InMotion Hosting was founded in 2001 out of Los Angeles, California, and 2 decades later employs over 400 people across offices in Los Angeles, Denver and Virginia Beach. InMotion Hosting operates as one of the largest independent web hosts in the world, independent from web hosting conglomerate Endurance International Group (EIG), which owns and operates a number of similar sized companies. This means their support remains independent and in-house, one of the things that sets them apart from their competitors.
InMotion Hosting offers a full suite of web hosting services for users of all levels of experience and budgets, including Shared Hosting, WordPress Hosting, VPS Hosting, Managed and Unmanaged Dedicated Servers, domains, web design, and more. They have data centers on both the West and East Coasts of the United States in Los Angeles and Ashburn, Virginia.
As aforementioned, InMotion Hosting remains one of the few remaining independent web hosts on the market. And while that may cause some a second to pause, we can assure you that their support not only stands up to their competition, but actually surpasses it. InMotion offers 24/7/365 support via phone, chat or ticket and entirely U.S.-based support, which is rare in the hosting industry. Their support staff does not share resources with other brands, and is entirely focused on the success of their customers. In addition to a fantastic support staff, InMotion Hosting also has a very helpful support center, filled with helpful articles for beginners all the way up to experts. Their support staff will even hop into threads to help solve frequently asked questions right in the support articles, which we found super helpful.
Overall Performance and Usability
InMotion Hosting offers industry-standard cPanel for its managed hosting service control panel. This is accessible from directly within their customer portal, called the Account Management Panel (AMP). They also offer Softaculous for an additional $5/month, making 1-click installation of a number of tools and optimizations quick and easy.
From a performance standpoint, all of InMotion Hosting’s servers are on solid-state drives. The industry has also started to adopt SSDs as standard, but InMotion Hosting has been doing it well for a long time. They do not overclock their servers with additional customers, which we have experienced with other hosting companies, so you can rest assured you are getting the resources you are paying for.
And while you may be paying for more than your standard “budget” web host, we found InMotion Hosting’s prices to be incredibly competitive given the features they offer with each of their product lines. They also offer a 90-day money-back guarantee, so if you aren’t happy with your product or service for any reason, you can get all of your money back, no questions asked.
Shared Hosting is the most affordable, entry-level hosting offered by web hosts. InMotion Hosting offers a robust Shared Hosting product at a price that is middle of the road compared to competitors. They are right in the sweet spot of offering far more from a feature standpoint than budget $1 hosts, but they are not nearly as expensive as some of the other premium shared web hosts on the market.
InMotion offers three tiers of Shared Hosting, Launch, Power and Pro. All three of these plans come on SSD servers with a free cPanel license, domain and SSL certificate. They also include Softaculous for free, allowing new users to easily download over 400 applications. This is a great place to start for new websites and users, and each of the plans offer a compelling option for different use cases, depending on the number of websites you are looking to build and the amount of storage needed for your websites
InMotion Hosting has been perfecting their WordPress Hosting offerings over the years, as it has transformed from a glorified shared server space to a managed, optimized container built for WordPress sites and users. All of their plans come with WordPress preinstalled, and like their Shared Hosting plans, are hosted on Solid-State Drive servers. These plans are optimized out-of-the box, and start as low as $6.99/month if you are looking to spin up just one WordPress site.
In addition to the aforementioned features, InMotion Hosting offers server side-caching, WP-CLI integration and an optimized stack to make sure sites using their WordPress plans run smoothly and quickly. They also offer free server migrations, so if you need to move your site from another host, or add some additional resources, they can take care of that for you. Should your site continue to grow, they also have fully managed WordPress VPS Hosting plans, an upgrade path not offered by a lot of other hosting providers.
If you are looking for a more powerful hosting option with dedicated resources, then VPS Hosting is typically the route you will be looking to go. Like we mentioned in the WordPress section, InMotion Hosting has a perfect upgrade path for growing websites and businesses. If you outgrow their standard WordPress Hosting plans due to traffic, website size, the addition of eCommerce, or some other factor, you can easily scale up onto one of their WordPress-optimized VPS Hosting plans.
Their VPS Hosting plans, from a hardware standpoint, are top notch, boasting features like a redundant cluster structure for their servers and snapshots, which allow users to take a picture of their container from a moment in time to revert to in case of issues with updates or launches. Overall, their VPS plans are very flexible and serve a number of different use cases, one of which is certainly the power WordPress user.
Dedicated Servers and Web Design
If you are a giant website with a myriad of product SKUs to sell, or you have a site logging hundreds of thousands of daily visitors, it may be time for you to move up to a Dedicated Server. InMotion offers a great selection of both unmanaged and managed Dedicated Server options with hundreds of customization options, from hard drives, to memory, to configurations and operating systems and more.
If you don’t have the time, expertise or desire to build a website from scratch, but understand the need for having an online presence, InMotion Hosting also has a fantastic web design team, who can work with you to help you achieve your vision of a beautiful, functioning website, without all the hassle.