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Key features

  • 24/7 technical support
  • WordPress integration
  • 99.9% uptime guarantee
  • 30-day money-back guarantee
  • Free solid state drives

Great reasons to choose A2 Hosting

  • Over 100,000 websites being hosted worldwide.
  • WhoIsHostingThis users rate A2 Hosting as 4.6 out of 5 – Outstanding.

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Tech support was able to migrate a domain that I was unable to do. It came from an obscure hosting system that did not have a cPanel and I got lost in the process. I was very happy to discover that they had it done the next day

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I've been online pre-WWW, from the BBS era through Netscape as the only browser, and up to today's constant involvement with more websites than I can remember, and just as many hosting companies. I said that so I could say this; I've never experienced better features, functionality, up-time, and support - tech, billing & customer - than what I receive at A2 Hosting. These folks give me peace of mind worth a great deal more than the reasonable prices they charge - and earn!

 
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I'm an A2Hosting customer for almost a year now.
As a technical consultant myself I'm really nitpicky about IT services.
A2Hosting is the best I've came across so far based on tons of testings and deployments around (I've benched up to 10 providers before)
What seduce(s)|de me:
• Clear and simple pricing
• Limited but more performant offers
• CPanel-powered features
• Advanced functions
• Billing made easy
• Tons of services and features if you need

The support is rock solid and very available, I had one major DNS incident related to a subdomain, the team has been able to resolve.

I also love their SSD-powered servers, their integration with CloudFlare and the advanced DNS features you can play with.
Finally, they have excellent uptime and latencies worldwide.

If I had some cons:
• Sometimes the support just doesn't treat the tickets, and no news, but it's very rare (less than 5% of my tickets)
• No PHP caching on shared servers (opcache, etc...)

Definitely a company I recommend

 
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A2 Hosting provide an excellent service service in all respects. This includes: (1) a high-spec infrastructure (eg SSDs, choice of hosting centres) with many extra features bundled into the contract (eg automatic server-based backup, anti-virus protection, etc); (2) superb technical support accessible/delivered in a number of ways (eg high quality self-service knowledge base, online chat & a real person helpline); (3) support staff who are responsive, knowledgeable & patient; (4) efficient billing support in resolving issues (eg moving domain billing between accounts); and (5) good value-for-money for a quality product. In fact A2 Hosting's service has been so consistently good over that past two years I have moved my company's web services account to them.

 

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I host all of my own and my family's websites on GoDaddy, but I decided to try out A2 hosting for my newest venture and I'm glad I did. Their support people are very attentive. I also have good feedback from visitors in regards to the server response time, which is most important for me because of my SEO needs (and a general desire to provide a good UX). So far, everything seems to be meeting my expectations, which are quite high coming from one of their direct competitors.

 
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I am not from a digital technology background, yet I find myself involved with it daily. A such; I also often find myself in need of assistance with a variety of website related issues, as we overhaul and upgrade our website, https://www.urbreg.com. Recently, I again had a need for customer support from the folks at A2 Hosting.

Within minutes of submitting my trouble ticket, Justin Drago, one of the Technical Gurus, not only had the problem fixed and issue resolved, but he communicated the results back to me as well. This has been my experience, each and every time; I contact A2 Hosting for help. Absolutely remarkable service!

Some people have told me I could find cheaper Hosting than I pay for, at A2. I say NO WAY! I was with other companies in the past, and the results were disastrous. If you count your time and daily business stress as being worth anything, then relative to the Customer Service you receive from A2 Hosting – they are a bargain! Their Guru Team is available 24/7. And, they know what they’re doing – no guesswork. Swift, thorough, expertise professionally delivered every time, in the past year that I have been with them.

Given all of the foregoing, I would highly recommend A2 Hosting to anyone who has needs for the various types of services they offer. These days, technology matters. And when you need help with it, you need someone you can count on. A2 has proven their worth and beyond to our Firm. Thank you for your help and patience with my technological shortcomings, to all who work there!

Very sincerely yours,
Al (Alan) T. White
CEO & Senior Managing Principle
URBANE INTERNATIONAL GROUP

 
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A2Hosting`s team are really fast to answer my questions whenever I was stumped trying to get something done. Even with my basic self-managed VPS hosting plan, they helped me, usually with one or two email exchanges, without trying to tell me to upgrade to a more expensive plan. And since I`m a beginner in web programming, I had quite a share of things I didn`t know how to do at first.

 
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I wanted to change my domain and I had to no experience how-to. Thank goodness for A2 Hosting that I managed to. They gave me step-by-step instructions and their support is unbelievable. I've been messing up a lot of time and A2 Hosting never fails me. My site is much faster than my previous one, and I am ultimately satisfied. Keep it up!

 
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I was with A2 hosting for 2 years. I was very happy with the speed and the website security they provided. I was also very happy with their prisces adn the general customer's interface.
I was not so happy with their support. I 've bought their TURBO shared hosting plan which was INDEED a turbo plan. But during the 24 months I only needed (really needed) their technical support for 6-8 times and their response exceed the 4 - 6 hours! This is not acceptable, especially when you have hosted corporate websites up there!
I have to undeline though that they 've improved their support response speed, the last 12 months. Additionally, I would really appreciate to had been able to edit the php.ini variables without having to open a support ticket! This was very time consuming when someone is developing a big - full of content website.

 
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I keep referring people to A2, and now have been using them for any new client sites when they allow me to choose the host. Great speed, price, and each time I have needed support they have been top notch. If you need web hosting, look no further.

If you need anything from simple website hosting to more complex dedicated server solutions they can get you covered.

 
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A2 Hosting is the best hosting company I have used to date. Their online support is fast and efficient and has assisted me with any problems I have had promptly.
Their servers are fast and fully featured with everything needed to run professional websites, and security is their number one priority for all their customers.
A truly life changing experience in terms of problem free excellent service for me.
5 Star Service!!!

 
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A2 hosting support is really good. When you ask them to look at your problem, they are reaaly quick. The communicate really good, because they keep you updated in every step. They do not close the ticket before they are sure they have solved the problem. They helped me within a day. DNS issues can be struggle, but they know what they are doing. Thanks guru's.

 
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I switched to A2 on the advice of my developer. They are very proactive about potential Drupal issues. They made the migration very easy and checked on it every step of the way. They alerted me to a malware issue which my developer solved. I just wish that their communication was geared more toward the site owner (not tech savvy) and not the developer. As an owner it is disconcerting to get a email saying your sight is in quarantine and may not be fully functional due to malware. The problem was an easy fix by my developer but it would have been a help if the communication was worded in not such an ominous fashion.

 
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Good. Answers getting from tickets take a little while but I cannot reach on online chat many times, it did seem that people were so busy, even one of them was happy opening a chat with me but did not answer me. So I have to contact through contact form.

 
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Was with BlueHost and had moved my WP site to a dedicated server. Their support was below par. A2 is much more responsive, offers a speedy platform and tools offered are second to none.

Have been very happy for almost 3 years and have no intention to change

Jacques (Ex IT Director for IBM & Nokia)

 
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A2 Hosting is SUPERB! You can start your site at just $3.92/month. It is affordable and its best.
The Cpanel is easy to use and the support is amazing. If you have any questions, contact the support straight away and they will surely help you out.
The features are good.
The UPTIME is great and the best thing is pricing! Every one can afford its plans. You can start initial site very easily and just host it on A2 hosting.
There is less percentage of technical issues as compared to other hostings. The website runs perfectly at A2 hosting, and if unfortunately any issue exist, then their support is there to help us out!
Its amazing!

 
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Reliable and confident..! Great customer service! Dedicated and quick! The chat is a great tool with add value. They have a good level on technical expertise. Their staff is committed and helpful. They have almost all the answers we had needed. For last but not least their up-time services is among the leaders. Great Hosting.

 
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I would recommend A2 hosting to anyone out there. My site was experiencing some issues until i was told that it was an overloading error. Thanks to the guys at the A2 hosting they corrected the problem by removing a bad wp plugin embedded in my site, My site is bug-free right now. I didn't have a clue on how to do this myself. Litespeed server, Unlimited bandwidth ... I mean you get a lot of cool add-on features that comes with their package. It's worth the price.

 
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As a newbie web designer, I wasn't quite sure of what to expect when i signed up with A2 hosting but I got my site up and running in no time.
The uploads of my files to the server was seamlessly easy. The backend UI was easy to navigate. Customer support was made easy with their online chat feature. Not technical issues so far from my end. Everything seems to work well. Server speed is blazing. Plus their SSD will come handy at some point in my site. Great job guys!

 
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Never regret my time with you guys. Money well spent if you ask me. Enhanced website performance and free hackscan to keep my site safe from hackers.The customer service was somewhat ok.
The server migration fee is fair and I also get to claim a free domain for keeps when I registered. Awesome top-notch hosting.

 
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I stumbled upon A2 hosting a while ago and its been an amazing experience. Customer support unbelievably fast. Never experienced any downtime with my website. The unlimited storage & transfer of data is a delight for power users like me. I don't have to worry about SSL certificate as they included this in my hosting package. That's a huge relief considering how cumbersome and expensive SSL certificate cost. Highly recommended.

 
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A2 hosting is one of the best hosting services i had.
You will never be disappointed with them,it is worth every penny.
they have got a good support team,your queries are replied and attended very soon,they not only tell you were you were wrong,but guide you to the right direction.
gofor a2 dont give it a second thought

 
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The team has impressive knowledge to solve problems that are outside the scope of web hosting service. Get help on a problem that was due to my internal network and not related to A2 Hosting. I'm impressed with it so I could simply say that the problem was not with the A2 network.

 
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My site loads faster compared to my other previous hosting provider. Its good to know they also provide some useful apps to quickly create a simple site.The price is fairly decent considering the fact you are paying for SSD and not just shared hosting. Support team is excellent.
Its great to know that A2 is run on clean energy something a lot of hosting company can take a cue from.Never had any major problem with them at least for now. Highly recommended.

 
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I have been an A2Hosting customer for almost a year now. I, being a tech guy, am always apprehensive about any and every IT service I avail. A2Hosting is by far and for sure, the best I have come across so far, after previously having some horrendous experiences from a handful of other Web hosting companies.
Aforementioned are highlights of using A2 Hosting:

• Clear and competitive pricing
• CPanel-powered features
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• Provision of free SSD
• Tons of services and features if you need

The support team is really friendly and helpful, having being able to solve any issues (rarely) I have come across.
I also love their SSD-powered servers which they provide free of cost, along with their amazing integration with CloudFlare. Each and everything about them is smooth as can be which as a website owner, I really appreciate.
Coming to uptime, as over exaggerated as it may sound, I have never faced any downtime. I believe there isn’t much left to ask for. Thumbs up to A2 Hosting from me.

 
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I've been through several managed hosts over the past few years and I finally settled on A2 and I couldn't be happier. I run a small business and A2 is the only company that actually maintains their servers, is consistent with their support, and provides quality hosting space. I'm very happy with them, and I won't be leaving anytime soon.

 
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The only thing hurting A2 is their support "Gurus".
After 18+ years in web development I get a little ticked off when I run into a lazy, arrogant, and dismissive server admins.
First "Guru" says, "your site is up and running fine". It wasn't, from Beijing to New York, none of us could bring it up.
Second "Guru" says, "the domain name seems to have lapsed" It was registered 20 days ago...
I'm still down and currently being ignored. Lovely...
This is by far the worst support team I've ever dealt with.

 
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So far my experience has been good , the service is good and is easy to manage pages and domains . WordPress installation with a single click, and best of all is the price : just 3 euros a month. the quality / price is very good , and hosting is recommended for people starting or small pages. For pages with many visitors do not know what that will endure . Yes, something to keep in mind is that the web and customer service are completely in English .

 
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As a professional web developer I am working for wordpress and various web hosting company over the last 4 years. I have worked with a2hosting a lot's of times for my clients and I am really satisfied with their services and server performance. Their support is awesome!!
Note: Never faced security problem with a2hosting and at the view of security, godaddy and hostgator is the worst hosting.

 
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We have been with A2hosting for more than ten years. We love the service and technical superiority of the persons who solve problems. A2hosting is deserve five stars.

During past years we used to get good technical support. The price is reasonable. We positively recommend this hosting company.

 
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I have been a website owner for seven years. I have tried various hosts through that time. I recently discovered A2 Hosting and I am very glad I did! I did a crazy thing and somehow deleted all my website files. Unfortunately, the server my account was hosted on was down for maintenance and the "server rewind" did not work. My site was down for several days, but they were finally able to find a backup and restore my site to that point. I just need to update several files that were added after this backup. The downtime was more than I would have liked, and I still have some work to do to update my site, but I am very thankful they were able to get me to this point. I feel they went above and beyond what most hosting companies would have done to help me correct MY mistake! I highly recommend them for your hosting needs. Besides the great customer service, they have super fast solid state servers - which is another plus for me!

 
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This is the worst service I have ever had in 15 years of having websites. The website loads very slow and the tech support guys are high school grads at best with little knowledge about technical stuff.

The tech guys just give you the running around and are flying by the seat of their pants. They take advantage of the fact that many clients are not tech guys (their not supposed to be) luckily for me, I'm an Engineer and have worked in IT for years so I was able to see through their nonsense and sent them reports generated with third party online applications that CLEARLY shows there is an issue with their server.

When you know what you are taking about and sent them irrefutable reports from testing done at third party websites, the IT guys (who care so much more about being right then about solving the issue) just stop replying after wasting your time for weeks.

 
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Had received an email from A2 Hosting regarding my website thru them was vulnerable to attacks and I needed to update the software. Unfortunately I initiated the website several months ago but stopped till I could learn more on website building. The email gave me directions on how to fix the problem. However, today was one of those days where I didn't have the time to go thru a lengthy process for fixing a problem. So I opted to call customer service, figuring they could probably fix the problem quicker. When I initially called I figured I'd be listening to elevator music for an hour before I received any help from a real person. But guess what - no elevator music and a real person within less than 10 seconds! I was impressed. The customer service rep was able to fix the situation which was to remove my website until I was ready to develop it and replace it with a "Coming Soon" placeholder. This was exactly what I needed and all done in less than a few minutes. Plus they followed up with an email stating exactly what they had done so that I could save it for my records and refer to it later if needed. Thank you A2 Hosting for superior customer service! You made my day!

 
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I have been wiith A2 for many years. I am a disabled individual who copes wiith chronic pain. The staff at A2 always , always provided guidance, support and care with their cusstomer needs. Although they do not know of my physical challenges, they are always caring, knowledgeable, supportive . Do not hesitate to join A2. It is worth it. They are honest and reliable.

 
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They ROCK! Here's why: What a pleasant surprise to find a company with such a strong focus not only on their technical prowess but a sincere and genuine focus on their customers. I deal with many online services and technical organizations of all kinds and come from a 30-year career in telecommunications. A2 Hosting Rocks!! They have been exceptionally helpful and have exhibited a real desire to help me learn and better understand some of the nuances of the online hosting process in a somewhat complicated issue involving transferring a domain name and nameserver from one host to another. AND, the fact that they are there on the weekends and offer 24/7 support is great! I found that as a customer they don't expect me to be the expert... they are happy to help out regardless of the level of knowledge or competence of their customer.

 
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A2 Support has to be one of the best around. You can get someone on the line almost immediately. I called about changing the name of my website and was told how to do it and how to change the DNS settings from the site where I bought my new domain name. After allowing some time for the domain registry to make the update, I called A2 back and they made the necessary changes on their end pronto. Couldn't be more seamless.

What brought me to A2 in the first place was the advertised speed of loading pages and graphics. It has been everything I wanted and have never had a complaint from visitors. Before this I had tried to other hosting companies. I was often calling one that was a big name in the industry about sluggishness. It would get a little better for a while only to slow down later. Don't hesitate to switch to A2. They make it easy and you can go on with peace of mind.

 
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I've had A2 Hosting for several years for my small law firm. No problems, no sweat, just easy. Then, my email account got hacked and suddenly thousands of spam emails were going out under my name. Soooooooooo....I called the 800 number tech support, and in 15 minutes was up and running again. The spam hack was shut out. In addition my tech guy had me send out and receive test emails to all our accounts and tracked them for me in real time. You don't really know the value of your host until crunch-time comes. H2 was there for me when I needed them. 5 Star service.

 
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Very good support! I recently had some issues with website loading. They found its the page issue nothing with hosting. And they supported even on holidays. Great hosting too. And very much reliable. They have good supporting team which is more important if you are not a techy person.
They have their server location in Singapore too, which I couldn't find from many other hosting providers. They offer a wide range software apps to easily create your website.

 
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Technical support at A2 is very quick to get back regarding questions and problems and the team goes into depth to figure out the problem, not just to get me off the line / off chat. I'm not transferred from one tech to the other like I have been at other hosting services and they don't try to upsell me on new products and services.

 
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I am a newbie, although I'm a bit ancient.... The support team, represented by Lola W. was marvellous and helped me through an issue which prevented me from transferring the hosting to A2. This was a fine example of patience, service and civility which made the experience pretty much pain-free. Vey grateful.

 
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I was pleased with my support from A2 hosting. I am a tech klutz and Ian G. was very patient and helpful to me in helping me get my website migrated to A2 Hosting and in explaining honestly what add on features I needed or didn't need. I am glad I have made this move!

 
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I have used A2 Hosting for a number of years. Support has always been fast and excellent. I do not have a strong background or understanding of how websites work, and when I have run into difficulty, support at A2 Hosting has never failed to resolve my issues swiftly and accurately. A2 Hosting came highly recommended, both buy a friend and by some web creation software I purchased. This is the second web hosting service I have used. One of the features I have most enjoyed is this hosting allows client to use multiple domains.

 
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I changed three providers in my life. I had chosen in 2006 because A2Hosting supported utf8. Now I use A2Hosting for many years. And I do not intend to change it. They offer a large number of services included in the packages. Excellent customer service. Respond quickly even though I am in Europe and them are across the ocean, and there is still night. Now that also supports node.js in shared hosting, so I have one more reason to love them.

 
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I was extremely pleased to find A2 Hosting after several weeks of due-diligence searching through lists of hosting sites. I specifically wanted hosting on an SSD managed VSP server. I feel that A2 Hosting offers great value for the price! Comparing, Buying and Set-up of our hosting account was fast and easy... particularly with the help of 'live chat'. As with any new service, there were a few adjustments that needed to be made in order to keep all the moving parts working together...which is expected in any new service. I appreciate the value, customer service and especially the quality of the hosting plan in which we are invested. I recommend A2 Hosting to anyone looking for a good company selling a value driven product backed by customer service.

 
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I've really appreciated A2's support in migrating my site from another host. While there were a few glitches in my migration due largely to a popular (and sometimes complex) CDN/security service that I have activated on my sites, A2's tech support answered my questions and kept me in the loop regarding progress. The other relatively minor glitches were resolved in a relatively timely and effective manner. I'm very pleased with their services so far, and would gladly recommend them to others. They were also very polite and helpful in answering my pre-sales questions, and I'm happy with the performance-enhancing features that they offer for my sites.

 
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The telephone support was very very good.
It sets a new standard in fact.
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Ian was patient, skilled and proactive.
A2 makes me feel confident because I know there is good help when I need it.
Domains, Hosting, CPanel, DNS, Mail Servers etc. for all varieties of Personal, Freelance and Business can become tricky and so intuitive and friendly help is a novel treat. Thank you for making me feel not completely incapable like so many so called support departments tend to.

 
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I have tried several hosting companies recently, being fairly new to this. I had connection problems to varying extents with all of them; FileZilla could not connect but in some cases net2ftp.com succeeded. The biggest difference was in getting sensible support answers. Here A2 Hosting excelled - maybe wait a day but I don't mind that when the technician has actually read my message and goes to the trouble of finding an answer, coming back until it is settled. Also they actually encourage email requests by ticket, instead of appearing to avoid them if possible. As well as this the clarity of the website instructions, and the useful extra features score highly, and they don't charge extra for every added facility. I am impressed with the free Webdisk program which downloads to your computer for making easy changes to files for upload.

 
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A2 Hosting never fails to impress me with its quick and *caring* response to my questions, issues & concerns. I am an A2 hosting reseller, and I also have various other services from them directly on clients' behalves and on my own. They **ALWAYS** are happy to help, and they are very informative when it's clear that I'm encountering something new as a reseller. I have used them for over a decade now, and I would never leave them. EVER. AND, I've had so very many experiences with clients' hosting vendors who end up sucking, and I switch those clients over to A2 Hosting. Great prices, great support, great service. Thank you, A2 Hosting!!!! - Julie B.

 
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I have no problem with the hosting -- I just can't seem to get the bill from ZenCart so I can pay it. I thought that you might be able to help. I have tried to call them and the phone rings once and then it goes to a busy signal. I certainly don't want my website to be taken down. Thanks.

 
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Excellent service, tried several sites and yes speed does matter and yes A2 can deliver.
Now there are doing the migartaion of my wordpress site Free of Charge, cannot wait when everything is on A2 hosting server to test my website immoibiza es
If someone is looking for speed this is the hosting of your choice

 
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Great features overall hosting features. Different web-hosting plans to cater for different budgets. Positive and quick support response. Customer support follow-up is available via the customer's control panel as well as via email to the customer's in-box: not easy to miss. User Control Panel is easy to use and is up to date. Up-time all the time.

 
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No Complaints.

The log-in page was not displaying and I had an idea where the problem originated, so I submitted a ticket and got a reply right away. It was a WP plugin that had issues with something and they fixed it right away. Knowing that I went into the cPanel and deleted the folder. Problem solved

Thank you

 
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There was a lot of useful help on the phone when I tried to move my domain from another less satisfactory host to A2, which made the transfer a lot easier.
Also there have been problems with my ISP changing allowed configurations where A2 quickly an accurately found a solution.

 
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My previous hosting provider was great - until they were acquired by EIG. Then their service sucked big-time, so I moved to A2. Effortless signup was expected (I'm a new acquisition so of course they're going to be fast). When I wanted to transfer my old domain across, though, I found their support team to *still* be highly responsive, friendly, helpful but above all *fast*. One month after requesting my EPP code from my ex provider, they finally gave it to me. 3 minutes (I kid you not) after advising A2 of the EPP code, I was receiving emails advising that the transfer was underway. 3 MINUTES. Not 3 weeks or months like my last crowd, but MINUTES. This is typical of the response I've had from them, and that's why I've taken the time to write a review.

Oh - and of course great services, features and a fair price! A nice implementation of CPanel and Softaculous and an intuitive account UI that's actually quite easy to find what you're looking for.

Sign up and move to them. You won't be disappointed.

 
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A2 Hosting

a2hosting.com Location: MI, USA Founded: 2003

Pros: SSDs , Free Backups with Server Rewind , Free HackScan

Cons: Backups not guaranteed

A2 Hosting Introduction

A2 Hosting is a web hosting provider which focuses on providing hosting ‘by developers, for developers’. Originally named Iniquinet in August 2001, it was renamed in 2003 and appears to be privately owned. The company is based in Ann Arbor, Michigan (hence the ‘A2’ name). Its datacenter is close by.

Hosting Plans

A2 Hosting isn’t a normal shared hosting provider. For example, it provides multiple versions of PHP with an easy-to-use version switcher. The company’s also very keen to promote its green credentials: it has partnered with Carbonfund.org and promotes remote working, recycling and car sharing.

Hosting is provided in four categories: shared hosting, reseller hosting, VPS hosting and dedicated hosting.

  • Shared hosting is based on an unlimited resource model with a low monthly fee, although the lowest cost comes with a long 36-month contract attached. A2 Hosting uses CloudLinux only. Customers can code their own sites or use Softaculous and/or a site building tool. The company promises that companies that outgrow a shared environment will receive assistance with upgrades if they need a VPS or dedicated server in the future.
  • There are three reseller plans available: Deliver, Achiever and Endeavor, and each steps up the storage and transfer. The lowest cost plan, Deliver, offers 60 GB storage and 600 GB transfer; the most expensive, Endeavor, offers 130 GB and 1300 GB respectively. Resellers can host unlimited client accounts.
  • VPS hosting is split into managed and unmanaged products. VPS packages can be custom-designed by the client and include a choice of Linux OS and A2 Hosting’s own A2 QuickInstaller, a tool which installs common scripts and applications with a click. The managed product is more expensive, as you’d expect, and includes management of software, hardware, network and security.
  • Dedicated hosting is available in two flavors: Flex and Managed Flex. The Flex plan is designed for developers and experts, whereas Managed Flex is designed to be hassle-free and user-friendly. On Managed Flex, cPanel is included for free.

Uptime/Downtime

All of A2 Hosting’s clients get free access to Server Rewind for free. It’s a completely custom backup tool which is accessible via cPanel and provides customers with restore points for files and databases.

The company proudly claims that its servers are privately owned, and only its own technical team will access them. Its data center is located in Michigan and boasts a redundant network, uninterrupted power, diesel generators, static-free floors, air conditioning and SSAE16 certified security: that includes a gated parking lot and key-operated entry to the premises and servers.

A2 Hosting operates a 99.9% uptime guarantee, and it’s very open about its past performance. Each type of server - shared, reseller, VPS and dedicated - has its own uptime figure which is updated in real time on a statistics page. Figures cover the last 30 days, and each individual server’s uptime is published individually. That’s pretty impressive.

Support

A2 Hosting’s technical support department is based in the US, and its website claims that all staff are developers. That might be why it refers to them as the ‘Guru Crew’. The team is available 24/7 every day of the year and tend to work from home as part of the company’s green strategy.

Support is provided via ticketing, a live chat box and a toll-free phone line for US customers. International customers have access to a regular US phone number. The company has a Twitter account which is mainly used for service updates; customers looking for support are directed back to the ticketing system.

A2 Hosting in the News

I didn’t find any negative press about A2 Hosting. Like all hosts, the company has clearly experienced DDOS attacks, as referenced in the tweet below. However, the company seems to be quick to update customers on social media when problems arise.

http://twitter.com/a2hosting/status/226079527573540865

Control Panel

All of A2 Hosting’s shared hosting customers receive access to cPanel 11 as standard. Resellers get the standard combination of cPanel and WHM. Customers on managed VPS and dedicated plans receive cPanel free; unmanaged servers don’t come with any software installed, as you would expect.

A2 Hosting Extras

A2 Hosting offers shared and reseller hosting customers a variety of scripts through Softaculous (WordPress, Joomla etc), plus their own in-house DIY A2 SiteBuilder tool. Customers also get a free site builder (rebrandable on Reseller plans) and CloudFlare CDN. VPS and dedicated plans also come with one or two free IP addresses. There are no marketing credits or free domains on offer at the time of writing this review.

Money Back Guarantee / Cancellation Policy

All hosting customers are able to rely on a 30-day money-back guarantee. The company promises that refunds are ‘hassle-free’. The policy only covers monthly instalments, and customers who pay by check are not eligible for refunds. The policy also doesn’t cover custom server configurations, which could affect VPS and dedicated customers.

Summary

A2 Hosting is a company that’s targeted a niche and done it well. The light-hearted tone of the website is refreshing: it makes prospective clients feel like they’re buying from peers rather than a faceless corporation. On its Careers page, A2 Hosting specifically asks that employees are familiar with Linux, VPS hosting, cPanel, SSL and other tools and software. It’s clear that the company is out to attract like-minded customers who want good quality hosting from a team of staff who genuinely know their stuff.

While A2 Hosting’s services aren’t necessarily marketed at beginners, there’s scope to join up and learn, and support appears to be friendly and speedy. The Server Rewind tool is also a massive plus for people who are ready to experiment with scripting, and the detailed uptime stats are a rarity among shared hosts.

If you’re not big on technical detail, you might not feel comfortable with some of the products, but the friendly approach goes a long way to reassuring newbies they’ll be supported. At the same time, A2 Hosting is clearly a company that wants to attract specialized users, and that’s where it shines.

A2 Hosting Plans

Hosting Plan Features Disk Space Bandwidth Price
Lite WordPress PHP PostgreSQL Dedicated IP Python Linux Unlimited Unlimited $3.92/month
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Swift WordPress PHP PostgreSQL Dedicated IP Python Linux Unlimited Unlimited $4.90/month
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Turbo WordPress PHP PostgreSQL Dedicated IP Python Linux Unlimited Unlimited $9.31/month
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Reseller Produce WordPress PHP Debian PostgreSQL WHM Dedicated IP 60GB 600GB $9.98/month
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Reseller Progress WordPress PHP Debian PostgreSQL WHM Dedicated IP 100GB 1000GB $16.49/month
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Reseller Prosper WordPress PHP Debian PostgreSQL WHM Dedicated IP 130GB 1300GB $26.41/month
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Prestige+ Managed VPS WordPress PHP PostgreSQL Dedicated IP Python Linux 100GB 1500GB $52.13/month
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Power+ Managed VPS WordPress PHP PostgreSQL Dedicated IP Python Linux 75GB 1000GB $53.99/month
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Pinnacle+ Managed VPS WordPress PHP PostgreSQL Dedicated IP Python Linux 150GB 2000GB $68.63/month
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Peak Unmanaged Dedicated Hosting WordPress Fedora Ubuntu Debian Dedicated Server CentOS 2000MB 20MB $248.99/month
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Essential Managed Dedicated Hosting WordPress PHP Dedicated Server PostgreSQL WHM Dedicated IP 500GB 10TB $169.99/month
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Elite Managed Dedicated Hosting WordPress PHP Dedicated Server PostgreSQL WHM Dedicated IP 1000GB 15TB $249.99/month
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Ultimate Managed Dedicated Hosting WordPress PHP Dedicated Server PostgreSQL WHM Dedicated IP 2000GB 20TB $349.99/month
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Leverage Unmanaged Dedicated Hosting WordPress Fedora Ubuntu Debian Dedicated Server Java 500GB 10TB $99.59/month
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Verge Unmanaged Dedicated Hosting WordPress Fedora Ubuntu Debian Dedicated Server Java 1000GB 15TB $165.99/month
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Dynamic VPS Entry WordPress PHP Fedora Ubuntu Shell Access Debian 10GB 2TB $5.00/month
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Dynamic VPS Mid WordPress PHP Fedora Ubuntu Shell Access Debian 30GB 2TB $10.00/month
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Dynamic VPS Top WordPress PHP Fedora Ubuntu Shell Access Debian 50GB 2TB $15.00/month
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A2 Hosting Frequently Asked Questions

  • Where is A2 Hosting located?

    The company is based out of Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA.

  • Does A2 Hosting sell dedicated servers?

    Yes it does. You can choose an unmanaged and managed dedicated server.

  • Is reseller hosting available?

    Yes. A number of reseller options are available.

  • Can I buy a VPS package from A2 Hosting?

    Yes. Choose from managed VPS, unmanaged VPS, or cloud hosting services.

  • Will my hosting plan come with a free domain?

    No. A2 Hosting does not issue free domains.

  • Is there a money-back guarantee?

    A2 Hosting provides a 30-day money back guarantee. After the initial 30-day period, you can cancel any time and receive a prorated refund.

  • Does A2 Hosting offer phone support?

    Yes. Support is available 24/7 by phone, and by live chat too.

  • Where are A2 Hosting's servers located?

    Its main datacenter is in Southfield, Michigan in the United States. It also uses facilities in Amsterdam and Singapore.

  • What programming languages are supported?

    A2 Hosting supports PHP, Ruby on Rails, Python, Ruby, and Perl.

  • Is cPanel provided?

    Yes. cPanel is provided on all plans.

  • What payment options does A2 Hosting accept?

    It accepts major credit cards such as MasterCard, Visa, American Express, and Discover. It also accepts PayPal, 2Checkout, bank transfer, PayU Latam (selected countries), Skrill, check, and money order.

  • Does A2 Hosting allow customers to pay monthly?

    Yes. You can pay monthly with no ongoing contract.

  • Can I get help transferring from my old host?

    If your old host provides cPanel, A2 Hosting will transfer your data free of charge. If your old host does not provide cPanel, you will need to handle the migration yourself.

  • Can I host multiple websites on one account?

    Most plans allow you to do this. The exception is the cheapest shared hosting plan, which is only designed for one website.

  • Is there a sitebuilder tool?

    Yes. A2 Hosting provides a free website building tool with all hosting packages.

  • Does A2 Hosting provide an uptime guarantee?

    Yes. There is a 99.9% uptime guarantee, backed by a service credit for downtime exceeding that figure.

  • What is the backup policy at A2 Hosting?

    Backups are provisioned automatically on managed hosting accounts. On all other accounts, you should make your own arrangements to ensure your data is backed up.

  • Does A2 Hosting support Magento?

    Magento is fully supported. The host will migrate your Magento site if your previous host provided cPanel.

  • Is A2 Hosting suitable for an e-commerce site with SSL?

    A2 Hosting offers e-commerce and SSL support, including the ability to purchase an SSL certificate. It recommends that customers also buy a dedicated IP address. More details are available in its help documentation.

  • Are there any special security features with hosting accounts?

    A2 Hosting has a Perpetual Security initiative. As part of this, it offers HackScan, a security scanner that helps to detect and block hacks before they can damage a site.

  • Are there any CDN services on offer?

    CloudFlare CDN is provided on all plans for free.

A2 Hosting Features

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  • AbanteCart
  • AccountLab Plus
  • Ajax
  • Analog
  • Apache
  • AWStats
  • b2evolution
  • BBClone
  • bbPress
  • BIGACE
  • BlueFish
  • Brim
  • BuddyPress
  • CloudFlare
  • CloudLinux
  • CMS Made Simple
  • Cotonti
  • Credit Card Payment Gateway
  • CubeCart
  • CVS
  • Drupal
  • Elgg
  • Email Forwarding
  • File Manager
  • Flat Calendar
  • FlatPress
  • FormBuilder
  • Free Shopping Cart
  • Gallery
  • GD Support
  • Geeklog
  • Git
  • Green Hosting
  • Help Center Live
  • Horde
  • ImageMagick
  • IMAP Support
  • Instant Activation
  • IP Deny Manager
  • Joget
  • Joomla
  • Kloxo
  • Live Chat Support
  • livesite
  • Magento
  • Mantis
  • markItUp!
  • Mercurial
  • MODx
  • Moodle
  • Noah's Classifieds
  • osCommerce
  • osTicket
  • ownCloud
  • Oxwall
  • PayPal
  • Phone Support
  • PHP 5
  • php-7
  • phpBB
  • phpMyAdmin
  • phpPgAdmin
  • POP3 Support
  • PrestaShop
  • Private SSL
  • Railgun
  • Raw Files
  • Ruby
  • Ruby on Rails
  • sandvox
  • Serendipity
  • Shared Hosting
  • Shared SSL
  • ShopSite
  • Siteframe
  • SMTP
  • Softaculous
  • Spam Filter
  • SquirrelMail
  • SSD
  • SSH Access
  • SSL Certificates
  • Support Forum
  • TinyWebGallery
  • Webalizer
  • WebDAV
  • Webmail
  • Zend Framework
  • ZPanel
  • Zurmo

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