We want to say it from the beginning of this review: A2 Hosting is one of the best choices overall.
In fact, there are some great technical features that make websites stable, fast, and capable of upgrading seamlessly, not to mention a money-back guarantee with basically no time limits.
This company is around since 2001, and many people run their websites (and businesses) on these servers.
The likely best feature, the one which attracts more customers in the first place probably is website speed.
We’ll see more of that later because it’s really worth mentioning.
In addition, other features like uptime, customer service, introductory prices, further entice users to consider A2 Hosting.
So, we recommend considering this hosting provider, because it’s good, and also people who are just starting out can find it useful and handy to use.
If you don’t want to read the full review, you can jump to the conclusions and make faster decisions.
If you want to learn a bit more about A2 Hosting, keep reading, and discover all pros and cons of the likely fastest hosting providers on the market.
A2 Hosting: What You Need To Know
There are several other hosting providers, such as InMotion Hosting, which prefer to address more advanced users, and, despite being adaptable to every need, do not attract so many people who are just starting out. This is not the case of A2 Hosting for sure.
Speed and reliability are the big, bold claims of this company.
From their home page, you have the possibility to interacts with their support team to learn more about what their plans can do for your case: it’s something like a “guidance service” for people who are starting a website, but also for those who already own a website and are considering to change hosting provider.
We like their clarity because they are straight to the point in telling you what they provide so that you can decide, or, if you cannot make a decision, you can always refer to the support service, even if you are not their client yet.
In general terms, this hosting allows integration with many CMS, meaning one of the most adaptable solutions you can find.
Benefits are very many, are there are several reviews to make it clear.
A2 Hosting Reviews
If you take a look at reviews on A2 Hosting posted on Trustpilot as a reference, you notice that their services are considered “Great”.
There is not much to add: just to give you a better idea, the most liked things are (among others):
- Technical support
- Availability of many features
- Ease of use
- Ease of migrating sites
- Great for both newbies and developers
- and more
There also are some people who complain, but it’s totally normal if you consider the huge amount of websites that run on their servers: not to mention that not all people are equal, meaning that personal experience can vary a lot, even when the specific problem is the very same.
A2 Hosting Uptime
This is another great feature of this hosting provider.
They care a lot about uptime, and you can find on their home page that the value is around 99.9%.
According to some other sources, uptime should be around 99.98%, meaning that their claims are accurate.
This is very important, especially if you own a website with tons of data: in these cases, you’re totally covered.
A2 Hosting Speed
This is the top-notch feature provided by A2 Hosting.
We can say that this is the fastest hosting, and we’ll see even better when we’ll consider their hosting plans, namely the “Turbo” Hosting.
We also like a lot that they prove this claim, by referring to specific tests carried out with GTmetrix, and other similar websites.
By doing so, they also show what you can do to speed further your website, in the case of some issues that may occur.
Always about speed, you can for sure look at the 2nd in this special ranking, namely SiteGround hosting.
SSH A2 Hosting
You have the possibility to use SSH, the protocol that provides secure command-line access to your A2 Hosting account.
This is one of the features advanced users like so much, and this hosting makes it available for free.
It’s one of the very many tools you can activate as default once logged into your control panel.
A2 Hosting Alternatives
There are so many alternatives you can use for hosting a website, however, it really depends on what you’re looking for, because there is no “magic wand” that can select the best for your case.
We post below a series of other reviews to consider carefully:
- Bluehost Review: 13 Proven Facts That Make It Good
- HostPapa Review: 6 Underhanded And 14 Genuine Reasons To Consider
- GreenGeeks Review: 1 Smart Host And 17 Reliable Services
- DreamHost Review: 22 Guaranteed Gains For WordPress Lovers
- SiteGround Review: 12 Priceless Tools For Great Websites
The only thing you can do is read them all, then think about what you need the most (Disk Space? Unlimited Databases? VPS? Dedicated Servers?), and make the most informed decision.
A2 Web Hosting
There is a wide offer of plans and solutions to basically fit all needs.
Also, in this case, the Shared Hosting plan is the most purchased by customers.
This because is the best to start with, and you are free to scale up according to your business growth.
We also want to focus your attention on Managed WordPress Hosting, which we’ll see later, and Managed VPS, one of the most liked solutions in general because it allows leaving the hard work to a dedicated team, while you can focus your attention on your business.
In the screenshot above you see all introductory prices for each plan: they are very good, probably not the very best, but among the best for sure.
In the following sections, before diving deeper into Shared Hosting, and other plans, we want to spend a few words on some “special hosting offers” you can purchase.
They are packed with specific things to fit special needs, and they are more than good.
A2 Hosting CDN
The first one we want to consider is hosting with dedicated CDN, a must for people who want to boost the performance and security of their websites.
You can activate CDN in many plans, but the most recommended is “Turbo Boost”.
This plan is the fastest you can currently find on the web, and you can benefit from unlimited websites, unlimited storage, free automatic backups, cPanel interface, not to mention the 20X faster speed.
You can sign up for a little fee (renewal prices are higher, but well deserved), and your CDN system will give you a significant performance boost, because of the following features, among others:
- 40% Faster CPU Performance
- 2X Faster To First Byte
- Can Handle 9X More Traffic
- 3X Faster Read/Write Speeds
This hosting also ensures more security, because of a special, reinforced DDoS protection, along with free HackScan Protection to help block hacks before they can do damage to your site.
Finally, you also have a dual firewall and other minors (but effective) security protections.
A2 Hosting Node js
We want to mention the possibility to work on the likely fastest and more reliable Node.js Hosting solution.
As you see from the screenshot posted above, there are three plans to choose from.
Once again, you can benefit from the “Turbo Boost”, with significant improvement in website performances.
More specifically about Node.js, they prepared a special set up on their servers, so that you can easily set up Node.js applications with the cPanel graphical interface, but you can also use the command line.
The “Swift Server” platform will give you further benefits for what concerns speed and ease of development tasks.
A2 Hosting MySQL
This is another asset for A2 Hosting: it’s about MySQL Hosting for developers.
This is very advanced stuff, and we don’t want to spend a lot of words on that.
But, if you’re a developer, you’ll simply love this opportunity, because this probably is the best MySQL hosting platform currently on the net.
High performances are guaranteed by “ultra-fast” Swift Servers, and there also is the possibility to couple this hosting solution with the “Turbo Boost”, to even better performances.
By doing so, you can reach speed 20X faster than any other MySQL hosting competitor.
This solution is compatible with all major development platforms, for maximum adaptability to all developer’s needs.
A2 Hosting Migration
There are some specific plans that allow free migration of websites.
They are very clear when it comes to website migrations, in fact, you can see from the screenshot above what plans make it available for free.
If you are not on such plans, you must pay a fee, but in all the above-reported cases, the website migration is free of charge.
There are not so many hosting providers that write so clearly their rules about site transfers.
A2 Hosting Plans
In the screenshot below, we have a summary of their hosting plans to choose from.
The #1 choice is Shared Hosting, which also is one of the best on the market because it’s full of interesting and useful features for all needs (not just for people who are starting out).
For more advanced users, you can go for Managed VPS, and/or Managed Server, however, you can see that introductory prices are not so cheap.
We recommend considering Shared Hosting even if you already know what to do, because, unlike many other competitors, features are highly useful for everyone.
So, let’s dive a bit deeper into this Shared Hosting plan because it really deserves great attention and interest.
From the Startup to the Turbo Max, you have tons of good features to work with.
We really like the Turbo Boos, because it’s simply the best when it comes to fit the needs of established businesses, and people who are just starting out.
In fact, it’s packed with additional features to help you in the following aspects:
- Website ranking in search engines
- Reduction of bounce rates
- Capability to handle 9X more traffic
- Availability of LiteSpeed High-Speed Enhanced Web Server
- Availability of Turbo Cache
And these are just a few of the many features you can activate as default: a more than a huge offer, for a shared hosting plan, no questions asked.
You can get even more with the final plan, called Turbo Max.
A2 Hosting Turbo
This is quite insane, for a shared hosting offer, to be honest.
Not so different from Turbo Boost plan, however, you can rely on 5X more resources, which is just insane (in a positive sense), if we consider that we are on shared hosting, and the previous plan already was exceptions, in the matter of website speed and performances.
In short, we recommend following their suggestions, as written below every single plan in the screenshot posted above.
If you own a personal blog, go for the Startup plan.
If you’re just starting out, and you want to grow your business, go for the Drive plan.
If your business is established, go for Turbo Boost or Turbo Max.
The idea is to start small, and grow later, according to your business needs: in that, A2 Hosting is probably the best.
A2 Hosting Laravel
The plans we considered before also apply to Laravel Hosting.
They run on the exclusive, high-performance Swift Server platform.
Also, in this case, you can choose to work with the Turbo Boost plan, to get page load speeds up to20X faster than standard drives.
A2 Hosting Moodle
If you’re into the e-learning space, you may like a lot this integration.
In fact, A2 Hosting integrates with the Moodle course management system.
You can install it by using Softaculous, one of the best tools to get started online (with WordPress and not only).
Without adding any further details, there’s a detailed procedure to follow, and also how to configure it in the best possible way.
cPanel A2 Hosting
This is another great news: you can use cPanel as a control dashboard for your A2 Hosting account.
We want to spend a few words on a special thing that is exclusive of A2 Hosting and included in their cPanel.
This feature is called “Server Rewind Backups”: it does mean that against mistakes and hardware failure.
You’ll see a list of the last 30-days, and you can select any of those days to restore your account back to the state found on that date.
You can recover your entire account, a database, or just a single file.
In addition to this, there are all common cPanel features, including Softaculous, file manager, domains manager, emails, databases, statistics, and SSH/FTP.
A2 Hosting WordPress
There is a complete offer for all WordPress lovers, and it’s good for both experienced people and those who are just starting out.
As you can see from the screenshot above, there are two different offers, to fit all needs.
You can choose a shared solution for WordPress, which also is the most purchased, but you’re free to go from the beginning with a managed WordPress hosting.
The shared plan has fewer features, although it’s more than good for small businesses and people who are just starting out.
In fact, you can benefit from the Turbo option, for faster websites, and a special set-up, perfectly optimized for WordPress.
However, if you want more, you should definitely go for the Managed WordPress hosting.
A2 Hosting Managed WordPress
This offer is the most comprehensive and “hassle-free” you can find on the net when it comes to WordPress hostings.
In this offer, you have a faster Turbo option, and easy backups, along with site staging (to preview edits), and even the special interface called WP-CLI pre-installed.
Always about WordPress and backups, you can also consider the Backupbuddy plugin: it makes fast and easy backups, in the case you would prefer making backups directly from your WordPress dashboard.
You also can benefit from Jetpack features, even though we don’t use this plugin, to be honest.
This is for sure a great plugin, full of features and services to make your website safer and healthier, however, if you are looking for alternatives, you can start installing the PRO Suite made available by iThemes, which is very good.
Jetpack is one of the most complete suites for WordPress, however, you may not need everything it provides.
The Managed WordPress solution comes with three different plans, for one, three, or unlimited websites.
These plans guarantee high speed and performance, and they are considered a must for online stores.
A2 Hosting WooCommerce
A2 Hosting is one of the very best hosting providers for online stores.
This is mainly due to the speed of these servers because online stores need to be fast and reliable to serve customers, especially when you have tons of product files to be stored on your disk space.
These plans use the ultra-fast SwiftServer platform, and, if you want even better performances, you’re free to choose their Turbo servers to reach up to 20X faster speed than competitors.
WooCommerce is a great plugin to use for online stores, and we definitely recommend it if you sell physical products: however, in the case you sell digital products ONLY, this may not be the best choice for your business.
In these cases, we strongly recommend using EDD (Easy Digital Downloads), which is a free plugin, with many add-ons to personalize your offers.
A2 Hosting Magento
Magento is another widely used solution for running online stores, and A2 Hosting has special offers for the people who like this platform.
Unlike what we’ve seen about WooCommerce, we have only two plans for Magento users.
However, they are not so different than we’ve seen before, because you can take advantage of Turbo features, whatever your choice.
If we compare WooCommerce and Magento, we notice that Magento websites are faster as default, just because the WooCommerce plan also provides “slower” packages, even though all plans are much faster than competitors.
Magento users can also benefit from the following:
- Magento 2 (with a built-in caching for enhanced performance)
- LiteMage (a full page caching solutions for even faster speeds)
Not to mention that you’re totally free to work with many other platforms, like the following.
In short, we can say that A2 Hosting is the best also for what concerns online stores.
A2 Hosting VPS
There are two plans to choose from, and they are both really good.
They claim that these offers are the fastest and most featured currently available on the market: for sure they are among the best.
You can decide if you want a managed, or unmanaged solution, and the first big difference between these two options is the price.
However, this is amply justified, if you take a look at the specific features.
What’s common between plans are 20X faster Turbo Servers featuring AMD EPYC Servers with NVMe drives.
The managed VPS is the most popular solution, also because it comes with several top-notch features, such as easy cPanel control, managed hardware, and network, and the best support, always available.
The smaller plan is also very good, however, is for people who like (and have more time) to work on their servers on their own.
A2 Hosting Cloud
According to its website, as well as many reviews, A2 Hosting provides the best experience with the Cloud.
Their servers run on the SwiftServer Platform, and you have the possibility to add optional fast SSDs: the expected result is that website pages will load up to 300% faster than standard drives.
This is just the “starting condition” of Cloud Hosting, in fact, you’re allowed to select Turbo Servers which allow up to 20X faster web-pages loading speed if compared to competing Cloud Hosting providers.
There’s another reason to say that this is a very solid offer: it’s about the uptime, higher than 99.9%, meaning that you are almost always guaranteed to stay active online.
Finally, this plan is packed with great SEO tools and 24/7/365 “Guru” support from their teams of experts.
A2 Hosting Dedicated Server
To complete the offer, here the Dedicated Server opportunity for advanced users and/or business businesses with many needs.
We don’t want to spend many words on this offer, just because if you’re looking at this one, for sure you already know what to choose, even if we can say that all the above plans are very good.
With the 100% worry-freeHostGuard Management, you will be totally covered.
There is a special Smart System Notifier that constantly monitors your server to ensure it remains online: in the case that some errors or issues are detected, you can benefit from a dedicated intervention by the “Guru Support” team, literally at any time of day or night. This is for sure a world-class support.
These plans are for very advanced users, however, we want to present them to demonstrate how A2 Hosting is versatile and can adapt to all needs, from people who are just starting out, to established businesses, and even agencies with a lot of needs and custom requests.
A2 Hosting Reseller
Not all people are interested in this business, however, especially because of the features provided by A2 Hosting, it’s worth mentioning.
Also, in this case, we don’t want to dive deeper, because it’s a very special business, however, let us point out some interesting facts.
The ease of use of cPanel is guaranteed for the best customer experience, and your clients will love it; moreover, you have two different billing options.
Free SSL certificates, free website migration (to make easier things for your clients), and progressive storage complete the offer.
Not to mention the unlimited money-back guarantee, and competitive pricing for reseller business.
Once again, website speed is the most powerful driver of the offer.
A2 Hosting Domain
You have the possibility to search, and then register, your new domain with A2 Hosting.
However, we don’t like to register a domain with a hosting company.
It may sound weird, but we prefer to keep domains separate, for complete management, and re-direct them to their corresponding servers (via DNS).
Our preferred registrar is Namesilo.
Not only is it the cheapest you can find online, but renewal fees are the very same as the introductory pricing, which is quite a unique case in the industry.
You can register a domain for as low as $8/year, so we strongly recommend using Namesilo, and you will be happy.
A2 Hosting Free Domain
You can transfer a domain for free if you already have one, by signing up for most hosting plans.
In the case you need a new domain name, we strongly advise you to select a .com, because it will help you rank better in search engines, despite the fact that not all experts agree with that.
In the screenshot posted above, there are several gTLDs you can choose from: they are for sure “attractive, however, businesses that use them can experience some issues when it comes to ranking for their most relevant keywords, unless they carry out big SEO optimization and/or paid advertising campaigns.
In addition, you see that some prices are very high, meaning that you could pay more for a domain than for the corresponding hosting plan.
A2 Hosting Coupon
There is a dedicated page, on the A2 Hosting website, that collects all coupons you can find to start running a website on their servers.
To be precise, they are not real “coupons”: in fact, if you click on the orange button to learn more about the offers, you’ll be redirected to the actual pages of common plans.
A2 Hosting Discount
When it comes to A2 Hosting, but the same is valid for most other hosting providers, the only discount for people who are new clients.
This means that when you sign up, you’ll get a great discount, but renewal rates will be higher (this is a common downside of most hosting companies).
This is the reason why we strongly recommend paying for more years in advance, and this is even more important for A2 Hosting because this is a company which delivers a lot from the very beginning, meaning that you can stay with them forever.
A2 Hosting Prices
Their prices are extremely competitive for what concerns introductory rates, but quite higher when it comes to renewal fees.
As you see from the screenshot posted above, there is a significant increase in pricing fees at renewals.
This is the reason we suggest starting with 3 years’ payment in advance so that you can stay safe for quite a long time.
A2 Hosting Review
In this A2 Hosting review, we strived to give you the best possible and reliable information to make the right decision.
To keep things simple, we can say that A2 Hosting is for sure one of the very best hosting providers you can find online. It’s great for people who are just starting out, but also for those who are experts and want full control of their servers.
Speed is the #1 feature provided by this hosting, and this is extremely important if you run a business.
Perhaps, if you’re a blogger and you don’t use your blog as a money-maker, A2 Hosting could be a bit “too much”, because it’s packed with a lot of features and tools to exploit.
However, this hosting should also be considered when starting a new project.
We list below a series of pros (green bullets), and cons (yellow bullets for things that could be improved, or red bullets for real downsides).
Here are the pros:
- The hosting with the best speed currently available on the net
- Great uptime
- Great for both people who are starting out and advanced users
- One of the best customer support for all their plans
- It works with all CMS
- Free website migrations
- Free domain with several plans
- Free SSH (great!)
- Free SSL, and many other security tools (great!)
- Free CDN integration (great!)
- The Turbo Boost and Turbo Max options are the best in the matter of speed and website optimization
- Integrates with cPanel (great!)
- Perfect for WordPress
- Possibility to optimize your server for WooCommerce and Magento
Here are things that could be improved:
- A bit high domain name prices
- High renewal fees
- Some useful features are premium from the more basic plans
- No discount for current users
Here are real downsides:
- There are no real downsides
What To Do Now
We hope that this A2 Hosting review was helpful for you.
Now, check A2 Hosting plans right now and start your new business journey!