Founded in 2001, InMotion Hosting is a web hosting company that has risen to the rank of major leagues while remaining an independent provider. While they've branded themselves as a "business web hosting provider", they are very well suited for individuals as well.
Over the years, I've referred many people I know personally in real life to InMotion Hosting and to this day, they've remained loyal customers. Unlike some of their competitors, their technical support team is based in the United States and they're highly qualified to help you out, may you need them.
InMotion Hosting Services
InMotion Hosting offers a wide range of web hosting services that allows you to upgrade easily as your website gains more traffic.
1. Shared Business Hosting Review
While InMotion Hosting has branded their shared hosting service as "Business Hosting", it's still very well suited for personal websites too. Each web hosting plan includes a free domain name, unlimited SSD storage, unmetered bandwidth, SSH access, daily backups and a free SSL certificate. Their shared hosting platforms support all the main scripting languages you need to create your website: PHP, Ruby, Perl and Python. MySQL and PostgreSQL databases are also available.
Users who are less experienced in web hosting will appreciate the cPanel control panel. cPanel allows you to manage all the aspects of your hosting account easily. The interface is very intuitive and there are a lot of video tutorials available.
Beginners will be pleased to know that they can easily deploy any web applications without any technical knowledge by using Softaculous, an auto installer for cPanel. Softaculous allows you to install over 400 applications within just a few clicks. The applications are installed and configured automatically. You don't even need to create a database, Softaculous does it all for you.
Softaculous is provided for free by InMotion Hosting but if you want to try it out before you sign up, you can use the online demo.
2. VPS Hosting Review
InMotion Hosting offer two (2) types of VPS hosting services: managed VPS hosting and self-managed VPS hosting. For those who wish to setup a web hosting server to host multiple websites or to resell web hosting services, a managed VPS is the best solution. Featuring cPanel and WHM control panels, a managed VPS from InMotion Hosting provides you with all you need to start managing multiple web hosting accounts. You don't have handle server management, updates and security: the technical support team will take care of it all for you. So basically, you'll just have to learn how to use cPanel and WHM.
On the other hand, if you need another control panel or no control panel at all, Self-Managed VPS Hosting will allow you to setup your virtual server as you want. However, while the initial price is reasonable, the renewal price is way too expensive. As a developer and Linux SysAdmin, I prefer using cloud servers paid by the hour from providers such as DigitalOcean and Vultr. You'll get at least the same amount of resources for half the price or less.
InMotion Hosting does offer some great VPS hosting features that others don't:
- Free SSD drives included with all VPS hosting plans;
- Free backups;
- Scheduled snapshots;
- DDoS protection.
In the end, I think that the Managed VPS hosting plans are really interesting for those who want to host multiple websites or resell web hosting services on a cPanel server, however, the self-managed plans are too expensive for what you get.
InMotion Hosting Speed and Performance Review
In order to test the speed of InMotion Hosting's web servers, I've identified fifty (50) websites hosted on their shared servers. Over time, we've gathered a list of more than 3,500 websites hosted by InMotion Hosting so that wasn't really hard. Next, I've submitted these websites to our Web Page Speed Test to evaluate their performance from seven (7) locations spanned across five (5) countries: Germany, Netherlands, USA, UK and India.
Here are the results:
|Country||First Byte||Transaction Rate||Throughput|
|Germany||0.53s||11.3 trans/sec||0.34 MB/sec|
|Netherlands||0.45s||13.6 trans/sec||0.42 MB/sec|
|United States||0.19s||35.0 trans/sec||1.36 MB/sec|
|United Kingdom||0.49s||11.0 trans/sec||0.29 MB/sec|
|India||0.85s||6.6 trans/sec||0.18 MB/sec|
As you've probably noticed, I've left out the average loading time. I did this on purpose because I think that the loading time is not significant considering that a lot of websites are poorly optimized. In some cases, the page size was over 5MB, which is a lot and slows down the speed. So instead of relying on the average loading time, I prefer using the "throughput" in order to measure the speed of a network.
But what do these statistics mean? Let's do a comparison with some other popular web hosting services and see how they perform from North America, Europe and Asia:
|Company||First Byte||Transaction Rate (trans/sec)||Throughput (MB/sec)|
* HostGator has web servers in India, hence the faster throughput rate, however you must sign up at HostGator.in
While InMotion Hosting seems to offer faster loading speed to visitors located in North America, it seems their competitor might perform a little bit better for visitors from Europe and Asia.