 5 times their intro prices.
14. TrustPilot Rating – Hostinger Writes Fake Reviews
Hostinger’s CEO (Arnas Stuopelis) admitted that Hostinger’s employees write reviews of themselves and post them to review websites. Not only did Arnas admit it, he encourages it, saying websites like Review Signal should be removed from Google so they can do this freely.
The employees also pose as customers (without disclosing their an employee) and trick people into buying their hosting. They would monitor Facebook Groups, Twitter, and internet forums waiting for people to ask for hosting recommendations, then claim how good Hostinger is saying things like “I use Hostinger and can’t recommend them enough! TrustPilot doesn’t lie!”
15. Pros & Cons – NameHero vs. Hostinger Comparison
- Use LiteSpeed
- More CPU/RAM
- Faster NVMe SSDs
- User-friendly cPanel
- More reliable uptimes
- No history of security breaches
- Support is US-based and decent
- CEO is ethical and cares about customers
- Data centers are only in US + Netherlands
- High renewal prices (still cheaper than Hostinger’s)
- Uses LiteSpeed
- Less CPU/RAM
- Slower SATA SSDs
- Support is horrible
- Bad billing practices
- Fake reviews + unethical
- Hostinger’s hPanel can be buggy
- Security breach happened in the past
- Frequent/long scheduled maintenance
- Canceling your service can be extremely difficult
- Must sign up for 4 years to get fully discounted price
16. Winner – NameHero Is Better Than Hostinger
NameHero beats Hostinger in nearly every category, so they have my vote.
Try them out: NameHero.com
Bonus – Setup LiteSpeed Cache + QUIC On NameHero/Hostinger
Since NameHero and Hostinger use LiteSpeed, you’ll want to use the LiteSpeed Cache plugin with QUIC.cloud CDN.
I have a detailed LiteSpeed + QUIC.cloud tutorial that walks you through the LiteSpeed Cache settings, setting up QUIC.cloud CDN, and using memcached/Redis. This is a great setup and is supposed to be faster than alternative setups like WP Rocket + Cloudflare (since LiteSpeed servers are faster than Apache) and LiteSpeed Cache + QUIC use server-side caching + HTTP/3.
Step 1: Install the LiteSpeed Cache plugin.
Step 2: Use NameHero’s video to setup QUIC.cloud with HTTP/3.
Step 3: Activate Memcached or Redis.
Step 4: Use my LiteSpeed Cache tutorial to configure other settings.
Is NameHero better than Hostinger?
NameHero is usually cheaper long-term and has more CPU/RAM. Unlike Hostinger, NameHero has a good track record of uptimes, security, and ethics, along with object cache support and NVMe on higher plans. Hostinger also admitted to writing fake reviews.
Which is faster - NameHero or Hostinger?
Even though NameHero and Hostinger both use LiteSpeed, you get more CPU/RAM on NameHero with object cache support and NVMe SSDs on higher plans. Hostinger has less CPU/RAM, uses slow SATA SSDs, and doesn't support object cache (i.e. Redis/memcached).
I hope this was helpful! Comment if you have any questions.