Web hosting is one of the most critical decisions you need to make for your online business. However, if you choose the wrong host, you may be shooting yourself in the foot before your business even gets off the ground.
In this InMotion Hosting review, we’ll look at this popular web hosting platform and see if they live up to their reputation.
Here’s what you’ll learn in this review:
- The advantages of using InMotion
- Disadvantages of InMotion
- The various hosting plans they offer
- How to set up a website with InMotion
Let’s jump into it…
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InMotion Hosting Overview
InMotion Hosting is a highly reliable web host with great security features and options for shared, VPS, dedicated, and WordPress hosting. They’re a little more expensive than the average shared hosting company, so let’s look at what makes them worth the added cost.
If you’re looking for a great web host for business websites or simple WordPress sites, InMotion is a good choice. In particular, the added security features are a must-have, especially if you’re using WordPress.
Let’s take a deeper look at InMotion hosting, its pros and cons, the different plans offered, and why you may want to use it.
InMotion Hosting Speed Test
We set up a standard WordPress website with a simple theme and some essential plugins to run the speed test.
Then, we set up a blog post with two images to test the loading times.
Here are the results:
PageSpeed Insights scores were ok, but nothing to rave about. However, the FCP and LCP scores were compromised because of the large image above the fold, which was delaying the content paint.
Compressing this image or moving the image below the fold would fix this issue.
Pingdom’s results were good: a load time of 467 ms and a performance grade of 83. According to Pingdom, the average load time of a website should be less than 2 seconds.
GTMetrix was better, scoring an A right off the bat when tested from Vancouver, Canada.
When tested from Hong Kong, it scored a B, and the performance grade fell to 74%.
From Sao Paolo, the grade went back up to A, but performance was still a little worse than Vancouver at 93%.
Since InMotion’s servers are based in the USA, areas that are closer to the USA will get faster speeds than areas that are further away.
If needed, you can always use a CDN that has servers worldwide to serve your website quickly to your visitors no matter where they’re coming from.
All things considered, these are promising results, especially on a shared and basic plan with no additional optimizations.
A regular website with a caching plugin, CDN and the proper optimizations for Core Web Vitals should do very well.
InMotion Hosting Plans
No InMotion review would be complete without looking at the various web hosting solutions they offer.
The most basic type of web hosting that InMotion Hosting offers is Shared Hosting.
In Shared hosting, web hosts will put multiple websites on a single server. The server has limited resources (speed, memory, bandwidth, etc.), and all websites on the server split these resources amongst themselves.
InMotion Hosting shared plans come in four tiers: Core, Launch, Power, and Pro.
|1 year price per month||$3.49||$6.99||$6.99||$14.99|
|2 year price per month||$2.99||$5.99||$5.99||$13.99|
|3 year price per month||$2.49||$4.99||$4.99||$12.99|
To sign up for the Core, Launch, and Power plans, you must commit to one year or more. The plans start at $3.49 per month for Core and $6.49 per month for Launch and Power when you sign up for one year.
If you commit to two years, you’ll get the Core plan for $2.99 a month and Launch and Power for $5.99 a month.
And, If you commit to three years, you’ll get the Core plan for $2.49 and Launch and Power for $4.99.
The Core plan lets you set up just two websites with 100GB of storage and unlimited bandwidth.
You also get ten free email addresses, a free SSL certificate, but no free domain.
The speed optimization offered at the basic plan is also quite limited.
The Launch plan gets you a domain for free and free SSL. You can also set up unlimited websites, have unlimited bandwidth, unlimited email addresses, and UltraStack speed optimization.
UltraStack is a suite of caching software that works to optimize your websites, so they’re delivered quickly from the server to the user’s browser.
The Power plan gets you everything from the Launch plan, with more robust UltraStack speed and better caching for optimized performance.
Finally, the Pro plan gets you everything from the Power plan with even better UltraStack speed performance, caching, and a dedicated IP address. You’ll also receive a contract stating InMotion Hosting guarantees 99.9% uptime for your website.
The Pro plan is the most expensive at $14.99 per month for a one-year commitment. This is almost as much as other web hosting providers like WPX, who provide a better hosting plan at a similar price point.
VPS Hosting is one step above shared hosting. A VPS creates a virtual server for your website on a single physical computer. A virtual server is like a computer within a computer.
Your virtual server lives with many other virtual servers on the same physical computer, but you get your own specific amount of resources that other sites don’t compete with you on.
VPS Hosting is much more powerful than regular shared hosting, and it’s the next best thing to dedicated server hosting. However, dedicated servers are physical computers that only you use, which can get expensive.
InMotion has several hosting plans for VPS servers, starting from $19.99 per month for a 3-year commitment.
This plan will get you 2 CPU cores, 2 GB of RAM, and 45 GB of disk space.
The highest tier plan is $83.99 per month, and that will get you 8 CPU cores, 8 GB of RAM, and 140 GB of disk space. Compared to Hostinger, this is considerably less: Hostinger’s $78 plan gets you eight cores, 16 GB of RAM, and 250 GB of disk space.
Using a VPS can be good for web apps or sites heavy on user interaction. Hosting a typical small-scale affiliate/content site on a VPS can seem like overkill, but if you’re looking to set up an ecommerce site with a lot of data going back and forth between your user and your website, consider using a VPS.
If you require serious power and control over every little detail of your server’s configuration, you need a dedicated server.
The InMotion Hosting plan for dedicated server hosting starts at $139.99 per month, going up to $539.99 per month.
InMotion’s dedicated hosting plans are much more robust than other providers like BlueHost. BlueHost’s highest-level plan has features similar to InMotion’s lowest-level plan, though both cost similar amounts.
Dedicated servers get you 16+ GB of RAM, 1+ TB of disk space, and multiple dedicated IPs.
Most smaller affiliate website owners won’t need a dedicated server in the early stages of their business. However, once you grow, start getting hundreds of thousands of visitors per month, and need the fastest website possible, you’ll need to invest in a dedicated server.
Although you can set up a WordPress site on a regular shared hosting account, InMotion Hosting has plans for WordPress hosting that are catered a bit more specifically to WordPress users.
For example, the lowest tier WordPress plan allows for just a single website but has advanced caching enabled from the get-go, something only found on the Power shared plan.
The main advantage of using a WordPress plan instead of a regular shared hosting plan is that WordPress hosting generally works seamlessly with the CMS and comes with some plugins pre-installed and ready-to-go.
There are also added security features that make your WordPress site less vulnerable to attacks.
If you own an agency and would like to sell your own white-label hosting, you can build your infrastructure on top of InMotion Hosting.
You get robust features to provide your clients, and it looks like it’s your own company providing the web hosting instead of anyone.
Reseller web hosting is usually meant for agencies that provide a 100% turnkey solution for their clients.
Basic Website Setup Using InMotion Hosting
When you first sign up for InMotion on the basic plan, you’ll get a few upsells during checkout:
- A Backup Manager for $24/year: as mentioned above, this should be included by default, but it’s not. The Backup Manager will help you make regular backups of your site to protect your online assets.
- Google Workspace for $6/month: Google Workspace lets you use Google services like Drive and Gmail on your own domain.
- A dedicated IP for $72/year: most users don’t need a dedicated IP unless you’re setting up an ecommerce store or plan to use your domain for sending lots of transactional emails.
- QuickStarter one-page website for $249 one time: This is very expensive for something you can do yourself or have a designer do.
Once you sign up, the dashboard is pretty basic:
To install WordPress, you’ll need to head into Softaculous and follow the steps to get WordPress up and running.
It took less than 2 minutes to get a basic website set up. Softaculous was very easy to use.
However, the same can’t be said for the Account Management Panel. It looks like it’s from the early 90s, and other hosts we’ve tried have far better dashboards.
Once you set up your hosting, you have to point your domain to the host, so your website shows up when people navigate to your domain name. This is usually done by changing your domain’s nameservers to match those of your hosting provider.
In the InMotion dashboard, it was not very intuitive to find their nameservers. Many hosting providers show the nameservers in a very prominent location.
Here, you actually have to navigate to the page called “Account Technical Details” and find them there.
Conclusion: Is InMotion Hosting Good?
So do we recommend InMotion Hosting? If you’re looking to set up simple WordPress websites, InMotion will do the job well, but many other hosts streamline the process better.
InMotion seems to shine if you are deploying an ecommerce store, a forum, a back-end management system for your business, or other similar applications and want something that can get set up and running very quickly.
As a beginner, you may be hesitant because the pricing is on the higher side of things. However, we feel that the 24/7 customer support justifies the higher price and the 90-day money-back guarantee makes your website with InMotion risk-free.