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1. Plans and Pricing
A2 Hosting wins with its beginner-friendly features and money-back guaranteeFor budget-friendly shared hosting, you’ll have to go to A2 Hosting as DigitalOcean doesn’t offer them. But if you need cloud plans, DigitalOcean’s cloud VMs are worth considering along with A2 Hosting cloud hosting plans. Though the starting cloud hosting plan of both costs the same and use SSDs, DigitalOcean offers more variety to choose from. However, with A2 Hosting, you’ll get more beginner-friendly features, which makes it deliver value for money.
A2 Hosting Web Hosting
Plan NameStorageBandwidthNumber of SitesPricePlan NameStorageBandwidthNumber of SitesPriceStartup100 GB SSD700 MB1$2.99More detailsDriveUnlimited SSD1 GBunlimited$5.99More detailsTurbo BoostUnlimited NVMe2 GBunlimited$6.99More detailsTurbo MaxUnlimited NVMe4 GBunlimited$14.99More detailsMore details
With A2 Hosting, you can get a full 30-day refund. If you cancel after the first 30 days, you’ll get a prorated refund of unused service. DigitalOcean doesn’t have any refund policy.
DigitalOcean Cloud Hosting
Plan NameStorageBandwidthCPURAMPricePlan NameStorageBandwidthCPURAMPriceStandard Plan 125 GB SSD1 TB1 vCPU1 GB$5.00More detailsStandard Plan 250 GB SSD2 TB1 vCPU2 GB$10.00More detailsStandard Plan 360 GB SSD3 TB1 vCPU3 GB$15.00More detailsStandard Plan 460 GB SSD3 TB2 vCPU2 GB$15.00More detailsStandard Plan 560 GB3 TB3 vCPU1 GB$15.00More detailsStandard Plan 680 GB4 TB2 vCPU4 GB$20.00More detailsStandard Plan 7160 GB5 TB4 vCPU8 GB$40.00More detailsStandard Plan 8320 GB6 TB6 vCPU16 GB$80.00More detailsStandard Plan 9640 GB7 TB8 vCPU32 GB$160.00More detailsStandard Plan 10960 GB8 TB12 vCPU48 GB$240.00More detailsStandard Plan 111280 GB9 TB16 vCPU64 GB$320.00More detailsStandard Plan 121920 GB10 TB20 vCPU96 GB$480.00More detailsGeneral Purpose Plan 125 GB SSD4 TB2 vCPUs8 GB$60.00More detailsGeneral Purpose Plan 250 GB SSD5 TB4 vCPUs16 GB$120.00More detailsGeneral Purpose Plan 3100 GB SSD6 TB8 vCPUs32 GB$240.00More detailsCPU Optimized Plan 125 GB SSD4 TB2 vCPUs4 GB$40.00More detailsCPU Optimized Plan 250 GB SSD5 TB4 vCPUs8 GB$80.00More detailsCPU Optimized Plan 3100 GB SSD6 TB8 vCPUs16 GB$160.00More detailsMore details
A wider variety of hosting plans plus user-friendly features helps the green host winA2 Hosting is a carbon-neutral hosting provider that offers shared, managed WordPress, email, and reseller hosting along with managed/unmanaged VPS, cloud VPS, and dedicated servers. DigitalOcean offers developer-friendly SSD cloud servers. DigitalOcean’s Standard Droplets (VMs) offer more resources than A2 Hosting’s cloud VPS (25GB SSD-3,840 GB SSD vs. 20GB SSD-50GB SSD, 1-32 vCPUs vs. 1-4 cores, etc). In terms of cloud infrastructure, A2 Hosting VPS uses the high-performance SwiftServer Platform with SSDs and Turbo Servers to deliver up to 300% faster page load speeds and up to 20X faster page load times. It also offers root access and VPS customization. DigitalOcean’s VMs come with floating IP addresses, load balancers, cloud firewalls, API, CLI, and client libraries, multiple pre-installed software, 1-click apps, free Let’s Encrypt SSL, and automated backups. With A2 Hosting’s shared hosting, you’ll get a quadruple redundant network, free SSL certificate, RAID-10 storage, 1-click installer, website builder, free migrations, and free automatic backups (except the basic plan). To compare DigitalOcean and A2 Hosting’s key features, check this feature comparison table.
Despite almost neck-and-neck cloud plans, A2 Hosting wins, thanks to its wider range of hosting plans and user-friendly features.
|Hosting Types||Shared, managed WordPress, email, and reseller hosting plus managed/unmanaged VPS, cloud VPS, and dedicated servers||Developer-friendly SSD cloud servers|
|Free SSL Certificate||✓||✓|
|Disk Space||20GB SSD-50GB SSD (cloud VPS)||25GB SSD-3,840GB SSD|
|Automatic Backups||✓(files only with managed VPS)||✓|
|Control Panel||cPanel, Plesk||Plesk, CyberPanel, and VPSrobots|
|Email accounts||Unlimited||Not mentioned|
|Free Site Migration||✓||×|
|Money-Back Guarantee||30 days; prorated refund after the first 30 days||×|
Multiple speed-enhancing features plus a decent performance helps A2 Hosting edge past DigitalOceanA2 Hosting has servers in Europe, the U.S., and Asia. It uses multiple speed-enhancing features including LiteSpeed servers, SSDs, Cloudflare CDN, APC (Alternative PHP Cache), Memcached, SPDY, and WebSocket, to name a few. Though DigitalOcean has 12 global datacenters, all locations aren’t available for its Droplet plans. It uses SSDs and free CDN for enhanced hosting performance.
A2 Hosting offers a 99.9% uptime guarantee backed by a credit system where you get money back after the first 0.1% per month. It also did well across North America in our performance tests but could have done better in other regions. Check its performance details at our expert A2 Hosting review. Digital Ocean offers a 99.99% uptime guarantee and performed well in our tests. Check our in-depth DigitalOcean review to find out more.
A close match but A2 Hosting manages to winWith A2 Hosting’s Perpetual Security (including KernelCare and HackScan), your website will always stay protected. Other notable security features (with shared hosting) include free Patchman enhanced security tool, automated backups, two-factor authentication, reinforced DDoS protection, dual firewall, and brute force defense. Some fundamental security practices of DigitalOcean include SSH keys, firewall, VPC (Virtual Private Cloud) networks, service auditing, unattended updates, disabling the directory indexes, and regular backups. Thanks to its Perpetual Security, A2 Hosting wins this round.
Both hosts fair badly but A2 Hosting has a slight edge over DigitalOceanA2 Hosting delivers 24/7 support through its Guru Crew. You can reach it via phone, live chat, and support ticket. Though its support claims to be one of the best in the industry, our expert reviewer’s experience wasn’t so great. Its huge knowledgebase offers adequate self-help though. Support tickets are the only way to reach DigitalOcean but you could have trouble submitting them just like I did. For self-help, you can use DigitalOcean’s tutorials, articles, documentation and resources, and its online community. With its slightly better support, A2 Hosting wins this closely-fought round.
Despite some tough competition from DigitalOcean, A2 Hosting wins convincinglyA2 Hosting won in all five categories though DigitalOcean gave it some tough competition in some of these. A2 Hosting’s support leaves room for a lot of improvement though, especially if it really aims to deliver top-notch support as it claims. So, I would recommend A2 Hosting in this matchup, which is also featured on our list of the best web hosting services.
Plans and Pricing
Budget-friendly shared hosting, managed WordPress hosting, email hosting, reseller hosting, managed/unmanaged VPS, cloud VPS, and dedicated servers
Affordably-priced developer-friendly SSD cloud servers
High-performance SwiftServer Platform with SSDs, Turbo Servers, root access, and customizable VPS; quadruple redundant network, free SSL certificate, RAID-10 storage, 1-click installer, website builder, free migrations, and free automatic backups
Floating IP addresses, load balancers, cloud firewalls, API, CLI, and client libraries, multiple pre-installed software, 1-click apps, free Let’s Encrypt SSL, and automated backups
99.9% uptime guarantee backed by a credit system; LiteSpeed servers, SSDs, Cloudflare CDN, APC, Memcached, SPDY, WebSocket, etc.
99.99% uptime SLA; SSDs and free CDN
Perpetual Security (including KernelCare and HackScan), free Patchman enhanced security tool, automated backups, two-factor authentication, reinforced DDoS protection, dual firewall, and brute force defense
SSH keys, firewall, VPC networks, service auditing, unattended updates, disabling the directory indexes, and regular backups
24/7 support through Guru Crew via phone, live chat, and support ticket; massive knowledgebase for self-help
Support tickets; tutorials, articles, documentation and resources, and online community for self-support