WebHostingHub VS iPage – Better Shared Web Host for Joomla?

WebHostingHub and iPage have been known for reliable and green shared web hosting services, but which is the one serving Joomla better? As the 2 providers both can guarantee complete compatibility with Joomla, this comparison will dig into the differences in other aspects like support and speed.

First of all, look at what WebHostingHub and iPage offer for Joomla users.

Joomla Hosting Plans, Pricing & Features

WebHostingHub focuses on shared hosting only and offers 3 plans for users to choose. Named Spark, Nitro and Dynamo, the plans are priced from $6.99/mo, $8.99/mo and $10.99/mo regularly. As the company is now promoting the first 2 plans, subscribers going through the promotional link below are able to get the price of the plans down to $1.95/mo and $6.99/mo.

Note that the special price of $1.95/mo is valid for the first 3 months of 2-year and 3-year terms. The discounted price for the 1-year term is $3.99/mo.

WebHostingHub Promotional Link Activation

iPage provides one plan called Essential Hosting for shared hosting users. The plan is currently discounted largely – 80% off the original price. The effective price starts from $1.99/mo. Special attention should be paid that the promotional price is only for the first term, and renewal costs $8.99/mo.

iPage Promotional Link Activation

The table below shows most of the important features offered by WebHostingHub and iPage. Hope it can help you in making a decision.

Feature WebHostingHub iPage
Plan in Comparison Spark Essential Hosting
Hosted Websites 2 Unlimited
Free Domain Yes Yes
Disk Space Unlimited Unlimited
Bandwidth Unlimited Unlimited
MySQL Databases 10 Unlimited
Control Panel cPanel vDeck
1-Click Joomla Install Yes Yes
Cron Jobs Yes No
Regular Price $6.99/mo $8.99/mo
Discounted Price $1.95/mo $1.99/mo
How to Claim Link Activation Link Activation

WebHostingHub Advantages Over iPage

After comparing WebHostingHub and iPage from a couple of factors including uptime, speed, feature and support, we found that WebHostingHub wins its competitor in the following aspects.

Better web hosting control panel

Each web hosting package offered by WebHostingHub includes cPanel, the worldwide #1 web hosting control panel. cPanel gains the reputation because it is easy-to-use, dependable, flexible, and powerful. Moreover, WebHostingHub has integrated Softaculous installer with cPanel to further simplify the installation and upgrade of Joomla.

Comparatively, iPage uses vDeck, a control panel that is thought to be much less feature rich and configurable. vDeck cannot compete with cPanel in any circumstance.

Slightly better uptime

As a sister brand of InMotion, WebHostingHub shares the same data center facilities and network infrastructures as InMotion. Both data centers are equipped with UPS and connected to multiple bandwidth providers via BGP. According to monitoring, WebHostingHub uptime averages 99.97% in the past 6 months.

iPage also shares 2 data centers with several other sister companies. The data centers feature 24×7 security, redundant power, and uninterrupted network connections. iPage has also kept good uptime tracking records – averaging 99.91% in the past year, good but a little bit less than that of its competitor.

Faster hosting speed

As WebHostingHub data centers scatter on the east coast and west coast respectively, users in most regions of America can expect fast speed. Besides, the better server hardware, network connectivity and server monitoring make the company perform much better in speed.

The following chart is the monitoring results of WebHostingHub and iPage server response time.

More favorable refund guarantee

In terms of the refund policy, WebHostingHub is better due to the following reasons.

  • Full refund is valid within 90 calendar days, which is much longer than the 30 days of iPage.
  • Pro-rated refund after the full refund period, which is not allowed by iPage.
  • $35 cancellation fee might be charged by iPage.

Better technical support for Joomla-related issues

iPage support representatives do not seem as professional as those at WebHostingHub in the specific area of Joomla. When we asked the same question about Joomla upgrade through live chat, we got a quicker and better solution from WebHostingHub.

Both companies offer 24×7 support via phone, email, tickets, and live chat.

iPage Advantages Over WebHostingHub

iPage surpasses the competitor in the following aspects.

More free extras

For each web hosting account, iPage offers a series of extras to help users grow their websites and make a success.

  • Advertising credits: $100 for Google & $100 for Yahoo/Bing.
  • 1 GB JustCloud for secure data storage.
  • Free SiteLock for website protection.

WebHostingHub also provides free marketing credits: $50 for Spark, $150 for Nitro and $200 for Dynamo.

More features at the same price level

iPage shared hosting plan is more cost-effective for the initial term. With the similar price as Spark, Essential Hosting plan comes with more hosted websites, sub-domains, databases and parked domains than Spark, which makes it a better choice for Joomla users who would like to run multiple small websites with the least possible cost.

Which Is the Better Shared Web Host for Joomla?

WebHostingHub should be the winner. iPage is indeed a good option for beginners, while WebHostingHub has solutions for both beginners and advanced Joomla users. In addition, cPanel is indeed a necessity for shared hosting.