Honest review – a2 hosting review
The internet began way back in the 1960s. at that time it was mostly just the packet switching networks. Today it is a huge global system of Interconnected Computers that uses the Internet Protocol Suite (TCP/IP). even till 1991, it was mostly used in the fields of Sciences and Engineering for the purposes of research and education. And mostly the organization CERN used it; and there were just a small number of web pages. The World Wide Web was created by a British CERN physicist Tim Berners-Lee in 1990. Still the expansion of Internet wasn’t that great. But when in 1993, the CERN announced that the World Wide Web will be made available free to the general public and anyone will be able to use it. Also that, a graphical web browser for Windows, Mac computers was created in that same year.
This helped greatly in expanding and popularizing the Internet. Many websites came up, and the multimedia graphics in the websites, pictures, sounds, videos, interactives etc attracted many people to them. A website is typically identified by a common domain name and published on at least one web server.
Owning a website became very much profitable and it greatly helped their whatever offline business they had in the real world. Hence, even more number of people became ambitious and dreamed of owning a website. To host a website on the internet, an Organization or an Individual would need their own Computer and a web server; but then that was a bit expensive to operate, especially for the individuals, and not all the Individuals had even the expertise to do it. hence, Web Hosting Services came into existence. A Web Hosting Service is a typical Internet Hosting Service, that allows the Individuals and Organizations to make their website accessible via the World Wide Web; they provide space on a server owned or leased for use by clients, besides providing an Internet connectivity in a Data Center. The owner of the websites also called the Webmasters, would be able to create a website that would be hosted on the web hosting service’s server and published to the web by the web hosting service.
As the number of users on the World Wide Web grew the pressure for companies to have an online presence grew. hence, even the Web hosting service companies grew. some of them local, regional, some of them global.
The Internet also continues to grow driven by ever huge amounts of Entertainment, Social networking, e-commerce, online Info, and Knowledge. The web hosting companies provide different types of web hosting services, some or all of the following: Shared, Re-seller, Virtual Dedicated, dedicated, Managed, Co-location, Cloud, Clustered, Grid. One of today’s leading web host is the A2Hosting.
A2Hosting was created in the year 2003 in the town Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA. Actually it was created in the year 2001 with the name Iniquinet as a modest start-up business to serve a few clients. But was relaunched, and the name changed to A2 in 2003. although A2Hosting isn’t as popular and as famous as other web hosts like HostGator, GoDaddy, BlueHost,etc this company is still reputed for their blazing fast speeds and mind blowing customer service. It accomplishes this by owning all of its own web servers. Their data centers are located in three locations around the world. One primary in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA. The other two in Europe in Amsterdam, and in Asia in Singapore. The CEO of A2 Hosting is Mr. Bryan Muthig. And the Director of Business Development is Andy Melichar.
I am a website owner based in India. At first for a year, I used many hosting companies and used to change them more frequently, I then switched to this A2Hosting. A2Hosting provides web hosting services in 5 types: Shared, VPS, Cloud, Re-seller and Dedicated web hosting. In shared Linux plans,
There are 3 types:
1. Lite for $3.92/m,
2. Swift for $4.90/m,
3. Turbo for $9.31/m.
Its good that so many plans are made available by them, as the needs differ from person to person. In my Turbo shared hosting plan, I get Unlimited websites, databases, storage, transfer. Plus also the Plesk Control Panel. Free SSL and SSD. A2 Site Accelerator. Their Turbo technology, which makes my site loading, up to 20x faster. One Amazing thing I liked here is that, they offer an Anytime Money back Guarantee. Which obviously I haven’t thought about yet. That’s because that good my experience has been with the service. One very Unique thing I like to mention here is that A2Hosting is a Green hosting company. They have a deep sense of protecting the environment for the future generations even at the Global level. They are 100% carbon neutral. With carbonfund.org they work on reforestation and promoting energy efficiency. They also do Green hosting practices in their own company, by tasks like, telcommuting, recycling old servers, planting trees, reducing trash, and the usage of the solid state disk drives. All this so very resonates with me, because even I am a green warrior. I love Nature.
Okay, back to A2Hosting, following are the Pros and Cons of this web host.
This uptime thing is very critical for any website, because even a few minutes of downtime can make a big loss. But A2Hosting triumphs in it. They gave an average uptime of 99.97% over the past 1 year. Believe me, my website hardly faced any issue.
Fastest shared hosting provider.
A2Hosting is really a very fast host. With their Turbo technology which boost page load speeds up to 20x, the page loading time is the smallest among all the web hosts tested. I have actually felt that.
Best Customer Support.
This I can easily vouch for, Their Gurus are available 24/7/365 through email, chat, phone or ticket submission. By my own experience, I say the quickness of their response is mind blowing. Always I was satisfied. Very helpful and knowledgeable they are.
The HackScan is a free service which has dual web hosting firewall, virus scanning, 24/7 security monitoring and brute force defense; to keep hackers out of your site.
Free Site migrations.
A2Hosting provide site migrations from the other web hosts absolutely free. The initial reason I came here. Hehe. But it is an amazing offering, which very few web hosts have.
Installing Drupal, WordPress, Joomla, Magento and OpenCart is a simple 1 click process.
Money back Guarantee.
You wont believe, when I bought the Shared hosting plan of A2Hosting, it was just a 30-day money back guarantee; but now it is whopping Anytime. The best among all web hosts really. Hats off.
Besides that, they coax very less for upsells.
There are so many payment methods too; Bank Transfer, Skrill, PayPal, Money Order, PayULatam, Credit Card. Name them all.
The fact that they have their server location in 3 continents is also a big plus. I experience a more faster page load time because I have got the Singapore server for my site.
The storage disks are SSDs, which are more efficient, green and help in faster page loads.
They have a Quadruple Redundancy Network, because of which even after a multiple server failure, your site will still be up. Isn’t that amazing.
Phew, after these many Pros, lets take a look at the Cons of A2, since nothing in this world is perfect.
More Expensive than average.
For all the many features and benefits you get, the price also will be bit higher. And since the prices keep on changing regularly, we can’t even execute any discount coupons properly.
Restrictions ob cheaper plans.
Their more famed Turbo boost 20x tech is available only for the Turbo plan. And more such features.
Mod_perl, Plexum, HTMLDoc, PDFLib, MSSQL or ColdFusion not supported.
Well, that’s all about it. A2 offers plenty of plans, with plenty of important features. Apart from the bit higher pricing, the many benefits we get, makes A2hosting a must buy for all. They truly deliver on their promises. My own experience has been the best. A powerful and solid host for every kind of website owner. Just go for it.