InMotion Hosting Review

 
InMotion Hosting is the bigger parent company of Web Hosting Hub, and runs all of their non-shared hosting products and services (dedicated, VPS, etc).

Run out of Los Angeles and with datacentres both locally and across the country in DC, InMotion Hosting’s top notch hardware and complete range of hosting products make them a solid candidate for those looking for a high-end hosting company.

Prices starting at $4.89/Month

InMotion shared hosting

InMotion runs their shared hosting much like other companies, with a couple of plans that include progressively more features and benefits (e.g. unlimited SQL databases). However, more so than other companies, InMotion includes a lot of add-on features for even their most basic plan. Every single hosting plan gets:

  • Solid Disk Drives (InMotion does almost everything on SSDs)
  • 90 day guarantee
  • Data backups
  • Softaculous access
  • WordPress, Joomla, or PrestaShop pre-installed
  • SSH access
  • Google Apps integration
  • SPAM Safe email filter
  • Access to their own proprietary website builder

Each shared account is run on a Dell commercial grade server.

Launch Plan: $7.99

The Launch Plan starts at $7.99 per month for 24 months and goes up to $8.99 per month on a 12 month contact. However, at the time of writing it was on sale for $5.99 per month for 24 months or $6.99 per month for 12 months.

In addition to everything above, the Launch Plan includes:

  • 2 MySQL or PostgreSQL databases
  • Unlimited disk space and monthly transfers
  • 2 websites per account
  • Free transfers
  • 6 parked and 25 subdomains
  • $275 in ad credits

Note: Unlimited does not mean unlimited. Like virtually every other hosting company, InMotion Host stipulates in their Terms of Service that they are a website hosting company. Therefore, they expect those on shared plans to only host websites. If you use their servers for storage or any other non-website hosting purpose, then you’re likely to be asked to upgrade to a VPS or a dedicated server solution. However, if you are simply hosting websites, then you should be absolutely fine.

Power Plan: $9.99

The Power Plan starts at $9.99 per month for 24 months and goes up to $10.99 per month for a 12 month contract. At the time of writing both were on sale for $7.99 and $8.99 per month respectively.

Mostly, the Power plan is going to get you more stuff, including:

  • 50 SQL databases
  • 6 websites per account
  • 1-click installs for a range of shopping carts
  • 26 parked and 100 subdomains
  • $300 in ad credits

Pro Plan: $15.99

The Pro Plan starts at $15.99 per month for 12 months and goes up steadily to $19.99 per month if you opt for month-to month. At the time of writing both prices were discounted to $13.99 and $17.99 per month respectively.

The Pro Plan should really be called the Unlimited Plan. It gets you:

  • Unlimited SQL databases
  • Unlimited websites per account
  • Guaranteed uptime of 99.9% (it’s in their Terms of Service that if you check and the uptime is less than 99.9%, you get a free month of hosting. Scheduled maintenance is excluded).
  • Unlimited parked and subdomains

The Pro Plan accounts are also loaded onto servers with fewer accounts, so you get more server resources (great for ecommerce and high traffic sites).

VPS hosting

InMotion Hosting also has several VPS hosting solutions, designed for common uses like ecommerce, Jabber servers, project management, and online training (wikis).  Their VPS plans start at $44.99 per month for 12 months (on sale for $29.99 per month). That gets you 4GB RAM, 2TB monthly transfers, 60GB RAID-6 disk space on SSDs, 2 dedicated IPs, and unlimited domains. CentOS 6 comes preinstalled. Root access is granted via cPanel or WHM.

Their top VPS plan gets you 8GB RAM, 4TB transfers, 200GB storage, and 3 dedicated IPs for$154.99 per month for 12 months (on sale for $74.99 per month).

Dedicated hosting

InMotion Hosting has the standard 3-tier pricing plan for their dedicated servers, but also offers what they call Legacy Dedicated Servers. These are last generation servers for $79.99 per month. All their legacy servers have passed the 7 point inspection, covering: CPU, RAM, PSU, motherboard, and network tests, new hard drives are installed, and each server is re-burned (run at max capacity) before it goes on the market.

Their current generation servers start at $79.99 per month for 12 months ($119.99 month to month). That gets you an Intel i3 2120 core, 4GB memory, 500GB SATA hard drive, and 6TB transfers. Their Elite (most expensive) dedicated server is $229.99 per month for a 12 month contract ($299.99 month to month) and gets you the Intel Xeon E3-1230 v2 core (3.3 Ghz), 1TB RAID-1 SATA storage, and 10TB transfers.

InMotion does allow you to customize your own sever, picking and choosing your own drives, processors, and backups.

Reseller hosting

Finally, InMotion hosting offers some pretty robust reselling packages from $27.99 per month for 12 months (on sale for $22.39 per month). They’re all run on SSDs, and include cPanel and WHM access, eNom domain reseller, WHMCS billing software, unlimited domains/websites, private name servers, and DNS clustering (better redundancy). Their $27.99 entrance plan gets you 80GB disk space and 800GB monthly bandwidth. For their top plan for $54.99 per month for 12 months (on sale for $43.99 per month) you get 160GB disk space, 1600GB monthly transfers, and free launch assist ($99).

Perl

Perl is available on all of their plans through either SSH or cPanel access. They run Perl 5.8.8, which is a little older than several competitors, but still gives you access to plenty of scripts in the CPAN library.

When it comes to support, like most other hosting companies, InMotion is clear that they are not a software company, and their lack of Perl reflects that. However, while they only have 10 entries in their knowledgebase pertaining to Perl, they’re well answered and generally cover the common problems encountered with, like how to install a Perl module in cPanel or where you can find Perl scripts.

Technical details

  • MySQL and PostgreSQL databases
  • PHP 5.6.8
  • Python 2.6.6
  • Perl 5.8.8
  • Ruby 1.8.7 (no Rails framework though, language only)
  • LAMP host running BetterLinux, a variation of CentOS that enables better resource management
  • SSH and cPanel access
  • WP-CLI pre-installed

Conclusion

InMotion, while they’re on sale, are a bargain, especially if you’re running a site that demands a lot of speed (ecommerce in particular). However, if you’re paying full price for InMotion Hosting, your money will likely go further with another provider (e.g. Arvixe).

Prices starting at $4.89/Month

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