InMotion Hosting is one of the biggest independent web hosting providers. InMotion may not look flashy, but it’s a solid web host with truly excellent technology, a wide assortment of plans, and a legion of longtime customers. InMotion Hosting - Best Web Hosting ReviewWhat’s also good to see is that InMotion Hosting bundles some pretty neat extras into its plans – services that other providers often charge extra for – including the likes of malware and DDoS protection, ‘spam-safe’ email and a system of basic backups.

InMotion provides both cPanel and Softaculous panels with its hosting, and another strong suit is some top-notch technical support should you get stuck with anything.  Since its founding back in 2001, the host has exhibited an aura of true nerdiness and a strong focus on technical perfection – very admirable qualities in the business of hosting sites. Apparently, many thousand people think the same, given that InMotion hosts some 350,000 domains in its two data centers.

Performance –  Speed & Uptime

InMotion Hosting offers one of the best uptime guarantees – 99.9%. It’s outlined in their terms of service. Basically, if you’re on the pro plan or higher, and you have an uptime lower than 99.9%, you’ll be credited with one month of free service.

Now, there is some fine print here. Your site going down for server maintenance or someone’s attack on it does not count. The guarantee basically covers the basic expected service on InMotion Hosting’s side of things.

InMotion Hosting offers one of the most unique features: MaxSpeed Zone Technology. They have 2 datacenters, located on both the east coast and west coast of the United States. The best part is that they are connected directly to Tier 1 network providers that guarantee excellent bandwidth and strong DDoS protection. This means that when someone accesses your website, they can request the site information from either one of those datacenters.

In general, the closer a visitor is to a datacenter, the faster the page will load for them. The “max speed zone” is a feature available to VPS and business class customers. It lets you select which datacenter to use manually. This is particularly useful if most of your visitors come from one specific area.

Unlike the other cheap hosting service providers, InMotion Hosting offers services by leveraging multiple Category A and PCI compliant data centers, each of which is equipped with multiple battery and diesel power sources, and BGP4 network to prevent downtime.

Additionally, InMotion Hosting utilizes 100% Dell servers with high server memory and SSD, which helps increase up to 20x faster speed and more promising uptime than traditional spinning drives. Along with InMotion Hosting exclusive Max Speed Zone, customers’ emails and websites would run faster and smoother.

In terms of server engineers, InMotion Hosting only hires server maintenance engineers with at least 8 years working experience in hosting, who will ensure the highest security, uptime and performance of the web servers.

In general, the closer a visitor is to a datacenter, the faster the page will load for them. The “max speed zone” is a feature available to VPS and business class customers. It lets you select which datacenter to use manually. This is particularly useful if most of your visitors come from one specific area.

Unlike the other cheap hosting service providers, InMotion Hosting offers services by leveraging multiple Category A and PCI compliant data centers, each of which is equipped with multiple battery and diesel power sources, and BGP4 network to prevent downtime.

Additionally, InMotion Hosting utilizes 100% Dell servers with high server memory and SSD, which helps increase up to 20x faster speed and more promising uptime than traditional spinning drives. Along with InMotion Hosting exclusive Max Speed Zone, customers’ emails and websites would run faster and smoother.

In terms of server engineers, InMotion Hosting only hires server maintenance engineers with at least 8 years working experience in hosting, who will ensure the highest security, uptime and performance of the web servers.

Security and Backup

InMotion Hosting’s Business plans comes with an awesome suite of security features which helps keep your site safe from any unforeseen attacks. It’s pretty cool because you can rest easy and concentrate on your business or content creation without worrying about any of that stuff. The Security Suite consists of:

Free SSL
Inmotion Hosting provides FREE SSL through cPanel, signed by Comodo, one the most trusted SSL brands in the industry. With just a few mouse clicks you are able to get ‘https’ activated in your website.

Hack Protection
Inmotion Hosting uses an internal tool called Patchman which searches for vulnerabilities in your site and patches it before hacks can happen. It’s a great preventative tool to have for free and it’s excellent feature for e-commerce sites!

Free Automatic Backup
Can you imagine how tedious it would be to have to manually backup your data? What happens if you happen to forget to perform a backup on the one day your data decides to disappear?

InMotion Hosting - Overview
  • Ease of use
    (5)
  • Features
    (4.5)
  • Speed
    (4.8)
  • Uptime
    (5)
  • Pricing
    (4)
  • Customer support
    (5)

Summary

There’s a great deal to like here, with the icing on the cake being a 90-day money-back guarantee should you fail to be satisfied with the service.

Overall
4.7

Pros

  • Good speed and response times
  • Excellent support and spectacular knowledge base
  • Unlimited Email, Disk Space, and Bandwidth
  • Free: Backups, SSD Drives, Domain and restore service
  • Scalable plans
  • Free website transfer/migration
  • 90-day money back guarantee

Cons

  • Starting fees not that low
  • Cap of 50,000 files on all shared plans

Inmotion Hosting helps you solve that problem by automating the process for you. You don’t have to worry about backups whatsoever as their system does it for you, allowing you to focus on the business aspect of things. Restoring data is also super easy. Just 1 click is all it takes to restore your site to how it used to be. If you don’t know how to do it, just check with their excellent live team – they’ll be more than happy to do it for you.

DDoS Protection

Inmotion Hosting’s DDoS protection is built into the infrastructure and is provided by Corero, one of the leading brands in cyber security. They offer real time DDoS protection through their ‘first-line-of-defense’ approach, which inspects traffic and blocks attacks in real-time – in other words, they protect your site without interrupting actual consumer traffic!

Control Panel

The control panel is pretty standard and easy to work with. If you do run into problems, InMotion Hosting has a series of tutorials on cPanel features.You can log in to the cPanel via the AMP or by logging in directly to the url. Settings, databases, emails, logs, etc. are at your disposal, but don’t expect anything fancy. Control Panel - InMotion Hosting Review

At first it looks the same as any cPanel, but if you look closer you’ll see options that you probably haven’t seen before including:

  • Softaculous installer– Admittedly, many other hosts have it, because it’s great. It gives you an easy way to install over 400 applications, including content management systems (CMSs) like WordPress, Joomla, and Magento.
  • Cron jobs– Having access to Cron jobs let’s you create scripts that automatically perform some repetitive work. If you ever learn web development, or hire a developer to add custom site functionality, this may be useful.
  • Multiple database options– Most hosts only support a single type of database. You have access to both MySQL and PostgresQL in your cPanel.
  • Custom error pages– You can customize what your website’s error pages display when something goes wrong for visitors.
  • SSH access– This lets you manage your site files through a command line, which may or may not be useful for you. It’s a feature that not too many hosts offer.

In short, your cPanel has everything that other hosts offer in their cPanels, plus a handful of advanced options that gives you more control over your website and server resources.

Customer Support and Knowledge Base

InMotion Hosting claims to have the best support team in the web hosting business. That certainly is a bold claim, still, InMotion has something no other host offers: free Skype calls!

On top of that, InMotion Hosting is also renowned for their knowledgebase, filled with support articles and tutorials. The quality of the content is good, even though it could be improved in some cases. What’s really the impressive part, is the depth. There are hundreds of articles and guides. You can search for almost any topic, and you’ll find a specific article that will help you.

They’ve even created guides for using other applications like Prestashop and WordPress. This is the best evidence of going above and beyond for customer service that could have seen in any host.

Environmentally-Friendly “Green Server” Technology

Sitting where you are now, the environment isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when picking a host. I think it’s good to understand what a host’s datacenter actually looks like. For a host like InMotion Hosting, datacenters are massive, with thousands of servers that consume huge amounts of electricity. They have a significant carbon output.

InMotion Hosting is one of the few hosts which has invested in eco-friendly policies and technology. Their datacenter in Los Angeles was the first-ever green datacenter, to the best of my knowledge. It reduced their typical cooling costs by about 70%, plus lowered carbon output by thousands of tons each year. This doesn’t necessarily affect your hosting performance, but if you’d like to support a company trying to reduce their harm to the environment, this is a big plus.

Various Plans and Pricing

Like most providers, InMotion Hosting offers four types of hosting across a wide range of plans that serve a number of different functions. Whether you’re a small company looking for a basic option or a huge corporation in need of scalable, enterprise-level solution, InMotion is equipped to manage all your needs. In fact, they have more options than most providers, so you’ll truly be able to tailor it to your needs.

Before making a decision though, you need to understand how these four plans differ. Shared hosting is the more affordable option, in which your site will share a physical server with other companies. VPS hosting is similar, in that you share a server, but you are given your own “area,” so you won’t be affected by other site usage. Dedicated hosting provides you with your own server, but often runs you a bit more on price. WordPress hosting is pretty straightforward; it’s hosting designed for WordPress specifically, giving you access to templates and other blogging features.

For a more comprehensive understanding, just follow this basic explanation, and you’ll have all the information you need to get your web hosting provider squared away.

  • Shared Hosting – better for smaller businesses with little website interface needs, most affordable
  • VPS Hosting – good for growing businesses with popular websites, middle ground price
  • Dedicated Hosting – perfect for big companies operating in-depth websites
  • WordPress Hosting – best simple solution for companies of all sizes looking to get up and running fast
LaunchPowerPro
Price$7.99$9.99$15.99
Free Domain
Email AccountsUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
Dedicated IP Address
Allowed Domains/Websites26Unlimited
Allowed Sub-Domains25100Unlimited
Included SSL Certificate
TransferUnmeteredUnmeteredUnmetered
StorageUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
Knowledge Center
24/7 Live Chat
24/7 Phone
VPS-1000HA-SVPS-2000HA-SVPS-3000HA-S
Price$39.99$79.99$144.99
Free Domain
Email AccountsUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
Dedicated IP Address345
Allowed Domains/WebsitesUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
Included SSL Certificate
Transfer4 TB5 TB6 TB
Storage75 GB150 GB260 GB
Knowledge Center
24/7 Live Chat
24/7 Phone
Cloud VPS-1000Cloud VPS-2000Cloud VPS-3000
Price$34.99$74.99$144.99
Configure With the Technology You Want
Your choice of Operating System
Dedicated IP Address345
Allowed Domains/WebsitesUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
Available RAM4 GB6 GB8 GB
Transfer4 TB5 TB6 TB
Storage75 GB150 GB260 GB
Faster Processing with Unlocked CPU Cores
Live State and Scheduled Snapshots
Knowledge Center
Free SSDIncludedIncludedIncluded
High Availability
24/7 Live Chat & 24/7 Phone
EssentialAdvancedEliteCC-500CC-1000CC-2000
Price$105.69$166.59$238.99$340.99$414.49$519.49
Intel® CPU SpecsIntel® Xeon®
E3-1220 v2
Intel® Xeon®
E3-1270 v6
Intel® Xeon®
E3-1270 v6
Intel® Xeon®
E5-2430
Intel® Xeon®
Silver 4110
Dual Intel® Xeon®
Silver 4110
Clock Speed3.5GHz
Turbo
4.2GHz
Turbo
4.2GHz
Turbo
2.7GHz
Turbo
3.0GHz
Turbo
3.0GHz
Turbo
Cores / Threads4C / 4T4C / 8T4C / 8T6C / 12T8C / 16T16C / 32T
CPU Cache8MB8MB8MB15MB11MB L311MB L3
Front Side Bus / Intel® QPI5.0 GT/s8.0 GT/s8.0 GT/s7.2 GT/s8.0 GT/s8.0 GT/s
Dedicated IP Address51015151515
Allowed Domains/Websites111111
Included SSL Certificate
Transfer6 TB10 TB10 TB15 TB15 TB15 TB
Dedicated RAM4 GB8 GB16 GB16 GB32 GB64 GB
Storage500GB SSD or
1TB 7.2K HDD
500GB SSD or
1TB 7.2K HDD
RAID-1, 2x 500GB SSD or
RAID-1, 2x 2TB 7.2K HD
RAID-1, 2x 500GB SSDRAID-1, 2x 1TB SSDRAID-5, 3x 1TB SSD
Knowledge Center
24/7 Live Chat
24/7 Phone
Up Time Performance99.9999.9999.9999.9999.9999.99

Plans Summary

Managed VPS hosting

  • VPS-1000HA-S, VPS-2000HA-S and VPS-3000HA-S plans available
  • 75 GB – 260 GB Storage, 4 GB – 8 GB RAM
  • 4 TB – 6 TB Bandwidth, 3 – 5 Dedicated IP Addreses
  • Free SSL, Full cPanel License FREE
  • Unlimited Domains/Websites
  • 90 Day Money-Back Guarantee

Cloud VPS hosting

  • CLOUD VPS-1000, CLOUD VPS-2000 and CLOUD VPS-3000 plans available
  • 75 GB – 260 GB Storage, 4 GB – 8 GB RAM
  • 4 TB – 6 TB Bandwidth, 3 – 5 Dedicated IP Addresses
  • Configure Your Server With the Technology You Want
  • Unlimited Domains/Websites

Shared business hosting

  • Launch, Power and Pro plans available
  • Unlimited: Disk Space, Bandwidth, Email Accounts, Email Storage
  • SSD Included FREE
  • Free SSL, Free 1-click installer
  • 90 Day Money-Back Guarantee

Dedicated server hosting

  • Essential, Advanced, Elite, CC-500, CC-1000 and CC-2000 plans available
  • 500 GB SSD – RAID-5, 3x1TB SSD Storage
  • 4 GB – 64 GB RAM, 6 TB – 15 TB Bandwidth
  • 5 – 15 Dedicated IP Addresses
  • Free SSL, cPanel + WHM Free
  • 99.999% Net Uptime
  • 30 Day Money-Back Guarantee

WordPress hosting

  • WP-1000S, WP-2000S, WP-3000S, WP-4000S, WP-5000S and WP-6000S plans available
  • Free Domain, Free SSL
  • 40 GB – 240 GB Storage, 2 – 30 MySQL Databases
  • Unlimited Bandwidth, Unlimited Emails
  • Free Themes (200+), Jetpack Version Included
  • 1 – 20 Websites Supported
  • 90 Day Money-Back Guarantee

Reseller hosting

  • R-1000S, R-2000S, R-3000S, VPS 1000, VPS 2000 and VPS 3000 plans available
  • Host your own clients
  • Free server management

Conclusion

There are many nice things to say about InMotion Hosting and very few bad ones. Overall, InMotion Hosting offers a great amount of value for the cost of their plans. In particular, their scalability is impressive. If you work with sites of different sizes, or growing sites, you know that you can always find an appropriate plan for them on InMotion Hosting.