Today I am going to present you another web hosting review. That is about A2 web hosting.
A2 Hosting is started in 2001 and offered some of the fastest server speeds within the past two years. And also with excellent customer support, developer-friendly hosting plans, and “anytime” money-back guarantee even.
It’s uptime fluctuated over the past few months. And once your first purchase period ends, their renewal rates jump vigorously.
Furthermore, if you are looking for a hosting company with a faster web hosting service and quite cheap pricing around $2.96 per month, A2 Hosting will be a pretty good choice.
Keep reading to get an idea about A2 Hosting.
General Information and Hosting Overview
|OUR VERDICT||Fastest Shared Web Host|
|SPEED||317ms (February 2018 to January 2020 average)|
|UPTIME||99.93% (February 2018 to January 2020 average)|
|SUPPORT||24/7 Live Chat|
|APPS||WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, and Magento|
|FEATURES||Unlimited Bandwidth and Storage, Free SSL, Anytime Money Back|
|HOSTING PLANS||Shared, WordPress, VPS, Reseller and Dedicated Servers|
|SITE TRANSFER||Single Free Site Transfer|
|PRICING||Starting at $2.96/mo (renews at $8.99/mo)|
|Our Free Support||Yes|
Advantages of using A2 Hosting
The main pros of A2 Hosting are their super speed, friendly customer service, very good security features, the liberal refund policy, and even they are environmentally conscious. Let’s have a look at them.
Fastest Shared Hosting Provider (317ms)
When you go to A2Hosting.com you will see a recurring theme: Speed!
Starting from the homepage they talk about the speed. Almost all their features are designed to make your site super fast. Similarly, their pricing plans are named Swift and Turbo, etc.
Without any doubt, we can assure you that A2 Hosting is the fastest shared hosting provider among the ones we have tested. And they are being the fastest for several years also. As you already know, page loading time is a key factor to keep the website visitor around!
A2 Hosting average load times:
Friendly and Efficient Customer Support
If you want to find a quick solution for your issue, A2 Hosting gives hundreds of articles in their knowledge base. So, you can refer to them anytime.
But if you are looking for live chat support, they are ready to provide everything from chat to phone and ticket-based help.
During our review, we tried to contact the live chat. But it took around five minutes to connect to the live chat session.
Even though the beginning was too slow, the rest of it went great.
Our guy Julio was very cooperative answering all our questions straight away within about 30 seconds. It doesn’t seem like he wanted to refer or anything like that. When considering the whole thing, it was good.
Free “HackScan” keeps your site safe
Usually, extra scanning, firewalls, or layers of encryption slow down the users. Therefore online, speed and security don’t go hand in hand all the time.
But fortunately, A2 Hosting is capable to preserve the speed without affecting security. That is because their servers are secured by “HackScan, which is a 24/7 monitoring service that scans for malware and all other cyber attacks. As prevention is always better than cure, you must avoid the issues before they cause problems. That way your site will be kept safe.
And also using A2 Hosting will protect you if a denial of service attack (DDoS) comes in. The particular attacks try to flood your servers with traffic and make your site go offline. So you don’t have to worry about that if you are with A2 Hosting!
Free Site Migrations
A piece of very good news is A2 Hosting will move your existing website to their servers without costing you a buck. Just contact their customer support department with your cPanel account credentials, that’s all.
You should only consider the number of sites, based on your purchased plan. You can learn more by reading their terms.
If you are planning to get Lite, Swift, or Turbo you will only get a single site migration for free. But if you are buying the reseller, dedicated, or managed VPS hosting you will get 25 migrations for free.
But there is a special point. That is the migration will be 100% free if you are providing cPanel access to your existing sites. Or else they will charge a small amount for additional work.
Content Management Systems (CMS), Website Builders and Developer Friendly Tools
With all main content management systems, A2 Hosting works smoothly. You will be able to install a WordPress, OpenCart, Drupal, Joomla, or Magento site without developer help.
For those sites, A2 Hosting offers special features. Ex: A2 optimized WordPress plugin with Turbo plans.
Furthermore, A2 Hosting has its own website builder, known as SiteBuilder. If you are searching for a tool to customize your site without googling a single HTML tag, the SiteBuilder will be a very good choice. But don’t forget that the pricing and plans are quite different than the normally shared hosting plans.
Additionally, A2 Hosting is compatible with a Cloudflare CDN account. So that will load images and large files separate from your server, making your site super fast.
A2 Hosting also provides tools to webmasters or agencies to host multiple sites under one roof. Those are admin level access on servers, free server rewind backups, and several versions from PHP to MySQL, PostgreSQL, Python, etc.
Anytime Money-Back Guarantee
Previously A2 Hosting had the ordinary 30-day money-back guarantee. But they have changed that to an “anytime” money-back guarantee.
So that you will be able to ask for a refund even after one year or two years. And get a prorated amount back for the remaining time.
But there are some facts you need to understand.
The first one is any refund request after the first 120 days will be issued via PayPal. And additional services (domain registrations, set up, or migration fees) are non-refundable.
Green Web Hosting
The hometown of A2 Hosting is Ann Arbor, Michigan which is also known as the “Tree Town.” As they claim they have 50,000 trees and 150 parks giving a moral obligation to help protect the earth from global warming.
Moreover, they have joined with Carbonfund.org to support recyclable energies and reforestation. And also have a “FutureServe” green hosting initiative to help offset emissions from their servers.
Although this is not something that is helpful to you when choosing a web hosting company, it is nice to know that you are also a part of their green web hosting.
When we first signed up (in 2015), the uptime of A2 Hosting was pretty good. However, we have noticed a little reduction in performance during the past two years.
But somehow they have managed to achieve a standard result of 99.93%.
Average uptime during last year:
- January 2020 average uptime: 99.99%
- December 2019 average uptime: 100%
- November 2019 average uptime: 100%
- October 2019 average uptime: 99.99%
- September 2019 average uptime: 99.99%
- August 2019 average uptime: 99.95%
- July 2019 average uptime: 99.85%
- June 2019 average uptime: 99.70%
- May 2019 average uptime: 99.98%
- April 2019 average uptime: 99.99%
- March 2019 average uptime: 99.83%
- February 2019 average uptime: 99.94%
Disadvantages of A2 Hosting
Apart from those pros, A2 Hosting has some cons also. Let’s take a look at them.
High Renewal Rates and 15 Day Deadline
As I have already mentioned in some previous reviews, prepaying for three years will save a couple of bucks from the monthly price, which may add over the course of 36 months.
A2 has given a better deal to its clients with special introductory pricing that is around half of the normal price!
But when the initial term completed, automatic renewal will come into play and switch the pricing to the “regular” one. This is a trick used by most of the web hosts. So be aware of that.
As their terms say, you must submit a written cancellation request “15 days before the beginning of the Renewal Term” via their customer portal or by emailing them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Now you may be thinking that what if you miss the 15-day window? Let me answer. You will be at the end of paying the next renewal plan, that will renew automatically. You won’t be eligible to receive any kind of refund.
Limitations on Cheapest Plan
Now the introductory price for the least expensive hosting option in A2 Hosting is $2.96 per month. Even though that is not the lowest price we have seen, that’s quite good.
However, if you compare the price with the service, there will be some incompatibilities. The Lite plan (which I mentioned in the above paragraph) will give you only one website, unlimited storage, a free SSL, the site migration, and anytime money-back guarantee. We think those are not enough to make A2 Hosting better than other servers like Turbo. They will offer “up to 20* faster page loads”, server rewinds, and offsite backups even.
That will be similar to their website builder plan also. The least expensivExpensive option gives you only a single page for $4 per month. You will realize, that it is not satisfactory to create a website.
A2 Hosting Pricing, Hosting Plans and Quick Facts
The following are the shared hosting plans of A2 Hosting.
- Lite Plan
Starting from $2.96/month
Unlimited bandwidth and storage
A free SSL
cPanel control access
- Swift Plan
Starting from $3.70/month
Supports unlimited websites, databases, storage, and transfers
Single site migration
- Turbo plan
Starting from $7.03/ month
Everything from Swift plan
Turbo 20* speeds
A2 site accelerator
Important: If you use the “Wdbegginer” coupon, you can get discounts.
- Ease of sign up
Just three steps. Quite easy.
- Payment methods
Credit card, PayPal, Check or Money Order, Bank Transfer, Skrill, PayULatam
- Hidden Fees and Clauses
Higher renewal rates than the introductory period. Make sure to cancel 15 days before the Renewal period, or else you will be charged automatically. Please keep in mind that domain name purchases are not refundable and only one site migration is free of charge on their shared hosting plans.
- Account Activation
- Control Panel and Dashboard
- Installation of Apps and CMSs (WordPress, Joomla likewise)
Available at checkout
What is our recommendation?
Yes. We recommend the A2 Hosting.
During the past few years, A2 Hosting has given a reasonably best speed. All of their shared plans come with a free SSL certificate and single free migration. And also they have a very friendly and cooperative customer support. Additionally, the uptime is also good.
And the best thing is if you have problems as a client you can ask for a refund at any time.
The bad things are higher renewal rates and although you bought the most expensive Turbo plan they only give you a single free site migration.
So in conclusion, A2 Hosting is somewhat good, but it is not the best we have seen either.