InMotion Hosting review: Well-equipped web hosting

If you are in search of a web hosting supplier, you’ve an amazing variety of decisions. In my The best web hosting providers article, I checked out 15 suppliers who supply a variety of plans.

To get a greater really feel for every particular person supplier, I arrange essentially the most primary account attainable and carried out a collection of checks. In this text, we’ll dive into InMotion Hosting’s choices. Stay tuned for in-depth seems at different suppliers in future articles.

Because there’s such variability amongst plans and choices amongst hosting suppliers, it is laborious to get a very good comparability. I’ve discovered that among the finest methods to see how a supplier performs is to have a look at the least costly plan they provide. You can count on the least high quality, the least consideration to element, and the least efficiency from such a plan.

If the seller gives good service for the bottom-shelf plans, you may typically assume the higher plans may even profit from related high quality. In the case of InMovement Hosting, the standard was fairly affordable.

How pricing actually works

For the collection of hosting critiques I’m doing now, I’m testing primary entry-level plans. In the case of InMovement Hosting, that is what they name their Launch Plan. To get pricing, I merely went to the corporate’s important website at

If you wish to avoid wasting cash, although, learn to the tip of this part.



Like practically each hosting supplier within the enterprise, their providing is considerably deceptive. There is not any possibility to simply get billed $4.99 monthly.

While it seems like you will get the Launch plan for $4.99 monthly, that is provided that you prepay for 3 full years, which suggests you are really paying $179.64. If you need just one 12 months, you are charging $83.88 to your card (which is $6.99 monthly).

There’s a gotcha, although: When you renew, you are going to pay extra. This isn’t unusual for hosting plans and is a apply I strongly want the hosting trade would cease. Instead of paying $179.64 for 3 years, you are paying $359.64, which is greater than double the worth — a 100% enhance.

By the best way, if you wish to avoid wasting cash, use the ‘Sales Chat’ button on the high of the InMovement website earlier than you place an order. Just as quickly as I requested for clarification, the agent supplied me a couple of dollars off the posted value. It wasn’t a lot, but it surely was definitely worth the 5 minutes it took.

I harp on excessive renewal charges in my protection of hosting distributors for 2 key causes. First, it is a actually nasty feeling all of a sudden getting a invoice that is tons of and even 1000’s of {dollars} (relying on the plan) greater than you count on. Second, switching from one hosting supplier to a different hosting supplier is usually a very time-consuming and presumably costly job, fraught with hassles and potential factors of failure.

Unfortunately, whereas not a common apply, at the very least half of the hosting distributors I’ve checked out through the years do these promo offers, with large jumps in renewal charges.

What the bottom Launch plan contains

Most bottom-end plans are for one web site and one website solely. I used to be pleasantly stunned to search out that InMovement’s Launch plan permits for 2 websites. While most folk beginning out with their first web site will solely want one website, having a second website permits for each progress and experimentation.

You can use the second website as a staging website or use it to check out new concepts with out risking the efficiency and performance of your important website.

As with most hosting distributors lately, InMovement claims limitless disk house, limitless bandwidth, and limitless e mail. In apply, these limitless values are restricted when it comes to service. You cannot use your limitless storage as a large backup tank the place you dump gigabits of video, for instance. They additionally state, “accounts that adversely have an effect on server or community efficiency should appropriate these points or will probably be requested to improve to a digital or devoted server.”

In different phrases, in case your website all of a sudden turns into some form of viral hit (you fortunate factor!), you are in all probability going to must pay extra to maintain your website operating.

There are just a few different wins in InMovement’s most simple plan. First, they host all their plans on SSDs. Even if a website is utilizing caching (which reduces the load on a server), having quick drives is all the time a plus.

Second, the corporate presents SSH entry for even the essential plan. SSH is command-line shell entry to a website. Most entry-level web site operators do not want SSH. Trust me; there are occasions that command-line entry is the one factor that may repair an issue. Having SSH is one thing I think about essential desk stakes should you’re operating a website you care about, however not all hosting suppliers supply it.

Third, the corporate presents a free SSL encryption certificates for all accounts. While the certificates supplied is not as full as a completely skilled certificates, it’ll do for many browsers accessing your website, and you will not have to fret about Chrome flagging your site as “non-secure”.

Fourth, and that is large: The firm presents a 90-day money-back guarantee. This is nice. This not solely provides you adequate time to be taught their service and arrange a website however run it for some time and ensure it really works properly for you. This degree of assure is one thing I’d like all hosting suppliers to supply.

Finally, the Launch program presents free e mail, a web site builder, and a few free advert and advertising and marketing credit.

Dashboard entry

The very first thing I love to do when a brand new hosting supplier is exploring their dashboard. Is it an previous good friend, like cPanel? Is it some form of janky, barely configured open supply or homegrown mess? Or is it a rigorously crafted customized dashboard? These are sometimes those that fear me essentially the most as a result of they virtually all the time conceal restrictions that I’m going to must work round in some way.

When you first log into InMovement’s dashboard, you are greeted with their account administration panel. Here, you may handle your bank card info, get assist, and so forth. Each account can also be introduced as a bit within the panel.



This isn’t the one dashboard you may be utilizing. The important dashboard is cPanel, which is widespread to many, many websites throughout the web. Some administration options can be found in the principle panel and in cPanel. On the one hand, that elevates a number of the extra main duties (like putting in apps) to the account panel. On the opposite hand, that may get complicated.

That stated, there’s cPanel. While cPanel may be irritating at instances, it is a very succesful interface that allows you to handle all elements of your website. InMovement appears to have enabled all of cPanel’s important capabilities, so even with a primary account, I did not discover myself restricted in any manner, and that is a pleasant feeling on an entry-level account.

Installing WordPress

There are definitely different content material administration and running a blog functions you need to use in addition to WordPress. That stated, since 32% of the entire web uses WordPress, it is a good place to start out. WordPress websites may be moved from hosting supplier to hosting supplier, so there is not any lock-in. And by testing a website constructed with WordPress, we are able to get some consistency in our testing between hosting suppliers.

I used to be a bit of stunned to see {that a} WordPress website had already been constructed for me by InMovement. So the very very first thing I did was delete it.

Softaculous is a normal app installer that makes it about as simple to put in a web software as it’s to put in an app in your cellphone. Once I used to be positive that the earlier WordPress recordsdata have been gone and the database was eradicated, I clicked the Softaculous icon. Installation was fast and painless, and in about 5 minutes, I had a WordPress website up and operating.

I desire utilizing Softaculous when it is out there as a result of, though putting in WordPress is usually simple even by hand, there are textual content recordsdata that have to be edited, permissions that must be gotten proper, and a few common fiddling. Softaculous does that every one for you.

Then, in cPanel, I dropped into the MySQL panel, created my database, created a database consumer, and assigned the consumer to the database. The solely gotcha I discovered was connecting to the database. Rather than specifying localhost, I needed to specify localhost:3306, which is the port used to entry the database.

Overall, including an app utilizing InMovement’s cPanel went very easily.

Quick safety checks

Security is without doubt one of the largest points in relation to working a web site. You wish to make sure that your website is secure from hackers, does not flag Google, and may join securely to fee engines should you’re operating an e-commerce website of any sort.

While the scope of this text does not enable for exhaustive safety testing, there are just a few fast checks that may assist point out whether or not InMovement’s most cheap platform is beginning with a safe basis.

The first of those is multi-factor authentication. It’s manner too simple for hackers to simply bang away at a web site’s login display and brute-force a password. One of my websites has been pounded on by weeks from some hacker or one other, however as a result of I’ve some comparatively robust protections in place, the dangerous actor hasn’t been capable of get in.

Unfortunately, I’ve to ding InMovement for what I think about a reasonably critical safety flaw. When you log into their AMP (Account Management Panel), all it is advisable to present is a username and password. There is not any choice to arrange any type of multi-factor authentication (MFA).

Weirdly sufficient, should you log immediately into your cPanel, you may arrange MFA there. That’s most probably as a result of cPanel has authentication constructed into it. But the cPanel MFA is basically nugatory as a result of you will get into cPanel out of your important AMP login. Ouch.

I discussed earlier that InMovement does present a free SSL certificates, which is unquestionably some extent within the supplier’s favor. Even so, SSL is considerably tough to arrange. The factor is, you are going to need SSL as a result of Google is beginning to flag websites that do not have safe HTTP connections (i.e., https://), whether or not or not they are going for use for something that accepts funds.

One fast trick on that entrance, should you use WordPress, is to put in the Really Simple SSL plugin. This plugin makes it practically easy so as to add SSL to your WordPress website.

As my final fast safety examine, I like to have a look at the variations of a number of the important system elements that run web functions. To make issues simple, I selected 4 elements essential to secure WordPress operation. While different apps could use different elements, I’ve discovered that they are often updated throughout the board if elements are up-to-date for one set of wants.

Here are my findings (utilizing the WordPress Health Check plugin), as of the day I examined, for InMovement’s Launch plan:


Version Provided

Current Version

How Old




One month


MariaDB 10.2.17

MariaDB 10.3.10

One month




3 years



1.0.2p (and 1.1.1)

18 months

Note that variations are up to date continually, and so what I discovered on the day of testing might be totally different for you. Use the Health Check plugin throughout your money-back interval to examine variations after which examine to the official repositories to see if what InMovement is providing is sufficiently updated. My testing, although, ought to at the very least give us an thought of how up-to-date they hold their servers.

In common, these outcomes aren’t dangerous. You sort of have to know the element to know the way to learn these outcomes. For instance, WordPress prefers PHP 7.2, so regardless that PHP is just one month previous, it is due for an improve. On the opposite hand, regardless that the cURL library is three years previous, it is up-to-date sufficient to assist TLS 1.2 transactions (utilized in e-commerce) safely.

Also, the corporate helps OpenSSL 1.0.2k, the place the completely most present model is 1.1.1. The gotcha is that when OpenSSL went to 1.1, it broke plenty of code. As a end result, the OpenSSL venture is updating each the 1.0.2 department and the 1.1 department. I do know, it is sufficient to provide you a headache. The backside line is that InMovement is just about the place it needs to be when it comes to the system elements they’re providing on their platform.

Performance testing

Next, I wished to see how the positioning carried out utilizing some on-line efficiency testing instruments. It’s vital to not take these checks too severely. We’re purposely wanting on the most low-end choices of hosting distributors, so the websites they produce are anticipated to be comparatively gradual.

That stated, it is good to have an thought of what to anticipate, and that is what we’re doing right here. The manner I take a look at is to make use of the recent set up of WordPress after which take a look at the “Hello, world” web page, which is generally textual content, with simply a picture header. That manner, we’re capable of deal with the responsiveness of a primary web page with out being too involved about media overhead.

First, I ran two Pingdom Tools checks, one hitting the positioning from San Francisco and the second from Germany. Here’s the San Francisco take a look at ranking:



And this is the identical website from Germany:


Next, I ran the same take a look at utilizing the Bitchatcha service:


Finally, I hit the positioning with Load Impact, which sends 25 digital customers over the course of three minutes to the positioning after which measures the responsiveness.


The Load Impact take a look at exhibits just about what you’d count on. As extra customers are concurrently hitting the positioning, the responsiveness turns into extra irregular. At the start of the take a look at, the response time was about 33ms. By the tip of the take a look at, response time received as dangerous as 228ms.

This is unquestionably a attribute of a lower-cost hosting plan. One of the explanations you pay extra for a hosting plan is that if what you are promoting mannequin cannot maintain a discount of responsiveness.

None of the checks confirmed spectacular efficiency, however I would not count on that for a low-end plan. None of them was horrible, regardless of the C grades proven within the first set of checks.

Support responsiveness

In a phrase (properly, 5 phrases): Way higher than I anticipated. During testing, I had two causes to achieve out in simply getting info for this text. Then one standardized take a look at I take advantage of throughout hosting suppliers to each gauge assist and study their backup choices.

The first contact was by way of chat. I all of a sudden could not log into the AMP and stored getting error messages. I reached out by means of Sales Chat and was transferred to a tech assist chat operator, who requested me to attempt a distinct browser. It turned out to be a Chrome subject. Clearing cookies solved the issue. That chat took lower than a minute to attach.

My second try was looking for out if there was a multi-factor authentication possibility for the principle dashboard, and I simply could not discover it. That one took 10 minutes to attach. Sadly, that one additionally advised me there was no MFA.

The third try was by way of voice. I used to be initially involved that there wasn’t any cellphone assist as a result of typically chatting and ticket methods can take ceaselessly. As it seems, whereas there is not a cellphone quantity to name, there are Skype accounts to connect to. I reached out to inMotion-support, and far to my shock, I used to be related in lower than two minutes.

The agent I spoke to had some affordable solutions. My first query was, “How typically do you backup my account?” His reply: Daily, however every new day overwrites the day before today’s backup.

My second query was, “Do you backup my databases? How do I arrange each day backups for each recordsdata and databases?” For this, he despatched me to the cPanel backup possibility and supplied to ship me an outline of the way to set it up.

Unfortunately, cPanel does not supply an computerized, each day, incremental backup (so you may restore from final Tuesday, for instance). He was unable to inform me how to do this and even refer me to some scripts to take action.

There are literally a ton of choices. I take advantage of the service from GoDaddy to backup my WordPress websites, however WordPress plugins do the identical factor.

The agent talked about it could be attainable to arrange a cron job to do such an computerized backup however did not share any sources for getting the job accomplished. Here’s one way to do it, only for the document.

Overall, particularly for a budget seats plan supplied by InMotion, I assumed assist was simply advantageous.

Overall conclusion

You by no means wish to get your expectations too excessive for a bottom-end plan. The economics of operating such a super-cheap providing is that the supplier has to make it up on quantity. Professional and enterprise hosting plans with a lot of visitors and efficiency should, out of necessity, price extra.

The solely technique to actually know what it is like to make use of a service is to run a stay web site on it for just a few years. That stated, I used to be fairly happy with InMovement’s providing. The primary checks I carried out indicated a well-equipped service with consideration to upgrades and assist.

Combine that with a 90-day assure, and I can not consider a motive to not suggest you try it out.

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