A2 Hosting Hosting Review

A2 Hosting is a hosting company that tries very hard to emphasis speed and WordPress optimization. They’re also one of the more environmentally-friendly servers in the world, with a strong environmental ethos, carbon free server space in Iceland, a commitment to plant trees, and a retired server recycling program.

Other than the environmental commitments, A2 Hosting provides some excellent services for any hosting requirement. All of their servers run SSD for optimal server speed and have an unlimited resources offering, including space, data transfer, and (depending in which package you sign up for), email accounts, databases, and domains.

A2 Hosting integrates smoothly with WordPress, Joomla!, and Drupal and PrestaShop for their ecommerce solution (they also offer Magento and OpenCart as well).

Prices starting at $3.92/Month

Features

  • Lots of add-ons, including Turbo Server (x20 speed) and Performance Plus, to maintain speed during high traffic times
  • US and European server locations
  • PHP 5.2, 5.3, 5.4 or 5.5, with the ability to switch between them quickly and easily
  • 5 Star reviews, A+ BBB rating, and 24/7 “guru support”
  • A2 Optimized WordPress plugin for faster site speeds

Plans

Like many hosting companies, A2 Hosting offers a wide range of plans designed for a wide range of website needs.

Lite – $3.92/Month

  • 1 Domain
  • 5 Sub Domains
  • 25 Parked Domains
  • 5 Total Databases
  • 25 Email Accounts
  • Unlimited Storage
  • Unlimited Data Transfer
  • $25 Advertising Credits

Swift – $4.90/Month

  • Unlimited Domains
  • Unlimited Sub Domains
  • Unlimited Parked Domains
  • Unlimited Addon Domains
  • Unlimited Total Databases
  • Unlimited Email Accounts
  • Unlimited Storage
  • Unlimited Data Transfer
  • Backup Protection
  • $25 Advertising Credits

Turbo – $9.31/Month

  • Unlimited Domains
  • Unlimited Sub Domains
  • Unlimited Parked Domains
  • Unlimited Addon Domains
  • Unlimited Total Databases
  • Unlimited Email Accounts
  • Unlimited Storage
  • Unlimited Data Transfer
  • Backup Protection
  • $25 Advertising Credits

Like so many hosting providers, these prices are only seen if you elect to commit yourself to one host for at least a year. If you are unwilling to make that type of commitment, you will have to pay more per month for the same type of service.

If these plans don’t seem like enough for your needs, A2 Hosting also provides both VPS and Managed VPS hosting options as well as dedicated servers. These hosting packages begin as low as $9.89 a month and go up from there depending on which package you choose.

Hosting for Developers

A2 Hosting pride themselves on their customization options, emphasizing that they’re a developer-friendly hosting service, covering all of the major databases, languages, and frameworks including:

  • PHP (4 versions)
  • Unlimited MySQL 5.5 databases
  • PostgreSQL 9.1
  • phpMyAdmin & phhpPgAdmin
  • SSH access
  • Apache 2.2
  • Ruby on Rails
  • Python
  • Ruby
  • PERL
  • Git, CVS, Subversion & Mercurial

Speed

The owners of A2 Hosting are obsessed with speed and many users find them to be one of the fastest shared hosting providers around. All sites feature a complete SSD solution so all your files will be stored on some of the fastest hard drives around. If you run a WordPress site, you can expect even faster speeds thanks to the A2 Optimized plugin that will help you configure WordPress to run as fast as it possibly can.

Uptime

A2 is very transparent about their server uptime statistics. The server uptime statistics are tracked by a third party system and the systems are scanned every 5 minutes. The results show that their servers are either meeting or beating industry standards. If that’s not enough, know that they readily make this information available to you so you know exactly how reliable their service is.

Customer Support

A2 Hosting has earned an impressive reputation when it comes to support, especially after the sale has been completed. In most cases, they respond within an hour and will help you every step of the way until your problem is solved. In the last three years they have only had four customer complaints. Most hosting providers can’t say they only had four complaints in one week, much less three years. One thing is guaranteed, you will always find someone willing to help you if you have a problem with your hosting account and you can expect that no matter what they problem, they have the knowledge and experience to help you resolve it as quickly as possible.

Final Thoughts

A2 Hosting, with their emphasis on speed and diverse plan structures make it the perfect home for both beginners just beginning their web journeys all the way up to professional developers who need access to fast servers and the latest technology for their design needs.

Their excellent track record of superb customer service has given them the reputation of being one of the most reliable and fastest providers around and they work hard to back that claim up. If you are looking for WordPress hosting, A2 is tough to beat thanks to their custom plugin designed to enhance the performance of any WordPress site right out of the gate.

Prices starting at $3.92/Month

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