A2 Hosting was founded in August 2001, and its' headquarters are in Ann Arbor, MI. Originally, the company was called Iniquinet, however it changed its' name in March 2003. This hosting provider focuses on high performance, Linux based hosting solutions. This includes reseller hosting, shared web hosting, dedicated hosting and VPS hosting. Read the following review to learn why the company is known for its' range of hosting services, and round the clock American based customer support.
Server and Network Locations
A2 aims to help individuals and businesses, who want good uptime and fast website speeds. To be successful, all web hosting companies need to provide decent server uptime. The company guarantees 99.9 percent uptime, which ranks among the industry's best. This company is one of only a few hosting providers that offers Swift Server Solid State Drives (SSD) hosting. This type of hosting is said to triple the loading speed of website pages. In turn, this inevitably leads to an improvement in search engine rankings, as well as greater customer satisfaction, more subscribers and better conversion rates.
Customers who use Free CloudFlare CDN, in conjunction with SSD, are said to experience a 450 percent increase in webpage loading speeds. To facilitate this, A2 offers Railgun Network Optimizer free of charge. Customers just have to ask the Guru Crew support team to run Railgun on their websites. The price of Railgun Network Optimizer is $2 per month, if SSD is not purchased as well.
A2 has two data centers in different locations. The main data center is in Southfield, MI, and the other data center is in Reykjavik, Iceland. In both of its' hosting centers, the company uses highly maintained web servers for its' VPS, dedicated and shared hosting packages. They aim to ensure that its' customers' websites will load fast and dependably for all visitors. Customers who cannot afford the dedicated and VPS hosting packages can purchase the Prime+SSD and Prime packages, which are fairly inexpensive (see below). Those with larger budgets, who want more than shared hosting, can opt for dedicated and managed VPS hosting packages instead.
Pricing and Online Discounts
In comparison to other web hosts, A2's prices are neither costly nor particularly cheap. The standard web hosting package costs $4.97 monthly, whereas the SSD web hosting package costs $7.46 monthly. However, customers who search online may be able to find sites offering a twenty percent discount. In this case, customers can purchase standard hosting for only $3.96 monthly, and SSD hosting for $5.96 monthly.
Platform to Manage Hosting
A2 uses cPanel, which is a widely used control panel. From this platform, customers can easily manage their web hosting accounts, and change set up features and settings. For instance, they can transfer website files using FTP, add email accounts, manage their domain name, view their traffic data, set up their database, and do anything else they may require their hosting service to do. Softaculous is included on the cPanel as well. This can install popular software, such as Joomla, WordPress and Drupal, with a single click.
A2 has partnered up with 6Scan (the website security firm) to offer customers free, preconfigured vulnerability scans. Customers also receive exclusive price reductions on 6Scan's vulnerability fixes, hacking protection and malware repair services straight from cPanel. Moreover, customers can use the free server rewind backup service, to quickly recover their accidentally deleted or corrupted MySQL data.
Customer Support Services
All customers of A2 have access to an American customer support team, 24/7. There is more than one review online praising the skills of this team. Indeed, many reviewers say that, regardless of what type of hosting problem they faced, the support staff was reliable and helpful. Support can be contacted by phone, via email, or through a live chat facility. Knowledgebase is available too. The company offers a thirty day, no quibble refund guarantee for customer peace of mind.
A2 Review Final Thoughts
A2's dedicated hosting plans, which can cost $100-$300 per month, are fairly expensive by most people's standards. Nonetheless, small and medium sized businesses, which do not have to manage high
traffic volume, should find their lower level hosting plans perfectly suitable. Indeed, any business or individual who uses Joomla, vBullein or Drupal to build websites will enjoy excellent
loading speeds at an affordable price. The company's BBB page can be found here.