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A2 Hosting Review 2019 - Is This Web Hosting For You ?

A2 Hosting Review 2019

What Is Hosting ?

Hosting is one of the invisible components of your site – when it is good it is imperceptible, but if it is inappropriate it can spoil the whole impression of your site. Hosting is the “site placement” service – the place where your site is physically hosted.

There are so many hosting companies nowadays to choose from, but not all of them will fit your needs. Some hostings have slow website loading speed, which is critical when it comes to google, because this is one of the major factor when it comes to ranking your website higher, but also people don’t like to wait too much.

Other host companies charge too much for their services, when often times they don’t offer something special compared to the other hostings.

Low level security problem is also a often problem, when it comes to hostings, especially the free hosting companies, but some paid also, which is ridiculous to pay and not to have the security, which you are looking for.

There are also other common problems like poor customer support, taking too much time to solve the problem from the hosting companies and a lot of other, but we are gonna take a look at the A2 Hosting Provider.

What Is A2 ?

A2 Hosting

It is a high performance hosting company based in Ann Arbor and founded in 2003. They offer fast hosting services range from shared, VPS hosting, managed VPS, cloud VPS, reseller and dedicated hosting servers.

A2 was the first web hosting provider, which offered PHP 7 Hosting, when in released in 2015 and still does.

PHP7 is the new version of the programming language PHP, it’s previous version was PHP5, which was very slow compared to PHP7, which increases the performance of the website drastiaclly.

When you are choosing a web hosting, you should look for the following things.

  • Operating system (Linux / Windows)
  • Disk Space
  • Monthly traffic
  • Continuity of service (uptime)
  • CPU time
  • Number of mailboxes
  • Number of databases
  • Number of FTP Users
  • Availability of backup system is a very important
  • Availability of good support
  • Number of domains parked
  • Number of additional domains (addon domains)
  • Programming language support (PHP, Ruby on Rails, ASP,…)
  • Control Panel
  • Extras

Overview Of A2 Web Hosting

A2 hosting overview

A2 is well-know with its loading speed and performance in general.

It offers Up To 20X Faster Servers, than other hosting companies at a very affordable price of around €2.70 for shared hosting with the lite solution, which gives you:

  • 1 Website 
  • 5 Databases 
  • Unlimited Storage 
  • Unlimited Transfer 
  • cPanel Control Panel
  • Free SSL & SSD
  • Turbo
  • Free & Easy Site Migration
  • Anytime Money Back Guarantee

To be honest I don’t know other hosting company, which offers you a reliable hosting for €2.70 like A2.

a2 hosting solutions

The Lite option is enough in my opinion for 1 website, but if you are interested in getting unlimited websites, databases, storages, transfers, you can do that too with the swift and turbo solutions.

As you can see the Swift plan offers you 2x more resources, unlimited website, databaes, transfers, storages over the lite plan and I don’t personally know other hosting company, which offers unlimited websites for this money.

But, as we mentioned, if you plan only one website the lite is more than enough and you will see at the bottom of the article my results with it.

The turbo one offers you Up To 20x Faster Page Loads, more resources per user, Enhanced Performance Over Apache. The turbo server is so fast, because:

  • Fewer users per server
  • A2 Optimized – Powered By APC/OPcache & Turbo Cache
  • Uses less CPU and memory than Apache
  • Handles connections faster and more efficiently
  • Provides enhanced stability

It also offers

A2 Optimized Site Accelerator – Pre-Configured Site Caching

  • Powered by Turbo Cache
  • Powered by APC/OPcache
  • Powered by Memcached

The turbo plan also offers WordPress LiteSpeed Cache, it will reduce the loading speed, therefore, you will get Magento LiteSpeed Cache (LiteMage) , if you use magento, WooCommerce LiteSpeed Cache , if you use WooCommerce, same for PrestaShop and XenForo.

A2 hosting with the turbo plan over the lite and swift, if you use magento will give you the following things

  • A2 Optimized Magento
  • Cron Optimization
  • CSS & JavaScript Merging
  • Disabling Logging
  • Expires Headers
  • Gzip Compression

I want to mention that the plans we covered above are about the shared a2 hosting.

Hosting Types

a2 hosting options

The most used hosting is shared by most users. Your site and other sites are hosted on one server, it is easy to use and navigate. If you plan to have one website this is more than enough don’t worry. But if you plan to have a lot of control, options and a lot of space, we are gonna take a look at the others.

Reseller hosting for example is a form of web hosting in which, you have the ability to use your allotted hard drive space, if you have enough of course and bandwidth to host websites on behalf of third parties. You purchas the host’s services wholesale and then you sell them to customers, possibly for a profit

You can see the reseller options of A2, in case you need that type of hosting :

reseller hosting a2

It’s normal for the prices to be like that

Dedicated hosting service also know as managed hosting service is a type of Internet hosting in which the client leases an entire server not shared with anyone else. This is more flexible than shared hosting, as organizations have full control over the server(s), including choice of operating system, hardware, etc.

dedicated hosting a2

The dedicated web hosting of A2 is the most expensive of all their hosting types, but it’s normal compared to what offers, which is very reasonable.

VPS stands for Virtual Private Server, which literally stands for its own virtual server. In VPS hosting, one physical server is split into several logical, independent virtual servers – virtual machines.

vps hosting

With this type of hosting, you have your own virtual machine, logically separate and independent. You can freely configure it and install any desired operating system or software on it. With VPS hosting, the user is responsible for managing his service by paying for the resources he has previously requested.

A2 Performance

You can see the performance of it, by the picture below, which literally proofs that loading speed is a major plus, when it comes to A2.

If your website takes more than 3 seconds, Google will take it into account and will drop you in the rankins, because they want users to have good user experience, when they visit your site.

A2 hosting test speed performance

Furthermore no one wants to wait more than this time, because most people want to get as fast as they can on your website and do the things they want.

24/7 Support

Another thing, which A2, provides is support, you can call them anytime, they also have a live chat, if you have a problem with the services, you are using this will be the fastest way to contact them.

You can submit a ticket to the contact support about existing services, you are using, they have separate sections for the support questions, you can submit ticket about your payments, which is Contact Billing and the Contact Sales, if you are considering new orders.

a2 hosting 24/7 support

Conclusion

Regardless of which of the three shared hosting options of A2, you choose, you also get:

  • One click install of WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, CubeCart, B2evolution, phpBB, SMF
  • SSL certificates, Available Instant Merchant Account ID (US Only) , PayPal Merchant Accounts Available, 1-Click Setup of Magento, Opencart, PrestaShop or AbanteCart
  • Access to Raw Log Files, Webalizer Visitor Statistics, AWStats, Website Statistics, Analog Visitor Statistics
  • Bing/Yahoo Ad credits, Site Listed In Google In 24 Hours w/ Attracta, iContact Email Marketing Trial, 10% Off Templatemonster w/ Code “A2Hosting”
  • Free CDN: This is a CDN (Content Delivery Network) – a service that has multiple servers around the world and copies the static content of your site (images, CSS, JS files – 80% of the volume on a single site) to all these servers. Thus, when a user from a remote location in the world opens your site, the largest volume of your site will be loaded from the geographically nearest server. The result is faster access to your site.
A2 hosting features

Any Time Money Back Guarantee

24/7 Support

Free SSL Certificate

Up To 20x Faster Servers

Very reliable servers

Affordable prices and a lot of opportunities like you can get it for 1 month, 12 months

Offers All types of hosting

Turbo Server

Easy Migration

No Free Domain

Some features are not available, if you are at a lower plan, but you can upgrade anytime you want

Price a little bit high for the turbo plan, but you need it in more specific cases

Reviews From Customers

“I find that the web hosting on A2 hosting is the best……and the tech support again the best… The email is unlimited so that storage is there which is so important.” —

David M Gill August 22, 2019

“First contact with A2 Hosting, and I find attitude excellent, knowledge superior and my confidence is high that my email and web hosting requirements will be in very competent hands. Tim was quick on his feet, had the answers I needed, and I look forward to working with him as I transition to A2. Good day for me, and justified the wait to get on board the live Chat. Bob M.”

Robert M. August 5, 2019

“As a web developer I found a2hosting the most developer friendly shared hosting platform you can have, all tools at your disposal the speed and reliability is just a plus.” —

Imar K. July 24, 2019

“I am 65 years of age and of a generation that building a website is a scary experience. A2 Hosting has allowed me to build a website. I post my blogs, share our business, and have shared the businesses of our friends. Best You Guru has allowed the mission of Best You to share the Authentic Identity Theory and the Achievement by Design process with the world. Thank you A2 Hosting.”

Harry S. September 2, 2019

“First contact with A2 Hosting, and I find attitude excellent, knowledge superior and my confidence is high that my email and web hosting requirements will be in very competent hands. Tim was quick on his feet, had the answers I needed, and I look forward to working with him as I transition to A2. Good day for me, and justified the wait to get on board the live Chat. Bob M.”

Robert M. August 5, 2019

These are only 5 reviews, but they have a lot more, you can access the official site of A2 by the button orange button below with a discount.

I want to share with you my results with A2 hosting with one of my websites. You can see the site speed, which literally blew my mind.

a2 hosting results on desktop

The image above is on Desktop, as you can see.

a2 hosting results on mobile

And this is on mobile

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