A2 Hosting Review

A2 Hosting Review Summary

In the past one of the best hosting providers around, today A2 Hosting has slightly lost its shine. Speed is the lifeblood of any website today and they have gotten a bit unstable of late. Still, reliability is decent and their attention to detail can be seen in prudent plan revisions on occasion.

https://www.a2hosting.com
HostScore
78.07%
Response Time
187.39ms
Uptime
99.97%

A2 Hosting Pros

  • Server locations in North America, Europe, and Asia
  • Free website migration assistance
  • Custom optimizations tools available
  • High sign-up discounts and anytime money back guarantee
  • Developer-oriented features even on shared hosting
  • Encrypted backup solutions available
  • Root access with all VPS plans

A2 Hosting Cons

  • No free domain name
  • Free site transfers mainly for cPanel installations
  • HTTP/2 only on TURBO plans

Editor's Review & Recommendation

Having tested many web hosting services over the years, A2 Hosting remains one of my favorite picks. It ticks many of the key check boxes that I find to be so desirable in a hosting provider. It has a good reputation and offers a good mix of performance and features.

In the case of A2 Hosting they have the performance (updates: A2 speed has been unstable recently, see performance chart below) and reliability to back it up.

Features come a close second and here, whatever they do not provide by default, you can pay extra for if you really need it. In terms of cost, some would consider A2 Hosting a little high up on the scale but considering what they offer I think it is a fair price, especially combined with sign-on discounts and the anytime money-back guarantee.

For Newbies and Individual Bloggers

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A2 Hosting offers customized features needed to boost blog performance.

To be honest, the term blogging is overused nowadays since there are blogs that get anything from 1 pageview to others that handle literally thousands of pageviews a day. Suffice to say that no matter the level you are at now there is always room to grow at A2 Hosting. It also offers many features that you will be hard-pressed to find elsewhere such as pre-setup free SSL and tons of optimization extras for content management systems like WordPress.



A2 Hosting Performance

A2 Hosting Shared Hosting Uptime

Shared hosting uptime for A2 Hosting is tracked from the US, with seven backup locations. Average uptime for the past 30 days has been 99.99%.

A2 Hosting Shared Hosting Response Time

Average aggregate response speed for A2 Hosting is 235.10ms. A2 Hosting shared hosting response time is checked every four hours from ten locations.

A2 Hosting VPS/Cloud Hosting Uptime

VPS/Cloud hosting uptime for A2 Hosting is tracked from the US, with seven backup locations. Average uptime for the past 30 days has been 99.95%.

A2 Hosting VPS/Cloud Hosting Response Time

Average aggregate response speed for A2 Hosting is 139.67ms. A2 Hosting VPS/cloud hosting response time is checked every four hours from ten locations.

A2 Hosting Plans & Pricing

A2 Hosting Shared Hosting
Lite
$3.92
/per month
1 website
Unlimited storage
1 CPU core
0.5GB memory
Free website migration
Anytime money back guarantee
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Swift
$4.90
/per month
Unlimited websites
Unlimited storage
2 CPU cores
1 GB memory
Free website migration
Anytime money back guarantee
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-

Turbo
$9.31
/per month
Unlimited websites
Unlimited storage
2 CPU cores
2 GB memory
Free website migration
Anytime money back guarantee
Turbo server (20x faster)
A2 Site Accelerator

A2 Hosting VPS/Cloud Hosting
Power+
$25.00
/per month
4 CPU cores
4 GB memory
75 GB RAID-10 storage
2 TB data transfer
Free account transfer
cPanel control panel

Prestige+
$35.00
/per month
6 CPU cores
6 GB memory
100 GB RAID-10 storage
3 TB data transfer
Free account transfer
cPanel control panel

Pinnacle+
$50.00
/per month
8 CPU cores
8 GB memory
150 GB RAID-10 storage
4 TB data transfer
Free account transfer
cPanel control panel

A2 Hosting User Satisfaction

    Masood Ahmad

    "Good but can improve"

    I like to prefer people to buy a2 hosting because of some good features like regular site backup, money back guarantee, a2 optimized features and the speed is quite good but there are something which a2 hosting company can improve to do well in the market.

    First: the live chat session takes sometime 30-40 minutes of waiting. And customers are always in hurry so company should look into it.

    Second: sometime when we try to open a ticket and resolve the queries may take upto 24-48 hours of replying which I personally felt very frustrating. So company should look into it.

    Third: speed is good but not excellent someone can rely upon.
    So this is my honest review of a2 hosting.

    Yes, recommend

    Blair Peery

    "Purchasing process is sub-par"

    Buying from A2 Hosting: I wish the WHOIS privacy service had been broken out as a separate line item from the domain registration itself on the purchase website and the invoice, so I could have seen what I was paying for. That would have avoided confusion, and required fewer Support tickets.

    Beverly V. did a good job explaining the situation. She shouldn’t have had to if the A2 Hosting purchasing and invoice process were in any way sensible.

    Yes, recommend

    Aksshit Wadhwa

    "Very Good experience"

    I’m using A2Hosting from a long time and I’m very happy with their hosting. They have good speed and nice customer support. I shifted from iPage to A2Hosting and that was my very best decision.

    I’ve seen many users get speed issues in their hosting. But I’m not getting any speed issues. I get very good speed on my blog. It’s all about the optimization of the site. Please blame Hosting but that’s not only thing by which you can increase your speed, you have to optimize your site also for better speed.

    Thanks –

    Yes, recommend

    "Useful for Bloggers"

    I using this hosting for the last 2 years and I will recommend you to use A2 hosting because it’s speed and features are so simple to use.

    If you want to do affiliate marketing with blogging, this is the best option for you.

    Yes, recommend

    "A2 Hosting - Awful Experience"

    I switch from SiteGround to A2 looking for better performance as advertised. But is one of my worst decisions in that topic. It impacted severely our website dropping visitors, raising bounce rate and SEO. We had 3000 visitors a day before switching and it dropped to approx 1000 a day. One year later we are still struggling to get back to where we were. I assume my part of not noticing the performance degradation before. But it was just an awful experience. I don’t desire this for anyone.

    No, don't recommend

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