What Is Hostinger
Hostinger is an employee-owned web hosting company and domain registrar. It was started in 2004, and now has over 29 million users, in 178 countries. They use cloud-based web hosting technology and provide hosting with MySQL, FTP and PHP.
Hostinger Free Hosting
They don’t have a free trial, but their sister site is 000Webhost, the most popular free hosting service, where you can test out their features for free.
Is is great for practice, but it doesn’t have customer service, it has storage limits and you cannot add an SSL certificate.
They also have a 30-day money back guarantee.
Hostinger Free Domain
If you are serious about your business, you should go for a premium plan – they give you a 1-year free domain with a paid plan. However you need to pay for domain privacy, it costs around $4.
The Hostinger Control Panel
They actually don’t use cPanel, but they have a very similar control panel.
Under Account>Details we have Name server Details:
Website Details – URL, Website IP Address, Server Name
E-mail Details, File Upload (FTP) Details
You can upgrade to Business Hosting or VPS.
- Easy-to-use: Manage your server like a real pro with a simple control panel that holds all the essential features to create a strong online presence.
- Dedicated Resources: Get a dedicated IP address with a slice of RAM, CPU, and SSD Disk Space. The provided resources are fully dedicated to you and no one else!
- Fully Managed: Sit back and relax while we take care of server uptime, maintenance, and monitoring. Focus on your project and leave the rest to us!
- Business Hosting does not have any limit on the amount of websites you can host. You can add as many as you need as long as you have the resources. And if you ever need more, we got your back!
You can change the password for that specific domain
You can renew your account, the longer time you choose, the better price you get.
This section is about account resource usage like CPU, memory, processes, requests.
This is where you can create, access your domain-based email accounts.
You can forward your email to your regular email address.
A catch-all email feature allows you to catch any emails sent to the misspelled email address.
You can send an automatic reply to emails that come in to this email address.
Email>Edit MX Record
An MX (mail exchanger) entry tells a client which server receives mail sent to a domain name. To get your email delivered to another server edit the current MX record by using this form.
To use Gmail with Google Apps, you must set up your domain’s MX records to direct mailflow to Google mail servers. This will delete your current MX records
Email>Mail Service Control
SMPT: Enable or disable SMTP service for your account. If SMTP will be disabled, Webmail and POP3/IMAP services will also stop working.
Sendmail: Your PHP scripts are using Sendmail service to send email messages. This service can be disabled automatically if mass mail sending will be detected from your account.
G Suite is a popular alternative to our email service. It allows you to have all Gmail features with your domain name. Create professional emails, join them into mail-groups. Easily access your emails from any device or email client any time. 30GB of inbox storage available for your communication.
Additionally, G Suite includes Calendar, Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms, Sites and Hangouts, everything you might need for fast and efficient collaboration.
You can set up subdomains like wptest.funnelxpert.com.
A parked domain shows the same content as the primary domain. The parked domain must be already registered and pointed to Hostinger nameservers.
An addon website is a fully functional website which has its own control panel and works the same way as your primary account. Think of them as additional hosting accounts you get while ordering main account. You have the choice of
- Your own domain (you must have domain already registered)
- Free subdomain
You can do a redirect of one domain to another.
Cloudflare Protection Lifetime costs $7.50
Renew, update name servers, order privacy protection. update your contact details.
You can also edit your DNS zone, order additional domains.
Access to Zyro Builder
You can autoinstall WordPress, Joomla, Prestashop, Opencart, etc.
Provide a .zip, .tar or .tar.gz archive of all your website files and it will be extracted directly to the public_html folder in 1 click! Please note that depending of the archive size, it can take a very long time to upload. Maximum allowed size: 256MB
You can edit error pages of your website
|400||Bad request||Edit Restore|
|401||Authorization required||Edit Restore|
|404||Not found||Edit Restore|
|500||Internal server error|
You can access your website’s files without using an FTP client. Upload, rename, download, delete files.
You get automatic weekly backups, or you can upgrade for daily backups for around $2 per month.
|Folder to upload files to||public_html|
|Forgot your FTP password?||Change account password|
Create, delete, change password
Access your database and edit, export it, etc.
If you wish to connect to the MySQL server from your computer or from some other server use this section to add remote IP addresses that will connect to Hostinger MySQL server.
Advanced>DNS Zone Editor
Edit your DNS zone, add and remove various DNS record types
Set PHP version (up to 7.2), extensions, etc.
A cron job is a scheduled task which takes place at predefined times on the server
Enable or disable SSH access on your hosting account. SSH allows secure file transfer and remote logins over the internet. Your connection via SSH is encrypted allowing the secure connection.
See all information about currently installed PHP Version
Get superior performance and improve SEO for your website by using the cache.
Cache works by storing static content of websites on extremely high-speed cache servers. This allows to bypass PHP requests and render every page as fast as possible.
You can delete the cache or purge a sepcific URL.
Deploy application directly from public Git repository. Enter your public repository http URL, branch name and install path. Install path can be left empty, application will be deployed directly to public_html directory.
Install SSL, enable, disable, force https.
Other>Password Protect Directories
Set a password to limit access to your website (or parts of it)
Manage specific IP addresses to access your website.
Block an IP Address: This feature will allow you to block a range of IP addresses to prevent them from accessing your site.
Block other websites from directly linking to files and pictures on your website
Other>Folder Index Manager
Allows you to customize the way a directory will be viewed
Other>Fix File Ownership
If you have any problems with editing, deleting files or you have accidentally deleted the public_html folder, run this tool.
This is a complete history of your hosting account, like adding domains.
A fresh account with default settings will be re-created. This can help you remove all default files created by Website Builder or Autoinstaller, so you will be able to install new scripts without any errors afterward.
Please note, that this function will erase all your files and drop all MySQL databases. It will also delete all email accounts, parked domains and subdomains.
This action cannot be undone, so be please careful, all files will be permanently deleted.
Permanently delete your hosting account. You have two options:
- Deactivate this account only
- Deactivate all related accounts
This is how the sidebar is:
- IP Address
- Email Accounts
- Parked Domains
- FTP Accounts
- MySQL Databases
- Server IP
- Disk Usage
317.58 / ∞ MB
- Home Root
- PHP Version
- Apache Version
- MariaDB Version
- Due Date
- Hosting Plan
How To Build A Website on Hostinger
Connecting Your Domain And Your Host
First you need a domain. You can get a free domain with any premium Hostinger plan. You should also get WhoIs protection, otherwise your email and phone number will get spammed.
If you buy your domain from Hostinger, it will already be connected, you won’t need to do anything else.
If you already have a domain somewhere else, like NameSilo, which is the cheapest host there is (check out their price list), you need to point your domain to your host.
This is really simple, log in to your domain registrar account, click on your domains. Now click on the Name Servers Icon and change them to the ones given by Hostinger. It will take about 24-48 hours for the change to take place.
Setting Up Your SSL Certificate
Before you do anything, set up your SSL certificate. It is a lot easier to do it now than having to switch over later on.
SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer. Essentially, SSL establishes an encrypted link between your web server and your visitor’s web browser. This ensures that all data passed between the two remains private and secure.
With an unsecured HTTP connection, third-parties can snoop on any traffic passing between your reader’s browser and your web server. Obviously, this is a huge issue if you’re passing sensitive information like credit card numbers, but even if you need to log into your own site, your user name and password can be stolen.
Starting in January 2017, Google marked “HTTP pages that collect passwords or credit cards as non-secure.” That means your WordPress login page is marked as non-secure if you’re not using HTTPS.
You have two options.
- Use “SSL For Free” to get a Let’s Encrypt SSL certificate
- Go to SSLforFree.com, you will see the following:
2. Enter your website both without www and with www, like this, then press the green button:
3. On the next screen, click on “Manual Verification”, then on “Manually Verify Domain”.
4. Download File #1 and File#2.
5. Go to your Hostinger File Manager, you should be in the folder public_html.
6. Create the new folder .well-known (make sure it starts with a dot), then inside that create another folder acme-challenge.
7. Upload the two files there.
8. Click on the “Download SSL Certificate” button. Download the file onto your computer.
9. The certificate is valid for 90 days. Create an SSL for Free account, so that you get a notification a week before expiry.
10. You will get 3 files.
- The certificate
- The Private key
- The Certificate Authority bundle.
11. Open Advenced>SSL and paste them into the appropriate slots.
12. Press Install.
13. At the top of the same screen press “Force https”.
If you run into any trouble, use the chat icon to contact support. They answer in a minute or two.
The above is a long procedure and you need to renew your SSL certificate every 3 months.
A better option is to buy one from Hostinger, you can get a lifetime SSL for about $15. It will renew automatically.
How To Use WordPress With Hostinger
Now it is time to set up WordPress as an https domain.
Click on Website>Autoinstaller
Click on the WordPress icon.
Provide the following data:
Don’t use “Admin” as your user name, because bots are trained to hack websites by using that user name.
They also have a detailed knowledge base, like this post that explains how to use the REST API.
Setting Up Email on Hostinger
If you want a professional business, you will need to set up an e-mail address that matches your domain, such as email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. It would be cheesy to use a Gmail or other free account, and also most email providers like Google would send your emails straight into the spam folder of the recipients.
What you need to do is go to Email in your cPanel. You have two options. You can click on “Forwarders” and forward firstname.lastname@example.org to your Gmail address or you can click on Email Accounts and set up an email address that you can answer right there in its Webmail or any similar program.
Hostinger also has business email for a monthly fee, but probably you won’t need it.
Setting A Static Home Page
After this, you can go over to http://yourdomain.com/wp-admin and log into your blog admin panel.
First go to Settings>General and make sure your WordPress Address (URL) and Site Address (URL) are both set to the https version of your site.
Per the default setting, on the home page you see your recent blog posts. This is however not the best for conversion. Therefore it is recommended that you change your home page settings to “Static home page”.
To understand this better, click on this link to go to the home page of this site (it will open in a new tab). See how the home page is its own static entity. Then click on “Blog” and see how the Blog page contains the latest posts. Without changing this setting, your Blog page would be your home page.
First go to “Pages” in your WP admin panel, click “New” and create a blank page. On the right side under “Page Attributes” you will see a “Template” pull down box. Change “Default Setting” to “Home Page”. Then click on “Publish”. Then click on “New” again, and create another page called “Blog” or something similar. This is where your blog posts will live.
Now go back to Appearance>Customize, find “Static Front Page”. Find “Front page displays” and pick “A static page” instead of “Your latest posts”. From the “Front page” roll down box click the name of the home page you just created. Then for the “Posts page” roll down box select the name of the blog page you just made, press “Publish” and you are all set.
Picking Your Theme
There a multitude of themes, which will make this subject confusing. Here are a few basic facts.
Make sure you pick a mobile-friendly theme. Unfortunately not all themes are built that way. It should say “mobile-friendly” or “responsive” in the description. Always check on mobile for yourself.
Best to have a theme where you can instantly convert your visitors into subscribers. If they don’t instantly subscribe, they can still continue reading your site. For this you need a front page where you have an opt-in box (unfortunately I haven’t found any free themes that would do this).
I am using Thrive Themes for my blogs, because they are built with the help of experienced bloggers and internet marketers and are set up for conversion. You can read my full review on it or check out the different themes demos.
I recommend that you add the following plugins. You shouldn’t add too many plugins as that will slow your website down.
All In One SEO Pack
Use All in One SEO Pack to optimize your WordPress site for SEO. It’s easy and works out of the box for beginners. It has useful features:
- XML Sitemap support – submit your sitemap to Google and Bing and improve your SEO
- Google Analytics support
- Automatically optimizes your titles for Google and other search engines
- For beginners, you don’t even have to look at the options, it works out-of-the-box. Just install.
Jetpack by WordPress.com
Most of Jetpack’s features and services are free. Jetpack also provides advanced security and backup services, video hosting, site monetization, priority support, and more SEO tools in three simple and affordable plans. Jetpack includes:
[free] Site stats and analytics
[free] Automatic sharing on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Tumblr, Reddit, and WhatsApp
[free] Related posts
[paid] Search engine optimization tools for Google, Bing, Twitter, Facebook, and WordPress.com
[paid] Advertising program that includes the best of AdSense, Facebook Ads, AOL, Amazon, Google AdX, and Yahoo
[free] Brute force attack protection
[free] Downtime and uptime monitoring
[free] Secured logins and two-factor authentication
[free] Comment login with Facebook, Twitter, and Google
[free] Fully-customizable contact forms
[free] Infinite scroll for your posts
Akismet is a WordPress plugin which comes with the automatic installation of WordPress. In order to activate it and start using it, you need to add an API key. When you click on “Get your key”, you will be directed to Akismet’s website where you will get lost looking for the non-existent “free” option. Here is the way out:
- Click on “Get your key.” (You will need to log into your WordPress.com account or set one up if you don’t have one.)
- Under the “Personal Contribution” plan, select ” Basic : Use Akismet for Free on a personal site”.
- On the next page, move the slider all the way to thoue left under the column which says “What is Akismet worth to you?”
- Get your API key, and add it onto your Akismet configuration page. Once you have added the API key, Akismet will start protecting your blog from spam comments.
Really Simple CAPTCHA
Protects your blog from bot spam.
Hostinger has a built-in cache, therefore you won’t need a cache plugin.
An easy-to-use plugin for managing your affiliate links. You will definitely need it if you want to make money with your blog.
Your WordPress site gets pretty cluttered up with old copies of your posts, etc. and this will slow down your site. You will need to run this plugin now and then to clean it up.
That’s it. You may need other plugins for other functionality, but the above is enough to set up your blog.
Thrive Leads & Thrive Architect
With Thrive Leads you can easily place opt-in forms onto your website, with Thrive Architect you can build landing pages and modify your home page.
Hostinger Uptime and DDos Protection
No matter where you go, all hosting providers have downtime. Hostinger is not an exception.
This may shock you, but the worst downtime I had with FunnelXpert was several hours.
This is extremely rare, but some evil hackers picked the IP address that hosted my website and carried out a full-blown DDos attack. What Hostinger does in this case is null route your IP until the attack is over so that no loss of data occurs.
You will always get downtime when you update your site, but that isn’t the error of the hosting service.
If you want to host an e-commerce store, you can either use the WooCommerce plugin, or install the Prestashop WordPress plugin.
VPS & Cloud Hosting
After a while your website will outgrow shared hosting or you want higher loading speed (and better ranking in the search engines) you will need to upgrade.
You have two options for this.
VPS (Virtual Private Server) is a service I don’t recommend if you have no idea about running servers.
You would have to manually install the operating system, the database and WordPress using commands like this:
sudo apt install mysql-server
mysql> CREATE DATABASE WordPress CHARACTER SET utf8mb4 COLLATE utf8mb4_general_ci;
I recommend Cloud Hosting instead. Cloud hosting is the type of web hosting that is located on multiple virtual servers. This means, all users data is being kept on several servers, so even if one server goes down, another one keeps your website up. Cloud hosting helps to ensure maximum uptime and improve website’s speed.
Cloud hosting servers run on isolated virtual instances. Thus, you’ll have total control of all resources and limits.
It’s fully managed, which means you don’t need to bother with the stuff I just mentioned. It has full support and 3X speed.
The most basic plan is
- 3 GB RAM
- 40 GB SSD storage
- 2 CPU cores
- Free Dedicated IP
- Free SSL Certificate
- 1-Click App Installer
- Daily Backups
- 99.9% Uptime Guarantee
Pricing works like this:
If you are ready to buy your hosting for the next 4 years, you only pay $7.45/month.
If you do one year, it’s $12.95. (EU VAT not included.)
With other hosting providers you would pay over $20 for such a service (the only exception is Scala Hosting’s new generation cloud server.)
Hostinger is a stable platform, a good deal for your money.
It’s not perfect, however no shared hosting is. Their customer service is awesome and will help you with any issues that arise.
This tutorial is so detailed and thorough, thank you very much. I am thinking about trying out this web hosting company, it has a good price. Also very useful data on the free SSL certificate.
Good option for web hosting. I was unfamiliar with hostinger before. Thanks for this tutorial. Your level of detail is appreciated. Nice job covering all the bases to make it easy for the rest of us!
Thank you so much for the detailed explanation. I am used to the cpanel so when a host doesn’t have that set up, I get pretty confused.
Thank you for such a detailed tutorial. I’ve been wanting to learn more about different hosting companies and SSL certificates.
I had never heard of hostinger before this, but it sounds like a good option. The explanation you provided makes it seem really easy to use. Thanks for providing such a detail description.
Too much to take in. I didn’t know so much. Very informative for me atleast.
Great tips! I just changed hosting providers and know how hard it can be to get used to a new service and interface. It’s very helpful when companies make it easy to set up your SSL now that it’s strongly recommended.
I wasn’t familiar with Hostinger, but it seems like a great option for web hosting after reading over all its features and advantages. I also appreciate excellent customer service, so your mention of that stands out for me!
I always see post about Hostinger but never really had the chance to get acquainted with the product.. glad you discussed it here! learned a lot!
Wow, thank you for sharing such a detailed information in one article. I believe it would be really helpful for those who are setting up their websites, as there are a lot of stuff that covers all the bases in this tutorial. Great job!
Great option for web hosting! Tutorial is very detailed and informative.
These are great tips for anyone building their own website. The step by step directions make things so much easier.
i appreciate your effort for the post.. great detail information and highly informative post..surly i will follow whenever i need…
Never heard of Hostinger, currently using Siteground but good to know there are other options available.
Love tutorials with detailed steps. Thanks!
this is is a detailed tutorial. I’m sure many would find it useful.
I like the detailed info so that nobody feels lost while making a website. Resourceful ! Never used it before though
Wow!! That’s a lot of information on web hosting-you have definitely done your research … I will have to read this again to make sure I didn’t miss anything!! Thank you for sharing.
I’m not the most “techy” person so this post would have been so usual for me when I was setting up my blog. I love that it shows what to do step by step.
Personally, I’m a fan of paid hosting, even if it’s more expensive. Reliability and excellent customer support is something I look for in a web host.
Wow sounds like an amazing hosting site since my site has bern crashing on my current. Hoster
This is a very detailed resource on hostinger! In my case, my blogs are hosted by my friends. It’s so easy to talk to her if I have problems with my hosting and blogs. 🙂
Very detailed tutorial, thank you for sharing everything here, wish I found it when I just created my website on Hostinger!
By the way, I had 3 different hosts and just after the 3rd one really understood what is the downtime and that few hours in one month is nothing. Remember was really angry during my second downtime and then decided to change the hosting. Not sure if worth unless you are chasing the perfection or your hosting is almost half of your time down 😀 though right now I’m not experiencing downtimes anymore.
You are totally correct in what you are saying. This is the correct viewpoint when you are starting out.
I am now at the next stage – I am worried about my site’s speed and I want to switch to cloud hosting…
Thanks, Peter 🙂
Ohh, these are the expensive plans but I bet also really good for speed as cloud plans are not shared with others. If you decide to go for the upgrade, could you please share how the process works and if it helped? Would be interesting to know more about cloud hosting with Hostinger
To tell you the truth, I am not planning to get cloud hosting from Hostinger. The reason is that they only offer a $7.45 per month plan if you buy 4(!) years of cloud hosting, having to fork out almost $400.
Scala Hosting has a next generation managed cloud platform and I will be paying $119 for 12 months. I am also thinking about sharing it with someone else. You can look at the details here:
Indeed the price is bigger for 4 years in Hostinger, their pricing is a bit difficult.
Do you refer to Start plan from Scala Hosting? Can see that price for 1 year is just a bit less than Hostinger’s Startup plan for one year but the resources are really low to compare… And found the additional fee for more resources.
If you are will migrate to Scala, it would be great to hear more insights about their speed, uptime, support and sPanel
Thanks for the guidelines you have provided here. One more thing I would like to say is that pc memory needs to generally rise along with other advances in the technology. For instance, if new generations of processors are made in the market, there is certainly usually a similar increase in the scale demands of all pc memory and hard drive room. This is because the application operated by way of these processor chips will inevitably rise in power to make new technology.
Yes! Finally something nice about blogs. Thanks!
Wow, fantastic blog layout! How long have you been blogging for? You make blogging look easy.
The overall look of your site is magnificent, as well as the content!
I have been using Hostinger and it is good
Thanks for the feedback.