A2 Hosting is based in Michigan, U.S.A., but it provides Windows and Linux shared hosting and VPS plans using servers in the U.S., U.K., Canada, France, The Netherlands, Singapore, and India. The A2 Hosting website is available in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.
Features and Ease of Use
A2 Hosting offers website hosting from a worldwide network of servers with geographic proximity to North America, Europe, and Asia. All of its plans come with a 99.9% uptime guarantee, and a free Let’s Encrypt SSL certificate, but unfortunately no free domain.
The feature list for Linux and WordPress plans includes:
- PHP 7.2
- MySQL 5.6
Plans also come with cPanel, and access to hundreds of one-click installations via Softaculous. You also get server rewinds and daily offsite backups. And for advanced webmasters, support is offered for Apache plus the Python and Ruby programming languages.
For Windows shared hosting plans, the feature list includes:
- Account backups
- Microsoft SQL
- One-click WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal installations
For managed and unmanaged Linux or Windows VPS plans, the feature list includes:
- KVM Virtualization
- Scalable RAM and storage upgrades
Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) is available for managed Windows plans, while root access is available for all unmanaged plans.
Pricing and Support
A2 Hosting offers a full 30-day money-back guarantee on all of its plans. You can also cancel at any time after the first 30 days and get a pro-rata refund for unused service.
Three competitively priced shared hosting plans are available with 1 or 2 CPU cores and 0.5 to 2 GB of memory, but webmasters using more than 50 GB of storage will probably need more power than is available. By contrast, beginner webmasters get everything they need at a good price.
The managed VPS plans come with 4 to 8 CPU cores, 4 GB to 8 GB memory, and 75 GB to 150 GB disk space. The ratio of price-to-value as you move up through the tiers isn’t great. Also, performance caps are low relative to what you can get elsewhere. Webmasters running high-traffic blogs will find excellent value here, but e-commerce stores will likely find the storage space too little despite the good price.
A2 Hosting offers 24/7/365 support, and I found them to be very good overall. As you can see below, my email was answered within eight hours.
You can call the company, and there is a live chat option, but there was a three-hour wait for a representative when I tried to connect. An extensive knowledge base, broken down by subject, can answer many commonly asked technical questions.