AVA is a company in Vietnam that offers web hosting, email hosting, reseller hosting, website design, domain registration, and image editing. Its team consists of IT engineers and graphic designers. The company’s servers are housed in Houston, the United States and its website is available in Vietnamese only.
Features and Ease of Use
Web hosting from AVA comes in two categories namely, Hosting and Hosting Pro. Each has Linux and Windows OS plan variations. For Hosting, there are six plans on each variation and five each for Hosting Pro. Customers on them get to have the following resources:
- Up to eight addon domains
- Daily/weekly automatic backups
- Either 35,000 MB or unlimited bandwidth
- Anywhere from 1500 MB to 30,000 MB storage space
It backups the SQL databases daily but the entire website (including your codes and design files) is backed up every Sunday. If you need to restore a backup, you’ll have to give the company a 24-hour notice. If it’s an emergency and you can’t wait for 24 hours, it’ll charge you.
AVA supports ASP, ASP.NET, PHP, and Perl on the Windows hosting plans. You’ll also get MSSQL along with MySQL databases. On Linux hosting, you can program with PHP, Perl, and Python. For databases, you get MySQL only.
You can either write your code paying attention to the programming scripts that it supports, or install a Content Management System (CMS) to help with a more beginner-friendly design outlook. While you can install whatever CMS you want (as long as its core programming language is supported), there’s no one-click installer. You’ll have to Google how to set up CMSes manually. You can upload/transfer files with FTP, and SSH access to get through over an unsecured network.
Pricing and Support
The shared hosting plans start out cheap but as you go higher in plans, you’ll find out that it becomes expensive for the features on offer. The reseller hosting plans offer little for much for a high price. Given that the resources are too small, you can’t section them to many customers for a fair price.
AVA doesn’t offer one-month subscription billing. You have to pay for at least six months on some plans but on some other plans, it must be at least a year. If you pay for a year on Hosting Pro, you’ll get a free website template worth $50 from Template Monster. You can pay by bank transfer. If at any point after payment you need to upgrade, you’ll have to contact support and state your request so that it can push your remaining balance to offset the cost of the new plan.
Customer support is available 24/7 through email, phone, and fax. Also, there’s remote support through TeamViewer. It doesn’t have a knowledge base but there’s an FAQ on hosting. The only part that might help you in managing your account is about DNS, but it’s not comprehensive. I sent an email to customer support but didn’t get a response.