InMotion Hosting Review (2022): Is It Any Good?

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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…

InMotion Hosting Overview

Inmotion Homepage

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.

Inmotion Snapshot:
  • Types of hosting: Shared, VPS, Dedicated, WordPress, Reseller
  • Uptime: Highly reliable 99.9% uptime
  • Support Score: Excellent customer service available 24/7/365
  • Price Range: Cheapest plan starts at $2.49 per month for a 3-year commitment
  • Disk Space: 100GB on the cheapest plan, unlimited for other plans

 

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.

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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 Pros
What puts InMotion Hosting ahead of nearly every other web host in the same price range?

  • Speed And Uptime

The most crucial factor in any host is getting reliable hosting for your money.

Inmotion speed and uptime

InMotion has two data centers: one on the West Coast of the United States and one on the East Coast, and they pride themselves on having 99.9% uptime.

The site speed is also quite respectable, even for the lowest tier plans. For example, our test site loaded in less than 1 second.

As a beginner affiliate site owner on a tight budget, you will probably want to opt for a cheaper shared plan or VPS plan. As long as that plan delivers good speed (which it does), it will do the job well enough.

Of course, you’ll get even faster load times (half a second or less) if you’re willing to spend more on a VPS or dedicated server.

InMotion Hosting can deliver these speeds thanks to the distribution of their data centers across the east and west coasts of the United States.

  • Free Domain

Aside from the Core Plan, the lowest tier in their shared hosting plans, every other tier (Launch, Power, and Pro) comes with a free domain.

Inmotion Free Domain

However, the domain is only free for the first year. After that, you have to pay regular registration costs. For example, .com domains renew for about $14 per year, and .co domains renew for about $26.

The free domain is just a nice extra touch that InMotion Hosting provides. It’s not something that will knock your socks off, but if it’s your first time building a website, it may be nice to see that you’ll get a domain for free with your hosting account.

  • Money-back Guarantee

Inmotion Money Back Guarantee

Unlike most web hosting services with a 30-day money-back guarantee, InMotion Hosting takes it one step further by providing an industry-leading 90-day money-back guarantee.

Few web hosts offer such a long guarantee period, showing how confident they are in their offerings.

  • Customer Support

When configuring our test site, We had to get in touch with tech support to get SSL set up, and we started at queue position 7.

Inmotion Customer Support

It took a good 20 minutes to get connected with tech support, but once we were connected, they were pretty quick to resolve the issue, and the site was up and running shortly.

Despite the wait, in general InMotion Hosting support has some of the best customer support we’ve seen compared to many most web hosting companies, right from email support to chat support.

And we aren’t the only people who are fans of their customer support…

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  • Integrations

InMotion Hosting uses Softaculous to give you access to a wide variety of website builder tools like WordPress, Drupal, ecommerce systems like Magento and Woocommerce, forum software, image galleries for portfolio sites, wikis, and a lot more.

Inmotion Integrations

Softaculous is a library of open-source and commercial applications that you can deploy on your website. But, instead of pushing the code manually and setting up the databases yourself, Softaculous lets you do it with a few simple clicks.

You can easily set up and build many different types of websites on an InMotion account.

  • Security

When your website is the lifeblood of your business, bad online security can mean your website can easily be hacked and taken down, causing you to lose thousands.

Inmotion Security

InMotion offers free SSL certificates on all of their plans. On top of that, it is one of the few web hosting services that offer ramped-up security that helps fend off many different types of cyberattacks such as brute force, DoS, and DDoS.

InMotion has partnered up with Corero Network Security, a family of apps that helps prevent and control these attacks.

Also, InMotion’s Cpanel also has an IP blocker option, where you can choose to filter out certain types of IP addresses. You can effectively use this to block out traffic from specific locations.

  • Good For Ecommerce

InMotion Hosting has an official partnership with PrestaShop, an open-source shopping cart with a massive community and many easy-to-use integrations. These include payment processors and email marketing apps.

Inmotion E-commerce

Even if you’re not big on PrestaShop, because InMotion uses Softaculous’s library of web apps, you’ll get access to other ecommerce solutions, including:

    • Magento
    • OpenCart
    • ZenCart
    • ZeusCart

Realistically, you shouldn’t use a shared hosting plan for an ecommerce store. Shopping carts are rather resource-heavy, and you need a VPS at the least to have a store that performs as expected and is not laggy.

Another plus point that InMotion has for potential ecommerce store owners is PCI compliance. PCI compliance is an industry standard for secure card transactions and is an absolute must to accept payments online.

  • Free Transfers

One of the biggest hassles when switching a hosting provider is migrating your website from the old host to the new one.

Inmotion Website and Server Migration

There are a lot of migration plugins out there, but they are hit-or-miss. It can quickly become a massive headache if you have a particularly large website.

Fortunately, InMotion Hosting offers free migrations from your old host to the new one.

You just have to give them access to your old host, and they can take care of the rest.

If you’re planning on switching hosts, the free transfer service makes InMotion Hosting a very appealing choice.

Migrating a website from one host to another is a very technical process and can be daunting for both beginners and pros. When a web hosting company like InMotion is willing to offer a full-service migration, that’s a huge plus, especially for budget hosts.

  • Eco-friendly

If you’re concerned about how much of a carbon footprint your website leaves on the environment, InMotion Hosting is perhaps the best hosting provider for you.

Inmotion Green Data Solutions

InMotion has been making a concerted effort since 2010 to cool their data centers more efficiently using outside air cooling. This reduces the dependence on air conditioning and, by extension, the amount of power they use.

According to InMotion Hosting, this has reduced their carbon footprint by 2000 tons per year!

They’ve also partnered up with Trees For The Future to promote tree planting all over the world, which makes InMotion an appealing choice if you want to work with a company that proactively works to better the environment.

InMotion Hosting Cons

No hosting company is perfect, and InMotion Hosting is no exception.

  • Pricing Is Only Reasonable For Long-term Commitments

The pricing on all of InMotion Hosting’s plans varies wildly depending on how long you commit to them.

One of the biggest gripes with InMotion is that the lower-level plan is only available if you commit to at least one year.

Inmotion 1 year term

There are many cases where you may wish to avoid buying hosting for a whole year. You may wish to build a website focused on a specific event just a few months into the future.

If you want to pay monthly, the web hosting service Hostinger, do offer single month payments on their lowest level plan.

In InMotion, only the Pro plan, which is the most expensive, is available on a month-to-month basis, at $19.99 per month.

If you need a website for just six months on the Pro plan, you will pay $19.99 x 6 or $119.94 using the monthly plan, or $14.99 x 12 or $179.88 for the yearly plan.

Alternatively, you could opt for the slightly lower-level Power plan at $6.99 per month for 12 months and pay $83.88, but you may be compromising on performance.

  • No Free Backups

InMotion has pretty decent features, but one thing that is missing is automated backups.

Inmotion Backup Manager

Backups are essential! Your website and content are your biggest asset, and you need to make sure it is safe if something happens to your website!

Even on the highest tier plan, backups are not included. Instead, they’re available as an add-on for around $2 per month.

That’s not too bad, but considering that you’re already paying $14.99 per month or $19.99 per month for the highest plan, it would have been nice to include backups.

SiteGround is a similarly-priced web host that does offer free daily backups on all of their plans.

InMotion Hosting Speed Test

Inmotion Speed Tests

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

Inmotion Speed Test 01

Inmotion Speed Test 02

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

Inmotion Pingdom Results

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

GTMetrix was better, scoring an A right off the bat when tested from Vancouver, Canada.

Inmotion GTMetrix Score

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.

Shared Hosting

The most basic type of web hosting that InMotion Hosting offers is Shared Hosting.

Inmotion 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.

 CoreLaunchPowerPro
DomainNoneFreeFreeFree
SSLFreeFreeFreeFree
Websites2UnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
BandwithUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
Performance2x6x12x20x
Email addresses10UnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
Advanced cachingNoNoNoYes
Dedicated IPNoNoNoYes
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.

Core

Inmotion Shared Hosting Core

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.

Launch

Inmotion Shared Hosting Launch

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.

Power

Inmotion Shared Hosting Power

The Power plan gets you everything from the Launch plan, with more robust UltraStack speed and better caching for optimized performance.

Pro

Inmotion Share Hosting Pro

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

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.

Inmotion VPS Hosting

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.

Dedicated Hosting

Inmotion Dedicated Hosting

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.

WordPress Hosting

Inmotion WordPress Hosting

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.

Reseller Hosting

Inmotion Reseller

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 hosting is usually meant for agencies that provide a 100% turnkey solution for their clients.

Basic Website Setup Using InMotion Hosting

Inmotion Easy to Use

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.

Inmotion Account Management

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.

Interested?