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Ranked 780th from 1960 Web Hosting
4.3
Ease of Use
4.3
Features
4.3
Pricing
4.3
Support
4.2
Bethenny Carl
Bethenny Carl
Web Hosting Expert
For beginner webmasters and medium-sized businesses, A2 Hosting offers access to a worldwide server network at a good price relative to its competitors. However, a lack of unlimited storage on the VPS plans means large websites might not be able to take advantage.

Overview

A2 Hosting

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:

  • SSD
  • PHP 7.2
  • MySQL 5.6
  • phpMyAdmin
  • FTP
  • SSH

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
  • Plesk
  • Microsoft SQL
  • One-click WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal installations

For managed and unmanaged Linux or Windows VPS plans, the feature list includes:

  • cPanel
  • Softaculous
  • OpenVZ
  • 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.

A2-Hosting-support

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.

Pricing

4.3

Web Hosting

Plan Name
Storage
Bandwidth
Free SSL
Number of Sites
Price
Unlimited
Unlimited
-
Unlimited
$3.92
Unlimited
Unlimited
+
Unlimited
$4.90
Unlimited
Unlimited
+
Unlimited
$4.90
Unlimited
Unlimited
+
Unlimited
$5.88
Unlimited
Unlimited
+
Unlimited
$9.31
Unlimited
Unlimited
-
Unlimited
$10.78
Plan Name
Storage
Bandwidth
Free SSL
Number of Sites
Price
Unlimited
Unlimited
Unlimited
$3.92
Unlimited
Unlimited
+
Unlimited
$4.90
Unlimited
Unlimited
+
Unlimited
$4.90
Unlimited
Unlimited
+
Unlimited
$5.88
Unlimited
Unlimited
+
Unlimited
$9.31
Unlimited
Unlimited
Unlimited
$10.78
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VPS Hosting

Plan Name
Storage
Bandwidth
CPU
RAM
Price
20 GB
1 core
512 MB
$5.00
30 GB
1 core
1 GB
$10.00
50 GB
4 cores
1 GB
$15.00
75 GB
4 cores
4 GB
$36.29
100 GB
6 cores
6 GB
$49.49
150 GB
8 cores
8 GB
$69.29
Plan Name
Storage
Bandwidth
CPU
RAM
Price
20 GB
1 core
512 MB
$5.00
30 GB
1 core
1 GB
$10.00
50 GB
4 cores
1 GB
$15.00
75 GB
4 cores
4 GB
$36.29
100 GB
6 cores
6 GB
$49.49
150 GB
8 cores
8 GB
$69.29
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Dedicated Server

Plan Name
Storage
Bandwidth
CPU
RAM
Price
1000 GB
2 x 3.10GHz
8 GB
$99.59
1000 GB
4 x 2.40GHz
8 GB
$165.99
1.95 TB
12 x 2.10GHz
16 GB
$248.99
1000 GB
2 x 3.10GHz
8 GB
$141.09
1000 GB
4 x 2.40GHz
8 GB
$207.49
1.95 TB
12 x 2.10GHz
16 GB
$290.49
Plan Name
Storage
Bandwidth
CPU
RAM
Price
1000 GB
2 x 3.10GHz
8 GB
$99.59
1000 GB
4 x 2.40GHz
8 GB
$165.99
1.95 TB
12 x 2.10GHz
16 GB
$248.99
1000 GB
2 x 3.10GHz
8 GB
$141.09
1000 GB
4 x 2.40GHz
8 GB
$207.49
1.95 TB
12 x 2.10GHz
16 GB
$290.49
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Cloud Hosting

Plan Name
Storage
Bandwidth
CPU
RAM
Price
10 GB
2 x 0.60GHz
512 MB
$15.00
10 GB
2 x 0.60GHz
1 GB
$20.00
25 GB
2 x 0.60GHz
1 GB
$25.00
Plan Name
Storage
Bandwidth
CPU
RAM
Price
10 GB
2 x 0.60GHz
512 MB
$15.00
10 GB
2 x 0.60GHz
1 GB
$20.00
25 GB
2 x 0.60GHz
1 GB
$25.00
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Web Hosting

Plan Name
Storage
Bandwidth
Free SSL
Number of Sites
Price
30 GB
409.6 GB
-
$13.19
75 GB
614.4 GB
+
$18.47
150 GB
1 TB
+
$24.41
200 GB
2 TB
-
$40.91
Plan Name
Storage
Bandwidth
Free SSL
Number of Sites
Price
30 GB
409.6 GB
$13.19
75 GB
614.4 GB
+
$18.47
150 GB
1 TB
+
$24.41
200 GB
2 TB
$40.91
More Details

Bottom line on A2 Hosting

A2 Hosting offers a very reasonable price point for shared hosting and VPS hosting plans that have a global geographic reach. Beginners, as well as webmasters with high-traffic sites, will find excellent value here. However, large websites will struggle to find a CPU-and-storage combination that meets their needs.

Pros

  • SSD
  • 99.9% uptime guarantee
  • Free SSL
  • 30-day money-back guarantee

Cons

  • No unlimited storage for VPS plans
  • No free domain registration
Bethenny Carl
Bethenny Carl
Bethenny eats, sleeps, and breathes digital marketing. She helps clients take charge of brand awareness and create lead generation strategies via a number of marketing channels, including email, social media, SEO, and content. When not a marketing superwoman, you can find her playing with her three dogs on her five-acre property, or planting yummy treats in her vegetable garden. (She is also a bit of a Real Housewives junky, #guiltypleasure!)

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