InMotion Hosting review: Cost effective, flexible hosting for advanced users

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Now in its 22nd year, US-based InMotion Hosting provides hosting and domain registration services to more than 570,000 customers. Alongside the Linux-based shared hosting we’re reviewing here, it offers WordPress hosting, reseller plans, virtual private server hosting and dedicated servers. However, it only has servers in two locations: Los Angeles and Washington DC.

We’re taking a look at its Power plan, the specifications for which are outlined in full below but, elsewhere, the InMotion offering starts with a Core tier, at $2.29 (£2.05) per month for the first year. This lets you host two websites and ten email accounts on 100GB of storage.

Above this, Launch ($4.99 (£4.12) per month for three years) is almost identical to the Power plan that we’re reviewing, and has the same first-term price. However, speed and performance are half what you get with the Power tier and you also lose access to advanced caching. Although this may initially look less appealing, the savings kick in when you renew, at which point the three-year deal is around 25% less for Launch than it is for Power.

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InMotion Hosting review: What do you get for the money?

As with other hosts, the best prices are reserved for customers committing to three year deals. The Power plan I’m testing here costs $6.99 (£5.77) per month if you sign up for a year but drops to $5.99 (£4.95) and $4.99 (£4.12) on two- and three-year commitments respectively. These rates give you total first-year costs of £69.24, £59.40, and £49.44 respectively, with renewals at higher prices. At the time of writing, a 12-month contract is showing a discount of $132 (£108), which would make year two renewal equivalent to £177.24, or £14.77 per month.

While InMotion Hosting’s more expensive Pro plan is available on a monthly basis, Power isn’t: one year is the minimum term. Pro is broadly the same as Power, but with enhanced performance and an SLA for support.

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