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A2 Hosting Review


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Overall: 4.42
 

A2 Hosting Pros & Cons

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  • Speed: As we’ll see later on, A2 Hosting is one of the fastest providers I’ve ever tried.
  • Advanced features: Their higher plans come with interesting advanced options like staging areas or a server-side caching system.
  • Uptime: They have improved their uptime rate since compared to last years’.
  • Server locations: You can choose to host your website in America (East or West Coast), Europe or Asia.
  • Unmetered storage and bandwidth: Your storage is unlimited (for the highest 3 plns), although your total amount of files can’t be more than 600,000. Bandwidth isn’t metered either.
  • On-demand backups paid separately: If you’d like to use their on-demand backup system to create your own backups, you’ll need to purchase their add-on.
  • Confusing checkout: Even if they are not as pushy as other providers (e.g. iPage), their check out is loaded with add-ons that you most likely won’t need (e.g. paid SSL certificate).
  • Concurrent HTTP connections: All shared hosting plans seem to be limited to 15 to 50 concurrent HTTP connections to the server depending on the plan – this may not be enough for some.

A2 Hosting is one of the oldest providers around. They are originally from Michigan and started in 2001 under another name (Iniquinet). Later on, in 2003, the name was changed to A2 Hosting.

Shared Web Hosting

If you want to launch a site without spending a lot of money, shared hosting should be on your radar. Shared hosting places your site on a server with many other sites, so you share server resources and lower your overall hosting fee. It's a solid form of cheap web hosting, but it isn't particularly powerful. The main drawback is that the other sites that share your server can slow—or even take down—your site, if they crash badly or get a big traffic spike.

A2 offers four tiers of Linux-based shared web hosting: Startup, Drive, Turbo Boost, and Turbo Max. Startup (starting at $2.99 per month) has 100GB of SSD storage and unlimited monthly data transfers, but you're limited to a single domain and just 25 email addresses. Drive (starting at $4.99 per month) builds on Startup by offering unlimited storage, email addresses, and domains. Turbo Boost (starting at $9.99 per month) tops the other two by moving things to NVMe SSDs on A2's AMD EPYC servers, with pre-configured site caching. Finally, there's Turbo Max (starting at $14.99 per month), that increase the resources available to the web server. The memory jumps from 2GB to 4GB, and the servers are 4-core instead of 2-core.

VPS Web Hosting

As with its shared hosting plans, A2 offers multiple Linux-based virtual private server (VPS) packages. VPS hosting is like shared hosting in that multiple sites exist on the same server. The difference? VPS hosting offers more resources per site. There are far fewer sites on each server, and each is isolated from its server mates.

A2's Unmanaged VPS (starting at $4.99 per month), a service designed for experienced web site admins who have their own IT staff, has a baseline Runway 1 tier with 1GB of RAM, 2TB of monthly data transfers, and 150GB of storage. If you go for the next tier (starting at $7.99 per month), the RAM, storage, and monthly data transfer totals increase to 2GB, 250GB, and 3TB, respectively. The following tier, Runaway 4 (starting at $9.99 per month), brings those numbers up to 4GB of RAM, 4TB of monthly data transfers, and 450GB of storage. Finally, the top tier is Supersonic 8 (at a substantial $29.99 per month) with 8GB of RAM, a drop to 2TB of monthly data transfers, but on 150GB of NVMe SSD storage for blistering speed. You aren't locked into those specs, however. A2 lets you spec out its Unmanaged offerings with up to 4TB of monthly data transfers, 32GB of RAM, and 450GB of NVMe storage.

Managed VPS (starting at $34.99 per month) offers a base Lift 4 plan that boasts 4GB of RAM, 150GB of storage, 2TB of monthly data transfers. A2's top-tier Mach 16 plan has 8GB of storage, 150GB of storage, and 4TB of monthly data transfers. The plans come with HostGuard Management service, so you don't have to get your hands dirty with under-the-hood happenings. These managed plans, which see A2 handle the server care, don't allow you to increase the RAM, storage, or monthly data transfer totals. It's noting that both managed and unmanaged VPS have root access options for complete website control; it's standard on unmanaged VPS plans and an option for managed ones.

Dedicated Web Hosting

Dedicated servers are the most powerful web hosting offerings around, as your website shares zero server resources with other sites. If you expect a large amount of website traffic, you should spring for dedicated hosting.

A2 has many Linux-powered dedicated server packages. The managed (starting at $141 per month), unmanaged (starting at $99.59 per month), and Core (starting at $141 per month) servers all have at least two CPU cores, 8GB of RAM, 10TB of monthly data transfers, and two 500GB hard drives. They mainly differ in their abilities to let you obtain root access and use HostGuard Management.

Cloud Web Hosting

Cloud hosting is becoming increasingly common. It differs from traditional hosting in that it spreads resources across multiple servers, whereas traditional hosting pulls power from a single server. A2, like many other web hosts, offers multiple tiers of cloud hosting; unfortunately, they're limited to just the Linux operating system.

Excellent Customer Service

If you're ever in need of technical assistance, A2's aptly named Guru Crew is available to lend a helping hand. Available 24/7 via phone or live chat, the Guru Crew is one of the best customer support teams I've encountered in the web hosting space.

We contacted the team on a weekday morning to learn which plans offer Windows-based hosting (none do!) and how to install WordPress.

A2 offers an Anytime Money Back Guarantee that grants you a full refund if you cancel your account within a 30-day window. Sure, many web hosts offer that type of refund, but A2 one-ups them by offering a prorated refund if you decide to pack it up after 30 days.

An Outstanding Web Host

A2 has nearly everything you'd expected from a top-tier web host, including terrific uptime and knowledgeable and friendly customer service representatives. The company's hosting packages are notably robust too, especially its WordPress plans, which makes it our top pick if you're building a WordPress-based site. A2 lacks Windows hosting, so turn to HostGator or Hostwinds (also Editors' Choices) for building a website on Microsoft's platform.

Shared Hosting starting at $2.99/mo

Domains: 1 Disk Space: Unlimited Bandwidth: Unlimited Control Panel: Yes Money-back Guarantee: 30 days

Blazing Fast Hosting Boost Your SEO & Conversion Rate! Unlimited SSD Space & Transfer Free & Easy Site Migration Free Automatic Backups Easy Money Back Guarantee Speed Optimized WordPress 99.9% Uptime Commitment 24/7/365 Guru Crew Support Free SSL Certificate UP TO 72 % Off STARTING AT $2.99 USD monthly

VPS Hosting starting at $39.99/mo

Virtual Private Servers, or VPS, give you the cost benefits of Shared Hosting with the performance and control of Dedicated Hosting. VPS is a cost-effective hosting option which allows for your to have dedicated resources, increased security, and complete control of your environment. Turbo plans provide even more speed and performance with 20X faster servers! With a VPS Managed Hosting plan from A2 we take care of much of the maintenance, security and network performance while providing you with 24/7 support.

Dedicated Servers starting at $99.59/mo

From 8 GB RAM From 2X500 GB Storage From 10 TB Transfer 2 Cores Intel 3.1+ GHz Money-Back Guarantee


A2 Hosting Customer Reviews

A2 Hosting Review by BIlly Iri

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Overall: 4.50
 

We love working with A2Hosting. Their support is fast and very helpful for us who work in a fast paced environment. They suit us perfectly.


A2 Hosting Review by Saraj

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Overall: 4.50
 

My experience with A2 Hosting has been first class, I have found the service very good, and when initially setting up and needing support, I found support to be prompt and very helpful!


A2 Hosting Review by Ways

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Overall: 4.63
 

Quick efficient response on to how to properly move my website URL.


A2 Hosting Review by Ranjan

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Overall: 4.63
 

The hosting service provided by A2 Hosting is at a great level. The customer service is prompt 7/7 and 24/24. A friendly and helpful service, giving detailed answers in related to all sort of questions have arisen.


A2 Hosting Review by Sheyla

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Overall: 4.75
 

I am using a2hosting few years now and I can not say anything bad about this company. I have Turbo Max Shared hosting plan. For that money, it is the best option if you want to run unlimited websites with unlimited space (free SSL) & LiteSpeed Web Cache included (combination with free LiteSpeed cache plugin for WP loads your website pretty fast - you do not need WPROCKET, SWIFTPerformance or other premium plugins). From my experience support is very prompt and always helpful with setting up everything that I need (I am not a programmer).


A2 Hosting Review by Tracy

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Overall: 4.63
 

every agent i meet is really helpful. probably some do not know how to resolve the problem but they immediately bring it into other agents who is capable. most of the time, my problem is solved.


A2 Hosting Review by Assad

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Overall: 4.50
 

A2 Hosting has been a wonderful and new experience. Putting together a Web page that can be viewed anywhere has been exciting. I have seen some really good contacts and sales come to my business because of A2 Hosting. Looking forward to exploring more with them.


A2 Hosting Review by Arben

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Overall: 4.63
 

Very helpful! Not only great products, but great professional support representatives too. Answered all my questions, and my new website was up and running in a flash. A shout out to A2 Hosting with a big THANKS!


A2 Hosting Review by Al.

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Overall: 4.63
 

It has been a very good experience to have the hosting with A2 Hosting, they are always friendly and trying to answer all my questions, I have no experience in WEB they try to explain to me in simple words how to solve problems.

Rather than an automatic response machine, they are human beings who are trying to help their customers


A2 Hosting Review by Ajeet

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Overall: 4.38
 

I use multiple hosting services, have many domains and do very eccentric things with my web pages using all 100% DIY code. A2 Hosting is very helpful when things go wrong, and mostly it works great but when it doesn't they fix it.


A2 Hosting Review by Dityaram

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Overall: 4.50
 

Friendly interface and even friendlier customer service. Great guarantee option for annual plans to try, excellent overall! Perfect for those just starting a small business - fast and reliable. Highly recommended!


A2 Hosting Review by Abdul Bazar

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Overall: 4.50
 

A2 Hosting support is very good. They are always helpful and always available. They host and support our non-profit, educational, pet bird club website with expertise and professionalism despite my very limited webmaster skills. We appreciate everything A2 Hosting does for us.


A2 Hosting Review by Aron

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Overall: 4.13
 

Excellent customer service helping me fix some DNS issues with the website. Fixed quickly and simply


A2 Hosting Review by Smatra India

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Overall: 4.38
 

Awesome. On all points but especially support. They work with you to fix the problem but also to explain and educate you on what went wrong, why, and how to prevent it from happening again. All without making you feel like a fool.


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Overall: 4.13
 

Always excellent customer service, always sort any problems within 2-4 hours of flagging and very helpful with recommendations and feedback, very happy with the service every time I use them.


A2 Hosting Review by Nancy Richards

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Overall: 4.50
 

This is the best host I have ever used. Support is outstanding. Efficient, no down time, always improving.

Highly recommended.


A2 Hosting Review by Porter Pat

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Overall: 4.50
 

I have found that using A2 Hosting to be easy to use and for me that is important. Issues are resolved within minutes, and I have always received great customer service, friendly and easy to talk to when answering questions. Thank you A2 Hosting!


A2 Hosting Review by Mahendra

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Overall: 4.50
 

Very quick response to support issues. Nice control panel with all the tools a developer needs. The sites run fast without interruptions of service. Lots of add-ons


A2 Hosting Review by Pat

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Overall: 4.50
 

Top notch extremely fast hosting thats got nothing to envy against AWS and all the big providers. A company with a soul and real people behind it willing to throw a hand in kindness whenever needed. Thank you so much.


A2 Hosting Review by Raul Wilkerson

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Overall: 4.50
 

Great response time. Was right on top of my request for assistance. After completion of my migration, received great assistance to get my emails back up and running. Thank you A2Hoating Support! I was impressed.


A2 Hosting Review by Laurence Bradley

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Overall: 4.13
 

Moved to A2 after previous hosting closed doors. So far so good. A2 Hosting works fast, no issues. Well organised with great and knowledgeable tech support. Quick replies to any question. Support team always reply my email in good time with clear instructions how to resolve the issue.


A2 Hosting Review by Taylor

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Overall: 4.00
 

Unlimited space, user-friendly account interface page, and high-security server at a reasonable price.

I had a question about my account billing, when I first signed up with A2 Hosting. I received an email reply to my website inquiry within 24 hours, from a real person who was actually answering my question (not just a copy/paste of a generic response).


A2 Hosting Review by Jeremy Cavanna

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Overall: 4.13
 

Pretty good! Although their support isn't the best, i'd still recommend them. They are decently fast but not the best, but certainly good for the price.


A2 Hosting Review by Ken Pratorius

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Overall: 4.13
 

To all problems my mother faced on her website, we received an answer on the same day.

The customer support really tried to understand the root of the problem and gave us a helpful and satisfactory answer within very little time. We were even able to recover one full website as we uploaded the wrong version by mistake.


A2 Hosting Review by Alfredo Keane

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Overall: 4.50
 

Been with a2hosting for a few years and I’ve been very satisfied with the support team, whether it was security/hacking issues to outages to help with migrations or new services. They were responsive, insightful and helpful.


A2 Hosting Review by Sharan Swift

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Overall: 4.00
 

A2 Hosting has been around since 2001 and they’re most known for their page loading speeds.

In fact, they have delivered the fastest server speeds we’ve seen over the past 12 months. Also, A2 Hosting has a strong uptime, which makes their hosting service reliable.

The hosting plans are developer-friendly, and their “anytime” money-back guarantee is a unique feature.

A significant downside is the renewal rate, which jumps up aggressively after your initial period. However, if you need a fast web hosting service at relatively cheap upfront pricing ($2.99/month) with the ability to scale with your website growth. Then A2 Hosting might be an excellent option for you. Also, their customer support is rather slow.

General Info & Hosting Overview

SPEED: 279 ms (February 2020 to January 2021)

UPTIME: 99.97% (February 2020 to January 2021)

SUPPORT: 24/7 Live Chat, Email, Phone, Ticketing

APPS: WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, OpenCart, and Magento

FEATURES: Unlimited Bandwidth, Free SSL, Cloudflare CDN, Anycast DNS, Anytime Money-Back, Website Staging, DDoS Protection, and more.

HOSTING PLANS: Shared, WordPress, VPS, Reseller, and Dedicated Servers

SITE TRANSFER: Single Free Site Transfer with Shared Hosting ($10/site afterward)

PRICING: Starting at $2.99/mo (renews at $10.99/mo)


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